Gem & Jam Festival adds LAB GROUP, Dirtwire, ATYYA, & more to 14th annual edition
Gem & Jam Festival is ready to kick off its 14th annual edition this weekend in Tucson, from February 4 through 6. Held annually at the Pima County Fairgrounds, the festival coincides with the world’s largest gem and mineral show in Arizona. Not so coincidentally, it creates a draw for a very specific kind of “festie-head” with the kind of a line-up and craft vendor offerings to cater to their needs.
The festival recently added trunk-rattling bass-makers Lab Group, now composed of Supertask and Potions, as headliners. Initially, the lineup included Charlesthefirst (formerly one-third of Lab Group) as a weekend headliner; with his tragic passing, his bandmates will now appear in his memory. In addition, master guitarist Marcuz Rezak and electric jazz-fusion band Space Whales now join the stacked, sonically-diverse lineup.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Goopsteppa will no longer be joining the festival and is being replaced by Canadian counterpart and bass-music phenom ATYYA. Electro blues-grass trio Dirtwire will also replace Goldfish. Some CE favorites, both old and new, include Equanimous, Cloudchord, Daily Bread, JACKLNDN, Soohan, Maddy O’Neal, Moontricks, NotLö, Tripp St., VEIL, Josh Teed, and more!
In addition to headlining sets from acts like STS9, Liquid Stranger, Shpongle (Simon Posford Live Set), Claude VonStroke, and Lotus, the music and arts festival will feature a plethora of visual and performance art, healing and wellness sanctuaries, workshops, a kids zone, 40+ market vendors, and of course, gem and mineral offerings.
Listed below are Gem & Jam programming highlights, along with the finalized 2022 lineup. Both weekend and single-day passes are on sale now.
I’m here for the wub of tacos.