Wristband Pickup at the Coffman Memorial Union Info Desk
When Gamal Lewis was in the tenth grade, hip-hop producer Salaam Remi gave him the nickname that has stuck with him to this day. Then an aspiring rapper, Lewis worked under Remi for a few years. “Salaam liked my vibe and took me under his wing,” he explains. “One day, I was sitting with him while he was getting a haircut and he looked at me and said, ‘Yo, if I was a little chubby kid like you, I’d call myself LunchMoney.’ And he and everyone he worked with started calling me that and it just stuck. It resonated with me because I’m kind of a big kid at heart.”
In person, Lunch is a mountain of a guy who radiates not so much a child-like vibe, but a genuine sincerity and positivity that is hard to resist. That uplifting spirit comes through both lyrically and sonically in the music Lunch has created with his primary collaborators, songwriter Jacob Kasher (AKA JKash) and producer Ricky Reed (Wallpaper), for veteran hitmaker Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records. Songs like first single “Bills,” “Mama,” and “Love Me Back” are toe-tapping, feel-good tunes that recall the Philly soul of Gamble and Huff and the Southern gospel of Stax, while still entirely making sense within the world of contemporary urban pop. Lunch writes with touching honesty about real-life things like paying his bills, his supportive mama, and the trials of loving a girl who doesn’t love him back with a complete lack of artifice.
The Miami native comes by his love for soul and hip-hop authentically. Lunch was raised in a musical family of Jamaican descent and grew up listening to reggae and Motown, as well as to James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and The O’Jays. His father Roger and his uncle Ian were founding members of the legendary reggae band Inner Circle, who scored a Top 10 hit with “Bad Boys” when it became the theme song to the TV show Cops. Lunch’s older brother Abebe runs Miami’s Circle House Studios, a popular recording hub for both local hip-hop artists like Pitbull, Trick Daddy, and Flo Rida as well destination studio for national acts. Lunch was a teenager when his brother took over running Circle House from Roger and Ian, and would hang out there on weekends. “Everyone knew me as ‘Abebe’s little brother who could rap,’” Lunch recalls. “Every time I’d come around, his friends, who were all producers, would be like, ‘Abebe, tell your brother to rap.’ So I started writing raps and handing them over.”
Lunch caught the bug for performing himself at age 13 when he and his friend wrote a song that became a neighborhood hit. “It was called ‘Living in America,’” he says. “It was around 9/11 and we were like, ‘We’ll do a song for America!’ We had American flag bandanas, it was the worst, but looking back, it was mad funny. And all the kids in our neighborhood loved it and we became kind of like local celebrities. I thought, ‘Wow, I can do this. I can be cool. All the girls like me. The girls like rapping.”
Eventually Lunch’s talent led him to write for Meek Mill (“Off The Corner,” featuring Rick Ross), Ace Hood (“We Don’t”), and P. Diddy (“Big Homie,” featuring Rick Ross). He also put out a few singles and a mixtape that were local hits in Miami before a mutual friend introduced him to JKash, who had just signed on with Dr. Luke’s Prescription Songs. “Kash was like, ‘You should come to Los Angeles and do other stuff,’” Lunch recalls. The two collaborated on Juicy J’s “Scholarship” before Lunch made the move to L.A. last year and joined JKash at Prescription Songs as a writer. He soon found himself writing for Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint’s “Trini Dem Girls,” which Lunch is also featured on), as well as for Fifth Harmony (the gold-certified “Bo$$”) and Jessie J (“Burnin’ Up” featuring 2 Chainz) with Ricky Reed. The night of the Jessie J session, Lunch, JKash, and Reed, still fired up, wrote “Bills” and hit on Lunch’s unique “soul/rap fusion” sound (as he puts it) in the process. Impressed by “Bills” and Lunch’s facility for undeniable pop melodies, Dr. Luke and his team at Kemosabe Records offered him a recording contract.
Now Lunch is looking forward to launching his career as an artist. “I know what I want to say now,” he explains. “I know who I am, in a weird little way, and I want to write about honest things with real emotion. My dad was so good at what he did and it gave me a taste for wanting to do great things and making good music. I want people to remember me for doing dope s***.”
Goodnight Gorillas is an alternative rock band, consisting of 4 sophomores at the U of M. They have played shows for 5 years, and are in the midst of recording their next album.
Hustle Rose is an American soul and funk band with horns, synth, bass and drums led by singer-songwriter David Glen on lead guitar and talk box. Their new record, “Stay Up” was released at the main room of First Avenue after debuting their first single, “Make You Mine” with high praise from Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current. “I’ve been straight-up obsessed with this song “Make You Mine” ever since hearing it a few months back, and am happy to report that the band brings just as much energy to their show live. This is irresistible, bouncy, uplifting stuff” - Andrea Swensson, music reporter and the voice of the Local Show on MPR’s The Current.
Hustle Rose was formed at South High School in Minneapolis, MN David Glen and bass player Chris Smith. They and drummer Miguel Hurtado all graduated from the same class. The band now features the soulful Hustle Horns section with Nelson Devereaux on Saxophone and Jake Baldwin on trumpet. The newest member to the Hustle Rose family is the piano, organ and synth player Rob Coleman, who came from #MPLS, another Funk and Soul band both he and David Glen write, perform and record with today.
Fast like Twista but firmly based in West Coast rap, South Central native Cozz was born Cody Macc, a birth name that also became the title of his calling-card single. Cozz didn't even start rapping until the beginning of 2013, but his honest style fit in with the rising popularity of "reality rap." Uploaded in early 2014, his introspective cut "Dreams" hit the Net hard and impressed rapper J. Cole, who signed Cozz to his Dreamville imprint. The track landed on Cozz's 2014 debut , Cozz & Effect, which also featured the Meez-produced single "Cody Macc."
The son of Sudanese parents, Bas (born Abbas Hamad) was raised in Paris until the age of eight, when his family moved to Jamaica, Queens. He didn't start rapping until 2010, and that was on a lark, after he was coerced by a friend. Writing and rapping to an instrumental of Kanye West's "Breathe In, Breathe Out" sparked a series of informal sessions that led to being linked with J. Cole. Touring with Cole fostered the fledgling rapper's development as a performer, while mixtape releases such as Quarter Water Raised Me and Quarter Water Raised Me II raised his profile. Cole signed Bas to Dreamville, the Interscope-affiliated label he was getting off the ground. Last Winter, jokingly referred to as "An album from a n*gga who ain't got alotta fans yet," was released as a digital download and a CD in April 2014. It featured appearances from Cole, Mack Wilds, and K-Quick. That June, Bas promoted the set with a brief tour of the U.S. He contributed to Dreamville's Revenge of the Dreamers II compilation in 2015 and released his second proper album Too High to Riot in March 2016.
Artists will often retreat somewhere exotic in order to find inspiration, whether it be deep in the countryside or some isolated tropical paradise where undisturbed their creativity can flourish. However, for MisterWives, (Mandy Lee [vocals], Etienne Bowler [drums], William Hehir [bass], Marc Campbell [guitar], and Jesse Blum [keys, trumpet, accordion]), in order to record their debut full length album 'Our Own House' [Photo Finish/Republic Records] all they had to do was take a short trip to Riverdale, NY and start by going back to basics.
"I wrote a lot of the songs in this tree house Etienne built," smiles Mandy. "It's in his parents' backyard, and it's unbelievable. I was in this little house with only the birds chirping outside. It's like I was quarantined. My band mates would hand me food under the door! It's a big part of the album. When I first saw it, I thought the Bronx turned into Narnia."
The tree house not only provided inspiration but acted as a place of continued peace and tranquility as 2014 proved to be a whirlwind breakout year for MisterWives. Their critically acclaimed 'Reflections' EP yielded a hit in the form of the title track, which would go on to exceed a staggering 15 million streams online, sell over 100,000 downloads and clinch the #1 spot on Billboard's Emerging Artist chart. The band also crisscrossed the country multiple times while touring with bands like Bleachers, twenty one pilots and even made their national television debut, performing on "Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!"
