Rhino Records — the store, not the label — returns once more this spring with as a pop-up in Westwood that not only will sell vinyl, CDs and various pop music esoterica for charity, it will be the site for two weeks’ worth of in-store performances by an L.A.-centric slate of musicians.
Thelonious Monster, Bangles Vicki Peterson and Susanna Hoffs (playing separate gigs), Little Willie G., Evie Sands, a reunion of the Balancing Act and a Posh Boy Records night highlight the schedule of in-store shows during the store’s run from May 27 to June 12.
Rhino co-founder Richard Foos created a pop-up store last year to help liquidate his personal record collection, with proceeds also going to charity, rather than move it one more time as he relocated with his family to the East Coast. This time, the pop-up store is the brainchild of Gary Stewart, vice president of artists and repertoire for the Rhino Records label, which grew out of the retail operation where Stewart also was once an employee.
“Last year’s pop-up store really brought me back to the experience of the L.A. music scene and the sense of community that it fosters,” Stewart said in a statement about the project, which will benefit the Recording Academy’s MusiCares philanthropic wing.
“MusicCares has become an integral part of that, often coming to the rescue of music folk who find themselves on the wrong end of health issues and financial issues at the same time,” Stewart said. “They help so many people who inspired us to work in this industry and without whom our careers wouldn’t even be possible.”
Thelonious Monster will kick things off on May 27, followed by Aaron Nigel Smith (May 29), Vicki Peterson & Friends (May 30), Evie Sands (June 2), Balancing Act (June 3), Avi Buffalo (June 4) and the Posh Boy Records night with Symbol Six, CH3 and the Crowd (June 5).
The series continues June 6 with Latin rock pioneer Little Willie G., Susannahoffs & Matthew Sweet (June 8), Kristian Hoffman’s Paisley Pop Cavalcade (June 9) and Susan James (June 10).
Merchandise will come from donations by Stewart and a broad group of music aficionados, record labels and other contributors. Anyone interested in offering donations should contact the pop-up store coordinator Cinnamon Muhlbauer at (310) 457-6512 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The store, which has its own Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RhinoRecordsPopUp,
will be at 10952 Santa Monica Blvd.
Update May 18 at 10:07 p.m.: An earlier version of this post described Vicki Peterson and Susanna Hoffs as ex-Bangles. The group, which disbanded in the early-'90s, reunited later that decade and continues to record and tour as a trio.
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Photo of Rhino Records logo at former Westwood retail store. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles.