With just a few weeks to go until the start of the 3rd annual Hard Rock Calling Battle of the Bands at Broadway at the Beach’s Hard Rock Cafe, the competition for this year’s event is beginning to shape up.
This year’s event will feature three local and regional bands facing off at 7 p.m. each night for three Sundays in a row beginning on Feb. 20. Each night, a single winner will be chosen by a panel of five judges and the three winning bands will face off March 13 in the local finals, where a Myrtle Beach winner will be chosen (past winners include Sharklegs and Octopus Jones).
From there, Hard Rock Cafes from 74 cities around the globe will submit their local winners to a team of music business executives who will narrow the field to 40 finalists. Then, Videos of the finalists — shot during the competition — and online voting determine the final group of four band who will get a chance to perform at Hard Rock’s London Calling in London’s Hyde Park.
According to Janice Duffy, Hard Rock Cafe sales manager and the event’s organizer, the competition to be featured in this year’s event was more fierce than in past years.
“We had 15 entries this year, which is three more than in past years and we had three acts returning from last year,” said Duffy.
The lineup of acts is as follows:
- Beyond The Fade - Metal/Rock - Charlotte, N.C.
- Epic Gents - Pop/Rock - Myrtle Beach
- What’s Up Baby? - Hip-hop/funk/jazz fusion - Myrtle Beach
- Wyatt Garey Band - Rock/Soul - Charleston
- Bamboo Forest - Rock/Punk - Myrtle Beach
- Aunt Polly’s Glass Eye - Rock - Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.
- Sister Trish - Hardcore/Metal - Shelby, N.C.
- Doctrine of Ethos - Progressive Rock/Metal - Myrtle Beach
- Below the Bassline - Reggae/Rock - Myrtle Beach
Judges for this year’s event include Gina Trimarco, founder of the Carolina Improv Company, Dino Capone, owner of Dino Capone’s School of Rock, Angie Capone, longtime local musician, Paul Grimshaw, local musician and Weekly Surge columnist, Teresa Skaff, of Celebrations nightlife and manager of Broadway Louies and Mark Chesnow, who performs with the Long Bay Symphony and teaches bass and music theory at Coastal Carolina.
Duffy says she’s still looking to fill spots for judging the March 6 and 13 events, so if you’re of a musical mind and think you might be interested, contact her at 843-946-0007 Ext. 208 or email Janice_duffy@hardrock.com.