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Revel in vinyl at this weekend's huge (free!) record fair and dance party

Brittany Martin

Looking to grow your stacks of wax—or simply want to fill your ears with some excellent musical selections? For either goal, make your way to Lot 613 in the Downtown Arts District on Saturday for 16 hours of vinyl delights as the space is taken over by the Crate Diggers L.A. record fair and after party.

The free event is part of a series put together by Discogs, the authoritative record collector’s website, which they take to music capitals around the world, from Berlin to Miami and, obviously, Los Angeles.

By day, you’ll be able to browse through the wares of over thirty different vendors who have been selected to participate, selling records and associated gear. In the background, you’ll hear sets by DJs representing local dance parties Funky Sole and Shits and Giggles and from the non-profit radio collective Dublab (which, after a decade online, has just been granted FCC approval for a FM radio broadcast license and are up for a My LA2050 grant to fund the transition). 

In the evening, Lot 613 transforms back from a vinyl bazaar into a big dance party as the after party gets underway. The night will be headlined by Juan MacLean, the co-founder of DFA Records (along with one James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem) and frequent collaborator with Nancy Whang (and an OG Coachella classic from back in '06). Also keeping the decks warm over the course of the night—which is scheduled to go until 4am, so maybe stop for a coffee on your way over—are Detroit house pioneer Rick Wade and Crate Diggers founder Zernell.

And, hey, maybe if you find some perfect records at the fair, they’ll invite you to DJ next time. Can't make it? Dig through the crates at L.A.'s best brick & mortar record shops.

Crate Diggers L.A. Record Fair and After Party takes place Saturday, October 22 from noon to 4am at Lot 613. Admission is free.


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