February 18, 2016 Slideshows » News & Opinion, Music

10th Annual Gem and Jam Music Festival (SLIDESHOW) 

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On the weekend of Feb. 12-14, the Gem and Jam Festival took over the Slaughterhouse grounds at 1102 W. Grant Rd. and presented hundreds of concert-goers with a diverse array of musical performers, live artists and vendors for the 10th year in a row in conjunction with the world famous Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. The festival offered three stages from the outdoor Quartz stage adorned with several LED panels and the Jade Stage to the smaller, indoor Onyx Stage all featuring musical acts of different genres throughout the day. 


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Hip hop artist Souleye gets into the music during his set on the Jade Stage. Souleye describes his music as a fusion of hip hop, electronic dance music (EDM) and funk.
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The Polish Ambassador smiles as he live mixes on the Quartz Stage. The Polish Ambassador released his first album "Diplomatic Immunity" in 2006.
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A festival goer loses himself in dance to DJ Michal Menert's music at the Quartz Stage.
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Healer Chelsea Serraino smudges Rachel Towgood in the Nest created by many people involved with the New Earth Star Temple. According to Serraino, the Nest is a "secret alter that helps to anchor the highest vibrations of pure love, awakening our soul purpose with divine beauty and grace." Serraino continued to say that "festivals are very conscious and not just for parties. Festivals are an opportunity for people to come together and bring more awareness and consciousness to the sacred that already is."
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Alex Degar juggles plastic bowling pins near the Quartz Stage shortly before The Bennu kicked off the 10th annual Gem and Jam music festival. Degar came down from Phoenix to visit his girlfriend and attend Gem and Jam with her.
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Zoe Rae, co-owner of Cirque Roots, surprises festival goers dressed as the Cheshire Cat on stilts. 12. Rae has been coming to Gem and Jam for six years and performed with the rest of Cirque Roots alongside DJ Tycho on the Quartz Stage later that night.
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Sam Daugherty receives a lick from his loving pooch Rocket J Scroll as he grooves to Endoplasmic on the Jade Stage. Daugherty, a disabled vet, has spent the past year following music festivals around the county and says that he's been "enjoying life and I think everybody should. We're not here to just pay bills and die."
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Nicole Christine Hathaway peruses the selection of pendants at the Orgone-Eyez booth with the help of Marco Bifano. The artist behind Orgone-Eyez, Bonz Blessit of Flagstaff, Ariz., said, "technology uses the same concept as the Earth - using pressure and minerals to generate electricity and energy. It has a healing effect on us." Blessit specializes in pendants made from various gems and minerals that he describes as having healing, harmonizing, balancing and other kinds of spiritual powers.
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Kailen Nelson rolls around in a Cyr Wheel for an enthralled crowd outside of the Onyx Stage. Nelson lives in Indianapolis and came to Gem and Jam for the first time last year and "totally loved it." Nelson began Cyr Wheeling a little over a year ago and practices every day.
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Violet Onderwater works away on an acrylic painting of birds. Onderwater has been doing live painting at festivals for about a year and likes to depict "people as their spirit animals" in her work.
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Earle Sidelle takes a photo of guest Cirque Roots performer Star Walker striking a pose. Walker has been stilt walking for 10 years and has come to think of the Cirque Roots women as "some of [her] best friends" after meeting Cirque Roots at a stilt walking convention in Arcosanti.
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Sarah Maldonado swings a poi ball around Ariel Aven. Aven, age two, has been to 10 music festivals in the past year with her parents and Maldonado says Aven, "loves festivals."
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Pam Mayer swirls hula hoops near the Quartz Stage in between bands. Mayer came down from Phoenix for the festival and says that she "loves to spread the hoop love wherever I go - that's why I always bring extra hoops!"
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Jenna Odhner works on a watercolor painting. Odhner came down from Maine for Gem and Jam to sell her art for the second year in a row.
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DJ Jahmontee at work on the Onyx Stage. Gem and Jam offered two large outdoor stages and one stage inside a small club for the duration of the weekend.
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Nahko and Medicine for the People rock out on the Quartz Stage.
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A woman records video footage of other festival-goers from the webcam on her laptop during The Polish Ambassador's set on the Quartz Stage.
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DJ Michal Menert during his set on the Quartz Stage. Menert currently lives in Denver, Co. and is on a brief tour with Lotus playing as Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics.
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Xavi Panneton produces a live painting in between sets on the Quartz Stage. Panneton has been doing live painting for 15 years and likes to depict "visualized higher dimensional energies."
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Guitarist Ethan Wade of the band Brothers Gow during their set on the Jade Stage.
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An illuminated handblown glass gem sculpture by Loo Loo Glass in front of the Jade Stage.
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Hip hop artist Souleye gets into the music during his set on the Jade Stage. Souleye describes his music as a fusion of hip hop, electronic dance music (EDM) and funk.

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