Jingle all the way to our show! Come for last-minute music gift shopping this Sunday, December 20!

a jolly christmas from Frank Sinatra
It’s countdown to Christmas and all the other year-end holidays! There is one more chance  to get that last-minute shopping done for your favorite music-lover – or even a special something for yourself. We know you have been nice all year, supporting our show and all of our great vendors. Join us this Sunday, December 20 for our last show of 2015! Search for great bargains and treasures from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is always free and breakfast and lunch are available for purchase.

In honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, here are a few holiday classics sung by ol’ blue eyes and some of his pals, Ella Fitzgerald and  Nat King Cole.

ella wishes you a swinging Christmas

Get a jump on the holidays! Join us this Sunday for our November 15th show!

T shirt

It’s getting closer to the holiday season so there are only two more months to find those special gifts of music for friends, family – and perhaps even a little something for yourself! Join us this Sunday, November 15, 9 am-3 pm at the Arbutus Fire Hall. Our vendors are overflowing with special finds and remember, it’s always free! 

We also are excited to announce our schedule for 2016! So mark your calendars for next year!
arbutus 2016 flyer.jpgAt last month’s show, we had a special attendee! Frank Merrill joined us after being on a road trip for 30 days. Like our great announcer, Derek Shaw, he is also a huge roller coaster fan but there is something even more important about Frank. He not only has a record collection of over 400 thousand records but he is the largest collector of radio station surveys in the world. What a honor to have him visit the show!

Frank Merrill

Frank Merrill

A fall nip is in the air! Join us for our show this Sunday, October 18!

We had a fantastic show last month and there is more in store this Sunday, October 18 at the Arbutus Fire Hall! Our great vendors will be returning with lots of music and unique music items. Come on down from 9 am  – 3 pm and remember, it’s always FREE! Here are a few great discoveries from last month’s show:

Below: Draw the Line is the fifth studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released December 1, 1977. The portrait of the band was drawn by the celebrity caricaturist Al Hirschfeld best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars.

Aerosmith's 'Draw the Line' Al Hirshfeld album cover

Aerosmith’s ‘Draw the Line’ Al Hirshfeld album cover

Below: Comic book style interpretations of Grateful Dead songs: Grateful Dead Comix No. 1 Comic (left) – January 1991 published by Kitchen Sink Press. Grateful Dead Comix No. 4 Comic (right) – December 1992.

greatful dead comix

Below: Love Me Do’ Limited Edition Apple Shaped Red Vinyl – Beatles 7″ 45

beatle apple colored vinyl

The Beatles, apple-shaped colored vinyl



Fall is finally here! Join us for our next show this Sunday, September 20!

Record Display

Record Display

Our first fall show is coming up this Sunday, September 20 and we look forward to seeing you there. It’s always FREE and we are open 9 am – 3pm! We had a great show in August after the summer July hiatus – lots of goodies and new items from our vendors and a great turnout by music lovers.

One cannot help but notice the artistry that is rarely found these days. First some fun. Remember the campy and fun TV series in the 60s – Batman and Robin? They made a record soundtrack and it is a rarity.

Batman and Robin Record

Batman and Robin Soundtrack Record

Below is a gorgeous poster for the band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, by the famous rock poster artist, Dail W. Beeghly, done in the 1960s.

creedence clearwater revival poster

Creedence Clearwater Revival Poster

We also found some great sheet music from more 60s bands including The Monkees, The Mamas and the Papas, The Rolling Stones, and The Royal Guardsmen.
60s sheet music

Our own Frank Ruehl had a another great treasure – four prints of The Beatles, illustrated by the distinguished artist, Nicholas Volpe. He painted portraits of many famous celebrities and world leaders. He won a Golden Grammy in 1958 for Best Album Design for Frank Sinatra’s record “Only the Lonely” and had a lifetime contract to do the portraits of the actors and actresses who won Oscars for Best Performance each year. Volpe also completed portrait commissions of President John F. Kennedy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and President Ronald Reagan.
beatles john lennon
beatles paul mccartney

These drawings were originally done in pastel on black paper. There are also notable because the first sitting for these drawings was done shortly after the band had come to New York City in 1964 for their historic performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The final sitting took place in Las Vegas. Capitol Records created posters from the final illustrations.
beatles george harrison
beatles ringo starr

Are you ready?!! The Arbutus Record Show returns this Sunday, August 16!


