2015 marks the 7th year that the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood Florida participates in Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands. More than 400 bands submitted registration via Reverbnation to participate in the local battle which gets under way during the month of April at the Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. 12 bands from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties were selected to participate. Three bands will play each Friday night in April at the Cafe with the local finale to take place on May 1st.
Each band will perform a set of 3 original songs and one song covered by a previous Hard Rock Calling band. Hard Rock Calling was a music festival sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe international between 2006 and 2013 which featured some of the biggest names in Rock including The Killers, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters (with Nick Mason), The Police, Aerosmith, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Bands will be judged locally by three local industry experts based on originality, musicianship, vocal skills and fan appreciation.
The winning band in Hollywood, Florida will receive a prize of $1,000 and be eligible to move on to the regional phase of the competition. In the regional phase, Hard Rock Cafe International will select 5 bands from all the participating Cafe’s who will be flown to Barcelona, Spain this Summer to compete in the final live battle event on July 23rd. The grand prize winner will be announced that day at Hard Rock Rising Barcelona!
Members of each of the 12 local bands met with Hard Rock Cafe staff in March to determine which band would play which dates by a random number being selected from a hat. Of the 12 bands, one of them is last year’s winner, 13th Floor, and last year’s runner-up Raine.
Here is a tentative schedule which was available at press time for competition in Hollywood, Florida. Each round will begin at 9pm.
Qualifying Round One – April 3
Qualifying Round Two – April 10
Qualifying Round Three – April 17
Qualifying Round Four – April 24
Final Round – May 1
Winners from each of the previous week’s rounds will compete to determine the local winning band. This event will be hosted by Doc Reno of BIG 105.9.
In keeping with the spirit of “Love All-Serve All”, the Cafe has decided to also support a renowned charity during this event. Construction Angels is a national non-profit organization that provides immediate financial assistance and grief counseling to the families of construction workers who have unfortunately lost their lives while working on the job-site.
Read more about this annual global battle of the bands in our first segment: weekendbroward.com/hard-rock-rising-2015-hard-rock-cafe-hollywood-fl/
For more information, refer to the Cafe’s website at: www.hardrock.com/cafes/hollywood-fl/