Band Selection

APPLICATION PROCESS

Each group/performer that submits an application will be considered to perform at a preliminary concert battle at the Whole Music Club. Applications are due by Friday, November 30, 2018 by 5:00pm CST. Qualifying bands will be chosen by Whole Music Club staff on the basis of quality of music and professionalism of application. Groups qualifying for the Preliminary Rounds will be notified by Wednesday, December 5 and must confirm their ability to perform on their preliminary show date as well as during Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Final Battle on Friday, April 26, and Spring Jam™ 2018 on Saturday, April 27, 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.

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PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

Sixteen bands/performers 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™ Final Battle. Winners of preliminary rounds will be determined by popular vote at the concert.

PRELIMINARY SHOW DATES

  • Friday, February 1  - 8pm
  • Friday, February 8 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 15 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 22 – 8pm

SPRING JAM™ FINAL BATTLE

Friday, April 26 - 5pm

The four winners from the Preliminary Rounds and one extra "Judges' Choice" band will advance to the Spring Jam™ Final Battle. The winner of the Final Battle will perform an opening set at  Spring Jam™ on Saturday, April 27.

Prizes

All Preliminary Round winners will be featured on Student Unions & Activities (SUA) Social Media outlets performing one of their songs.  Additional prizes will be determined by the Whole Music Club. Prizes will be announced following the Final Battle.

This year’s prizes will include:

  • Recording time at RadioK’s Studio K
  • Paid opening set at WAM-O-Rama 2019
  • Gift certificates to local retailers

PROMOTION

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 SUA Facebook page will be running a promotion leading up to each show. Bands are encouraged to share the official SUA Facebook event with their fans.

2018 Finalists

  • Atomic Cafe
  • Dreams We’ve Had
  • Feed Us
  • Last Import
  • Papa Velvet and the Good Ghost

Schedule

APPLICATIONS DUE

Friday, November 30, 2018 by 5:00pm CST

PRELIMINARY SHOW DATES

  • Friday, February 1 - 8pm
  • Friday, February 8 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 15 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 22 – 8pm

SPRING JAM™ FINAL BATTLE

Friday, April 26 – 5pm

Rules and Voting

  • Each group/performer must contain at least one currently-enrolled University of Minnesota-Twin Cities student performer.
  • Solo artists as well as full bands are allowed.
  • Groups selected to compete must perform live. No tracking or lip syncing will be allowed.
  • Original songs are encouraged. All genres are welcomed.

Questions? Email Us.