Summer is still hanging on! The deals are “hot” so come by Sunday, September 15 for some “cool” music finds!

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It was SO great to see everyone at our show In August after our summer break! The place was packed! Don’t forget to join us September 15th from 9am-3pm at the air-conditioned Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall. You can come earlier while the dealers are setting up and perhaps score a big deal before the crowd pours in. Admission is always FREE and the lovely ladies in the kitchen serve up tasty and very reasonably priced food for breakfast and lunch.

As we posted on our Facebook page, a recent article in Rolling Stone told us what we have known for some time – vinyl is making a BIG resurgence! It’s so incredible that “Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986.” We love all of our music, no matter the format, but there is nothing like that rich, deep sound of vinyl – imperfections and all. You can go to our Facebook page for the link to the full article.

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It was so good to see familiar faces and we are also noticing that more ladies and families are coming to our shows which is amazing. And let’s not forget, August marked  the 50th Anniversary of WOODSTOCK. Our own Merriweather Post Pavilion ALMOST became the site of the celebration. Some things you just can’t recreate. And we never forget the anniversary of the passing in August of a giant, Elvis Presley.

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We found lots of goodies along with some favorite regular vendors and buyers.

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Vendor Bill Cox and his “Crabby” hat!

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 Mega collector John was so excited about the new bag he got from Derek, our wonderful announcer! And John loves our website!

The ladies of all ages are representing!

More goodies below!

 

We are back from summer break and ready to rock! Join us Sunday, August 18th!

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We hope you are having a great summer and took advantage of the July break with some fun in the sun – beach, barbecues and baseball! The Arbutus Record Show is back and ready to rock with the return of our fabulous vendors and stacks of great, new items. Join us Sunday, August 18 for great deals on all your favorite music items. The show is open from 9 am – 3 pm and is always FREE! The fire hall is air-conditioned and our food ladies will be there with great breakfast and lunch options as well.

When you think of summer, you can’t help but think of the beach and surfing. This year, we lost a music icon in Dick Dale (born Richard Monsour), known as “The King of Surf Guitar.” He learned to play many musical instruments as a child and then picked up the guitar. Dale learned to surf after his family moved to California when he was a senior in high school. His performances at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California in 1961 spawned the surf music phenomenon. Dale’s unique sound was influenced by his heritage as a Lebanese- American his interest in Arabic music.

The British Invasion, lead by The Beatles in 1964, was a huge hit to surf rock – as well other music genres at the time – and its national success was short-lived. However, Dale’s career had a rebirth in the 80s when he was nominated in 1987 for “Pipeline” with Stevie Ray Vaughn from the Back to the Beach – a film in which he also appeared. When Quentin Tarantino used Dale’s signature “Misirlou” in his movie classic Pulp Fiction in 1994, Dale’s music reached a whole new audience and rebooted his career again.

Dale was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in 2009 and  the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California in 2011. Due to a multitude of serious health issues, Dale had to tour to pay the bills and was booked through November of this year. Sadly he succumbed to his illnesses on March 16.

Dale was not only a pioneer in developing his own unique music form and a killer guitar player, utilizing reverb, he also contributed to the development of music equipment. He worked with Fender to create the first 85-watt transformer and then they teamed with the Triad Company to produce a 100-watt version, known as the Dual Showman. He also is considered by some to be the father of heavy metal, influencing such artists as Eddie Van Halen.

When you think summer, you think beach and you can’t help but think of Dick Dale’s unique sound!

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, June 16 at the Arbutus Record Show!

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Spend part of your Father’s Day with us this Sunday, June 16 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is always FREE! We have the ladies serving great breakfast and lunch options as always. It’s a perfect time to show your dad some music love with fabulous gifts!

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May’s show was hopping and made even more special by the appearance of one of our favorite people and former vendor, Al Ercolani, Jr!  He came with his lovely daughter, Jill, and everyone was so thrilled to see him! We are hoping maybe he might consider coming back once and awhile. He is so knowledgeable and kind and we wish him well.

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Janet was at the mic making a special announcement during the show. She and her wonderful husband (and dad), Frank, always do a great job!

There were tons of booths with beautiful displays of a wide variety of music deals last month. All our great vendors will be back this Sunday to help you find something special to celebrate dad. See you there!

