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Tyrannosaurus Zebra

And so it begins!  It's the week of the festival!  So many things to do, and literally very little time to do it in!  It's going to be awesome!

In the meantime it's time for more bloggings!  Our band to start up the week is Visalia/Fresno folk punk aficionados Tyrannosaurus Zebra!
Photo by Anthony Emershaw Here's a bit about the band, as provided by Arroz y Frijoles blogger Alberto Santillan:
These homegrown folk-punk malcontents have had a long and storied past couple of years, sharing the stage with Ty Segall, Morning Teleportation, and Shannon and the Clams among others, and becoming one of the most visible bands of Fresno’s storied “friendcore” scene, a loose and ramshackle collective of bands and all-ages venues of which Sci-Fi Caper are also a part, before breaking up last year, only to reform this year. And indeed, it’s as if they never went away. With Paul Jones filling in on bass, and playing in the ballroom as usual, the adenoidal racket made by Zebra sounds as d…

It'll Grow Back

Good morning everyone!  How's it going?  What's the plan for the weekend?  Partying?  Hanging with family?  I'd suggest instead that you wait in your room patiently for Spanspek.  Possibly eating every now and then.  But mostly waiting.

Anywho, speaking of fun things to do, it's about that time to introduce  our next band!  Take some time to get to know Fresno punk rockers It'll Grow Back!
Here's a bit about the band from former Fresno Bee writer Mike Osegueda:

Fresno punk-rock vets It'll Grow Back play fast, loud and with tons of energy.  It's the punk rock of old really.  We're talking two-minutes-or-less songs, might-just-offend-you language and a chaotic live show.

Look folks, this band is well known for playing at blinding speeds and deafening levels, all while lead singer Josh Tehee spins like a tornado in tight jeans.  There's no way you won't be tired after watching It'll Grow Back do its thang. The band recently released their &qu…

Macondo

Good morning everyone!  What's the haps!?  The days are ticking away till we're all together rocking out at the Orosi Memorial Hall!  Until then, we've got plenty more bands to write about, so lets get to it!

Next up for your listening pleasure is the new project by Spanspek Co-Founder Israel Flores; Orosi's own Macondo!
Here's a bit of bio from the bands website:

In Macondo I get to express sentiments in a way like never before.  I'm used to people hearing me play an instrument.  I am not used to people hearing me sing.  Here you will find both.

Indeed!  Known primarily as a guitarist, Macondo finds Flores making his first foray into fronting a band.  The result is a sound that brims with confidence, exuding Mexican and American influences through it's cumbia rhythms, harmonies, and rock instrumentation.

The band is still relatively new, but includes veterans from other styles of music, such as norte├▒obassist Jason Trevino and roc en espanol musician Carlos…

Le Wolves

Happy Tuesday morning everyone!  I hope this blog finds you doing well.  We here at Spanspek Headquarters are busy trying to get everything in order for the upcoming festival and we're super excited to hang out with all of you on 10/4!

In the meantime, here's our next band spotlight!  Prepare your earholes for Fresno indie blues outfit Le Wolves!
Here's a bit about the band, as supplied by the Fresno Bee's "Artist You Should Know" column:

Le Wolves is a band with a dark side.  The Fresno-based four-piece group creates an eerie voodoo-vibed folk music "that will make you believe..."

And that's it.  That's all I could find of the article online!  I think it's good though, cause it adds even more mystery to the band.  What will they make me believe in one wonders.  What powers of persuasion do these young men possess?

Anywho, even that snippet totally gets at what the band sounds like.  It's a mix of old and new, bright colored lights m…

Francis Ward

Hello again from the far reaches of Middle Earth!  It's Friday which means we're two weeks away from Spanspek!  It's all happening!  But before all that we've still got plenty more bands to write about!  Next on the docket is Reedley/Fresno alternative group, Francis Ward!
Here's what the band has to say about themselves via their Facebook page:

With the wind in his face he proudly fled, with millions of words left unsaid.  His life in the shadows and feelings ignored, ladies and gentlemen, this is Francis Ward.

Yup!  That's them in a nutshell.  But you don't have to take my word for it Levar Burton, just check out this video!

For more information on Francis Ward visit their Bandcamp page, their Facebook, or follow them on Twitter!  You know the drill, just listen to them!  They're good!

Cristobal Carrillo
September 20, 2013

Strange Vine

So yeah, Strange Vine is playing Spanspek!  Prettttttttty dang cool right?  Alright, for all your poor souls who don't know who these guys are, you're about to find out!  So lets get to it!
Here's a little bit a info about this dynamic duo, as written by Fresno writer Conlan Spangler and as listed on their website:

Strange Vine's earthy, energetic music is a fusion of blues, psychedelic, and traditional American rock.  It's a sound born of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, from two men who were raised there.  Ian Blesse plays drums and Rhodes piano (simultaneously), while toby Cordova fleshes out the songs with a rotating arsenal of guitars (including one made from a cigar box).  Both contribute vocals toward a rich, layered sound that's greater than the sum of its parts.  In just a few year's time, Strange vine has already shared the stage with acts like The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Band of Skulls, The Growlers, B.B. King, Robin Trower, Matt a…

Mezcal

What's up!  It's Thursday morning and the party's jumping.  The bass line bumping and the DJ's yelling "Peanut Butter Wolf!"

Yeah, I don't know either, but I swear I've heard that in a song before though.  Kevin Figueroa would know.  Anywho, it's times to talk about our next Spanspek band!  This time it's all about Visalia purveyors of latin grooves Mezcal!
Here's a little bit about the band, as listed on their website:

Born out of the belly of the San Joaquin Valley, Mezcal has been entertaining audiences across the state for the past ten years.  Their Latin groove's have taken them from Visalia’s annual Dia Del Nino Celebration at the Manuel Hernandez Center to Las Vegas for the nationally televised America’s Next Great American Band.  Out of over 10,000 acts, Mezcal was chosen as one of the top 60 bands for the FOX series. They have shared the stage with the likes of Malo, El Chicano, Tierra, and Poncho Sanchez.

Mezcal has kept their…

Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries

Hello people of the Shire!  I hope this blog finds you doing well!  It's that time of year again where we drop everything to write about all the great bands and artists that will be performing at this years Spanspek Music and Arts Festival!  We're super excited to do it too cause we've got a badass line up this year!  So first up, Fresno's answer to Diana Ross and the Supremes (at least that's how I think of them): Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries!
Here's a brief description of Fatty Cakes, as provided on her Facebook page:

Fatty Cakes is the solo project of Amber Fargano.  Vocal chords, a chord organ, a glockenspiel, and a snare drum are sure to get you hot and bothered and all sorts of glazed.  Now joined by the grrl gang The Puff Pastries.
Well said!  These girls have taken Fresno by storm and they're going to do the same in Orosi.  I only hope you're all ready to eat a ton of pizza: So yeah, that will probably happen.  BRING YOUR APPETITES.  Not t…

Spanspek Music and Arts Festival 2013 Lineup

Read it and weep son!
We'll have more info on the bands and artists later.  In the meantime, save the date, share with friends, and get ready for some good times!