Cleveland Clinic voice specialist to help judge Hard Rock battle of the bands

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It’s always good to have a doctor on hand, even if it’s just for a battle of the bands competition. That’ll be the case tonight when The Hard Rock Café launches its annual Global Battle of the Bands Competition. The Hard Rock has enlisted Dr. Claudio Milstein, a voice specialist from the Cleveland Clinic's Voice Center, to help judge the event alongside Erika Lauren from the Alan Cox show on WMMS, Megan Zurkey from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and members from last year’s Hard Rock Rising winning band, Hey Monea! Milstein hasn’t judged a battle of the bands competition in the past but he says he’s looking forward to the event.

“I have no doubt it will be a lot of fun,” he says. “It’s a global event and people from every state participate. I’ve been working with professional voice users for many many years. I started in Argentina. I was a theater director. I was teaching voice for acting and singing at the National School of Drama.”

The Clinic actually has a wall of photos of some of the celebrities it has treated over the years. Milstein says the Clinic has seen a number of American Idol contestants as patients, too. So does that mean he’ll take on the air of Idol judge Simon Cowell and lambast any performer not up to snuff?

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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