Uproar Festival Announces ‘Best Buy Music Gear Battle of the Bands Powered by Ernie Ball’

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For the first time, the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will host the Best Buy Music Gear Battle of the Bands Powered by Ernie Ball. This competition will allow one unsigned band the opportunity to play live on the Best Buy Music Gear Stage at each U.S. tour stop during the August 28-October 14 trek. Finalists will compete for a grand prize package worth more than $20,000.

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The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival features multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, along with main stage artists Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, and Escape The Fate. The North American touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners Sevendust, as well as Black Tide, Art Of Dying, and Hell Or Highwater.

To enter the Best Buy Music Gear Battle of the Bands Powered by Ernie Ball, bands simply register by completing a short informational profile and uploading at least one MP3 to the Battle of the Bands website. Entrants should use the Band Promotional Toolkit provided in their profile upon logging in to promote their entry on the web and drive fans to vote. Fans can also register at www.RockstarUPROAR.com/battleofthebands to become an official contest judge.

The top 100 bands receiving the most fan votes in each U.S. 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 U.S. market will be announced two weeks before that tour date. The winner in each city will perform in the opening slot on the Best Buy Music Gear Stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival and will be automatically entered into the Grand Prize competition.

Each U.S. tour market’s winning band will be eligible to compete for the Grand Prize. One band will be chosen by a panel of judges--including UPROAR artists and industry professionals--to win the Grand Prize package from the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, Ernie Ball Music Man, and Best Buy Music Gear.

The grand prize package includes:
• A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
• EP produced by Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, CA
• $10,000 worth of gear from Best Buy Music Gear
• Editorial Coverage in Guitar Player Magazine
• Music Video by Plural Eyes Media
• Photo Shoot by LA-based Rock Photographer Lisa Johnson
• One-year supply of Ernie Ball strings
• One-year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink
• Pair of KICKER headphones for each band member
• Travel Bag for each band member courtesy of Rockstar Energy Drink

Best Buy Music Gear brings rockers a great line-up of accessories--picks, sticks, strings, stands, and more--at every Best Buy store in the country, with convenient hours. Go to www.BestBuy.com/MIgear for details and the expanded Music Gear selection, coming July 17.

The all-day Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will run from 2pm-11pm in most cities, and tickets are affordably priced between $20 and $69.99. Go to www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.

The Best Buy Music Gear Battle Of The Bands Powered by Ernie Ball will take place at the tour dates listed below. For the full tour itinerary, go to www.RockstarUproar.com.

Date Tour Market Venue
Fri 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Sun 8/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center
Wed 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
Thur 9/1 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 9/3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Sun 9/4 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Mon 9/5 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Fri 9/9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Centre
Sat 9/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sun 9/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
Fri 9/16 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sat 9/17 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun 9/18 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Pavilion
Wed 9/21 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Fri 9/23 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheater
Sat 9/24 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheater
Sun 9/25 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 10/1 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
Sun 10/2 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
Wed 10/5 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater
Fri 10/7 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion
Sat 10/8 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Sun 10/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Thur 10/13 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Fri 10/14 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Best Buy Music Gear, Ernie Ball, Guitar Player Magazine, Schecter Guitars, Jägermeister Canada, KICKER Performance Audio, Zippo, Vertical-Xtreme, Air Force Reserve, KRANK Amps, Army Reserves, Fearless Music, NoCover.com and No Cover Event Guide, and others.