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October 5, 2010 > Metal for Metal: Metalfest 2010

Metal for Metal: Metalfest 2010

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

In collaboration with the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.), Bands4Bands is proud to present the Fourth Annual MetalFest 2010 and Canned Food Drive Saturday, October 9 at the Hayward Plunge/Memorial Park.

Pete Schaaphok, President of Bands4Bands, stated, "MetalFest is culmination of many different factors. It brings Bands4Bands (with its bands), The Salvation Army (with their cause), and H.A.R.D. (with their work in the community) all together to make a special event in the name of charity. It means a lot to me because I saw a need and put the resources together to make it happen every year."

More than one thousand guests are expected to attend this year. "MetalFest is getting bigger and bigger every year and we're glad to be a part of it," stated Jason Darnell of Kaos, one of eleven bands that are scheduled to participate at MetalFest. Other performing groups include Imagika, Potential Threat, In The Absence, Age of Aggression, Mystic Rage, Mudsoc, Levee, Feral Depravity, Colcokt, Sarcosis, and Hemorage.

Aside from featuring some of the best metal music in the Bay Area, what makes MetalFest such a special annual event is that it also serves as a fundraiser: all canned food that is collected will be donated to the Salvation Army.

MetalFest came to be four years ago when Bands4Bands saw a need in the community for food assistance. Schaaphok sought to initiate a relationship with the Salvation Army. Unfortunately, MetalFest was only able to collect a few cans the first year - a bit of a disappointment. But Schaaphok was adamant about cementing a bond with the charitable organization. Patty Martinez, the Office Manager at the Salvation Army Hayward, admires Schaaphok's dedication. She stated, "Pete is a great guy! From day one, he has been personally involved in all matters of the event and the food collection. Schaaphok has remained steadfast in his commitment to the cause, to the Salvation Army and to making it all work."

It has been a different story the last couple of years, thanks to Schaaphok's passion and perseverance. Instead of just three to four cans, MetalFest is now collecting three to four "barrels" full of canned food.

While at MetalFest, take a stroll to the park's upper knoll where vendors and local artists will showcase their finest wares. The Bands4Bands booth will house the canned food donation bins, "bring a metal can...and see a metal band". Performing bands will have their merchandise for sale. Get a free MetalFest poster with a purchase of an event t-shirt featuring all performing bands. Kids can also enjoy an on-site play area that will be open throughout the festival.

"I am looking forward to an excellent show!" enthused Schaaphok. He added, "The production is very tight. The turnaround between bands is very fast and bands play short sets; so, the entertainment factor is very high. [There's] a lot of different music in a very short time. I look forward to all the behind the scenes action!" He urges everyone to pack a lunch, a blanket or lawn chair, head over to the Hayward Plunge and enjoy a "killer day of metal."

Don't forget, "Bring a metal can, see a metal band!" For more information, visit www.myspace.com/Bands4Bandsorganization.

MetalFest 2010
Saturday, October 9
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Memorial Park/Hayward Plunge
24176 Mission Blvd, Hayward
www.myspace.com/Bands4Bandsorganization

Free for all ages

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