Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play.
Parmalee’s debut country album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, has earned critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and more. In 2014, Parmalee earned a semi-finalist nod for the Academy of Country Music’s coveted “New Artist of the Year” award, a 2014 Teen Choice Award nomination for “Choice Country Group” and toured with one of country’s leading male vocalists, Jake Owen, on his Days Of Gold Tour. Parmalee’s latest hit, “Close Your Eyes,” recently became its second consecutive Top 3 hit at country radio. This year, Parmalee hits the road with Brad Paisley on his “Country Nation World Tour,” kicking off Jan. 17, 2015 in Morgantown, WV. The band’s new single, “Already Callin’ You Mine” was released Feb. 2, 2015.
Greek Ballyhoo winners
Greek Band Competition winners
Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Finalists
Based out of Minneapolis, Lizzo is the most fun and attitude to come to rap since Missy Elliot. Her songs are infectious as hell, as is her personality. Lizzo raps and sings, and she’s got a vital message of both joy and empowerment in her music and style. A step back from the hyper sexualized women you’re used to seeing in music but still deathly sexy, we think Lizzo is the dark horse rap force you never saw coming… So keep your eyes peeled for her, and in the meantime, check out LIZZOBANGERS, her 2013 album. --VH1.com, Kat George
Betty Who blends indie and pop music into an irresistible mix of bold soundscapes, Top 40 hooks, and knowing lyrics. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she played cello by age four and began writing her first pop songs in her early teens. Her voice is striking and memorable, and, according to Billboard, “shimmers with a self-assuredness extremely uncommon in an unsigned artist.”
Her recent debut EP “The Movement” was welcomed with rave reviews, including being crowned “Best EP of 2013” by both Billboard Magazine and Popjustice, being called “This Year’s Major One To Watch” by MTV Buzzworthy, and being called “The Artist Who Will Save Pop Music” by Idolator, with The Guardian, Digital Spy, Arjan Writes, Kick Kick Snare, All Things Go, Pop On And On, Jon Ali, and countless others chiming in with equal praise, as the EP soared to 250K+ streams and 70K song downloads.
She is currently working with producer Peter Thomas of Pulse Recordings on new material, and describes her artistic goal quite directly: “I’d just like to make people dance.”
Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based pop singer Kiesza makes dance-oriented music that touches upon house music, modern EDM, and R&B. Born in Calgary, Kiesza participated in theater, ballet, and tap dancing before joining the Royal Canadian Navy at 17, where she was trained as a code breaker. At 18, Kiesza also competed in the Miss Universe Canada pageant before focusing on a music career. Leaving the Navy, she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship. After graduating, she relocated to New York City and began performing her folky singer/songwriter compositions.
Eventually, Kiesza found herself drawn to dance music and began collaborating with producer Rami Samir Afuni. In 2014, she released the Hideaway EP. "Hideaway" itself topped the U.K. and Scottish singles charts upon its April release and received significant airplay in the U.S. when it was released that July. A few months later, Kiesza's full-length debut, Sound of a Woman, arrived, mixing her house-influenced pop with hip-hop-tinged tracks and featuring cameos by Mick Jenkins and Joey Bada$$.
Originally formed in 2006 as the Hard Hitters, the trio officially switched to the enigmatic moniker Travis Porter in 2008. MCs Ali (Lakeem Mattox), Quez (Donquez Woods), and Strap (Harold Duncan) grew up together in Decatur, Georgia, and formed the band with the hope of taking over the rap world from the underground up.
The irreverent crew began to cultivate a strong Internet presence, releasing videos through its YouTube page and releasing four mixtapes, Who Is Travis Porter?, I'm a Differenter, I'm a Differenter 2, and Streets R'Us, in 2009. Travis Porter caused some controversy that year when they inadvertently released a Roscoe Dash single they did a guest spot on, "All the Way Turnt Up," on one of their own tapes. Dash eventually re-recorded the song with Soulja Boy and released the new version the following year.
After releasing three more mixtapes, Proud 2 Be a Problem, I Am Travis Porter, and Differenter Gang, in 2010, Travis Porter found themselves being courted by labels hoping to bring them to a larger audience. They eventually decided to sign with Jive near the end of 2010, but the label would be closed in 2011 by its parent company, RCA.
The group's debut album, From Day 1, finally arrived in 2012 on RCA with productions from Diplo, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and others. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi
YG (Young Gangsta), is an American rapper from Compton, California. In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It and Boot It", featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single's success resulted in him signing to Def Jam Recordings. In the following years, YG released mixtapes such as The Real 4Fingaz and Just Re'd Up 2 among others.
In June 2013, YG signed to Young Jeezy's CTE World. His 2013 single "My N****" featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan has peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest charting song of his career. He then released the singles "Left, Right" and "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake leading up to the release of his debut studio album. His debut album, My Krazy Life was released on March 18, 2014, by Pu$haz Ink, CTE World and Def Jam and received critical acclaim.
