Brand New Venue in Spokane Welcomes Folk Powerhouse
Thursday night, Interpunct Press, a relatively new letterpress print shop in Spokane, WA is turning into a music venue for a few hours. The shop will host folk musicians Tony Furtado and Luke Price as a duo. The two have performed together regularly and both have stellar careers of their own.
The Coolest Print Shop in Town
The show was set up as a way to introduce the Spokane community to Interpunct Press. Interpunct is the only letterpress print shop in the Spoakane area. Letterpress is a tradition that goes back to Gutenberg, really, and Interpunct owner/operator Bethany Taylor is keeping it alive here in Spokane. She does everything “from business cards to wedding invitations to show-poster prints” by hand.
Taylor also does custom installations, or “…really anything that anybody wants made from letterpress printmaking.”
Traditional Music Celebrating Traditional Printing
Letterpress printing creates what Taylor describes as a “tactile” printing experience. In an interview with KYRS’s Chris Maccini she explains that all of her equipment is run by hand. She sets the type the way the likes of William Lloyd Garrison or any other news printer of the nineteenth century would. Once the type is set, it’s up to her muscles to power the machine and run off copy after copy.
That traditional method will be honored Thursday when Furtado and Price take the stage at the shop. The banjo, bottleneck guitar, and fiddle combination hearkens the listener back to the days of pioneering. It, like Taylor’s hard work in the print shop, reminds us of whence we came. Keeping those traditions alive is important, and I, for one, can’t wait to see the show and visit Interpunct Press again.
The doors open at 5 pm and the show is scheduled to last until 9 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door, and the address is 2618 W. Sinto, Spokane WA 99201. See you there!