"A Tiling By Squares" closing party at Willimantic Records - Tuesday, November 15th

Before Vulturetown Arts takes down the "A Tiling By Squares - Art On Small Places" exhibition, we're throwing a closing party and adding even more panels of sticky note art. Of course everyone is encouraged to continue to slap their sticky note creations to the walls while here to view their neighbors post-it note masterpieces.

Music to be provided by:
QUIN GALAVIS - from Austin, Texas: "equal parts Bob Mould and Edgar Allen Poe"


SNCKPCK - from Fort Worth, Texas

Music starts at 7pm.

Normally only open Wednesday thru Sunday, Willimantic Records will open at 6pm on Tuesday, November 15th.

Willimantic Records
744 Main St - Back Entrance
Willimantic, CT 06226

Vulturetown Arts 2016 Halloween Bash - Friday October 28th at 750 Main

Vulturetown Arts presents The Can Kickers, The Alternates Duo,  and Becky Kessler from Violent Mae at 750 Main in Willimantic.

Admission is just $5. Doors open at 7pm. 

Costumes are encouraged with prizes for the best Halloween get-ups.

This is an all-ages event. Cafemantic will have a bar set up for those 21 and over.

More details to come.

Downtown Country Fair - 10am to 4pm Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Willimantic Food Coop's annual Downtown Country Fair is always a fun time. This year promises to be the best yet, as the Coop has joined forces with the Willimantic Farmers Market (Connecticut's longest-running farmers' market)  and moved the fair to Jillson Square - which is located at the corner of Jackson St. & Main St. in Willimantic.

To see a list of vendors, click here.

Vulturetown Arts is helping out with organizing the music. Check out this year's line-up:

10am - Between the Borders (students studying at Waldrons Studio 88
Emma Smith sings a few songs with piano accompaniment from Waldrons Studio 88

11am - Weather Permitting (that's their band name - from HARTT School of Music)
Bob Bloom of Drumming About You leads a hands on workshop for fair goers

12pm - Echo Uganda (East African folk songs and dance)
Will Hare and Friends play traditional Irish tunes (off stage location)

1pm - Collins and Bradley (guitar duo Jack Collins and Ed Bradley performs their versions of your favorite songs)

Will Hare and Friends will play some more traditional Irish tunes (off stage location)

2pm - My Gay Banjo (progressive folk duo perform beautiful originals) 

3pm - DJ Sir Round Sound (David Freeburg, dance party to end the day, spinning funky soulful 45s from his amazing record collection)

Vulturetown Arts presents: "A Tiling By Squares"

Every square inch of wall space at Willimantic Records must be covered in sticky note art and YOU are invited to participate! 

Drop off or mail submissions to the record store, or submit them in the drop box at the Willimantic Food Co-op.

Opening reception 6pm to 9pm, Thursday, Sept 1st at Willimantic Records, 744 Main Street, Willimantic, CT - store entrance & parking in back on Riverside Drive.

Live performances by Cerise Montclair, JBrish, and Boy Crazy.

Visit the BULKY WASTE SCULPTURE GARDEN during the Third Thursday Street Festival on June 16th

6pm to 8:30pm, during the Third Thursday Street Festival.

The walkway connecting 744 Main Street to Riverside Drive will be turned into a bulky waste sculpture garden. Artists from Willimantic and the surrounding areas will exhibit their magical trash creations, works of art constructed from objects once dumped curbside as garbage.

With live music outside Willimantic Records featuring Birth of Flower and George Hakkila; and talks
 on assemblage by local sculptor David Corsini, and Recycling by Tom DeVivo of Willimantic Waste Co.

This is a free event presented by Vulturetown Arts.

Last minute bulky waste sculpture entrants are encouraged. Just drop off your creation between 5:30pm and 6pm at the Vulturetown Arts bus in front of Rajean's Antiques at 744 Main Street and fill out registration form at Willimantic Records. Artists must agree to remove their contributions at the end of the exhibition that evening (8:30pm). Participation is FREE and there will be PRIZES!

Call to Artists: 1st Annual Bulky Waste Sculpture Garden

Bulky waste pick-up starts in Willimantic the week of May 23rd, so the time is now to be on lookout for the many mounds of magical trash!!

Here's how it works:
Create a sculpture using found objects from the sidewalk trash piles in Willimantic and the surrounding areas.

Bring your creation to the Bulky Waste Sculpture Garden on June 16th, between 5:30 and 6:00 pm (just before the Third Thursday Street Festival starts) to qualify for a prize. YES!! There will be prizes!

