Rock Hunger 2008

Creating rock music and struggling to end poverty are two journeys one would never expect to cross paths. This is what makes Rock Hunger 2008 such a unique event; it consists of four Bay Area musicians rocking out for a cause.

The concert will take place at the Pavilion Hall at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 25. Admission to concert will start at 2 p.m., and the show will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Rock Hunger hopes to donate money raised by the concert to Heifer International and Second Harvest Food Bank, two organizations that aim to fight poverty. Second Harvest Food Bank provides food to those in need within the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Heifer International works on a worldwide scale, giving animals that produce a source of foods such as cows and goats to families.

The concert will feature the tree bands Pine & Battery, The Heavenly States, Five A.M. and the artist Rob Owen. Their styles range from pop to rock to the areas in between. Links to samples of their music can be found on the Rock Hunger website,

Impressively, all of this has been organized by Homestead High School senior Genna Conrad. It has been completely up to her to recruit bands, make a website, advertise, get a sound and lighting company and coordinate the ticket sales.

“It has been an awesome experience.” Genna said. “I have learned so much about business, concert promotion and non-profit events.”

Rock Hunger 2008 is the first ever Rock Hunger concert. Genna started Rock Hunger as a project for a Girl Scout Gold Award. However, she chose to continue the project outside of Girl Scout when she discovered restrictions that would not allow her to donate money to Heifer International and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Students who are interested in helping with the benefit event should contact Genna at [email protected] or through Facebook. Pre-sale tickets are being sold for $20 and can be purchased through the Rock Hunger website. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $25 along with ann $8 parking fee.

“I really want my fellow high school students to see that…together we can make a big difference, and it is possible to have fun at the same time,” Genna said.