Julia Sommer to Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday

Lehigh Valley-based singer-songwriter Julia Sommer is widely regarded as one of our region’s great young musical talents. This Saturday, she has the opportunity to put her abilities on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Sommer is one of 51 acts comprised of high school seniors who will perform as part of the 22nd Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off over the next few weeks. Saturday’s performance round is the first of four, with each act performing a 15-minute set. Three acts from each round will then be selected to return to Cleveland on Saturday, February 17 to take “The Final Exam.”

All finalists will record one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, which will be produced by Jim Stewart Recording and students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts and program. These songs will be available as free downloads on www.rockhall.com/rockoff at the time of The Final Exam.

What’s at Stake?

Prize money is compliments of the local School of Rock franchise. The winning band will
receive $1,000 and $250 for their high school music program. Second place will receive $250 and $100 for their high school music program. Third place will receive $100. Each winner will be invited to perform at special functions produced by the Rock Hall during 2018 induction week in Cleveland.

The first place winner will be invited to perform at the final installment of the 2018 Vans
Warped Tour at Blossom Music Center, and at the Rock Hall’s annual Summer in the City
program on the PNC Stage. One finalist will also be selected to perform at the 2018 Tri-C
JazzFest Cleveland.

The 2018 Rock Hall Inductions will take place in Cleveland on Saturday, April 14, and the winning bands will be invited to perform at special functions produced by The Rock Hall during the week of the 2018 Induction Ceremony.

In addition, high school seniors participating in the Rock Off will have the opportunity to apply for three PNC scholarships to study in the Creative Arts Program. Among those entered in the Rock Off, 75 students are eligible to apply for Tri-C scholarships, which will be worth up to $2,000 each.

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