Cruis­ing with the crews

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

Now in its ninth year, Spaña­palooza is an an­nual fes­ti­val of street art, skate­board­ing, heavy metal, Mex­i­can folk art, and hip-hop held at Es­pañola’s Skate Park. A small num­ber of hip-hop and punk bands have staged per­for­mances at the park this sum­mer, and it has got­ten some ap­prov­ing nods from re­gional skate­board­ing mag­a­zines. The fes­ti­val fea­tures skate­board­ing trick com­pe­ti­tions, live paint­ing demon­stra­tions by artists as­so­ci­ated with the Mel Patch Art Space, and a smat­ter­ing of live bands that in­clude Al­bu­querque cow­punkers Sui­cide Lanes, Taos death-metal quar­tet Bomb Black, and hip-hop col­lec­tives Zool­ogy Crew from Al­bu­querque and Chief Reg­i­ment Crew from Isleta Pue­blo. Axle Con­tem­po­rary, the Santa Fe mo­bile gallery that tours ex­hi­bi­tions in­side a retro­fit­ted bread truck, will also be on hand. Spaña­palooza runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 2, at the Es­pañola Skate Park (at the corner of the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans’ Me­mo­rial Park Road and Rail­road Av­enue, be­hind Es­pañola City Hall). For more in­for­ma­tion, call or­ga­nizer Luis Peña at 505-927-9631 or visit http://spana­palooza/mel­, or www.twit­­palooza.

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