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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Sometimes singers get pelted with tomatoes.  And sometimes they get free burgers. To celebrate Tax Day (if such a day can be celebrated), Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore is offering free meals to people who stand up and sing in front of the rest of the restaurant's patrons, according to a news release from Maroon PR. Those who make it through a song can choose from new menu items such a fiesta burger, grilled vegetable sandwich or an arugula salad with chicken. Sounds more fun than sobbing over your tax return and opening a package of ramen.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Sometimes singers get pelted with tomatoes.  And sometimes they get free burgers. To celebrate Tax Day (if such a day can be celebrated), Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore is offering free meals to people who stand up and sing in front of the rest of the restaurant's patrons, according to a news release from Maroon PR. Those who make it through a song can choose from new menu items such a fiesta burger, grilled vegetable sandwich or an arugula salad with chicken. Sounds more fun than sobbing over your tax return and opening a package of ramen.
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By Brad Kuhn and Brad Kuhn,ORLANDO SENTINEL | January 7, 1997
More evidence that the theme-restaurant business is a hard life: Hard Rock Cafe, which has had flat sales in its restaurants, is branching into television.It also plans to announce a new music-recording venture later this month."Hard Rock Live," a weekly one-hour television music series produced by the co-creator of MTV's popular "Unplugged," is scheduled to debut in March on the VH-1 cable-music channel.The $35 million production, to be taped at Sony Studios in New York, is sponsored by VH-1, Pontiac automobiles and Warner Bros.
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By Meekah Hopkins | November 25, 2013
I'm going to admit -- I was pretty skeptical when I heard about a revamped Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore. Though the Hard Rock chain itself has become a piece of classic Americana about classic Americana, its presence in Baltimore over the years has always seemed lackluster, underwhelming and painfully touristy. Fancy a cocktail? Hard Rock would not immediately, if ever, cross the transom of my mind. But I might have to reconsider my options after recently taking a tour around their new drink menu and spotting a Hurricane among the offerings.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | July 5, 1997
As expected, the Baltimore branch of the Hard Rock Cafe will open with a bang today. It just won't be a particularly big bang -- at least, not on the musical front.Although the restaurant-cum-rock-memorabilia nook promises to augment its burgers and beers with regular servings of live music, the initial offerings are a tad slim. Apart from today's free, outdoor, grand-opening concert at 2 p.m., there are only four shows scheduled between now and Labor Day.Joan Jett will be the first in, hitting the Hard Rock stage July 21. Then comes the virtually unknown band Coward on Aug. 10, funk oldies War on Aug. 17, and a triple bill of G. Love With Special Sauce, Kool & the Gang, and KC & the Sunshine Band on Aug. 23.OK, so they're not going to replace the 9: 30 Club as the area's hippest venue.
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By Knight-Ridder | June 6, 1991
Will rock 'n' rollers become high rollers?Peter Morton is betting $65 million that fans of the Hard Rock Cafe chain he started in London 20 years ago will stay and play in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino he plans to begin building in Las Vegas this year.But, for players who can't get no "Satisfaction" even though they try -- and they try, and they try -- to win, the resort could become a "Heartbreak Hotel."The project, with a 130-foot Fender Guitar statue out front, will break ground late this year and open in late 1992 or early 1993, Morton announced yesterday.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | August 24, 1997
There is only one rule when you go to the new Hard Rock Cafe: Never, never admit it's your birthday.The waitress who has the strongest arms and the loudest voice will drag you from your chair and stand you up on the guitar-shaped bar or on a chair, and she will yell over the loudest rock and roll music you have ever heard -- louder even than what you hear from front-row seats at a Metallica concert -- she will yell your name and your age so loud that even...
