BenFest:  Rock the Fest

In association with School of Rock, “Rock the Fest” is back at BenFest and will feature the best Kids’ bands in the Chicagoland! Some of the regions most talented young artists will be taking the stage where attendees will then vote to determine which band will receive the coveted “BenFest People’s Choice Award”. The band that is awarded this top honor will be able to hit the stage for another performance that same evening! Bring your best band forward and leave your heart on the stage at “Rock the Fest!”

WHEN:  Saturday, July 15th from 1 – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  “Rock the Fest” will take place on the Main Stage at 3900 N. Leavitt St., Chicago, IL 60618

HOW TO ENTER:  Submit your band video (no more than 5 minutes in length) to by June 12 along with: 

  • Brief biography of the band
  • Photo of the band
  • List of accomplishments/highlights
  • List of all band members and their ages


  • Band members must be 18 years or younger.

  • Bands will submit their video downloads for judging to

  • Top 8 bands will be selected by a committee. Those bands will be invited to play at BenFest on Saturday, July 15 between 1:00 and 6:30pm.

  • Each of the 8 bands will play a 20 minute set starting at 1pm on July 16th at BenFest!

  • A panel of 3 judges and voting at the performance via mobile app will select the award recipients. Bands are encouraged to bring their fans to the performance!

  • The band that takes home "BenFest People’s Choice Award" will have the chance to play again at 6pm that evening! Band members from the winning band must be able to stay around for the final performance.


  • Benfest People's Choice Award - best overall performance
  • Songwriter Award - best original song
  • Rising Star Award - best young band