Montgomery County Public Libraries to Celebrate ‘Just for the Record–A Vinyl Day’ on Saturday, Aug. 12, With Focus on 50 Years of Hip Hop Culture and a DJ Scratch Battle

Per Montgomery County: Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), on Saturday, Aug. 12, will host its annual “Just for the Record–A Vinyl Day,” a celebration of music on vinyl records that will feature popular DJs from around the country and a special celebration of 50 years of hip hop. The free, family-friendly festival will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library located at 900 Wayne Ave. in Silver Spring.

Attendees can participate in workshops about music production, songwriting, breakdancing and more. They also will be able to purchase vinyl records and CDs organized by the Friends of the Library Montgomery County (FOLMC). The festival’s concluding event, “FADERATION: United Cuts & Scratches Mid- Atlantic Scratch Battle for DJ Supremacy,” will feature well-known DJs from around the country vying for top “scratch” honors and cash prizes.

“For the last five decades, hip hop has given a voice to communities that were historically disenfranchised and discriminated against, allowing them to express their hopes, aspirations and concerns,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “As we celebrate the anniversary of this important American music artform, I appreciate MCPL’s efforts to educate and engage our community with this history. Events such as ‘Vinyl Day’ help showcase the wonderful offerings available in our County libraries to people of all ages and backgrounds. We are trying to make our libraries a destination that is inclusive and offers something to all our residents.”

The event is being conducted in partnership with FOLMC, Mid-Atlantic Scratch League, Levine Music and Classroom 2 Community.

“We are very pleased to partner with these organizations to bring this in-person event to the community again to delight our customers,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “Music, in its various forms, brings people together, and the library is the perfect space to provide this type of event. This year, we are very excited to host the ‘FADERATION: United Cuts & Scratches Mid-Atlantic Scratch Battle for DJ Supremacy,’ the first hosted by a public library.”

The activities scheduled for “Just for the Record–A Vinyl Day” will include:

*Registration required.

Visit the Vinyl Day 2023 website for more information.

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