Paste Magazine Hooks Up With Spune Productions to Expand Untapped Festivals To Nashville, Atlanta.
Yesterday afternoon, Paste Magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Josh Jackson announced some pretty awesome local news: His outlet has paired with Dallas pub The Common Table and the North Texas-based booking company Spune Productions to present an expansion of Spune's already-growing indie music and beer festival series, Untapped. The series will now go by the name Paste Untapped.
The announcement comes just weeks after Spune announced the first Fort Worth version of Untapped and brings news of a firmer date for the return of the Dallas affair (sometime in September once again). Yesterday's news also confirms the additions of a Nashville affair in October and an Atlanta one in November, with plans for the festival to expand to even more cities in 2014.
In other words: What began with the simplest intentions — Spune Productions and The Common Table just wanted to host a block party with good beer and good music, says Spune's Annette Marin — has in less than a year become a festival on the brink of national status.
“It will be a joint booking effort,” Marin says. “The Dallas lineup will follow the same format, but hopefully with bigger bands.””
As for the beer, Marin says that The Common Table's Corey Pond will continue to work closely with the brewery booking in each city, just as he ahs thus far for the Dallas and Fort Worth dates.
Upon reflection, the move makes a lot of sense: Paste Magazine (and Jackson in particular) seems to have always had a bit of a crush on the North Texas music scene. In 2008, the Decatur, Georgia-based site named Denton's music scene the best in the country. His magazine has also been among the first national outlets to show love to such area artists as Sarah Jaffe, Seryn and Doug Burr.
While we await more news on specifics for the next Dallas date, you can find a look at the most up-to–date details for the Fort Worth-hosted affair here.