Martin Benavente used to attend the Toys for Tots concerts promoter Chris "Hate" Williams used to stage at Club 101 when it was in the Union Plaza district.
That was a long time ago.
Benavente and his band, Voyeur, brought the tradition back in 2010 and want to "take it to the next level" when their "Not So Silent Christmas" returns at 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at Tricky Falls.
It will have double the heavy metal and hard bands on double the number of stages this year. That's 18 bands on two stages.
Benavente hopes to double, or come close, the number of toys for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots campaign.
"We're hoping for a record," he said.
They collected more than 200 new toys last year, when 10 bands played on one stage. Benavente's hoping for at least 300 this year.
Hollywood metal celebutante Metal Sanaz, an online star who also hosts her own radio show, returns to emcee this year's event.
While one band plays on the main stage, another will set up on a second stage on the opposite side of the club's first floor, a first for the 3-year-old event, Benavente said.
His band, Voyeur, will go on at 10 p.m. Other, prominent local metal and hard rock groups, including Steady Shakedown, Alodex and Black Wolf Howl are on the bill.
Also performing: Epitaph Romance, Scordatura Vita, Abnik, Suicide Romance, Jo-Hobo Witness, the Beauty, Section 6, Dark Aria, Crash, A Beautiful Mourning, the Ivory Structure, Man Your Stations, Lightning At the Opera and Undying Hat.
It's an all-ages show. Admission is $7 at the door, $5 with the donation of a new toy.
Boxes for donations will be set up at the entrance.
For more info, go to Benavente's Facebook page.