DALTON – When you’re looking for the perfect vinyl record, chances are your journey has probably taken you to some dark, crowded, or moldy places. Berkshirecat Records Store owner Andrew Garcia hopes to change that experience on Sunday May 1 for the inaugural Central Berkshire Record Show.
The fair, at the Stationery Factory, will feature a wide variety of vinyl records from two dozen vendors, food from the Biggins Diggins food truck, a full bar with local craft beer and a full day of DJ sets. DJs include Pup Daddy Productions (Tim Dupree), The Forty-Cinologist (Edward Martuscello), DJ Ketchabone (Michael Keleher) and DJ B-17 Bomber (Edward Pelkey). VIP entry will begin at 8 a.m. and general admission will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In describing his vision for the event, Garcia said he wanted to create an experience with a wide selection of records for music fans to browse and buy in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
“I wanted to create a high-end record show experience where there would be hundreds of cases of vinyl records (45 rpm and LPs), CDs, cassettes, etc., but also a place to sit, eat and drink and have a day. of it,” he said in a press release. “Although the resellers are of the same caliber as you’ll find at any of our regional record fairs, this won’t be a dark, cramped, dusty VFW room or hotel conference room without window.”
Garcia’s record store, Berkshirecat Records, is also located inside the stationery factory. The shop sells quality new and used records, CDs, cassettes and more. Garcia said record shows offer a similar environment to a record store, but a show is on a much larger scale and is limited to a single day.
Through her experience as a music educator, Garcia has seen how important music can be to a community and how it can bring people together.
“As a store owner, I witnessed a new local vinyl community centered around collecting and listening to records,” he said. “Many customers owned records at one point but got rid of them by the time the CDs came out, so they are now reclaiming what they once had and reconnecting with the ritual of listening to music on vinyl.
The Central Berkshire Record Show is meant to be an inclusive experience for longtime collectors and for those new to the musical medium. Although it’s been around since the late 1940s, Garcia says vinyl records aren’t out of fashion just yet.
“It’s hard to categorize the explosive popularity of vinyl records,” he said. “…veteran diggers love nothing more than spending hours sifting through cases of vintage records. For others, their first experience with the medium was picking up a pop album at Target. Central Berkshire Record Show is meant to cultivate an air of inclusion and new discoveries for everyone who attends, whether they’re a veteran or a newcomer.