Brews and beat shine at first ever record fair in Silver Spring

RECORD FAIR PICTURE 1Vendor Dave Hoffer stands in front of his records. PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE   SILVER SPRING — Barrels of beer were covered with vinyl records, while organizer and c, played dance tracks from the top of a fermenter at the first ever Silver Spring Record Fair on Sunday at Denizens Brewing Company.

“It’s a way to spread the love of vinyl around Montgomery County, to bring folks into records together to listen to good music, have some beers, and buy some records,” said Megan, who was the organizer of the event.

The event lasted for five hours and featured 20 vendors and six different DJs who spanned many different genres. Three of them, Bobby Babylon, Leon City Sounds, and Megan himself, mainly played world music and reggae.

The rest of the day featured disco and boogie tracks, mostly by relatively unknown artists such as Nite Class. DJ Trev Ski was the last DJ of the night, performing an all-vinyl set.

“It’s talking to people through music, coercing them to dance,” said DJ Trev Ski who is a resident DJ at the 18th Street Lounge.

Megan said he wishes to expand the event, and make it biannual, in the vein of similar fairs in DC and Baltimore.RECORD FAIR PICTURE 2 DJ and Record Fair organizer Kenny Megan performs at Denizens. PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE 

The vendors ranged from representatives from storefronts like Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring to vendors like Microdot Mindwear, whose owner, Dave Hoffer, forgoes a physical storefront to sell to customers at fairs around the East Coast.

“I’ve been selling records for 37 years, I do it for a love of music and to support my own habit of collecting,” said Hoffer.

The vendors sold all styles of music, ranging from movie soundtracks to hip-hop, to international records. Modern albums like Kanye West’s debut album “College Dropout” were sold in the same room as Emory Cook’s field recording of Trinidadian steel drum bands, making for a diverse browsing experience.

Several vendors also sold “bootleg” recordings never officially released by the artist or record label. Hoffer for example had a 3 LP live concert set from Peter Gabriel’s 1982 performance in Munich.

“Decide what genre you like and expand on that,” said Hoffer when asked on what advice he would give an aspiring collector, “There’s so much good stuff out there, don’t be afraid to listen new things.”





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