If you talk to any record collector in Milwaukee who’s over the age of 30 for long enough, you’re bound to hear them wax poetic about Atomic Records. After being in business for more than 20 years, the East Side institution tragically closed its doors in 2009. Though there are still plenty of great places to buy vinyl in town, there will never be another Atomic Records. However, vinyl aficionados can (sort of) re-live what it was like to shop at the legendary record store when The Vanguard hosts an Atomic Records “Afternoon Pop-Up Shop.”
Between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, the Bay View bar and sausage emporium will double as a record store, when Atomic Records owner Rich Menning sets up shop in the patio. According to the Facebook event, Menning will be selling off rare LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs, Atomic T-shirts, and other gems from the store’s remaining inventory. He’ll also be playing records.
If you miss Atomic Records or you never got a chance to visit the store and want to see what all the hype was about, BE SOMEBODY and get to Vanguard or risk never being able to shop for records while eating a sausage.