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  • School of Rock Philadelphia Hosting Metal 4 Hunger on Feb. 25

    Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:25:27

    School of Rock Philadelphia Hosting Metal 4 Hunger on Feb. 25 - The event will help provide food to low income families

    School of Rock Philadelphia will host Metal 4 Hunger, an evening of loud, energetic, and totally righteous live heavy metal performances by two popular area bands on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:00PM. Admission to the show will be at least one can of food per person. All food donations will benefit the Doylestown Food Pantry, which provides a wide range of housing and related social services to homeless and low-income Bucks County families.

    "In November and December of 2011, we began requesting food donations to benefit the Doylestown Food Pantry, and we're just short of our one ton goal," says Michael Morpurgo, owner of School of Rock Philadelphia. "We're hoping that we get a huge response from music lovers who want to enjoy the performances of two incredible local metal bands, and at the same time, provide generous assistance to area residents who truly need our help."

    Performing at Metal 4 Hunger will be Tears of Requiem, which is comprised of five teenage School of Rock musicians: Nick Cleary (16 years old, guitar), Matt Snyder (16 years old, guitar), Mike Miller (15 years old, bass/vocals), Alex McCann (17 years old, drums), and Ian Roberts (16 years old, vocals). They describe their sound as "anthemic thrash metal", and they play all original songs.

    Also featured will be noted sludge/stoner metal trio Hellblock 6, featuring Anthony and Greg Montone and bassist Noelle Hoover, who also doubles as the Music Director at School of Rock Philadelphia. The band, which has been on hiatus since 2006 and will be reuniting for this special event, has a sound that's been described as "the illegitimate child of old-school hardcore and psychedelic doom."

    "While admission to this excellent concert is a donation of only one can of food per person, we're hoping that people come in with much more than that," says Morpurgo. "They don't have to donate their body weight equivalent, but as much as they can carry would be hugely helpful to the Food Pantry – like maybe half of their body weight!"

    Metal 4 Hunger will take place at School of Rock Philadelphia, 421 North 7th Street (Electric Factory) in Philadelphia, on Friday, Feb. 25 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM. Admission is at least one can of food, which will benefit the Doylestown Food Pantry. For more info, visit Philadelphia.schoolofrock.com or call 267-639-4007.

    Any Philly dwellers planning to attend for a good cause?

    —Katie Sheehan

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