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Monster Music & Movies will be bringing new and old vinyl fans together on Saturday, March 26th, for the Charleston Record Expo, the first record convention to be held in Charleston in many, many years.
Other cities have them – Atlanta, Columbia, Charlotte, Savannah, and others nationwide – and now here. Vendors from all over the Southeast will be setting up tables and selling LP’s and 45’s from all musical genres. Others will have CDs, DVDs, music memorabilia, imports and rarities, and all sorts of collectables. In addition to music, at least one vendor will have comic books and related items. Food and drinks will be available for sale.
While popular belief holds that the music industry is in turmoil, in reality demand for physical music is still sizable. A particular bright point is the resurgence of vinyl – that’s right, LP records. 2010 witnessed a 14% increase in LP sales nationwide, following a 33% increase in 2009 and an 89% increase in 2008, at times surpassing digital music sales increases. Turntables are commonly sold at not just specialty retailers but at big box stores now as well. People are rediscovering, or discovering for the first time, the satisfaction of the warmer, fuller sound on vinyl.
This event is free and open to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 946 Orleans Road. Tables are available to vendors for $50 each or 2 for $80.