SPRING IS COMING! So is our next show, Sunday, March 28!

Spring is just around the corner and so is our March show! This month it is the fourth Sunday! Come by Sunday, March 28 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is FREE and parking is FREE! We had a great show in February but, alas, all the great photos taken were lost when the old phone just couldn’t go on. I have a new one and ready to shoot lots of great photos at the March show. Below are a couple of Janet’s great shots.

Even though we hope many of of you have or will be getting vaccines, we still have to wear our masks in compliance with the state law. Continue to MASK UP,  socially distance, and bring your own food and drink. We will have lots of great vendors and music treasures.152840648_1859350910884052_6654647884053247190_n

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Remember the days when you sat listening to your favorite song on the radio so you could tape it on your cassette player? Remember all those favorite mix tapes? We can thank Dutch inventor, Lou Ottens, who passed on March 6, 2021 at the age of 94. Not only did he invent the audio cassette, he also invented the CD player! The chart below, credit to Forbes India, illustrates his contributions. Where would music lovers be without him? We have lots of dealers who sell both cassettes and CDs.

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Happy New Year! Join us for the first show of 2021 on Sunday, January 17th.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe New Year! It was a challenging one. We had to cancel a few shows but there were great shows towards the end of 2020 — and respectful of Covid safety. Thank you all — vendors, customers and followers — for your continuing support! 

We are looking forward to a year of great shows in 2021 but let’s start with our first show of the year on Sunday, January 17th! Great vendors will be at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm where admission AND parking is always FREE. Please continue to adhere to COVID safety precautions — wear your mask at all times (covering the mouth AND nose) and socially-distance. We aren’t able to have food served for purchase yet, so remember to bring your own food and drinks.

 We sadly lost so many great musicians last year, and most recently Gerry Marsden of the great British band of the Beatles era —also from Liverpool and also managed by Brian Epstein — Gerry and the Pacemakers. Legend has it that he wrote “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” for his girlfriend at the time because they had broken up — and she became his wife! We will miss that golden voice. We lost so many from all over the music spectrum — Little Richard, Eddie Van Halen, Bill Withers, Kenny Rogers, John Prine, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Charlie Daniels, and so many, many more. Thankfully we will always have their great music and it is one heck of a band upstairs!

Reposting our new flyer for the year so mark your calendars and see you Sunday!

Come shop for wonderful music gifts at our show on December 20th and celebrate the season! It’s been a challenging year but we have hope for 2021!

We had a great show last month! It has been a challenging year but we were able to resume our shows and this is the last for 2020 – Sunday, December 20 —just in time for the holidays! Celebrate the season while looking for wonderful music gifts – DVDs, CDs, vinyl, posters, books, T-shirts, picture discs, and much more! We are open from 9 am to 3 pm and admission and parking are always FREE!  Please continue to adhere to COVID safety precautions and wear your mask at all times (which means covering the mouth AND nose) and socially-distance. This is particularly important at this time.

Sadly we lost another great one, country music singer Charley Pride. He was a pioneer with a golden voice. Could be you can find some of his wonderful Christmas albums at the show.

Here are some other Christmas goodies to hunt for!

Our NEW 2021 schedule is posted in our ABOUT section of the website. A new flyer with the upcoming dates will be available at the show. Wishing you all a blessed and safe holiday and a happy New Year!

Thanksgiving is around the corner so it’s time to start shopping for the holidays! Join us on Sunday, November 15th!

We are keeping in touch with our host, the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, and at this point, we are having our November show! Come visit us from 9 am – 3 pm. NO admission and plenty of FREE parking! Please continue to adhere to COVID safety precautions and wear your mask at all times (which means covering the mouth AND nose) and socially-distance. This is particularly important at this time.

Please put DECEMBER 20 on your calendar as we hope to finish the year with our last show before Christmas!

After celebrating Mr. Jack‘s 90th birthday in September, we had quite a scare with him at last month’s show. This post from our “sister” show Pennsylvania Music Expo sums up the day and how the Arbutus Record Show family showed what a wonderful village we are.