Sign in on June 16th will be at at Willimantic Records, which is located behind Rajean's Gifts at 744 Main Street (the store entrance to Willimantic Records is physically on Riverside Drive,... just look for signs and sculptures on the sidewalk). The Bulky Waste Sculpture Garden will run along the alleyway from Rajean's Gifts down to the Riverside Drive parking lot. Judging is scheduled to take place shortly after 6 PM.

All sculptues MUST be removed by owner by 8:30 PM. 

Pre-registration is NOT mandatory, but will help us reserve a space for YOU. We'd love to start getting a count of potential submissions. To pre-register please either message us on Facebook or email us at info@vulturetownart.org.

There is no registration fee. If you can haul it in and make it stand up - we will accept it!

2016 Thread City Hop Fest

The Thread City Hop Fest is a craft beer tasting, good food eating event on Jillson Square in Willimantic, CT.  (645 Main Street) taking place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 that you don’t want to miss! The Hop Fest is organized by the Willimantic Brewing Company, on behalf of Willimantic Renaissance, Inc. (the folks that bring us the popular 3rd Thursday Street Fest).
Let’s start with the beer! Attendees of the Thread City Hop Fest will enjoy samples from over 45 regional breweries. A craft beer tasting of this size is unique in the Quiet Corner and it’s happening in downtown Willimantic! Kick off the brew fest season right here in Willi! Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the gate (if any remain) and include a commemorative tasting glass and access to the visiting brewers. (Proper ID will be required.) The Hop Fest is a fundraiser for: The No Freeze ProjectVulturetown Arts, Willimantic Renaissance, Inc and the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry

Plenty of great food will be available (bring cash) and Vulturetown Arts provides our entertainment line up.

                      Tickets on sale now and going quick!

Saturday, April 9th: Vulturetown Arts presents Superhuman Happiness, Dr. Martino, The Foresters, and Johnny Mainstream at 750 Main

On Saturday, April 9, 2016 Vulturetown Arts will present Superhuman Happiness from NYC, along with Willimantic's Dr. Martino, The Foresters (exciting trio of teen brothers), and the indie/americana sounds of Johnny Mainstream at 750 Main right here in good old Willimantic, USA

Doors open at 7pm.

$7.00 advance tickets ($8.24 after service fee) are available online now at: superhumanhappiness.brownpapertickets.com

$7.00 advance tickets (cash only - with no service fee) will be available at Willimantic Records.

This is an all-ages show.

Cafemantic will have a small bar set up for those 21+ who wish to purchase alcoholic beverages.

"Superhuman Happiness are one of those entities whose profound beauty and/or genius is matched by how maddeningly difficult it is to characterize them as an entity in the first place. The project, led by writer/arranger/player Stuart Bogie known for his work with the likes of Arcade Fire, David Byrne, TV on the Radio, and Antibalas write hyper-dancey, but super heady pop music largely revolving around the postmodern condition and the role high technology plays in governing the human experience. However, they have also regularly appeared as the soundtrack to multimedia works and as various improvisational projects that have included a plethora of recent historys most impressive musicians... Superhuman Happiness second full-length LP, 'Escape Velocity' boasts a ridiculously epic, yet concise, brand of dance rock, reminiscent of both the 80s funkiest intellectuals and the most poignantly snarky electropop of the past decade and a half." - PhillyMag

"Dr. Martino released Big Day EP in August of 2014 as a trio, which featured a familiarly eclectic array of styles, ranging from the mischievous punk tune 'Hollywood Coprophagia' to the vintage rock ballad 'Some Kind of Kneelin.' The EP was recorded by Matt Baltrucki at the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. ctindie.com described Big Day EP as 'super up-beat party rock at its finest.' According to The Day, Connecticut, Dr. Martino spew forth clever three-minute bursts of party-happy tuneage that will rouse you from your noontime, gotta-go-back-to-work doldrum.'" - www.drmartinomusic.com 

"The Foresters (on the Dord Music Group label) consist of the three Nork brothers from Bethany Connecticut. Evan guitar and lead vocals, Hayden bass, vocals and Liam drums. Founded in 2010 when the members were ten, nine, and seven, the band has seen much growth on a personal as well as musical level and writes songs at a level well beyond their years. The likes of Built To Spill, The Shins, and The Flaming Lips have served as inspiration for The Foresters and played a role in the formation of a new sound. Their youthful energy translates into their live show and allows them to connect with audiences of all ages. And with over four years performing, the three brothers are totally in sync with each other." -  http://www.theforesters.us/bio

"Johnny Mainstream is a four-piece Indie Rock and Americana act out of Central CT. Born in the Marist College dormitories of songwriter Matthew Maynes and bassist Dan Garaffa, Johnny Mainstream began writing honest folk songs inspired by Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, and Kevin Devine, but infused with the punk rock ideals on which each was raised." - johnnymainstream.com


Vulturetown Arts is 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. For now we are a roving organization so keep a look out for our live shows, renegade art installations and our mobile art gallery.
We're here for YOU, so go out and make shit!

