Berries & JAM
Beauty of Community: A Review of Gem and Jam 2017
As our human species evolved on this planet, we discovered that community is vital to survival.  Just as hunters and gatherers stayed in groups to produce food, clothing, and shelter for the tribe, today we continue to teach each other trades and share knowledge that helps further our evolution — the many bright parts working together for a harmonious whole. Beyond these necessities for survival, we also look to our community for guidance, acceptance, and love, for what is the whole if we cannot find peace within it? In terms of our energetic make up and chakra system, significance of community makes sense...
Jamtronic Evolution: An Interview with Jesse Miller of Lotus
Lotus has always had a special place in the hearts of jam-fans and festival lovers.  Their music sends you on an interstellar journey while simultaneously keeping you connected to everyone around you. As festivals have begun to incorporate both jam and electronic acts, Lotus has been there evolving with these events.  Pioneers in bridging the gap between these two genres, they’ve created a “jamtronic” style that is entirely their own. Following their show at Gem and Jam Music Festival Feb 2-5, I caught up with Jesse Miller (bass and sampler) to find out more about the evolution of the band,...
Lighting up the Desert: Preview of Gem and Jam 2017
A music festival in the “off” season is a rare treat.  Like the gift of a snow sport, it provides us with the opportunity to get out for a much needed breath of fresh air during the long, cold and sometimes lonely winter months.   Since 2007, Gem and Jam Festival has invited the community to resurface from hibernation and reconnect with one another for a few days under the warm Arizona sun. Including everything we love: live music, art, connection, food and CRYSTALS, Gem and Jam is the perfect place to be reminded of all that’s beautiful in the world. Sparkleberry Lane...
DelFest Turns 9 | Can We Get a Del Yeah?!
A Preview for DelFest Allegany County Fairgrounds – Cumberland, MD May 26th – 29th, 2016 Written by Sydney Morris Roll call to all my barefoot bluegrass two-steppers! If you haven’t yet felt that tingle in your bones calling you to the effervescent DelFest, then hop on it now while the gettin’s good. DelFest returns for their 9th year, nestled beneath the towering cliffs of Knobley Mountain at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. Stretching across one hundred acres along the Potomac River, the Fairgrounds have welcomed visitors since 1924, becoming a hub for all activities and an integral part...
Let Your Voice Be Heard: An Interview with Ayla Nereo
I’ll never forget the first time I saw Ayla Nereo.  I was headed to The Polish Ambassador at the Fillmore Auditorium, and before the show I had an antsy feeling to get to the venue early.  I knew there were openers, but I hadn’t done any research on them.  I decided to head over anyway and as I walked in, my body was filled with an other-wordly enchantment.  I was whisked away on an auditory journey and became completely lost in the music; myself and the entire crowd were encapsulated in an orb of heavenly sound.  When I finally came...
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