On the Record: Vinyl Fair Recap

Photo by Michelle Shiers

The Music Center’s Partner Network Initiative (PNI) co-created and hosted, On the Record: A Vinyl Fair. The PNI is a collective of 7 organizations; Arts for LA, Dance Resource Center, Dexter Story, dublab, LA Commons, LAUSD Arts Education Branch, & The Music Center, seeking to deepen partnerships across LA-based arts and cultural organizations by modeling a more equitable resource exchange.

Held at the infamous Jerry Moss Plaza, the free one-day festivity showcased the discovery and love of vinyl records and featured a marketplace of more than a dozen vendors selling records from a variety of music genres.

Curated by the Dance Resource Center (DRC), performances by UniverSOUL Hip Hop kicked off the dance party!

During the day art activities allowed participates of all ages to share their memories and stories around vinyl and listen to an array of vinyl records. Guests deepened their knowledge of local creatives through an interactive resource experience and augmented reality platform.

Additionally, free workshops on building a system, fundamentals of scratching, and how to properly care for and maintain turntables were provided to learn about the history, artistry and creativity involved in DJing.

It’s safe to say The Music Center’s On the Record: Vinyl Fair provided something for everyone!

Capturing the essence of On the Record: A Vinyl Fair, LA-based musician, composer and musicologist Dexter Story dug into the vinyl archives and compiled an inspiring collection of classic songs that sourced hip hop’s illustrious repertoire. Listen to Hip Hop Sample Origins.