Crown Jewell of Southwest Festival Scene | Jacob Devaney

February 17, 2015 6:15 PM

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The southwest has its own particular energy. The Sonoran Desert, the crossroads between north and south, Native American history that goes back a thousand years and the confluence of art and culture in a winter destination that allows the traveller to live an endless summer. During the month of February is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show where an estimated 50,000 people come from all over the world to sell trade and admire fossils, gems, jewelry and art. The Gem and Jam Music Festival burst onto the scene nine years ago and has become one of the regions most promising and diverse music and art events.

One thing that makes the event unique is that it seamlessly blends electronic dance music with live jam bands. Traditionally there is crossover between these different fan bases, but striking a balance that everyone can enjoy is not easy. Gem and Jam has managed to make it all work combining diverse...

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