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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 2020 Drops 2nd Phase Lineup

Gem and Jam 2020 Phase 2

Tucson, ArizonaGem & Jam Festival continues to march forward towards making this its biggest year yet, since announcing it would return to the beautiful, desert setting of Pima County Fairgrounds, January 31 through February 2, 2020. The three-day music, art, performance, and gem & mineral festival that has added a mix of all-star talent and burgeoning artists destined to be highlights. Second round artists include a Gem & Jam Grateful Dead Tribute, featuring: Michael Travis, Jason Hann, Eric Krasno, Mihali Savoulidis, Reed Mathis, and Todd Stoops; Michal Menert; Pink Talking Fish; M3GA-SCOPES; Albert Huxley; Asyouwere; Atom; Blessit; Deuz Yeux; Dirty Nabz; Dusted; Eons; Ill Divo; Jaybird; JXCHRISTO; Kate Riles; Kiitos; Kip Killagain; Kody Black; Louis IV; Nastyhumanz; Prism Shank; PVPI FRVNKO; Ratchet Noir; Slick Floyd; Smoakland; Soulular, and Sunn Rays.

Previously announced artists for the 13th annual Gem & Jam includes: Tipper; Big Gigantic; The Floozies; Twiddle; Billy Strings; Desert Hearts Takeover, featuring Mikey Lion, Marbs, RYBO and Lubelski; TH3, featuring Michael Travis, Jason Hann and Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident) and Matt Hill (The Floozies); Manic Focus; Dirtwire; Desert Dwellers; Thriftworks; Bluetech; Buku; Christian Martin (Dirtybird, TAT); Kyle Hollingsworth Band; Marvel Years; Mersiv; SoDown; Ana Sia; Balken Bump; Cofresi; Cycles; Daily Bread; Eminence Ensemble; Kitchen Dwellers; Late Night Radio; Megan Hamilton; Mystic Grizzly; Nobide; Saqi; Supertask; Tenth Mountain Division; Adem Joel; Autonomix; The Bennu; Dollarsine; Endoplasmic; The Flying Skulls; Funkstatik; Glass Cannon; Gonzofuze; M-Q; Party People; Safi’s Lab; Scott Nice; Since Juleye, and Smokovich. The entertainment will continue to grow as we enter 2020, hosting a flurry of talent across three stages, plus special late-night sets, gem and mineral exhibits, art galleries, painters, dancers, daytime workshops, and much more.

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 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 $179, plus fees. VIP passes are available, including everything that a GA ticket provides plus: VIP Main Stage Viewing Area, access to VIP lounge with complimentary snacks and beverages, VIP bathrooms, a VIP laminate and lanyard, commemorative poster, VIP Grassroots California’ hat, VIP pin, and keychain. Hotel and ticketing options and payment plans, and pay with friends are available.

Camping options are available starting at free walk-in camping with a $20 parking fee, car camping and RV options with hookups. Additionally, Gem & Jam offers two elevated camping experiences- Ready Set Camping and the Camping Bundle ticket. With Ready Set Camping, you can experience the future in insulated shift pods, made of composite fabric that keeps you cool during the day and warm into the night. The ticket includes an inflatable mattress, bedding, furniture, a space heater, electricity, and sleeps two comfortably. For those looking to travel light and take the thinking out of camping, Gem & Jam offers a pre-prepped Camping Bundle, which includes all the essentials two people could need- a tent for two, one lantern, two flashlights, pillows, sleeping bags, and a queen size inflatable mattress. Any leftover camping items will be donated to Youth on their Own, a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth in Pima County, Arizona.

Gem & Jam is produced by Fog City Productions, Legion of Bloom Music, and Mammoth Music Group. 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. For all ticketing options visit, www.gemandjam.com. Gem & Jam Festival is an all-ages event.

