Vinyl junkies will have much to geek out over this weekend when the first Wax Record Fair takes place on the lot of the iconic Capitol Records tower in Hollywood. The two-day fair will feature vendors, panel discussions, DJs and perhaps the coolest attraction: a rare chance to tour Capitol Studios & Mastering and watch vinyl lacquers being cut from analog tape on one of the studio's Neumann lathes.
Confirmed vendors for the fair, which runs noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, include Capitol Records and several of its best-known divisions and affiliates: Blue Note, Virgin, Harvest and Caroline Distribution, as well as local independent labels Stones Throw, Innovative Leisure, Burger Records and Delicious Vinyl, among others. Numerous record stores will be represented, including Amoeba, Rockaway, High-Fidelity and the Record Parlour, as well as a few from further afield, such as London's Soho Music.
Innovative Leisure DJs will provide the event's soundtrack from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with Stones Throw DJs taking over the decks on Sunday. Confirmed panelists include acclaimed producer Don Was, Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz and album art designers Andy Engel and John Kosh.
Sunday will conclude with an auction of rare vinyl and other music memorabilia, including a signed piece of a smashed Pete Townshend guitar, an original Elvis Presley Sun Records 7-inch, and the 12 acetates cut during the vinyl mastering demonstrations.
Two-day passes for the fair are available via waxrecordfair.com for $15, or $10 for a single-day pass. Capitol Studios tours and demonstrations cost $40 (including a single-day pass) and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis — so get there early! (In fact, if you're willing to spring for $100 early entry, you can show up at 11 a.m. and get first crack at the vendors, which may help you score a few bragging-rights finds.)