The Summer Music Festival Season ended with a Roar in San Diego when the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour concluded on September 15th. The venerable Alice in Chains headlined the tour and were joined on the main stage by Janes Addiction, Coheed & Cambria, and Circa Survive.
For me, these festivals and tours are not about the established acts playing the main stage. Most of the time I’ve seen the main stage acts multiple times so I arrive to these big tours and festivals early to see and experience something new. I’m most interested in the bands that are breaking through and are still proving that they are worthy of my and your support and thus, this article is about the second stage at the Uproar Festival 2013. If you're in a rush and only have time to view 20 pics, check out the slideshow. If you have some extra time, click the following link featuring over 100 pics http://youtu.be/6fKGSnc1ghs
The Uproar Festival, like most festival tours, has line-up changes from start to finish. The second stage finishing line-up this year included: New Politics, Danko Jones, Walking Papers, Middle Class Rut, Dead Daises, Charming Liars, The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, and Beware of Darkness. Since this is a review of the festival bands and not a book, I’ll keep my analysis and opinion about each band brief.
The Walking Papers, a.k.a. that band with Duff McKagan, headlined the second stage with a solid dose of new “good ol’ Rock ‘n Roll”. Danko Jones was one of several 3 piece acts and he stole Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” style with a down and dirty Rock sound and style. Middle Class Rut tore it up with two percussionists backing a full band and left the crowd wanting more. The British invasion was provided by Charming Liars who looked and sounded like a break out L.A. band, and since they’ve spent the most part of the last two years in L.A. recording and playing the Sunset Strip, it made sense. Beware of Darknes…Beware of Darkness. I’ll nominate The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show for “Best in Show – 3 Piece”. The New Politics were new to me to see, but their hit “Harlem” was not new to my ears. Finally, The Dead Daisies are alive and well boasting a veteran band that includes one of my favorite bassists of all time – Marco Mendoza and band mates Brian Tichy, Dizzy Reed, Jon Stevens, Richard Fortus, and David Lowy. To list all of the legendary bands these guys have been in, or are currently working with, would be its own book.
In the end, Uproar 2013 and its second stage acts, were better than I expected (and I had lofty exectations). Myself and my 13 year old daughter who spent the day with me, found new bands to enjoy and saw all of the bands that played for our first time. She fell in love with the Charming Liars and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show. I enjoyed all of the bands but The Dead Daisies and Danko Jones were the bands that made me an instant fan.
I don’t know the attendance numbers for this show or other tour dates, but I can say Uproar succeeded in bringing great bands to the second stage. Anyone who likes Rock based music, from age 13 to 50, would have enjoyed at least half of the bands that played the second stage. Kudos to Uproar and I can’t wait for next years festival tour!
Written by: Wes “Rockwell” Anderson, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
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