Down Home Music Store

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Down Home Music Store
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This El Cerrito record store is a Bay Area mainstay, modestly adorned with wood-paneling, fluorescent lighting and vintage posters. It was opened in 1976 by Chris Strachwitz, the founder of Arhoolie Records, a label specializing in down-home blues, folk, Tejano music, Cajun music, zydeco and regional Mexican music. Those influences remain: You won’t find much in the way of new music here, but it’s the niche collection of 33s, 45s, and 78s that draw collectors. A small stage in back hosts blues, folk and bluegrass bands.

By: Lauren Sheber


Venue name: Down Home Music Store
Address: 10341 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito

Opening hours: Thu-Sun 11am-7pm, closed Mon-Wed
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