GREAT NEWS! The music is playing again as we have our FIRST EVER July show on the 19th!

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It’s true! After four months, we are back with our first July show ever! Join us Sunday, July 19 for a big return. Same time same place –  9am – 3 pm at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall. After missing our our great vendors and buyers, we are doing this per the safety requirements of the AVFD. There will also be more open spacing around the dealers. We can’t wait to see all of you!

Here is the list of facts and precautions from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department:

  • There is a limit of 120 individuals in the Hall at all times.
  • All doors will remain shut except the main entrance by the vestibule.
  • It is required that a mask be worn at all times by all individuals.

What did you listen to while we were away? I stumbled upon a couple of genres of music that I missed in the late 80s and early 90s. One was surprisingly local, coming out of of the post-punk era in Washington, D.C. This music had a greater emphasis on melody, dynamics, and lyrics about emotions. Thus EMO was born. Panic! At the Disco is probably one of the more recognizable and hugely successful bands, with lead singer Brendon Urie and his astonishing range – the only remaining, original band member. He caught my attention in a quarantine performance with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots in a wonderful version of David Bowie and Queen’s “Under Pressure.”

Another wonderful discovery was a genre known as Acid jazz which originated in the London club scene of the mid-1980s and combined elements of jazz, soul, funk, and disco. I probably was aware of it but saw it more as a form of jazz. A really fun and grooving band from that era and still going strong is Jamiroquai.  They formed in 1992 with frontman, singer-songwriter Jay Kay and have won countless awards. Here is a perfect summer song, even though June has passed – “Seven Sunny Days in June.” Any new music discoveries for you these past few months?

See you soon!

 

June 21 show is cancelled but we are hoping for a special July19th show! Have a Happy Father’s Day!

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WE STILL MISS YOU! AVFD Hall is still closed and will not open until Governor Hogan moves the state to Stage 3. Therefore, we will not be having our Father’s Day show scheduled for June 21. We are hoping for a special July 19 show if all goes well. We will keep you updated! 

It continues to be a challenging time for everyone, including our Arbutus Record show family, vendors, and customers. We are all itching to get back to seeing everyone and looking for our favorite music and music items. But safety first! Keep spinning those favorite tunes.

Hunting around for some great father-related tunes to celebrate our dads, we came across some songs (and links to their videos) about fathers from an article in Good Housekeeping, (click here).

Though spanning many genres, it’s not surprising that many are from country singers but they are for all kinds of dads – stepdads and new dads (Brad Paisley’s “He Didn’t Have To Be”) to those fathers who are no longer with us (Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father.” No matter how you celebrate, have a great Father’s Day.

Brad Paisley – “He Didn’t Have To Be”

Luther Vandross – “Dance With My Father” 

What is your favorite dad-related song?

The 25 Best Father’s Day Songs of All Time

  • “Daddy Lessons” by Beyoncé featuring Dixie Chicks
  • “Just The Two of Us” by Will Smith
  • “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  • “Song For Dad” by Keith Urban”
  • “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna
  • “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” by John Lennon
  • “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin
  • “Love Without End, Amen” by George Strait
  • “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” by Reba McEntire
  • “Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn
  • “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” by Alan Jackson
  • “My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton
  • “That’s My Job” by Conway Twitty
  • “Father of Mine” by Everclear
  • “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” by The Temptations
  • “The Best Day” by George Strait
  • “Watchin’ You” by Rodney Atkins
  • “Daughters” by John Mayer
  • “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney
  • “Father to Son” by Queen
  • “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
  • “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley
  • “Daddy Could Swear, I Declare” by Gladys Knight and the Pips
  • “My Front Porch Looking In” by Lonestar
  • “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross

Alas there will be no show this Sunday, May 24 but keep on dancing and keep the music playing!

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First of all, WE MISS YOU! Because Baltimore City and County are still under Stay-at-Home orders for the safety and health of everyone, we will not be having our show as scheduled for May 24 but hope for the possibility of the Father’s Day show, June 21.