All of this served to bring the members of MisterWives even closer together, both personally and creatively. "It's like we found the secret to life," says Will. "You find what you're passionate about and find people you love to do that with."
"The phrase 'Our Own House' is symbolic because we're literally and figuratively creating our own house and movement for music," says Mandy Lee. "This is a declaration of who we are as individuals. We made our own little MisterWives world."
The album reflects a broader horizon for the group and effortlessly combines aspects of indie rock, soul, funk, ska and pop music. The title track "Our Own House", with resounding piano keys and an unshakable chorus punctuated by swooning horns, welcomes listeners into MisterWives' funky danceable world.
Elsewhere on the album, the girl power anthem "Not Your Way" swings and shimmies from style to style, while the song "Best I Can Do" will make you dance with its horn-driven power. "Hurricane" captures the creative swell of a generation tired of waiting their turn to break out and "Queens" is a soulful ode to life, family and the hometown that left an indelible mark on Mandy Lee. Every song on 'Our Own House' does its part to create an album that showcases MisterWives as a band succeeding through the judicious application of their own unique brand of alchemy.
Ultimately, MistwerWives' 'Our Own House' is one that is meant to encourage and inspire all who seek shelter. As Etienne says "we don't have any boundaries on our music."
"All of the songs have good messages," concludes Mandy. "These are real emotions that every human feels at some point in their lives. When someone connects to a song, it's incredible. That's all we want. We hope everyone has a good time and dances their asses off as much as we do."
'Our Own House' was released February 24, 2015. Currently MisterWives are headlining a sold out US tour and have continued to make their mark on national television performing on "Good Morning America," "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" the week 'Our Own House' was officially released.
Born and bred on Chicago's South Side, pop-R&B singer and songwriter Jeremih taught himself how to play several instruments and didn't consider himself a vocalist until a warmly received talent show performance. At Chicago's Columbia College, he struck up a partnership with fledgling producer Mick Schultz, and the two closely collaborated on the material that became Jeremih's debut album. In March 2009, slow jam "Birthday Sex," the first single, debuted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart, eventually topped it, and even crossed into the Top Ten of the Hot 100. Thanks to that hit, Jeremih, released that June with production handled entirely by Schultz, debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. A year later, Jeremih issued his follow-up, All About You. Like the debut, it was produced by Schultz and spawned a Top Ten pop hit, though it was a club track -- "Down on Me" -- featuring 50 Cent.
Five years passed prior to the release of Jeremih's third album. The protracted gap between full-lengths entailed numerous delays, a period during which the singer distanced himself from his earlier hits and blamed himself and his label for the slippage. The artist nonetheless hardly pulled a disappearing act, with the high-profile mixtape Late Nights with Jeremih, a Top Ten pop hit in the form of "Don't Tell 'Em" (produced by Schultz and DJ Mustard, and featuring YG), as well as appearances on numerous tracks headlined by other artists, most notably DJ Khaled's "Hold You Down." Late Nights: The Album finally arrived in December 2015 with guest spots from J. Cole, Future, Big Sean, and Ty Dolla $ign, among others.
Rising Dutch DJ and producer R3hab has established his name in the international dance scene in a short period of time. His producing skills and love for electronic music have made him one of the highest requested remixers in the dance scene right now, remixing for artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, David Guetta, Tiësto and Pitbull to name a few.
Then there are also R3hab’s original productions that have moved dance floors around the world and more than frequently get listed in Beatport’s charts. His most notable releases to date are ‘Sending My Love ft. Max C’, produced together with Swanky Tunes, ‘The Bottle Song’, released on Wall Recordings and the much-anticipated ‘Prutataaa’, which is R3hab’s first collaboration with Afrojack.
It might therefore not surprise people that the multi-talented and much-promising R3hab quickly got signed by Afrojack to his Wall Recordings imprint and is quoted as being “one of its biggest talents”.
When it comes to DJ’ing R3hab really knows his business, bringing all the right music to the dance floor at all the right times. Whether you are enjoying his sets on the radio or at the club it is clear that when R3hab is behind the decks people get uplifted by his signature ‘chainsaw madness’ sound and want to dance. There is no getting around the energy that he brings to his craft and this experience is something you really should not miss.
