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2023 Live Music Lineup

The Gemstones honoring AfroGeode
AfroGeode aka Di Jay aka Diona Johnson died unexpectedly in April 2023 and has left the Duluth community in shock and grieving her beautiful soul that made us all better. Her legacy and light continues on however. The Gemstones will play their hearts out on Festiversary on May 20th in her honor and we are here for it. This year's Festiversary token donation stations will benefit Black Liberation Lab in honor of Diona and will support the Black, queer, femme experience. To learn more please visit: AfroGeode & The Gemstones originated in Duluth, Minnesota. The lead singer, Diona Johnson delivered incredible vocal power and expansive range, often stopping listeners in their tracks and silencing rooms in the most powerful eerie way. The band, consisting of saxophone (Allison Payonk), keys (Courtney Ellian), Drums (Ian Hopp), bass (Emanuel Eisele), and guitar (Josh Nickila) is just as talented boasting the ability to cover multiple genre’s with impressive flexibility. AfroGeode & The Gemstones is a genre-defying experience with heavy roots in Jazz, Soul, and Funk. They often provide you with a mix of timely originals and creatively, reimagined covers and their setlists are known to evoke a wide range of emotions. AfroGeode & The Gemstones have had the honor of performing on several revered stages including: Icehouse (Minneapolis, MN), Bayfront (Duluth, MN), Earth Rider (Superior, WI). The band has also had the honor of headlining large events including the Minnesota Music Summit (2020) and Duluth/Superior Pride Festival (2021, 2022), and received the coveted honor of opening for nationally recognized Music Festival Duluth Homegrown Music Festival at the Mayoral Proclamation Reception.
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