Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction to headline Uproar Festival in Nampa


Uproar Festival — Rockstar Energy Drink’s radio-rockin’ alternative to its heavier, more popular Mayhem Festival — is hopping into a time machine this summer.

The event, which will return to the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Thursday, Sept. 5, has tapped the late ’80s and early ’90s for its headlining talent.

Grunge act Alice in Chains and art-rockers Jane’s Addiction will headline on the main stage, which also will feature Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive. A second stage will showcase Walking Papers, Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show.

Like MayhemFest, Uproar will reward fast trigger pullers with an early-bird ticketing scheme when it goes on sale at noon Thursday at ICTickets: The first 1,000 tickets sold are $30, second 1,000 are $35, third $1000 are $40, and the rest are $45 — except day of show, when they sneak up to $49.75.

The approach to main-stage talent at this year’s Uproar is more old school than in previous incarnations. In 2012, Uproar featured Staind, Godsmack, Shinedown and Adelitas Way, all staples of the active-rock radio format. One other curiosity to note: Organizers have crowned Alice in Chains as the top dog; the event is billed as “featuring Alice in Chains, also with Jane’s Addiction.” Even with original frontman Layne Staley dead for more than a decade, Alice in Chains apparently trumps likable oddball Perry Farrell and fashion guru Dave Navarro.

Jane’s, of course, headlined at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field in 2012. Alice in Chains, meanwhile, has a new single to check out:

Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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