Hard Rock Brings the Music!  As part of a new, community-wide initiative, Hard Rock is bringing  entertainment to the people!  We love gettin’ turned on to new music and supporting local bands. We’re looking for twelve bands to compete in the first-ever Rockford Casino “Battle of the Bands” from 6-10 p.m. on September 28-30, 2022, at the Rockford Park District’s Sinnissippi Band Shell, 1401 N 2nd St, Rockford, IL 61107.

First place:
All-expenses paid trip to perform at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, FL

Second place:
$500 gift card to Guitar Center

Third place:
$250 gift card to Guitar Center and invited to play during Sunday’s competition

  • All musical genres welcome!
  • Bands will be chosen to compete based on their artistic ability and instrumentation. Staff will review all applications and select twelve (12) bands to compete. 
  • This competition is for amateur, regional musicians only. Bands signed by any record company (including independent record labels) are not eligible to compete nor may bands compete who are from outside Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, Ogle or Rock Counties.
  • Community judges will award final prizes during the competition. 

The Rockford Casino will provide professional sound and lighting for all competing bands.
Deadline for Submission of the form below: Septemeber 12, 2022. (all fields mandatory)

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Bands must acknowledge and accept the following to participate:

  • All band members must be at least 21 years old to participate.
  • All band members must attend sound check on _________ from ___ - ____.
  • Set lists must be approved by staff and must not contain explicit lyrics.
  • All music must be performed live – no playing to a track.
  • All band members are required to meet with staff before acceptance in the competition for a venue tour and instrumentation discussion.
You must agree to the Terms and Conditions

**Alternate dates/location in case of inclement weather are __________________.

Bands will be notified on or before September 16.
Stay Tuned!