Cruising with the crews
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/melpatcharts.com, or www.twitter.com/spanapalooza.