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:










Fall (and football) are finally here! So is our next show – this Sunday, September 18th (and Freddie is back!)

After our summer break it was fantastic to see so many people at our August show! Fall, football and school have begun and we are back Sunday, September 18th! Admission is always FREE and we are here from 9 am – 3 pm. We also have food service for breakfast and lunch and a 50/50 raffle. The drawing is at noon! As usual there were many wonderful finds and vendors, many coming from near and far, some getting up at 1 am to be there. That is dedication!

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Freddie with our own B Derek Shaw

In August we had an extra special treat – a visit from a true, local music legend. It’s been five years since she came to the Arbutus show but Freddie is back! Anyone who lives in the Baltimore/DC area who loves and has collected music over the past 40 years knows this modest, beautiful lady. And if there is anyone who knows anything and everything about music – from soul to jazz to R&B – it’s this lady. Everyone was thrilled to see her and we hope she comes to many more! Thanks to Derek Shaw, we had a chance to talk to her for a bit – although we probably could have spent hours chatting! She’s got great stories to tell and could write a book (and we told her so!) Derek also found one of her old business cards.

Freddie's business card

The Braxtons are her cousins (Yes, Toni Braxton!) For five years she dated a band member who played with Ray Charles. Her ex played with James Brown for 10 years. Freddie attended every show at the Royal Theatre which was THE place to see the biggest stars in the black entertainment in Baltimore. You name them and she has every autograph of every musician you can think of (such as Nat King Cole, Count Basie). She got to go back stage, sat on Otis Redding’s lap and did errands for James Brown.

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Freddie started collecting records in 1957 and became a self-educated student of music. When Road House Oldies opened in Brooklyn just over 40 years ago (sadly it closed but the Silver Spring store is still in operation), Freddie walked in, already an expert and knew more than the owner. She wanted to help and for the first eight years, was not paid “per se.” If anyone had a question about music, Freddie knew the answer.

Working at Road House Oldies was for the love of music. She already had a job at AT&T. Despite a bit of stage fright, she was asked to demonstrate to Japanese and German businessmen how the the first computer chips worked and other advances in technology through the years. She was also a disc jockey on a variety of radio stations starting in 1961 –  WNAV, WKHS, WEBB, WSID and WPFD. We are so thrilled that we had the chance to talk to this incredible lady and we hope to see her sweet smile more often!

Celebrate the last show before our summer break (and Father’s Day too!), this Sunday, June 19 (and a peek at Ringo Starr’s recent concert).

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Ringo Starr at The Warner with His All Starr Band, June 18, 2016.

Celebrate our last show before the summer break in July (don’t worry, we will be back in August ) and Father’s Day! You can find a special gift of Dad’s favorite music from back in the day or something for yourself that brings back the best memories of your father. Remember the show is always FREE! Visit us from 9 am – 3 pm at the Arbutus Fire Hall. Enjoy great vendors and their expertise in music and collectibles. We also have great food on the premises for purchase and the atmosphere is always fun and friendly for every kind of music lover!

Yours truly just had a treat last night attending the Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band  at DC’s Warner Theater. Maybe some of you were there as well. There were true legends up on that stage and they made it clear it was a love fest. The guys get along so well and it shows in their incredible blend as a band. There have been approximately 12 iterations since Ringo started touring with this concept 1989 and it is still going strong. It was hit after hit from the original people who wrote and performed huge chart toppers, and all superstars in their own right. The band members included Todd Rundgren on guitar, Mister Mister’s Richard Page on guitar, Santana’s lead singer Gregg Rolie on keyboards, Toto’s Steve Lukather on guitar (he can stand toe to to with any rock guitarist living)the multitalented Warren Ham on percussion and saxophone, and drummer Gregg Bissonette and of course, the original Beatle – Peace & Love, THE Ringo Starr! Ringo still looks great and sounds great! He was delightful and full of fun, often interacting with the audience. One person even brought a”Ringo Starr for President” sign and he held it up on stage.  Each member sang a few songs from their vast repertoire. So many hits, the audience wished they could play them all!

These artists represent three decades of some of the best music ever recorded – from the 60s to the 80s – but the music is timeless and the talent is off the charts! If the band comes around again, it is a must see. In the meantime, we know you can find lots of their music and memorabilia represented at the show this Sunday! In fact, we saw some goodies at our show in May from The Beatles:

beatles bubblegum cardsBeatles collectible bubblegum cards.

beatle memorabiliaBeatles ephemera.

More photos of the concert:

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todd and page2Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette and Todd Rundgren.

Join us for our special 4th Sunday show, May 22!

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Tom Engle with some of his comic book treasures from the 1970s.

It looks like April and May switched weather this year! A rainy, relaxed Sunday is the perfect day to come out and search for all your favorite music treasures. In May, the show always falls on a special fourth Sunday instead of our usual third Sunday. This year it’s May 22! Time and location are the same: 9 am – 3pm at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department and admission is always FREE! We also have food on site to purchase for breakfast and lunch.

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In April, we spoke to one of our favorite longtime vendors, Tom Engle. You can always count on him to find rare and unusual items. This time he brought hard to find 1970s romance comics (Oh the drama, the clothes!), vintage music magazines such Downbeat and Metronome whose great covers were graced with legendary jazz artists such as Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Dizzy and Frank Sinatra.

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Tom also had a great collection of picture discs for sale – huge in the 80s – with great art and novelties such as a 3D disc packaged with 3D glasses.

As a collector, Tom loves rockabilly, Baltimore and DC groups, garage bands and novelty instrumentals from the 60s. He even played in some local bands back in the 60s and 70s! Tom started seriously collecting around 1983. Along with joining our record show throughout the year, he also has a booth at the Antique Depot in Ellicott City.

Though fellow vendors and buyers tease him, Tom’s goal in selling records and music memorabilia really is “to find records a good home.” And Tom always delivers! Stop by his booth on Sunday!

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

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

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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