School is back, fall is almost here, and so is our next show on Sunday, September 18!

IMG_7685We are back with our show on Sunday, SEPTEMBER 18! Join us at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. NO admission and plenty of FREE parking! Last month’s show was amazing and the most vendors since the pandemic. (A little secret is that you can come as early as 7:30 am and perhaps snag some super special finds -sshhh).

Sadly we just lost one of greats— jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, 87, who successfully crossed over to pop success with “The In Crowd” which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. A fabulous live recording was done locally in DC at the Bohemian Caverns. He received the 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award. Lewis was also a mentor to Maurice White who was in Lewis’ trio. He would later go out on his own to form another legendary band, Earth, Wind, and Fire, which clearly had a jazz influence in their music and made them one of the most successful bands ever.

The In Crowd album

On a lighter note, yours truly had the great opportunity of seeing a legendary band in concert this summer—British new wave rockers Duran Duran. On their 40th Anniversary Tour, they made a stop at Merriweather and put on a fabulous show with the uber-talented Nile Rodgers and Chic opening for them (Rodgers produced their album “Notorious.”) Thanks to the fans, Duran will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November in Los Angeles.

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Below are some of the great finds to be had at the show!

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It’s almost summer! Join us for the fourth Sunday show, May 22!

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Time to get some cool tunes and music deals for hot, summer days! It’s a 4th Sunday show, MAY 22! It’s right before the start of summer, Memorial weekend. The hours are 9 am – 3 pm and ADMISSION is always FREE! Plenty of FREE parking! Bring family and tell your friends! The Arbutus Record Show is held at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall located at 5200 Southwestern Boulevard in beautiful Arbutus, MD.

We had a wonderful show in April, very busy all through the day and we also had some fun buyers! Carl is a drummer and teacher in the county and told us a great story about Jim Chapin who was Harry Chapin‘s father but also a great musician in his own right! He was a jazz drummer, the author of books about jazz drumming and was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2011. He played with some of the great bands led by Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey. Carl met Jim who offered to mentor one of his students for two hours at his studio on Long Island—and he himself also learned so much from him! 

 

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Carl, drummer and teacher, with one of his finds!

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Here’s another fun buyer who let us take a photo of his fun T-shirt!

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We had a great crowd! See all the great things below we found last month at the show and there will be more at this month’s show.

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It’s going to be a “cool” Sunday so join us Sunday, August 15 for a great show!

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Mike, Stephen and Janet.


Come on down to this month’s show, Sunday, August 15, 9 am -3 pm at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department just outside beautiful downtown Arbutus. Always free admission and parking! Masks are recommended and bring food and drink for a lovely day at the record show.

Last month’s show was amazing for many reasons! It was busy all through the day, BIG news that we will be having a show every July and, finally, the show was visited by two gentlemen, Mike Klein and Stephen Dransfield, from Anthony Avenue Records who were filming, taking pictures, and interviewing our very knowledgeable vendors for about four hours. The two are doing a podcast and eventually a documentary tentatively entitled “Music Wizard” about the life and career of, Allan Mason, a Baltimore boy who made good in Hollywood as an A& R man at Janus and A&M Records and music producer for over two dozen films, notably with Baltimore’s own favorite director, Barry Levinson. Allan’s passion for music came from his father’s Baltimore jukebox business. He started collecting records when he was eight and eventually collected over 100,000 records and 45s! He is still going strong as his work will be heard in Barry Levinson’s next film, “The Survivor.”

Mike is also from Baltimore, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Art in guitar, who also made his way out to California and was mentored by Allan Mason and is making this documentary to honor his mentor. The Arbutus Record show was one of many shows they will visit around the country to film the documentary.

A display was put up about Allan and music items to highlight many of the projects he was involved in during his long and successful career. Below is a summary of his work that was part of the display.

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Notice of filming!

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Filming as people look at a display of some of Allan’s music accomplishments.

Just a sample of the many projects Allan was involved with as A&R man for record companies and as a music producer for films.