“19 BANDS TO COMPETE IN 25th-AND FINAL-ROCK-OFF EVENT”

February 11, 2009
ATTN:  A & E / Features / Lifestyle / Assignment Editors
“19 BANDS TO COMPETE IN 25th-AND FINAL-ROCK-OFF EVENT”
***** for immediate release *****
It has provided exposure for hundreds of high school rock bands.  It has put thousands of teen musicians in a huge spotlight.  It has been a springboard for some local bands to garner well-deserved regional recognition and even major label deals.
IT is the annual Reindeer Records’ Rock-Off, and after 25 years of serving its mission-“To promote, develop and encourage the talent and abilities of young performing artists”-the popular annual competition is offering it’s final serving of endeavoring young rock stars.
A total of 19 original high school bands from across the vast state of Maine are fine-tuning their stage presentations and getting their acts together in hopes of winning $1,000 and grabbing the last ultimate Rock-Off title of “Best Young Band in the State of Maine.”
The 25th Annual Rock-Off will be held at McAuley Performing Arts Center, 637 Stevens Ave., Portland on Sunday, March 15th and Sunday, March 22nd.
“The Rock-Off experience has been a magnet for many aspiring local young musicians who want to take advantage of the event’s extraordinary exposure and networking opportunities,” according to Louis Philippe, RO Executive Producer and President of Reindeer Group, Inc. “Artists such as Rustic Overtones, Howie Day, Jeremiah Freed and a host of bands well known in the all-ages arena, have all strutted their great stuff on the Rock-Off stage…some won, some didn’t, but they all learned a lot and developed their acts with successful results.”
The multi-faceted industry-based judging criteria of The Rock-Off has always been the cornerstone of its integrity.  Each band is judged on numerous elements in three major categories: Live Showcase Performance, Original Material and Marketability. Audience Vote is also part of a band’s overall score.  The bands with the top five highest overall scores will make it into the Finals, slated for Sunday, April 19th, also at McAuley.
One additional band will be “saved” as the MaineToday.com Wildcard Band-the band with the highest combination of online poll votes and text messaging votes. MaineToday.com, a long-time media sponsor of the Rock-Off, will provide more interactive fun for this year’s participants and their extensive fan bases including a full schedule, band info, pictures, bios, sound-clips, and up-to-the-minute news on their website.
The live showcases begin at 2 PM and are open to all ages. Tix are $10 per showcase in advance, or $12 per showcase at the door-with special group discounts for youth organizations-and are available from any participating band, or by calling Reindeer at 857-9002.
Reindeer Records is part of Reindeer Group Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.  A Rock-Off History can also be found on their website, www.reindeergroup.org.
This year’s line-up of Rock-Off hopefuls Includes…
APATHY (Medomak Valley HS), AUXILIARY (Massabesic HS), CROSSED OUT (Gorham HS), DYSFUNKTIONAL MAYHEM (Portland/Deering/Cheverus/Casco Bay/Lake Region), ENTROPY (Ellsworth HS), EXPRESS ASSIGNMENT (Cheverus HS/Thornton Academy), INTRODUCING… (Windham HS), JOHNNY JIVE & THE UPTOWN FIVE (Falmouth HS), LOW FLYING AIRPLANES (Yarmouth HS), SAGA, OF SORTS (Gorham HS), SCOTTY AND THE WHALE (York HS), SINGLE HANDED (Bonny Eagle HS), SONS OF VERONA (Brunswick HS), TASTES LIKE CHICKEN (Rockland district middle school), THE LOUDEST MIME (Freeport HS), THE MARK GENNARRO BAND (Portland HS), THE NEBS (Portland HS), THE SHAKEDOWN SQUAD (Monmouth Academy), URSA MINOR (Scarborough HS).
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[Upon request, we will be happy to provide individual contact info for bands in your coverage area. Thank you.]
February 11, 2009
ATTN:  A & E / Features / Lifestyle / Assignment Editors
“19 BANDS TO COMPETE IN 25th-AND FINAL-ROCK-OFF EVENT”
***** for immediate release *****
It has provided exposure for hundreds of high school rock bands.  It has put thousands of teen musicians in a huge spotlight.  It has been a springboard for some local bands to garner well-deserved regional recognition and even major label deals.
IT is the annual Reindeer Records’ Rock-Off, and after 25 years of serving its mission-“To promote, develop and encourage the talent and abilities of young performing artists”-the popular annual competition is offering it’s final serving of endeavoring young rock stars.
A total of 19 original high school bands from across the vast state of Maine are fine-tuning their stage presentations and getting their acts together in hopes of winning $1,000 and grabbing the last ultimate Rock-Off title of “Best Young Band in the State of Maine.”
The 25th Annual Rock-Off will be held at McAuley Performing Arts Center, 637 Stevens Ave., Portland on Sunday, March 15th and Sunday, March 22nd.
“The Rock-Off experience has been a magnet for many aspiring local young musicians who want to take advantage of the event’s extraordinary exposure and networking opportunities,” according to Louis Philippe, RO Executive Producer and President of Reindeer Group, Inc. “Artists such as Rustic Overtones, Howie Day, Jeremiah Freed and a host of bands well known in the all-ages arena, have all strutted their great stuff on the Rock-Off stage…some won, some didn’t, but they all learned a lot and developed their acts with successful results.”
The multi-faceted industry-based judging criteria of The Rock-Off has always been the cornerstone of its integrity.  Each band is judged on numerous elements in three major categories: Live Showcase Performance, Original Material and Marketability. Audience Vote is also part of a band’s overall score.  The bands with the top five highest overall scores will make it into the Finals, slated for Sunday, April 19th, also at McAuley.
