3rd annual

Rock the hall


Submission Period: Feb 15–May 30, 2020 • Showcase: Sept 12, 2020

Rock The Hall 2020 will take place on September 12, 2020
Submission period: Feb 15 – May 30, 2020

Entry Guidelines

Rock The Hall is…

Open to all musical genres, and to solo artists as well as bands.

Open to anyone who wants to enter, at any stage of his or her musical pursuits, all you need is a passion for music and the acumen to win over our judges and audiences.

Artists must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to enter or have the consent of a parent or guardian; no participating artist can be an employee, or related to any employee of TMH or any of our Sponsors.

Registration materials and songs must be submitted by July 15, 2019

Artists/bands will be notified by August 15, 2019

Artists/Bands must be available to perform on September 7, 2019

How To Enter:

  1. Fill out an entry form and pay a $20.00 non-refundable entry fee. 
  2. Include digital access to 3 songs, 2 of the 3 must be original material. Accepted formats include links to artist website, social media, and/or YouTube.

Rules & Regulations

Tarrytown Music Hall and assigned judges will listen to songs blind (without knowing the name of the band or band members).

Six semi-finalists will be selected and invited to perform at the Rock The Hall Talent Competition on Sept. 7, 2019 at The Tarrytown Music Hall.

Each band or solo artist will perform no longer than a 15 minute set.

Backline, drums and amplification will be provided.

Finalists will be judged by a panel of industry professionals whose decisions are final based on the following criteria: Musicianship, Originality, Audience Response, Quality of Sound, Showmanship.

Each competing band receives four complementary tickets.

All songs performed by the Artist(s) during the contest, attributed to the artists in any media, or used while the band is participating in the contest (original and/or cover songs) must not infringe upon the intellectual property rights, or defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights, of any third party, living or deceased. Creative Materials may not contain “sampling” from other songs, music, sound effects, or any other elements in which the Artists do not have the necessary rights to, title and interest, including copyright.

Prizes Include:

  • Opportunity to perform on the stage of The Music Hall
  • Consultation with producer extraordinaire Rob Fraboni (Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt)
  • A 2-3 minute EPK Video produced by Factory Underground
  • A half-day of recording/consultation at Shelter Island Sound Studios in New York City
  • Mondo NYC; Igniting Music & Technology All Access badges for the 2019 conference (Oct. 15-18, 2019)
  • Rock Island Sound Gift Certificate
  • Gift Certificate for Band dinner at Chutney Masala
  • Gift Certificates to The Music Hall
  • A Music Hall promotional poster featuring you and/or your band – a true work of art!
  • Bragging Rights


Steve Addabbo, Shelter Island Sound
Steve Addabbo is a Grammy winning producer, musician, writer, recording engineer and owner of Shelter Island Sound Recording in NYC. Steve’s production and engineering work on Suzanne Vega’s first two albums set a new standard for the singer songwriter genre. Suzanne’s second album, “Solitude Standing”, with the worldwide hits “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” went multiplatinum. Steve also co-produced Shawn Colvin’s Grammy winning debut album, “Steady On.”

Recent projects include mixing the 18 CD 2017 Grammy winning, Bob Dylan “Bootleg 12 The Cutting Edge”; Bob Dylan’s Bootleg X, “Another Self Portrait”, unreleased recordings from 1970, recording Jeff Buckley’s “You and I” from 1993, producing Richard Barone’s “Sorrows and Promises Greenwich Village in the 1960s”, and Steve’s own debut album, “Out of Nothing”.

Rob Clarfield, President of the Board, Tarrytown Music Hall
Rob Clarfeld has been president of The Tarrytown Music Hall Board of Directors since February 2016. An avid music enthusiast, Rob is invested in all aspects of The Music Hall’s growth; heralding local musicians just seemed to him like a natural next step. By day he runs Clarfeld Financial Advisors and is honored to be recognized on some of the world’s top wealth advisor rankings including Forbes, Financial Times and Bloomberg.

Rob Fraboni, Producer extraordinaire
Grammy-winning producer and audio engineer Fraboni is well known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt, and as Vice President at Island Records where he oversaw the remastering of the entire Bob Marley catalog. He produced the soundtrack on Martin Scorsese’s groundbreaking concert movie, The Last Waltz, which included an all-star cast of famous rock and roll performers. He built and designed the legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu to the specification of Bob Dylan and the Band and is referred to as a “genius” by Keith Richards in his bestselling autobiography Life.

Ethan Isaac, Factory Underground, Lead Singer, Edison
Ethan Isaac, co-founder, and owner of Factory Underground Studio, Factory Underground Records (distributed by Universal Music Group), and Factory Underground Media, based in Norwalk, CT, has been in the music business for over twenty years. He worked on his first record- ing at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin with producer Butch Vig, and later worked with renown artists Sting, Mary J Blige, Pink, Paul Simon, and many more at the world famous SIR Studios in Manhattan. When he is not developing artists, producing records, and running one of the top recording studios and media companies in the northeast, Ethan spends his “spare time” touring the world performing for the United States Armed Forces as the singer of his award-winning rock band Edisun.

