Lynchburg, VA – Some say hardcore music has gotten a bit of a bad rap over the years. But some local metal bands have set out to change that.
They're throwing a concert to help feed the needy in our area.
Next week, they're getting together to play in Appomattox to raise money for the Lynchburg Daily Bread and send a positive message about their music.
"We just want to show people that we're not bad people," said Noah Wheeler, who is putting on the benefit concert.
Wheeler of Appomattox County has been in the hardcore music scene for a quite a while. He currently plays guitar in the band Colonist.
"It's very aggressive music and it's fast and loud."
But Wheeler also lends a hand at the local soup kitchen.
"To me, one of the worst feelings in the world is having an empty stomach, I like to eat, everyone likes to eat, so why not help somebody eat," he said.
Wheeler and his wife frequently donate and volunteer at the Daily Bread in Lynchburg.
"I love to see a smile on their faces when they get that food, they are very grateful people."
So Wheeler decided to bring his passion for food and heavy metal together. All 7 bands will play in the concert for free.
To get in, just bring $5 or donate canned goods.
Tracey Dixon with the Daily Bread says they've seen a huge increase in hunger in the local community.
-"It's so tremendously helpful and we're very very, grateful for them," she said.
The idea is a win-win. The food bank gets a helping hand, and the community can see that Metal Heads have a heart too.
"We have hearts, they're loud and obnoxious, but we have them," said Wheeler.
Blue Ridge Sportswear donated 20 T-shirts that will be sold at the event that say "Mosh for hunger."
The concert is scheduled for Saturday September 8 at 4 p.m. at the Appomattox Moose Lodge.