"Chaos and Joy in Willimantic!" closing party March 11th with ARC IRIS, CERISE MONTCLAIR, VIOLENT MAE, and lots more.

Vulturetown Arts and The Eclectic present the closing party for the second annual Chaos and Joy in Willimantic! multimedia art show.  

Featuring dozens of local artists, filmmakers and musicians. 

This is a FREE show! 

Music line-up...
Arc Iris

The Silks (just added!)

Also, a brown paper bag art sale to benefit the No Freeze Project.

We have a few surprises lined-up as well!

Friday, March 11th, 2016 at 6pm.

The Eclectic is located at 25 Meadow Street, Willimantic, CT 06226

Gallery hours for the second annual "Chaos and Joy in Willimantic!"

We couldn't be happier with the turn out for the opening reception of Chaos and Joy in Willimantic! A big, warm THANKS to everyone involved and to everyone who came out. And if you missed it, here are more dates to view the gallery:

Sat. Feb. 13th- Gallery hours 11am-2pm (Chocolate Fest!)
Sat Feb 13th performances by Hanging Hills, Dr Martino and Losing Season. 7:00pm.
Sat. Feb. 20th- Gallery Hours 11am-1pm
Sat. Feb 27th Gallery Hours 11am-1pm
Sat. March 5th Gallery Hours 11am-1pm
Fri. March 11th - Chaos and Joy closing Party featuring Arc Iris, Cerise Montclair and one more TBA 7:00pm.

Vulturetown Arts and Willimantic Records present DOWNTOWN BOYS, REDUCTION PLAN, DANGBATS, and THE SHRINNIRS at 750 Main

7pm, Friday, February 19th at 750 Main

DOWNTOWN BOYSDubbed "America's most exciting punk band" by Rolling Stone, Downtown Boys is a self-described "bilingual political dance sax punk party" from Providence, Rhode Island. They are known for their electric, politically charged performances, which take the audience on a frenzied tour through history, from the slave trade to police brutality today. A Hartford Courant reviewer wrote, quote, "You can make the case and people have that Downtown Boys ... was the sound of punk rock in America in 2015." The reviewer compared their performances to, quote, "anarchic backyard barbecues part political rally, but all danceable, kinetic party; thrash around, if you want, but pay attention." - Amy Goodman host of Democracy Now!

Dangbats (just added to the show!): Dangbats are Lys Guillorn of Lys Guillorn and Her Band (vocals, guitar, banjo, lap steel) and Joe Russo of SPECTRAL FANGS (vocals, guitar, banjo). Their genre? Bat Country, of course. Some of the artists they like are: Louvin Brahs, The Cramps, The Damned, The Carter Family, and Johnny Cash. 
You can see their Tiny Desk Concert submission here.
REDUCTION PLAN: Dan Manning has played Willimantic Records several times as a member of the outstanding UCONN rock bands COP and CONDITION. Towards the end of 2015 he began gigging out with a solo project he calls REDUCTION PLAN, a fantastic mixture of ambient fuzz and dream pop, swirling melodies with unobtrusive hooks layered over a warm hum, created with looped guitars and various electronic gear and gizmos. The first REDUCTION PLAN performance at Willimantic Records was stunning, and the second, somehow, even better. Do not miss REDUCTION PLAN on the 19th at 750 Main. Dan is likely on first, so get there early.
Listen to REDUCTION PLAN here.

THE SHRINNIRS - Willimantic based duo playing on and off (mostly off) since the mid-1980s. Plenty more to read about the Shrinnirs on their tumblr web log here.

The wonderful MAL DEVISA was originally part of this bill. Due to a scheduling conflict, she will not be able to perform in Willimantic on the 19th.

An all-ages show with cash bar for those 21 and over.

Advance tickets available for $7.00 at Willimantic Records (cash only). Tickets also available  online thru Brown Paper Tickets (credit card).

Will-call Brown Paper Tickets should be picked up the evening of the show at Willimantic Records, which is located next door to venue.

Parking is located in the back of the building on Riverside Drive.

The second annual "Chaos & Joy in Willimantic" multimedia art show opens Saturday, February 6th.

2nd annual Chaos and Joy in Willimantic! A multimedia art show featuring dozens of local artists. Performances by Cerise Montclair, Greyglitch, Izikhotane, The Meteorological Society, and more. Film, refreshments and a brown-paper bag auction to benefit the No Freeze Shelter.

This is a FREE event but please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

Opening celebration 5pm to 9m Saturday, February 6, 2016

25 Meadow Street
Willimantic, CT 06226