So Much Loudness in the FXBG

It’s shaping up to be a very loud, busy spring and summer here at EAM. As I hastily scrobble together this post Her Kind is fixing to play. Before the end of the night we’ll have heard Erik Phillips, Sorority Boy, and Roraima. It’s gonna be pretty sweet.
Next week we’ve got a big rap show, we’ve got metal in May, ambient noise and Canadian post hardcore coming in June, in August we’ve got an all day experimental music festival with Auditory Learning Experience.
Full schedule coming very soon.


Public Art Exhibit: My Family Immigrated

We are asking the good people of the greater Fredericksburg area to participate in a show of solidarity for the thousands of refugees and other immigrants who have been unjustly targeted by the current administration.

We kindly request that you submit to us your supportive doodles or prose along with the words “My Family Immigrated” in any language (your family’s earliest known native tongue or English) along with their estimated date of immigration and as much of your family’s story as you are comfortable sharing. We will also be accepting audio or video in any format.

Please try to keep physical entries 8 inches or less. Deadline is February 24th.

Drop off in person or mail to:
Evolving Art Machine
502B Sophia St
Fredericksburg Va 22401

Email files or dropbox links etc to

Facebook Event

Thank you for helping us show the citizens of Fredericksburg that we are immigrants, we are Americans, and we are your neighbors.


Once again a special thank you to all the bands and fans who came out on Sunday. Cape Farewell, Infant Island, Small Hands, & The Weak Days brought the pain, the funk, and several other highly effective music descriptors. The place was beyond packed, the vibe was amazing, everything was awesome & beautiful. Can’t wait to do it again.

Links to everyone’s respective bandcamps are forever on the Live Events page, short video clips are still arriving on Facebook, and the footage of everyone’s sets should be on our YouTube sometime this weekend.

Thanks to Tommy from The Weak Days for the photo.

A few words on politics

Art is often seen as one of the more disposable elements of our society. Culture itself often cited as a tool of the bourgeoisie whose purpose is to label and control anything they don’t readily identify with. As such it is the artists who have the least to lose by challenging the status quo; if they are to come for us they will do so whether we oppose them or not. The act of declaring one’s innocence is often seen as defiance enough in the eyes of fascist powers. In support of this a fact which has been nearly lost to history; the House Unamerican Activities Committee, popularly remembered as the pulpit of McCarthyism, listed among its chief goals to root out the ‘prematurely anti-fascist’ along with communists. What this means is those who were on the right side too soon were cast into the same livelihood destroying vortex as our declared enemies. The lesson there is that not only can it happen here but it has before, and worse. But don’t take my word for it; ask a Native or Japanese American.

We are stocking now, while supplies last, pocket-sized copies of The Constitution of the United States. These are produced by the ACLU and include the Bill of Rights, the subsequent amendments and a ‘Know Your Rights’ section regarding police encounters. They are for sale at $3/ea to recoup the cost of purchase and shipping.

In these hostile times we suggest you all donate to or join the ACLU or buy something from their store. In the coming years we will likely need them more than ever. We also suggest you subscribe to a legitimate news outlet. We suggest The Washington Post or The Guardian US. As more news organizations hide behind access bias and normalize the indefensible it will be imperitive that those with the resolve to challenge it have our support. For the price of a trip to Benny’s or Starbuck’s you can do more good than a hashtag ever will.

Thank you.

A Night of Various Electronic Musics


This Thursday Oct 6th a flurry of fine folks are coming from all over to make aggressively chill electronic noises at you for your distinct pleasure. Ghastly, Timelapzzz, Jesse Etc, Jaguardini, and Ships in the Night will descend upon our wee studio with their bells, whistles, circuits, and wires to entertain well into the night. Perhaps most generously this cavalcade of consummate professionals is doing it all for mere donations. Donations I say!

We open our doors at the usual 5pm

Show starts at 8pm.

$5 donation suggested.

Download, tweet, insta, tumbl, and otherwise share that there flyer til the file quits on ya.

Open Mic Fri Aug 26th

EAM Open Mic
Flyer by Cable Bonney

Fredericksburg All Ages is running an open mic here tomorrow, Friday Aug 26th. It will be band friendly as they are supplying a drum set and bass amp. Some come on over and make some noise. We’ll try to post some pics after. Link to their Facebook event below.

Holy Frijoles Guys! Mira mi rana!

We’re back to posting on a real website again, the store is officially open, our credit card reader works… Why, it’s like we’re a real live business again.

Oh yeah. Some things have happened: we moved. We’re on Sophia Street now, across from Brock’s. We’ve changed entities so both the Spouses Donley are officially running the joint. We’re a store now, so that’s a thing. So remember how we only sold our students’ artwork and things on First Friday’s when we were over top of Forage? Now we do that every week from Thursday to Sunday. In our store. We sell art, clothes, knickknack things, all manner of oddness. And we still teach art lessons. We have some openings too wink wink if you wanna check the Classes page.

So swing on by some time. Open studio is on Sundays from 3pm-5pm. Bring your own supplies and 5 whole dollars.


Evolving Art Machine is in a transitional period. Classes are still going strong, but we’re also in the midst of a website overhaul, and an emphasis shuffle. And yes, that is slightly vague..on purpose.. because in the depths of the vague is complete freedom. And we like it that way.

So say goodbye to the old (ignored) website, and get ready for a whole new thang, with new exciting content and a bunch of mistakes, typos, and broken website days as we shuffle our emphasis from vague to well defined. Thank you for your patience.

The times.. are they a'change'n?
The times.. are they a’change’n?