The 3rd Annual Spanspek Music and Arts Festival is set to bring local/west coast visual and performing arts to Orosi, CA. The event, held Friday, Sept. 19th at the Orosi Memorial Hall (41625 Rd. 128, Orosi CA 93647), will feature Fire Fly Music recording artist Opus Dai, Seattle band Rishloo, and a slew of local bands. Also featured will be art exhibits by local artists including Sergio Huerta, who has shown at Fresno’s ArtHop and the Arte Americas gallery. DJ Keith Banut, a break-dance crew, and videogame lounge will also be on hand. Admission is $5, the event is all ages and doors open at 6:30pm.
Starting in 2006, “Spanspek” has become a go to event for Orosi music and art enthusiasts. Though small the event has drawn over 200 people each year. Originally intended as a venue for Orosi musicians to perform, the festival has since branched out to feature art and music from all over the surrounding communities. This year will be the first to feature a band signed to a record label and an out of state band.
The festival was founded by Israel Flores and Cristobal Carrillo, two Orosi musicians. In the months prior to the festival, Flores and Carrillo attend local galleries and concerts to scout out potential Spanspek participants. Flores and Cristobal put on the event each year with the help of volunteers and local businesses.