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January 14, 2014

Vinyl Night puts a spin on music

What’s old is new again in Bloomsburg as the music scene spins in a different direction thanks to a father and son with a lot of records.

The duo have amassed such a collection they have every record the Beatles produced, an impressive task. However, these vinyl fans also have the Japanese versions.

So what does one do with a collection so vast and varied it occupies an entire room? They start spinning them every Wednesday for Turkey Hill Brewing Company’s Vinyl Night.

“People love it. There have been many people who make it their Wednesday night now,” said Tony Halchak, who along with his father, Anthony, spin both 33s and 45s sized records.

“This brings back a lot of memories for the older generations and the younger generations are enjoying the uniqueness of it.”

Part of that uniqueness comes from the extensive collection of records Anthony has collected over the past 20 years that span the 1950s to the late 1980s.

“We have doo-wop, rock and roll, country and rap. My dad even has a box of records we call ‘The Moon Records’ that were sent to the NASA astronauts from artists all around the world as well-wishes during the first moon landing,” Tony said. “Some people joke they have every Beatles record. We have every one plus the Japanese versions.”

And all these vinyl disks are spun on professional equipment, not a record player purchased 40 years ago at Woolworths.

Every Wednesday father and son bring an eclectic mix of records to Turkey Hill Brewing for the 6 p.m. start of Vinyl Night in the downstairs pub.

Some Vinyl Nights will have a theme, such as hip-gyrating Elvis Night that features the King and other rockabilly artists. Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis were spun one night and on Free Spins Night, they spin a variety of tunes from any decade.

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