Homerpalooza 101: Jam Sessions for Act 1

Hey Tappers!

Hope you’ve got your dancing shoes on and your cell phones ready to light up the night because Homerpalooza has arrived in Springfield! That’s right the rock fest has begun! One key aspect introduced in Homerpalooza is Jam Sessions.

NOTE: While this post included info/speculation about Act 2 – Pop and Act 3 – Hip Hop, we’ll focus on Act 1 and have separate posts for Act 2 and Act 3….

Jam Sessions:

So in this event, similar to a few events in the past (TapBall, Superheroes, Halloween come to mind), you’ll be tasked with sending characters on a secondary task.  In this case it’s Jam Sessions.

From the Event Hub or in the top right of your screen, click on the stage icon to send characters to Jam Sessions.


Jam Session Stages:

Jam Sessions are conducted at four various stages in each Act. In Act 1 – Rock, Jam Sessions are conducted at the Rock Stage, Moe’s Tavern, Kwik-e-Mart, and eventually The Simpsons House (when you unlock it in the prize track). Act 2 – Pop and Act 3 – Hip Hop stages will be discussed in future posts.

4 characters can jam at the Rock Stage, while only 2 can jam at Moe’s Tavern, Kwik-e-Mart, and The Simpsons House. If you fill a stage, you get 50 bonus event currency ( in Act 1). You’ll notice all slots at all four current stages have a blue lining around them, similar to the blue icon  representing this Act. More on this in the follow up posts for Acts 2 and 3.


Jam Session Characters:

Various characters can Jam (perform on stage) to earn more event currency.

In Act 1 – Rock, characters that can jam at any of the four Rock stages have a blue icon next to them, and include:

  • Homer
  • Apu
  • Rev. Lovejoy
  • Dr. Hibbert
  • Lisa
  • Bleeding Gums Murphy
  • Shredder Stevens
  • Freddy Freeman
  • Rockstar Maggie
  • Nick Delacourt
  • Peter Dabbruzio
  • Rockin Otto
  • Weird Al

NOTE: Act 2 – Pop and Act 3 – Hip Hop characters will be discussed in the Act 2 and Act 3 continuations of this post.


Star Management:

The more frequently you send characters, the better the character will get (i.e. Practice Makes Perfect), and as a result, the more event currency they will earn. The goal is to get your characters to 5 star performers to earn the most event currency possible from each Jam Session, as higher star ranks earn more rewards from Jam Sessions.

Each character has a base star value: (NOTE: Act 2 and Act 3 characters have been removed and will be shown in the subsequent posts!)

Star Ranks Characters Currency Payout
1 Star  Homer, Apu, Rev. Lovejoy, and Dr. Hibbert. 25
1.5 Star  Nick Delacourt, Weird Al Yankovic 37
2 Star  Lisa 50
2.5 Star  Bleeding Gums Murphy, Shredder Stevens, Freddy Freeman, Rockstar Maggie, Peter D’Abbruzio, Rockin’ Otto 62
3 Star 75
3.5 Star 87
4 Star 100
4.5 Star 112
5 Star 125

As shown above, 1 star characters earn 25 event currency. 2 stars earn 50 event currency, 3 stars earn 75, 4 stars earn 100, and the maxed out 5 star characters earn 125 event currency.

When sending characters, you get 50 bonus event currency for filling the stage, so best to fill those stages up.


Upgrading Characters:

Each character requires 80 star points to rank up to the next half star. Each Jam Session awards the character 5 star points. So it takes 16 Jam Sessions to be upgraded to the next half star. After the 16th Jam Session, the character will automatically be upgraded to the next half star and earn an additional 12 or 13 event currency per Jam Session.

Alternatively, you can spend 1 donut per 5 star points (or 16 donuts to level up a complete half star) – though we never recommend spending your precious donuts to do so.

Time commitment wise, it takes 4 hours per Jam Session, 16 Jam Sessions to upgrade half a star, so 64 hours to upgrade half a star. Homer, Apu, Rev. Lovejoy, and Dr. Hibbert will require 8 half-star upgrades to reach 5 stars, so that’s 512 hours or 21 and a third days of practice. This time commitment is reduced by 64 hours for every half star a characters base star rank is higher than 1 star.


