Article by: James Jimenez
The Gem & Jam Festival is an eclectic event that brings the worlds of musical, visual, and spiritual arts together for one unforgettable weekend. Whether you’re coming for the jams or the gems, the vibes here are unparalleled. This year being the festival’s 14th annual event, the festival has no shortage of musical talent to check out during your time in Tucson, Arizona. Here are five of our artists-to-watch over the weekend.
The iconic Arizona house music DJ duo of J & Dono always comes ready to party, so lace up your dancing shoes and get moving with their energetic sets. These guys don’t mess around. Coming off of two sets from Decadence Arizona, their blend of house jams is a sure-fire way to get your blood pumping. If you love dancing and nose piercings, these are the guys to see.
Need more funk in your life? Look no further. Adding to the list of amazing duos, this dynamic pair has crafted their own unique blend of funk, tech, and bass house in such a fun way. Drawing much of their inspiration from hit disco oldies, these two are sure to have one of the grooviest sets of the weekend.
If you haven’t heard Opiuo before, checking out this set is guaranteed to to satisfy the soul. Oscar Davey-Wright, otherwise known as Opiuo, brings his one-of-a-kind sound that will really make you connect with the music. With ranges of downtempo to upbeat, this dynamic production provides the best of vibes during this live set. Make sure to add this one to your rotation over the weekend.
For those psychedelic and ambient bass vibes, the headlining set from Liquid Stranger is one you will not want to miss. The Swedish DJ/producer, Martin Stääf has changed the bass music scene with his diverse sounds and visuals. As part of his Balance Tour, Stääf is sure to bring the heat for this one. Prepare you immerse yourself in the wubz of Liquid Stranger and get trippy with the Wakaan Family.
Calling all Dirtybird gang members! Claude VonStroke is a provider of smiles everywhere from major festival to basement parties with his iconic house tracks and dirty-bass/funk fusions in his sound. His sound is guaranteed to get the crowd shaking and smiling from ear to ear. If you catch yourself here at this set at the end of the night, just know you made a good decision.
Gem & Jam has no shortage of amazing talent to check out for all those with different music tastes. Whether you want to go hard with some bass, dance it out to soome house, or kick back and relax to a more chill vibe, this festival will be an unrivavled experience this winter.
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