Greetings! Well, music lovers, it’s almost Sunday on a holiday weekend, it’s going to be chilly but not horrible and the Vikings are not playing in the post-season. Here’s a suggestion for something to do on a winter day in Minnesota. Please subscribe to this and the Mpls. Movies Examiner page. It’s free to have both emailed directly into your life. Thank you and enjoy the wind chill!
MSP MUSIC EXPO, 16 JAN. 2011
Info: Ramada Plaza Minneapolis, Itasca Room, 1330 Industrial Blvd., (1 1/2 blocks north of Broadway NE), (exit 22 off 35W), 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $3, $2 with donation of 2 non-perishible food items, $10 early bird from 8:30 a.m. Food donations go to Second Harvest Heartland and Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Pick up a Frequent Shopper card which earns you admission discounts and even free admission.
The Expo is now celebrating its 37th show in Minneapolis and has had one show to date in Rochester. The Rochester show was much-appreciated and very successful. Many many people who live in the Rochester area make the trip to the Cities for the Expo. They were very grateful that so many local dealers made the trip south to their great city. A second show in Rochester is being planned, possibly as early as April.
These shows provide an opportunity for obsessive collectors to find rare or out of print items that can’t be found online. It’s more than vinyl, cd’s or dvd’s. It’s music/movie posters, trading cards, action figures, books, photos, buttons, concert tickets and programs, even turntables and other equipment.
It’s also dealers who’ve been part of music for ages-as current or former performers, current or former music store owners or just collectors who want to make room for other items. People who attend are welcome to ask about items not on display. Each dealer has more merchandise than can be displayed. It’s a wonderful opportunity to talk to people who know how to find the things you want. Everyone is encouraged to bring a shopping list and ask the dealers for assistance. Many dealers are interested in buying collections or individual items as well. Bring along a list of what you have, the condition of the item(s) and how much you’d like. Be prepared to barter. Don’t be afraid to leave a phone number or email address.
The Ramada is a clean classy environment for shopping. They offer a great economical breakfast buffet, free parking and clean restrooms. Kids are welcome. Potential dealers should locate Tim to discuss table rental for future shows here and in Rochester. Feel free to offer comments and suggestions about the show.
When all is said and done, it’s about the music…