On Friday, Nov. 22, music and charity will combine forces. WJCU 88.7 FM is teaming up with The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland to put on the annual Blizzard Bash event, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at the Happy Dog. Blizzard Bash is a charity rock concert whose proceeds go towards alleviating hunger. Admission is $5 at the door.
WJCU plans this event around Thanksgiving each year to raise awareness about hunger in and around Northeast Ohio.
Each year, music artists from the Cleveland area are selected to perform. This year’s line up includes: Welshly Arms, So Long, Albatross and We The People. WJCU station manager, Howard Regal, has high hopes for the bands’ performances.
“These are three of the most talented local bands I’ve been exposed to during my WJCU career, and I know they are going to put on a fantastic show,” said Regal.
According to The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland’s website, they are the “largest direct emergency food distribution network with over 100 pantries and hot meal programs devoted to serving the deserving and truly needy families of the community.” Ever since 1995, this independent organization has reached out to an average of 60,000 Cuyahoga County residents per month. The initiatives are targeted at benefiting young children.
“We raise money to support The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland in their efforts to help feed the less fortunate,” said Regal.
“We at WJCU are just trying to do our part to give back to a fantastic cause and a great organization,” Regal added. “They truly are an outstanding organization and do a lot of work to try and put food into the hands of the less fortunate. They have been nothing but supportive throughout the Blizzard Bash planning process, and I know they are very appreciative of WJCU’s efforts each year.”
“Last year, we raised $1,200, which is more than the Hunger Network had before. As anyone who cares about money knows, every little bit helps,” said Regal.
This year, the WJCU crew hopes to raise more money than last year’s Blizzard Bash. “Last year we had the event on a Sunday night and the turnout was not as good as we expected. We were forced to book a Sunday because of a lack of available venues. This year, fortunately, we were able to land a Friday Night at the Happy Dog on Detroit Ave. in Cleveland. We are hoping that a 9:30 p.m. starting time on a Friday night will draw a ton of people. And knowing the area in which the Happy Dog is in, we are expecting a pretty big turnout this year. [It] should be exciting.”
Regal explained the perks of attending the event. “I’m biased, of course, but absolutely I would recommend going to Blizzard Bash. Where in town can you see three of the finest local area bands for $5? Plus, it’s a Friday night. We’re raising money for charity and enjoying some fine music at the same time. What’s not to like?”
This year’s sponsors include the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
More details can be found at wjcu.org.