The end of March brings reason to celebrate the analog world with the Record and CD Collector Show on Saturday, March 31, at the Hilton Garden Inn. The variety of CDs and vinyl available, including used and new releases, imports, rare and out-of-print titles, proves an advantage for collectors to meet and check out music as an actual physical item. All genres are represented, and both the casual music listener and serious music heads are encouraged to stop by for a visit.
The event has been reduced from twice a year to annually, which Michael Pottorff of Show Logic Productions credits to the economy—namely high gas prices. He said that having the show once a year concentrates everything into one weekend, making their operation more efficient. He also said that the collector population is getting younger, noting that young folks are getting into collecting vinyl these days. The upswing of vinyl in recent years is a mystery to some, but Show Logic, who puts on the collector shows, understands that there will always be a group to reach.
“Going from the concept of having the larger format in your hands, forcing you to concentrate and appreciate its form, to the concept of just a file on your computer or iPad, back to the physical form again is quite a feat, but it is happening quite often now,” said Pottorff.
Pottorff said he supports local record stores, but added his shows offer another source to find music. Having promoted shows in Chattanooga for the past 20 years, Pottorff also said he has seen more knowledgeable collectors here than most other areas per capita.“The collectors in Chattanooga don’t seem to miss a beat,” he said.