So far R3hab has played at the most famous clubs and festivals around the world, from the USA, Australia and Asia to all parts of Europe and the Caribbean. R3hab will continue his trend of travelling around the globe and bringing his music close to you, as well as surprising people with more top quality remixes and original material.
Spring Jam™ is a fun, trendy, and interactive environment that communicates a modern festival identity. The Spring Jam™ experience involves a high level of participation and a diverse lineup of music for the University of Minnesota student population to share together.
All attendees must have a wristband. Those that have not picked up their wristband prior to the day of the show can get their wristband in the East lobby of Mariucci Arena. There will be day-of sales if the festival does not sell out. We suggest to bring an empty, clear, reusable water bottle for the water stations. No glass containers.
Prohibited items must be returned to vehicles or disposed of before entering the festival area. You won't be able to check items at the gate and all items left outside the gate will be disposed of.
The following is a list of items that are not premitted in festival area:
Yes, subject to safety guidelines.
Yes, general public tickets are available but limited. See ticket information.
Backpacks, luggage, grocery bags, duffel bags, large bags, large purses or large camera cases will not be permitted. Bags smaller than 4.5”x6.5” (with or without a strap/handle) are allowed but are subject to search by security at the gate.
First aid, free drinking water provided by Tap Minneapolis, parking, maps, and food options. An information booth and lost and found will be inside the entrance to answer questions. ATM's will not be on site. See locations for services on the sitemap.
Yes, there are a variety of ways to get to the festival site. Click here for more information on transportation to the event.
Yes, they must purchase a general public ticket. General Public tickets will be limited and are first come, first served. See more information on tickets and wristbands.
Re-entry is allowed for the entirety of the festival with a valid festival wristband.
Yes, identification information will be required at the point of pickup. Be sure to edit the infomation on eventbrite if you give away or sell your wristband. All sales are final. NO REFUNDS. See full ticketing information.
There are lots of options. Check out Transportation/Safety.
All University of Minnesota – Twin Cities student ticket purchasers must present a valid U Card at wristband pickup or will be required to pay the difference for a general public ticket.
The safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is of highest priority at the University of Minnesota. A multi-pronged, collaborative effort is in place to promote on-campus safety, while working with our Minneapolis and other community partners to ensure proper resources are dedicated to making off-campus neighborhoods safe. Read more about the U's ongoing safety initiatives.
Having a plan for getting to and from campus safely is part of the Spring Jam™ experience. Parking and Transportation on campus will be heavily impacted on the day of the event. Leave your car at home and use one of these convenient transportation alternatives:
Spring Jam™ is an accessible event for guests with disabilities. It is our mission to provide the best experience for all event attendees.
Please read the information below for details:
The Disability Resource Center promotes access and equity for all students, faculty, staff and guests of the University of Minnesota. Accommodation units assist in implementing accommodations approved by access consultants in Student Access. The University is committed to advancing access for everyone. Contact Disability Resource Center at 612-626-1333 (V/TTY) or email at email@example.com.
Signed disability parking spaces can be found in all public/visitor parking facilities at the posted rate. You may park free at campus meters and signed on-street locations for a maximum of three hours. After three hours, meter patrons must either relocate their vehicle or pay the posted meter rate. Lots close to the festival grounds
Please see the UMN Campus Map for the specific locations of these parking lots.
Spring Jam™ offers ADA Accessible event entrance to Parking Lot 37:
Guests with disabilities can call Disability Resource Center at 612-626-1333 (V/TTY) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist with entering or exiting the festival.
Please see the festival map for the specific locations of these festival entrances and exits.
Spring Jam™ provides ADA seating areas in the festival grounds, including a reserved section to see our stages which will be designated with signs.
The Interpreting/Captioning Unit (ICU) of the Disability Resource Center provides communication access to DeafBlind, Deaf, and hard of hearing individuals in the University community. Committed to providing high quality sign language interpreting, real-time captioning, and media captioning services to students, staff, faculty, and guests of the University. Contact ICU to request accommodations.