Tipper & Big Gigantic to Headline Gem & Jam 2020

Gem & Jam 2020 Phase 1

Tucson, Arizona – After taking a year hiatus for 2019, fan-favorite festival Gem & Jam Festival is excited to announce its return and with it the phase one lineup. The three-day music, art, performance, and gem & mineral festival will be returning to the beautiful, desert setting of Pima County Fairgrounds, January 31 through February 2, 2020. This past Spring Gem & Jam announced that it indeed would be returning and that planning was well underway. The news continued last week when Tipper, Big Gigantic, The Floozies, and Twiddle were announced and would be joined by over 30 additional artists as part of phase one.

Gem & Jam’s 13th annual performer lineup includes: Billy Strings; Desert Hearts Takeover, featuring Mikey Lion, Marbs, RYBO and Lubelski; TH3, featuring Michael Travis, Jason Hann and Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident) and Matt Hill (The Floozies); Manic Focus; Dirtwire; Desert Dwellers; Thriftworks; Bluetech; Buku; Christian Martin (Dirtybird, TAT); Kyle Hollingsworth Band; Marvel Years; Mersiv; SoDown; Ana Sia; Balken Bump; Cofresi; Cycles; Daily Bread; Eminence Ensemble; Kitchen Dwellers; Late Night Radio; Megan Hamilton; Mystic Grizzly; Nobide; Saqi; Supertask; Tenth Mountain Division; Adem Joel; Autonomix; The Bennu; Dollarsine; Endoplasmic; The Flying Skulls; Funkstatik; Glass Cannon; Gonzofuze; M-Q; Party People; Safi’s Lab; Scott Nice; Since Juleye, and Smokovish. The lineup will continue to grow as we enter 2020, hosting a flurry of talent across 3 stages, plus special late night sets, gem and mineral exhibits, art galleries, painters, dancers, daytime workshops, and much more.

“We are beyond excited to be able to bring Gem & Jam back for an epic three nights in the desert,” says festival co-producer Josh Pollack. “We have the best fans out there and cannot wait to share all we have planned for 2020.”

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, 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 $159, plus fees. Camping options are available starting at free walk-in camping with a $20 parking fee, car camping and RV options with hook ups. Hotel and ticketing options, and payment plans are available. For all ticket options visit, www.gemandjam.com. Gem & Jam Festival is an all ages event.

Gem & Jam is produced by Fog City Productions, Legion of Bloom Music, and Mammoth Music Group. 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.

Feelmonger Drops Remix of Mersiv’s ‘Select Da Bass’

Feelmonger, Photo by Ted Daroski

Matthew Pham, better known by his alias Feelmonger, returns to the scene with the release of yet another complex and bass-heavy remix. Inspired by Mersiv’s widely popular track, Select Da Bass (released March of 2017 with nearly 50k plays on SoundCloud), his remix has been blessed by Mersiv himself, landing Pham an official remix title.

Feelmonger entered the bass arena about five years ago and was heavily inspired by artists like Bassnectar, Jantsen, Craze, and Space Jesus. His sound, while in the arena of Dubstep, sets itself apart with complex bass lines, intense yet balanced layering, and a unique unpredictability that leaves listeners patiently waiting for the next drop.

I had the chance to talk to Pham about his style, his influences, and his plans for the rest of the year. For clarity, my questions will be italicized.

Bradley: Tell me about your inspiration for creating this track.

Pham: It’s been a while since I’ve heard a Dubstep song that reminded me of the earlier era like Bassnectar, Rusko, and Datsik. I wanted to create something that was similar to those but with some influence from 2019. Also, I’ve been digging Mersiv’s releases and his “beautiful and filthy” ethos and I felt that his recent releases leaned more towards the beautiful side. I wanted to contrast this one and go fully filthy with it.

What do you hope to achieve on your journey of creating music?

Pham: I want to eventually move from the bedroom studio into a live environment where I can curate experiences for audiences; similar to what Bassnectar does. I want to have a totally immersive live experience that changes people’s perceptions of concerts. I also want to eventually produce a body of work that is timeless, and evokes the entire spectrum of human emotion.

