February 29, 2012

March will be a busy month for the three high school rock bands that are competing in Reindeer’s statewide Off-Ramp: Exit 27 competition.

After 25 years of producing the wildly popular Rock-Off events, Reindeer created The Off-Ramp as a more in-depth educational and hands-on experience for young musicians.  It is also designed as a fundraising and awareness effort for RAMP, Reindeer’s Alternative Music Program, and its plans to incorporate the elements of the competition into an accredited music curriculum for Maine’s alternative education students.

 LAST MAN IN SPACE from Farmington, SAINT MONDAY from South Portland, and THE RESISTANCE from the Waterville area, have already completed three of their five tasks in this unique six-month industry-based competition—Songwriting, The Recording Studio Experience and Marketing.

For their Live Event Task, each Band is asked to “produce and host a sensational live show to benefit RAMP’s curriculum goals.”

“Effective branding of the Reindeer/RAMP product is a very important factor of this Task,” said Reindeer President Louis Philippe.  “This task not only challenges their creative planning, organizational, communication and marketing skills, but it gives young musicians a chance to promote the cause of making music possible for students who may not be as fortunate as they are, who might be outside the mainstream.”

 The schedule of live shows is as follows:


Host Band: THE RESISTANCE (Off-Ramp Band from Waterville area)
Special Guests: Saint Monday
With: Louis Grassi, Nate Britten
Date: Saturday, March 31st         Time: TBA
Venue: Palermo Legion hall, 33 Veteran’s Way, Palermo
Tix:  $7/advance; $10/door, all ages welcome
Contact:  Jerad Smith – 465-6518

Host Band: SAINT MONDAY (Off-Ramp Band from South Portland)
Special Guests: Last Man in Space and The Resistance
Date:  Saturday, March 17th         Time: 6 PM
Venue: Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford Street, Portland.
Tix:  $3/all ages welcome
Contact: Izaak Onos – 400-7641

Host Band: LAST MAN IN SPACE (Off-Ramp Band from Farmington) 
Special Guests:  The Resistance, Saint Monday,
With:  Neurotik, After the Rush Hour, and The Brother’s Cup
Date:  Sunday, March 25th           Time: 3 PM
Venue:  Emery Community Arts Center, Main Street, Farmington
Tix:  $2/students, $5/adults, all ages welcome
Contact:  Eli Cohen – 778-4965

For more information about The Off-Ramp, the RAMP curriculum, or this year’s participating bands, visit




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