Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Connect w/ Beatlab family - August 6, 2009

In a time when mom and pop's are closing up shop and music is easier purchased (or not) at home on your laptop, stores like Beatlab have become few and far between. The record store in the music community is like the water cooler in the corporate world. Music lovers, DJ's, & friends went to record stores not only to stay up to date with the latest releases, but also to stay up on the latest local gossip, upcoming events, as well as connecting with other like-minded individuals.

Additionally, with the current state of our economy, it's no wonder the little guys are falling off the map left and right. When Beatlab first opened a year ago, after many other local record stores had closed, many were not only surprised, but shocked (including myself).
I say all this to say we must cherish the efforts of those, like Beatlab, who take risks in order to remain a part of the artistic and culturally significant fabric of our city. This Thursday we celebrate not only Beatlab's effort, but all those who continue to keep the candle burning in Atlanta.

This event is free to the public, though we will be taking donations at the door. All donations will go directly to Beatlab to keep things moving along. Whether you shop at Beatlab on the regular, are friends with the DJ's involved, or appreciate like minded business owners around town, we look forward to seeing you on the dancefloor!
--words from Mike Zarin

I absolutely agree with everything Mike layed out. On a personal tip, Mike and I played an in-store at Beatlab back in February. We spent the better part of the day there playing records, digging through the bins, vibing with the Beatlab crew, and meeting some of the best peeps in the ATL. All I have to say is these guys are for real. They are great guys who love what they are doing. They know the music. They know the audio equipment. They know everything they have in their store. They know the history (they lived it!) And they know how insane it is to try and operate an independent record store in 2009. Yet they push forward despite the odds against them.

I cannot stress enough how much I support this event, how much I support what Mike has been doing with Connect, and how much I support Beatlab. And all the smiling faces at Lava tomorrow night will show how much you support the underground!!

More info:

Doors @ 10PM
Suggested $5 donation
All proceeds will go to Beatlab

*** All guests will receive a coupon for 10% of their next Beatlab purchase ***

Lava Lounge
57 13th Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

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