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Hollywood Vine-nyl Society Hosts Quarterly Pop-Up Record Store in Downtown Hollywood

"Today I was a little worried because we had football and we had a Jewish holiday, but it turned out being even better than the first one," said Hollywood Vine-nyl Society organizer and local music encyclopedia Steve Toth on Sunday afternoon at the second edition of a new quarterly meet-up for area vinyl-heads at Downtown Hollywood's Hollywood Vine.

Indeed, a healthy crowd gathered at the latest installment, where local musician Larry Joe Miller provided live music, with DJs Dick Jagger and MC E holding down the in-betweens. 

While the casual wine bar is normally closed on Sundays, Toth and company open up shop on their off-day once every three months to host Hollywood Vine-nyl Society's chapter meetings — open to everyone — where local vendors and collectors congregate to celebrate and exchange all things vinyl.

"We have people who have old rock and roll music, people who have a lot of rap music, people who have noise music. Every time, it's a different group of people — although we have our regulars," Toth says.


Among those regulars turning out each meeting to buy, sell, and swap their vinyl and other miscellaneous wares, enjoy a smattering of local DJs and musicians, and gush about their latest splurges while sipping on cool drinks are local legend Bob Perry of Blue Note Records, Michael Dean of Yardbird records, and "Doc" from Jack's House of Wax.

"I'm 51 years old. I should be sitting at home watching stupid football," Toth laughed, explaining that while they had this Sunday's game on the TV to keep guests happy, the usual program will include a curated selection of rare videos — everything from "Old Florida" videos to the hard-to-find Rolling Stones documentary Cocksucker Blues, to the last Groucho Marx film, Skidoo.

Toth, who has worked with record stores all over South Florida, rolls with the crew at Churchill's in Miami, and has played in local band Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers for the last 15 years, first conceived of the idea as a sort of joke, but it quickly grew momentum as he and his vinyl-loving cohorts realized there was a real demand for an event like this in the area.

"It's Hollywood. We don't really have a record store or a bookstore here," Toth says. "So, for one day every three months, we have the best record store in town."

Hollywood Vine-nyl Society Chapter Meetings & Pop-Up Record Shop. Sundays, quarterly, at Hollywood Vine Wine & Spirits, 2035 Harrison St, Hollywood, Florida 33020. Call 954-922-2910 or visit hvine.com.

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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami. She previously produced videos for Univision and edited music content for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in Vice, Bustle, Broadly, Time Out, and other publications. She has a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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