Sunday night at Flywheel
43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA
All the latest and past news.
Over 25 vendors selling all sorts of records, cds, tapes, zines.
This event is a fundraiser for Flywheel.
43 Main St. Easthampton, MA
The first of a series of free workshops run by ladies for the ladies! Ladies Music & Gear Night is a way for local lady musicians to meet each other, hang out, talk about gear and music, learn new skills, listen to records, teach each other about different pieces of gear, form new bands, etc. No matter what style of music you play, we have something to show you, and you have something to teach us.
Volume #1 is all about pedals! Distortion pedals, fuzz pedals, chorus pedals, etc. We encourage you to bring along your favorite pedal and discuss it with the group. We will be providing an amp, cab, bass & guitar so that we can play around with the pedals and talk about them: how to get nasty distortion, how to get a really killer clean tone, how different pedals sound with different guitars, etc.
So check it out! Sunday, March 24th at Flywheel, 7pm & free for all ages!
Looking for something to do this Friday night? Head on down to Flywheel for some fantastic fundraising fun! Four local bands will be making some noise & all proceeds benefit Flywheel! Stop by at 8pm, donate $3-5, & enjoy:
disintegrated hardcore power trio. hairy, noisy, unpredictable.
MOMS / LIMBS BIN
flywheel stalwarts meghan minior and josh landes are going to collaborate
WISH FOR SKIN
fascinating bedroom synth balances perversity with introspection
Due to the snowstorm we have moved the Saturday Morning Music Party to Sunday Feb 10 at 10:00am
Lose the indoor blues and join us for free pancakes, Pee Wee's Playhouse and a dance party.
The paper February-April 2013 Flywheel Events Calendar has been released. If you're interested in helping distribute the calendar, please feel free to click on the pdf link below to download & print them out. The calendar is a great way to let people know about Flywheel & the types of events we hold here!
On December 12th Flywheel will be participating in Valley Gives Day: a 24 hour online fundraising effort for non-profit organizations in the Pioneer Valley. The link to the Flywheel page for Valley Gives Day is valleygives.razoo.com/story/Fly-Wheel-Community-Arts-Space
To find out more info about Valley Gives Day go to valleygives.razoo.com
Thanks for your support!
Flywheel will host a screening of “All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film” documentary on Sunday afternoon, October 14th. Doors open at 3:30 PM, and the film starts at 4 PM.
There will be a Q&A with filmmakers Duane Lucia and Drew Stone following the screening.
The documentary explores the early Boston hardcore music scene from 1981 through 1984.
The film covers the community, culture, straight edge, and Do It Yourself ethic.
Admission is $10; this event is open to all ages.
Flywheel is a non-profit, volunteer-run community arts space open to all, located in the center of Easthampton at 43 Main Street.
There will be over 20 vendors selling all sorts of vinyl, cassettes, cd's and more. This is a fundraiser for The Flywheel Arts Collective.
10am to 3pm
Sunday October 7th
43 Main St. Easthampton, MA
Are you interested in helping out at Flywheel? Come to the new member open house on Monday, September 24th from 6:30-7:30pm to learn how to get involved as a volunteer. From general volunteering, helping out with the art gallery and booking events at our space, there are so many ways for you to get involved. Come learn how to be a part of this fantastic collective!
Saturday, September 15th, 8-11pm
Help Flywheel raise money for a much needed air conditioning! DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning vintage hip-hop, funk, soul, dance punk, pop and more. Bring your friends, get your groove on & see why we need AC. Donations of any amount will be accepted.
Art exhibit & opening on September 7th at 7pm featuring:
Also featuring musical guests No Sound (Ted Lee) & Jim Peluso of Deceh performing in the gallery space.
Refreshments will be provided. Art will be up for viewing September 7th thru October 10th.
Some of our awesome volunteers have taken on the monumental task of revamping & revitalizing the zine library at Flywheel. But we need more help! If you love zines & would like to get involved here at Flywheel, e-mail zinelibraryATflywheelDOTorg for more information.
Are you interested in helping out at Flywheel? Come to the new member open house on Monday, July 30th from 6:30-7:30pm to learn how to get involved as a volunteer. From general volunteering, helping out with the art gallery and booking events at our space, there are so many ways for you to get involved. Come learn how to be a part of this fantastic collective!
Come help us out on August 5th at 1pm with some painting, general construction, cleaning & more! We will be posting more information in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out.
