Today at noon at the Winchester in Lakewood
, vinyl aficionados can potentially add to their collections as the Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club descends upon the place for a "social, swap, sell and spin" dubbed the Burning River Record Riot.
"This isn't a tavern show like we have at the Happy Dog. This is the real deal," says organizer Jason Burchaski in a press release about the event. "Have you seen the actual hall at the Winchester? It's gorgeous. It's huge. It's Cleveland rock and roll history."
Admission is free for buyers; sellers will pay a $5 fee.
"At $5 a table we can cover the shoestring budget we operate on with flyers and whatnot," says Burchaski, adding that vendors will come from Chicago, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Detroit for the event. "If you can't cover the $5 table fee in your first 15 minutes, you might need to rethink what you are bringing to sell. The Burning River Record Riot is not about selling the same Beatles records over and over. It's about finding the rare records you have been crate digging for. We are about quality."
There will be record show specials as well as door prizes and a 50/50 raffle, plus DJs spinning vinyl all day. Admission is free.
While sales of compact discs continue to decline, sales of vinyl, the format once considered obsolete, are on the rise.