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!👍

    • 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.

        • Sorry. I’m implying 21.3 days of jamming. Of course, when you add time in between jam sessions and down time and sleep, etc, It will probably take around 4 to 5 weeks.

      • 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!

  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

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