Flywheel is looking for a used but still working iPod touch or iPhone to use for credit card processing at shows.
Please email infoATflywheelartsDOTorg if you have one!
Don't miss our Spring 2012 Record Fair. Come on over to Easthampton and get your hands on some sweet new sides! Vegan baked goods and zines as well.
Over 30 vendors.
10am to 3pm
Sunday April 29
43 Main St. Easthampton, MA
Thanks to our sponsors: Mystery Train Records, The Valley Advocate and Turn It Up Records!
February 1, 2012-Easthampton, MA Known to its neighbors and fans for boisterous concerts and a DIY aesthetic, the Flywheel Arts Collective of Easthampton may not immediately spring to mind when considering a venue for a family-friendly activity for the kids. But with the announcement of the 'Saturday Morning Music Party,' a free monthly breakfast bash featuring a variety of activities, performances and diversions for kids (to run from February through May, initially), Flywheel becomes just that.
Partnering with Hilltown Families and The No-Nap Happy Hour, the first of four installments of the Saturday Morning Music Party kicks off on February 11 at Flywheel's Easthampton location in the town hall building at 43 Main St. in Easthampton. Subsequent events take place on March 10, April 7 and May 12. Each month's bash features a pancake breakfast followed by musical performances, various activities and guided arts and crafts.
Following breakfast, the first installment features a screening of an episode of Pancake Mountain, a Washington D.C.-based, public-access, Saturday morning TV show hosted by a goat puppet who often features indie rock bands as guests. After the show, kids join DJ Youthelectronix for the "best ever dance party before noon".
Dj Youthelectronix, a.k.a. Jeremy Smith, a veteran Flywheel volunteer, led the effort to organize the Saturday Morning Music Party series, which is funded by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council. Driven to recreate the success of similar Saturday morning activities at Flywheel's previous location, Smith says, "Offering unique and creative activities for families and kids while providing an outlet for artists to connect with the community falls exactly in step with Flywheel's mission." He's particularly proud of the "diverse programming" to be offered, which is anything but the rote kids' fare.Subsequent month's events will include live performances by Uncle Rock, R.O.C.K., artist-led arts and crafts, and other fun activities. The Saturday Morning Music Party is free, but occurrences featuring live musical performances suggest a donation to cover band expense
December 6, 2011 - EASTHAMPTON, The success of Flywheel Arts Collective's first year in the Easthampton town hall space has proven that the volunteer-run non-profit has legs. After a brief hiatus, the 12-year-old initiative moved into the town hall at 43 Main Street in Easthampton, and continued in its efforts to provide an alternative, independent concert venue and arts space to the community. In order to make improvements to the space, Flywheel is currently holding their first annual winter fundraiser to run now through December 28, featuring incentives of one-of-a-kind ephemera, local crafts and exclusive music collections.
Concerts and events at Flywheel this past year have been well attended, though a hot summer in the space uncovered a need for a much improved air conditioning system. Sound and lighting equipment upgrades and sound-proofing would also go a long way toward improving audience experience, as well as that of our residential neighbors.
Because Flywheel keeps door prices low, does not have a bar that serves alcohol and operates with a volunteer labor force, the organization relies on community support to maintain a calendar of quality musical performances (which have included internationally renowned acts like Fugazi and Ted Leo), art events, and family-friendly events (like the new Saturday morning dance party for kids), which is why Flywheel is hosting their first annual winter fundraiser. Donations to the fundraiser will help make Flywheel the most fun and comfortable alternative music venue in the Pioneer Valley.
Flywheel has leveraged their relationships with some of the top independent record labels and musicians, as well as local artists to curate a selection of incentives for donors. Including (but not limited to) signed LPs from the likes of Jeff Mangum and Yo La Tengo, a K Records sampler, two limited edition skateboard decks from Ecstatic Peace and Shut Skateboards, and signed albums from local heroes J Mascis and Thurston Moore, each incentive will be awarded to the highest donor to express interest in it. A full list of prizes can be found at http://www.flywheelarts.org/support.php.
Donors and community members are invited to help us celebrate and culminate our fundraising efforts at a party on December 28 from 5-7 pm at the Flywheel space in the Easthampton Town Hall. The winners of the raffle will be announced there.
The Flywheel Arts Collective is a collectively-run, not-for-profit space aimed at building community and giving artists of all types the opportunity to craft, practice, and perform their work in an environment where creativity is valued over profit. Volunteer-run and governed by consensus, Flywheel believes that art and information should be equally accessible and affordable to all people. For more information, visit http://www.flywheelarts.org.
The reclusive Texas musician will make a rare live appearance, and will collaborate with a number of local musicians who have been sworn to secrecy.
Presale is now closed for this show. There will be about 100 tickets left on the night of the show. Show up by 7:30 to ensure you get in.
After more than a quarter-century of making music, the reclusive Houston musician behind Jandek played his first live concert, unannounced, in 2004 at a noise and music festival in Glasgow, Scotland. As the artist started in on his set, audience members slowly recognized the corroded, bluesy sound as that of the mysterious but marveled-at artist.
Before Jandek’s debut as a live performer seven years ago, the public identity of the artist was almost entirely kept secret. Jandek has self-released over 60 albums since 1978 under the guise of Corwood Industries, an apparent record label (with no other known clients), that is cloaked in as much mystery as the musician himself. Besides only the occasional interview and a few cryptic correspondences via snail mail, neither Jandek nor Corwood Industries have offered much if any insight to their motivations or backgrounds. Infrequent performances over the past seven years have done nothing if not add to the mystery, each one confounding audience's expectations.
On October 1, Easthampton, Mass. will be added to the short list of locations where Jandek has performed since his initial appearance in Glasgow, as Flywheel Arts Collective hosts a rare live performance. Flywheel is honored to present this very special evening of music in which the "represtative from Corwood" will be collaborating with a few of the area's best musicians who have been sworn to secrecy about the details of the performance, and as such their identities will be kept secret until the night of the performance.
In spite of his proclivity to cloister personal information, (or perhaps because of it), Jandek has developed a devoted cult following over the past 33 years with his mutant strain of folk music. Astructural and atonal, Jandek’s style is a distant genetic relative of Texas blues and folk that’s been spun through a centrifuge and spit out as the murky, protozoan sound his fans have come to revere.
Members of the press are encouraged to seek out Corwood Industries at your own risk. You may get lucky. Flywheel Arts Collective member Nick Williams, responsible for booking the performance, will be available for comment about the show and its circumstances. A member of the Flywheel Hub will be available for questions about the organization.
The Flywheel Arts Collective is a collectively-run, not-for-profit space aimed at building community and giving artists of all types the opportunity to craft, practice, and perform their work in an environment where creativity is valued over profit. Volunteer-run and governed by consensus, Flywheel believes that art and information should be equally accessible and affordable to all people. For more information, visit www.flywheelarts.org
This is going to be really great: lots of vendors, lots of friends of Flywheel. Come out and get your vinyl on! There will be everything from obscure punk and psych records, classic and affordable favorites to the cutting edge of the contemporary underground. Surely worth your time and money. The event is happening on Sunday September 11th from 10am to 3pm, right here at the Old Town Hall in Easthampton, home of Flywheel.
Gallery dedication event to honor the Kanazi family
Flywheel will be naming our Art Gallery in honor of of Dr. Shawki Kanazi and his Family. Dr Kanazi was Flywheel's former landlord and benefactor at our original space on cottage street. There is no questioning the fact that Flywheel would not exist today without his generous support.
Please Join us for the gallery dedication event to honor the Kanazi family Sunday June 19, from 3 - 4:15 Food and drinks will be served.
Flywheel is in the process of setting up it's very own webstore! To start off, we'll be selling T-Shirts and a few copies of the really awesome Flywheel Benefit CD, "Zeena Parkins, Nels Cline & Thurston Moore - Live At Easthampton Town Hall". Back when that disc was recorded, Flywheel was in it's original Holyoke St. location, but we have since moved to the old Town Hall itself, and it's fitting that we are uncovering the last remaining copies of the album now.
We would also like to solicit donated items from musicians, artists and craftspeople from far and wide. If you are a band that wants to donate one or a few copies of your album to the Flywheel Webstore, we will gladly accept them and use the proceeds to help fund community art in Easthampton. But music isn't all we are interested in at Flywheel, we will accept any kind of donations for the Webstore, from zines to fine art and crafts. The sky's the limit.
Please get in touch about donating via email@example.com
The tUnEYarDs show scheduled for 8:00pm this Sunday has sold out.
