By Guest Blogger Estefany Gonzalez

After more than 30 years of selling records, The Last Record Store has become  just what its name says it is: the last of its kind in Santa Rosa.

Music stores and record shops have come and gone from our city. The connivance of adding cheap CDs to an online cart and easy downloads have closed them all down. Yet, The Last Record Store remains because it is a vital part of our community, and a home for the recordings of musicians who play here. One entire wall is dedicated to local talent and the community created by it. You can find genres from Americana, punk, hardcore and everything in between.

Local Artist Section

In a world full of MP3s, music applications and streaming sites, The Last Record Store stands out as a local treasure. Listening to a song is virtually just a click away, but the shop offers more than just records, cassettes and CDs. It provides a space for local musicians to showcase their work.

Part of what makes this store special are the live performances. On show days, you can pile between isles of records and the local music-loving scene to watch artists of all kinds. Recently, The Vibrating Antennas played a full set in-store to celebrate the release of their newest album ‘State of the Art’. Within the past six months local acts like Rags, Decent Criminal, and various other artists, played in-store shows.

The Vibrating Antennas at the Last Record Store

In honor of the past 33 years of vinyl and impromptu concerts, The Last Record Store celebrates its 33 1/3rd Anniversary party, June 26 at The Arlene Francis Center. The event is free and you can expect a line-up full of different types of bands, much like the music selection the store offers.

13533074_10154925980619348_53482328061549199_nPerformances include indie-rock act The New Trust, singer-songwriter Ashley Allred, shoegaze sounds by The Down House, and a reunion by Santiago for the 10 year anniversary of the album ‘Rosenberg’s After Dark.’

For the full line-up and event information visit the Facebook page for the event.

Estefany Gonzalez is a writer and photographer from Santa Rosa. She spends most of her time at local concerts and taking pictures. She’s written for The North Bay Bohemian, The Bay Bridged, KQED and other publications. You can see her photography portfolio and find links to her social media