Great 80s finds and these groups or lead singers of these groups are on tour!

Great 80s finds and art – so much artistry when vinyl was king. These groups or lead singers of these groups are on tour this year.

We hope you have been having a wonderful summer break! Arbutus Record Show is ready to go with all our wonderful vendors who are going to be bringing some fabulous new items! This music lover has been having an 80s rewind summer as it seems all the great bands from that era have come back to our shores and are touring all over the states – long with home grown talent. Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Duran Duran and Huey Lewis and the News, to name a few. And all have new albums in the works!

Tell us what concerts you have seen this summer! Don’t forget – admission is always FREE and we are open from 9 am – 3 pm! So come on down this Sunday and see what new music treasures can be found!!

Here’s a clip from one of the best concerts I have ever attended (and about where I was sitting) – Spandau Ballet at the sold out Pacific Ampitheatre in California on July 29, 2015. They were “GOLD!” Still rocking after 35 years (and really nice gents, too!)

Huey Lewis and the News came to Baltimore but here they are in Texas with “The Power of Love!” Huey always gives a great concert!

Culture Club with the always colorful and talented frontman Boy George just performed at Wolf Trap in Virginia on Monday! Another fabulous concert! Here they are in Atlantic City!
“Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” 1982


A great June turnout before the summer break! Mark your calendars for August 16!

We want to thank all of our vendors and music fans who took some time to stop by on Father’s Day last month! It’s time for our July break and we hope you have plans for a trip to the ballpark, the beach or concert or two. Huey Lewis and the News, Spandau Ballet and Culture Club for this editor – it’s an 80s summer! We hope music is always part of your summer plans! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the return of the record show on August 16.

Here are some great photos and finds from our June show!

The Ruehl family

The Ruehl family

Tanya dressed to the nines in 50s retro fashion with Janet Ruehl

Tanya dressed to the nines in 50s retro fashion with Janet Ruehl

Beatles display

Great display highlighting Beatles treasures

Another fabulous display from one of our vendors

Another fabulous display from one of our vendors

Rolling Stones 45

Rolling Stones 45 “Get Off Of My Cloud”

Great 80s finds and these groups or lead singers of these groups are on tour!

Great 80s finds and art – so much artistry when vinyl was king. These groups or lead singers of these groups are on tour this year.

Celebrate Father’s Day with us at the last show before the summer break – Sunday, June 21st!


The Arbutus Record Show is not just for older guys and collectors. At last month’s show we had a visit from a college student and her dad, a record collector. Since our next show is coming up on Sunday, June 21, on Father’s Day, this is a perfect story. Fathers share great gifts with us and often they pass on their love of music. Laarni, a biology student at UMBC, came with her father, Leo, who has shared music with her since she was a little girl – 50s music, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles – as well as jazz fusion. It is the rich sound of vinyl that they both appreciate.

At UMBC, Laani wants to connect with the Vinyl Club in the fall and she is already a member of the Culture Club. After attending our show last month, she will be taking flyers back to school to encourage other like-minded students to come to future Arbutus Record shows since it is so close to the campus. Since her background is Filipino, she is hoping to find other students who might have Filipino records to share as well as vinyl from other countries.

Like any other college student, Laarni listens to current music including alternative and indie and loves Paramore. She also listens to classical music as well. We hope to see Laarni and Leo back at the show as well as more UMBC students in the fall.

Bring your dad or find him a special gift of music this Sunday, 9 am -3 pm and remember it’s always free admission!