Shoutout for Spoutstock: Thursday, July 25, at Mario’s in Northeast


For some bibliophiles Spout Press is known less for a unique title list than for a great annual fundraiser. The eleventh annual Spoutstock extravaganza is set for Thursday, July 25, 2013. Again this year it’s at Mario’s Keller Bar, 2300 University Avenue NE in Northeast Minneapolis.

Spoutstock is a cover song contest that each year showcases a new roster of rock star performance. Featured this season are Black Diet, The Hollow Boys, The Sudden Lovelys, Reina de Cid, Magneto Effect and a host of surprise guests.

Any song is up for interpretation as artists vie for “Best Artist” or for the prized “Audience Choice Award.” Judges this year are Lori Barbero, Dylan Hicks and Peter Scholtes. Past “Best Artist” winners include The Cactus Blossoms, Venus DeMars, Dana Thompson and Happy Apple’s Michael Lewis.

Attendees will all have a chance to vote for their favorite performer for the “Audience Choice Award.” At Spoutstock, every guest has a right to vote – and the votes are counted just once. Previous audience choice awardees include JoAnna James, Annie Rossi, The Dad in Common and Amy Jennings. DJ Hapka will spin the dance tunes following the cover song contest.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the contest begins at 9:00. The super-low cover charge ($7) will support local writers by helping to pay Spout’s productions costs.

Spout the magazine began as a quarterly literary journal in 1989, created to provide a forum for building a community of writers in Central Minnesota. Spout magazine features poetry, art, fiction, and thought pieces with diverse voices and styles. Over the years Spout has attracted a national following by publishing the finest in contemporary experimental writing. It is the longest running literary journal in the metro area.

In 1997 Spout expanded into Spout Press, a small press that has published a range of titles including A Definitive Guide to the Twin Cities; The Hotel Sterno; blink: sudden fiction by Minnesota writers; Beware; The Book of Arcana; LUSH, Blink Again and others

You’ll find the latest from Spout and about this year’s Spoutstock on Facebook and Twitter. To really know the people and purpose of Spout and what’s happening on the fringes you’ll need to show up at Spoutstock on July 25 – bring a fringy friend or flock of friends for an outside-the-box experience of what’s happening next on this area’s literary scene.

For more information contact John Colburn [612 782 9629] or Michelle Filkins [612 618 9170]