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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.

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:

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

DateTour MarketVenue
Fri. 8/26Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
Sat. 8/27Scranton, PAToyota Pavilion
Sun. 8/28Boston, MAComcast Center
Wed. 8/31Washington, DCJiffy Lube Live
Thu. 9/1Virginia Beach, VAVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat. 9/3Tampa, FL1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Sun. 9/4Biloxi, MSMississippi Coast Coliseum
Mon. 9/5Houston, TXCynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Fri. 9/9Detroit, MIDTE Energy Music Centre
Sat. 9/10Buffalo, NYDarien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sun. 9/11Hartford, CTComcast Theatre
Fri. 9/16Pittsburgh, PAFirst Niagara Pavilion
Sat. 9/17Indianapolis, INVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun. 9/18Chicago, ILFirst Midwest Bank Pavilion
Wed. 9/21Cleveland, OHBlossom Music Center
Fri. 9/23Omaha, NEWestFair Amphitheater
Sat. 9/24Kansas City, MOSandstone Amphitheater
Sun. 9/25St. Louis, MOVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat. 10/1Seattle, WAWhite River Amphitheatre
Sun. 10/2Spokane, WASpokane Arena
Wed. 10/5Denver, COComfort Dental Amphitheater
Fri. 10/7Albuquerque, NMHard Rock Pavilion
Sat. 10/8Phoenix, AZAshley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Sun. 10/9San Diego, CACricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu. 10/13Sacramento, CASleep Train Amphitheatre
Fri. 10/14San Francisco, CAShoreline 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, and No Cover Event Guide, and others.

About Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival

The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is produced by John Reese, John Oakes, CAA's Darryl Eaton and Ryan Harlacher and Live Nation's Perry Lavoisne. Reese and Eaton co-founded and continue to produce the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos, now in its seventh year and the only worldwide traveling music/lifestyle festival. They also co-produce the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, now in its fourth year and the largest heavy music traveling festival in America. The team has also produced many other successful music/lifestyle festivals and concert tours including the Samsung Music as A Weapon Festival and the Curiosa Festival, among others.

About Best Buy Co., Inc.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is a leading multi-channel global retailer and developer of technology products and services. Every day our employees — 180,000 strong — are committed to helping deliver the technology solutions that enable easy access to people, knowledge, ideas and fun. We are keenly aware of our role and impact on the world, and we are committed to developing and implementing business strategies that bring sustainable technology solutions to our consumers and communities. For information about Best Buy, visit

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

Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival publicity contact:

Kristine Ashton-Magnuson
(818) 996-2496