Taking place in Nyack, NY next sunday, December 15th, Blank-Fest is an all-day punk marathon to help NYC’s homeless do what all people have a right to: Stay warm. EVERYONE needs to eat and be protected from the elements. Even if you can’t make it to the show, please do what you can to make someone’s day brighter. Not everyone has a warm meal and nice house to go to at night. So, while we’re emptying our bank accounts on retail gifts, let’s take a second to help someone less fortunate than ourselves. One small gesture from you can help the life of someone who is down on their luck more than you know. Live the spirit of the season, don’t just say it.
International Benefit Show for NYC’s Homeless Returns for It’s 17th Year
Sunday, December 15, 2013 marks the 17th annual Blank-Fest for NYC’s homeless.  Founded in 1997, the annual Benefit accepts blankets at the door in lieu of cash donations, which are distributed to New York’s less fortunate, starting on Christmas Eve.  This year’s show returns to Nyack’s Hudson House (134 Main Street – Phone: 845-353-1355) and will feature several acts of local, NYC-based, indie and major label pedigrees.  Organized by Hudson Valley natives Chuck DeBruyn and Kenn Rowell (pictured here with his group, The Baghdaddios) the show will also feature EMI alum Patti Rothberg, Bobby Steele (of The Misfits & The Undead), a reunion of DeBruyn’s band – the legendary Horse You Rode In On, Tim O’Donohue, Frank Ocasio (of The Authority), Cruel Season, Frankie D., Johnny & The Alimonies, The Rewd Onez (featuring internet webcast personality Rew Starr), Kama Linden, & Peter James of Warped Tour standouts: Reflective Insight.  MC’d by Rowell, along with The Baghdaddios, this show will run from Noon until Midnight.  The first show of it’s kind, this blankets-for-homeless effort has spawned several satellite shows within recent years, including Blank-Fest shows in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in Canada, Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia and New Jersey in this country and Nottingham in the UK; raising an estimated 11,000-plus total donations for those in need during the past 16 years.