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New Boyz to headline University of Minnesota Spring Jam concert Events planned for students by students

April 5, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Spring Jam 2012 is set to kick off Thursday, April 19 and will run through Saturday, April 21. The three-day event planned for students by students will feature concerts by pop-country singer Jessie James, Twin Cities rap artist Prof, indie folk-pop band the Head and the Heart, the Cataracs and the New Boyz. Events are open to current University of Minnesota students.

Celebrating the warm weather and the end of the school year, Spring Jam is the largest student-planned, campus-wide event during spring semester at the U of M. Other event highlights this year include food packing; a blood drive; dance, band and bowling competitions; free food; and a Holi celebration. See below for detailed event highlights and visit for a complete event listing.

Event highlights

Thursday, April 19

Blood Drive
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Walnut Street Southeast, Minneapolis (near McNamara Alumni Center)

Food Packing
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Field House, 1800 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis
Students will help package food for those in need. Sign up here.

The Head and the Heart
12-1 p.m.
Coffman Union, Front Plaza, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

Friday, April 20

Jessie James
Noon-1 p.m., Coffman Union front plaza
Jessie James brings pop and country influences to her music.

Art Project for a Cause
12 to 6 p.m., Coffman front plaza

Students can help create art murals that will be donated to local non-profits including Project Footsteps, Tubman Center, People Serving People, and Gilda’s Club. The non-profit’s community members will help complete the murals, which will be a constant reminder of hope, inspiration and community connections.

Spring Jam Battle of the Bands
5-7:30 p.m.
Coffman Union, front plaza
One U of M student band from each of the following categories will perform: rock, hip-hop, country/folk, wild card and judge's pick. Students will vote for the Spring Jam headliners opener.

Saturday, April 21

4:30 p.m.
Coffman Union, Riverbend Plaza, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

Battle of the Bands winner
6 p.m.
Coffman Union, Riverbend Plaza

The Cataracs
7 p.m.
Coffman Union, Riverbend Plaza
An indie-pop group from Berkeley, Calif., The Cataracs rose to fame after a variety of collaborations with the artist Dev and have been featured in the single ‘Backseat’ from the New Boyz’ album Too Cool To Care.

New Boyz
8:30 p.m.
Coffman Union, Riverbend Plaza
As avatars of style, skill and swag, this duo brings a blend of pop and hip-hop to the music scene. New Boyz are consistently focused on switching styles and pushing past genre and aesthetic boundaries.

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