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Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival 2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Underway Now Through September 1


The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival’s 2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands is now underway. The touring rock music and lifestyle festival’s annual competition runs from July 1 through September 1 (deadlines vary by tour market). Bands can enter the competition–and fans can vote for their favorite band–at

Unsigned bands can enter to win a chance to play live on the Zippo Encore Festival Stage powered by Ernie Ball at UPROAR in their market this August and September. Finalists will compete for the grand prize, which includes a coveted spot on the 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, a record deal, $10,000 worth of music gear, national radio exposure on hardDriveRadio, and other prizes.

The judges for the 2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands include: Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Duff McKagan (Walking Papers/founding member of Guns N’ Roses & Velvet Revolver), legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner, and music industry jack-of-all-tradesJesse Cannon (author of Get More Fans: A DIY Guide To The New Music Business).

Duff McKagan gives his thoughts on the UPROAR Battle Of The Bands, commenting, “For new bands willing to work hard, this is a great opportunity to gain new fans and expose yourself to a national audience. I’m looking forward to checking out these up-and-coming bands and helping to discover new talent.”

Judge Jesse Cannon gives his thoughts on the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival’sErnie Ball Battle Of The Bands opportunity: “Joining the UPROAR Battle of the Bands is a chance to bond with your fans and can be an exciting way to enlist your fans and then give them incentives and rewards for helping you get exposure. Battles Of The Bands have been the platform for many of music’s biggest acts to get some early exposure. Both music business players and fans who tell others what to listen to search them out to find the talent they should be exposing the rest of the world to.”

The fourth annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival runs from August 9 through September 15, 2013 and will include a stellar lineup of multiplatinum superstars and breaking talent, featuring Alice In Chains, also with Jane’s Addiction. These seminal alternative rock bands will be joined by Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage. The Zippo Encore Festival Stage powered by Ernie Ball will host performances from Walking Papers (with Duff McKagan), Middle Class RutNew PoliticsDanko Jones, as well as 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market. The COLDCOCK Herbal Whiskey Showcase Stage powered by Ernie Ball will feature performances from breaking talent including The Dead DaisiesBeware Of DarknessCharming Liars and more bands to be announced soon.

2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner Chuck Shaffer Picture Show will perform on the entire Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. The Richmond, Virginia band recorded their new EP Temporary Fix (released June 25 on iTunes) with legendary rock producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios in North Hollywood as part of their grand prize package. “Winning this contest was literally a dream come true and also pushed us to work harder than we ever had before,” says CSPS lead singer Ryan Johnson. “It’s been nothing short of a whirlwind since 2013! We flew out to LA in January, rehearsed for a week (10 hour days!), and spent a solid month cranking out six tunes under Jay’s [Baumgardner] guidance. He really helped develop our sound and get the best out of us in the studio. While in LA, we went to NAMM and hung with the Ernie Ball crew. This contest allowed us to grow a really great relationship with them and is such a great platform to help develop artists to get sonically (and mentally) ready for going full time. Whoever the 2013 winner is, buckle up, it’s a wild ride!”

Learn more about Chuck Shaffer Picture Show at

To enter the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands, bands must complete a short informational profile and upload at least one MP3 to the Battle Of The Bands website ( Entrants should use the Band Promotional Toolkit provided in their profile after logging in to promote their entry on the web and drive fans to vote. Fans can also register at to become an official contest judge.

The top 100 Buzz Rated bands in each participating tour market will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and UPROAR artists. This panel will choose the winner for each local U.S. tour market. Winners for each local market will be announced two weeks before that tour date. The winner in each city will perform in the opening slot on the Zippo Encore Festival Stage powered by Ernie Ball at the 2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. Each tour market’s winning band will be eligible to compete for the grand prize. One band will be chosen by the panel of judges to win the Grand Prize package from the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival and Ernie Ball Music Man.

The grand prize package for the 2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner includes:

  • A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival
  • Record an EP with legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner at world famous NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA
  • A record deal
  • $10,000 worth of music gear
  • Professional photo shoot with rock photographer Lisa Johnson (
  • Exclusive editorial feature in Revolver Magazine
  • Feature on
  • National radio exposure on hardDriveRadio (syndicated to 110 stations in the U.S.)
  • One year supply of Ernie Ball Strings
  • One year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink

“We’re extremely passionate about giving undiscovered artists a platform and opportunities to reach their dreams, said Brian Ball, Vice President of Ernie Ball.  “As we’ve seen with Mindset Evolution, and the Chuck Shaffer Picture Show the Ernie Ball UPROAR Battle Of The Bands is a tremendous way for bands to record with a legendary producer and tour with rock’s biggest bands.”

