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The Whole Music Club

Since it's inception in the 1960's, the Whole Music Club has contributed to the cultivation of a huge, and diverse music community in the Twin Cities. What began as a coffeehouse for students to perform and study, quickly evolved into a nationally renowned venue that offers students the opportunity to see local and national music icons for affordable prices on campus.

The Whole is located in the Basement of Coffman Memorial Union. Get Directions & Parking Information.

Got a band? Fill out this form for the chance to perform at the Whole Music Club.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS - Submit your application by Nov. 22!

The Whole Music Club looking for 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 band that will perform at Spring Jam™ 2020. The Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands is 100% free to enter. Once you submit the application below, your group will be eligible to compete against other University of Minnesota student bands, move on to the Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Final Battle, and get chosen to perform a paid set at Spring Jam™ on April 18 , 2020.

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 22, 2019 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 4 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 17, and Spring Jam™ 2020 on Saturday, April 18, 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.

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION NOW

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 7 - 8pm
  • Friday, February 14 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 21 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 28 – 8pm

Spring Jam™ Final Battle

Friday, April 17 - 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 a paid opening set at Spring Jam™ on Saturday, April 18.

PRIZES

In addition to the grand prize Spring Jam™ performance, all finalists receive a prize. 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 2020
  • 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.

2019 FINALISTS

  • Jada Brown
  • The Clean Tramps
  • Raspberry
  • Lapdogs

SCHEDULE

APPLICATIONS DUE

Friday, November 22, 2019 by 5:00pm CST

PRELIMINARY SHOW DATES

  • Friday, February 7 - 8pm
  • Friday, February 14 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 21 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 28 – 8pm

SPRING JAM™ FINAL BATTLE

Friday, April 17 – 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. (whole@umn.edu)