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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
Cowabunga Pizza Time
Ethan Spalding & The Traprock Band
Matt Hutchison & the Big ‘Gin
The Tool Shed
Waylon K. Smith
Wreck The System
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.