Music, environmentalism and prison. After spending a day at the Gem State Jam, you'll wonder why this seemingly oddball combo isn't more popular.
Held as a one-day event at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, the Gem State Jam features a stellar line-up of musicians and an environmentally friendly message. By utilizing a solar-powered stage and lighting setups, as well as programs to offset the carbon footprint, festival promoters aim for complete sustainability throughout the event.
Headlining the event will be jam-scene staple Jerry Joseph, then Johnny Cash tribute act Cash'd Out will stage a semi-recreation of the notorious Folsom Prison concert. Other artists include: island-rockers the Mike Pinto Band, acoustic-folkies the Shook Twins, San Francisco-based indie artists Wendy Darling, Big Light, The Very Most, David Robert King, Volifonix, Dan Keck, Brandon Pritchett and Boise Rock School.
Sponsors New Belgium and Pabst will be in charge of the beer supply, with local vendors providing an array of foods and crafts. Tour guides will be on hand to take guests through penitentiary exhibits and museums. So after getting your music fill and listening to a lecture on the four R's (reduce, reuse, recycle and rock), you can leisurely wander the yard and listen for the ghosts of non-recyclers past.
Saturday, June 19, 12:30-11 p.m., $15-$20, FREE 5 and under, Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, gemstatejam.com.