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Applications open for youth garage band competition to play at Summerfest

Wisconsin’s Indie Music Competition is back for 7th-12th grade musicians to perform at the Big Gig in Milwaukee.

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The chance to cross “Playing Summerfest” off your bucket list is back.

ROCKONSIN is a Wisconsin statewide garageband competition for 7th – 12th grade musicians of all musical genres. It’s free for bands to apply by uploading a performance video.

The 12 statewide finalist bands will be announced on Aug. 1 and will play at Summerfest Sept. 3-4. The winner and runner-up will perform on Sept. 18, along with the winner and runner up from the 2020 contest, since Summerfest was cancelled last year.

A spot at the World’s Largest Music Festival isn’t the only prize.

The top two bands will receive a professional recording session at Madison’s Blast House Studios.

Each of the 12 state finalist bands will receive a Shure vocal and instrument microphone with cords. The winning band will also receive a Shure wireless vocal microphone.

Bands can find more information and apply for free by July 15 at the Rockonsin website.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.