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Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival Wraps With Nearly 300,000 In Attendance; Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Powered By Imagen Records Competition Continues

| 4 October 2012 | Reply

The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival wrapped its third year September 30, boasting nearly 300,000 in total attendance for the 30-city U.S. trek.

With a lineup that featured multiplatinum rock bands ShinedownGodsmackStaind, and P.O.D., along with Adelitas WayDeuceFozzyRedlight KingMindset EvolutionIn This MomentThousand Foot KrutchCandlelight Red and a local Battle Of The Bands winner in each city, the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival was “one of the best values for rock fans, offering up what feels like a year’s worth of live music in one short day” according to

While the tour may be over, the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records continues as the 28 local market finalists are in the running for the Grand Prize package which includes a coveted spot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, $10,000 worth of music gear and other prizes. For full details, visit

Local market Battle Of The Bands winners–who each had the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage at the 2012 UPROAR show in their area–are being evaluated through October 30 by a panel of music industry professionals and artists including: Jose Manginfrom Sirius XM, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance, legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner, and music industry veteran Bill McGathy.

The grand prize package for the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records includes:

  • A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
  • Record an EP with legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner at world famous NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA
  • $10,000 worth of music gear
  • Professional photo shoot with rock photographer Lisa Johnson (
  • Exclusive editorial feature in Revolver Magazine
  • Music video by video director Strati Hovartos (
  • Featured content on
  • One year supply of Ernie Ball strings
  • One year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink


Ernie Ball Stage headliner Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. shares, “We tried to check out the Battle Of The Bands winners whenever we could. There’s a lot of great talent out there and it’s great that Ernie Ball, UPROAR and Imagen are supporting these bands. They’re young and hungry and exciting to watch.”

UPROAR co-producer John Oakes comments: “It’s been amazing to watch 2011 Battle Of The Bands winner Mindset Evolution grow and expand their fan base over the past year. UPROAR is proud to be a part of their success and looks forward to helping develop many more up-and-coming rock bands over the years. I’m excited to find out who our 2012 winner will be!”

Brian Ball of Ernie Ball says, “Thousands of bands entered the Ernie Ball UPROAR Battle Of The Bands competition and we couldn’t have been more impressed with the level of talent.  Live music is the lifeblood of our industry, and the UPROAR Battle of the Bands is living proof that Rock and Roll is alive and kicking!”

Check out exclusive interviews and performance clips of the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records finalists here:

Tour Market                 Local Market Winner   Link

Kansas City, MO         The Wreckage  

St. Louis, MO              Killer Me Killer You

Chicago, IL                  3 Years Hollow  

Holmdel, NJ                 Scarlet Carson 

Syracuse, NY              Face The King  

Mansfield, MA              Gone For Days 

Scranton, PA               True Becoming 

Buffalo, NY                  Early Rise         

Pittsburgh, PA             The Riot            

Saratoga Springs, NY Mirk                    

Bristow, VA                 Chuck Shaffer Picture Show

Simpsonville, SC        Kelen Heller       

Detroit, MI                    Suburban Syndicate

Indianapolis, IN            7 Days Away     

Cleveland, OH             Impending Lies 

Raleigh, NC                 21st Century Goliath

Atlanta, GA                  Poynte               

Tampa, FL                  Soul Switch       

Houston, TX                Love Story’s End

Dallas, TX                   Bow Prometheus

Denver, CO                 Lost Autumn     

Salt Lake City, UT       American Hitmen

Spokane, WA              The Nixon Rodeo

Auburn, WA                 Window Pane  

Portland, OR               In Her Memory   

Boise, ID                     The Fallen Idols 

Phoenix, AZ                 A Story Beneath

Albuquerque, NM         Skulldron           !/rockstaruproar

About Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival: The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival was created in 2010 and is produced by John Reese and John Oakes of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), CAA’s Darryl Eaton and Ryan Harlacher and Live Nation’s Perry Lavoisne. SGE is one of the world’s premier music festival production companies. With hundreds of live events worldwide each year, SGE works with agencies, brands and musical talent to produce or co-produce concerts across various genres and interests.

About Ernie Ball: In 1962, veteran player and teacher Ernie Ball created Slinkys®, the iconic light gauge electric guitar strings widely revered by hundreds of guitar greats including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, The Edge and John Mayer. In addition to hand crafting high-end Music Man® guitars and basses, Ernie Ball Inc. offers state-of-the-art instrument accessories that are carried in more than 6,000 stores in the U.S. and 110 countries worldwide. The family-run company maintains its founder’s dedication to preserving the musician’s playing experience and delivering superior sound quality through the development of new products, such as the revolutionary Element Shield Packaging which hermetically seals guitar strings keeping each set as fresh as the day they were made. The company also fosters artist development through musician-focused programs such as the Golden Pick promotion featuring Slash and Eric Clapton, and the world’s largest and longest running Battle of the Bands, where unsigned bands compete each year for the chance to play on multiple tours and win tons of prizes. Visit them online at

About Imagen Records: Imagen artists represent the best in rock, pop, hip-hop and R&B. Based in the Washington, D.C. area and founded by musician and business person Bob Winegard, Imagen offers their artists a fully collaborative artist development process with a 360 degree perspective. The label was founded in 2007 and employs the newest and most innovative methods to maximize use of new media and technologies, including new fanbase management and content delivery methods.

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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