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Hard Rock Tahoe bands a clash in styles, London calling the winner

Tim Parsons
Kings of Midtown, from left, Zach Barnhill, Chris Pollock and Russ Kai Muller, compete Thursday, March 15, in the Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe Battle of the Bands.

No one ever said rock was easy.

The Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe is the qualifying site of one of 86 in a worldwide Battle of the Bands.

The last of three opening rounds begins at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, and the finals will be March 22. Each of the three bands that will play 25-minute sets tonight have distinct styles. Dreda Dre is a rapper, Authmentis is metal and Kings of Midtown is reggae.

“It’s going to come down to overall performance and professionalism,” Zach Barnhill, the bass player for Kings of Midtown, said. “We can’t make any mistakes but we work better under pressure.”

Two bands have already qualified for the finals: Alternative rockers Furlough Fridays and reggae rockers Street Urchinz. At least one member must live within 100 miles of the restaurant for his band to qualify as being from Tahoe.

Hard Rock spokeswoman Kimberly Templeton said bands are evaluated in five categories: originality, musicianship, singing, stage presence and fan reaction. Judges include South Lake Tahoe native Chuck Garric, who plays bass with Alice Cooper, and Robbie Wheeler and Joel Gruneich of Lavish Green.

Each band submitted a recording of an original song. The 86 winning bands will be judged on the demo songs with the winner invited to play in a London Festival, Hard Rock Calling 2012, a concert that will include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The second- and third-place bands will receive cash awards.

There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome to the Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe.

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