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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Sets the Stage for Rising Stars

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Four Bands in Central Florida Battle for a Chance to Perform at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens

ORLANDO, FL - (May 17, 2017) - Drum roll please… it’s officially show time. Hard Rock at Universal Orlando will host four top local bands for Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest battle of the bands competition, after a three-month search. On Saturday, May 20 at 6:30 pm selected bands will battle it out for a chance to win this year’s grand prize – a live performance during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. A panel of Hard Rock industry professionals carefully chose three local bands, while the local Central Florida community voted online for a wildcard winner. The bands competing in this year’s Battle of the Bands competition include:

Competition Headliners:

  • Glass House Point - Alternative/Indie/Rock

  • Marcus Gullen - Funk/Soul/Pop

  • The States - Alternative/Indie/Rock

  • Natalie Claro - Alternative/Rock

To determine a winner, Central Florida music industry leaders will unite at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando to judge the competition, including Matt Watts, director of music and marketing for Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos; James Buell, director of music and marketing for Hard Rock Cafes; and Colleen Flynn, director of live entertainment, Hard Rock International. The event will be hosted by Molly Ford, vibe manager for Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.

The winner from Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando will receive $1,000 USD and will advance on to the next round to be judged by a panel of international music industry professionals. The judges will then determine the three runners up and a grand prize winner. In partnership with ReverbNation, Hard Rock International will award the top four global acts with a Fender instruments prize pack and a 1,000 CD/DVD pack of the artist’s latest recording or video from Bison Disc. The grand prize recipient will perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium and will have the opportunity to create a professionally produced music video, which will be added to Hard Rock’s world-wide video system.

For additional details and the full rules and regulations on the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands competition, please visit www.HardRockRising.com.
For more information on the local competition and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, visit www.OrlandoBOTB.eventbrite.com.

What: Hard Rock Rising Local Battle of the Bands Competition
When: Saturday, May 20 at 6:30 pm
Where: Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
5800 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Admission: $5 (Includes complimentary self-parking)
About ReverbNation

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About Fender
With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues and many others. Everyone from beginners and hobbyists to the world’s most acclaimed artists and performers have used Fender instruments and amps, in the process making the company not only a revered music industry name, but also a cultural icon. It is Fender's vision to continue championing THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-N-ROLL® throughout the world and their mission to exceed the expectations of music enthusiasts worldwide.
About Bison Disc
Bison disc is a leader in music CD and CD package manufacturing. With 22 years of experience, Bison Disc works to provide thousands of orders to musicians worldwide. Bison Disc is known for its legendary quality, large selection of packaging options and exclusive customer service.
About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 174 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. 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. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Valencia, Innsbruck, Yangon and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, London, Los Cabos, New York City, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Jennifer Hodges
Director of Public Relations
Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando
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