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Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival "2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Powered By Imagen Records" Underway
· Toddstar on June 20 2012 02:26:05
Tour News


The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has announced details for the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records. Beginning Tuesday, June 19, unsigned bands can enter to win a chance to play live on the Ernie Ball Stage in their market this August and September. In addition, finalists will compete for the grand prize, which includes a coveted spot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, $10,000 worth of music gear and other prizes.

This year’s judges for the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records include: Jose Mangin from Sirius XM, Zacky Vengeance, guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold, legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner, and music industry veteran Bill McGathy.

Visit to see a video clip of Chris Jericho of Fozzy, Shinedown, Godsmack, Papa Roach and more bands from this year’s tour talking about the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records.

The third annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will run from August 17 in Kansas City, MO through September 30 in Albuquerque, NM. The trek will include 2011 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner Mindset Evolution. The Peoria, IL band recorded an EP with legendary rock producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios in North Hollywood as part of last year’s grand prize package and is excited to hit the road in August. Lead vocalist Rob Ulrich says, “Winning the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands has been a life changing experience for us. It really kickstarted our career, giving us some amazing opportunities. We had an incredible experience recording our EP with Jay [Baumgardner] and can’t wait to tear it up on UPROAR!”

Leading up to the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, Mindset Evolution will join UPROAR bands Papa Roach and In This Moment for a string of shows from June 25 through July 2. Go to for details.

“We Are Stars,” the brand new single from Mindset Evolution, is available for free download--before it can be purchased anywhere--exclusively at

Speaking of this year’s Battle Of The Bands, Head of Imagen, Bob Winegard, explains: "Imagen is very pleased to be part of the Battle Of The Bands this year, with the winner receiving a label development deal with Imagen. We look forward to producing some great new music and being a part of their success!"

To enter the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records, bands can 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 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 bands receiving the most fan votes in each 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 Ernie Ball Stage at the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival and will be automatically entered into the grand prize competition.

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 Drink UPROAR Festival, Ernie Ball Music Man and Imagen.

The grand prize package includes:
- A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
- Record an EP with legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner at world famous NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA
- $10,000 worth of music gear
- Professional photo shoot with rock photographer Lisa Johnson
- Exclusive editorial feature in Revolver Magazine
- Music video by video director Strati Hovartos (
- Featured content on
- One year supply of Ernie Ball Strings
- One year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink

The 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival main stage will feature performances from multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach, along with breaking band Adelitas Way. In addition, the Ernie Ball Stage and Jägermeister Stage in the festival area will include performances from multiplatinum headliner P.O.D., as well as up-and-coming artists Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local Battle Of The Bands winner.

The Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records will take place at the tour dates listed below. For the full Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival tour itinerary, go to
8/17        Kansas City, MO         Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
8/19        St. Louis, MO              Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/22        Chicago, IL                  First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/24        Holmdel, NJ                 PNC Bank Arts Center
8/25        Syracuse, NY              TBA
8/26        Mansfield, MA              Comcast Center
8/28        Scranton, PA               Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/29        Buffalo, NY                  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/31        Pittsburgh, PA             First Niagara Pavilion
9/01        Saratoga, NY               Saratoga Performing Arts Center
9/02        Bristow, VA                 Jiffy Lube Live
9/05        Simpsonville, SC        Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
9/07        Detroit, MI                    DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/08        Noblesville, IN              Klipsch Music Center
9/09        Cleveland, OH             Blossom Music Center
9/11        Raleigh, NC                 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
9/12        Atlanta, GA                  Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/13        Tampa, FL                  1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
9/15        Houston, TX                Woodlands Pavilion
9/16        Dallas, TX                   Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/18        Denver, CO                 Comfort Dental Amphitheater
9/19        Salt Lake City, UT       USANA Amphitheatre
9/21        Spokane, WA              Greyhound Park and Events Center
9/22        Auburn, WA                 White River Amphitheatre
9/23        Portland, OR               Sleep Country Amphitheater
9/25        Boise, ID                     Idaho Center Amphitheater
9/29        Phoenix, AZ                 Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
9/30        Albuquerque, NM         Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion!/rockstaruproar
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 Imagen Records
Imagen artists represent the best in rock, pop, hip-hop and R&B. Based in the Washington, D.C. area and founded by musician and business person Bob Winegard, Imagen offers their artists a fully collaborative artist development process with a 360 degree perspective. The label was founded in 2007 and employs the newest and most innovative methods to maximize use of new media and technologies, including new fanbase management and content delivery methods.


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