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Nashville, TN | ‘It makes me really uncomfortable.’ Business reacts to bill allowing some guns in businesses who prohibit them: A proposed bill would restrict businesses from prohibiting guns. Currently, only a sign can prevent someone from walking into a business with a gun. But even that might not be enough for business owners to keep them and their customers safe. …Vinyl Tap in East Nashville said while employees can’t always prevent people from walking through its door, it can take steps to prevent trouble from arising. “I just feel the need to make it clear that we do not want those in here,” said Todd Hedrick, the bar and record store’s owner. He said he knows placing a sign restricting guns in the businesses may not stop people from bringing in guns. However, he said he has done everything to make sure people know they’re not allowed, or else they may be charged and fined. “It makes me really uncomfortable,” said Hedrick.

Redditch, UK | Redditch independent record shop counting down the days: There is just over a week to go until one of Redditch’s favourite independent shops closes its door for the final time on February 3. Located just off Church Green East, Vintage Trax record shop returned to the town centre in September 2020, amidst the Covid epidemic, after six years on Birchfield Road, Headless Cross. But despite the nationwide increase in sales of vinyl records, the past eight months have been challenging for the business that first appeared in Redditch with two pop-up shops in the Kingfisher Centre back in 2013. Owner Ros Sidaway said: “My bad fall at the end of May 2023 and subsequent time away from the shop to recover, rising overhead costs, the cost-of-living situation leading to a drop in footfall and sales, have all created a perfect storm that, try as I might, I can no longer navigate. “However, this is not the end of Vintage Trax…”

UK | Bruce Dickinson announces album signing appearances at five UK record shops: Want to have Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson sign your copy of The Mandrake Project, his first solo album in 19 years? Then try to keep some time free in early March. Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson is to undertake a series of album-signing sessions in UK record shops in early March. Dickinson will be signing physical copies of The Mandrake Project, his first solo album in 19 years, at five HMV stores on March 1, 2 and 3. The sessions will begin with a midnight signing at HMV Cardiff on March 1, and be followed by similar events in HMV stores in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester. The HMV website states: ‘Access to these events is limited. Pre-order the album + event entry bundle to secure your place (subject to availability, while stocks last).

Seattle, WA | There’s a huge record sale with tons of vinyl coming to Seattle this winter: If you love records, or collect them, there’s a show happening in March that you won’t want to miss. The Northwest Record Show is back in Seattle, bringing a lot of music-related collectibles to you! According to organizers, “at the Northwest Record Show, you will find tons of vinyl records, CDs, and other music-related collectibles for sale from dealers & stores from all over the PNW.” On March 3rd, you can expect over over 50 tables of records, LPs, 45s, CDs and music memorabilia at the Seattle Center Armory Food Court. As for genres, they include R&B, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly, Blues, Country, Hip Hop, Folk, Bluegrass, Punk and more. There are no advance tickets for the Northwest Record Show, and admission will be taken at the door at $3. If your record collection is already overflowing, you’ll also be able to shop other collectibles.

Gainesville, FL | Winter Record Fair held at Cypress and Grove Brewery in Gainesville: Music filled people’s ears as a record festival happened at the Cypress and Grove Brewery in Gainesville. When people walked inside of the brewery, they saw more than 25 vendors. There were many different old-school vinyls, CDs and tapes of many different genres. A resident who attended this event for the first time says Gainesville needed a vinyl fair. “I’m just mostly looking for new albums to listen to in my room, trying to collect all the David Bowie albums,” shared Hannah Herchel, a first-time attendee of the record fair. “I already have a couple. I have the Ziggy Stardust and the Aladdin San one already. I’m just trying to find more of them.” In addition to the many records, there was a local food truck, craft beer, fun and games for everyone.

Dunedin, NZ | Record and pop culture fair a ‘roaring success.’ Vinyl records and pop culture remnants — what else is better to enjoy over a beer and a pizza? Dunedin Record and Pop Culture Fair organiser Scott Muir thought much the same, and so it seems did Dunedin, with several hundred punters braving the Sunday morning drizzle to score a bargain. Mr Muir said he and organiser Leighton Jones put their heads together in October last year, two vinyl enthusiasts themselves. “We started buying and selling records online and thought it would be much more fun to do it in as social of an environment that we could.” A total of 12 vendors set up stalls outside the Steamer Basin Brewery and Taproom. Mr Muir said the fair was so busy it was hard to keep up with numbers, with customers clamouring to get in half an hour early. In fact, the event was such a “roaring success” he said people approached him about being a vendor next time.

Annapolis, MD | Maryland Hall to Host Naptown Vinyl Record Show on April 28, 2024: Maryland Hall in Annapolis is set to welcome vinyl record enthusiasts and collectors on April 28, 2024, for the Inaugural Naptown Vinyl Record Show. The event, scheduled to run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, promises a day filled with music, food, and the opportunity for attendees to explore a diverse array of vinyl records, CDs, and tapes. The show is designed to cater to casual music fans and serious collectors, offering a platform for participants to discover unique finds and share their passion for music. In addition to the main attractions, the event is expected to include additional surprises, enhancing the experience for all visitors. Vendors specializing in vinyl records, CDs, or tapes are encouraged to participate in the show. However, space is limited, and interested parties should register as soon as possible.

Pasig City, PH | Indie artists take centerstage in One Stop Record Fair 2023: It is the most wonderful time of the year for audiophiles at the “One Stop Record Fair 2023” held at the Activity Area of the Ayala Malls The 30th in Pasig City recently. After finally having the vinyl and audio equipment they’ve wanted for so long at a discounted price, there were vinyl records from the 60s to 2020s music, which are discounted up to 50 percent and as low as 200 pesos as well as cassettes and compact discs (CDs) sold by over 30 merchants. Among the record sellers were Sounds Inc., Plakatons, Vinylhead Records, Manila Vinyl, Mamsy Records, Musique Vibe Records, Vinyl and Disc Philippines, and so much more. …“I’m happy that collectors flocked to our event despite the holiday rush. They are happy and you can really see the excitement as they dig through the records to find what they like,” expressed Sari Osorio, the organizer of the event.

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