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 a bit of Memorial Day weekend with us this Sunday, May 24!

American Flag Vinyl Record Album art by Jeff Bartels

American Flag Vinyl Record Album art by Jeff Bartels

Join us this Sunday for our special Memorial Day Weekend show! Spend a little time with us in between celebrating with family and friends and honoring our brave men and women in the arm forces for their service to this country. The show hours are 9 am – 3pm and always FREE admission. All our great vendors will be returning with great finds of all kinds. Don’t forget to check out our DIRECTIONS section for some updated information about getting to the venue due to highway construction.

At last month’s show, we found some great treasures with a distinctively British flavor. That fit in well with a special week for this editor – more to come about that! But first some of our great Brit finds!

First edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.

First edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Not for sale (sadly) but a precious collectible of one of our vendors. This is the very first edition of what would become the iconic Rolling Stone Magazine, the bible for everything music. It was November 9, 1967. The photo on the cover was Beatles’ John Lennon, from the World War II comedy, How I Won the War,  in which he starred that year.

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This is a very rare find from another Beatle, Paul McCartney, although the artist credited is The Fireman. Producer Youth, a member of Killing Joke, remixed McCartney’s material that eventually produced the album, Off the Ground, and from Wings’ 1979 Back to the Egg. Neither are credited on the album but EMI confirmed their participation. Released in 1993, this clear vinyl double LP is entitled Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest and was a techno, experimental  effort. Sounds interesting!

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Among some DVDs of the Yardbirds and Pink Floyd, we found wonderful collection of Elvis Costello’s first three albums and rare to find in vinyl. He issued his first three albums in 16 months and here they are  – My Aim Is TrueThis Year’s Model, and Armed Forcesbrought together in one boxed set called 2 1/2 Years.

Spring has definitely arrived! Come to our April 19 show this Sunday!

We mean it this time – spring is finally here! The O’s are back playing baseball – and trees and flowers are finally in bloom! So are our great deals and finds at this week’s Arbutus Record Show! Come on down and celebrate spring with us this Sunday 9 am – 3 pm with all our great vendors! They shared some wonderful finds last month and our favorite announcer and B Derek Shaw (Keystone Record Collectors) had his Irish on! (And don’t forget his PA show is on May 3rd!)

Janet Ruehl also found a great article about the show that was also featured on the cover of the Sun Magazine, May 28, 1995. You can find it on our Facebook page and while you are there, please LIKE us!

Here’s a link to a great blog by Chris Richardson called Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist called ’90+ Years of Baltimore in Song’ complete with YouTube links!

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Here is a fun, colorful album cover for Bud Shank of West Coast Jazz fame. It is all about the bossa nova!

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Our own Frank Reuhl had some fantastic compilations!

80s pop queen Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics puts her own spin on standards and blues in her recent release "Nostalgia."

80s pop queen Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics puts her own spin on standards and blues in her recent release “Nostalgia.”

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Some great memorabilia from a local radio legend, Lee Case!

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Southern rockers, Molly Hatchett, had beautiful album and display art utilizing the talents of notable fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. This rare and large display is entitled ‘Dark Kingdom.’ It was the cover art for their second album, 1979’s ‘Flirtin’ with Disaster.’


Our announcer B Derk Shaw had his Irish on for last  month's show!

Our announcer B Derk Shaw had his Irish on for last month’s show!

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The fourth American album for British rockers, The Who, released in 1968.

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A classic, in colored vinyl! David Bowie’s ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.’


Love is all around! Join us Valentine’s Weekend, February 15 for our next show!

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Larry Kessler of the underground psychedelic band GODZ

Join us for another great show during Valentine’s weekend for more musical deals on February 15. It’s never to late to find a gift for that special someone!

The first show of 2015 was a great success with many diverse vendors and collectors enjoying the day. Larry Kessler of the underground psychedelic rock band GODZ joined us for the first time (interview coming soon)Laura Kooyman of reinKarnations brought her clever, re-imagined vinyl and record creations back to the show and Jay Monroe of R&B Tees came with his wonderful T-shirt selection. He will be back for our February show! We also spotted some collectibles with great graphics. Did you know that Bing Crosby was the rock star of his day? And for a few hundred dollars, you can own a rare original Beatles’ Yellow Submarine lunchbox? See you February 15!

Laura Kooyman of reinKarnations with Janet.

Laura Kooyman of reinKarnations with Janet.

Jay Monroe of R&B Tees

Jay Monroe of R&B Tees

Rare Beatles's 'Yellow Submarine' Lunch Box

Rare Beatles’s ‘Yellow Submarine’ Lunch Box

A Bing Crosby collection album cover

A Bing Crosby collection album cover

Join us this Sunday, January 18, for our first show of 2015!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! Time for our first show of 2015 – this Sunday! We look forward to seeing all of our favorite vendors – and you – after the long holiday break. It is perfect time to beat the cold hunting for some great new music finds. Remember, the show is from 9 am – 3 pm and is always FREE!