Tips and Tricks:

While you can send 4 characters to jam at the Rock Stage, if you don’t have at least 8 characters to fill all 3 initial stages, or 10 characters to fill all 4 Act 1 – Rock stages once you unlock The Simpsons House Stage, it’s best to fill the 2 character stages (Moe’s Tavern, Kwik-e-Mart, and The Simpsons House) first, as you earn a bonus for filling the Stage. Example, if you have 6 characters and send 4 to the Rock Stage and 2 to the Simpsons House, you’ll get two 50 cuffs bonuses = 100. However, if you have 6 characters and send 2 to the Simpsons House, 2 to Moe’s and 2 to KEM, you’ll get three 50 cuffs bonuses = 150.

When choosing which characters to send, focus on characters like Apu , Dr. Hibbert , Lisa , Bleeding Gums Murphy , Rockstar Maggie , and Weird Al , that will also be used on multiple Stages in future Acts.

In addition to migrating towards Weird Al when he’s tapped, fans tend to migrate towards the stages as well. So if you position your four stages in the same area of your Springfield, you’ll find a lot of fans in one area.

As with most tasks, when the Jam Sessions are 90% complete, you can speed finish the rest for free without spending any donuts. So instead of 4 hours per Jam Sessions, you can do it in 3 hours and 36 minutes without spending donuts.

Here is a Jam Session with over 24 minutes left requiring 8 donuts to speed up the 4 characters:

Here is that same Jam Session a few seconds later with under 24 minutes left that can now be sped up and completed for free:


And that’s it my friends. A few quick tips to make Jam Sessions in Springfield rock….

What are your thoughts on Jam Sessions? Have any other tips or tricks you can share for Act 1 only? Rank up any characters yet? Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!


132 responses to “Homerpalooza 101: Jam Sessions for Act 1

  1. It’s act two, still haven’t seen anything indicating if/when extra slots will open up at simpson’s house, moe’s or kem?


  2. Jam Sessions

    Leveling Up Characters is taking a looooong time (I’ll be lucky if my Characters all reach 3 Stars by Act One) …. Great tips!👍

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    • 21.3 days to go from 1 star to 5 star. Fortunately it’s a 42 day event!


      • Doesn’t it depend on how many jam sessions you send them on per day? I’ve almost always been a four “major visits” (at least four hours apart) a day person in this game in general, but this week I’ve sometimes only managed three. Fortunately, I finished the act early, and I have a good stash of donuts, so it hasn’t really mattered.


      • It seemed to me (I’m less convinced of it than I was earlier) that certain characters seemed to level up faster than others, and characters in general seemed to level up faster on the Rock Stage than on other stages. Please tell me that’s not true…


        • “that’s not true” 🙂

          Is that what you want to hear? Well it’s true that it’s not true. You earn 5 points towards the 80 required to upgrade a half-star regardless of what stage you send them to.


  3. Think I have a glitch I’m hoping someone has ideas for. I mistakenly sent Apu on a regular task when I wanted him Rockin’ Out, so I stored the Kwik-E-Mart to make him available again, replaced the Kwik-E-Mart, but ever since I did that, the KEM no longer hosts Jam Sessions. I’ve hard-closed, restarted my Kindle, been to Krustyland and friends’ towns. No luck getting the KEM to host Jam Sessions. Any ideas? Thanks!


    • If you have multiple KEMs in your town, try storing all of them, and then bringing them back out of storage an re-placing them. (I’d exit the inventory in between those two steps, too.)


      • This worked perfectly! I only have one other KEM, the Newfangled Kwik-E-Mart from the Sci-Fi-Fi event, but I stored both, went to Krustyland just to be “sure”, came back and unboxed both KEMs and voila! The regular one is hosting Jam Sessions again. Thank you Sandra!

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  4. A few questions
    When do more stage spots open up?
    I finished yesterday after starting a day late so this act is easier with da premiums. Is it better to hoard serve notices (can’t remember wot they r called. Have no lawyers in town at da mo) for Act 2 to get a head start? If so what is the limit that u can save? I have 40 at da mo


  5. Just want to say that of all of the special event so far, this one is my favorite. I also appreciate the great depth of explanation you give for every event.


  6. I think I’m having a glitch and I don’t know where exactly I should post my question. The thing is: I’m not getting cuffs when visiting neighbours. When I tap the fans, I only get XP, $ and FP, no cuffs. Is anyone having the same issue? Or know how can I fix it?


