2 days, 2 stages and 40 bands: Talking DZ Fest with Ben Arguelles (and eating subs from Peppo’s) (Episode 167)

This week’s guest is DZ Records impresario Ben Arguelles, who’s getting ready to launch this year’s DZ Fest (July 7 & July 8). DZ Fest has become a must-attend, totally DIY, 2-day event… at his house.

On this episode (sponsored by BOOST MOBILE), we discuss:

  • Staging a 2-day DIY festival in his backyard: 2 days, 2 stages, 40 bands. (“Setting up is always a crazy time.”)
  • I don’t know my neighbors, and DZ Fest drives home the shame I feel.
  • Having a beard and eating messy food: The enjoyment of having the same meal twice!
  • Our food was from south side sub institution Peppo’s. The secret of Peppo’s? “The guts” (“it’s a messy meal”)
  • Starting DZ Fest in 2012: Did Ben think at the time that he was biting off more than he could chew?
  • Staging DZ Fest: From stage-building to wiring the electricity.
  • “People are watching, and they’re probably repulsed by me.”
  • The DZ Fest booking process: Are bands offering themselves up as much as Ben’s chasing them down?
  • Has anyone tried to co-opt or move DZ Fest to a new location?
  • Ben’s roommates: Hamm’s drinkers.
  • Who will be the “sleeper” band at this year’s DZ Fest “You mean a band you sleep through?” “No!”

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