May 28th from 3 to 7 pm
Flywheel welcomes our neighbors and anyone else who may be interested in finding out more about what we do! Light refreshments will be served, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and show you around!
Don't miss our Spring Record Fair. Come on over to Easthampton and get your hands on some sweet new sides!
Over 30 vendors.
10am to 3pm
Thanks to our sponsors: Mystery Train Records, The Valley Advocate and Turn It Records!
This event will mark both the ten year anniversary of the Ladyfest held at Flywheel in 2001, and the one year anniversary of Flywheel’s re-opening in its new location! We’re thrilled to be creating a woman-run event on this fertile territory for creative work and DIY action.
Check out the Ladyfest website for Tickets and a full Schedule!
Friday night at Smith College
Sunday night at Flywheel
Flywheel and Matt's Movie Mondays are proud to present rare screenings of 1991: The Year Punk Broke, the not-yet-released-on-DVD classic, and (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale the 42 minute post-script featuring never before seen performance and off-stage footage from Sonic Youth and Nirvana. The screening will take place on Monday April 11th.
This screening will be a fundraiser for Flywheel and will be hosted by Matt Krefting. The event will also feature before and after commentary from Thurston Moore.
For more info see the listing on our schedule page
Pre-sale tickets are $10 with a.75¢ Pay-Pal processing fee.
The No Nap Happy Hour & Hilltown Families presents The Deedle Deedle Dees on Saturday February 29th. Doors are at 1:00pm
The Dees are an "educational rock band from Brooklyn, N.Y." Since 2003 the band has been entertaining children with songs inspired by history and science.
The Dees will be doing a special Black History Month show featuring tunes about Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Henry Box Brown, and other folks worthy of song. A Flywheel favorite. Don't miss it!
There will be activities for kids as well.
Advance tickets are $5 for individuals or $15 for a family four-pack. (Infants are free.) and available through Brown Paper Tickets
Tickets at the door will be $7 for individuals or $20 for a family four-pack.
Flywheel is proud to present The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour on March 20, 2011.
The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour was born in the fall of 2008 when Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Music Tapes asked several of his E6 friends to join him on a tour supporting the recently released Music Tapes album Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes. Besides Koster, the tour included members of Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Elf Power, The Gerbils, Major Organ and the Adding Machine all playing the music of each other's bands. The tour was a hit and they've decided to do it again.
The 2011 edition of the tour will feature Will Cullen Hart, Bill Doss, Peter Erchick, John Fernandes, Julian Koster, Scott Spillane, Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, Derek Almstead, Heather McIntosh, Bryan Poole, Theo Hilton, Robbie Cucchiaro and others. The Elephant 6 Orchestra will be playing the music of The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gerbils, Nana Grizol, Major Organ and Adding Machine, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t, plus games, films & other surprises!!!
Throughout Flywheel's history we have hosted many of the E6 bands. We are happy to welcome many of them back for this unique event that promises to be a night to remember.
UPDATE: 2.16.2011. This show is SOLD OUT!
For more on the tour see the recent announcement on Pitchfork
The Record Fair is located at the Flywheel Arts Collective and features 25+ vendors from all over New England and beyond. Admission is FREE and the event runs from 10am to 3pm. Thanks to our sponsors: Mystery Train Records, The Valley Advocate and Turn It Records!
Stop by and check out the new show in the gallery by
Handmade items from His Room As He Left It, an alternate world in sculpture that tells the story of Drey Fank who has left here for the real world. Show runs Oct 9- Nov 6 Opening Reception Sat Oct 9 5-8 pm
Interested in showing your art at Flywheel? try firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message on our phone, (413) 527-9800 or talk to a volunteer at an event or meeting.
The Flea Market runs from 10am to 3pm this Sunday. We're going to have lots of cool stuff for sale: records, clothes, books, local crafts! Come on through and see what's happening.
Rangda is a new trio comprised of guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire), drummer Chris Corsano and named after the child-eating Balinese Demon Queen. Their first LP "False Flag", out now on Drag City, is in someways reminiscent of the Girls at their noise-blasted free-skronk best. Wheras, in the past Bishop's guitar work frequently utilized Eastern motiffs, here the twin guitarists stick to more American sounding Psych Rock and No Wave zones as well as Minimal Feedback Drone. Corsano keeps the fire burning throughout and lends in auxiliary organ and clarinet. The record shoud be a blueprint for an exhilarating live set.
