Applications Open for Sound Off Live! Competition for 2019 Festivals

Interested musicians must apply by Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Also known as Baltimore’s “Battle of the Bands,” Sound Off Live! Presented by Hard Rock Café Baltimore returns on Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 6 to 10pm. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Sound Off Live! is a live audition for up-and-coming bands or musicians interested in performing at Light City, Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival. At Sound Off Live!, competing bands/musicians have fifteen minutes to perform three songs in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The winners are guaranteed a performance slot at Light City, Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival. Sound Off Live! is presented by and takes place at Hard Rock Café Baltimore, 601 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202. To apply, bands must submit an application complete with music samples no later than Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The application is available at

Only bands/musicians from the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia region that have never been booked at Light City, Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival are eligible to apply. Applicants must keep the following dates open: April 2019 exact date TBA (Light City), July 19-21, 2019 (Artscape) and September 27-29, 2019 (Baltimore Book Festival).


About Light City:

Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.


About Artscape:

Artscape is America’s largest FREE arts festival, featuring a full schedule of performing arts including live concerts from national, regional and local acts on multiple outdoor stages and a wide variety of opera, theater, street theater, classical music and jazz performances.  Additionally, the festival showcases visual artists from the Baltimore region and beyond through an artists’ market, outdoor & indoor exhibitions and an extensive variety of local food and beverage vendors.


About the Baltimore Book Festival:

The Baltimore Book Festival is a “literary feast with gourmet eats” celebrating books, creativity, knowledge and ideas. Over three days the festival features hundreds of local, celebrity and national authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, hands-on projects for kids, live music and a thoughtfully curated  local food and beverage program.

For more information on Sound Off Live! Presented by Hard Rock Café Baltimore, visit or call 410-752-8632.

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