By Ron Matz

CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — If you like to go to a record store, you know their numbers have dwindled in recent years, both here in Baltimore and around the country. But several are still open around town, and Saturday there will be a celebration.

Ron Matz has more on one store owner who’s got his groove in Catonsville.

The music is on vinyl at Trax on Wax. Owner Gary Gebler is in the “spin zone.”

“We opened two years ago in May. We’re coming up on our second anniversary. When I first opened, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen month to month. Who would have thunk it? And here we are two years later and we’re having a blast,” said Gary Gebler, owner of Trax on Wax. “I can’t tell you how much fun we’re having, meeting cool people, talking about music, experiencing their experiences. We’re having a great time.”

They have an assortment of jazz records. It’s fun for customers selling their old albums.

“Saturday is ‘Record Store Day.’ We’re going to have live music, giveaways, special surprises and limited edition releases only available on this day. It’s going to be a day of celebrating the vinyl record album. Come on in, it’s going to be off the hook. Support your local independent music retailer,” said Gebler.

Vinyl is making a comeback.

“Vinyl is the experience of listening to music the way the way it was intended to be listened to. People sitting down with a turntable, putting the record on, opening up the album, reading the lyrics, see who played on it. It’s an experience,” said Gebler. “Parents are bringing their kids in, kids are discovering vinyl on their own. It’s the cool medium right now.”

Many albums are being re-issued on vinyl. From Sinatra, to the Beatles and Elvis, all sales are vinyl.

Seven record stores in Baltimore will be part of the celebration. Trax on Wax will open at 10 a.m. For more information, click here.


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