Join us November 21st (the Sunday before Thanksgiving) and start your holiday shopping early!

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It’s hard to believe that there are only two more shows left in 2021! Join us the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 21, from 9 am – 3 pm at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. Start your holiday shopping early for all your special music fans—and get a little present for yourself! Mark your calendars for DECEMBER 19, 2021 for our final show of the year! As always, NO admission and plenty of FREE parking!

Below is a small sampling of the great finds (and one snappy dresser) to be had, provided by our wonderful vendors! We have it all—from classical to jazz, country to soul, rockabilly to heavy metal, posters, T-shirts, magazines, DVDs, CDs, tapes, 45s, books, figurines, and VINYL which is making a huge comeback and outselling all other formats. 

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Fall is here! Come to our “Spooktacular” show on Sunday, October 17 and scare up some great music deals!

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Soon Halloween will be upon us and so will our next show coming up on October 17 at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. NO admission and plenty of FREE parking! We have our wonderful vendors with some scary, great music treats. Masks are suggested.

It’s also not too early to mark your calendars for the NOVEMBER 21 and DECEMBER 19 shows!

There were some fun goings-on at our September show! First we had a new vendor, designer Stephanie Diederich, trying out her record-themed wares, including bags and Ts. Janet was wearing one of her cool, limited edition T-shirts! We wish Stephanie great success!

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We gave Mr. Jack a birthday salute! He turned 91 years young in September! We think it’s the music and the fact that he is still a vendor at our show that keeps him young and full of life 🙂

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And even Mighty Mouse made an appearance!

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More goodies! 

“See you in September!” School is back, fall is almost here, & our next show is September 19!


We are back
with our record show on Sunday, September 19! Join us at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. As always, NO admission and plenty of FREE parking! There is still no food available yet at the hall, so please remember to bring your own food and drinks. Masking is recommended.

Last month’s show was amazing! We had a very special guest vendor, Kathy McCabe, the producer of an amazing award-winning 2013 documentary, Good Ol’ Freda about The Beatle’s devoted and loyal secretary, Freda Kelly who waited 50 years to talk about her experiences. It was also first independent film to have successfully licensed original Beatles recordings (4), including “I Will” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”

Kathy McCabe is an award-winning photographer and Beatles expert with widespread experience in the music industry. She has worked as a publicist and manager, a music video and album producer, and also a recording studio manager. She initiated and engineered the production of Good Ol’ Freda. Kathy was so lovely to talk to! Along with selling copies of the DVD, she was also selling a few gems from her own massive Beatles collection. We hope to see her again at another one of our record shows!

Kathy is actually a Baltimore girl from Catonsville who now lives in Alabama on the Gulf Coast. She met Freda in the 1970s and became a good friend. Forty years later at a family wedding, Freda decided to open up to Kathy about her experiences. She said she wanted her grandson Nile to know what she had done in her youth. Freda was also the president of The Beatles fan club and gave away all of her Beatle memorabilia after the group disbanded. Freda is currently involved with an upcoming film about Brian Epstein – she was also his secretary. The most important thing to her was meeting Beatles fans all over the world. Freda still lives outside of Liverpool and over the years, Kathy has visited her often.

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“Freda had just graduated from school and was working her first job as a secretary, as a typist, at a food cannery; and two of the guys from upstairs, two of the accountants, took her to the Cavern during a lunchtime session. She’d never seen The Beatles or heard of The Beatles, and they used to play the lunchtime sessions every day in Liverpool. So they took her for her lunch break, and she fell in love right away, and started going every single day; I think she saw The Beatles like 180 times during their lunchtime sessions. So The Beatles became familiar with Freda always being in the audience, so when it became time to hire a secretary, they knew that there was this girl that was always there, and she got hired. She was 17 years old.”
                                                                                    – Director, Ryan White

For more information, go to goodolfreda.com

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It’s going to be a “cool” Sunday so join us Sunday, August 15 for a great show!

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Come on down to this month’s show, Sunday, August 15, 9 am -3 pm at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department just outside beautiful downtown Arbutus. Always free admission and parking! Masks are recommended and bring food and drink for a lovely day at the record show.

Last month’s show was amazing for many reasons! It was busy all through the day, BIG news that we will be having a show every July and, finally, the show was visited by two gentlemen, Mike Klein and Stephen Dransfield, from Anthony Avenue Records who were filming, taking pictures, and interviewing our very knowledgeable vendors for about four hours. The two are doing a podcast and eventually a documentary tentatively entitled “Music Wizard” about the life and career of, Allan Mason, a Baltimore boy who made good in Hollywood as an A& R man at Janus and A&M Records and music producer for over two dozen films, notably with Baltimore’s own favorite director, Barry Levinson. Allan’s passion for music came from his father’s Baltimore jukebox business. He started collecting records when he was eight and eventually collected over 100,000 records and 45s! He is still going strong as his work will be heard in Barry Levinson’s next film, “The Survivor.”

Mike is also from Baltimore, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Art in guitar, who also made his way out to California and was mentored by Allan Mason and is making this documentary to honor his mentor. The Arbutus Record show was one of many shows they will visit around the country to film the documentary.

A display was put up about Allan and music items to highlight many of the projects he was involved in during his long and successful career. Below is a summary of his work that was part of the display.

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Filming as people look at a display of some of Allan’s music accomplishments.

Just a sample of the many projects Allan was involved with as A&R man for record companies and as a music producer for films.

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!

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

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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.