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THE REBIRTH OF VINYL HAS PROVED TO BE MORE THEN A HIPSTER-FUELED FAD! OK, do you want the bad news or the good news first? Let’s start with the bad. We knew it was happening, so it doesn’t come as a shock, the music industry sales have been declining at the rate of about 4.5 percent a year. Most likely due to the free downloads that aren’t likely to come to a halt. The good news, we are now sure the amazing resurgence of vinyl lovers is not just a hipster-fueled fad. New Vinyl sales have grown yearly at a rate of 17.7 percent, ( wrote 32 percent since 2012) quite impressive with 65 percent of the sales derived from independent music stores. But vinyl still isn’t at the top of the list as digital downloads continue to grow, almost 38 percent. One thing we can be certain of is the decline of CD sales, dropping close to 15 percent a year. And it’s probably safe to say that vinyl sales numbers are actually quite a bit higher since used album sales aren’t included in that figure. In the UK these figures are even higher in all categories. And with this comes new businesses, and the growth of surviving businesses, who manufacture turntables and all the accessories. To quote Mat Weisfeld, VP of New Jersey-based, “...the nostalgic desire to return to the days when friends would get together and sit around listening to music, and


WEST VOLUSIA COUNTY FESTIVALS 1ST FRI ROCK THE BLOCK 6-9pm First Friday Block Party, Live entertainment, refreshments, specials, door prizes, demos & more, Downtown DeLand. WEST VOLUSIA COUNTY FESTIVALS APR 8 VOLUSIA COUNTY TRAIN SHOW 9am – 4pm 250+ tables with model items in all gauges and Railroad Antiques for sale. FCMRS, N-Track and G-Scale. $7, <12 free. Coupon: Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 W New York Ave, Deland. Charlie Miller,386-736–8185. RENNINGER’S MARKET Apr 8 – Military Memorabilia Apr 9 – Guitars & Cars Apr 15 & 16 – Specialty and Antique show Apr 16 – Easter Egg Hunt 8am – 4pm. 20651 US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora, 352383-8393 or 800-522-3555. APR 8 DELANDAPALOOZA ORIGINAL MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL 1pm – 1am 150+ acts on 28 stages performing Rock, Folk Blues, Americana, Jazz, Country, Metal, Christian Rock, Ska and more. 40 art displays and various vendors. $10 Advance, $12 ONGOING 2ND SATURDAYS AT THE SETTLEMENT 11AM – 3PM Pine needle basket making, drop spindle/wool card-

posits that people genuinely miss laying on the floor reading lyrics on record sleeves. But he thinks there is more to it. As a 27 year-old who splits his time between the family business and his job as a high school and college professor, Weisfeld believes that his generation is slowly awakening to the fact that MP3s are not the

best way to listen to music, and with so many new rock and pop releases coming out on vinyl, it’s no longer an excuse to say that turntables are just for old white men who want to listen to reissued jazz and Eagles records. A renewed interest in vinyl combined with the availability of

HD digital downloads is an excellent development for the audio industry.” He also added that while his turntable sales are up, the largest selling product that they manufacture is the record

ing or a beginner weaving class. Barberville Pioneer Settlement, 1776 Lightfoot Ln, 386-749-2959. APR 29 & 30 SPRING FROLIC Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-4pm Live music, arts7 crafts, music workshops, wagon rides, antique car show, living history demonstrations. $10 Adults/$5 children. Barberville Pioneer Settlement, 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Pierson, 386-7492959. THEATRE/COMEDY Apr 8 - The Lord’s Supper - 7pm. $10 - $12 Apr 28 – 30, May 5 – 7 and 12-14 - The Mousetrap Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm. $8 – 18. Shoestring Theatre, 380 S. Goodwin St, Lake Helen. APRIL 21-MAY 14 GUYS AND DOLLS True love eventually conquers all, despite many close calls. $10 – 23. The Athens Theatre, 124 N Florida Ave, Deland GALLERIES/MUSEUMS APR 15 KNOW THYSELF LECTURE SERIES 1pm TOPIC: Buffalo Soldiers. Refreshments. FREE, Donations accepted. African American Museum of the Arts, 325 South Clara, Ave, Deland. 386-736-4004. FILM APR 7 MOVIE IN THE PARK 7:30-9:30pm “Zootopia” Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Dickinson Park, U.S. Hwy 17-92 & E Graves Ave. Orange City.

