23rd Tri-C High School Rock Off "Final Exam" Schedule Announced

Cleveland - More than 130 performers from six states competed in the three semi-final performances rounds of the 23rd Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off powered by PNC. It now comes down to 12 artists and the Final Exam this Saturday, February 16 at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Doors open at 5:00pm and the first band will hit the stage at 6:00pm. Each band will play 15 minutes of their best material and at the end of the night we will crown the “Rock Off Valedictorian” and announce The Best Band in The Land.

THE FINAL EXAM tickets are available now for only $12.00. Tickets are available through the participating bands, at the Rock Hall & Roll Hall Of Fame box office and online at www.rockhall.com/rockoff . Admission tickets to the Rock Off includes admission the Rock Hall and exhibits the night of the show! The Rock Off Final Exam is open to all ages. The Rock Hall hours will coincide with the Rock Off performance times.

The Final Exam Schedule - Saturday, Feb.16 - Doors Open at 5:00pm

6:00pm Bucyrus High School Xband - Bucyrus (OH)

6:20pm Pure - North Ridgeville & Ohio Virtual Academy (OH) 

6:40pm Caroline Ayers - Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA)    

7:00pm First To Eleven - Collegiate Academy, Fairview & Seneca (Erie, PA)  

Break - 2019 Rock Off Artwork Award Winners

7:30pm Category Five - North Royalton, St. Ignatius & Walsh Jesuit (OH)     

7:50pm Peter McPoland & The Haps - Woodlands (Spring, TX)    

8:10pm Pyranimals - Hilliard Davidson (Columbus, OH)  

8:30pm Charm The Guard - Copley & Hathaway Brown (OH)

Break - 2019 Judge and Sponsor Recognition

9:00pm Little G Fresh - Brunswick (OH)  

9:20pm Kacie Grenon Band - Merrimack St. Thomas Aquinas & VLACS (Rochester, NH) 

9:40pm Assault - Lake Erie, North Ridgeville, Rocky River & Strongsville (OH)   

10:00pm The Brakes - Jefferson Area (OH)  

10:25pm Special Guest Performance Julia Sommer - Tri-C Creative Arts School (Lehigh, PA)

10:50pm 2019 Tri-C HS Rock Off Winner Announced

The 2019 Final Exam performers recorded one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts. The FREE download was produced by Jim Stewart and students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts and Technology program. The FREE download is available on www.rockhall.com/rockoff .

PNC Bank is providing three scholarships worth up to $2,000 to study in Tri-C’s Creative Arts Program. The scholarships are open to high school seniors participating in this year’s Rock Off. Julia Sommer, a Final Exam performer from last year and the 2019 emcee from Lehigh, PA is currently attending Tri-C with scholarship support from PNC and The Tri-C High school Rock Off. Upon completing her jazz studies curriculum at Tri-C, Sommer will continue her music education in Music Therapy at Berklee School of Music in Boston!

Sommer is among the participating artists featured in New Voices in Rock powered by PNC , a series of videos that debuted last year to capture the talent of the young artists. New Voices in Rock returns this year. The Rock Hall will post the videos on its social media channels in the coming weeks.

This summer, the Vans Warped Tour will be celebrating its 25 th Anniversary with exclusive stops in only three locations at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, Atlantic City Beach in Atlantic City, NJ and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame right here in Cleveland, OH. The Vans Warped Tour helped launch the careers of artists such as Eminem, Katy Perry, No Doubt, Echosmith, Paramore and others. Warped Tour founder and creator, Kevin Lyman has been a tremendous supporter of The Tri-C High School Rock Off as well as being a past Final Exam judge. Over the years, Lyman has invited Rock Off winners to perform at The Vans Warped Tour and this year he continues the tradition of providing a slot at the Cleveland event on June 8 in conjunction with the opening of the 25 th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour exhibit at The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. “Last year I had the privilege to be one of the panel of judges for The Final Exam,” said Lyman. “Not only did I have a blast, I saw some of the most talented kids playing music today.”


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 this 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.

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