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | July 5, 1997
In the 26 years that the Hard Rock Cafe organization has been building its global network of rock-and-roll restaurants, principals have recycled everything from a Rolls-Royce showroom in London to a hardware store in Nashville. They seem to be fulfilling the chain's motto to "Save the Planet" one building at a time.But Hard Rock has never tackled anything quite like Baltimore's massive Power Plant, the former power-generating station that overlooks the Inner Harbor, and executives approached the project with more than a little trepidation.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1997
Hard Rock Cafe -- the granddaddy of theme restaurants that '' proved it's not only rock 'n' roll but burgers, fries and T-shirts too -- will open here this summer as the Power Plant's first tenant in seven years.The Orlando, Fla.-based chain is to celebrate its grand opening June 28 with a free outdoor concert on the harbor and a new permanent fixture atop the complex's center building -- a 65-foot-tall lighted likeness of a Gibson Les Paul guitar.Inside, a Cadillac suspended from the ceiling will rotate above a bar in the center of a restaurant seating about 300. A stained-glass wall will depict rock legends.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | July 5, 1997
They called us rubes, hicks, acted like we just fell off the turnip truck. And we developed an attitude, didn't we, Baltimore? A bad attitude. Well, lose it, baby. We're big-time all the way now. Forget Camden Yards and the Science Center and the National Aquarium and all those fancy hotels that stretch like concrete monuments up to the sky.I say this because -- ta-daa! -- we now have a Hard Rock Cafe of our very own. OK, it's the 77th Hard Rock Cafe to open worldwide, but still. It's opening today in the Power Plant at the Inner Harbor.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
There's a straightforward, high-octane jukebox musical screaming 'I want to break free' from 'We Will Rock You,' the overstuffed, more or less entertaining tribute to the famed band Queen that opened its North American tour at the Hippodrome Tuesday night. The show, which started out 11 years ago in London and is still running strong there, painstakingly weaves two dozen songs through a sci-fi scenario that makes the plots of ABBA-fueled "Mamma Mia" or heavy metal salute "Rock of Ages" seem downright Shakespearean by comparison.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
There's a scene in "We Will Rock You," the musical featuring the greatest hits of Queen, now in its North American premiere at the Hippodrome, in which the cast members go to a cafe. The on-stage cafe is recognizable as a Hard Rock Cafe. And as "We Will Rock You" continues its tour, the Hard Rock Cafe in each city is offering a special dinner-and-show package.  Each will also showcase traveling Queen memorabilia and play a Queen song every 90 minutes in the cafe.  The Rockin' Dinner & Show Package starts at $60 per person (the price is determined by the seat location you choose at the Hippodrome)
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
Baltimore doesn't get to host the NFL Kickoff game on Thursday night, but fans can still have plenty of fun. There's the Keith Urban concert at 7:30 p.m. And a whole bunch of waterfront restaurants are running food and drink specials for game-watchers. Dick's Last Resor t will be kicking off a season of Game Night Thursdays with pre-game live music, happy hour, games and a ticket raid for the Shindig Music Festival. When the Ravens take the field, Dick's will be broadcasting the game on a big screen TV on the dock.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2011
Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore celebrates its 1971 founding this afternoon with a Burger Badge Bash. Members of Baltimore's police and fire department will compete in a Guns & Hoses Legendary Burger Eating Contest, and badge holding civil servants (police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians) are being offered a specially 71 cent burgers "in recognition of their dedication and service to the community. " The eating contest benefits the Baltimore Child Abuse Center , and the event will also feature 98 Rock’s Matt Davis as emcee, and a live performance by local band Wasabi.Police.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2011
Let it be known now and for time immemorial that Karen Shouse and Caralyn Wichers love their children. There is no other plausible explanation for why the two suburban moms spent Friday night in the Hard Rock Cafe listening to two dozen renditions, one after the other, of Justin Bieber's "Baby, Baby, Baby. " Thirty-one teenage girls and one boy vied for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to California to attend the Feb. 9 movie premiere of "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" — and possibly even meet the singer.
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By [NICHOLAS TESTA] | March 27, 2008
FortFest The lowdown -- Early in the 20th century, at a time when UFOs and cryptozoology were unheard of, Charles Fort researched and wrote extensively on anomalous phenomena. The conference in his honor, FortFest, visits Baltimore this year with book sales, activities and seminars on UFOs, ancient religions and more. If you go -- FortFest runs 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Tickets are $25-$75. It continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Days Inn Inner Harbor, 100 Hopkins Place.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | July 6, 1997
A three-hour wait stood between the end of the line snaking around the old Power Plant and the brass, guitar-shaped door handles at the entrance to the new Hard Rock Cafe.On the opposite side of the former steam-generating plant, another line stretched hundreds deep from the shop selling official Hard Rock T-shirts, Hard Rock guitar watches and Hard Rock golf balls.Miniature boats bobbed in the water, oglers thronged the promenade, and the parking lot across Pratt Street overflowed, sending some visitors to a garage that cost $10.50 for three hours.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | July 1, 1997
The turquoise '60 Cadillac looks like it's about to take flight, suspended from the domed ceiling and tilted just so above the bar shaped like a gigantic Gibson Les Paul guitar.It's a classic, this Caddy at the Hard Rock Cafe opening Saturday in Baltimore's resurrected Power Plant -- low and sleek and glistening, from the whitewalls to the familiar fins it made famous.If it's Hard Rock, it's got to be Caddys, burgers, beers -- and guitars galore: from the 68-foot neon Paul Reed Smith model on the Power Plant's roof to the brass guitar door handles and the Les Paul guitar neck inlaid in the terrazzo floor to the legends' axes covering the walls.
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By ROB HIAASEN and ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER | May 21, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The plumber is psyched. Mike Lachaina, born three towns down from Billy Joel's hometown on Long Island, stands in the gravel of the Lincoln Theatre's parking lot waiting to see what she sounds like. Lachaina, a Carolina man now, is more than twice the new singer's age, which is a fitting initial audience for the Piano Man's daughter. "I grew up listening to Billy. I've never heard her. But she needs some support," says Lachaina, who alone, at this place and time, comprises Alexa Ray Joel's crowd support.
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By Annie Linskey | September 9, 2004
Rock artifacts Elvis may have left the building for the last time long ago -- but his memorabilia lingers. From noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Hard Rock Cafe will play host to a trailer load of rock 'n' roll artifacts, including a guitar the King played during his 1968 comeback special and a pair of his black-and-white shoes on loan from Graceland. In addition, visitors can see the red tuxedo from Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" video, a trumpet played by a Beatle at a "Penny Lane" recording and much more.
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