Tickets for most Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival shows are affordably priced between $10.25 and $89.75 (plus fees) and are on sale now at and

The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival tour itinerary is as follows:

Fri 9-Aug         Scranton, PA               Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Sat 10-Aug      Hartford, CT                The Comcast Theatre

Sun 11-Aug     Darien Center, NY       Darien Lake Performing Arts Center +

Tue 13-Aug     Saratoga, NY               Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Wed 14-Aug    Mansfield, MA              Comcast Center

Fri 16-Aug       Bristow, VA                 Jiffy Lube Live

Sat 17-Aug      Holmdel, NJ                 PNC Bank Arts Center

Sun 18-Aug     Wantagh, NY               Nikon at Jones Beach Theater +

Tue 20-Aug     Toronto, ON                Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Thu 22-Aug     Tinley Park, IL             First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Fri 23-Aug       Noblesville, IN              Klipsch Music Center

Sat 24-Aug      Clarkston, MI               DTE Energy Music Theater

Tue 27-Aug     Oklahoma City, OK     Zoo Amphitheater + #

Wed 28-Aug    Dallas, TX                   Gexa Energy Pavilion

Thu 29-Aug     The Woodlands, TX    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion * + #

Sat 31-Aug      Albuquerque, NM         Isleta Amphitheatre

Sun 1-Sept      Denver, CO                 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Mon 2-Sept      Salt Lake City, UT       USANA Amphitheatre

Thu 5-Sept      Nampa, ID                   Idaho Center Amphitheater

Sat 7-Sept       George, WA                The Gorge (Pain In The Grass)

Sun 8-Sept      Ridgefield, WA            Sleep Country Amphitheater

Wed 11-Sept   Mountain View, CA      Shoreline Amphitheatre

Fri 13-Sept      Irvine, CA                     Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Sat 14-Sept     Phoenix, AZ                 Ak-Chin Pavilion

Sun 15-Sept    Chula Vista, CA           Sleep Train Amphitheatre (Operation Kick Ass)

# No Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands for this date

* Main Stage bands only

+ Show does not include COLDCOCK Herbal Whiskey Showcase Stage

The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ernie Ball Guitar Strings, Zippo Lighters, Schecter Guitar Research, Air Force Reserve, truth® Youth Smoking Prevention Campaign, SQUATCH, Matador Beef Jerky, and Lunarpages.

About Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival: The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival 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. Since its inception in 2010, the touring festival’s attendance continues to grow, with nearly 300,000 in attendance for the 2012 trek. 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 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival 2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Judges:

Jerry Cantrell: A lot of great singers and guitarists came out of Seattle in late eighties and early nineties. That’s just an undeniable fact. However, there’s only one Jerry Cantrell. With the distortion turned up and a host of blissfully sludged-out riffs, he inspired an entire generation to pick up the guitar with Alice In Chains’ seminal output—Facelift, Dirt, and Alice In Chains. At the same time, his voice reverberated with a melodically cool elegance turning Jar of Flies and Sap into acoustic classics. After Alice In Chains went on hiatus, he released two mind-blowing solo albums, Boggy Depot and Degradation Trip Vol. 1 & 2. He resurrected the group in 2007 with its big reunion and then the equally powerful Black Gives Way to Blue in 2009. However, Cantrell’s future is what shines brightest. Not only did he and his Alice cohorts just drop the chart-topping The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, they are closing the 2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. Who better to judge this year’s Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands than the man behind “Would?” and “Hollow”?

Duff McKagan: Do we really even have to say his name out loud? Just remember the bass line at the beginning of “It’s So Easy,” and you’ll know who we’re talking about. That is this man—Mr. Duff McKagan. Not only did he found Guns N’ Roses and play on three of the most important records ever—Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion Vol. 1 & 2—but he anchored Velvet Revolver for two records packed full of bravado and brilliance. Then, there’s his other outfit Loaded and his career as a best-selling author with the acclaimed biography It’s So Easy and Other Lies. Now, Duff has joined up with old Seattle mate and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin for Walking Papers, who will be revving up the Zippo Encore Festival Stage powered by Ernie Ball at the 2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. Once again, he’s another legend who’s perfect to judge this year’s Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands.

Jay Baumgardner: Jay Baumgardner helped shape the sound of rock ‘n’ roll in the twenty first century. As a producer and mixer his credits include Evanescence, Papa Roach, and Drowning Pool as well as Bush and Jewel. His style behind the board remains instantly recognizable, and he’s the one who designed the legendary NRG Recording Services three-room facility—which he calls his production home. He knows a hit when he hears it. The veteran on the panel, he logged two years as a judge of the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands, and he’ll be recording an EP for the grand prize winner.

Jesse Cannon: Truly a jack of all music industry trades, Jesse Cannon has recorded the likes of Animal Collective, The Misfits, and The Menzingers. At the same time, he launched the popular blog Musformation (The DIY Guide To The New Music Business) and penned the insider’s guide—Get More Fans: A DIY Guide To The New Music Business.  Given his wide-ranging knowledge, he makes a wonderful addition to the judges panel of this year’s Battle Of The Bands at the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival.

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