Join US for pre-Thanksgiving music shopping, Sunday, November 20th!

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We had a great show last month – can you spot one of our fearless leaders, Janet, in the crowd? Get a jump on the Black Friday, pre-holiday rush and join us Sunday, November 20 and get some music, gift-giving shopping done before Turkey Day! It is hard to believe that there are only two more shows left in 2016. Never fear we already have our dates for 2017. See our new flyer below.

Admission is always  FREE and we are here from 9 am – 3 pm. There is wonderful food to purchase for  breakfast and lunch. Whether it a music gift for family and friends or a present for yourself, our vendors have tons of special, hard to find items!

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Below is a sampling of some of the goodies and unique items you can find at the show! Is there a heavy metal fan in your family? How about a KISS jigsaw puzzle? Or a rare oldie by Bill Haley and the Comets, or a selection of record label T shirts, vintage jazz magazines or a Donnie and Marie 45 record carrier! We have it all!

 

 

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.

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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!

We’re Baaack! Join us as the show returns on Sunday, August 21st!

It has been a long, hot summer and we  you hope you have been enjoying crabs, the beach and “dem Os!” The Olympics are almost over and we are so proud of all our Maryland medalists. Excuse the pun, but it must be something in the water!

Arbutus Record Show is ready to rock and roll with wonderful vendors bringing some fabulous new items! Cool off and join us this Sunday, August 21 for some great deals on all your favorite music items. The show is open from 9 am – 3 pm and always FREE! Bring your family, neighbors and friends!

At our June show, one of our favorite long time vendors, “Microdot Man” of MicroDot MindWear, brought 30-40 rare and original, blacklight psychedelic art posters from the late 60s – and they were bought up like crazy! Very popular with bands and the youth culture in the 1960s and early 70s, the posters tried to visually represent the spiritual experiences young people were seeking in a very turbulent era. The style was influenced by curvilinear calligraphy found in Art Nouveau and the bright, intense colors and abstract patterns of of the Pop art movement. Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Who, and Janice Joplin were among the superstars of psychedelic music. For more information on Psychedelia and the Psychedelic movement, go to this link.

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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:

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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.



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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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The Beatles, apple-shaped colored vinyl

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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