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.

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 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 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 and 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

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

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