Joshua Surgeon Wins Cleveland Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands

It’s official! The winner of the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands for Cleveland is…Joshua Surgeon. Erin Stoll took second place!  Over 6,000 artists entered to be part of the largest Battle of the Bands competition around the world. Hard Rock divided the planet into four regions and each city narrowed down their entrants to four final bands. Those four bands performed at the 2017 Hard Rock Rising Finals in their respective city!

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park hosted their Hard Rock Rising Finals on May 18 in Club Velvet. Four finalists including: Joshua Surgeon, Erin Stoll, Konipshun Phit, and Poro all competed for a chance to win this year’s grand prize – a live performance during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Joshua Surgeon will be moving on to the regional judging round June 1 -7, with the regional and grand prize winners announced on June 14.

All finalists received $1,000 USD, a Fender instruments prize pack, and a 1,000 CD/DVD pack of the artist’s latest recording or video from Bison Disc. Additionally, the grand prize winner will perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium and get a chance to create a professionally-produced music video, which will be added to Hard Rock’s world-wide video system.

For additional details about the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands competition, please visit

Joshua Surgeon (Winner)

Erin Stoll (2nd place)

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