    • You’re not getting any cuffs anytime? You should get cuffs for the first 30 fans you tap visiting your first 10 neighbours every 24 hours. So if you’ve visited neighbours and collected cuffs from the first 30 fans you tapped in the past 24 hours, your other 90 neighbours won’t yield any cuffs when you tap on their fans.


  7. Queenhappyface

    Is there a glitch or am I not paying attention somewhere? I send 4 characters to the Jam stage and only 3 shows now. There’s no character rocking out on raised staged.


  8. And now for something completely different: The song titles shown when you send the rockers jammin’ seem to be parodies of well-known songs/artists, but I can’t figure out all of them. I assume the German translation is sub-par again…
    1) Van Houten “Married to the Devil” – Van Halen “Running with the Devil”
    2) Snake and the Dudes “I Fought the Law” – The Clash “I Fought the Law” (This seems a bit of a stretch, but couldn’t think of anything else; translation could also be “Against the Law” or “Up Against the Law”, but nothing springs to mind there, either, and the band name doesn’t fit.)
    3) The Stabfour “Let it Bleed” – The Fab Four “Let it Bleed”
    4) Sungazer “Hopin’ for a Dream” – ???
    Any takers?


    • Your translation is correct on #4. I can’t remember any other songs I’ve seen, but Radioactive Head – “Nuclear Karma Police” is playing right now. That one is pretty obvious. It could be that the Sungazer songs aren’t direct parodies, or at least you can’t tell from the titles alone. I haven’t seen the episode they were in so I don’t know.


      • LOL… again…watch the episode!
        But here’s a hint…they mostly just play the same song over and over…which I am guessing had to do with budget constraints on hiring a “real band” to play the music.


    • Just want to say that of all of the special event so far, this one is my favorite. I also appreciate the great depth of explanation you give for every event.


    • “Hopin’for a dream” = “Living on a prayer”? By the way, Rolling Stones cut the album “Let it bleed.”


    • The Fab Four (Beatles) song is “Let it Be”, not “Let it Bleed”. 😉


    • Hopin’ for a dream is Runnin’ Down a Dream Tom Petty


  9. I unlocked Weird Al but can’t send him to jam. He’s in the Star Management list (but without any icons), but he’s not in the menu list for sending people to jam. (I’ve tried the usual things like storing the character, visiting neighbors and Krustyland.) Anyone else have this problem?


  10. I don’t see Rockstar Maggie in the Mystery Box.. Bummer.. The only character I see in the Mystery Box is Saxophone Lisa.. 😦 I don’t think I already have Rockstar Maggie, hmm… I will need to check next time she is free. It would be a skin? Not a completely separate character?


  11. Oh dear! Moan moan moan. If you want it all spend money and be happy ( I am). If you want it all and don’t want to spend money farm (haven’t got the time /can’t be arsed). Otherwise get what you can and be happy!!! It’s a great game enjoy! (ps. Don’t spend more than you can afford that would be stupid. There’s so much more to enjoy).

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  12. Question: I already have Otto, he still shows in store as 120 donuts.. is that for a skin? Seems a lot for a skin?


  13. I am totally confused! It would have seemed that, so long as you have enough characters to fill up the stages, it wouldn’t matter which order you put them in within a venue, or which stage you put them on. However, that is not true! But I can’t figure out the pattern!

    Here’s what I did…

    I made a list of all of my jamming characters (based on the order they’re in on the selection screen), and, since I have 12 of them, but only 10 spaces, I left out two of my lowest (star-wise) characters from my list.

    I then calculated what I would get if I sent the first four to the main stage, the next two to the Simpson house, the next two to the Kwik-E-Mart, and the next two to Moe’s. Then, I did the same thing using the list in reverse order. The two totals were not the same! In one case, the total for all four stages came to 759 cuffs; in the other, the total came to 772 cuffs. The problem is, I can’t figure out why there should be a difference (and, therefore, how to strategize whom to send where, and whether the order they’re placed within the venue makes a difference).

    Can anyone explain this to me? I’ve experimented with several different orders and have gotten 4 different possible totals (so far?). I’m doing fine on the calendar, and not pressed for donuts, so I’m not worried about whether I get the max possible or not, but not understanding why the order and/or venue should make a difference (and in what way) is driving me nutso!


