9th Annual Gem & Jam Festival To Be Held In Tucson Arizona Feb 6th-8th
The Gem & Jam music festival is set to be held for the ninth year next month. This years headliners include Michal Menert Trio, Thriftworks, Emancipator Ensemble and Papadosio. The festival will be held February 6 – 8 at the Gem & Jam Festival grounds in Tucson, Arizona. We have put together a preview of tracks and artwork from some of the different headliners, the first four below being musicians and the last two being live painting artists.
Tickets are 129 for three days or 45 for a single day. The event is held at 1102 W. Grant Rd. Tucson, Arizona. Doors open at 4pm each night and music goes til 1am every day.
Colorado-based Michal Menert comes from a complex musical background of guitar, keyboards, and a variety of other instruments, giving him a unique approach to composition. Menert co-produced the debut Pretty Lights album, Taking Up Your Precious Time, with Derek Vincent Smith. He has since released his first solo album, Dreaming of a Bigger Life in spring of 2010, and dropped the much-lauded 27 track mega-LP, Even If It Isn’t Right, in April 2012. His sound combines obscure vintage samples from both Eastern European and Western vinyl with rich analog synthesis and organic hard hitting beats; a fusion of yesterday’s elements and tomorrow’s ideas.
Berkeley, California based electronic producer Jake Atlas, aka Thriftworks, offers up his own fresh, outsider style weaving eclectic samples and explosive modern bass that takes the art of beat-crafting to new heights.
Known for its etheric melodies, immaculately smooth samples, and addictive drum beats, Emancipator’s music has captivated a diverse audience across the globe. One might struggle to place a finger on what makes the music so addictive, but would undoubtedly return to the underlying feeling of balance and connection.
Papadosio is a five member band from Athens, Ohio. While they are most often classified as a jam band, their music spans many genres and it all has an original edge. Papadosio is a one of a kind, earthy, livetronica act. They are very much in favor the evolution of humanity, in terms of love for one another and this earth, and this all shines through in their music.
Alex Grey is an artist whose works cover a diverse variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, visionary art, performance art, and installation art. His specialties are spiritual and visionary art for which he is famous all over the world.
Sam Flores is uniquely noted for being an autodidact, or self taught artist, having no formal institutional training. Flores’ subject matter includes a myriad of anthropomorphic characters and beautiful goddesses with styles being inspired by Japanese Edo period influenced landscapes, urban contemporary/ graf inspired montages, pop-surrealist environments and his most recent works which are inspired by Mexican pulp comic art and classical portraiture.
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