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October 9, 2007 > Bring a metal can, see a metal band

Bring a metal can, see a metal band

Submitted By Vidya Pradhan

When you're not Metallica or Megadeth, life as a metal band can be pretty hard. After experiencing the competitive, cutthroat world of the band scene, Pete Schaaphok of Mystic Rage was inspired to start Bands4bands. This loose organization of bands from various music genres provides a nurturing, supporting environment for both established and emerging bands trying to get some exposure.

"We're just a bunch of regular guys who love music," says Pete, who has a day job in construction. "How do you judge success? Do you have to be the Beatles to be successful?" Mystic rage is able to cover the cost of gear and equipment through endorsements but Pete notes, "We do this for the experience and the camaraderie." The cross genre nature of the organization means that "punkers can talk to the cover band."

Every year, Bands4bands, based in Oakland, puts on a live show in our neighborhood. This year the event is called "Metal Fest" and features a host of metal bands including Psyatica from Ireland.

Metal Fest is supported by Hayward's Recreational Services which is providing a venue - the Memorial Park Amphitheater on Mission Blvd. - in Hayward, and picking up the cost of insurance. The huge stage will permit two simultaneous set-ups so fans can enjoy non-stop music from noon onwards. Metal Fest proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army. Though this is a free event, visitors can bring a can of food to show their support.

This event is for all ages so Metalheads can also bring along the small fry. Bands4bands brings all the participants together for a meeting prior to the show and emphasizes the need for decorum. Lyrics are expected to be clean and no liquor is served on the premises.

Many bands performing that day will also have merchandise booths selling CDs. Visitors to the show will get a CD with a compilation from each band ( courtesy CDDVDNOW). As a further incentive, if you get in touch with Mystic Rage at and send the guys a note that you plan to attend, you will receive a Mystic Rage T-shirt ( Courtesy Jagermeister), a Mystic Rage CD and a Jagermeister 2007 compilation CD.

Metal Fest's goal is to provide exposure for little known bands and swell the ranks of metal fans. If you enjoy the volume and theatricality of heavy metal, show up for an afternoon of free music at the Memorial Park Amphitheater.

Metal Fest:
Saturday, October 13
Memorial Park Amphitheater
24176 Mission Blvd. Hayward
Featuring (among others) Stone Vengeance, Mystic Rage, Psyatica (from Ireland), Darque Carnival.
(510) 278-9695

After Party:
The Bistro
1001 B Street, Hayward.

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