Dear Musformation readers who are in rock bands,
This year I am one of the four judges for the final round of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands which is a competition to open for Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains, Circa Survive and Coheed & Cambria. If you are chosen for the opening gig, you then go on to have the possibility to win much bigger prizes. Check out the information below and best of luck.
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: The DIY Guide To The New Music Business).
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.
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 (RockstarUPROAR.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 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 UproarFestival 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 Loudwire.com
- 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