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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 - Hard Rock International continues its commitment to emerging musicians of tomorrow with this year's Hard Rock Rising, the world's largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition. Hard Rock Rising supports the musical careers of aspiring artists around the globe by giving one local band the opportunity of a lifetime – participate in a World Tour at Hard Rock Cafe locations, film a music video, record an album with Hard Rock Records and receive $10,000 in new gear.

"Hard Rock is eager to uncover another pool of budding talent and provide them with an international stage to showcase their talents," said John Kirkpatrick , Head of Music & Artist Relations, Hard Rock International. "More than 12,000 bands entered Hard Rock Rising and nearly one million votes were cast by fans around the globe in 2012 – we hope the continued success of this program will catapult an emerging band to success and introduce their sound to Hard Rock's worldwide audience."

Posted on May 21, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Everclear frontman Art Alexakis hit up six (yes six!) Hard Rock Cafes in a week! Art graced the stages of Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver and Seattle with an acoustic set that included Everclear's "Everything To Everyone", "Wonderful", "Santa Monica" and of course, "Father of Mine".

While the songs were performed to near perfection, it was the in between banter that Art really showed a side that most fans may not have known was there - a warm and very funny artist that is more than a songwriter with "issues" as he described himself on stage before doing "Father of Mine."  This playfulness was revealed through witty asides with the audience and stories about his daughters and four marriages, but it really was revealed twice during the show when Art brought fans up on stage to help with the background vocals on two songs - one being a group of female fans he brought to  the stage to accompany him on "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom." 

Posted on August 04, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

Fender Guitars and Filter Magazine set up shop in the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago's Angels and Kings Suite on the 36th Floor this year for Lollapalooza. Here's a look at some of the goings on in their suite the day before Lollapalooza lights up Grant Park for three straight days of music festival madness. Can't be in Chicago? Follow us on http://twitter.com/hardrock or watch the livestream on our Facebook page! To check out some videos of these goodies, go to the Hard Rock YouTube channel.

Here's OK GO doing an acoustic performance of their new single All Is Not Lost.

OK Go

Posted on August 02, 2011 | Tags: , ,

This weekend, Lollapalooza is taking over downtown Chicago, bringing some of the biggest bands and performers in the world to one of the coolest cities in the world, and Hard Rock will be right there in the thick of it. Well, not exactly in the thick of it, but just a short distance from Grant Park (home of the aforementioned Lolla) is Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, and there is where you will find a plethora of music and good times post-festival, all weekend. From bands to DJs to surprise guests, the music will be going well into the night.

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