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A Rockin’ Time at Gem & Jam Music Festival

Big Gigantic at Gem & Jam 2020

After one-year hiatus, Gem & Jam Music Festival returned to the Pima County Fairgrounds this past January 31 – February 2, 2020, for its 13th year. The festival boasted over 50 musical acts across four stages and three days. In addition to the jams, Gem & Jam participants had the option to engage in a variety of activities including health and wellness classes, drum circles, live painting demonstrations, and interactive art installs.

The festival coincides with the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral show, which provides attendees another venue of entertainment. Shuttles run from Gem & Jam to Tucson to encourage festival-goers to check out the world renowned mineral show happening just a short drive from the festival. With multiple locations and every type of mineral under the sun, it was easy to get caught up perusing the overloaded gem displays for a few hours.

Staying true to a rich Arizona tradition, minerals were a major focal point of the festival. From the stage names and stage design to the art and vendors, everything was all gem all the time. The Emerald Stage had huge rough cut quartz points adorning the stage, while the the indoor Onyx Stage had an iridescent faux crystal point backdrop that created a cave-like environment.

Alongside all those gems were a ton of jams! With four alternating stages, the lineup left the Santa Rita foothills ringing all weekend. Measured by sheer crowd energy, earlier acts that proved to be a hit included Dirtwire, Manic Focus, and The Floozies. As the sun dropped below the rolling hills and the desert temperatures dropped, the evening jams grew heavy and participants who braved the chilly evenings were rewarded by impressive closing acts by Tipper, Big Gigantic, Mersiv, and Buku. Mersiv brought massive sound and energy to the Onxy Stage while Tipper delivered glitch-hop beats to the tightly packed crowd at the Emerald Stage.

While the musical acts are the festival’s main focus, there were plenty of live painters, sculptors, and artists with a background in everything from clay, glass, and woodworking showcasing their art at Gem & Jam. Brad Rhadwood, most famous for his trippy animal designs painted on wood, completing a live painting over the course of the weekend that was then auctioned off. Rhadwood also had a larger piece displayed near the Emerald Stage accompanied by a projector which helped entice attendees to stop and gaze at his creation.

We got our rocks off checking out art, minerals, and grooving to great tunes at Gem & Jam and are excited for the return in 2021! For the full photo gallery, check our album on Facebook.

Gem & Jam Announces Phase 2 Lineup

After dropping a first phase lineup which boasted two nights of STS9, two nights of Lettuce and nearly 40 additional artists, Gem & Jam continues to surpass the lofty levels set last year. Returning to Pima County Fairgrounds for a second straight year- January 25 – 28, 2018, the four-day music and camping festival keeps the momentum going with a mix of fan favorites, including: Big Wild; Papadosio; Sunsquabi; Head for the Hills; Earthcry (of Papadosio); Dynohunter; Templo; Lapa (of Emancipator); Smash & Grab; Little John; Minions of the Moon; Bird Foot; Tony Inorbit; The Party People; Soul Catalyst; and Deadset. Additional artists will be added in the coming months.

Previously announced artists include: STS9; Lettuce; Greensky Bluegrass; Railroad Earth; Emancipator; Breaking Biscuits; Thriftworks; The Russ Liquid Test; Masego; Random Rab; Michal Menert; Flamingosis; John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of the Wing; Govinda; Jade Cicada; Maddy O’Neal; Saqi; Ill Esha; Charlesthefirst; Modern Measure; Bass Physics; Marvel Years; Zoogma; Blunt Force; Safis Lab; Flying Skulls; Skydyed; Kyma; Adem Joel; Electric Feel; Smokovich; Endoplasmic; The Bennu; Neon Prophet Band; Jahmontee; SuDs; M/Q; Truth Cartel and GonzoFuZe.

Located on 640 acres and just 20 miles south of downtown Tucson, the Pima County Fairgrounds is surrounded by nature and resides in a desert environment, creating an expansive setting perfect for Gem & Jam. The multi-stage music and arts festival will be offering increased capacity and camping options, including: onsite RV camping with hookups, boutique camping, car camping and walk-in camping. Additionally, Gem & Jam will be expanding on its experience with world-class visuals, unique stage designs, artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors and much more.

