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.

Tickets are available here.

Performing bands can be found here: Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3

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 three thousand dollars ($3,000); 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 fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500); and one hundred dollars ($100) awarded to the Second Place Prize winner’s high school music program.

Third place prize is five hundred dollars ($500). 

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 Sponsors

The 2023 Rock Off is produced by Live Nation and sponsored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cuyahoga Community College, Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels, Fox 8, 96.5 KISS FM, 100.7 WMMS, 106.1 The Real, iHeart Media and Jim Stewart Recording.