Monday, November 23, 2009

Jingle Bell Rock: The Details

Jingle Bell Rock!
All ages "Rock Band 2" video game tournament!
Monday, December 7
Encinitas Library

This December, the Encinitas Library will have “Rock Band 2” video game tournament, where groups of four people, of any age, can sign up and compete against other "bands" for fun and prizes! Grand prize will be a $25 gift card to Gamestop for each member of the band! Second prize will be free passes to the Museum of Making Music.

To get you into the Holiday Spirit AND the Spirit of Rock, we’re encouraging everyone to dress up like a rock star, or to dress up in the theme of the winter holidays (or both! Maybe we’ll see some punk rock reindeer). Our judges will choose the Best Dressed Band, and for the Best Individual Costume. Prizes will be $25 gift certificates to Lou’s Records.

And we want spectators! We're playing this thing on a full-size movie screen, so everyone can see. Bring your friends and family, bring people to cheer you on and sing along! This should be a fun event of music, food (did we mention the free pizza?), competition and prizes.

The tournament is for people of all ages, so put little Sally on vocals, put Grandpa on drums, and ROCK.

A few important things here:

  • You have to sign up in advance. Call us, or come down to the library, and give us the names of the four people on your team. We’ve only got room for 15 13 "bands" in the tournament, so hurry up and register. If you sign up after we’re full, we’ll put your name on a waiting list and contact you if space opens up.

  • For time reasons, you can only pick a song that is five minutes or under. A list of those songs will be at the end of this post. You’ll need to have your song picked out when you sign in at the tournament

  • We expect you to know how the game works. You get more points for playing on higher difficulty levels, you get more points for using Overdrive, complicated songs are more points than simple songs, but we’re not going to hold your hand through the contest and explain everything to you. But if you want to go in blind and just have a good time, that’s fine too.

  • The official rules and song list follow (although we may tweak the rules slightly if necessary).

Official Encinitas Library Rock Band 2 Tournament Rules

    Check in is at 5:00 PM. Anyone not checked in before 5:30 risks losing their spot in the tournament.
  • Each band is comprised of as many members as they want (up to four) and they may play at any difficulty they desire.
  • Bands are allowed to have a band member sing and play an instrument at the same time.
  • Each band plays one (1) song of the band’s choice. If band fails out, they can retry the song one (1) time.
  • At the end of the song the band’s in-game score will be recorded. When the song is over do not play any more notes. Do not skip past the scoring screen before the judges can record your score.
  • After all bands are ranked, the top three (3) bands enter the final round.
  • If a band member chooses to sing and play an instrument during the qualifying round, they must also sing and play the instrument during the final round.
  • There is no age limit (young or old) to band members
  • Contestants must use the controllers provided by the tournament, not controllers brought in from home.
  • All decisions made by the judges are final.
  • Photos may be taken and used for library publicity. If you do not want your photo taken, please let a staff member know.


  • Top three (3) bands will play the same song, one chosen by the judges. Highest score wins. If a band fails out during the Finals, they will not be allowed to retry the song.
  • In the event of a tie, the tied bands will participate in a tie breaker round.
  • During the tie breaker round, each band will play one (1) song of the judge’s choice. At the end of the tie breaker round, the band with the highest overall score will be named the Champion.

Costume Contest Rules

  • All contestants in the tournament are encouraged to dress up in the night’s theme: either dressing up as “rock stars” or in a winter holiday theme (or a combination of both).
  • Costumes will be judged on creativity and style. All decisions will be made by the judges, judges’ decisions are final.
  • Awards will be given for the Best Dressed Band, and for Best Individual Costume.

Code of Conduct

  • Anyone competing in an unsportsmanlike manner or in a manner that is not in compliance with these rules may be immediately disqualified from this tournament. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Swearing or threats
    • Screaming harassment
    • Lewdness
    • Any other type of conduct deemed inappropriate
    • Any attempts to disrupt other contestants during their songs
    • Cheating of any sort through various means including devices to aid gameplay
    • Any other known or unknown way of tampering with gameplay.

Official Tournament Song List

This is a list of songs under five minutes that you can choose from for the tournament. You must have your song picked out when you arrive to check in.

  • AFI “Girl’s Not Grey”
  • Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know”
  • Alice in Chains “Man in the Box”
  • Allman Brothers “Ramblin’ Man”
  • Avenged Sevenfold “Almost Easy”
  • Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
  • Beastie Boys “So Whatcha Want”
  • Beck “E-Pro”
  • Bikini Kill “Rebel Girl”
  • Billy Idol “White Wedding Pt I”
  • Blondie “One Way or Another”
  • Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer”
  • Cheap Trick “Hello There”
  • David Bowie - Suffragette City
  • Devo “Uncontrollable Urge”
  • Dinosaur Jr “Feel the Pain”
  • Disturbed “Down with the Sickness”
  • Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf”
  • Elvis Costello “Pump It Up”
  • Faith No More – “Epic”
  • Fallout Boy – “Dead on Arrival”
  • Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”
  • Foo Fighters – “Learn to Fly”
  • Foo Fighters “Everlong”
  • Garbage – “I Think I'm Paranoid”
  • Guns N’ Roses “Shackler’s Revenge”
  • Hole – “Celebrity Skin”
  • Interpol “PDA”
  • Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song”
  • Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
  • Jimmy Eat World “The Middle”
  • Joan Jett “Bad Reputation”
  • Journey “Anyway You Want It”
  • L7 “Pretend We’re Dead”
  • Lacuna Coil “Our Truth”
  • Linkin Park “One Step Closer”
  • Lit “My Own Worst Enemy”
  • Lush “De-Luxe”
  • Mastodon “Colony of Birchmen”
  • Megadeth “Peace Sells”
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go”
  • Modest Mouse “Float On”
  • Molly Hatchet – “Flirtin' With Disaster”
  • Motorhead “Ace of Spades”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Hand That Feeds”
  • Nirvana – “In Bloom”
  • Nirvana “Drain You”
  • Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky”
  • OK Go – “Here It Goes Again”
  • Panic at the Disco “Nine in the Afternoon”
  • Paramore “That’s What You Get”
  • Presidents of the USA “Lump”
  • Queens of the Stone Age – “Go With the Flow”
  • R.E.M. – “Orange Crush”
  • Radiohead – “Creep”
  • Rage Against the Machine “Testify”
  • Ratt “Round & Round”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dani California”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give it Away”
  • Rise Against “Give it All”
  • Rush – “Tom Sawyer”
  • Rush “The Trees”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
  • Smashing Pumpkins “Today”
  • Social Distortion “I Was Wrong”
  • Soundgarden “Spoonman”
  • Squeeze “Cool for Cats”
  • Steve Miller Band “Rock’n Me”
  • Stone Temple Pilots – “Vasoline”
  • Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”
  • Sweet – “Ballroom Blitz”
  • System of a Down “Chop Suey”
  • Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”
  • Tenacious D “Master Exploder”
  • Testament “Souls of Black”
  • The Clash – “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
  • The Donnas “New Kid in School”
  • The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat”
  • The Grateful Dead “Alabama Getaway”
  • The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • The Hives – “Main Offender”
  • The Killers – “When You Were Young”
  • The Muffs “Kids in America”
  • The New Pornographers – “Electric Version”
  • The Offspring “Come Out & Play (Keep ‘em Separated)”
  • The Pixies – “Wave of Mutilation”
  • The Police – “Next To You”
  • The Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”
  • The Replacements “Alex Chilton”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
  • The Strokes – “Reptilia”
  • The Who “Pinball Wizard”
  • Weezer – “Say It Ain't So”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps”

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