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Cool off with Blizzard Bash

November 15th, 2012

Clear your calendars for the Blizzard Bash – WJCU-FM’s annual benefit concert on Nov. 18. The event will star three local bands: Oldboy, The Commonwealth and Lowly, The Tree Ghost. The cover charge is $5 and benefits the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Blizzard Bash will be at The Brothers Lounge, which is located between downtown Cleveland and Lakewood. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music will start at 7 p.m.

The three bands that have been chosen are unique, all having extreme passion in their music. Oldboy is a mixture of roots rock and alternative folk. Cleveland.com compared the band to Mumford and Sons and Avett Brothers. Oldboy has also just celebrated the release of their new album, “Covered In Sound,” which has been getting rave reviews from local papers and websites.

The Commonwealth are a rock group, and according to The Plain Dealer, have hints of “the National, the Black Keys, Radiohead and Iron and Wine.” The band recently dropped a new album called “Emerald City Blues.” The cover of “Emerald City Blues” seems to be of Lake Erie and the skyline of Cleveland that has an initial vibe of oceanic splendor that makes you curious about their overall sound.

Lowly, The Tree Ghost have a folk style. Scene Magazine says, “[Lowly, The Tree Ghost] transports fans to a new headspace, one that borders fairy tales and county fairs.” The band draws inspiration from situations involving animals. The lead vocalist states that listeners have to “seek the answer instead of knowing exactly what’s going on.”

The entrance fee to Blizzard Bash will be donated to The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. The Network has a goal of rising to the challenge of stopping hunger by providing food and vital services to the many faces of hunger in Cuyahoga County. The network’s services help families from Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods to the suburban network of Greater Cleveland.

“There are a lot of families in need of food and assistance, and our mission here at WJCU is to raise as much money as possible,” said Howard Regal, station manager at WJCU-FM. “It’s a $5 donation to get into the event, and you can listen to music all night long. In the meantime, you can also buy raffle tickets for great prizes that we have. Raffle prizes include tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers game and tickets to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

With its reasonable price, charity benefit, raffle prizes and critically acclaimed music, Blizzard Bash is sure to be an event you won’t want to pass up.