Legendary Bay Area store returns to Los Angeles for a two day pop-up record shop with thousands of hand-picked vinyl rarities, posters, handbills and other ephemera.
September 18 (Saturday) 12-5PM
September 19 (Sunday) 12-5PM
Rappcats: 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042
“Cool” Chris Veltri, proprietor and force of San Francisco’s fabled Groove Merchant record store for over two decades, has put together an event at Rappcats with his purchases over the past two years, including one of the biggest single collections.
The leagues of influential collectors and musicians who sing Groove Merchant’s praises are myriad, from Rappcats’ partners Madlib and Egon, who’ve been buying from Veltri since the 90s, to Beastie Boys, Questlove and RZA. They’re drawn by Veltri’s unique characteristics – he takes a graceful, grateful approach to collecting and sharing knowledge, and he’s both ahead of new trends in collecting and well schooled on the classic ones. From 60s modal jazz and library albums to 70s African funk and American funk 45s to 80s boogie soul and synth-heavy no wave or new age, you can grab any type of record at the Groove Merchant and probably learn about what you’ll be collecting in ten years from the dude behind the counter, as he pulls out heat from unlabeled boxes. Many times those records included the likes the PE Hewitt private-press jazz LP’s issued by Now-Again, Bay Area outsider electro-funk grail TJ Hustler. All these rediscoveries Veltri himself made and they spread out throughout the record collecting world through his store.
But this Rappcats pop up isn’t about Veltri boxing up the Groove Merchant’s crates and hauling them down the I-5 for a jaunt in his onetime hometown. This is about one of a kind finds, and he’s also pulling numerous rarities from his personal collection for the sale. Paper goods – gig posters, handbills, movie slicks – and other ephemera will abound too.
• Face masks required
• Proof of vaccine or proof of negative test results from last 48 hours required for entry
• Limited number of people in the shop
This will be our first 2-day pop-up event after a couple of experiments earlier this summer. We will have an outdoor space for gathering behind the shop.