Gem & Jam 2022: A Deep Dive into the Full-Spectrum Sensory Experience [BONUS INTERVIEWS]: Maddy O’Neal, ATYYA, Sunsquabi & Hot Buttered Rum Reflect on Festival Experience
Animated attendees gathered for The 14th Annual Gem & Jam Festival (February 4-6, 2022) in the scenic desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona, to be taken away by the audio, escape in the visual, and indulge in a full-spectrum sensory experience—an experience encapsulating even the non-physical depths of community. This art and music festival— with over 250 programmed acts—once again, delivered unforgettable entertainment, education, and natural beauty.
Soul Land Records announces new compilation Soul Land Music Series: Volume 1 out August 6, a collection of live music inspired by the life of spiritual teacher and cultural icon, Baba Ram Dass. With the announcement, they share first compilation single “Mid-America Motel” from Experimental-Americana band Dirtwire featuring Ram Dass and accompanying music video by acclaimed visual artist Johnathan Singer (Grateful Dead, Tipper, Dead & Company).
Gem & Jam Festival continues to march forward towards making this its biggest year yet, since announcing it would return to the beautiful, desert setting of Pima County Fairgrounds, January 31 through February 2, 2020. The three-day music, art, performance, and gem & mineral festival that has added a mix of all-star talent and burgeoning artists destined to be highlights.
Dirtwire, the genre-bending, world-instrument-wielding trio of Californian musicians have released their newest single, “Cannonball”, available now everywhere you stream music (fanlink.to/dirtwire_cannonball). The song plays tribute to the western influences on Dirtwire’s sound, with a sprawling bassline that carries the song as it traipses through the dusty American backcountry.
Dirtwire, the genre bending, African ngoni and jawharp plucking, harmonica and trumpet blowing, electric guitar slinging, violin and banjo bowing, blues singing, Siberian ghostcatcher playing trio of cowboys from California announce new single, “Talking Bird” feat. Mbilou and Aya is out now and available everywhere you stream music.
So, I’m breaking out my camping gear - cleaning out the tent, waterproofing it, freshening up the sleeping bag. It’s the weekend before Summer Camp Music Festival! Recently, I caught Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Twiddle on the Road to Red Rocks, and they were on fire! Twiddle is new to me. I really enjoyed the vibe going on between these two east coast bands. They both are playing Summer Camp festival on a seemingly relentless touring schedule.
March 29th, on a drizzly spring evening in Chicago, Trevor Hall and Dirtwire performed at Concord Music Hall to an all-ages show. The show collided two tribal influenced acts into one wholesome performance that nourished the crowd. After treating audiences of this tour to their new single “Strength in One”, the track is now out available for all to hear.