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!

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 cassete comps, and plenty of present-day local bands.
To compile the library, Eric raided the KUGS collection and friend’s collections, raided every record store between Bellingham and Portland (and even Spokane), and relentlessly scoured Ebay. He also digitized tons of cassettes and records.
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!

Remembering Gunther: Bellingham Music Photography

Gunther Jose Frank was a photographer in Bellingham between 1996 and 2009. During those years, he photographed performances by hundreds of musicians and bands. The subjects and settings varied widely, but they all contained a sense of spontaneity, excitement, and raw emotion.

This show will feature Gunther’s photographs of live music in Bellingham. This is a chance for people who miss Gunther to remember him together, and a chance for musicians, photographers, and those who didn’t know Gunther to be inspired by his photography.

Check out Gunther’s Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/guntherjosefrank/sets/

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