Local bands: Want to win a slot at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival in London?
Well today's your lucky day.
For the second year in a row, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa is holding a band battle whereby Florida groups can compete for a slot on the bill. Today through Jan. 17, head to their Facebook page and sign up. Fans will vote on which bands get to advance to a live-competition round -- last year's local winner was Seven Years Past -- and from there, the winner will move on to the national competition. Ten bands nationwide will be named finalists, and celebrity judges will eventually choose a winner.
The grand prize? A trip to London for Hard Rock Calling 2012 on July 13-15, including a spot on the bill. Runners-up will receive hefty cash prizes. These are all good things.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*