Bands compete for prizes in the annual High School Rock Off

2023 High School Rock Off

Live Nation and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are proud to announce the 26th Annual Tri-C® High School Rock Off will feature 30 incredibly talented attractions.

The three performance rounds will take place January 28, February 4, and February 11 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, all leading up to The Final Exam on Saturday, February 25, where the 2023 “Best Band in The Land” will be awarded by music and entertainment industry judges.

The Results!

Congratulations to our 2022 Tri-C High School Rock Off winners! A night packed with so much talent it was overflowing and all bands were incredible. 

1st - Seeing Scarlet (Avon Lake, Sandusky, Huron)

2nd - RRRIOT! (North Olmsted, Bay Village, Ohio Connections Academy)

3rd - Psycho Fuzz (University, Hudson, Shaker Heights)

 

Final Exam Bands

Now that we have our final exam bands, take a listen to songs recorded by 8 of the final exam bands. 

A special thank you to Jim Stewart, Vennie Palmer and the students involved in the Tri-C Recording Arts and Technology program for assisting in these recordings.

The process

Bands selected will play a 15-minute set during the Rock Off semifinal rounds at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. During each of the Rock Off rounds, three 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 program. These songs will be available as free downloads at the time of The Final Exam.

The Prizes

First place prize consists of one thousand dollars ($1,000); two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) awarded to the first place prize winner’s high school music program; and the opportunity to perform at a format-appropriate Live Nation or House of Blues Cleveland concert as an opening act, or on a secondary performance stage.

Second place prize consists of five hundred dollars ($500); and one hundred dollars ($100) awarded to the Second Place Prize winner’s high school music program.

Third place prize consists of two hundred fifty dollars ($250).

All twelve (12) 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 program. These songs will be available as free downloads on www.rockhall.com/rockoff. Additonal prizing may be added during the Contest Period and will be updated in these Official Rules and on www.rockhall.com/rockoff.

The (previous) winners

Feast your ears on some of the recordings from the previous Rock Off winners: SoundCloud

The Sponsors

The annual battle of the high school bands and musicians is presented by Live Nation, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Scene Magazine, Fox 8, 96.5 KISS FM, 100.7 WMMS, The Real 106.1 and iHeart Media.

   

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