Friday, May 20, 2011

Hard Rock Turns 40!

Hard Rock is celebrating their 40th Anniversary! My local Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, FL is throwing one heck of a party from May 18th to June 26th to celebrate. There will be concerts, cash drawings, drink specials, they are selling 40th anniversary collectibles, and even giving away a trip to London!

I visited the new Hard Rock Cafe on Wednesday for the kick off party and I had a blast. The food and drinks are great (you have to try their Bruschetta and Absolut lemonade!), but the atmosphere is my favorite part. They have a blackjack pit in the Cafe. There are fun, bright colors everywhere and there is a huge stage against the back wall. Wednesday we had The Flats playing live. They are a cover band that did an amazing job. I'm not a fan of Lady Gaga, but their Bad Romance and Poker Face covers were great. They covered everything from Bruce Springsteen to Muse to Neon Trees and they did an excellent job on all of the songs. Seminole Hard Rock has several bands or DJ's every day this month. You can check out their calender to see who is playing when and where.

They are having two big concerts that I would be thrilled to attend:

-Seven Mary Three: Thursday 5/26/11 at 10pm (doors at 9pm) $20 for general admission
-Everclear: Thursday 6/23/11 at 10pm (doors at 9pm) $28 for general admission

I have loved both of these bands for over a decade now! The Seminole Hard Rock of Tampa has a close and personal stage set up, so you are guaranteed to have a great view (and possibly meet an artist or too). Here are a few pictures that I took of The Flats from the booths that line the wall (excuse the poor quality, I was having flash issues):

This is zoomed out all the way with a crappy camera. We actually had a great view from the booth.

Seminole Hard Rock has the speakers and the lighting to give you the full concert experience. you can see the lights at the top of the picture.

He is one of the 2 singers from The Flats. He impressed me with his Lady Gaga songs. : )

Here you can see some of the drums hanging on the wall. The area outlined in blue to the left is the bar.

I made some new friends! This is Myself, Elise (Joan's daughter) and Joan (who is also blogging about Hard Rock).

Seminole Hard Rock is also giving away some great prizes. On Sunday 6/26/11 they are going to have hourly drawings from 2-4 and 6-8pm for $4,000 cash. They also have grand prize drawings at 4:30pm & 8:30pm for a trip to London for two! Visit Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, FL to join in on the celebration.

Disclaimer: All opinions in this post are 100% my own. I was invited to a special event at Seminole Hard Rock, but I was not compensated in any other way for this post.

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