There is never been a July show but maybe some good news and a first! There will be a July 19th (third Sunday) show if all goes well.

We know it has been a trying time for so many, including our Arbutus Record show family, vendors and customers. We pray that you are all staying safe and well. Music is always a balm in hard times, so keep on listening and dancing and singing along to your favorites.

While at home, I discovered a music genre in the 1990s and 2000s that I was not acquainted with before. “Emo [and the subgenre, Emo Pop], a style of rock music resembling punk but having more complex arrangements and lyrics that deal with more emotional subjects.” I look forward to exploring some of this music when the shows start up again.

Here are some fun TV-related finds that have not been posted previously but found over some past shows. Back in the day, TV shows had great theme music and songs that current shows have gotten away from in the past few decades. Also, stars were encouraged (or wanted) to do albums (whether they could sing or not) with mixed, and sometimes humorous, results – thinking Mr. Spock and William Shatner.  We found that Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek also put out an album.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon in person and having fun searching for our favorite music treasures.

Secret agents, a gal from space, detectives, kids’ shows, comedies, and teen idols!

Nichelle Nichols

All in the Family

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Celebrating love, presidents, and black history! See you Sunday, February 16th at the Arbutus Record Show!

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Chatting with one of our vendors, couldn’t resist taking this cool photo.

Join us this Sunday, February 16 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is FREE! The ladies in the kitchen will also offer great and reasonably priced breakfast and lunch options.Our first show of the new year in January was a whopping success! There are so many holidays in February (and it’s a leap year). You can still get something for your special Valentine and celebrate Black History month with the great legacy of African American musicians. Since it’s the day before Presidents’ Day, come to the show and spend those “presidents!”

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The pendulum swings back! Vinyl rules but at our show,
we also have everything in between.

Just look at what we at the January show (and there will be tons of interesting  finds this month!):

Did you know colored vinyl records have been around since 1920? Here are samples from a rare Japanese Bobby Vee record to the British, 80s pop group, Bananarama.

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This is a unique and colorful from 1968. The Hellers‎– Singers…Talkers…Players…Swingers… & Doers, as described by Amazon: “…strangely fascinating album from 1968. Overseen by Jingle composer Hugh Heller and arranger Dick Hamilton (with some help from Robert Moog), this zany album merges sunshine pop with early electronics and spoken word to unique effect.”  (and that price is a steal!)

A selection of wonderful and diverse books about music.

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A couple of early picture discs.

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Music-related buttons.

Some great displays by our vendors.

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Boxed sets – among them, The Doobie Brothers who were
 FINALLY inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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Sadly we lost a great one on January 19th.  A legend, jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, aka “Little Bird,” was also a composer, arranger, teacher, and big band leader with his two brothers. He was 93 years old. Heath played with the likes of Miles Davis and Dizzie Gillespie. In 2003, the National Endowment for the Arts named him a Jazz Master.

Happy New Year – a new year and a new decade! Our first show is Sunday, January 19, 2020!

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Happy New Year! Welcome to a new year AND a new decade! It’s hard to believe it’s 2020! We had a wonderful December show and we are looking forward to another great year of shows. We return on Sunday, January 19 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.

The full schedule for 2020 is below (again thanks to Janet and Frank’s talented daughter Patty). It is not only a leap year but there are two fourth Sundays in April and May. So mark your calendars!

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All our great vendors are returning with tons of music goodies! We keep coming across articles about the increasing growth of vinyl despite CDs and streaming services. Last week, there was an episode called “Not for Sale” in the new comedy The Unicorn on CBS about one of the characters having a difficult time selling his vinyl records at a yard sale – discussing the warmth and richness of a record. Everyone is catching up to what all of us have always known.

Along with LPs and 45s, there are always a great variety of collectibles and fun things to be found at the show – books, tapes, CDs, buttons, DVDs, T-shirts, figurines, posters, and so much more. Since our next show comes after Valentine’s Day, it’s a good time to find a gift for that special person.

