January 22, 2007


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The talent search is on once again for “The Best High School Rock Band in the State of Maine.”

The 23rd Annual Reindeer Rock-Off—the flagship event of Portland-based independent label Reindeer Records—is open to original high school bands from across the state who would like their moment of fame in the Rock-Off spotlight.

Deadline to register is February 23, after which bands will be slotted for a live showcase on one of several dates:  Saturday April 14, Sunday April 15 or Sunday April 22, all at McAuley Performing Arts Center in Portland.  Five bands will then be selected to play in the Finals, slated for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.

In addition to the coveted title of being best, the winning band will win $1,000 plus recording studio time from Tonezone Recording Studios in Scarborough (www.tonezonerecording.com).

In the past two decades, the Rock-Off has become a household word among high school musicians of all levels and contemporary genres who have a strong focus on achieving some kind of creative success.  Many local bands that have “hit the big time” have taken advantage of their Rock-Off experiences:  Howie Day, Jeremiah Freed and Rustic Overtones, to name a few.

The Rock-Off is designed to provide lots of benefits to every band that participates.  “The Rock-Off is a blast for any band whether they win or not,” said Executive Producer Louis Philippe.  “It’s a great platform for learning and growing as individual musicians, with plenty of industry exposure and networking opportunities, and it’s just plain tons of fun.”

But Philippe warns the Rock-Off is a very structured, intense, no-nonsense competition.  “A band will face several panels of judges who evaluate pretty much everything about their act—their presentation, their live show, their original material and numerous other record industry criteria,” Philippe said.  “It’s not just about a band’s music, it’s about their professional potential, aptitude, acumen and ability to be stars.”

Reindeer is very excited to have once again as a media sponsor, MaineToday.com, which is very supportive of the high school scene, and whose online site will soon offer some fun interactive ways to get involved with the Rock-Off and further promote the bands.

Musicians interested in obtaining a Registration Packet or more info should contact Reindeer at 857-9002 or email events@reindeergroup.org.




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