Legendary Bay Area store returns to Los Angeles for a two day pop up record shop. Thousands of hand picked vinyl rarities, posters, handbills and other ephemera.
January 19 & 20, Noon-6PM each day
Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042
On January 19th and 20th Rappcats kicks off its 2019 pop up record shop series with a return of its favorite record store: “Cool” Chris Veltri, proprietor and force of the fabled Groove Merchant record store for over two decades, has put together an event that he says is his deepest yet.
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 Q-Tip, 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. He’s been stockpiling records for the event for the past year and is pulling numerous rarities from his personal collection for the sale. Paper goods – gig posters, handbills, movie slicks – and other ephemera will abound too.
“This time around we take a deeper breath and dive even further into the depths of recorded underbelly Americana. Some real deal Private Press rarities are being shaken loose and even a few new discoveries.
As usual, there will be a strong International showing, with all musical genres, affiliations, and fixations represented, not to mention a fair amount of true bargains.
I’ve saved and amassed a large pile of SPECIAL posters, photos, books and ephemera for this weekend. Planning to Outdo, so Trust…Do not miss.”