Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with us! Put on (and bring) your “green” this Sunday, March 17th!

Spring is just around the corner and this year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on the same day as our Sunday show! Put on your green (and don’t forget to bring your green) and maybe you will find that elusive pot of music gold! Come by this Sunday, March 17 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is always FREE! We hope the lovely ladies might serve some Irish treats like last year but the food is always good with great breakfast and lunch options.

There was a packed show in February. Janet was lovely in red, celebrating Valentine’s Day. We look forward to seeing her decked out in green!

We also had some special guests from upstate New York in February. They both love the show and try to make it at least once a year since it is quite a trip for them. Perhaps that is why the hall was jumping! Jack Skutnik and Tom Konopka hail from Binghamton and Rochester respectively. Like all collectors, they started very young. Jack began collecting at five years old when he bought the “Teddy Bear’s Picnic.” He loves the Arbutus Record Show and has come down for the past 10 years with tons of great music. Jack started doing shows in the 80s and is now up to around 18 a year – including producing five shows of his own.

Jack Skutnik participated in our show in February. He hails from Binghamton, New York.

Jack Skutnik participated in our show in February. He hails from Binghamton, New York.

Tom drove seven hours down from Rochester and had a huge display of great music at his booth. He started collecting when he was a teenager. After a few years of being “Mr. Mom” to his daughter, he started doing shows. About half of his own collection is jazz and the rest crosses all genres. We wish they were closer but love having both of these friendly and knowledgeable vendors visit our show at least once a year!

Tom Konopka from Rochester, NY shows off his booth of extensive music offerings.

Tom Konopka from Rochester, NY shows off his booth of extensive music offerings.

The Arbutus Record Show family mourns the unexpected loss of Skip Groff

The entire Arbutus Record Show family was saddened by the unexpected loss of of Skip Groff in February. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family. He will be missed by all of the record collecting community.

Skip’s memorial will be held at the Robert J. Parilla Center for the Performing Arts in Rockville, MD on Sunday, March 24 from 1-4.

Here is his obituary from The Washington Post:

Skip Groff, record store owner who presided over a D.C. punk paradise, dies at 70

by Harrison Smith /February 20

Mark Baily goes through albums at Yesterday & Today, the Rockville, Md., record store that Skip Groff opened in 1978. (Robert A. Reeder:The Washington Post).jpg

Mark Baily goes through albums at Yesterday & Today, the Rockville, Md., record store that Skip Groff opened in 1978. (Robert A. Reeder/The Washington Post)

Skip Groff, a radio DJ and producer whose strip-mall record shop, Yesterday & Today, became a vinyl-filled sanctuary, incubator, gathering place and meeting hall for Washington’s punk and alternative music scenes, died Feb. 18 at a hospital in Olney, Md. He was 70.

He had suffered a seizure earlier that day, said his wife, Kelly Groff.

From 1977 until it closed in 2002, “Y&T,” as it was known, was a Washington music mecca. Located in suburban Rockville, Md., the store accumulated more than 1 million 45s, by Mr. Groff’s count, as well as thousands of new and used LPs, CDs, cassettes and music magazines.

“That store was like a clubhouse,” said concert promoter Seth Hurwitz, whose company I.M.P. once sold tickets to 9:30 Club shows out of Yesterday & Today. “It was a gathering place, kind of like a soda shop or a garage in the ’50s. You go in there, and you’d usually see someone you knew.”

Holding court from behind the counter, Mr. Groff steered listeners toward records by the Sex Pistols, Velvet Underground or British singer Kirsty MacColl, for whom he named his daughter. His store was named for a 1966 release by the Beatles, which originally featured a “butcher” cover showing the Fab Four with raw meat and decapitated baby dolls.

Among Washington-area record stores, Mr. Groff’s shop “had the most extensive selection of imported punk records and new wave and post punk,” said Howard Wuelfing, a publicist and musician hired as Mr. Groff’s first employee.

Mr. Groff in 1997, cuing up a record at his store in Rockville. (Robert A. Reeder:The Washington Post).jpg

Mr. Groff in 1997, cuing up a record at his store in Rockville. (Robert A. Reeder/The Washington Post)

The store, he added, drew shoppers including Misfits singer Glenn Danzig and Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, who made the trek north up Rockville Pike while on tour in Washington, as well as budding musicians such as Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye.

“Sometimes you go into a record store, and the person behind the counter makes you feel like you have trespassed,” said MacKaye, who co-founded Dischord Records and led bands including Minor Threat and Fugazi. “And sometimes the owner, or the person behind the counter, makes you feel like he was wondering what took you so long. I put Skip in the latter.”