Do you have any shows coming up that your fans can look forward to?

Pham: I am playing at the Back 2 Bellingham Festival in Washington State at the end of September alongside Stylust, Neon Steve, Pigeon Hole, and Klutch. I also plan on releasing a mixtape in mid September with some unreleased goodies and collaborations.

BUKU 2019 Reveals Daily Lineup & Talent Additions

BUKU 2019 Dog Blood

New Orleans, LA – The BUKU Music + Art Project today announced a handful of surprise additions to the lineup as well as the daily performance schedule for the festival taking place on March 22-23, 2019 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Two-day passes for the event are available now with single-day admission sales beginning on Friday, January 18th. A portion of ticket proceeds support the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production.

BUKU 2019 Daily Lineup
BUKU 2019 Daily Lineup

The latest additions to the lineup of performers include: lyrical alt-rapper and Odd Future co-founder Earl Sweatshirt; Swedish DJ and producer Kasbo; experimental dance pop band Kero Kero Bonito; experimental low-fi soul and ambient artist Yves Tumor; jam-funk trio SunSquabi; UK house DJ Mason Maynard; and New Orleans swamp funk band The Iceman Special. These artists join a previously announced roster featuring: Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, Dog Blood (Skrillex x Boys Noize), Excision, Kevin Gates, GRiZ, RL Grime, Louis The Child, Ella Mai, $UICIDEBOY$, Playboi Carti, Dashboard Confessional, Fisher, Toro Y Moi, The Black Madonna, TOKiMONSTA and many more. Artists will perform across six unique stages at the venue set along the Mississippi River. The daily schedule is as follows and is also available here:

Friday, March 22
Lana Del Rey
Excision
Kevin Gates
RL Grime
NGHTMRE B2B Slander
Playboi Carti
Claude VonStroke
Fisher
Mayday Parade
Toro Y Moi
Death Grips
Denzel Curry
Ekali
TOKiMONSTA
Kero Kero Bonito
1788-L
Rico Nasty
From First To Last DJ Set (Matt + Travis)
Yves Tumor
Kidswaste
SunSquabi
Whipped Cream
Dounia
Mason Maynard
sfam

VIP-Only Lineup:
CharlesTheFirst
Dabin
Noizu
AF THE NAYSAYER

New Orleans Artist + Showcase Lineup:
bàwldy B2B Boarcrok
Freewater
The Iceman Special
Klutch
Lleauna
TRAX ONLY
Trombone Shorty Academy

Saturday, March 23
A$AP Rocky
Dog Blood (Skrillex x Boys Noize)
GRiZ
Louis The Child
Ella Mai
$UICIDEBOY$
Dashboard Confessional
Gunna
The Black Madonna
Earl Sweatshirt
J.I.D
Getter (Presents: Visceral)
Yaeji
G Jones
Liquid Stranger
Oliver Tree
Kasbo
Peekaboo
Papadosio
EARTHGANG
Roy Blair
Doja Cat
We Came As Romans
Mersiv

VIP-Only Lineup:
Duskus
Jantsen
Kittens
Xie

New Orleans Artist + Showcase Lineup:
Dohm Collective
Freewater
James Seville
Lil Jodeci
Malik Ninety Five
Thou
Tristan Dufrene
Unicorn Fukr
Upbeat Academy

Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances.

Information on tickets offerings, travel packages and pricing can be found at http://bit.ly/BUKU2019Tickets. The first official BUKU 2019 after-parties will be announced in the coming weeks. The official 2019 BUKU Music + Art project trailer can be viewed here.

For additional info, visit BUKU Music + Art Project online or on the following platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @thebukuproject.

BUKU Announces 2019 Lineup

BUKU 2019 Initial Lineup

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The BUKU Music + Art Project today announced the first round of performers for the festival taking place on March 22 and 23, 2019. Now in its eighth year, the two-day event will return to Mardi Gras World in New Orleans after a sold out 2018 event. A portion of ticket proceeds support the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production.

