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Crate Diggers Daylong Record Fair and Concert Will Sate Your Vinyl Obsession

Crate Diggers Daylong Record Fair and Concert Will Sate Your Vinyl Obsession
photo courtesy of Crate Diggers
Vinyl heads are a dying breed. At a time when music lovers can carry around the entire discography of every artist they love on a keychain, it's growing tougher for lovers of records to find a place to dive headfirst into a mountain of vinyl to search for something rare or forgotten.

Fear not, dusty-black-gold hunters! A special event is coming to Miami next month that should more than scratch your vinyl itch.

Crate Diggers, a daylong concert and vinyl fair put together by the crowdsourced vinyl-database site Discogs, comes to Gramps March 18. The event is a celebration of vinyl heads and their craft, as well as a throwback way to bring together members of the music-collecting community to discuss their passion.

Sometime next week, Crate Diggers says, it expects to release a lineup of local DJs who will perform. In each city the group has visited, it has attracted local talent to keep the crate-digging party going.

UPDATE: Ron Trent, Rich Medina, and Zernell will play Crate Diggers' event in March.
Community manager for Discogs Liz Maddux tells New Times the Crate Diggers event is beneficial to a variety of people in and around the music industry, making it extremely valuable to both vinyl lovers and those who make the vinyl. She says it's a "free community-focused event that highlights local talent during the daytime and... resonates with a variety of people."

It's also, she says, "a pseudo-nightclub... and dance party."
The creator of Crate Diggers, Discogs, is on a mission to build the largest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace. The company sees itself in the future as the place to go for anything music-related. Think Wikipedia for music. The hope is to provide the discographies of all labels and artists, all cross-referenced, and an international marketplace built off of that database. The folks at Discogs do it for the love of music, something Maddux says drives her to help grow Crate Diggers daily.

"For me, watching people experience music is profound," she says. "It is a gift."
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Courtesy of Discogs
Crate Diggers
Saturday, March 18, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669;

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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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