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There's A Vinyl Record Fair At Hollywood's Capitol Records This Weekend

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This weekend, vinyl enthusiasts and collectors can head down to the iconic Capital Records Building in Hollywood for WAX Record Fair, a two-day event full of live performances, panels and tons of vinyl. This is the first time this fest is happening, and it seems like it's going to be a treasure trove for anyone who loves record shopping. Vendors include Capitol Records, Blue Note, Virgin, Harvest, Caroline Distribution, Stones Throw, Innovative Leisure, Delicious Vinyl, Burger Records, plus stores like Amoeba and High-Fidelity.

Throughout the day there will be music and DJ sets, plus panels from various industry folks, including an art director panel featuring album designers Josh Kosh (The Beatles, ELO); Andy Engel (Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson); Josh Van Hamersveld (The Beatles, Rolling Stones); and Brian Roettinger (Jay Z, Florence & The Machine). Americana/pop duo Yellow Red Sparks will also be there signing copies of their new album, New Fangs Old Pangs.

Rare items will be auctioned off on Sunday and include unique vinyl, a chunk of a 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar that The Who's Pete Townshend smashed and a Fender Telecaster signed by Tom Petty. A complete list of items can be found here.

You can also buy tickets to a mastering demo where you can watch mastering and vinyl engineer Ian Sefchick cut vinyl lacquers from analog tape on a Capitol Neumann lathe. These will set you back $40 for a half hour demo, and there are only a limited amount left as each demo only holds 6 people.

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And to perk you up, there will be free cold brew from Groundwork Coffee and GT's Kombucha will be handing out kombucha.

WAX Record Fair is Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. It's located at Capitol Records at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood. Tickets are $10 to $100.