Hard Rock’s search for local talent has come down to the final 6 bands

Which bands will be performing in Tampa to have a chance at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona music festival in Barcelona, Spain?

Hard Rock Rising, the world’s most far-reaching battle of the bands competition, gives local groups a shot at stardom with an all-expenses paid trip. Stay tuned as the following local bands battle it out live in front of fans  April 25th in the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa.


TWINKLE and ROCKSOULRADIO is a rock band that originated in Sarasota, Florida. The local band has performed and recorded with well-known musicians including Aerosmith and Rod Stewart to name a few. Follow them on Twitter

Tidal Wave

Tidal Wave is a three piece instrumental surf rock group from Tampa, Florida. In the past, the band has been featured in the Tampa Bay Times and were listed as a must see act in the 2013 TBT Ultimate Music Guide. Check out their music and follow them on Twitter

Jack- Michael Band

The Jack Micheal Band are on their way into the country music world. The band originated in Punta Gorda, Florida and has participated in multiple festivals including the Strawberry Festival in Plant City FL, at the Jet Blue Park, and at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Listen to their music and Follow them on Twitter

The Detectives

The Detectives will be bringing Raggae to the Hard Rock Cafe. The Lakeland, FL band writes songs about stories that reflect the good and bad trials in life as well as people who they have met along the way. Check out their music and follow them on Twitter


Four men, a few musical instruments, and a lot of talent is what makes up the Undertone band. Listen to their music and follow them on Twitter

Soul Circus Cowboys

These four cowboys make up a multi-instrumental band that originated in Tampa, FL. Since 2009 they have been playing on the professional level. Listen to their music and follow them on Twitter

Seven Years Past

Seven Years Past is based in Sarasota, FL and consists of lifelong musicians and songwriters. Upon high demand, the five members continue to share their high energy brand of modern rock. Check out their music and follow them on Twitter