Monday, February 2, 2015

Gem & Jam Fest Blends the Love of Electronic Music with Shiny, Pretty Rocks

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 4:15 PM

No one is encouraging anyone to do drugs here, but putting a bunch of sparkly, colorful stones in front of folks who are fans of a music that is pretty much synonymous with taking ecstasy sounds a little like a recipe for rolling to me, but what do I know?

If you're really just in it for the sweet electronic beats and you haven't started backstocking glow sticks and Ring Pops, Tucson's Gem & Jam festival is coming to town and bringing over 40 different performers to 1102 W. Grant Road as well as vendors and workshops from the gem and mineral world.

Now in its ninth year, the celebration of trippy visuals, hypnotic music, and rocks that coincides with the Gem and Mineral Show each year is bringing a bunch of acts from all over the world. Oregon-based trip-hop act Emancipator, U.K.'s LTJ Bukem and Little People, and the psych-funk Michal Menert Trio of Colorado are just some of the many performers booked for this year's event.

Music and gem stones aren't the only things to feast your eyes on at the event, though, as there will also be live painting performances courtesy of Alex and Allyson Grey, Sam Flores, J. Garcia and more.

The Gem & Jam Festival runs from Friday, Feb. 6 until Sunday, Feb. 8. Doors open at 4 p.m. each day with music until 1 a.m. and the silent disco on site until 4 a.m. After parties will be held at Solar Culture from 2 a.m. until 5 a.m. as well. You can buy tickets for the whole weekend for $129 or $45 for a single day by visiting the Gem & Jam Festival website. There you can find more information on different ticket pricing packages as well as festival line-up information.

However, here are some of the many acts you can expect to see this year:

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