More than 400 bands compete in one day during Hard Rock Rising
When the annual Hard Rock Rising band competition returns to Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu next week, four local bands will join more than 425 other acts on stage at 107 different Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel locations around the world in an attempt to take home $50,000 and a gig in Ibiza.
More than 10,000 bands registered for a chance to compete in this year’s contest, which rewards one global grand prize winner and four regional finalists with a professionally produced music video, 1,000-disc pressing of their latest album and a prize pack from Fender Instruments. The grand prize winners also earn a $50,000 payday and an all-expenses-paid trip to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in September.
This is also the first time all Hard Rock Rising performances will take place on the same day. The 107 winning bands from each market will then be evaluated by an “expert panel of international artists and music industry professionals,” according to a Hard Rock Cafe press release, which include Echosmith, All Time Low’s Jack Barakat, Tokyo Police Club, Alex “Clemente” Castillo and Strawberry Music Festival founder Shen Lihui, among others. The 12-member panel will be responsible for picking all four regional finalists as well as the overall winner.
The Honolulu regional semifinal kicks off at 6 p.m. June 1, with local bands the Hollow Spheres, Scarlet Cord, the Fresh Preps and Siire Lords of the Rock squaring off in Waikiki. Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu is located at 280 Beach Walk; validated parking is available in the Bank of Hawaii parking lot around the corner from the restaurant. Call 955-7383 for more info and visit the Hard Rock Rising website for more details about all the bands taking part in this year's competition.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.