2018 ROCKONSIN

ROCKONSIN State Finals Hit the Summerfest Stage!

MADISON, Wis.  |  MAY 23, 2018

Twelve (12) statewide garage bands representing 26 statewide high schools and middle schools have just been selected to perform at the ROCKONSIN State
Finals to be held at Summerfest on June 29 & June 30 on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage.


ROCKONSIN STATE FINALS COMPETITION 2018

AT

JOHNSON CONTROLS WORLD SOUND STAGE


FRIDAY, JUNE 29

Each band plays a 15 minute set. 
Performance times and band listings are subject to change.

12:05pm
Fightin’ Bob
Whitefish Bay, West Allis Nathan Hale, Milwaukee Ronald Reagan High Schools, Bayside Middle School, Shorewood Intermediate, Home School

12:30pm
Sixth Street
Neenah St. Mary Catholic Middle & High Schools

12:55pm
Screaming in the Cul-de-sac
Wauwatosa West, Franklin, Milwaukee Pius XI High Schools

1:20pm
Orange Afternoon
Fond du Lac High School & St. Mary’s Springs Academy

1:45pm
Negative/Positive
Milwaukee Ronald Reagan High School, Burdick Elementary School

2:10pm
Figure it Out 
Appleton North & Appleton East High Schools


 

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

Each band plays a 15 minute set. 
Performance times and band listings are subject to change.

12:05pm
Quick and Painless
Lake Mills, Waunakee Community & Verona Area High Schools

12:30pm
Through the Kitchen Hole
Eau Claire Memorial High School

12:55pm
Koru
Madison Memorial & Verona Area High Schools, Veritas Home School Academy-Madison

1:20pm
Simple Gesture
Chetek Weyerhaeuser High School

1:45pm
Brady K Project
Madison Memorial & Mount Horeb High Schools; Madison Jefferson Middle School

2:10pm
the dropouts
Wausau West High School


Over 50 statewide bands representing 79 high schools and middle schools, of all musical genres, applied for this still only statewide alternative garage band music competition of its kind that is found in the nation.  Three bands were selected from each of four statewide regions (Green Bay, Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee) by three music industry professionals with 70 years combined experience.

Each of the 12 bands will perform for 15 minutes on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage and will be evaluated by three music industry judges on creativity, rhythm/vocals, primary beats/blend and a summary of each musician knowing their role and how the band jells as one musical unit. Each band will receive a private verbal critique from one of the judges.

“These gifted & talented ROCKONSIN bands will take the stage to showcase their musical chops and give the audience a peek into the next generation of music being created in our Badger State. Don’t miss these two days of exciting musical acts.” said ROCKONSIN Founder & Producer Dennis Graham.

The runner-up and winning band will each receive an additional 45 minute gig each when they perform again at Summerfest on July 8th on the US Cellular Connection Stage at 4:00pm and 5:00pm respectively in addition to both bands winning a professional recording session at Madison’s Blast House Studios. Each of the 12 Finalist bands will receive two (2) Shure microphones (one vocal and one instrument with cords).  The winning band will also receive a Shure wireless vocal microphone system.

In addition, one band will be selected at the ROCKONSIN State Finals competition to perform a 60 minute set on August 10th at the Waukesha Bluesfest 12th anniversary festival at Naga-Waukee Park.

 

ROCKONSIN would not be possible without the support of partners that have a passion for providing opportunities to recognize and showcase the talents of these young bands. 

Statewide supporting partners include:

MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) 
Nicholas Family Foundation
Knupp & Watson & Wallman (KW2)
Sherwood Press
Tilt Media
Shure
and Summerfest.

 


This program is produced by Dennis Graham Associates which founded in 2005 a statewide garage band competition for 7th – 12th grade students, the only alternative music competition of its kind in the nation.

For more information on ROCKONSIN including band application information, up to date news and more, please visit our homepage, or like us on facebook.

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For immediate release, please contact:

Dennis Graham
608-345-2330