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Jim DeRogatis

Don’t miss the annual CHIRP Record Fair

We are incredibly lucky in Chicago to buck the trend and still boast a bevy of fine independent record stores: Laurie’s Planet of Sound, Reckless, Logan Hardware, Gramophone, Dusty Groove, the Jazz Record Mart… I could go on and on.

A little more of a to-do every year, Record Store Day—like pretty much any day—is a prime time to show these centers of musical community some love. But that isn’t until next week, April 18. Meanwhile, you can get a jump on the record-loving festivities Saturday at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, and support Our Town’s shining bastion of indie-music radio at the 13th annual CHIRP Record Fair.

As CHIRP celebrates its fifth anniversary on air (as well as streaming online) and prepares to crank up a new terrestrial signal tower, it expects this year’s Record Fair in the Randolph Street market district to be its biggest yet. In addition to myriad musical offerings on the sales tables—vinyl, CDs, T-shirts, books, collectibles, and more—from private dealers, indie labels, and local record stores, Maxwell Street’s Moxee BBQ will serve food and Dark Matter Coffee will handle the caffeine; Chic-a-Go-Go will host a dance party; DJ Mary Nisi will preside over a music quiz, and CHIRP DJ’s will spin throughout the day, in addition to “other delights.”

Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with early admission or $25 from 8 to 10 a.m. General admission thereafter is $7 or $5 with a Record Fair flyer or ad, and more info can be found here.

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