Make.Shift Receives LPFM Radio License

Make.Shift is excited to announce that we recently received an FCC license to build a low-power FM community radio station in Bellingham.

We’re in the early feasibility and budgeting stages of this project, and are seeking community input in addition to monetary and equipment donations. Please join us for a public visioning meeting on Oct. 11 at the downtown Bellingham Co-Op Connections Building, 1220 N Forest St. There we’ll outline the next steps in moving forward with this new project, including projected budget, fundraising goals, and equipment needed. We will also be accepting tax-deductible monetary donations. We want to hear from residents on what you’d like to see in a new community radio station, talk about how to get involved, and brainstorm with others who love radio.

Low Power FM stations (LPFM) are community-based, non-commercial radio stations that operate at 100 watts or less and reach a radius of 3 to 7 miles. With the help of radio advocacy group Common Frequency, Make.Shift applied for an LPFM license in 2013, during what may have been the last application window ever for LPFM stations across the nation. We received our licence earlier this year.

Please join us on Sat. Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Co-Op Community Connections Building to learn more.

The Big Fat Benefit Breakfast

You have to eat anyway, so why not join us in the beer garden for delicious breakfast and live music starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 27? All proceeds benefit Make.Shift’s awesome art and music programs.

Breakfast is $10, no additional cover for the music. This event is all ages, and families with children are welcome.

This is a traditional meat-and-potatoes type of breakfast, but some gluten-free and vegetarian options are available.

Breakfast runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP on facebook here.

 

Challenging All Artists!

An Open Call Art Show for 2014’s December Art Walk:

The Show:
For the last show of 2014 Make.Shift is inviting artists to submit original miniature artwork. Please submit up to ten tiny things no larger than three inches in any direction. We want NEW pieces, made specifically for this show. All 2D and 3D pieces must be free standing, we will not be hanging this show on the wall. Subject matter is open, we hope you have fun with this challenge.

click here for more details.

Get Ready for The Block Party!

Holy crap, the Make.Shift Block Party is less than a week away! We’re so excited for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All-day live local music
*Inflatable gladiator joust (yes, you too can bash your friends in the head)
*New, improved, and relocated Slip ‘N Slide of Doom
*Climbing wall by Vital Climbing Gym – Bellingham
*Punk Rock haircuts by Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy – Bellingham, WA
*Skate Jam by Unknown Board Shop
*Beer garden featuring beer by PBR, Aslan Brewing CompanyKulshan Brewing CompanyWander Brewing, and Boundary Bay Brewery and cider by Seattle Cider Company
*Mysterious and thrilling kinetic sculpture!
*Food trucks!
*Bike and water shenanigans
*Kid Zone + bounce house
*Dunk Tank
*Live screen printing by Iron Street Printing
*Info tables by awesome orgs like Bellingham Girls Rock CampSigned Magazine, The Good Time Girls – sin, gin, gore & lore, The RE Store’s Revision Division, Bellingham Books to Prisoners, Inky Spokes, and more!
*Killer raffle!
*Plus: The unveiling of our new local music listening library!

HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
Pabst Blue Ribbon, Aslan Brewing Co., Realtor Jeff Braimes, Sean McKee Law Firm, Blue Collar Skateboards, Brandywine Kitchen, Cascadia Weekly, What’s Up! Magazine, and Z Recyclers.

Look! Our New Local Music Library

We are pleased as all heck to announce that the Bellingham Local Music Library is live and streaming in the gallery at Make.Shift Art Space.

Bellingham resident Eric Holl spent a year compiling over 1000 albums by more than 500 Bellingham bands — now available to stream for free at Make.Shift.

The library is an effort to preserve and archive the sounds and recordings of the Bellingham music community past and present. Genres included in the library span early 60’s 7 inches, 70’s Christian folk records, 80’s local cassette comps, and plenty of present-day local bands.

To compile the library, Eric pulled from his old KUGS archive and friends’ collections, sifted through every record store between Bellingham and Portland (and even Spokane), and relentlessly scoured Ebay. He also digitized tons of cassettes and records that weren’t previously available in a digital format.

We are so stinkin’ proud of the crazy amount of work that’s gone into this library so far! You can check out the list of bands included so far here.

Do you have music that isn’t included yet? Please contact eric@makeshiftproject.com.

The Third Annual Make.Shift Block Party!

 

Get pumped for our favorite annual wet-and-weird fundraiser: The Make.Shift Block Party on Saturday Aug. 2 from noon-9 p.m.

Is it totally crazy to only charge $5 for…

*All-day live local music
*Inflatable gladiator joust (yes, you too can bash your friends in the head)
*Climbing wall by Vital Climbing Gym – Bellingham
*New, improved, and relocated Slip ‘N Slide of Doom
*Punk Rock haircuts by Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy – Bellingham, WA
*Skate Jam by Unknown Board Shop
*Beer garden featuring beer by PBR, Aslan Brewing CompanyKulshan Brewing CompanyWander Brewing, and Boundary Bay Brewery
*Mysterious and thrilling kinetic sculpture!
*Duke of Bellingham gender-neutral pageant-style competition
*Food trucks!
*Bike and water shenanigans
*Kid Zone + bounce house
*Dunk Tank
*Live screen printing by Iron Street Printing
*Info tables by awesome orgs like Bellingham Girls Rock CampZAPPSigned MagazineThe Good Time Girls – sin, gin, gore & loreBellingham Books to PrisonersInky Spokes, and more.
*Killer raffle!

…? We think so.

Come on down. Wear something weird. Bring a shirt to get screen printed.

Check out the Block Party on Facebook.

New Stage Sound Dampening!

 

Check out the awesome DIY sound dampening we did for our stage area!

We used 2’x4′ Owens Corning 703 sound insulation panels, cut those in half, and covered them in the cheapest duck cloth we could find. We used upholstery spray adhesive to wrap the canvas around the panels, and then stuffed them into the 2×2 framing using a putty knife.

Thanks to Board Member Russ Fish and Sound Crew Manager Gabe Seavello for convincing us it was finally time to find the cash to make this happen, and for their help sourcing and designing this solution. Thanks to Make.Shift tenant Devin Champlin for donating his time to help with framing, and tenant Andrew Nickerson for the wrapping help.

It sounds so much better!