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Posted on 03/08/2012



Global Battle of the Bands Competition Gives Local Up-and-Coming Bands the Chance to Take the Stage at Hard Rock Calling 2012


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Hard Rock is on the hunt for musicians on the rise to take the stage at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling music festival in London's Hyde Park. Hard Rock Rising, the global battle of the bands, will give one local band from this international competition the chance of a lifetime – to be on the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and additional headlining performers at one of the world's most-anticipated concert events.


Beginning on Thursday, March 1 the area's greatest undiscovered bands, as chosen by Facebook fans of the Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino n Hollywood, Florida, will take the stage and battle it out live at multiple qualifying events. Bands performing include Community Property, The MUTHASHIP, DJ Crash Barbe, Sevensins, Midnight Kahuna, Blue Sky Drive, Beer Guts & Glory, 13th Floor and Syrofoam. Bands will be judged by a panel of local industry experts including singer/songwriter John D'Angelo, University of Miami Bachelor of Music Graduate and drum teacher Mark Poiesz, General Manager of Guitar Center Hallandale Collin Grant, Queen of the Music Scene Kristine Buckley and participating bands' representatives. A final round featuring each of the preliminary winners will be held on Thursday, March 22, with one winner being selected to move on.


Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, Florida's local winner will then be pitted against 86 other Hard Rock Cafe local winners from across the globe. These local winners will be narrowed down to the top ten bands worldwide via fan voting on participating Hard Rock Facebook pages. A panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals will select the top three winners.


The first place winner will be flown to London for the ultimate rock star treatment, including a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2012. Second and third prize winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, in ReverbNation PROMOTE IT credits, a revolutionary tool that creates targeted, highly effective Facebook advertising campaigns for musicians and venues promoting songs, Facebook pages and concerts. For full rules and a list of participating locations visit


What:               Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood, Florida, Hosts Hard Rock Rising

When:             Thursday, March 1

Bands: Community Property, The MUTHASHIP, DJ Crash Barbe

Event begins at 8 p.m.


Thursday, March 8

Bands: Sevensins, Midnight Kahuna, Blue Sky Drive

Event begins at 8 p.m.


Thursday, March 15

Bands: Beer, Guts & Glory, 13th Floor, Styrofoam

Event begins at 8 p.m.


FINAL Live Performance Round

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Event begins at 8 p.m.


Where:             Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, FL

One Seminole Way

Hollywood, Florida 33314



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About Hard Rock Calling

Hard Rock Calling, an iconic festival now in its seventh consecutive year, has established itself as one of the UK's premier outdoor music events. The 2012 festival will take place from Friday, July, 13 to Sunday, July 15 in London's Hyde Park. Headliners for the festival will include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who will take the Main Stage for their second Hard Rock Calling performance. Hard Rock Calling 2012's performers will join a long line of rock 'n' roll greats who have taken the stage at this iconic festival including: Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, The Killers, The Police, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Hard Rock Calling, produced by Live Nation and presented by Hard Rock International, is a unique and historic musical event with a main stage, second stage, renowned bands, on-site Hard Rock Cafe, as well as a variety of additional attractions. For further information on the 2012 artist lineup and ticket details, visit


Visit for details on event dates and times, and head to a Hard Rock Cafe location in your city to watch your favorite local bands battle for the opportunity of a lifetime!


About ReverbNation

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About Hard Rock International

With a total of 174 venues in 53 countries, including 137 cafes and 15 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore and Punta Cana. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced including Panama Megapolis, scheduled to open in 2012; Cancun and Vallarta scheduled to open in 2012; and Riviera Maya, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit For more information on Hard Rock International, visit