Spring Jam™ is committed to ensuring that it is an accessible event for all patrons. Your questions, comments and suggestions are valuable to achieving this goal. Please do not hesitate to call Disability Resource Center at 612-626-1333 (V/TTY) or email at email@example.com for more information or to provide feedback. You can also reach the Student Activities Office/Program Board at 612-626-6919 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual Spring Jam™ music festival hosts over 5,000 students, which creates a unique opportunity to gain exposure with a college demographic and expand brand awareness. This rare opportunity allows brand activation and engagement with a specific large target audience. Thanks to our 2016 sponsors for helping make Spring Jam™ possible.
For more information on a customized Spring Jam™ sponsorship package designed to accommodate your brand’s marketing agenda, please fill out and submit this form. Our Sponsorship Manager will contact you with more information.
Go ahead, hit that snooze button one more time and enjoy that cup of coffee. When you live at GrandMarc or University Commons, you’ll be in class in a flash with our convenient location just steps away from campus. Enjoy community amenities that help you stay fit, give you privacy to hit the books, and space to socialize when you‘re done. Visit our table at Spring Jam™ for a chance to win amazing prizes such as an Apple Entertainment package. Contact us today to set up a tour and to find out for yourself why students love living with us!
There is a long history of spring-time merriment here at the University of Minnesota. While this event has taken many shapes over the past years, one common theme lives on: celebration. Today, the event we know and love as Spring Jam™, carries a long tradition as a year-end gathering and celebration of the University Community.
With World War II in full swing, the University planned a “Campus Carnival” to boost morale.
Festivities were revamped into “Greek Week” and was not officially planned by the University of Minnesota. This resulted in very little involvement with the colleges and was relatively small - as were the bands. This ran into the early 90’s and continued to be organized and funded by the Greek Community.
The early 90’s brought the last stage of this spring-time celebration and Spring Jam™ was born. Student Unions & Activities took over the planning, funding, and organization moving forward. Spring Jam™ became a six day long festival of activities including: noon and nighttime concerts, tournaments, barbecues, competitions, art, games, food, carnival rides, battle of the bands, block parties, ice cream socials, service projects, events and films.
This took place in parking lots around the University and Dinkytown when Coffman Memorial Union was under construction.
Performers: Greazy Meal, Natty Nation, The Billy’s, and Siren Six
Headliners: Violent Femmes with Polara (Lot 37)
Headliners: Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Headliners: Boogie Wonderland and Bobby Llama (Dinkytown)
Headliners: Controversy and Big Tasty (Dinkytown)
Headliners: Wookie Foot
Headliners: The Big Wu
Headliners: Possibly Bailey
Headliners: Everclear (Riverbend Plaza)
Headliners: Mason Jennings (Riverbend Plaza)
Headliners: Rusted Root (Riverbend Plaza)
Headliners: Ben Kweller (CMU Great Hall)
Riots in 2009 portrayed non-Spring Jam™ and University events as being linked to the Spring Jam™ name. This resulted in a misrepresentation of Spring Jam™ that was harmful to the University’s public image. This lead to a Spring Jam™ trademark process which began in 2010. Now, outside communities cannot brand any of their events as official Spring Jam™ activities.
Headliners: Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, and Reflection Eternal (It should be noted that Talib Kweli canceled the day of the show and no headline concert was held as a result).
This was the first year Spring Jam™ went from being six days long to three (Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24, 2010). Based on feedback from both students and staff, the week was shortened but retained popular events such as the kickoff, philanthropic initiatives, and outdoor concert.
The Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands is a series of concert battles that will determine the bands that will perform during Spring Jam™ 2016.
Come vote for your favorite Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Finalist on April 22nd at 5pm on the Coffman Front Plaza.
Your finalists this year are:
Contacting us is as simple as calling (612) 626-6919 or sending an email to email@example.com.
For media inquiries only please contact University News Service at firstname.lastname@example.org, (612) 624-5551, or Nathan Waldvogel, Marketing Manager, at email@example.com. Media pass requests must be made prior to 4/15 for outlet review and approval process.
These students are responsible for all the planning, initiating, developing, and implementing of Spring Jam™. We thank them for their dedication to the University of Minnesota!