MADISON — Dennis Graham Associates, in association with the not-for-profit Madison Area Music Association (MAMA), is kicking off its 13th year of producing a statewide youth garageband competition featuring bands of all musical genres, the only program of its kind in the nation.
ROCKONSIN will invite 12 statewide Wisconsin high school or middle school garagebands to perform and compete at Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival, on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage June 29 and 30, with six bands performing on each day from noon to 2:30 p.m. The winner and runner-up will receive a second Summerfest gig on July 9.
The band application opened March 1 and closes on April 30. Bands can sign up at and can run off a free poster.
“ROCKONSIN provides a wonderful opportunity for 7th to 12th grade Wisconsin musicians to take center stage at Summerfest to showcase their remarkable talent,” said Butch Vig, drummer for the band Garbage and Grammy award-winning producer and Wisconsin native.
Features of the music competition include the following:
¦ There is no registration fee.
¦ ROCKONSIN State finals conducted at Summerfest will feature 12 statewide garagebands of all musical genres. Bands can be a combination of any students from 7th to 12th grade. The band must be formed outside the school music program. Competitors must be enrolled in a Wisconsin public or private school or virtual, charter or home school during the 2016-2017 school year.
¦ Musicians applying do not have to be enrolled in a traditional school music program. Bands must be comprised of two or more musicians.
¦ Bands representing all musical genres are encouraged to apply.
¦ Each band will be asked to submit one video of the band performing either one cover or original song and submitting a link to that video, in addition to filling out their band application at Videos need not be professionally filmed, but should be close enough to depict the band members singing or playing their instruments. Include songwriting credits and lyrics.
¦ The State Finals set times are 15 minutes per band.
¦ The winning band and the runner-up will each receive a second gig at Summerfest July 9. Each band will also receive a professional recording session at Madison’s Blast House Studios.
¦ Each of the 12 bands selected to perform at Summerfest will receive two Shure microphones, one vocal and one instrumental with cords, per band. One band, rock, punk or metal, will be selected at the State Finals to represent ROCKONSIN at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour Milwaukee stop at Summerfest July 24.
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