++Major Stars and Unmuzzled Ox (Sunburned w/ Paul Flaherty)++
the show costs $8 and starts promptly at 8:30pm
Come one, come all!!! Help celebrate Danny Cruz's 18th birthday on Saturday afternoon (starting at 2pm) with this FREE HELLFIRE FEST!!! ((donations will be gathered for out of town band(s))) Expect the unexpected! Expect intrigue!! Expect good wholesome fun, food and games!!!!!!!!
Danny is the lead singer and GURU of Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth and he will be hosting the festivities and guest singing and picking with most, if... not all of the bands, as well as performing with his own group. This is your perfect chance to find out what Flaming Dragons is all about. Bring an instrument and join in on the fun. To get a taste of the FDOME experience click HERE.
This will also be a pre-release party for Danny's first LP coming out in a few weeks. There will be an "auction" for special art editions of the test pressings.
The Bunnybrains - schlock rockers in longstanding disarray
Grey Skull - ultimate doom with addition of Danny on gtr/vox
Egg Eggs - mems. of fat worm, frothy shakes, barn owl + j. callahan
Cave Bears - first show of original trio carrie/mary/nick in 2 years!!!
Chris Manz - first music show. collabs with yximallo, n. hamburger
Fat History Month - boston post this and that totally amazing
Ugh God - philly expri-mental ball-kicking jamz
REMEMBER THIS IS A DAYTIME EVENT - COME PREPARED AT 2PM
Flywheel will be marching, walking drumming and making music in Easthampton's 225 Birthday Party Parade Saturday June 19th! Please Join Us! All ages are welcome!
What will we do?; We will walk and some of us will drum, play kazoos, etc. Children will blow bubbles, dance, and wave their flags.
Just the Facts: The details for the day of the parade:
Parade Starts at Easthampton High School
Flywheel is number # 55
Be there between 9:30 and 9:45. Parade starts at 10:30
we will walking about one mile to Eastworks
ALSO The organizers are holding a LARGE Puppet building workshop Friday evening June 11 and Saturday June 12 is for adults and for kids over 12. Call if you are interested in joining them: (413) 887-7837. You should go if you can!
More Info about Easthampton's 225: www.easthampton225.com/events.html
Are you creative? Would you like to connect with a wide range of artists, musicians, and people who share your interests?
If you answered "Yes, indeed!", Flywheel could be for you.
Join us for an Introductory open house/New Volunteer Meeting
June 28 at 7 pm 43 Main Street Easthampton, MA
The Marshes show has been rescheduled to THURSDAY MAY 20TH
Vendors Selling Art, Crafts, Clothing, Jewelery, Odd and Ends, Snacks, Anything Goes!
See the full Grand Opening schedule at a glance here
Download the awesome poster by Jordan Knecht here
Three years after closing the doors of its original space at 2 Holyoke Street in Easthampton, Massachusetts, Flywheel, a grassroots community arts center, is reopening in Easthampton's historic Old Town Hall. The opening celebration, featuring local and national performers, is slated to last four days.
The new space is located in the city's former police station. "The renovations took longer than we expected, but the results are worth it," said Jeremy Smith, who was a core member of the collective that opened Flywheel in 1998. "We demoed out the old police station, rewired it, refinished the floors, added bathrooms, and improved accessibility and safety. It’s beautiful." The Old Town Hall location has more than double the previous space's capacity and features an updated sound system. To do this work, the group raised nearly $50,000 and relied heavily on volunteer and pro-bono professional labor.
The new Flywheel, like the old, will feature a performance space, gallery, zine library, and later this year, a cafe. Smith hopes that being located in Easthampton's downtown will make the center attractive to individuals and groups who want to get involved as members, rent the space, or simply attend events, which will include workshops, children's programs, theater, and film and video, as well as Flywheel's mainstay, music shows by a range of local, national, and international artists. As before, the programming will be driven by volunteer community members who produce their own events at the space. "Flywheel is what you make of it," added Smith.
One group that committed early to partnering with Flywheel is the Easthampton Family Center, a drop-in play center for young children and caregivers, which will soon move to the space from its current location near the town line in Northampton. Said Mindy Ramos, the group's coordinator, "We are so excited to be sharing the space with Flywheel. It's a great space that will be easy for local families to get to, and the group shares our creative, do-it-yourself philosophy."
