Willimantic Renaissance and Vulturetown Arts invite you to swing into the new year with the LITTLE BIG BAND!

Willimantic Renaissance and Vulturetown Arts invite you to swing into the new year with us at the Bellingham Ballroom in the Windham Town Hall. We'll be dancing to the fun-time music of the Little Big Band all night long, noshing on complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and raising a toast at the stroke of midnight.

Willimantic Brewing Company will have craft beer, wine and a signature cocktail available for sale. http://www.willimanticbrewingcompany.com/

the Little Big Banda dynamic 15-piece swing band with a repertoire including popular swing and big band music from traditional standards, through today's contemporary swing sounds, with a little big band rock n' roll and rhythm n' blues added.

Willimantic Renaissance: the people who bring you Third Thursdays

Vulturetown Arts: makin' it happen in Willi

Tickets now available at Willimantic Records (cash or check) and online via Brown Paper (credit cards only)

Vulturetown Arts Presents: Parsonsfield, The Sun Parade, and Jake Klar at Windham Town Hall on October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015

Doors open at 7pm. 

Windham Town Hall - Bellingham Ballroom
979 Main St.
Willimantic, CT 06226

Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Advance tickets available online via Brown Paper Tickets (credit card).

Advance tickets with no service charge available at Willimantic Records (cash or check - checks should be made out to: Vulturetown Arts)

Art Market Alley - September 17th

Artists of all kinds (painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors), come down to Third Thursday and join us for our first Art Market Alley. Buy, sell, trade, produce your craft there. No table fees. Invite your friends.

Celebrate 100 Years of Rec Park!

Saturday, August 1st, the Town of Windham‬ will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Recreation Park from 12 -6. Look for exhibition games, sports clinics, classic cars, the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership, Vulturetown Arts, GROW Windham, The Mill Museum, the Franco-American Civic & Social Club of Windham, the Windham School Readiness Council and more! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day! PLUS Windham Recreation will be showing the Bad News Bears that evening for free! - via Willimantic Downtown

Musicians Wanted!

"Greetings art and music lovers! Especially those who want those celebrations in Willimantic! We are organizing a series of musical performances for the 100 years of Rec park off lower main at. Some bands are being scheduled to play Saturday Aug 1. Our time window is from noon til 6. We are looking for other local bands that would like to celebrate and represent the rich history of the groups of immigrants that have made Willimantic so romantic. Connect with us to let us know your interest!" 
- Dave Magnuson (vulturetownarts@gmail.com)

Black River Tour Creative Cocktail Night at ArtSpace Gallery Willimantic. Joshua Simmons, Ludwig Eslao, Gregory Sunshine Ears

Ludwig Eslao-Stream of Consciousness Poetry Rap and large artwork wall spread.

Joshua Hall Simmons- Graphic Novel release, Artist Talk, Film Screenings.

Sunshine Ears- Nondescript Performance and Music Showcase.

8pm Saturday, May 23, 2015

Presented by Vulturetown Arts


***SOLD OUT! Only Designated Driver Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. No more beer fest tickets are available!***

The Thread City Hop Fest is a craft beer tasting, good food eating event slated for Sunday, May 3rd in Willimantic, CT. From great food, to great beer and live music (with a lot of fun things in-between) the Hop Fest is on its way to becoming a signature event in the City of Festivals.

Attendees will enjoy samples from over 45 breweries from throughout New England.

Tickets are limited! 

See the Brewer line-up here!

Food and entertainment will be available beginning at 2 pm. Music by Vulturetown Arts. Check out the line up!

This event is rain or shine.

The Thread City Hop Fest is organized by the Willimantic Brewing Company on behalf of Willimantic Renaissance, Inc. Proceeds from the Hop Fest benefit The No Freeze Project, Willimantic Renaissance, Inc. and Vulturetown Arts.

Live music presented by Vulturetown Arts!

Scheduled to perform:

Balkun Brothers – Voted ‘BEST BLUES BAND IN CONNECTICUT’ in 2013 and 2014 by CTnow.com and the Connecticut Music Awards.
Hartford Hot Several - “we’re like the Justice League of funk and rumble: we show up, make people smile and dance, then go back to our fancy lair.”
Chris Freeman from Parsonsfield

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015: ARC IRIS, MAX & CHRIS (from Parsonsfield), and JAKE KLAR at The Annex

Very special appearance by Arc Iris in Willimantic! With Chris and Max of Parsonsfield and Jake Klar at The Annex, 866 Main St Willimantic.

Doors at 7, show at 7:30.

About Arc Iris:

Arc Iris crystallizes the evolution of composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams, a former core member of renowned indie-folk band The Low Anthem. This is a breakaway moment for Adams, who now takes center stage as composer, lyricist, and lead vocalist. Embracing her new role as auteur, Adams has created a genre-bending style that often shifts between cabaret-infused jazz, orchestral sophistication, grimy outlaw country, delicate and whimsical harmonies, and big-band exhilaration sometimes all in the same song. Hers is an all-together different world where fantastical whimsy goes hand in hand with down-to-earth grit, and where rigorous classical training inflects but never softens the visceral rawness of hard-won experience.

"Arc Iris is the sound of an artist reborn. The band's self-titled debut, due in April, brims with whimsy and flights of fancy, informed as much by Joni Mitchell as it is by '70s prog-rock, Björk's sonic experiments, and sweeping film soundtracks. It's hypnotic."

- James Reed, Boston Globe


About Chris Freeman and Max Shakun of Parsonsfield:

ParsonsfieldChris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Goodale (bass), Erik Hischmann (drums)has toured steadily since their debut in 2010. In 2013 they recorded their debut album Poor Old Shine (Signature Sounds Recordings), produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive). The critics were impressed, with David Vescey from the New York Times noting, "I fully expect to hear more from this band as the years go on." and the U.K.'s Maverick Magazine calling it "A blistering energetic debut." During the winter of 201314 the band wrote and performed an original score in the acclaimed production of The Heart of Robin Hood at Harvard's American Repertory Theater, and they will continue the production for a four-month Broadway tryout in Canada in winter 2014/15.

"No patina, just authenticity."
- Ear To The Ground Music


About Jake Klar:

Although his music is based upon American roots traditions, it cannot be considered merely Folk or Americana. What you will discover is a melting pot of styles that surface into a purely modern reincarnation of Folk music. For Jake Klar, this rebirth is a spiritual conjuring from the old American soul to the new American heart, speckled with the grit and energy of the Blues and poetic songwriting of Dylan and Springsteen. It's part of the new Americana synergy that infuses Rock and Pop sensibilities with Folk traditions.

Klar's latest offering, Crescent St. Blues, is a collection of songs inspired by a 4-year journey through the contemporary American landscape. It explores the inner workings of everyday characters trying to find their way in an ever-changing world. It speaks of humanity and hardships, love and happiness, and searching for the good within the bad. It's a record about picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and getting right back in the fight.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015: MY GAY BANJO and PATCHWORK SYMPHONY

Join us for an evening of great music in Willimantic! This show is a benefit for CLiCK and Vulturetown Arts. 

Get your tickets at Willimantic Records, The Willimantic Food Co-op, or online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1331225

My Gay Banjo
Owen Taylor and Julia Steele Allen on guitar, banjo and vocals. Singing homespun gay-themed duets and occasional queered-up mash-ups, My Gay Banjo plays songs for you and your kind. MGB is based in NYC and Philly.

Patchwork Symphony is a recently formed musicians collective centered around Brentley Hartman (saxophone, drums, percussion), Alex P. Wernquest (guitar, bass, voice), and Wesley Nichols (guitar, bass, piano, voice). The not-an-actual-Symphony (although one can dream) was founded on improvisation and collaboration, incorporating the sound patches provided by long-term visitors and one-time guests. 

Click Willimantic
Bringing culinary cooperation and food sovereignty to Eastern Connecticut

Vulturetown Arts
A creative group of Willimantic residents working towards providing a permanent venue for music, film, visual and performing arts. Our goal is to entertain and inspire, and to promote a creative community

Due to snow our Valentine's Day show has been rescheduled. Please join us at the Annex on February 27th for an evening with John Rousey, Mike Bloomer, and Willie Larsen.

Rescheduling due to snow! New date: Friday, February 27. Join us for an evening of local songwriters performing their original music. Featuring John Rousey, Mike Bloomer, and Willie Larsen. Doors at 7, music begins at 7:30. Tickets $8 at the door, or at Brown Paper Tickets.

The Annex, 866 Main St., Willimantic CT

Friday, February 20th from 6pm to 9pm: Closing party for "Chaos and Joy in Willimantic" group art show.

Presented by Vulturetown Arts, and organized by Chad & Roxanne, this multi-media group art exhibition has been on display at Willimantic Records since December 13, 2014.
The February 20th, 2015 closing party will feature live performances by Becky Kessler,
Greyglitch, Izikhotane,  and The Shrinnirs.

Participating artists have been: Nancy Olivia Hoffman, Desmond Von Bora, Kacee O'Brien, Devon Lawless, Sky Thompson, Paul Flaherty, Shane Tea French, Robin Ritz, George Hakkila, Donna Nicolino, Dawn Cook, S.L. Johnson, Samantha McGiver, Jim Szarkowicz, Christina Hammon, Joshua Burkett, Mariclare Cole, Amanda Dawn, Jason Borga, Kenneth Saintonge, Nick Scavetta, Roxanne Pandolfi, and Josh Young


Becky Kessler sings and plays guitar in the band VIOLENT MAE
She'll be here solo on the 20th. 

Izikhotane is the Avant-Garde in the age of Auto-Correct. Izikhotane is Absurd, Psychedelic, Experimental. Izikhotane is Poetry, Music, Performance Art. 

Greyglitch is circuit bending, Lo-fi, High weirdness from Lebanon, CT.
The Shrinnirs have been playing off and on (mostly off) under a variety of band names 
since the mid-1980s.