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Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds Sets The Stage For Rising Stars

May 24th, 2017

After a three-month search, Hard Rock Café® Four Winds® will host its top four local bands for Hard Rock Rising, the world's largest battle of the bands competition. On Friday, May 26 at 10:30 p.m. EST 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 community voted online for a wildcard winner.

The bands competing in this year's Battle of the Bands competition are:

• 45 To Argos—45 To Argos is an alternative rock band from Southwest Michigan. With a passion for all parts of music, the guys of 45 To Argos enjoy creating music to inspire and entertain audiences.

• DAVIDSTOUT—DAVIDSTOUT is an indie rock band from Grand Rapids, MI. Driven by energetic guitar parts and dynamic drums and bass, the four-piece band delivers a sound that is all their own.

• Seldom Told—Beginning in 2006, Seldom Told started as a project for a high school music class in North Judson, IN. Since their start, Seldom Told has brought their heavy-hitting rock and roll to national acts as Buck Cherry and more.

• The Cringes—The Cringes are quickly becoming recognized as a hot new indie band from Holland, MI ushering in a new brand of rock and roll. Their sound comes from a wide range of tastes from The Police to Motown to The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

To determine a winner, regional music industry leaders Tom Conway, entertainment reporter from The Herald-Palladium in St. Joseph, Michigan; Garrett "Koz" Kozden, on-air personality from U-93 FM in South Bend, Indiana; and Harvey "Ole Harv" Stauffer, host of The Blues Review with Ole Harv on 88.1 WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana will unite at Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds to judge the competition, hosted by Brant Coulter of Hard Rock Cafe.

The winner from Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds will receive $1,000 and will advance 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 For more information on the local competition and Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds, visit Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds.

What: Hard Rock Rising Local Battle of the Bands Competition
When: Friday, May 26, 10:30 p.m. EST
Where: Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds, 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Michigan
Admission: Admission is free

About ReverbNation
ReverbNation is the global leader in providing independent musicians the tools to manage every aspect of their careers. Since 2006, ReverbNation's complete career management solution has built a community of over 4 million artists. This unrivalled access to today's emerging talent, added to an industry leading curation capability, and a growing online audience of millions of fans, allows ReverbNation to play a pivotal role in the early identification and development of the next generation of successful artists. For more information, visit and follow ReverbNation on Twitter at

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 75 countries, including 175 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, Andorra la Vella and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Dubai, London, Los Cabos, New York City, Ottawa, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit


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Melinda Pierce, Big Idea Company, (574) 257-4332,
Jill Klinedinst, Big Idea Company, (574) 257-4332,

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