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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.
2018 Sound Off Live! Winners
PBC Vocal Band - overall winner with the highest score in the competition
Amanda Lynne Band
Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings
Eman the Heartbreak
Leo & Cygnus
PBC (Pitches Be Crazy) Vocal Band is a five-person cover band rocking R&B, rap, funk and pop hits of the last four decades. With no instruments, the band creates original arrangements of music that include tight harmonies, beatboxing/vocal percussion, and bone-rattling sub-harmonic bass to create an entertainment experience like no other. Known for remixing and mash-ups, PBC Vocal Band’s unique approach to genre and music blending keeps audiences engaged from start to finish. Focused heavily on covering music from the 1970s-1990s, PBC takes pride in bringing back the “old school jams” that spark nostalgia and memories for some, but just as important, introduces younger audiences to music that influences the artists of today.