Tony Dize recently stopped by Hard Rock Cafe Santo Domingo for a night of sweet, sweet reggaeton. For those not familiar with reggaeton, it's basically a mash-up of dancehall reggae, modern latin music, and hip-hop beats, and Tony Dize is one of the genre's rising stars. You might not think that Hard Rock Cafe is a natural fit, but we dig all kinds of music and know that taking people out of their comfort zone can be a good thing. We just wanted to share some photos from the night and give a big shout-out to Tony and all the people who hung out for the night.
On January 30th, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Blvd. hosted the 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Press Conference. The event was a private, invite-only press conference that included 50 press outlets from Rolling Stone, Fuse, The Hollywood Reporter and the Associated Press, among many others.The press conference included some of the biggest and most iconic names in metal and announced this year’s nominee. The announcers included Sebastian Bach, Zakk Wylde, John 5, Scott Ian, Chris Jericho, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, members of In This Moment, and Dillinger Escape Plan.
Hard Rock Cafe New York recently had the extreme honor of hosting the kick-off event for the Light Of Day Foundation's epic series of concerts to raise money for Parkinson's research and support of families dealing with this disease. Even better than hosting the event was the fact that the headliner was Gary U.S. Bonds, legendary R&B singer. Bonds first rose to prominence in the early 1960s, when his song, “Quarter to Three,” released in June 1961, reached Number 1 on the Billboard chart. Bonds’ other Top 10 hits at the time included “New Orleans,” “School is Out,” and “Dear Lady Twist.” He headlined a 1963 European tour, which also included The Beatles. Supporting him earlier in the night were Willie Nile, The Liza Colby Sound, and Joe D'Urso & The Stone Caravan, all putting their heart and soul into the night.
Walk Off The Earth, on of the best bands to viral-invade the YouTube, recently stopped by Hard Rock Cafe Detroit to lay down some sweet jams. Mmmm....sweet jam. In case you don't know who they are, well we'll tell ya. They're a bunch of very talented kids from Burlington, Canada. They got viral-famous very quickly last year with their awesomely awesome five hands-one guitar cover of Goyte's "Somebody That I Used To Know." Really, if you haven't seen the video yet, you must watch it now. Go ahead, we'll wait. Check it out right here. See, what'd we tell ya? Pretty cool. Well, Walk Off The Earth plays original tunes, too. Damn well, at that. In conjunction with The 93.9 The River, Hard Rock hosted a concert by said band, and we just gotta say it was a helluva good time. We just wanted to share some pics and thank Walk Off The Earth for stopping by. You rock!
Dia Frampton, formerly of indie rock band Meg & Dia (with her big sister) and runner-up on American television singing competition The Voice, recently stopped by Hard Rock Cafe Singapore for an intimate show, packed to the rafters with some very dedicated fans. Running through material from Meg & Dia, as well as a bunch of her solo stuff, Dia held the crowd in the palm of her hand and took them on a ride they would not soon forget. The Singapore Cafe has always been a great place for locals to see some bands and performers they wouldn't otherwise get to check out, so many jumped at the chance to see Dia. We just wanted to share some pics and give a big "Thank You!" to Dia for being such a sweetheart, for being such an incredible performer. You rock!
What a way to bring in the new year! Hard Rock Cafe Budapest showed its support of Imagine There's No Hunger, Hard Rock's annual program to raise money and awareness for hunger and poverty worldwide, by hosting the biggest free concert the city had ever seen. It's cold out? Get over it! With snow on the ground and fire in their hearts, the Cafe crew helped make the day and night something really special for the gathered thousands. Fireworks? Check. Rock band? Check. Great times? Double check. It really was an incredible event, as the entire Cafe, as well as a good chunk of the city, got involved in Imagine There's No Hunger. It's a great cause, near and dear to our heart, so we just wanted to thank all those involved and share some pics from the event. You all rock!
Hard Rock Cafe Medellin recently hosted a little shindig with a musician named Monte Pittman. Who is Monte Pittman, you ask? Well, you might know his boss, the one-and-only Madonna. You read that right, Madonna. The biggest singer on the planet. We said it, and we'll stand by it. Monte's been Madonna's guitarist for over a decade, accompanying her on five world tours, shredding the stage (again, you read that right), every night. Madonna doesn't sing to backing tracks, and her music isn't electronically-created drivel. It's made to be played live and that's what Monte brings to the table.
After her recent show in Medellin, Monte came by Hard Rock to hang out, jam some tunes, and, generally, just have a good ol' time with a bunch of cool people. We just wanted to share some pics and thank Monte for coming by the Cafe to show everyone why he's Madonna's #1 shredder of choice.
The Vaccines, one of the U.K.'s hottest bands, recently stopped by Hard Rock Cafe London for an intimate and incredible performance, as part of the semi-regular Absolute Radio Sessions. We really wish we could've been there, but we'll have to live vicariously through the pics the Cafe sent us. We've been to that Cafe, and to see a band like The Vaccines in such an intimate and cozy space would've just blown our minds, just as we're sure it did to the lucky gathered. People lined up around the block waiting to get in because they knew what a special time it would be. Lucky!
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle recently hosted two incredible indie bands, proving once again that no matter where you end up in Seattle, music isn't far behind. In conjunction with local radio stations, Entercom Radio and 98.9, Two Door Cinema Club and Snow Patrol held down the stage at the Cafe, filling the space upstairs with their respective sounds. As always with these radio-sponsored gigs, the lucky ones are the fans, of which there are only about 25-40 lucky ducks chosen to attend, who get to see their favorite bands up close and personal. Hard Rock Cafe Seattle really knocks these shows out of the park.
Hard Rock Cafe Nashville recently hosted a rockin' awesome Pinktober party featuring music superstars Kellie Pickler and Dierks Bentley, as well as a surprising-jump-on-stage-and-jam-some-songs by the incomparable Sheryl Crow. Raising money for the American Cancer Society, the sold-out event truly is the epitome of how we can all make a difference, no matter how large or small, in fighting cancer. We just wanted to thank everyone involved, everyone who came out for a great cause, and especially Kellie, Dierks, and Sheryl. It truly was an incredible night.