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The 2nd Annual Rock the Stage music competition for all ages is coming to Southwest Florida.
“We will, we will, rock you at the 2nd Annual Rock the Stage,” say organizers. It’s the largest music competition in Southwest Florida, a 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 that audition will receive valuable input from professional musicians to help them grow as musicians.
Live auditions are held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 through Oct. 30 with two divisions: under 18 and 18 and older.
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.
The top 12 from each age group will perform and showcase their talent on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Rock the Stage Semifinals Showcase. The music filled event will be at Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. General admission tickets are just $10. VIP tickets are $100.
The top five from each age group will compete in the finals on Dec. 11 at the 2nd Annual Rock the Stage Fest, a family-fun event and fundraiser at Alliance for the Arts with top local and national acts, vendors, food, drinks and more! Available tickets include General admission $10 (bring your own chairs), and VIP are $25.
The music lineup that day includes School of Rock House Band, The Patina Turners, Roxx Revolt & the Velvets, Bargain Bin Heroes, KISS Alive, the ultimate Kiss Tribute Band, and Shoot to Thrill, A/C DC Tribute Band.
Tickets to semifinals and finals are available at
The winner in each division receives recording session time to record a 4-song EP at Moon Sound and other recording studios. They will also receive a free year of the Performance, Songwriting, or Band Coaching programs from School of Rock Fort Myers, a custom (EPK) press pack from S2R Studios, local news coverage by ABC7 Southwest Florida, a headline slot or opening act for a national headliner at Buddha LIVE, a paid performance at Rock the Stage 2023 and more!


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