    • Have you taken into account the earning power of each player? In the post it lays out the basics…Lisa earns more, BGm earns more, and then the stars bring more from there…because the are just multipliers of the original earning number. So…1 star for one character may not be the same as one start for another…

      The key thing you wrote, “I’m doing fine on the calendar…” So, chillax…in the big picture, the difference between 13 cuffs just isn’t going to make that much difference…


      • Yes – I’m saying that the same 10 players completely filling the same four venues bring in different total amounts depending on who I put where, but I can’t figure out why…what’s making the difference. Their total stars don’t change, just because I put them in one venue or another, so I don’t think that’s a factor. If I had more time, I’d do a closer analysis and see if I could figure out the patterns, but, alas, my company won’t pay me for playing TSTO, no matter how good I get at it…they insist on my doing the assignments they give me, instead. 😦 😉

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      • Oh, and I know that the 13 cuffs (or whatever) aren’t going to make a big difference in my game…. I’m plenty chillaxed where that’s concerned. But I’d also like to understand how it works – what the algorithm is – because that’s how I’m wired…I tend to be a curious person, not just someone who’s only fixated on end results.


        • In some cases, Curiosity Killed the Addict… or something like that. I get it. As you say, some people are wired that way. I’m that way about lots of things in my life, but gave up a long time ago spending too much time on trying to figure out the “why/what” of TSTO. Too buggy…


    • maybe your Weird Al Yankovic leveled up between the 2 sessions from 1.5 to 2 stars… bam 13 cluffs !

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    • Possibilities: (1) incorrect math (2) using different characters


      • Or the more likely number (3) that one character level up from x.5 star rank to x+1 star rank between jam sessions, and now earns 13 more cuffs.


      • Nope and nope. I’m working from a written list and added and re-added my numbers several times. Try it yourself (if you have enough characters)…write them down in order, then “pretend” (don’t hit the Jam button) to fill up each venue by going down the list, making a note of the total cuffs for each, then add up the totals. Then, do the same thing, except go through your list backwards. (If you have more than 10 characters, make sure you’re excluding the same two from the list each time.) I think you’ll see what I’m saying.


        • I did try different combinations and different venues. Always was same total. If you can repeat it, please report the characters and venues and scores both ways and I will try to repeat it next time I have all free.


        • Sandra, (and Alissa and Patric) did you ever find out whether there is an overall difference to to order you place your characters on stage?

          I think I remember Patric (?? not absolutely sure on who) saying something in one of the first event posts about putting the character with the highest star rating first in the lineup to get more event currency.

          I’m wondering if putting highest star rating characters in the last “Bonus” position would generate more overall currency due to the additional bonus amounts.

          Alissa, Patric, do you know if there is a strategy in stage position assignment that gets higher payouts? I’m way behind due to being out of the country and need to do everything I can to catch up.


          • that has been “debunked” and we are now just on to placing them in the right stage (which is kind of random). Read Safi’s post on it…very enlightening…along with this bit he posted in another thread:

            Here’s one option you can do if you have premium characters:
            Rock Stage (Rock only): Peter, Freddy, Shredder, Nick
            Simpsons House (Rock only): Dr Hibbert, Apu
            Pop Stage (Pop only): Bart, Milhouse, Ralph, Nelson
            Springfield Elementary (Pop only): Leon K, Rockstar Maggie
            Moe’s and KEM (both Rock): Lisa, Bleeding Gums, Weird Al, Rev Lovejoy, Homer, or Rockin’ Otto
            Moe’s and KEM (one Rock & one Pop): Weird Al, Rev Lovejoy, Homer, or Rockin’ Otto on Rock and Lisa or Bleeding Gums on Pop
            Moe’s and KEM (both Pop): Lisa, Bleeding Gums, and eventually Alaska Nebraska, baby Maggie and Pop Weird Al

            If you only have freemium players, you will have empty venues. Here’s what I would do:

            Scenario A – Moe’s and KEM (both Rock)
            Moe’s and KEM (both Rock): Lisa, Weird Al, Rev Lovejoy, Homer
            Rock Stage (Rock only): Peter, Nick, Dr Hibbert, Apu
            Simpsons House (Rock only): empty
            Pop Stage (Pop only): Bart, Milhouse, Ralph, Nelson
            Springfield Elementary (Pop only): empty – eventually Alaska Nebraska