cleaning machine. So let’s face it, albums are just cool and turntables are art in themselves. And many vinyl lovers prefer integrating older

turntables into their stereo collection as much as purchasing new ones. So what inspired us to write this piece, the coveted Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22. A holiday that brings support to your hometown record stores and gives vinyl lovers the opportunity to choose from a large selection of limited issues of new albums and re-releases on vinyl. This year it’s Madam Ambassador, St. Vincent. This holiday is supported by top artists in all genres. One independent music store to pay attention to is our own Groovy Records, located in the nostalgic Downtown DeLand at 212 North Woodland Boulevard. The care and quality they put into their used albums is second to none. Listening to the full albums, cleaning, listening again and placing them in protective sleeves, you are guaranteed an album as close to new as possible. The owner Jerry Schafer , is a musician himself, piano player among other instruments. He sells and repairs new and used turntables as well as needles, guitars and amps, accessories and other related products and services. You can buy, sell and trade. Groovy Records is clean, organized and alphabetized. They will be opening at 8 AM. Another hometown record store where you can expect to see the largest supply of Record Store

FAMILY/YOUTH EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS Apr 6 – Sea, Touch & Life – 2 – 2:30pm Every Monday and Friday - Scrub Stroll – 9-10am Apr 9 – Radical Reptiles Hike – 9-10:30am Apr 15 – Raptors – 2-3:30pm Apr 20 – Earth Day Fun – 2-3pm Apr 23 – Journey of the Butterflies movie and popcorn – 2-4pm Apr 29 – Tiny Trekkers – 10 -11am Apr 29 – The Amazing Horseshoe Crab- 2-2:30pm Lyonis Environmental Center. 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona. Reservations 386-789-7207, ext. 2. APRIL 21 ANYTHING THAT FLOATS CAPTAIN’S PARTY 6pm Block Party the night before the big race to check out the boats! West Indiana Avenue, Downtown DeLand. 386-738-0649. MUSIC APR 12 THE ORIGINAL WAILERS 7-11PM Formed by Al Anderson the guitarist in Bob Marley and the Wailers. $15. Cafe Da Vinci, 112 West Georgia Avenue, DeLand, 386WORKSHOP/CLASSES APR 15 DUNUN DRUM AND DANCE 5:30 – 6:45pm Fusion of drumming and dance, engaging African rhythms and energetic movements. Bring drum, sticks or mallets, or use ours. $15/1 or $80 for 6. The Jammin Shop. 119 N Woodland Blvd, Deland. 407-810-0525.


Releases in our area is Atlantic Sounds Music, located at 138 W. International Speedway Blvd., in Downtown Daytona Beach. Located at the same location since 1982, it is the largest independently owned record store of its kind in our area. They are filled with over 30,000 new and used vinyl & CD’s as well as 3-D, art, music, and movie posters. They also have a stereo repair shop on location. Same owner and philosophy for 35 years, it is a culture all its own. They will be opening their doors at 8 AM as well and it’s time to show your support!

So now is the time to cozy up to your local record store owner and let them help you create a vinyl record collection, revamp your old one, and let him know what albums you really would like to add to your collection. Remember they will order any new or used albums you desire. While they can’t tell you what they will be getting in on Record store day, the lists are available for viewing at the stores.


FUNDRAISER APRIL 8 WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT Proceeds to support homeless prevention. Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Dorothy Myers: or Tammy Horn: 386-337-2701. APRIL 22 ANYTHING THAT FLOATS BOAT RACE 10am Launch and end at the Lake Beresford Yacht Club, 1961 Hontoon Road, DeLand. Proceeds for community programs of the DeLand Area Chamber and MainStreet DeLand Association. 386-738-0649. APR 25 GRACE HOUSE GALA Dinner, fellowship, ministry update, an inspirational speaker and music. Proceeds benefit Grace House. $250+ for a table of 8. Ocean Center’s Ballroom, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, APRIL 29 FAB GALA 6 – 10pm Females About Business committee of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce to raise funds to assist women in our local community. $40 – 50. Sanborn Center, 815 S Alabama Ave, Deland MAY 6 KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY 4:30 – 7:30pm Hat contest, view the Derby, drinks, casino, and live bluegrass band. Proceeds benefit The Athens Theatre kid’s programs. $50. Wayne Sanborn Center, 815 South Alabama Ave, Deland Cont’ on page 30


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