Ernie Ball Hosts Battle Of The Bands For Uproar Festival

UproarFestivalLogoErnie Ball is hosting a Battle of the Bands for unsigned bands. The grand prize is a spot on the 2014 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, a chance to record an EP at NRG Recording Studios, and much more. Get all of the details after the jump.


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).
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 Rut, New Politics, Danko 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 Daisies, Beware Of Darkness, Charming 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

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