I was lucky enought to be tapped by the Hard Rock to be a judge in their global band competition, "Hard Rock Rising". 86 cities around the world are competing to ultimately send one lucky band to play at the famed Hyde Park in London this July for the 3 day "Hard Rock Calling" festival. Last night was the first qualifying round with The Black Sleep, Faith By Fire and the Joe Draper Band each playing a 30 minute set. Judging is ALWAYS tough but last night was especialy grueling for me. All 3 bands were different and all 3 kicked it in their own way! At the end of the judging, the Joe Draper Band nailed down the win for this round! Next Tuesday, it's Round 2! Please join me and support local music!