Mr. Groff maintained a wide selection of country and western rarities, rock and new-wave classics, obscure metal singles from Britain and Canada, and a smattering of Top 40 hits. He had initially planned to specialize in late-’60s rock and psychedelia, but his focus shifted with the rise of punk rock in England, which Mr. Groff visited several times each year to buy records.

“When you start selling 15 to 20 Buzzcocks or X-Ray Spex records and one Beatles record, your ideas get changed around pretty quickly,” he said, according to the D.C. punk history “Dance of Days” by Mark Andersen and Mark Jenkins.

He soon evolved from a punk-music salesman into a producer and patron, hiring up-and-coming musicians at his store and recording many of them on his label, Limp Records. By the early 1980s, he had produced most of Washington’s leading punk groups, including State of Alert, the Slickee Boys, the Razz, Velvet Monkeys, Youth Brigade, the Nurses, Black Market Baby and Minor Threat.

Mr. Groff had never intended to be a producer — “It was just something that was asked of him, and he was happy to help,” his wife said — and largely stopped recording bands after the launch of Dischord Records in 1980. The label was inspired and supported early on by Mr. Groff, who produced its first record, “Minor Disturbance” (1980), an eight-song EP released by MacKaye and Jeff Nelson’s band the Teen Idles.

“To say that Dischord Records wouldn’t exist had it not been for Skip Groff isn’t really a stretch,” the musicians and Dischord co-founders wrote in an online statement. “The very fact that he had his own label,” they added, “was a huge inspiration to a bunch of D.C. kids who had no idea how the music industry worked or that the ability to create records would be within our reach.”

Frank Samuel Groff III was born in Waltham, Mass., on Nov. 20, 1948. His father served in the Air Force, and his mother later worked for the Transportation Department; the nickname Skip emerged out of a pet name she gave him, Skippers.

The family moved frequently, living in Japan before settling in Suitland, Md., where Mr. Groff graduated from high school. He studied television and radio at the University of Maryland, where he worked as music director of the student radio station, WMUC, but did not receive a degree.

Mr. Groff had been “a record fanatic” ever since he saw the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan” show as a teenager, his wife said, and after serving in the Army, he worked at radio stations including WINX in Rockville. He was a promoter for RCA in St. Louis in the early 1970s and produced records for the heavy metal band Pentagram before opening the Kensington, Md., record store Hit and Run with a partner, Al Ercolani.

“He was more interested in albums,” Mr. Groff once told Washington City Paper. “I was more interested in 45s. So after a couple months working together I just decided it would be better if we had our own separate shops, with our own separate agendas.”

Mr. Groff opened Yesterday & Today in a strip mall dubbed Sunshine Square, paying $450 a month in rent, and worked occasionally as a DJ at stations including WAVA and WPGC. After closing the store amid rising rent, he and his wife — a former customer — continued to sell vinyl through Internet and mail orders and at local record shows.

In addition to his wife of 31 years, the former Kelly Cuthbert, of Olney, survivors include a daughter, Kirsty Groff of Bethesda, Md.; a brother; and two sisters.

Even when he was closing his brick-and-mortar shop, Mr. Groff was eyeing new records. In an interview, MacKaye recalled that he and Rollins happened to be in town just as Mr. Groff was scheduled to move out and went up to say goodbye, expecting to find the place cleared out.

“We get there, and almost nothing had been done,” he said. “Skip was frantically throwing records into boxes.” What had happened?

Mr. Groff explained that he “had other things going on.” He had, it turned out, just acquired a private collection of 40,000 records.

Celebrate a month of holidays this Sunday, February 17th at the Arbutus Record Show!

Join us this Sunday, February 17 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is FREE! We also have great food great breakfast and lunch options. Wonderful deals and a great mix of music-related items are available from our fabulous vendors. It’s alway a good time hunt for romantic finds for your special Valentine! Celebrate Black History Month with the great musical contributions of African American artists and don’t forget to bring your “Presidents!”

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Derek, our great announcer at the helm. If you are looking for something special or anything at all, let him know and he will let our vendors know!

We kicked off our first show of 2019 in grand style with a big show in January. Here are some of the great variety of wonderful musical items that we found including, books, buttons, lunch boxes and of course, great vinyl!

 

Some great vintage lunch boxes, including rare Beatles!

 

Some vintage equipment and ton of books on the Rolling Stones. Wonderful displays by our vendors, showcasing their offers!

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Fun, music-themed buttons!

 

Some romantic Miles and a “Heartbreaker!”

Happy New Year! Join us for the FIRST show of 2019 on Sunday, January 20!

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Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season! It was a great December show and we are so excited about 2019! The show returns Sunday, January 20 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm where admission is always FREE! We also have food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch options.

Our new schedule is here for all of 2019 thanks to Patty. Please note there are two fourth Sundays in April and May because of holidays. So mark your calendars!

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A media & communications and cinematic arts major at UMBC, Michelle Sanders, visited one of our shows. For her senior project, Michell produced this lovely short film called “Record Resurgence.” Vinyl has been coming back strong as we all know, even with younger generations – and we are just minutes away from campus.

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The film features the Arbutus Record Show along with comments from some of our great vendors including, Dave Hoffer, Todd Simpson, Frank Ruehl, Chris Armbruster, and Juany Santos, and even 2003 UMBC alum, Carl, a collector who has been coming to the show since 2005. Yay Carl! You can copy and past the link below into our browser or watch the video by clicking here.

Thank you Michelle!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TCCGp46ZqXnuoQVOfRoH_-H051N964fm/view?usp=sharing

 

Over the holidays, we hope you had a chance to see Bohemian Rhapsody about the British super group, Queen and its charismatic singer, Freddy Mercury. Although there are a few alterations to the true story for dramatic effect, you can’t argue that Rami Malek becomes Freddy – it is uncanny. And the rest of the cast was fabulous as well. Congrats to him and the movie for the Golden Globe wins. In fact, someone did a side by side comparison at the Live Aid concert. Pretty spot on!

 

Join us for our last show of 2018 this Sunday, December 16! Celebrate the season and find tons of great holiday gifts for that special music lover!

 

IMG_0736 charlie brown xmas read alongChristmas is just around the corner! It is hard to believe our last show of 2018 is coming up this Sunday, December 16. Come and find wonderful music gifts for that special person – DVDs, CDs, vinyl, posters, books, T-shirts and more! The show runs from 9 am to 3 pm and admission is always FREE. Breakfast and lunch are also available for purchase.

Bring the kids and stop by the 25th Anniversary AVFD Old Fashioned Christmas (train) Garden!

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A great big THANK YOU from our family to all of our vendors and buyers this holiday season making 2018 another great year!  And a HUGE thanks to our fearless leaders, Janet (pretty in purple) and and Frank (working in the background).

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Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first show of 2019 on January 20th!

Winter has made its mark and Thanksgiving is almost here. Join us this Sunday, November 18th and get a jump on your music gift shopping!

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It is hard to believe we have had our first snow of the season and Turkey day is fast approaching. That means family, friends, football and most important, being thankful. Time flies and there are only two more shows for 2018 which means only two more chances to to shop for music gifts for your family and friends! Join us this Sunday, November 19 at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department and get your jingle on!

Admission is always FREE and we are here from 9 am – 3 pm. There is breakfast and lunch for purchase while you are shopping. Our vendors have tons of unique and special gifts for those special someones in your life this holiday season.

We are thankful for all our wonderful vendors and for Frank and Janet for keeping this fantastic show running so successfully! We are also thankful for our shoppers, the old and the new. The show is always a warm and fun atmosphere and you can’t beat the great music and finds. We look forward to seeing you! Here are some treasures for kids of all ages that we have spotted at the show – T-shirts, posters, magazines. picture disks, and even a stained glass piece of art – recognize the album cover and group?

 

With the success of A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965 and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in 1966, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was the third holiday special which aired on CBS in 1973. It even won an Emmy Award the following year. What added to the charm of these specials, besides the beloved characters and scripts by Charles M. Schulz, was the brilliance of the soundtrack, composed and performed by Vince Guaraldi and his musicians. The music set the mood and was very sophisticated for a cartoon. Here is just a sampling:

Fall is here! Time for football and “boo-tiful” music! See you Sunday, October 20th for our next show!

There’s a nip in the air. It’s football season and Halloween will soon be upon us. Before the game, stop by the show at the Arbutus Fire Department Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is always FREE and we have our great food service for breakfast and lunch.

Only THREE more shows left in 2018 – time flies! So mark you calendar ahead for November 18th and December 16th! It’s never to early to start your music holiday shopping for family and friends! We found this special album last sale and many  more
that we will share with you in upcoming posts.

 

Here is a Halloween-themed song to enjoy – an 80s classic and groundbreaking video “Thriller” – more of a mini- movie – from the legendary Michael Jackson!

And from Lady Gaga, continuing to make her mark in the current remake of “A Star is Born, ” the classic “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”