Five artists to see at Gem & Jam 2022

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Gem & Jam is on the horizon and there are some sensational artists on the lineup that you simply must see at this year’s edition!

Gem & Jam amounts to Tucson, AZ for its 14th year this year, making it one of Arizona’s oldest festivals. The three-day festival will once again take place at Pima County Fairgrounds to February 4-6featuring over 90 artists, live painters and gemstone sellers from around the world.

The Gem & Jam lineup always offers a variety of sounds to explore from artists across all genres. Whether you’re a fan of jam bands, bass music, house grooves or even something more melodic, this festival has a genre for everyone. While headlining artists like Claude VonStroke, Liquid Stranger, Shpongle and Lotus are sure to drop, there’s also plenty more to explore. Read on to discover some gems that came out of the lineup this year!

Be sure to grab your tickets today, via, and don’t stop here, be sure to listen to our curated playlist to really fuel up!

Five artists to discover at the Gem & Jam Festival 2022

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the Sound Tribe Sector 9otherwise known as STS9, is an electronic group mixing elements of rock, hip-hop, funk, jazz and even drum and bass. Since 1998, STS9 has released 11 albums, touring the world with recent headlining appearances at festivals like Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Suwanee Hulaween, and even Gem and Jam in 2018!

Not only do STS9 go wild when they perform, but they care directly about their communities. Throughout their career, they’ve partnered with nonprofits like Conscious Alliance, bringing food drives to all of their tour stops. They raised money for Hurricane Katrina Relief and ran a carbon offset campaign to offset their carbon emissions while on tour. STS9 credits their community activism to their friends and fans who constantly inspire them.

In an STS9 set you will find vibrant electronic sounds mixed with talented musicians who know a musical instrument really well. Their last album, The universe inside, showcases the diversity of their sound by seamlessly integrating disco styles. This set will be all the hype, you won’t want to miss it.



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This funk-loving trio hails from Boulder, Colorado and plays some of the most mind-blowing combinations of jazz, electro and dubstep. Their 2011 debut included live drums, keyboards, guitar, bass and a good deal of production. After a few independent EPs, they caught the attention of Detroit’s All Good Records. The label is run by GRiZ and helped SunSquabi release their debut album, Odysseyin 2016.

SunSquabi’s album ended up being just the breakthrough they needed. Their popularity exploded and they began a national tour appearing at festivals like Okeechobee, Elements and Electric Forest. Known for their insanely funky tunes – if you’re a fan of funk, bass and dirty grooves, this set is for you.

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Hailing from the east side of Atlanta, Daily Bread strives to incorporate creative and unique samples into their tracks. His unique sound has earned him the attention of the festival scene and he has gone from just playing Sonic Bloom to hosting a Bread and Breakfast event over the past two years. He has long considered Denver his second home and credits that feeling to the incredible electronic hip-hop artists that have spawned there as well as the thriving music scene.

Seeing Daily Bread perform always leads to memories that stand out, and his next set at Gem & Jam is sure to continue that trend. His energy and the samples he uses are familiar while providing layers you wouldn’t expect. Don’t miss this unique experience!

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Bingo Bango

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Nathan DeGour, more affectionately known as Bingo Bango, is a California native who began his music journey playing in a high school band. Throughout high school, he played in various bands, playing bass and guitar, and was even the lead singer of a Screamo band. His passion for music really started to blossom when he discovered festivals and electronic music. The performing culture is what really inspired him, he knew he wanted to be around the music all the time which led him to Phoenix, AZ.

Since moving to Arizona, Bingo Bango has become heavily involved with the local music collective, idgaFNK making regular appearances at their micro-festivals. He is drawn to the combination of songs that sound familiar to him mixed with modern tunes and heavy basslines. In this set, you’ll hear songs you know all the words to smash them with headbanging tunes. While Bingo Bango is still working on his production skills, his understanding of sound combinations that work in unexpected ways will put him on the map.

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sponges is comprised of two dynamic minds, Ryan Slepin and Nik Eaton. These South Florida-based artists were friends who simply discovered their passion for music together and have been racing since. Their signature sound that infuses 70s funk with heavy bass and classic house beats has taken them to the top of the Beatport charts multiple times and they are only going to get bigger.

While the Sponges’ own releases caught on, they also caught the attention of Kyle Watson and together they created The Ratchet Express to further deepen their discography. Moreover, they have been praised by big hitters in the scene such as Ardalan, Taiki Nulight, etc. Their upbeat and groovy tracks will have you tearing up the dance floor. Be sure to listen to all of their tracks below and don’t sleep on this set if you want to dance!

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