Don’t forget! There is no show in July, so enjoy your summer! We will see you back August 18!

 

It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Visit us on Sunday, May 26 and start your summer with great music!

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Hard to believe summer is finally HERE! Don’t forget to make some time in between family celebrations and honoring our military heroes and visit us this Sunday, May 26 for some great summer music finds! Come to our home at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9am – 3pm and remember, it’s always FREE!

We will have the full complement of our great dealers who promise to bring loads of fabulous music items. The gals in the kitchen will be cooking up some great food for breakfast and lunch.

April’s show was another success and we found some really interesting items including some rare Beatles items, Star Trek Book and Record sets, a guitar, and so much more!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with us! Put on (and bring) your “green” this Sunday, March 17th!

Spring is just around the corner and this year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on the same day as our Sunday show! Put on your green (and don’t forget to bring your green) and maybe you will find that elusive pot of music gold! Come by this Sunday, March 17 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is always FREE! We hope the lovely ladies might serve some Irish treats like last year but the food is always good with great breakfast and lunch options.

There was a packed show in February. Janet was lovely in red, celebrating Valentine’s Day. We look forward to seeing her decked out in green!

We also had some special guests from upstate New York in February. They both love the show and try to make it at least once a year since it is quite a trip for them. Perhaps that is why the hall was jumping! Jack Skutnik and Tom Konopka hail from Binghamton and Rochester respectively. Like all collectors, they started very young. Jack began collecting at five years old when he bought the “Teddy Bear’s Picnic.” He loves the Arbutus Record Show and has come down for the past 10 years with tons of great music. Jack started doing shows in the 80s and is now up to around 18 a year – including producing five shows of his own.

Jack Skutnik participated in our show in February. He hails from Binghamton, New York.

Jack Skutnik participated in our show in February. He hails from Binghamton, New York.

Tom drove seven hours down from Rochester and had a huge display of great music at his booth. He started collecting when he was a teenager. After a few years of being “Mr. Mom” to his daughter, he started doing shows. About half of his own collection is jazz and the rest crosses all genres. We wish they were closer but love having both of these friendly and knowledgeable vendors visit our show at least once a year!

Tom Konopka from Rochester, NY shows off his booth of extensive music offerings.

Tom Konopka from Rochester, NY shows off his booth of extensive music offerings.

Celebrate a month of holidays this Sunday, February 17th at the Arbutus Record Show!

Join us this Sunday, February 17 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is FREE! We also have great food great breakfast and lunch options. Wonderful deals and a great mix of music-related items are available from our fabulous vendors. It’s alway a good time hunt for romantic finds for your special Valentine! Celebrate Black History Month with the great musical contributions of African American artists and don’t forget to bring your “Presidents!”

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Derek, our great announcer at the helm. If you are looking for something special or anything at all, let him know and he will let our vendors know!

We kicked off our first show of 2019 in grand style with a big show in January. Here are some of the great variety of wonderful musical items that we found including, books, buttons, lunch boxes and of course, great vinyl!

 

Some great vintage lunch boxes, including rare Beatles!

 

Some vintage equipment and ton of books on the Rolling Stones. Wonderful displays by our vendors, showcasing their offers!

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Fun, music-themed buttons!

 

Some romantic Miles and a “Heartbreaker!”

Join us for our last show of 2018 this Sunday, December 16! Celebrate the season and find tons of great holiday gifts for that special music lover!

 

IMG_0736 charlie brown xmas read alongChristmas is just around the corner! It is hard to believe our last show of 2018 is coming up this Sunday, December 16. Come and find wonderful music gifts for that special person – DVDs, CDs, vinyl, posters, books, T-shirts and more! The show runs from 9 am to 3 pm and admission is always FREE. Breakfast and lunch are also available for purchase.

Bring the kids and stop by the 25th Anniversary AVFD Old Fashioned Christmas (train) Garden!

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A great big THANK YOU from our family to all of our vendors and buyers this holiday season making 2018 another great year!  And a HUGE thanks to our fearless leaders, Janet (pretty in purple) and and Frank (working in the background).

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Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first show of 2019 on January 20th!