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An Open Letter to Grizzly Fest

Dear Grizzly Fest,

Good morning! I hope this blog post finds you doing well. Congrats on booking Slightly Stoopid and Cold War Kids! Grizzly Fest 2016 is looking like it's going to be pretty damn good!

Word on the street is you're looking for some local acts to book on this years lineup. Well we here at the Spanspek Festival think that's great! There's a ton of amazing music makers operating in the Valley right now and the fact that you're taking the time to make space for them on your lineup is the shit! So with that in mind, here's five bands we think you should definitely consider for Grizzly Fest 2016!

Genre: Roc en espanol/punk/ska

Basura is much beloved in Fresno, and with good reason.  They've been around since 1996 and have never ceased to entertain with their mix of old school punk riffs and ska by way of banda style horns.  The bands energy can infect even the most timid of crowds.  But then again, how could you not dance along to their music, when a masked luchador is leading the way.

Genre: Doom metal

Beastmaker is a Doom Metal band that is about to take the world by storm. Having carved their niche in Indie Rock over the last decade, this band has figured out the perfect recipe for creating Old School Doom Metal. Lee Dorian (he of Cathedral and Napalm Death) recently signed the band to the Rise Above label to release their debut. [CVLT Nation]

Genre: Surf/punk/garage
Surf punk band Dirty Limbs is what Interpol would sound like if they decided to have a lot more fun. Their scruffy tunes totally contain killer vibes never fail to get the heads a bobbin'. The combined power of crunchy guitars; pummeling percussion; elastic bass and dusty, reverb laden vocals makes Dirty Limbs one of the finest bands operating today. [Spanspek Festival Blog]

Genre: Hip-hop/Indie

Employing a staccato flow reminiscent of Empress Stahhr, Kooleidoscope spits authoritatively about life, partying, sexual politics, and the search for self.  Her powerful commentary comes packaged with airy strings, jazzy horns, and lounge piano beats that set the mind at ease.  Kool is an engaging new artist whose voice grows stronger by the minute. [Spanspek Festival Blog]

Genre: DJ/Hip-hop

Jukebawks is one of the preeminent DJ/producers working in the Valley today.  If there's a rapper with the "up and coming" label attached to them, it's likely that Jukebawks is behind the scenes, crafting that rappers beats. His soulful production recently formed the basis for "Early 2000's", 2015's Song of the Summer and debut single from the Grizzly City Boys (featuring Fashawn, Omar Aura, Otis Reed, & Halo). Jukebawks is an incredible and prolific talent that should not be slept on.

We hope that you consider all the musicians recommended. They'd make a great addition to any lineup! Thanks for your time and goodnight!

The folks at the Spanspek Music and Arts Festival


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