For Alamo City audiophiles and pop culture collectors, this is joyous news: For the first time in some time, San Antonio will host a record show this Sunday. Thanks to Jesse Galvan of the Music Connection, SA vinyl freaks won’t have to visit the Austin convention to cruise through stacks of their favorite 7- and 12-inch discs. Whether you’re combing through the bins with a strict spending cap or compulsively cruising for that have-to-have record, the San Antonio Record Show allows it all to go down under one roof.
If there’s an aroma of obsession in the air, you’re in the right place.
“Record collectors are freaks,” says Galvan, organizer of the show. “Dealers are freaks of nature. There are people who live for this, to go out and buy or sell. It’s just their thing.”
Operating the Music Connection (formerly the Record Connection) since 1982, Galvan ventures that SA hasn’t seen a record show since the Clinton Administration. “It’s a great undertaking and the situation never presented itself to where I had time to get a show together,” says Galvan.
Most years, a San Antonio show would have to compete with the behemoth Austin Record Convention occurring in October. But with an unfortunate venue dropout from the North Austin Event Center and providential timing for SA, the Austin show was cancelled. “I was already deep into promoting the record convention when I found out there was no Austin Record Convention,” says Galvan. “All of a sudden, my show has become more relevant.”
With the recent announcement of the Austin no-show, Galvan has experienced a sharp incline of interested vendors. Where the SA show was looking at a respectable 50 to 60 tables, Galvan says that there’s potential for more. With vendors from Waco, New Braunfels, Houston, Austin, SA and Corpus Christi, if there’s an original issue or beloved LP you’re looking for in South Texas, there’s a solid chance it’ll show up at the San Antonio Record Show.
Assuming the inaugural gig is a success, Galvan plans to hold the San Antonio Record Show every six months, tapping into the recent upswing in the sale of vinyl. In 2013, Billboard reported vinyl sales grew by an impressive 32 percent to 6 million units. A solid year of market growth atop a decade’s rise in LP sales, the vinyl revival is proving to be a lasting trend.
To invest locally in the next generation of physical medium fans, the San Antonio Record Show is free for kids under 12. “I want the kids to look at what their parents or grandparents are interested in,” says Galvan. “Flipping through records is the coolest thing in the world.” Regular admission is $3, starting at 10 a.m. But real deal, borderline-hoarder collectors will want to arrive at 8 a.m. and cough up $10 for the opportunity to pour over stacks of virgin, untouched vinyl.
San Antonio Record Show
10am-6pm Sun, Sept 7
Schertz Civic Center