The four-day celebration will begin on Thursday, April 15, and will continue each night through Sunday. On Saturday, the festivities will begin with a morning show for kids by The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.), and will continue from 12:00pm-12:00am.
Twenty-five local and national acts will be featured, including Dan Deacon, Jason Anderson, Hnatiw, Parts & Labor, Fat Worm of Error, and Yucky Octopus. Flywheel’s monthly flea market will take place on Sunday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. vendors will be selling; Arts, Crafts, Records, Clothing, Collectibles, and more. The full schedule is available here.
Flywheel, a collectively run, not-for-profit space, aims to build community and give artists of all types the opportunity to craft, practice, and perform their work in an environment where creativity is valued over profit. Volunteer-run and governed by consensus, Flywheel believes that art and information should be equally accessible and affordable to all people.
Full event details and information on how to get involved with the Flywheel Arts Collective are available at www.flywheelarts.org/grand-opening
March 14, April 18*, May 9, June 13 etc. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vendors Selling Art, Crafts, Records, Cassettes, Clothing, Jewelery, Odd and Ends, Snacks, Anything Goes!
*April 18 is part of our Grand Opening Bonanza, You will not want to miss it!
Come on feel the vinyl
Sunday November 8, 2009 10-3 p.m. in the New Flywheel building--Easthamptons Old Town Hall, 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA.
30-50 dealers with all styles of music for sale. FREE ADMISSION.
Photos from the Flywheel and Easthampton Family Center Bear Fest Party are now posted on Flickr Enjoy!
WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME A MEMBER?
Mark your calenders! Friday, August 7th: the Apollo Grill will be the site of an Acoustic Night to benefit Flywheel featuring Watcher, Dave Houghton, and Jeremy Boyle. There will be drinks and a silent auction of vintage Flywheel events posters, all to benefit the Flywheel.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased from Jeremy at 413.535.9789.
Help Flywheel with its final fundraising push toward opening the New Space! See you at the Apollo!
When: Friday, August 7th, 10:00PM
Where: Apollo Grill
116 Pleasant St # 119
Easthampton, MA 01027-2739
Flywheel Very Close to Reopening in Easthampton's Old Town Hall at 43 Main Street. Our permits are posted and the professionals are working on bringing the building up to code.
Help Wanted. There will be several work parties in the space and there are things that can be done at other times. Do you have a few hours to help? Below is a list of stuff we need to get done in the next month or so.
Building Stuff/ Tearing Stuff Down, email for a list of prjects.
Painting, lots of painting.
Art and Design: T-shirts, Bumper Stickers, Posters, Art for Show in the New Gallery Space.
Organization: Zine Library, Event Planning
Events: Opening Party and Parade, Fundraising
Donate: Shelving, Cabinets, Storage Benches, Use of tools, Chalkboard Paint, Laptop Computer, Cash
Sewing and Upholstery: Sew some Curtains, Seat Covers.
Etc. . . Help Spread the Word
The Ted Leo & the Pharmacists show scheduled for June 18th has been moved to Easthampton High School, just down the street from Flywheel's new location.
Due to construction and other delays, our space, which we had hoped would be ready for this show, will still be under construction.
Instead, Flywheel will be holding the show at the Easthampton High School Gym. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. See you there!
Thursday June 18 2009 $10
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
Hey kids! It's spring and you know what that means, it's time for our twice annual record fair fundraiser. This one is taking place on Saturday May 9th 2009 in the scrappy under-construction confines of our new home at the OLD TOWN HALL in the center of Easthampton. Come by from 10:00am-3:30pm.
17+ dealers will be on hand give you the wax fix you so desire with the usual eclectic selection of vintage vinyl. As we always say, your ATM will hate you, your turntable will love you. Don't miss it.
Also, get a chance to check out the progress on our very-soon-to-be-operational home
Sponsored in part by theValley Advocate
We are getting close. We swear!
The process of managing a large scale renovation project with volunteers has been a learning experience. Because we chose to take on this project ourselves, the challenges have been much greater than if we had just hired a construction manager/general contractor to sort it all out for us. But enough excuses. You just want to know what up.
We have taken bids and pretty much chosen all of the contractors for the professional work (electrical, plumbing, flooring, drywall). The next step was to get the final layout plan to our architect, who will make final changes to the official blueprint and submit it to the city who will grant us building permits. The architect has our plans and will most likely turn them in next week. After that, all of the professional work can start!