            Scenario B – Moe’s and KEM (one Rock & one Pop) if Pop Weird Al unlocked
            Moe’s and KEM (one Rock & one Pop): Rev Lovejoy and Homer at Rock; Lisa and Pop Weird Al at Pop
            Rock Stage (Rock only): Peter, Nick, Dr Hibbert, Apu
            Simpsons House (Rock only): empty
            Pop Stage (Pop only): Bart, Milhouse, Ralph, Nelson
            Springfield Elementary (Pop only): empty – eventually Alaska Nebraska

            Scenario C – Moe’s and KEM (one Rock & one Pop) if Pop Weird Al not available
            Moe’s and KEM (one Rock & one Pop): Rev Lovejoy and Homer at Rock; Lisa and Bart at Pop
            Rock Stage (Rock only): Peter, Nick, Dr. Hibbert, Apu
            Simpsons House (Rock only): Rock Weird Al alone
            Pop Stage (Pop only): Nelson alone – eventually with Alaska Nebraska
            Springfield Elementary (Pop only): Milhouse and Ralph

            Scenario D – Moe’s and KEM (both Pop)
            Moe’s and KEM (both Pop): Bart, Milhouse, Ralph, Nelson
            Rock Stage (Rock only): Peter, Nick, Dr. Hibbert, Apu
            Simpsons House (Rock only): Rev Lovejoy, Homer
            Pop Stage (Pop only): empty – eventually Alaska Nebraska
            Springfield Elementary (Pop only): Lisa and Weird Al Pop if available at Pop

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          • No difference in terms of order within a stage. But, if you’re short on characters to fill them all (like when all venues except for rock stage and Simpsons house are pop), then fill the smaller venues first, so you can fill as many bonus spots as possible.

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    • The fact that their is a difference of 13 implies that one character leveled up from x.5 stars to x+1 stars at the end of the last jam session. That would be the only explanation in my opinion.


      • Using the same characters, at the same time (without hitting the Jam button), in different configurations. Try it yourself and you’ll see!

        (Just to be sure, I’ll check it out again tonight, if I have time…)


        • You can’t have sent the same 10 characters at the same time to jam twice. You sent 10 once, and then you sent the same 10 a second time in reverse order.

          I’m just saying the first time you sent 10 of the characters, 1 of the 10 characters was at 75/80.

          Now the second time you sent the 10 characters in reverse order, that one character that was at 75/80 is now at 0/80 and earns an additional 13 cuffs because s/he is a half star upgraded.


        • I assumed it’s the order you put them in? Like start with the lowest ranked character in the first slot (as example these are mine (from memory) as of now: homer/1star in the leftmost first space, Lisa 2 stars in the next one, then weird all 2,5 and Bleeding Gums 3 stars at the end) if lisa and BG changes places the total for the jam session is less.
          Does this make sense even? I’m very tired and English is not my first language, I might have misunderstood the question 🙄😬


    • sandra… have you been rocking out again? 🔥

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    • Think yourself lucky Sandra that you have 10 characters available !
      However I understand your confusion, as a few guys have mentioned the different tallies are more than likely due to a character being upgraded.
      Rock on !!!


    • Your game is broken. Throw your device against the wall and jump up and down on it a few times…that should get it to work again 😉

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  14. YIKES….EA backlash…big time!
    Here’s a little CrankyOldGuy pragmatism… Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!
    The fact is, I will continue to “sacrifice” my bonus at Moe’s or the Simpsons… because I want a FULL stage on my Rock Stage. And…I want BGM to be part of the line-up… I’m currently earning 422 per cycle,,,(236 Main Stage- 124 Simpsons House- 62 at Moes)… and just about to get NIck. So, I am trillin’ and chillin’…

    And NO…I won’t be buying Otto…I’m two days ahead of the calendar as it is. So…no worries.

    Most of the gnashing of teeth is over the pricing of the Premium stuff. Meh…I got BGMurphy completely with free donuts from EA, without KEM farming. Where’s Maggie? Daily Tasks…Monorail weekly bonuses… no worries.

    I am just cruising…and enjoying seeing the guys jam…and imagining the set list.

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    • I like your attitude, as you say no worries just play the game fairly regularly & a few less event currency here & there is really not going to make a great difference.
      Keep cruising !!!


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