It’s Valentine’s Day right before next month’s show, so this Sunday is a good time to find that romantic, memorable song that you shared with that special someone. There might even be a special love story amongst our vendors.

Here is one of this editor’s picks and comes with an update about the group. One of the most highly successful 80s New Wave bands from Britain, Spandau Ballet, had a hit in 1983 that put them on the pop music map forever and made them superstars. This song reached Number One in 21 countries and is the soundtrack for many a romance and wedding (and, we suspect, a baby or two). After a 19-year breakup, the boys reunited in 2009 for a widely successful tour but didn’t make it to the States. That is all about to change much to the joy of their fans. The group will be touring in the U.S. for the first time in over 30 years, including an appearance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on April 28.

Spandau Ballet also produced a fabulous rock doc (and is also the name of the tour), Soul Boys of the Western World. Even if you aren’t fan of these New Romantics, their story will surprise you. It’s a great slice of a social and pop music history but more importantly, it is a tale of friendship found, lost and found again. Here is a “True” love song!


Holiday Show Wrap Up and New Dates for 2015!

Janet and Derek at the arbutus record show Christmas show

December was a great show with tons of shoppers and vendors celebrating the season! We had a gift certificate giveaway and one of our vendors, great friend of the show and announcer, Derek Shaw (with Janet), won the draw!

We were even treated to a serenade from Mr. Herb singing along to a vintage Cardinals tune. As we all agreed, they don’t write them like they used to! You can see the video on our Facebook page. Mr. Herb has a beautiful voice and a great spirit!

Make sure to check out our ABOUT page for the new 2015 dates . We look forward to seeing you there!

Our 3rd Annual Favorite Christmas Song List! Part Two

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And now for Part TWO of vendor holiday favorites! What could be more wonderful – and at the time, surprising – than two different generations of music icons coming together for a beautiful duet of “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth.”  (Click on song name for video.) This is Perry’s choice to start the second part of our list!

Shawn: Disco Christmas, Universal Robot Band [1977]
Ricardo: This Christmas, Donny Hathaway
Barbara: White Christmas, Bing Crosby (with Danny Kaye)
Winston: Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt
Jill: Christmas is Coming (from A Charlie Brown Christmas), Vince Guaraldi Trio
Tom: Wonderful Christmas Time, Paul McCartney and Wings (1979)
Albert: Silent Night, The Temptations
George: Christmas at K-Mart, Root Boy Slim
Ike: This Christmas, The Whispers
Herb: Every Year, Every Christmas, Luther Vandross
Tanya: Have A Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives (1965)
Tom: Dear Santa, Syng McGowan

And a few of our editor’s fun favorites:
Last Christmas, Wham!
Christmas Medley, The Swingle Singers
When My Heart Finds Christmas, Harry Connick, Jr.

Wishing you all a blessed and joyful Christmas and see you in the NEW YEAR!


Our 3rd Annual Favorite Christmas Song List! Part One

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It is time for our annual vendor list of their favorite Christmas song. They were as diverse as the vendors themselves and so many we are doing the list in two parts! From the traditional to the not so traditional, all mean something special to our vendors. Click on the song name and enjoy! Let us know what your favorites are!

Janet Ruehl: Oh Holy Night, Andy Williams
B. Derek Shaw: 
Christmas in Love, Firefall
Skip and Kelly: Carol of the Bells, Art Garfunkel and Amy Grant
Vince: Please Come Home for Christmas, The Eagles
Gregg: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Jackson 5
Marty: All I Want For Christmas Is You, Vince Vance & the Valiants
Chad: Oh Holy Night, Nat King Cole
Kenny Shriver: Do They Know It’s Christmas, Band Aid 1984
Joe Bryant: Silver Bells, Kenny G
Jim Reeves: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love
Dave: Silent Night, Tom  Waits
Mike Lambert: The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
Sid: Oh My Papa, Eddie Fisher
John Woods: There Was A Star/Riverside 1962from The Staple Singers album ‘The 25th of December’
Linda & Butch: Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee
Sonny: So This Is Christmas, John Lennon
Shane: Fairytale Of New York, The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl
Bernie and Christie: White Christmas, The Drifters
Dave: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,Perry Como
Bob: Someday At Christmas, Stevie Wonder

Stay Tuned for Part Two!


Our final show of the year is this Sunday, December 21! Celebrate the season with us!

It’s that time of year! The holiday season is upon us and this Sunday is the last show to buy all those gifts for your favorite music lover – or a little something for yourself! We are also introducing our very own Arbutus Record & CD Show bag with our new logo! Ask your favorite dealer for yours. Also coming up is our annual favorite Christmas song list from our vendors.

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Only two more shows of 2014! Join us this Sunday, November 16!

It’s hard to believe there are only two more shows left in 2014 but never fear, we already have our dates for 2015. And a brand new flyer and logo design by Frank and Janet’s very talented daughter! Remember always free admission and we are open from 9 am  – 3 pm. It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping for your favorite music lover. Next month, look for our annual Christmas favorites list and videos from our vendors.

Arbutus Record Show 2015 flyer

Arbutus Record Show 2015 flyer