“Long time Pennsylvania Music Expo vendor and good friend, Jack Supplee, wasn’t feeling well. He was set up next to Lou Vlangas. Lou turned to see Jack on the floor (relax he’s okay.) A number of us rushed to his side, got the paramedics, and off to the hospital he went. Lou and Sarah Malloy kept his tables going for him through the day. To our surprise, Jack was discharged and returned late afternoon. At 90 years old, we have to consider, maybe he really is Superman. The best part is the end of the day. When it was time to load out, we told Jack we would help him. In one of the best acts of kindness we’ve ever seen, lined up at his table to help him load was: Billy Martin with his cart, Lou Vlangas with his cart, Derek Shaw with his cart, Will Williams with his cart and John Hertzog with his cart. It was an act of kindness that brought tears to Jack’s eyes as well as others. Jack words, while in tears, were ‘It’s wonderful to have such good friends.’….IT WAS PRICLESS. As they say, it takes a village.”

More photos of great gift ideas posted soon.

It’s no “trick” but a great “treat” to present our show on Sunday, October 18th! Mark your calendars for the November 15 and December 20 shows!

jackCelebrating Mr. Jack’s 90th birthday at the September show!

Fall is here and soon Halloween will be upon us! Come by the show at the Arbutus Fire Department Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. NO admission and plenty of FREE parking! We have our wonderful vendors  back and continue to adhere to COVID safety precautions. Please wear your mask at all times (which means covering the mouth AND nose) and remember to socially-distance. The tables are socially-distanced in the hall for your safety too. 

We look forward to doing all our remaining shows this year. So it’s not too early to mark your calendars for the NOVEMBER 15 and DECEMBER 20 shows!

Last month, along with our great finds, we celebrated Mr. Jack’s 90th birthday a few days early! We remember when we had a party because he said he was retiring. But you can’t keep a good man down. He’s has more energy than most people half his age!

On a sadder note, we lost guitarist extraordinaire, Eddie Van Halen early in October. Another giant of the music world gone too soon at 65 from cancer. The legendary guitarist, songwriter,  and co-founder of the 80s rock group, Van Halen, he is considered one of the most talented and ground-breaking guitarists of all time. With hit after hit, including “Jump,” “Panama,” and “Hot for Teacher” to name a few, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Fun fact: Van Halen contributed the guitar solo in Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” from Jackson’s monster hit album, “Thriller.”

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Below are more of the great photos and finds from September’s show. See you at the show!

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We LOVE Derek’s record mask!

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That early fall nip is in the air! Join us Sunday, September 20th at the record show!

Janet sporting a fun mask and wearing the great record show T (designed by her daughter Patty) at the August show.

Seems like fall has come early and we are back with our record show on Sunday, September 20! Join us at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall from 9am – 3 pm. NO admission and plenty of FREE parking!

Our our great vendors are returning and we are following COVID safety precautions.  Please wear your mask at all times, remember to socially-distance. The tables will continued to be spaced out in the hall as well. July and August have worked successfully and we look forward to continuing that success through the end of the year – and beyond!

There is still no food available yet at the hall, so please remember to bring your own food and drinks. Last month’s show was a great success and there were many wonderful finds and a great variety of items. We found the muppet, Animal, on his drums, 8-tracks (!), lots of Beatles (including a Yellow Submarine lunchbox), a Jerry Garcia doll, and even some cool guitars! Join us for more fabulous finds this month!

Success! We are back again for our show this month on Sunday, August 16!

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The first-ever July show was a success and we are back with our regularly scheduled show on Sunday, August 16! Join us at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall from 9am – 3 pm. As always, there is NO admission and plenty of FREE parking!

Our our great vendors are returning! We will still be following COVID safety precautions, so please bring and wear your mask at all times. The vendors will be socially-distanced around the hall. Hand sanitizer will be available, as well as face masks (if you forgot yours).

Still no food available yet at the hall, so please remember to bring your own food and drinks.

Desmond Moulton

There was a celebrity in our midst at the last month. Desmond Moulton is an award-winning conductor, vocal music educator, and a Neilsen SoundScan-charting singer/songwriter from New York City. His new album, “Happiness is Priceless,” recently debuted at Number 4 on the Nielsen SoundScan Reggae Chart. Desmond helps colleges and choirs recruit and keep great singers and musicians while also empowering singers and musicians to succeed in the business. We wish Desmond all the best!

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In other exciting news, the legendary New York DJ, Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow is returning to radio on WABC 77 AM Radio in NYC on September 5th to spin those classics of rock and roll! For more about this icon, check out this story here! We know all the good things come back again. Congrats, Cousin Brucie!

Please check out upcoming shows for the rest of the year posted under our “About” tab on our homepage and our flyer which is available at the show.

Check out the variety of finds awaiting you at the show!

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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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