Here is a sampling of some things you may find. Happy hunting!

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banana splits

van halen

UK artists

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cabbage patch record tote

buttons books

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Hard to believe Thanksgiving is around the corner! It’s never to early to start shopping for the holidays. Join us Sunday, November 17th!

 

Fun Thanksgiving-themed guitar picks!

Time flies! One minute it is summer and the next, a deep freeze indicating that winter is not far behind. There are only two more shows left in 2019 so that means there are only two more chances to to shop for music gifts for your family and friends! Join us this Sunday, November 17 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department! A little bird (Janet) posted that for this show, all the tables are booked – a sold out show with 55  dealers from several states with tons of incredible music deals! This is a show not to be missed!

Admission is FREE  and breakfast and lunch are available as you shop for those unique and special gifts for those special people in your life this holiday season.

We are so thankful for Frank and Janet who works so hard to keep the amazing show running. It just gets better and better every year and there many more to come. It also wouldn’t be the great show it is without the wonderful vendors and patrons who make it so special.

October’s show was “SPOOKTACULAR” and here are some of the fun finds!

We also found more great  (some rare) country music for any of you love the genre and who saw the wonderful Ken Burn’s documentary this fall, Country Music.

There are many interesting and unusual items to be found. A theme was the stars of TV and films, some very unexpected who made albums or who graced album covers. Do you recognize these lovely ladies?

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Did you know before he was a huge star on “The Carol Burnett Show,” Tim Conway did a couple of comedy albums with his friend, Ernie Anderson (much like the partnership of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner). This album cover from 1967 likely took its concept from Herb Alpert’s hugely popular albums of the time that started with “The Lonely Bull.”

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A wonderfully politically incorrect album we found was from the legendary actor Robert Mitchum who was legitimately a good singer and musician. In the great film, “Rachel and the Stranger” with Loretta Young and William Holden, he sings and plays the guitar.

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It seems that anybody and everybody on TV in the 60s made albums. We know about William Shatner who was able to laugh at his own questionable “singing” talents but his TV partner and friend, Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, also released a few albums and we spotted this one.

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Then there was this gem! Elvis Presley Speaks – In Person! A rare 78 rpm, original 1956 Flexi-Disc. The playing surface was on a cardboard and fabric/silk material which was very unique for its time.

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These are just a few of the amazing and fascinating items you can find at the show! We look forward to seeing you!

Summer is still hanging on! The deals are “hot” so come by Sunday, September 15 for some “cool” music finds!

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It was SO great to see everyone at our show In August after our summer break! The place was packed! Don’t forget to join us September 15th from 9am-3pm at the air-conditioned Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall. You can come earlier while the dealers are setting up and perhaps score a big deal before the crowd pours in. Admission is always FREE and the lovely ladies in the kitchen serve up tasty and very reasonably priced food for breakfast and lunch.

As we posted on our Facebook page, a recent article in Rolling Stone told us what we have known for some time – vinyl is making a BIG resurgence! It’s so incredible that “Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986.” We love all of our music, no matter the format, but there is nothing like that rich, deep sound of vinyl – imperfections and all. You can go to our Facebook page for the link to the full article.

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It was so good to see familiar faces and we are also noticing that more ladies and families are coming to our shows which is amazing. And let’s not forget, August marked  the 50th Anniversary of WOODSTOCK. Our own Merriweather Post Pavilion ALMOST became the site of the celebration. Some things you just can’t recreate. And we never forget the anniversary of the passing in August of a giant, Elvis Presley.

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We found lots of goodies along with some favorite regular vendors and buyers.

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Vendor Bill Cox and his “Crabby” hat!

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 Mega collector John was so excited about the new bag he got from Derek, our wonderful announcer! And John loves our website!

The ladies of all ages are representing!

More goodies below!

 

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!

 

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: