Celebrating its 8th annual year of eclectic spiritual, musical, and artistic expansion, Gem & Jam Festival will return to Tucson, AZ on February 7-9. The festival’s unique energy is fueled by live performance art from Alex Grey and his wife, Allyson Grey, along with 11 other talented artists. Allyson best describes the energy of the festival on her artist bio page, explaining, “Every known religion reveres its holy writing. Sacred writing of all faiths, however, come into conflict through human interpretation as the written word defines the differences of philosophy and traditions, when truly the basis of all religion is unity and infinite love.” Gem & Jam is a manifestation of this ideology, as festivalgoers come together from near and far to celebrate this bond.

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     The range of music styles featured is as diverse as the festival itself, including funk, electro indie, aboriginal inspired, and deeply spiritual sounds. However, the spirituality does not end in the art and music; attendees can expand their horizons through many mediums, including yoga and dance workshops, as well as a talk from Alex Grey, completing the transcendence through mind, body, and spirit full circle. The inner peace, mental awakening, and self-awareness that can be brought from yoga and dance is incomparable, and will guarantee a fantastic festival experience,  

 As the name suggests, Gem & Jam will spotlight gemstones and crystals on display and for purchase. Many believe that certain stones can give their keeper mystic metaphysical powers, such as healing, luck, and emotional balance. Grasping the stone in times of need or despair can help ground oneself, bringing relief. Some of the most incredible samples of these stones can be found in Arizona, so the selection is sure to impress. Vendors also bring in exquisitely intricate metal wrap jewelry, each one more stunning than the next.

    It is truly the individuals who come together each year, both those setting it up and the wonderful beautiful people who come to enjoy the festivities, that make Gem & Jam so special. Each person brings something unique to the table, sharing the gift of their presence and their passion for art, music, and wonder. Gem & Jam is unlike any other festival, something that must be experienced first-hand to fully grasp the depth of the love, light, and spirituality that beams from it.


Written By: Hanna Danecker