Separately from our work, the city of Easthampton will finally be installing a sprinkler system throughout the building (which you have probably heard us mention before), in April.
Once all of THAT is done, we will depend on volunteer labor to finish up the rest of the work (building a performance area, hanging lights, painting, building storage compartments, installing the sound equipment, building out the cafe area, etc). So if you want to help, stay tuned to our website and we will keep you in the loop.
Our lease officially begins May 1, so we are very motivated to be open by then.
I know everyone wants to know when we're going to open, but we just can't tell you yet! We are so close to having an opening date, that we have begun booking shows for the summer! A construction update will happen soon. We promise.
In the meantime, please come out to support our renovation efforts by attending this event. Thurston Moore complied a wonderful book of photos of the early New York No Wave scene in the late 70s with Byron Coley. Thurston will regale us with tales from the underground, as well as some rare footage. He will sign copies of the book as well. Here are the deets!
THURSTON MOORE presenting and reading from his collaboration with Byron Coley No Wave:Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980
March 3 2009 7:30pm APE Gallery
126 main st northampton.ma
Donations will be accepted to assist Flywheel in the renovation of our new home at Old Town Hall in Easthampton
Flywheel thanks A.P.E. for the generous use of their space.
If you are interested in helping out with the last staple hurrah this weekend, we'll be at the Easthampton Town Hall:
Sunday January 18th from 12:00-5:00pm at the Old Easthampton Town Hall.
Before our floors are sanded we need to remove several hundred staples from the floor of our new space. This is going to save us a huge amount of money. We have been working on it for a while now, but it's time for a final push. That's where YOU come in.
We have some tools, but if possible please bring your own. The staples are long and deep in the wood floor. We have found that the tools that work best are:
vise grips (we only have about 4 of these)
hammer used in conjunction with a small forked cats-paw type thingy (small enough to fit under a staple) and Gloves
Having one of these tools makes things go a lot smoother, so we recommend bringing your own.
Hope you can make it.
We will be having several more work parties in the coming weeks if you can't make this one. Watch this space for details.
It's that time of year again. Time to vote for your favorite local non-profit, which is of course us! If you are a customer of Florence Savings Bank, you can click on over to here and vote for Flywheel to recieve a piece of the $50,000 being given away to local non-profit organizations. Help us get a few extra bucks to restore Flywheel! Don't you miss us?
Here is an feature article on Flywheel that came out in the Daily Collegian last week.
Despite a few minor factual oversights it's a decent article.
So, we had a bit of a snag in October when we discovered that there is lead paint in the space. We always suspected there was, but hoped there wasn't. Much of the ceiling paint is flaking and will have to be professionally removed and disposed of. This has set us back about a month. We originally had scheduled to have the floors sanded and finished in October.
For the last few weeks we have been seeking bids on lead paint removal. The job will set us back about $12-$15,000, which is money we originally had planned for renovations to the space. We will be seeking donations from local funding sources to help us pay for it.
Stay tuned for more info and ways you can help.....
Come down to The Elevens on Saturday October 24, 2008 @ 9:00pm
Spread the word. Download a flyer here
The twice-annual Flywheel Record Fair was a great success. Flywheel netted $1,200 that will go towards our renovation of Town Hall. In addition, attendees basked in the scrumptious selection of records, cds and tapes on hand from music dealers from throughout New England. If you missed it, don't worry, we will be having another event next year. Watch this space for the date as soon as it is announced. In the meantime, check a few photos from the fair here.
Thank you to the Marketplace at Eastworks, The Valley Advocate, all of the dealers, and Flywheel volunteers who helped make it happen.
Our twice annual record fair fundraiser is taking place Saturday September 27th at the Marketplace at Eastworks in Easthampton from 10:00am-4:00pm.
30+ dealers will be on hand to slap the green out of your hand with their outrageously eclectic selection of vintage vinyl, cds, and tapes. Your ATM will hate you, your turntable will love you. Don't miss it.
Want to follow our demolition progress? Check back during September and October to see pictures of the various stages of demolition and construction on our photos page here.
Also, we will be looking for volunteers to help out with painting, sheet rocking, construction, cleaning, organizing, moving, and all sorts of stuff. If you want to help out send us an email and check back here for scheduled Weekend Work Parties.