Artists announced on the 2019 lineup are: Lana Del Rey in what is her only currently-announced U.S. performance; hip-hop and fashion icon A$AP Rocky; the return and 2019 debut of Skrillex and Boys Noize’s collaboration Dog Blood; bass music torchbearer Excision; Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates in his first New Orleans play since 2016; a live performance by GRiZ who just released the first two tracks off of his upcoming 2019 album; RL Grime; Louis The Child; breakout R&B star Ella Mai; hometown horrorcore rap heroes $UICIDEBOY$; a rare back-to-back set from NGHTMRE B2B Slander; the first New Orleans play for Playboi Carti; emo mainstays Dashboard Confessional and Mayday Parade; Toro Y Moi who will release a new album in January; Claude VonStroke; Gunna; Fisher; the first New Orleans play for The Black Madonna; Death Grips; a unique set from Getter performing his critically-acclaimed new album Visceral; Ekali; Yaeji; Denzel Curry; a rare joint set from J.I.D and EARTHGANG; G Jones; Liquid Stranger; TOKiMONSTA; internet sensations Oliver Tree and Doja Cat; 1788-L; jam band Papadosio; Peekaboo; Roy Blair; a special set from We Came As Romans in memory of Kyle Pavone; a DJ set from Matt + Travis of From First To Last; Rico Nasty; Dounia; Kidswaste; Whipped Cream; Mersiv; sfam. VIP patrons will be treated to VIP-Only performances from: CharlesTheFirst; Dabin; Duskus; Jantsen; Kittens; Noizu; Xie; and AF THE NAYSAYER who is one of Upbeat Academy’s lead artist instructors.

The 2019 event will also feature a strong showing of local flavor with over a dozen New Orleans’ artists and showcases: bàwldy B2B Boarcrok; Dohm Collective; Freewater; James Seville; Klutch; Lil Jodeci; Lleauna; Malik Ninety Five; Thou; TRAX ONLY; Tristan Dufrene; Trombone Shorty Academy; Unicorn Fukr; and Upbeat Academy. Complementing the music acts will be the following graffiti artists and live painters participating in a Live Art Gallery: Art by Jay; Ceaux; Dvote; Fat Kids; Hugo Gyrl; Ink; J Hand Paints; Jedi; Knowla; Lipkis; Monica Kelly; Murky; Painter; PAWS; READ MF BOOKS; and Swan.

Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances. The 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project featured an expanded festival site that sold out with a daily attendance of over 17,500 guests, making it the highest attended BUKU to date. New additions included the Wharf Stage adjacent to the Mississippi River, a relocated main stage across the train tracks with the Market Street Power Plant serving as its backdrop, several new art installations, and an all new BUKU VIP Rooftop overlooking the main stage.

Tickets for the 2019 event will go on-sale Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10AM CT and include a variety of options for general and VIP admission as well as travel packages. VIP ticketing provides a host of special amenities that include exclusive VIP-only performances, premium viewing areas, as well as an open bar for guests 21+. When purchasing tickets, patrons should be mindful that BUKU is a 17+ event. More information on tickets offerings and pricing can be found at http://bit.ly/BUKU2019Tickets.

About Winter Circle Productions:
Winter Circle Productions began in 2009 as an independent promotion and production house to attract music that its founders felt was missing from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Creator of BUKU Music + Art Project and four-time recipient of the OffBeat Best Promoter Award, WCP is now celebrating its 10th year anniversary as one of the most trusted tastemakers on the Gulf Coast, having produced thousands of shows across many musical genres in dozens of venues. In July 2015, WCP joined AEG Presents to form and run its new Gulf Coast regional office, and in August 2017, took over a lease at the 1,200 capacity Joy Theater in New Orleans. In addition to concert production, the members of WCP founded the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production. www.wintercircleproductions.com

About AEG Presents:
AEG Presents, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Presents is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aegpresents.com