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Rihanna and Deadmau5 Headline Charity Gig in Los Angeles

Benefit show will also feature sets by Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso

January 31, 2012 3:34 PM ET

Rihanna, Deadmau5
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Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Group are teaming up to present a charity concert featuring performances from Rihanna, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. The one-off gig, which will take place on February 12th, will benefit the Children’s Orthopaedic Center and The Mark Taper–Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Tickets for the event will go for $1000 each, and will go on sale today at 5 p.m. PT. The bill will also include sets by Chris Lake and Michael Woods,  but given that this show will be taking place on the same night as the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, there's some possibility that other stars may turn up, either on stage or in the audience.

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