Over 125 bands have submitted entries to compete in the “Battle of the Bands” contest, otherwise known as Hard Rock Rising, taking place at various Hard Rock Cafe’s all over the world during the months of March and April. The registration deadline has come and gone and now it’s time for the fans to vote for their favorite bands, with the top ten vote getters being scheduled to play each week in local contests.
In Fort Lauderdale, we are looking at the contest taking place at The Hard Rock Cafe located in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood. Bands have already begun a campaign of contacting their fans to vote for them online using the link located on the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Facebook page.
Voting is as easy as hitting the DOWNLOAD button after listening to any of the songs submitted by registered bands. The opportunity to listen to so many local artists on one page benefits both the artists and potential fans as there are so many bands that are either new to the scene or just haven’t received the kind of publicity needed in order to spread the word about their music.
As you browse through the lists of registered bands, you may notice that some of them are DJ’s. According to Hard Rock contest rules, DJ is considered a genre of music too! Many other rules have been put into place to make this contest as fair as possible, so any entries found not to meet the requirements may be disqualified, even if they are currently showing up on the list.
In addition to votes garnered online, a select number of bands have arranged in-person “meet and greet” nights which will earn them 3 votes per fan attending – a chance to triple each of their fan’s votes! In addition to coming out to meet the band (off-stage), friends and fans will be treated to happy hour beverage pricing and complimentary appetizers.
Here is the schedule for Meet & Greets at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, FL:
2/6 4pm-7pm – Peoplewatch
2/11 5:30pm-7:30pm – Future Prezidents
2/12 4pm-7pm – Stirling Road
2/13 4pm-7pm – Shatterglass
The first “battle” will begin on March 14th. ‘hope to see you there!