Gem and Jam Announces Jam Heavy Additions including Members of Phish and Dead and Company
Tucson-based music festival, Gem and Jam, has added some jam heavy additions to a now completely stacked lineup. Phish bass player Mike Gordon will be bringing guitarist Scott Murawsk, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Meyers for a special performance. Play The Dead! was also announced that will consist of Grateful Dead covers performed by the talented supergroup of guitarist Steve Kimock, members of The Motet alongside Dead and Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
These additions contribute to an already amazing and eclectic Gem and Jam musical lineup that includes Gramatik, The Floozies, Lotus and The Infamous Stringdusters. The festival also exposes plethora of local talent including the newly added bluegrass outfit Cadillac Mountain from Tucson and Flagstaff’s homegrown beat maker Safi’s Lab. And while the attention to musical diversity and talent is apparent, expect a mind-blowing display of visual and interactive art as well. The festival’s most recent announcement also revealed that visuals during the event will be provided by the awe-inspiring Johnathan Singer. Tucson performing outfit, Cirque Roots, will be wowing crowds with modern HoopDance, Fire Dancing, Ariel Arts and much more.
With what some might say is one the best lineups announced so far for next year, Gem and Jam has certainly made its niche in the southwest scene. The festival is now going on in its 11th year in the desert. Originally created as a late-night spot for attendees of the annual Tucson Gem Show, the festival has certainly grown since inception. This year, however, the festival will abandon its downtown backdrop for a more vast and serene type environment.
Stepping into these new grounds, located twenty miles south of downtown Tucson at Pima County Fairgrounds, patrons can enjoy a truly transformational experience. The 640-acre grounds will include a multi-stage production, grand art installations and the festival also will be offering new and improved camping options.
Generously, the festival is now offering the festival on-site pre-party for free! That’s right, arrive ready to dance Thursday and you will be treated to full evening of music starting around at 4 P.M. The anticipation is certainly building toward February 2-5th as Gem and Jam is still to announce workshops, schedule and additional performances. Tickets are affordable and still available so escape winter weather for few magical nights under the desert sky.