It’s Not Dead Festival Comes To Life This Fall

Courtesy: Earshot Media

Courtesy: Earshot Media

Punk rock is alive and well!

That is the message being sent by “It’s Not Dead Festival” co-founders Kevin Lyman, Jon Reese and Live Nation’s Rich Best. Thanks to the trio’s combined efforts, the aptly-titled festival will become reality, proving the spirit of punk and the music itself is alive and well. The “It’s Not Dead Festival” will be held Saturday, October 10th at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernadino, CA. The festival will feature performances from a total of thirty-five bands across three stages representing the past, present, and future of punk and ska. Those bands include: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, The Vandals, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and many more. The festival’s complete lineup is listed below.

The Lineup: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX,The Vandals,7 Seconds, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake

Second Stage: The Adolescents, Agent Orange, CJ Ramone, Devils Brigade, Duane Peters Gunfight, Manic Hispanic, Pulley, Riverboat Gamblers, Sham 69, Swingin’ Utters, The Dickies, TSOL

Third Stage: DI, Left Alone, Otherized, Rhythmic Asylum, The Briggs, The Interrupters, The Untouchables, Total Chaos

Tickets for the “It’s Not Dead Festival” will be available beginning this afternoon at 1pm ET on the festival’s official website at http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com/. Early bird tickets start at $25 and go up in price from there. Regular on-sale price for tickets is $42.50. Service fees and parking are not included in ticket prices. Kids 10 and under get in free. On-site overnight parking will be available for those that get there early in anticipation of the big day.

While the bands tapped to play this year’s festival are the main attraction, they are just part of what audiences can look forward to this year. There will also be an old-school skate/BMX jam presented by Vans featuring appearances from skateboarding legends such as: Mike Frazier, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan, and Neal Hendrix along with pros Lizzie Armanto, Alex Perelson, and Josh Bordon. BMX rider Dennis McCoy will also be on hand for the event.

For those looking for something calmer, there will also be an art exhibition titled “Art’s Not Dead” and a book-signing area. The art exhibition will feature works from artists and photographers such as Mark deSalvo, Dave Naz, Natalia Fabia, Lisa Johnson, B.J. Papas, Greg Attonito, Chris Shary, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Jeff Alulis, Jason Cardwell and many others.  Their works will both be on exhibition and for sale. The book-signing area will feature books from well-known authors such as Jeff Alulis, Danny Bland, Cecil Castellucci, Jack Grisham, Shawna Kenney, Jim Lindberg, David Nazworthy, Christian Picciolini, John Roecker with Dylan Melody, Daniel Weizmann and Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito.

The “It’s Not Dead Festival” is sponsored by Vans, Rockstar Energy Drink, FYE, Coldcock Whiskey, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Epitaph Records, and Pure Noise Records. More information on the “It’s Not Dead Festival” is available online now including ticketing information at:

Website: http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/itsnotdeadfest

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Taste of Chaos Festival Returns This Fall

Courtesy:  Earshot Media

Courtesy: Earshot Media

The Taste of Chaos Festival is back!

After a long five-year wait, the Taste of Chaos Festival will return this year. The day-long festival will be held Saturday, October 3rd at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernadino, California. This year’s festival will be a very special one for anyone that was a fan of the alternative/indie scene in the 90s and early 2000s because it pays tribute to that scene with a lineup of bands that once made up that scene. They are the same bands that have since gone on to become some of the biggest names in the industry. Those bands include: Jimmy Eat World, The Used, Dashboard Confessional, Thrice, The All-American Rejects, Saves The Day, Glassjaw, The Movielife, Story of the Year, and Finch. Mark Hoppus will perform his own special DJ set at this year’s festival. Greek Fire and Adair will also be on hand for this year’s festival.

The bands tapped for this year’s festival make up just part of its enjoyment. There will also be carnival rides, games, food trucks, and a craft beer and concession area. Those that might be coming from a long distance to see this year’s festival will be glad to know that organizers have also established an on-sight overnight camping area. That means fans can get there the day before and rest up overnight for the big day. All tickets for this year’s festival are general admission. They will go on sale beginning this coming Monday, June 22nd at TasteofChaos.com. Early bird tickets start at $  will go up in price from there. Regular on-sale ticket price is $42.50 per ticket. Ticket prices do not include service fee or parking. A very small number of VIP packages will be available with the cheapest going for $199.00. It includes fast lane entrance into the festival, VIP laminate with lanyard, VIP Lounge access along with complimentary beer and snacks while supplies last, full cash bar, and VIP restroom trailers. The second VIP package, runs for $299.00. It includes everything included in the $199.00 VIP package plus a commemorative The Used /Taste of Chaos laminate with lanyard a meet-and-greet/one-on-one photo shoot with the members of The Used, collector’s edition Taste of Chaos screen-printed poster for autographs, and a merch-pack from The Used that includes a t-shirt from the band.

The Taste of Chaos Festival is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink, Coldcock Whiskey, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and FYE.

More information on the Taste of Chaos Festival and all of the latest festival news is available online now at:

Website: http://www.tasteofchaos.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taste-Of-Chaos-Festival

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TOCfest

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Miss May I To Support August Burns Red On Frozen Flame Tour

Courtesy:  Fearless Records

Courtesy: Fearless Records

The weather is turning cold and most of the world is counting down the days until the end of 2014. Meanwhile others such as the members of Miss May I are counting down the days until the start of the new year. That is because with the start of the new year comes the start of “The Frozen Flame Tour” presented by Rock Star Energy Drink.

