High School Rock Off 2019 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

23rd Annual Tri-C® High School Rock Off Powered by PNC

23rd Annual Tri-C® High School Rock Off Powered by PNC Performance Rounds Set - Bands/Solo Acts Selected Ready to Heat Up Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

CLEVELAND,. Dec. 20, 2018 – Live Nation and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are proud to announce the 23rd Annual Tri-C® High School Rock Off powered by PNC will feature 36 incredibly talented attractions. A total of 147 band members, including six solo artists, will represent 64 schools from Ohio, Penn., RI, NH, Texas and Washington, D.C. The three performance rounds will take place at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, all leading up to The Final Exam on Saturday, Feb. 16, where the 2019 “Best Band in The Land” will be awarded by music and entertainment industry judges.

This year, high school seniors participating in the Rock Off will have the opportunity to apply for one of three PNC scholarships to study in the Creative Arts program at Cuyahoga Community College.®. Among the 36 bands and solo performers entered in the Rock Off, 47 students are seniors eligible to apply for the Tri-C® PNC scholarships.

“These scholarships help young, talented musicians access training designed to sharpen their skills and continue on the path to success,” said Paul Clark, PNC regional president of Cleveland. “It’s rewarding to help hard-working students achieve their goals while further enhancing our community.”

“These scholarships will help create an unparalleled opportunity for Tri-C to help students who have competed in the Rock Off to jumpstart their careers in music performance, marketing, promotion and recording technology,” said David Kennedy, director of Tri-C’s Recording Arts and Technology program. “We help focus their passion and provide training, degrees and job opportunities. Rock Off alumni work in the music industry, in recording studios, in concert halls and arenas, on tour, in equipment manufacturing, in broadcasting, in marketing and promotion, at the Rock Hall, at the House of Blues and with LiveNation. The partnership gives Tri-C students the opportunity to connect with artists and professionals in many meaningful and productive ways.”

“We’re proud to host the High School Rock Off and showcase these incredible young artists again,” said Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “It’s amazing to see the talent and confidence of these high school rockers! We’re honored to support these artists and provide them with opportunities to perform live at the Rock Hall and on our plaza this summer. Many Rock Off alum have gone on to launch successful music careers and it all started right here.”

Each act in the performance rounds will play a 15-minute set. Four bands will be selected by a panel of judges to move on to The Final Exam. All finalists will record one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, which will be produced by Jim Stewart Recording and students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts and Technology program. These songs will be available as free downloads on www.rockhall.com/rockoff at the time of The Final Exam.


Future rock stars take the stage on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the High School Rock Off. The excitement and raw talent of these young musicians will be highlighted in a four-episode video series called “New Voices in Rock,” which is sponsored by PNC and will run on the Rock Hall’s social media channels.


Participating bands in the three performance rounds are listed alphabetically by performance date. Performance times will be determined the day of each performance. Performance dates and times are subject to change.


Round 1 - Saturday, January 19

  • Category Five - North Royalton, St. Ignatius, Walsh Jesuit
  • Charm the Guard - Copley, Hathaway Brown
  • Excuse the Interruption - Fairview, Fort LeBoeuf, McDowell, Mercyhurst (PA)
  • First to Eleven - Collegiate Academy, Fairview, Seneca (PA)
  • Ink - Hilliard Darby
  • Jancy Zhang - Walsh Jesuit
  • Kacie Grenon - VLACS, St. Thomas Aquinas, Merrimack (NH)
  • New Horizon - North Royalton, Walsh Jesuit
  • Revival - Avon, Avon Heritage, Learwood Middle, St. Raphael
  • Skippy's on the Run - Avon, Bay Middle
  • Skyler "Bass" Weaver - Lake
  • Soundproof - Pauda Franciscan, Strongsville
  • The Rapid Jags - Heath

Round 2 - Saturday, January 26

  • Antimatter - Amherst Junior, Avon Middle
  • Assault - Lake Erie, North Ridgeville, Rocky River, Strongsville
  • Cosmic Soda Machine - Avon Lake
  • Caroline Ayers - Riverbend (VA)
  • Mediocre at Best - Cathedral Prep, Edgewood, Our Lady of Peace, St. George (PA)
  • Pure - North Ridgeville, Ohio Virtual Academy
  • Pyranimals - Hilliard Davidson
  • While I'm Away - Hilliard Bradley
  • Zu Kru Rejects - Kenston

Round 3 - Saturday, February 2

  • Bucyrus High School Xband – Bucyrus
  • Lake Effect - Bay Elementary, Bay Middle, St. Raphael, Troy Middle
  • Little G Fresh - Brunswick
  • Peter McPoland - Woodlands (TX)
  • Queen Bees - Learwood Middle, Magnificat, Troy Intermediate
  • Rosegun Vibe - Collegiate Academy, Fort LeBoeuf, Harborcreek, McDowell (PA)
  • SoundTown - Bay, North Ridgeville, St. Ignatius
  • Tetrakaipheptagon - Avon, Elyria Catholic, St. Edward
  • The Brakes - Jefferson Area
  • The Reincarnated - Holy Name, Normandy, North Royalton, Pauda Franciscan
  • Tor Guides - Barrington, Coventry, JM Walsh School of the Performing Arts, Lincoln (RI)
  • Two Seconds to the Basement - Brecksville, North Royalton
  • Zinfandel - Bay, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River, Strongsville


The winning band will receive $1,000 cash and $250 for their high school music program. Second place will receive $250 cash and $100 for their high school music program and third place will receive $100 cash.

The winning band will also receive the opportunity to perform at a format-appropriate Live Nation or House of Blues Cleveland concert as an opening act and at The Rock Hall’s annual Summer in the City program on the new Rock Hall Plaza Stage. One finalist will also be selected to perform next summer at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, and a number of the rock off bands will have the opportunity to perform throughout the summer at Edgewater Live.


Tickets for the qualifying performance rounds are $10 and include admission to the Rock Hall the night of the event. Tickets can be purchased from the participating bands or at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame box office on Rock Off performance days, while supplies last. Tickets for The Final Exam will be $12.

The latest information about the Rock Off will be posted on www.rockhall.com/rockoff, on Facebook at High School Rock Off, Twitter @HSRockOff and Instagram at HSRockOff, using #HSRockOff.

The 2019 Rock Off is produced by Live Nation and sponsored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cuyahoga Community College, PNC, Scene Magazine, Fox 8, 96.5 KISS FM, 100.7 WMMS, iHeart Media, Jim Stewart Recording, Quicken Loans Arena, The CAVS, The Monsters and The Gladiators.

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