RAAC excited to be part of The Night of Vinyl

By Anne E. O’Keefe
Rockford Area Arts Council

The Rockford Area Arts Council is a long-time fan, first-time participant in a collaboration with four awesome local businesses. RAAC is the beneficiary of proceeds raised at The Night of Vinyl on March 4 starting at 7 p.m. at the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. Four local, independent record stores will be transforming Rockford Public Library’s Nordlof Center lobby into a one-night-pop-up-record shop.

This event focuses on collaboration rather than competition between Culture Shock Clothing & Records, 2239 Charles Street; Toad Hall, 2106 Broadway; Kate’s Pie Shop and Record Store, 6685 East State; and CD Source, 221 East State. They will have vinyl for sale before showing the award-winning documentary All Things Must Pass – The Rise and Fall of Tower Records at 8 p.m.

All Things Must Pass took Colin Hanks on a seven-year production journey to tell the story of Tower Records. Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with 200 stores, in 30 countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company’s explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon.

Before the show, guests will hear DJ Fuzz (Daniel Minick, owner of Octane) spinning vinyl while they dig through the pop-up-record-shops and enjoy a cash bar by Kryptonite.

Kate Sullivan, Kate’s Pie Shop and Record Store, is thrilled to be participating again this year. “What can I say? Vinyl rocks!” Precisely, Kate.

The record store owners collectively and strongly feel that encouraging music and arts in the lives of children makes an invaluable impact on the future of our community.

“As record store owners, we see it more than usual; music and arts are the fabric of our society. Crime and violence has held a notable presence in Rockford’s youth in the recent news. We knew we could use our event to shed a light on organizations who are reaching out to children in creative ways,” says Lauren Davis, co-owner of Culture Shock, and organizer of The Night of Vinyl.

Davis went on to say, “Rockford Area Arts Council is creating safe spaces and opportunities for children to find and grow their natural ability to create art, dance, or music. This is so important.”

Donations will be accepted for admission (suggested $5 per person) and all net proceeds will benefit the Rockford Area Arts Council’s programs encouraging children from any family, any neighborhood, and any background to have access to the arts. RAAC is happy to be working with these owners in a one night event centered around the love of music and appreciate of vinyl. We worked with each of them as individual organizations at one time or another but their collaborative spirit is truly inspirational.

For more information visit the Rockford Record Crawl Website RockfordRecordCrawl.com or email Lauren@CultureShockShop.com.

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