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132 Tampa Bay bands are in running for 2014 Hard Rock Rising competition.

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TAMPA - Voting begins today for fans to decide which Tampa Bay bands will compete at the Tampa Hard Rock Café in order to advance to the next stages of the Hard Rock Rising competition. This year, 132 Tampa Bay original bands are competing in the annual, global competition which is presented by Hard Rock International and Reverbnation.

Hard Rock Rising is an annual, worldwide competition that exposes regional, local, unsigned bands. Each year fans from around the globe get to vote for their favorite local bands. Once the voting ends and the bands are chosen, participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring the local bands. One winner will be selected from each location by a panel of local industry judges. Selected local winners will be narrowed down to the top twenty-five bands worldwide following a second round of fan voting on participating Hard Rock Facebook pages.

Once the top 25 bands are chosen, a second panel of industry judges will pick a grand prize winner and two runner-up bands. The grand prize winning local band will win an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival on July 12th. The selected runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

To vote for which Tampa Bay bands will advance to compete at the Tampa Hard Rock café, go to https://www.facebook.com/HardRock.Helsinki/app_205164529573076 and download the song from your favorite Tampa Bay band. Voting ends on February 17th.

The St. Petersburg Live Music Bar Scene Column would like to wish each and every Tampa Bay band the best of luck in this years competition. Let’s send a Tampa Bay band to Rome this year!!!

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