Rochester Sunday April 30th

2014_Centerstone_headerWe return to Rochester on Sunday April 30th, in the Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field (formerly Best Western Plus Soldiers Field).

Open from 10AM-4PM. Admission is free.

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The show got a couple nice mentions in the press and on TV:


KTTC TV: From Elvis to Prince: Rochester Music Expo features thousands of records

Posted: Apr 30, 2017 5:02 PM CDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) –From Diana Ross to Johnny Cash, from Elvis to Prince — collectors browsed through thousands of vinyl records at the Rochester Music Expo on Sunday.

The event at Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field at 401 6th St. SW featured a dozen dealers from the Midwest, and music genres ranging from rock, jazz, soul, blues, country and more.

Co-hosts Tim Schloe and Rich Franson have done record shows in the Twin Cities and La Crosse, Wis. But they decided to bring the event to Rochester after sensing a strong interest in southeast Minnesota.

“They’re curious about what that sounded like back in our day. I’m like 63 now and I still listen to a lot of records from the old days,” said Franson. “And they want to find the original releases and look for the original cover. It’s the fun of the hunt, basically, is what we find. A lot of people, once they get into it, it’s the fun of being out there, trying to find certain things that they may be looking for.”

Franson estimated that Sunday’s Rochester Music Expo featured about 15,000 records.

The event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The organizers plan to have another show in the fall. They’ve been hosting the event for the past six to seven years.


Rochester Post Bulletin: How vinyl got its groove back

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If, by chance, you’re not familiar with the folk/protest song that traditionally is played at Thanksgiving (at least at my house), you could have picked up a copy on vinyl Sunday at the Rochester Music Expo.

Tim Schloe, who along with partner Rich Franson, organizes record sales events in the Twin Cities, La Crosse, Wis., and, twice a year, in Rochester, said he owns about 40,000 records, supplying record stores with vintage presses across the Midwest — including Rochester Records on Broadway — as well as the shows like Sunday’s.

“I started collecting records in the late ’80s,” he said. “I’d get calls about record collections and I discovered record shows.”

Often, he said, people would offer to sell him their collections, some of which he wanted for himself. He figured someone else might want the rest of those LPs and 45s, and that’s how he got involved in selling.

Jim Lewis, of Rochester, was happy to find a vintage LP by the Charlie Daniels Band to add to his collection of 500-600 records. “Willie Nelson is my top guy. Bob Dylan is next,” he said. “I think a lot of (vintage record) stuff, it’s around if you look for it.”

For Lewis, he starts looking for something when he realizes there is a gap in his collection. “I hear something on the radio and I thought I had it, but realized I didn’t when I had a look,” he said.

The sale was made up of about a dozen collectors selling their albums ranging from kids music and comedy — including Steve Martin’s debut album, “Let’s Get Small” — to jazz, country and rock.

Rochester’s Roger Drake, who both sells and collects records, brought seven plastic tubs of about 100 records apiece to sell. His collection started early in his teens. Back then, records were a bigger industry, with the album covers being works of art along with the music itself. “The photographers had a job, the artists, the typesetters. It was an industry.

“Me and my brother, we’d save up money doing lawn jobs,” he said. “I always thought vinyl had the most substance.”

That is an opinion that is catching on. “The younger kids are interested in original pressings,” Drake said.

The music industry is taking notice, too. “Bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, they’ll do a limited run in vinyl,” he said. “They’re high quality, and those become collectors items.”

The collections on sale Sunday included a wide range of music. Schloe said he doesn’t necessarily design it so his sellers come with an eclectic mix. Collectors start off by selling the kinds of music they love, and it’s not hard to find a group of people with mixed tastes in music.

Schloe said that people in their 20s are becoming collectors along with those buyers in their 50s and 60s. “It’s broadening,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s what is going to keep (vinyl) alive.”


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