Paisley Park selects 9 finalists for its 'Battle of the Bands'

The artists and bands hail from 6 U.S. cities.
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Minneapolis hip hop duo iLLism is one of nine musical acts selected to compete.

Minneapolis hip hop duo iLLism is one of nine musical acts selected to compete.

Paisley Park has chosen nine finalists to battle it out in a competition for "real musicians."

Last month, organizers invited music acts from around the country to apply for the "battle of the bands" contest. The event is a throwback to battles that were commonplace between bands in north Minneapolis in the 1970s.

The four-night event, called Musicology, will be held over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sep. 3. 

Meet the finalists

Paisley Park announced the nine finalists in a news release Tuesday.

They were selected from an open pool of video submissions entered via Paisley Park’s official Facebook page between July 7-31.

The artists and bands hail from six U.S. cities, including four groups from Minneapolis: 

Prince once tweeted at PHO.

Prince once tweeted at PHO.

Each night, three different bands or artists will perform in front of a live audience on Prince's legendary Sound Stage, and a winner will be chosen. 

Then the three winning artists will advance to a final battle on Sunday, Sept. 3.

One artist will be crowned the champion and score an award package that includes studio recording time at Paisley Park, a mentorship session with members of Prince’s supergroup New Power Generation, and "additional career development opportunities" that Paisley Park says will be announced post-competition. 

"The Musicology event will provide an exclusive opportunity for musicians to connect with new fans, showcase their talents and – through friendly competition – elevate their abilities," the release says.

Where to buy tickets

Tickets to Musicology are available at, and they're pretty pricey at $100 per night.

But attendees will also get admission to the Paisley Park museum tour and dance parties that follow the nightly performances.

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