Stefani Scamardo, Founder of Hard Head Management and Evil Teen Records
Her roster includes Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Tyler Ramsey and DJ Logic among others. She hosts her own Sirius XM show, “Jam On With Stefani Scamardo” and she oversees the acclaimed festival Mountain Jam, now in its 12th year, and the Christmas Jam, one of the most celebrated and longest-running live benefit concerts in the U.S., now in its 28th year. Under Scamardo’s guidance, Gov’t Mule solidified itself as one of the most influential blues rock jam bands, developed a robust touring regiment, and showcased its virtuosity over the course of 15 studio and live albums, millions of album and track sales and thousands of performances. Simultaneously, she has overseen Warren’s impressive balance of Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, his solo career, and more. She even got behind the board to produce Phil Lesh’s solo offering There and Back Again and managed The Dead’s historic 2009 reunion tour. Stefani is the driving force behind Warren’s annual, benefit Christmas Jam concert in his hometown of Asheville, NC which raises over a half-million dollars for community charities.

John Bongiorno, Agent @ Paradigm Talent Agency
John is a Tarrytown resident who is currently the agent for, among others, Khruangbin, Dweezil Zappa, Les Claypool, Twiddle, Kimbra, Turkuaz, Stereolab, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Chicano Batman, NOFX and more.  He’s been an agent since 1996 and over that time has represented a wide spectrum of artists ranging from Mastodon, Alice Cooper, Halestorm, and Keane, to BB King, The Four Tops, Roberta Flack, and even American Choppers (TV Series).  His passion for music has been the basis of his entire career, having skipped college to tour in a punk rock band out of high school.  He has an expert knowledge in all things rock; psych, punk, progressive, garage, indie, jam. He also is well versed in soul music from the 70’s and 80’s.  He can probably defeat you in Stratego and loves Lefteris Gyro on the corner of Broadway & Main.

John Ciulla, CEO, Webster Bank
John Ciulla is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS) and Webster Bank. He joined Webster in 2004 and most recently served as president. In his career at Webster, Ciulla has held several executive management positions, including chief credit risk officer and head of Commercial Banking. In January 2018, he became the third CEO in Webster’s 82-year history. Ciulla serves on the board of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and is a past CBIA chairman. He is also a member of the board of the Business Council of Fairfield County. Prior to joining Webster, Ciulla was with The Bank of New York, most recently as managing director, and practiced law in New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Williams College, an MBA from the Columbia Business School, and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Mark Franzoso; Franzoso Contracting
Mark Franzoso, owner of Franzoso Contracting, is our newest member of The Music Hall Board of Directors, an active member of the Board of the The Allman Brothers Band Museum a.k.a. the Big House down in Macon, GA, an avid music lover, and a pillar in the Westchester community, actively supporting many nonprofit communities and causes. Mark brings a very cool sensibility to our panel of judges.

Steve Lurie, Music Without Borders
Hailed by the New York Times as “an impresario,” Stephen Lurie is founder and president of Music Without Borders, LLC, a music business solutions company primarily focused on the concert industry. MWB presents concerts in NYC and throughout the Northeast for numerous performing arts centers, clubs, festivals, charity events and private/corporate functions. With more than 25 years experience in the music industry, Lurie’s expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of music and artists combined with a keen understanding of consumer tastes, have helped him create a niche for himself as a much sought-after specialist.

Rhonda Schoen
As editing engineer for Sterling Sound in New York City, Rhonda Schoen has worked with some of the world’s most renowned artists, producers and engineers, covering all genres of popular music. Her clients include some of the biggest names in the industry: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Madonna , Queen, Peter Tosh, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Brian Eno, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Julio Inglesias, Billy Idol, Billy Squier and many more. In addition to her expertise working with  analog tape, Rhonda was responsible for the digital transfers and digital editing of some of the first CD compilation box sets , including Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads. She has compiled  samplers for numerous record company releases for Polygram , Arista and Island Records.

Glen Taylor; VP, Phelps Hospital
Glen Taylor is Vice President of Support Services of Phelps Hospital-Northwell Health in Sleepy Hollow and an active community leader currently serving as Co-President of the Sleepy Hollow-Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce and on the Village of Sleepy Hollow Compre- hensive Plan Steering Committee. A lifelong music enthusiast and musician, Taylor credits his father, George, for exposing him to the drum beats of the 40s big bands and his brother, Tim, to the British and American sounds of punk rock music of the 70s and 80s as forming his early love for music.

Congratulations Alisa Amador! Winner of the First Annual Rock The Hall Talent Competition

Check out Alisa Amador’s music on Bandcamp!
Alisa’s Facebook page has more info and videos.

Thank you to our sponsors (2018): Webster Bank, Franzoso Contracting, Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Saw Mill Tavern, and 107.1 The Peak, Rock Island Sound, Boulevard Pro, and Blue Skye Sound. Thank you to Coach from 107.1 The Peak for emceeing. Thank you to our judges (2018): Steve Addabbo, Rob Fraboni, Ethan Isaac, Mark Franzoso, Scott Seltzer, Rhonda Schoen, Stefani Scamardo, Glen Taylor. And Thank you for all of the bands who submitted their music! And a special Thank You to all of the bands who submitted their music! Keep the music playing!

Highlights from Rock The Hall 2019!