Annual Rock the Stage auditions start Sept. 24

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The third annual Rock the Stage music competition for all ages is coming back to Southwest Florida.

It’s the largest music competition in Southwest Florida and community event and fundraiser, presented by the Lewis P. Tabarrini Children’s Music Outreach Foundation.

Singers, groups, bands, instrumentalists, choirs, and more are all encouraged to audition! Anyone of any age can participate; a solo or group, performing covers or original music. It’s an opportunity to take their musical journey to the next level. All participants auditioning will receive valuable input from our panel of judges/professional musicians to help them grow as musicians.

Live auditions are every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Sept. 24 and running to Oct. 29. There are two divisions: Under 18 and 18 and over.

Schedule your audition at or call 239-932-7625. Video submissions accepted at

Those auditioning will perform in front of some of the best Southwest Florida musicians to try and claim their spot in the semi-finals.

Rock the Stage semi finals include the top 12 from each division perform. The top 12 from each age group will perform and showcase their talent on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Ranch Concert Hall and Saloon, Fort Myers. General admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets are $100 and include preferred seating, VIP only bar, a chance to vote for your favorite performers, and an invitation to the VIP after party. Get tickets for the semi finals at

Rock the Stage finals will feature performances by the top five from each division. The top five from each age group will compete in the finals on Dec. 10 at Miner’s Plaza (near Pickle-n-Pub), Fort Myers, with top local and national acts, vendors, food, drinks and more. Available tickets include general admission for $20 (bring your own chairs), and VIP for $50 includes preferred seating, private VIP bar, and use of indoor VIP restrooms.

Music lineup that day also includes Deb & the Dynamics, Roxx Revolt & the Velvets, Bargain Bin Heroes, School of Rock House Band, the winners from 2022 Rock the Stage, Adriana McDonald and Martini Russa, and more to be announced. Get tickets for the finals at

The winner in each division receives recording session time Farmadelica Sound or House Immortal Recording Studios. They will also receive an artist development pages that includes one year of the coaching at  School of Rock Fort Myers, a custom logo and (EPK) press pack from S2R Studios, and more.

Not every kid that wants to play music gets the chance to because of lack of financial resources, or music programs being cut from school curriculums for lack of funding. The Tabarrini Foundation’s goal is to enrich and transform the lives of deserving children in Southwest Florida, by nurturing them in the joy of making music through group guitar lessons. The Tabarrini Foundation survives solely on donations and fundraisers with no government grants or assistance. Find out more at


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