General Admission tickets are on sale now for $199, plus fees. Camping options will be available starting at $55, plus fees. Included in these options are: Deluxe RV Camping, Standard RV Camping, Car Camping, Walk-In Camping and Ready, Set, Camp. Tickets are available online at www.gemandjam.com Gem & Jam Festival is an all ages event.

Gem & Jam is produced by Infinite Music Productions, Euphonic Conceptions, and Challenger Presents. Visit www.gemandjam.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GemAndJam, Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemJamFestival and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/GemAndJamFestival.

STS9 to Headline Gem & Jam 2018

Gem & Jam Lineup 2018

Emerging from a successful year which saw Gem & Jam embrace the full festival experience with a move from Downtown Tucson to a venue that offered a desert setting with expanded amenities including camping, the twelfth annual event released the first phase of its lineup. Returning to Pima County Fairgrounds for a second straight year- January 25 – 28, 2018, Gem & Jam shows no signs of slowing down attracting some of the biggest talent from the scene. The first round of headliners for the fan-favorite music and camping festival include: two nights of STS9 two nights of Lettuce; Greensky Bluegrass; Railroad Earth; Emancipator and Breaking Biscuits, which features members of the Disco Biscuits and Break Science. More performers will be announced in the coming months.

“We are so excited to welcome our fans out to the desert to share in this amazing experience we are building,” says festival co-producer Toby White. “There is something for everyone at Gem & Jam and we still have many more surprises to come.”

Additional artists new to the lineup include: Thriftworks; Masego; Random Rab; Michal Menert; Flamingosis; John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of the Wing; Govinda; Jade Cicada; Maddy O’Neal; Saqi; Ill Esha; Charlesthefirst; Modern Measure; Bass Physics; Marvel Years; Zoogma; Blunt Force; Safis Lab; Flying Skulls; Skydyed; Kyma; Adam Joel; Electric Feel; Smokovich; Endoplasmic; The Bennu; Neon Prophet Band; Jahmontee; SuDs; M/Q; Truth Cartel and GonzoFuZe.

Located on 640 acres and just 20 miles south of downtown Tucson, the Pima County Fairgrounds is surrounded by nature and resides in a desert environment, creating an expansive setting perfect for Gem & Jam. The multi-stage music and arts festival will be offering increased capacity and camping options, including: onsite RV camping with hookups, boutique camping, car camping and walk-in camping. Additionally, Gem & Jam will be expanding on its experience with world-class visuals, unique stage designs, artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors and much more.

General Admission tickets are on sale now for $169, plus fees. Camping options will be available starting at $55, plus fees. Included in these options are: Deluxe RV Camping, Standard RV Camping, Car Camping, Walk-In Camping and Ready, Set Camp. Tickets are available online at www.gemandjam.com. Gem & Jam Festival is an all ages event.

Gem & Jam is produced by Infinite Music Productions, Euphonic Conceptions, and Challenger Presents. Visit www.gemandjam.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GemAndJam, Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemJamFestival and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/GemAndJamFestival.

Gem & Jam Festival 2017

Gem & Jam 2017

Gem & Jam Festival returns to the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, AZ for its 11th annual event February 2nd-5th. This four-day event features artists like Gramatik, The Floozies, Lotus, Eoto, Poolside, Com Truise, G Jones, Eoto, Opiuo, The Motet, Thriftworks, The New Deal, and many more. While nothing official has been announced, the festival promoters have pointed to the lineup and scheduling, hinting at the possibility of some collaborations. A welcome treat given the style of music that this festival features.

General admission tickets are currently on sale for $189. Car camping will cost an extra $85 for a 4-person vehicle. For a full list of ticket options, including Ready Set Camp options, check the ticket website. Make sure to come prepared by checking the festival’s information page as well.