May 9: Spring Record Fair Fundraiser at New Flywheel Space in Western Mass


After a few years on hiatus, the legendary Flywheel Arts Collective in Western Massachusetts is back on the map with a brand new home at Easthampton’s historic Old Town Hall. Founded in 1999, Flywheel is a non-profit, volunteer-run community arts space that hosts everything from live music to traveling theater troupes and is home to one of the most comprehensive zine libraries in New England. Whether Flywheel already holds a sentimental place in your heart–perhaps as the site of your first exposure to the Pioneer Valley’s burgeoning noise and weird folk scenes as a college student–or you’re simply interested in checking out one of the area’s first (and last) true all-ages public meeting spaces, May 9 is a great day to come out and show your support. Saturday marks the second installment of the Flywheel’s biannual Record Fair Fundraiser, which is a perfect opportunity to satisfy those nasty record cravings with the knowledge that you are contributing to a worthwhile cause.

Details from the Flywheel website, which also provides some useful information on how to get involved:

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.

Flywheel Spring Record Fair Fundraiser
Saturday, May 9, 10:00am-3:30pm
Flywheel Arts Collective
Easthampton Old Town Hall
43 Main Street
Easthampton, MA 01027

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith.

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