Sound Off Live! presented by Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore

  • RoVo Monty - 2019 Sound Off Live! Winner

  • 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. Last year’s event took place during Baltimore Book Festival & Light City in November 2019, featuring two packed evenings of live music from 16 of the region's most exciting up-and-coming bands/musicians! 

Competing bands each have fifteen minutes to perform up to three songs in front of a live audience and panel of judges as 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 guaranteed Main Stage performance slot at Artscape!

The next Sound Off Live! event will take place March 2021. Applications to participate open August 2020. For more information on the program, contact Sam Huber at (443)263-4307 or

*Sound Off Live! artists have already been selected for BOPA's 2020 Festivals.*

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
The Tool Shed
Waylon K. Smith
Wreck The System

About RoVo Monty

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 make any appearance unforgettable.