Ready to rock? Search is on for best high-school band


The Rock-Off spotlight is ready to shine on 2007’s best high-school rock band in Maine.

The 23rd Annual Reindeer Rock-Off, created by the Portland-based independent label Reindeer Records, is open to original high-school bands across the state. Deadline to register is Feb, 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.

Besides the coveted title of being best, the winning band will win $1,000, plus recording studio time from Tonezone Recording Studios in Scarborough (

“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 stressed. 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.”

Musicians interested in obtaining a registration packet or more information should contact Reindeer at 857-9002; or e-mail [email protected]