The battle is on, as the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands returns to the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival for a fourth consecutive year in 2014. The annual competition is underway now for most dates on the touring rock music and lifestyle festival, and runs through September 12 (deadlines vary by market). Bands can enter the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands—and fans can vote for their favorite band—at http://uproar.battleofthebands.com. Bands will be chosen one week prior to the venue they’ve selected to play.
Unsigned bands can enter to win a chance to play live on the Festival Stage at the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival in their market this August and September. Finalists will compete for the grand prize–valued at over $15,000–which includes a coveted spot on the 2015 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, a Rockford Fosgate Prize Pack, Ernie Ball Guitar String Endorsement, Music Man Instruments, and more (see below for full prize listing).
The judges for the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival 2014 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands will include Keith Nelson of Buckcherry and legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner.
“Anyone can be an internet sensation and have their five minutes in the sun, but the bands that go on to have careers are the ones that deliver a killer live show,” says Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival co-producer John Oakes. “We’re always excited to partner with Ernie Ball to find new bands that fit that bill – and to help them launch those careers in front of the great UPROAR fans.”
The fifth annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival hits the road August 15 and runs through September 21. The festival’s powerful lineup includes multiplatinum mainstage bands Godsmack and Seether, along with Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape The Fate, 3 Years Hollow, Within Reason, New Medicine, Sons of Revelry (2013 UPROAR/Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner), These Raven Skies, and Tattered.
Local 2014 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winners will have the chance to play in one of nearly two dozen UPROAR markets, including newly announced dates in Pittsburgh, PA, Albuquerque, NM, Irvine, CA and more.
2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner Sons Of Revelry will be on the road with the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival throughout the five-week trek. The Brantford, Ontario quartet—Scottish expat Toby Black (lead vocals/lead guitar), Corey Brouwer (backing vocals/rhythm guitar), Arron Rayner (bass), and Sean Boyle (drums)—have the kind of cohesiveness, camaraderie and chops that other bands would kill for. The band recently recorded a pair of EPs in the span of a month – one with world renowned producer Jay Baumgardner (Sevendust, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Godsmack) and the other with Canadian producer Brian Moncarz (Silverstein, Bleeker Ridge, The Reason) – and will release them as a double EP just in time for the 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. Visit www.sonsofrevelry.com for more information.
“Ernie Ball is excited to give Sons Of Revelry the opportunity to reach their dreams,” says Brian Ball, Vice President of Ernie Ball. “As we’ve seen with previous winners 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.”
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 (http://uproar.battleofthebands.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 at http://uproar.battleofthebands.com 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 Festival Stage at the 2014 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 andErnie Ball Music Man.
The grand prize package for the 2014 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner includes:
- A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2015 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival
- Record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA
- Rockford Fosgate Prize Pack valued at $2000
- Ernie Ball Guitar String Endorsement
- Music Man Instruments
- Blackstar Guitar Amp (ID:60)
- Mark Bass Bass Rig (Little Mark 250 + Standard Cabinet)
- EV Microphone Pack
- Apogee Duet
- DW Drum Set
- Zildjian Cymbal Pack
- TC Electronic Pedal Pack.
Tickets for most Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival shows are on sale now at www.RockstarUPROAR.com.
The current Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival tour itinerary is as follows. Please note that the band lineup varies by date. Visit http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com/tour-dates for details.
Date Market Venue
Friday 8/15 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Saturday 8/16 Peru, IL Illinois Valley Regional Airport
Sunday 8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
Tuesday 8/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Wednesday 8/20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun *
Friday 8/22 Syracuse, NY New York State Fairgrounds
Saturday 8/23 Mount Pocono, PA Mount Airy Casino Resort
Sunday 8/24 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Tuesday 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Wednesday 8/27 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
Friday 8/29 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphitheater
Saturday 8/30 Tampa, FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sunday 8/31 Gulfport, MS Jones Park
Tuesday 9/2 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Wednesday 9/3 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
Friday 9/5 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Saturday 9/6 Sioux City, IA Tyson Event Center
Sunday 9/7 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
Tuesday 9/9 Denver, CO 1STBANK Center *
Thursday 9/11 Post Falls, ID Greyhound Park
KHTQ presents Rock Hard At The Park Powered By Rockstar Energy Drink)
Friday 9/12 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre *
(KISW’s Pain In The Grass)
Tuesday 9/16 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Saturday 9/20 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
* Indicates no Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands for this date
About Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival
The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival is produced by John Reese and John Oakes of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) and CAA’s Darryl Eaton and Ryan Harlacher. 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.
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