Off Hours presents: Rock Off


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.

Rock Off“We’re all moving off to college, and we want to get together for one more show before then,” 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.

“It’s actually a great representation,” 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.

“None of the bands are being compensated,” she said. “We’re so grateful for that. It is unheard of.”

Wiebe, who will be introducing the bands on Saturday, said she’s confident the sound system will be great, as the same company sometimes used at Verizon Amphitheatre is handling it.

According to, 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 “kind of an organic thing” 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.

“We hope a ton of people are there and stay all day,” 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.

Main Stage
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

Local Stage

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

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