Two down, one to go! Last night, Wednesday 2/26, Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia continued its annual Hard Rock Rising Competition for 2014. Over the past few months, bands have entered the competition through ReverbNation and promoted themselves for public support votes to be in the top 12 – and now more on to the LIVE battle rounds at HR Philly. This nights battle was Judged by Tony and Chuck from Gamble & Huff, and Jen from AEG LIve.
The battles continue tonight, 2/27 at Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia – each night hosting a FREE show featuring 3 or 4 bands to compete to move onto the final battle round on March 19th. Tonight’s battle features Burning Red Sun, MCclinton, Working Class Hussy’s and Black Stars. The winner of the Philadelphia Finale wins some killer local prizes and move on to compete for an all expense paid trip and a guaranteed spot on stage to play Hard Rock Live Rome, in front of 40,000 fans in Italy. In addition, two runners up, will receive $10,000 in new gear!
Hard Rock Rising Day 2 Recap
Wednesday night turned out to be a pretty heavy hip-hop driven night, but that didn’t stop Gas Station Radio from doin’ their thing either. The show started off with Tracee Mayas laying down her original rhymes on top of her tracks. She seemed pretty comfortable on stage, but with the lack of support, a band, or at least a DJ on stage it was hard to compare to the electro/hip-hop sounds of Epoch Failure up next.
Epoch Failure brought out a crowd of people, with at least half of them rockin’ the bold EF shirts to show their love. This duo of Billy Joe Marrero aka Billy The Kidd Jerzy and Nick Young aka Nickey Knoxx, come out of Trenton, NJ with either own spin on pop/electro/hiphop. With the backing of a live DJ on stage, they’ve got it down, and I’m sure doing big thing soon enough.
Put your thang down, flip it, and reverse it – ti serever dna ,ti pilf ,nwod gnaht ruoy tuP. (That’s right, I just took you back 12 years) But really, flip it to the pop/rock sounds of Gas Station Disco – A 4 piece band from Pottsville, PA who “flips it” themselves. Mixing genres of traditional rock and roll, alt rock, and even spit some lyrics in hip-hop fashion themselves by the end of the set. With crazy energy and musicianship, it’s no wonder the judges voted them into the final round of Philly’s Hard Rock Rising on March 19th.
HARD ROCK RISING 2014
Final qualifying round
FREE / All Ages