One additional band will be “saved” as the MaineToday.com Wildcard Band-the band with the highest combination of online poll votes and text messaging votes. MaineToday.com, a long-time media sponsor of the Rock-Off, will provide more interactive fun for this year’s participants and their extensive fan bases including a full schedule, band info, pictures, bios, sound-clips, and up-to-the-minute news on their website.
The live showcases begin at 2 PM and are open to all ages. Tix are $10 per showcase in advance, or $12 per showcase at the door-with special group discounts for youth organizations-and are available from any participating band, or by calling Reindeer at 857-9002.
Reindeer Records is part of Reindeer Group Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.  A Rock-Off History can also be found on their website, www.reindeergroup.org.
This year’s line-up of Rock-Off hopefuls Includes…
APATHY (Medomak Valley HS), AUXILIARY (Massabesic HS), CROSSED OUT (Gorham HS), DYSFUNKTIONAL MAYHEM (Portland/Deering/Cheverus/Casco Bay/Lake Region), ENTROPY (Ellsworth HS), EXPRESS ASSIGNMENT (Cheverus HS/Thornton Academy), INTRODUCING… (Windham HS), JOHNNY JIVE & THE UPTOWN FIVE (Falmouth HS), LOW FLYING AIRPLANES (Yarmouth HS), SAGA, OF SORTS (Gorham HS), SCOTTY AND THE WHALE (York HS), SINGLE HANDED (Bonny Eagle HS), SONS OF VERONA (Brunswick HS), TASTES LIKE CHICKEN (Rockland district middle school), THE LOUDEST MIME (Freeport HS), THE MARK GENNARRO BAND (Portland HS), THE NEBS (Portland HS), THE SHAKEDOWN SQUAD (Monmouth Academy), URSA MINOR (Scarborough HS).
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[Upon request, we will be happy to provide individual contact info for bands in your coverage area. Thank you.]

February 11, 2009
ATTN:  A & E / Features / Lifestyle / Assignment Editors
“19 BANDS TO COMPETE IN 25th-AND FINAL-ROCK-OFF EVENT”
***** for immediate release *****
It has provided exposure for hundreds of high school rock bands.  It has put thousands of teen musicians in a huge spotlight.  It has been a springboard for some local bands to garner well-deserved regional recognition and even major label deals.
IT is the annual Reindeer Records’ Rock-Off, and after 25 years of serving its mission-“To promote, develop and encourage the talent and abilities of young performing artists”-the popular annual competition is offering it’s final serving of endeavoring young rock stars.
A total of 19 original high school bands from across the vast state of Maine are fine-tuning their stage presentations and getting their acts together in hopes of winning $1,000 and grabbing the last ultimate Rock-Off title of “Best Young Band in the State of Maine.”
The 25th Annual Rock-Off will be held at McAuley Performing Arts Center, 637 Stevens Ave., Portland on Sunday, March 15th and Sunday, March 22nd.
“The Rock-Off experience has been a magnet for many aspiring local young musicians who want to take advantage of the event’s extraordinary exposure and networking opportunities,” according to Louis Philippe, RO Executive Producer and President of Reindeer Group, Inc. “Artists such as Rustic Overtones, Howie Day, Jeremiah Freed and a host of bands well known in the all-ages arena, have all strutted their great stuff on the Rock-Off stage…some won, some didn’t, but they all learned a lot and developed their acts with successful results.”
The multi-faceted industry-based judging criteria of The Rock-Off has always been the cornerstone of its integrity.  Each band is judged on numerous elements in three major categories: Live Showcase Performance, Original Material and Marketability. Audience Vote is also part of a band’s overall score.  The bands with the top five highest overall scores will make it into the Finals, slated for Sunday, April 19th, also at McAuley.
One additional band will be “saved” as the MaineToday.com Wildcard Band-the band with the highest combination of online poll votes and text messaging votes. MaineToday.com, a long-time media sponsor of the Rock-Off, will provide more interactive fun for this year’s participants and their extensive fan bases including a full schedule, band info, pictures, bios, sound-clips, and up-to-the-minute news on their website.
The live showcases begin at 2 PM and are open to all ages. Tix are $10 per showcase in advance, or $12 per showcase at the door-with special group discounts for youth organizations-and are available from any participating band, or by calling Reindeer at 857-9002.
Reindeer Records is part of Reindeer Group Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.  A Rock-Off History can also be found on their website, www.reindeergroup.org.
This year’s line-up of Rock-Off hopefuls Includes…
APATHY (Medomak Valley HS), AUXILIARY (Massabesic HS), CROSSED OUT (Gorham HS), DYSFUNKTIONAL MAYHEM (Portland/Deering/Cheverus/Casco Bay/Lake Region), ENTROPY (Ellsworth HS), EXPRESS ASSIGNMENT (Cheverus HS/Thornton Academy), INTRODUCING… (Windham HS), JOHNNY JIVE & THE UPTOWN FIVE (Falmouth HS), LOW FLYING AIRPLANES (Yarmouth HS), SAGA, OF SORTS (Gorham HS), SCOTTY AND THE WHALE (York HS), SINGLE HANDED (Bonny Eagle HS), SONS OF VERONA (Brunswick HS), TASTES LIKE CHICKEN (Rockland district middle school), THE LOUDEST MIME (Freeport HS), THE MARK GENNARRO BAND (Portland HS), THE NEBS (Portland HS), THE SHAKEDOWN SQUAD (Monmouth Academy), URSA MINOR (Scarborough HS).
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[Upon request, we will be happy to provide individual contact info for bands in your coverage area. Thank you.]
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