Teen rock off at rock hall turns 21

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Assorted ramblings from someone who hopes to be very tired from celebrating a Cleveland Indians World Series victory as you read this:

• The contestants won’t be, but the Tri-C High School Rock Off now is old enough to drink.

The teen battle of the bands turns 21 and entries now are being accepted for the annual event. It is open to acts where all performers are in grade 12 or lower and at least half of the band members must be high school students.

From the entries, the chosen bands will be selected to play 15-minute sets during one of the six Rock Off semifinal rounds — Jan. 27 and 28 and Feb. 3, 4, 11 and 18 — at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Three bands from each semifinal round will be chosen to perform at the Final Exam on Feb. 25.

The winning act will receive $1,000 with an additional $250 going to its high school music program. The band also will get a $1,000 gift card to The Guitar Center, and it will get to perform at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour at Blossom Music Center and perform at the Rock Hall’s outdoor stage next summer.

The second-place band will receive $250 cash and $100 for its high school music program. One of the finalists will be chosen to perform at the Tri-C Jazz­Fest Cleveland next summer, and all acts that make it to the finals will receive a $25 gift card to The Guitar Center.

All High School Rock Off tickets will include admission to the Rock Hall and access to its featured exhibits. Families of Rock Off participants will be able to get discounted memberships to the hall.

Entry forms and two-song demos are due Dec. 9. Entry forms and complete rules can be found at www.rockhall.com/rockoff. The entry fee is $60. The fee will be refunded to acts not selected to compete.

A portion of the proceeds from the Rock Off will support the hall’s educational activities.

• Fans of Canadian progressive rock should “rush” to Cinemark Tinseltown in Boardman tonight.

It’s one of more than 400 theaters nationwide that will be showing “Rush: Time Stands Still” at 7:30 p.m. The documentary, narrated by Paul Rudd, is described as an intimate look at the band’s sold-out final tour and explores the relationship between the band members (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart) and their devoted fans.

The screening also will include the bonus film “Rush: A Salute to Kings,” a 20-minute documentary that includes interviews with Gene Simmons of KISS, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz.

Tickets are $15 adults, $14 for students and senior citizens and $13 for children.

• I’ve had the pleasure of getting to see comedian Brian Regan live a couple of times, and I’ve also enjoyed interviewing him. He comes across as funny and likeable — which isn’t a given when interviewing comedians — and a genuine nice guy.

His actions this week confirmed that. Regan postponed his Oct. 8 concert at Pittsburgh Heinz Hall so he wouldn’t have to cross the picket line of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which is on strike.

In a statement released Tuesday, Regan said, “I understand that postponing my Oct. 8 show caused some problems for many of my fans and I would like to make it up to you. So I am going to reschedule the show and perform for you for free.”

The show will be rescheduled once the strike is resolved, and ticketholders can use their original tickets for admission. After that concert, they then will be able to get a full refund for the original purchase price.

Anyone who already returned their tickets for the Oct. 8 show will be contacted by the Heinz Hall box office and offered free tickets to the rescheduled show. Any ticketholders who can’t attend the rescheduled show still will be able to get a refund from the box office.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com

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