Hard Rock Rising
WHAT: Bands from around the world have spent weeks competing on a local level for the chance to play the gig of a lifetime: a spot on the bill at the 2012 "Hard Rock Calling" festival in London's Hyde Park with such legendary artists as Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. True it's a longshot, but don't forget -- Buffalo's More Than Me won the contest in 2010.
WHO: Area rockers Whiskey Reverb took the honors at the local contest in the Niagara Falls Hard Rock; now the band is an online competition with 85 other groups that continues through Tuesday.
TO VOTE: Go to www.Facebook.com/hardrockcafeniagarafallsusa or www.hardrock.com for more details, to download free tracks and vote.
-- Toni Ruberto