Bay City Record Convention returns with more vendors

By Michael Piwowarski, photojournalist.

ESSEXVILLE – The semiannual Bay City Record Convention held its first show of the year at the AMVET Post 22 in Essexville on Feb. 10, 2018.

In spite of the snowy weather that most of Lower Michigan had experienced that weekend, shoppers from all over the state came to the record show to shop for their most wished-for albums.

“There are a lot of gems to be found all over this place,” says Andy Hahn from Bay City, a first-time shopper at the record show. “My favorite part of it, is finding things that I didn’t know existed, like this Scott Baio album.”

The show was sponsored by several businesses: Radio Wasteland Records in Midland, Electric Kitsch in Bay City, Records and Tapes Galore in Saginaw, Bellsmith Graphic Design, Bags Unlimited and Goldmine Magazine.

“I came last year,” says Tara Kostick from Grand Blanc. “[I like] being able to find records that you might not be able to find in your local record stores. Old records, hard-to-find records, that kind of thing.”

The Record Convention has been hosted at the same location since 2012, according to Raymond Pounds, an administrator for the Facebook group Michigan Record Club who has been hosting the event for the past several years after a friend of his, Tim Taylor, started it.

“It was [Tim Taylor’s] dream to do the show, and he actually died two days after the [first] show, so I continued it in his name,” says Pounds. “It was just something I continued; it fell in my lap.”

According to Pounds, there were 33 tables set up at the event with 22 vendors present, a number which has grown from previous years. Albums of many different genres – including rock, blues, jazz, country and comedy – were sold in various formats including vinyl, compact disc and audio cassette.

“I’ve got vendors coming from way up north to down in the Detroit area, and they’re bringing people with them, so it’s evolved,” says Pounds. “We may eventually need a bigger place to do this, but I like this place. I like this hall, and the people here treat me good, so I’d say [our plans are] just to keep it going.”

Josh Felix, who represents a local media store chain called Media Reload, was one of the vendors present at the show.

“I like the crowd. The vendors are great, but the crowds especially are really excited about buying records, and they’ve got quite a voracious appetite for them,” says Felix. “It’s great to see people really excited about LPs.”

The Bay City Record Convention will return again this year, on Saturday Sept. 15, at the same location, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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