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This year’s Gem & Jam Music and Arts Festival proved once again that it’s more than just a music event; it’s a vibrant celebration of community, creativity, and environmental consciousness. With 4,500 spirited attendees throughout the weekend, the festival showcased a harmonious blend of eclectic music, artistic collaborations, and a commitment to making a positive impact on the environment.

The Musical Alchemy:

One of the festival’s standout moments was Andy Frasco’s debut on Sunday night at the Emerald Stage. Frasco and his band ignited the crowd with a two-hour set that was not just a performance but a wild, party-starting journey. Frasco’s cheeky storytelling and playful antics created an infectious energy, making it a night to remember. A surprise sit-in by Lespecial elevated the performance to new heights, and lucky for us, there’s a 2-minute video clip capturing the magic for everyone to relive.

The Disco Biscuits took their Saturday night headlining performance to the next level by collaborating with luminary visual artist Jonathan Singer. Known for his work with musical greats like Dead & Co and Slightly Stoopid, Singer’s real-time visual improvisations synced seamlessly with the band, creating a sensory feast for the audience.

Maddy O’Neal showcased her musical versatility with two sizzling sets. On Friday, her bass-heavy, live-electronic set on the Emerald Stage delighted Gem & Jam veterans. Switching gears on Saturday as her house music alias Madhaus on the Onyx Stage, she once again proved her prowess as a dynamic, high-octane selector.

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Community Vibes:

Gem & Jam went beyond the music, hosting its first-ever onsite pre-party on Thursday, February 1, in the campgrounds. The Puerto Disco Society collective set the tone for a weekend filled with connection, laughter, and anticipation.

The festival’s partnership with the environmental organization Green Disco added another layer of positive impact. The introduction of Eco-Bands, a 100% hemp, optional ticket add-on, successfully removed over 300,000 lbs of CO2e from the atmosphere during the 2023 edition. This year, Green Disco expanded the Eco-Band program to support the Million Trees Project and Tucson Clean & Beautiful.

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Green Disco’s Eco-Band Program: Planting Seeds of Change:

Tucson Clean & Beautiful focused on planting trees directly within local communities, prioritizing neighborhoods with the lowest tree canopy. Over 150 trees will provide shade to these areas, enhancing the local environment for years to come. Gem & Jam’s commitment to sustainability was reflected in the success of the Eco-Band program, underscoring the festival’s dedication to leaving a positive mark on the world.

In the end, Gem & Jam 2024 was not just a festival; it was a symphony of music, art, community, and environmental stewardship. As the echoes of the performances fade, the memories and the trees planted will continue to grow, a testament to the enduring magic created when music meets nature.

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