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The Minneapolis-based producer who calls himself Vaski has made a name for himself on the strength of his bass-heavy productions, which are so massive that they shake building foundations and are guaranteed to rattle your brain piece. Drawing influence from sounds ranging from screamo, metalcore, and hip-hop, he's put down a slew of killer releases on the Rottun Recordings label, which belongs to another heavy bass maestro, Excision. However, it seems like our boy Vaski is now looking to evolve his sound and extend his reach to even more listeners, all of which are thirsty for their daily dose of lowend wobbles.
He's found a new home on 12th Planet's iconic SMOG Records, and now Vaski's gearing up to release his Explorer EP on the 25th of this month. This latest progression finds the young stunna exploring electro-house sounds while maintaining the hardcore grit he cut his teeth on. Now you can get a tasty sneak peek of his newest release with a stream of one of the EP's standout tracks, "The Nile." This track might be a short one, but it's still a wild ride of half-step, brain scrambling goodness.” - Thump/Vice
Spent a large part of 2012 & 2013 supporting Excision’s National US Tour
Just released The Explorer EP Via 12th Planet’s SMOG Records
Has been featured on Thump/Vice, This Song Is Sick, Gotta Dance Dirty & countless other blogs
Spring Jam™ creates an atmosphere of unity through music as a festival to celebrate University students, its community, the change of seasons, and the end of the school year. Enjoy live music, good food, and quality entertainment.
Spring Jam™ has and will continue to grow and evolve as the University community as its students do. This year is no different, with a focus on re-designing, re-creating, and renewing the purpose of Spring Jam™. The main objective is to create a memorable experience and re-energize the University community. The changes allow more students to engage with each other, create camaraderie, celebrate music, art, and have a good time.
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.
All entries must have a wristband. Those that have not picked up their wristband prior to the day of the show can get their wristband at the Coffman Union or St. Paul Student Center Info Desks until 4/24 at 7pm in St. Paul Student Center or 11pm in Coffman Union. There will be day of sales if the festival does not sell out. Day of sales and wristband pick up will be in the lobby of Mariucci Arena from 12:30pm – 9:30pm (1901 4th St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455) We suggest to bring an empty, clear, reusable water bottle for the water stations. No glass containers.
Backpacks, luggage, grocery bags, duffel bags, large bags, large purses or large camera cases will not be permitted.
The following items are allowed but are subject to search by security at the gate. Cameras and camera cases. Bags smaller than 4.5”x6.5” (with or without a strap/handle)
We will be selling Spring Jam™ merchandise on 4/17 at the Warm Up Concert and for sale on 4/25 at the Spring Jam™ festival. All sales will be cash only. ATM's will not be on site.
First aid, water, 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.
No, identification information will be required at the point of pickup, and festival wristbands are non-transferable. See full ticketing information.
There are lots of options. Check out Transportation/Safety.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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:
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.
Our annual Spring Jam™ music festival brings in 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 2015 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.
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 Whole Music Club is preparing to find the best student bands on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Are you up to the challenge?
The Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands is a series of concert battles that will determine the bands that will perform during Spring Jam™ 2015.
The Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands is 100% free to enter. Once you submit the application form below, your group will be eligible to win prizes and play the Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Final Round.
Each group that submits an application form will be considered to perform at a preliminary concert battle at the Whole Music Club. Applications are due by Midnight, January 21st, 2015. Qualifying bands will be chosen by Whole Music Club staff on the basis of quality of music and professionalism of application and be notified by January 25th. Groups qualifying for Preliminary Rounds must confirm their ability to perform on their preliminary show date as well as during Spring Jam™ on Saturday, April 25th, should they advance. Groups not chosen to compete in the Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands will be considered for future events at the Whole Music Club.
16 groups will be chosen to perform 30 minute sets at one of four preliminary concert battles in the Whole Music Club. A winner is chosen from each of these preliminary shows to advance to the Spring Jam™ Finals. Winners of preliminary rounds will be determined by popular vote at the concert and on social media voting.
The four winners from the Preliminary Rounds and one extra "Judges' Choice" band will advance to the Spring Jam™ Final Round. All finalists will perform on the Saturday of Spring Jam™ as openers to the Spring Jam™ Headliner. Additional prizes will be determined by the Whole Music Club, RadioK, and audience vote. Prizes will be announced following the last performance.
All Preliminary Round Winners will receive the following prizes:
Additional prizes will be determined by the Whole Music Club, RadioK, and audience vote. Prizes will be announced following the last performance.
Groups chosen for Preliminary Round concerts are responsible for doing their own promotion to get people to the event. The more people you bring, the more people that are likely to vote for you. The Whole Music Club’s Facebook page will be running a promotion leading up to each show. Bands are encouraged to share the official Whole Music Club event with their friends.
Midnight, January 21st, 2015
Saturday, April 25th – time TBA
Online voting will be available on the Whole Music Club’s Facebook Page one week after each preliminary show. Please direct fans to facebook.com/WholeMusicClub to hear selected tracks and cast their vote. One vote per person will be counted. Online voting will be weighted 5:1 to in-person voting, which occurs during each of the four preliminary shows.
Contacting us is as simple as sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquiries please contact University News Service at email@example.com, (612) 624-5551, or Nathan Waldvogel, Marketing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media pass requests must be made prior to 4/22 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!