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Miss May I, touring in support of its latest full-length album Rise of the Lion (Rise Records), will join Northlane and Erra on “The Frozen Flame Tour” presented by Rock Star Energy Drink beginning Thursday, January 22nd. The tour is headlined by August Burns Red. The tour spans thirty-eight dates and takes the bands across the United States and into Canada, too. It wraps up with a seven-date stretch through the East Coast, with one date in North Carolina. That date is March 5th at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, North Carolina. The concert is an all-ages show. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Audiences under the age of three are subject to a $3 surcharge. Doors open at 6:30 and the show is scheduled to begin at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/706247?__utma=1.1885866784.1417614831.1417614831.1417614831.1&__utmb=1.2.10.1417614831&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1417614831.1.1.utmcsr=l.facebook.com|utmccn=%28referral%29|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/l.php&__utmv=-&__utmk=256268811.

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Website: http://www.mmiriseofthelion.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MissMayIMusic

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Uproar Festival Organizers Release Early Details On Annual Tour

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival returns for its fourth year this Summer.  The annual festival is one of the last big Summer packages festival tours each year.  Last year’s tour boasted a total of nearly 300,000 people in attendance through its run.  This year’s tour looks to be just as successful if not more so.  It kicks off August 9th and runs through September 15th.  Tickets for most shows go on sale next Thursday, April 25th at noon local time.  Prices start at $10.25 and go as high as $89.75.  All tickets include extra fees.  More information on tickets for the annual tour is available online at http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com and http://www.LiveNation.com.  A full listing of tour dates is available below:

Date                            Market                         Venue                                                 

Fri        9-Aug               Scranton, PA               Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Sat       10-Aug             Hartford, CT                The Comcast Theatre

Sun      11-Aug             Darien Center, NY       Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Tue      13-Aug             Saratoga, NY               Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Wed    14-Aug             Mansfield, MA              Comcast Center

Fri        16-Aug             Bristow, VA                 Jiffy Lube Live

Sat       17-Aug             Holmdel, NJ                 PNC Bank Arts Center

Sun      18-Aug             Wantagh, NY               Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Tue      20-Aug             Toronto, ON                Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Thu      22-Aug             Tinley Park, IL             First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Fri        23-Aug             Noblesville, IN              Klipsch Music Center

Sat       24-Aug             Clarkston, MI               DTE Energy Music Theater

Tue      27-Aug             Oklahoma City, OK     Zoo Amphitheater

Wed    28-Aug             Dallas, TX                   Gexa Energy Pavilion

Thu      29-Aug             The Woodlands, TX    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sun      1-Sept             Denver, CO                 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Mon     2-Sept             Salt Lake City, UT       USANA Amphitheatre

Sat       7-Sept             George, WA                The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sun      8-Sept             Ridgefield, WA            Sleep Country Amphitheater

Wed    11-Sept           San Francisco, CA     Shoreline Amphitheatre

Fri        13-Sept           Phoenix, AZ                 Desert Sky Pavilion

Sat       14-Sept           Chula Vista, CA           Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Sun      15-Sept           Irvine, CA                     Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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Weekend band lineup announced for Rock Vegas Festival

Concert organizers with the Rock Vegas Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada have officially announced the band lineup for the upcoming weekend long September Festival. 

On Friday, september 28th, Shinedown will be performing.  They’ll be joined by:  Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Adelitas Way, Deuce, and Redlight King. 

Rob zombie and Marilyn Manson will take to the stage Saturday, September 29th.  They’ll be joined throughout the day by:  Stone Sour, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Art of Dying, New Medicine, and Otherwise. 

Tickets are now onl sale for the Rock Vegas Festival.  They are as affordable as $39 (plus fees.  VIP packagaes are also available.  Concert goers can get discount hotel rates through Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur.  To get tickets, VIP packages, and hotel reservations, go online to http://www.RockVegasFest.com

Anyone interested in coming to Rock Vegas Fest is being offered a very special opportunity courtesy of the festival and its sponsor, Rockstar Energy Drink.  Rockstar Energy Drink and Rock Vegas are offering two lucky concert goers a trip for two with roundtrip airfare fully covered.  The two lucky guests will also get free hotel accomodations, airport transfers, $500 spending money, and VIP treatment at the festival.  To enter for this contest, go online to http://www.rockvegasfest.com/flyaway.  The contest is currently open, and entries will be accepted until August 26th. 

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Fozzy’s new single available now; “Evolution of Fozzy” video posted

Courtesy: Century Media

The lead single off of Fozzy’s new album, “Sin and Bones” is now available for download.  fans can purchase ‘Sandpaper’ now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.  Also, to build anticipation for next month’s release of “Sin and Bones” the band has posted a video titled, “Evolution of Fozzy” on Youtube.  It can be viewed here:  http://youtu.be/-LWWW10x1uA .  Fans can also stream ‘Sandpaper’ for free on Youtube at http://youtu.be/G1ltJ60u-w0.  ‘Sandpaper features guest vocals from Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows. 

The band will be touring this Summer to support its new album.  It will be part of this year’s annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  The tour kicks off Friday, August 17th in Kansas City, Missouri at the Capitol Federal Park at sandstone.   Fozzy’s North Carolina fans will get to see the band perform when the tour makes a stop in Raleigh on Tuesday, September 11th.  The festival will be at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek.  Fans can get a full tour schedule and more online at http://www.fozzyrock.com, http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock, http://twitter.com/FozzyRock, and http://www.centurymedia.com.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival gives unsigned bands chance for big break

Unsigned bands across the country are being given the chance for a big break thanks to the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  The festival is hosting the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands powered by Imagen records.  The contest gives unsigned bands the chance to perform at the festival’s Ernie Ball Stage and a grand prize of a chance to record an EP with mega producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, and $10K worth of music gear and other swag. 

Bands can get more information and register for the contest online now at http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com/battleofthebands.  All of the festival’s tour dates are also available online at http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RockstarUPROAR, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/rockstaruproar, and on the official festival Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/RockstarUPROAR.

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