Spring has sprung! Come to our special 4th Sunday show on April 23!

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We hope you all had a great Easter/Passover season! Spring has arrived and is in full bloom. With a late Easter this year, we have a special show on the fourth Sunday of this month – April 23!

We are back at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is always FREE! We also have food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch options. Come by and search for some unusual music items – like these we spotted last month. Say hello to Janet and Frank, who do a wonderful job running the show!  Frank is a music expert extraordinaire and Janet keeps the ship running smoothly. See you there!

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Special anniversary edition of Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” with pop-up art.

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Very cool picture disc of “Johnny Johnny” by Prefab Sprout.

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Rock n roll buttons galore!

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A diverse group of CDs spanning all genres!

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.

No April showers but a shower of music collectibles! Join us this Sunday, April 17!

Spring has finally arrived! Join us this Sunday for our April 17th show at the Arbutus Fire Volunteer Fire Department for tons of music collectibles and deals from our vendors. The show is always FREE with breakfast and lunch offered for sale as you peruse the many booths filled with treasures and great finds. We are open from 9 am -3 pm and look forward to seeing you there!

Our pre-Easter holiday show last month was hoppin’ with a great crowd and some interesting finds. “Bunnies” could be found as well as soundtracks to some childhood TV favorites, Beatles and a whole lot of KISS imports. Russ Katz came with his company, The Vinyl Revivers. He explained and demonstrated the clever system he created to clean those precious vinyl records.

 

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.

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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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