2018 High School Rock Off PNC

High School Rock Off: Final Exam

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Road to the Rock Hall begins with the Rock Off.

Doors: 5:00 PM
Show:  6:00 PM
Sets: 15 Min


Click below on the band you want to see and purchase your tickets. Tickets for the Final Exam are only $12 and includes admission to the Rock Hall Exhibits the night of the event. If supplies last, tickets will be available at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame box office on Rock Off on Saturday, February 17, 2018. 


  • 6pm: 8 Days Late  - Jefferson Area, Lakeview 
  • 6:20pm: FunkboxNordonia, Twinsburg
  • 6:40pm: Time OutHilliard Darby
  • 7pm: Little G FreshBrunswick 
  • 7:30pm: Drift - Independence, N. Royalton, St. Ignatius, Walsh Jesuit
  • 7:50pm: DistractedPadua Franciscan, Normandy, North Ridgeville
  • 8:10pm: Cousin Simple - Columbus Alternative, St. Charles Prep
  • 8:30pm: MontageCleveland School of Arts, Maple Heights
  • 9pm: Julia Sommer - Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts, PA 
  • 9:20pm: Threat Level Midnight Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson
  • 9:40pm: FillerBay, Rocky River
  • 10pm: The 89th KeyBrighton, East Lansing, Holt, Williamston (MI)
  • 10:25pm: Special School of Rock Performance
  • 10:50pm: 2018 Tri-C High School Rock Off Winner Announced

New this year, PNC Bank will be awarding three scholarships of up to $2,000 each for students to attend Tri-C and study within the College’s Center for Creative Arts. All Rock Off contestants in their senior year of high school are eligible for the scholarship. For information on Creative Arts programs offered at Tri-C, visit www.tri-c.edu/creativearts.
To apply for the scholarships, participants should contact Brenda Pongracz at 216-987-0290 or [email protected].

special programming:

On Friday, February 16 a 7 p.m., the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives will host Van Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, who will also serve as a guest judge during the Rock Off’s Final Exam. During the free event, Lyman will share his experiences, including his role as founder of the Vans Warped Tour.
As the longest running North American festival, the Vans Warped Tour attracts about 750,000 people annually and has helped launch the careers of artists such as Eminem, Katy Perry, No Doubt, Echosmith, Paramore and others. The Vans Warped Tour is hitting the road for its final trek in 2018 and the first-place winner of the annual Tri-C High School Rock Off at the Rock Hall will be invited to perform at the final installment of the tour at Blossom Music Center. To RSVP for the event, please visit ticketing.rockhall.com.

The Rock Hall will celebrate the 2018 Rock Off finalists by featuring their music throughout the museum the day of the Final Exam. As a special feature, the Rock Hall will screen "The High School That Rocked!" on loop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Foster Theater. The documentary looks at a Connecticut school that lured a slew of classic-rock legends, including six Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees – the Rascals, Cream, the Doors, the Animals, Sly and the Family Stone and the Yardbirds – all over a two-year span between 1966-68. 



All of the prize money is compliments of the local School of Rock franchise. 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 first place winner will be invited to perform at the final installment of the 2018 Vans Warped Tour at Blossom Music Center and at the Rock Hall’s annual Summer in the City program on the PNC Stage. One finalist will also be selected to perform at the 2018 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. 

The 2018 Rock Hall Inductions will take place in Cleveland and the winning bands will be invited to perform at special functions produced by The Rock Hall during Induction week.

All of solo acts and band members that make it to The Final Exam with each receive the all new Live Nation Gift Card! It’s our way of Giving you the gift of LIVE Music! Plus, it’s the perfect gift, providing you access to the best in live music this summer. Simply download the Live Nation App and you will be able to use your gift card instantly!

For Live Nation Gift Card details, visit livenation.com/giftcards and give the gift of LIVE, today!


For more information, please contact Frank Imhoff at Live Nation at (216) 912-4927 or [email protected]

Official Rules

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Official Rules for the 2019 High School Rock Off


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