TOP FIVE MAINE HS BANDS MOVE TO ROCK-OFF FINALS

April 11, 2005

 

Five Maine high school rock bands are one show closer to winning $1,000 and the title of “Best Young Band in the State of Maine,” as Reindeer Records’ 21st Annual Rock-Off heads into the Finals.

The top five bands were announced in alpha order and include: GRAND SLAM BREAKFAST (Erskine Academy), INTEROBANG (Erskine Academy), MIDRIFF (Scarborough HS), O.R.B.I.T.S. (Maranacook Community HS) and THE SHAMS, the first Homeschooled band to enter the Rock-Off.

Another enthusiastic crowd of 300+ was on hand Sunday at the second of two Live Performance Showcases held at McAuley Performing Arts Center in Portland. Each band’s live scores were combined with their other scores for Original Material and Marketability, evaluated by separate panels of judges. The five finalists had the best overall totals.

“This year was truly one of the tightest competitions so far,” reported Rock-Off Producer and Reindeer President Louis Philippe. “All the judges pretty much kept within a very close margin and when you start scaling the results for various categories down to percentages, the result is a knuckle-biting race.”

ALTERIA, a band from Lisbon that competed in two Rock-Off events and later got signed to Reindeer Records, performed songs from their latest CD release, “A Time Worth Waiting For,” before each of the band members announced one of the finalists.

Philippe noted that at least five other bands were close to making it into the top five. “On one hand, it’s always disappointing to see so many excellent young bands depart from the journey and I certainly hope they build on the exposure and networking opportunities that the Rock-Off provided. On the other hand, it’s exciting to look forward to what will undoubtedly be one of the best Rock-Off Finals ever.”

The Finals are slated for Sunday, May 15, 2 PM, again at McAuley PAC, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland. Tickets are $10, available from any participating band or by contacting Reindeer at 857-9002 or online at http://www.reindeergroup.org. Information about this year’s 19 participating bands can be found at http://www.20below.mainetoday.com.

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