Beat the heat and summer storms and come to our special July show on Sunday the 18th!

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We are BACK with a very special JULY SHOW — Sunday, July 18th! Cool down and look for fun, summer tunes to rock your next barbecue or vacation! The show runs 9 am – 3 pm, and always FREE Admission with FREE and ample parking. It was great to see our fearless leader, Frank, last month, thankfully on his way to recovering from Covid. 

Returning from last month’s show is Howard Dinkel and his fabulous tie-dyed T-shirts, scarves, and shirts!

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We have it all!  See below some of the things you may find this weekend. See you there!

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Join us for a very special Father’s Day show, Sunday, June 20th! See you there!

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This year, we get to share some of Father’s Day with you for our June 20th show. It is extra special because our favorite dad and the man responsible (along with his better half, Janet) for our great show, Frank, will be making a brief appearance after beating back Covid! We had a great show last month, but we missed Frank and his great tables of music —along with his expertise. Thanks to great doctors and lots of prayers and good wishes from our record show family, he is home and on the mend! We look forward to seeing him  and he will be happy to see all of you! Masks are highly recommended for the safety of our dealers and customers.

The show runs 9 am – 3 pm, always FREE and always FREE and ample parking. We have to wear our masks for a bit longer but July will be coming and we will have a special show! Stayed tuned!

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.”

dreamstime_xxl_53248228Sammy Hagar (who replaced David Lee Roth when he left the band), Eddie and Alex Van Halen perform in the Round at the Centrum, Worcester, MA. 1995 by Eric L. Johnson Photography.

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!

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

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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.

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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.

Mark your calendars for our special 4th Sunday show, May 27 – and we have some big news…!

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First, mark your calendars for a special 4th Sunday show this month, May 27 at the Arbutus Fire Hall! It’s 9am – 3pm and always FREE! The gals in the kitchen will be looking up some great food for breakfast and lunch!

Now for the REALLY BIG NEWS! Finally people are discovering what we knew all along. Vinyl never went away and it is coming back strong! You might have seen Janet’s post on Facebook – she was just too excited to keep a secret for too long. Arbutus Record Show is featured in the May issue of Baltimore Magazine all about the Baltimore music scene. First the cover! “Vinyl Mania: The Record Plays On” refers to our article called “For the Record,” written by John Lewis with photography by Matt Roth. It runs on pages 108-111 and concludes on page 159. We thank John and Matt for such a great article!

We are posting each page of the article so you can read it here but you still have time to run out and get a souvenir copy of your own. We are so proud and honored to be recognized in Baltimore Magazine! 

Vendor Chris Armbruster is featured as well as our beloved Miss Freddie and dealers Catherine Bailey and Jack Skutnick. Joe Vaccarino, the expert on Baltimore music, gets a shout out too. Even some of our great customers are interviewed. Patty Reuhl has a mention selling her “snappy T-shirts.”

Our own Frank Reuhl has his quote featured and we think he sums it up pretty well:

“It’s all about the hunt,
discovering the music, and
meeting good people.”

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Bring your “Presidents” to our Sunday, February 18th show and get some great music deals!

Join us this Sunday, February 18 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is FREE! We also have great food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch! Fabulous deals and a wonderful variety of music-related items to be found!

We had a great turnout at our first show of 2018 in January! Janet was seen sporting the new Arbutus Record Show T-shirt (which you can purchase at the show) and her groovy record earrings. Janet and Frank also showed us that they are our favorite sweethearts, doing a little dancing to some tunes provided by our announcer extraordinaire, Derek Shaw.

February means love, celebrating our past presidents and it is also Black History Month. We found some wonderful music that celebrates the great contributions of African Americans to American music history – jazz, soul, blues and pop!  Represented are the great ladies of song, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horn and Billie Holiday; The Story of Jazz as written and narrated by celebrated author, Langston Hughes; albums by Sam Cooke, Etta James, and jazz greats Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie; 60s supergroup Sly and The Family Stone; and pop all-stars like Prince and the Jacksons on picture discs! Even a fun album by the “greatest” – boxer Cassisus Clay –  soon to be known as Muhammad Ali! So come on down and get your groove on this Sunday! See you there!

Come visit us Memorial Weekend for a special 4th Sunday show on May 28!

The show featured in The Washington Post and the return of beloved vendor

This month we have another special fourth Sunday show over Memorial Weekend on May 28th. Take a break from your holiday festivities – and remembrance of our brave fighting men and women – and join us at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is always FREE! We have food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch options. Come by and search for some special music items.

We have two pieces of great news! John Kelly wrote a great feature this week in The Washington Post, “At this Maryland vinyl fest, the wax will never wane” and you can view it here or on our Facebook page. It features two of our vendors Greg Greenstein and Tim Harris (he will be there!) Here are a couple of screen shots.

Our second piece of news…after a long absence, a very much missed vendor and all around nice guy will be returning to the show. We were so delighted to see him at last month’s show and thrilled that he will be here this Sunday. Stop by and visit Al Ercolani at his booth to welcome him back.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Join us for the last show of 2016 and come by this Sunday, December 18 and shop for those last minute gifts!

In honor of a great music legend, David Bowie, who we lost too soon this past year, among so many, we thought this would be fitting for the season. Two great music legends on opposite sides of the music spectrum performed this memorable duet in 1977. Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy. 

Hard to believe another holiday season is upon us! Shake the cold and join us this Sunday, December 20 for our last show of 2016!  This is the final chance to get that special gift for your favorite music-lover – or even a special something for yourself.  You can find great bargains and treasures from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is always free and breakfast and lunch are available for purchase.

Thank you and blessings from our family to all of our vendors and buyers this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

We scoped out some pretty cool Christmas-themed music items last month and we are sure there will be tons more this Sunday! Here is just a sampling: