Sound Off Live! presented by Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore

  • PBC Vocal Band - 2018 Sound Off Live! Overall Winner

    Photo Credit: Kimberly Shorter

  • Skyline Hotel - 2018 Sound Off Live! Winner

    Photo Credit: Kimberly Shorter

  • Cha Cha - 2018 Sound Off Live! Winner

    Photo Credit: Kimberly Shorter

Sound Off Live! (SOL!), presented by Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore, is Baltimore's premier "Battle of the Bands" event for emerging artists located in Maryland and the surrounding region. Taking place right in the heart of Light City & Baltimore Book Festival on November 6 & 7, 2019 - SOL! showcases two packed evenings of live music from 18 of the region's most exciting up-and-coming bands/musicians.

Competing bands will each have fifteen minutes to perform up to three songs in front of a live audience and panel of judges at Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore, 601 E Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202. The winning bands that are selected have the opportunity to perform at up to two festivals produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts: Artscape, Light City and/or Baltimore Book Festival. The highest scoring band receives a $100 Hard Rock Cafe gift card and a guaranteed Main Stage performance slot at Artscape 2020.

2019 Sound Off Live! Winners

RoVo Monty – overall winner with the highest score in the competition
Brandon Kanion
Cowabunga Pizza Time
Emma G
Ethan Spalding & The Traprock Band
Greasy Hands
Leisure Sport
Matt Hutchison & the Big ‘Gin
Mister Vershawn
The Noise
SHDW
The Tool Shed
WATAVIBE
Waylon K. Smith
Wreck The System

About PBC

RoVo Monty is a performance artist from the DMV looking to take the underground LGBTQI music scene to the next level. He combines a mash up of genres and sounds such as pop, dance, house, and alternative R&B. With his unique style, choreographed dances and gender fluid fashion RoVo creates an experience that is truly captivating to the audience. His music influence is drawn from legends such as Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Beyonce. RoVo also takes note from new school artists that relate to his independent journey, especially Dawn Richard and MNEK. With the mixes of mainstream pop culture and an underground edge RoVo is sure to making any appearance unforgettable.