Rock the District announces auditions and mentoring day for 9th Annual Concert

Photo by David Cottle
Photo by David Cottle

– Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek Saturday March 3rd

– The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation’s fundraising event attracts top teen bands and performers to participate

– One-of-a-kind Concert Music Festival

SCOTTSDALE – Hopeful teen bands and singers are vying for an opportunity to perform at Rock the District’s wildly popular concert by auditioning in front of a highly qualified panel of judges.

“We have so many talented young musicians in our community,” says Rock the District organizer, Sarah Byrne. “Rock the District gives these teen bands and singers an opportunity to take the stage in front of a large crowd during an event that is unlike any other. Taking part in auditions is a very important part of the learning process for performers. We ask the performers to present a bio and headshot and come to the auditions prepared with 4-5 songs. For some of these kids, it will be the first time they will perform on a stage with microphones and lights. Our judges, who have all experienced musicians, really understand how scary that can be and do a great job helping the performers feel at ease.”

Photo by David Cottle

Thirty to 40 acts will audition hoping to be included in the approximately 20 acts selected to perform at Rock the District. All performers who audition are invited to participate in the Rock the District Mentoring Day, held on February 24, 2018, at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Mentors will be on hand to give advise and make suggestions to help the students improve their performance.

Rock the District is the signature fundraising event presented by the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, a non-profit 501c3. The event, started by Cactus Shadows High School student Melissa Nelson, is in it’s 9th year and has raised more than $200,000 for grants benefiting teachers, students, and schools in the Cave Creek Unified School District. For more information on this years Rock the District that will be held at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek on Saturday March 3rd and the Foundation, visit and

CONTACT: Kesha Cardinal, CCUEF Secretary 480-558-6660