Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands Underway Now through September 1st


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 www.RockstarUPROAR.com.

 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-trades Jesse Cannon (author of Get More Fans: A DIY Guide To The New Music Business).

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.

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 (www.RockstarUPROAR.com). 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 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 UproarFestival 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 Loudwire.com
  • 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 www.RockstarUPROAR.comand LiveNation.com.

The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour itinerary is as follows:

Date                Market                         Venue

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