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How to Play the Spanspek Festival

Slow Season at Spanspek 2014. Photo by Stephen Abbas.
Hey folks! It's mid-May! You know what that means? It means Co-Founder/Director Israel Flores and I awake from our eternal slumber to start looking for bands to book for Spanspek 2017! It's a fun process that involves listening to a bunch of music, going to shows, arguing, and extreme bitterness and resentment. Honestly it's a wonder we've made it this far without murderizing each other.

Of course I kid. We've attempted multiple times but with no success. Maybe this will be our year!

In any case, for any of y'all that have ever asked yourself, "What do I gotta do to play Spanspek?!" rejoice! For today's your lucky day! Here written down for the first time ever are the tips you need to know to POTENTIALLY nab a spot on the lineup for the 2017 Spanspek Music and Arts Festival.


Ha! Just kidding, we can't be bought! But if you do feel like donating to La Causa Spanspek, please give it here Malfoy.

Ok, here's the real list.


One of our foremost goals is to give new up-and-coming bands a chance to get their feet wet. We see ourselves as a bit of a training ground, a first step to greater things. Get at us noobs!


If you're in a band that hails from our home base, what the hell homie?! Why haven't you hit us up already!? We want you to play Spanspek, because you ARE us! We put this festival on in the first place because we wanted a place to play in our hometown. Now it's your turn! Take advantage!


We're not talking about a band that's setting shit on fire or taking bites off of bats heads or anything. But if y'all put on a fire live show, dancing around and full of energy, then we want you!


We pride ourselves on booking bands that are unique in their vision. We appreciate all the talented artists in the Valley (and there are tons), but when we book Spanspek our focus is only on those groups that are doing something wholly original. It's absolutely pivotal to our cause and probably the most important of all our criteria.


Bands that only play occasionally, at only one venue, drive me insane. We want this scene to thrive, to rival those in other larger cities. As such, we want to acknowledge those bands that are doing everything they can to encourage and participate in the growth of a vibrant musical environment.


Come on folks. This one's easy. E-mail a link to your tunes to Or message us through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our website. SEND US YOUR MUSIC!!!

And that's it. That's the formula. So get on it bands! We look forward to hearing from you!

And for all you folks that aren't in bands: Tell us who you want to see play Spanspek 2017! We want to hear from you!

And that's really it. Thank you and goodnight!


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