Flywheel is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The grant will enable Flywheel to renovate its new location in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall and to continue expanding its community-based programming.
Our friends at New City Scenic & Display, Inc.—an Easthampton based event design and fabrication company—are donating their services in preparing the space that once housed the police station in the Historic Town Hall Building on Main Street in Easthampton. The demolition entails removing many layers of renovations done throughout the 20th century as use changed to accommodate various municipal offices. Once the demolition is complete the space will resemble its original "great room" form from when the building was constructed in 1869. New City Scenic & Display, Inc. is also salvaging the historic molding and tin for the city to reuse. Owners of New City Scenic, Amy Davis and Andrew Stuart, anticipate having the space ready for Flywheel’s renovations by mid-July.
Take a look at our photos page to see the demolition process.
Thanks to the tremendous support of community members, CitySpace, New City Scenic & Display, and the City of Easthampton, Flywheel will reopen later this year in its new, historic home.
That is the question that is on everyone's lips. It is on ours as well. BUT that is about to change.
Some history...In the agreement with CitySpace, our non-profit landlord, the City of Easthampton has agreed to install a sprinkler system, which we will need in order to open. We also need to do some demolition and construction in our space at Town Hall. We have raised the funds needed to do the construction and demolition, however, we did not want to start the demolition until we got a sign from the city that the sprinklers would be installed.
SO, we have received word that the city is ready to begin the sprinkler installation, which means we can begin the demolition and construction, ASAP. We are in the process of getting the proper permits, and if all goes according to plan, we should be starting demolition in early June.
Watch this space for further updates. In the meantime, click here for photos of what Town Hall looked like in 2006.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The 2nd Valley Worm Fest - once again a Flywheel benefit - will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 22nd through the 24th, 2008. The three-day music festival - now a biannual event - will be held at the Sierra Grille, Strong Avenue on Thursday evening; the Elevens, Pleasant St. on Friday and Saturday nights. Both venues are located in Northampton, MA. The "Weekend Of Rock Music" will consist of three separate admission shows: Thursday at 10pm, Friday at 8pm, and Saturday at 8pm. Cost for each show is 5 dollars. Over 20 bands and artists will be participating.
VWF II will include the following acts: Bunnies, Cheater's Club, Cunhaband, Fancy Trash, Figments, Future Punk!, Eric Gaffney (Sebadoh), Haunt, Hospital, King Radio, Ella Longpre, Los Hijos Unicos, Lonesome Brothers, Lowercase Gs, National Carpet, The Others (The Thungs), Owiehops, Party Wolf, Ken Mauri (Ribbon Candy), School for the Dead, So Very Small, Spouse, Tizzy, Trials and Tribulations & more!
Saturday, May 24th at the Williston Theater, Easthampton, MA. Featuring Mark Schwaber and Spouse. Doors at 7:40, $5.00 cover.
5:30pm, at the Elevens. Lots of local bands. The show is a CD release show for the Flywheel benefit album, "Building Momentum."
10am to 4pm at Eastworks in Easthampton.
Read it here: Wheel Reinvented: Kickstarting the Flywheel
The 1st Annual Valley Worm Fest will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 28th through the 30th, 2007. The three-day music festival will be held at the Elevens, Pleasant St. in Northampton, MA. The Weekend Of Rock Music will consist of four separate admission shows: Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Cost for each show is 5 dollars, and weekend passes can be purchased at all Turn It Up! locations for 15 dollars. Over 20 bands and artists will be participating.
The music festival is a benefit for Flywheel. Flywheel Arts Collective recently moved from its former location at 2 Holyoke Street in Easthampton into the historic old Town Hall Building on Main Street. Before we can reopen our doors, there are a series of building upgrades that need to be finished, including a new sprinkler system installation and remodeling of the new space.
A fundraiser for the Flywheel.
Saturday Sept 15th, 9am-4pm, at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton.
30-50 vendors. FREE Admission.
Thanks to Tom at Standard Design for the flyer design!
We'd also like to thank The Market Place at Eastworks for their sponsorship of this event.
Read our APPEAL LETTER.
We have vacated our space at 2 Holyoke Street and will be moving to Easthampton Town Hall sometime late Summer 2007.
In the meantime check back here for:
Thanks to everyone who has supported our mission here at 2 Holyoke Street for the last 8 years and to everyone who came out to our last show on March 17th. It was a great event. See some great photos from Seth Kaye.
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