Ten regional bands will take the stage this Saturday for a free concert event at the Horseshoe Lake Drive-In on Frederick Avenue.
The last weekend before classes begin is the perfect time to be at a free music festival, and the Horseshoe Lake Drive-In on Frederick Avenue is a good location.
â€œWeâ€™re all moving off to college, and we want to get together for one more show before then,â€ said Jeff Brooks, guitarist for the band Skeffington, scheduled to take the local stage at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.
The inauguration of Rock Off, presented by Off Hours, the entertainment section of the St. Joseph News-Press, will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. 26 and continue until 6 p.m. with 10 bands on two stages. The variety of music genres is sure to have something for everyone from classical rock to screamo.
â€œItâ€™s actually a great representation,â€ said Crystal K. Wiebe, an arts and entertainment reporter for the St. Joseph News-Press.
Wiebe, one of the people who spearheaded the affair, said some 30 regional bands from Lawrence to Omaha signed up as friends on MySpace to compete for a place on stage at Rock Off. About 900 votes determined the final line-up.
â€œNone of the bands are being compensated,â€ she said. â€œWeâ€™re so grateful for that. It is unheard of.â€
Wiebe, who will be introducing the bands on Saturday, said sheâ€™s confident the sound system will be great, as the same company sometimes used at Verizon Amphitheatre is handling it.
According to www.rockoffstjoe.com, the festival is an alcohol-free event, but concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Lawn chairs, blankets and cameras are permitted, too. In addition, concessions will be available at the drive-in.
Wiebe said the birth of Rock Off was â€œkind of an organic thingâ€ that several people and sponsors, including Missouri Western, the Horseshoe Lake Drive-In, Off Hours and Record Wear House, made happen. She said she hopes it will help invigorate the local music scene.
â€œWe hope a ton of people are there and stay all day,â€ Wiebe said.
There will be advanced copies of Diem and Off Hours, along with free mini-beach balls while they last. There will be official Rock Off t-shirts for $8 at the show or they are available now at Record Wear House for $5.99.
11:30 a.m. Anchondo
12:45 p.m. True North
2:00 p.m. Flee the Seen
3:00 p.m. Cruxed
4:30 p.m. National Fire Theory
11:00 a.m. Broken Avenue
12:15 p.m. The Great Northern
1:30 p.m. Skeffington
2:30 p.m. The WayStation
4:00 p.m. Alice