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Songbyrd Record Cafe

Songbyrd Record Cafe

 
 

This store is currently in the ‘pending’ queue for the record stores on Record Store Day. It will not appear in the search or the list of stores until it has been approved.


Songbyrd Record Cafe is a vinyl record retailer and retailing concept that incorporates other elements to activate and enliven the vinyl shoppers experience. Songbyrd Record Cafe (2475 18th Street N.W.) is located directly adjacent to Songbyrd Music House (2477 18th Street, N.W.), which operates as a music venue; however, note that the Record Cafe stands alone at its own address and separate lease encompassing approximately 1100 square feet. The Record Cafe is primarily dedicated to the retailing of vinyl records and offers coffee, cafe fare and comfortable, stylish seating and environment to enhance this experience and encourage shoppers to stay and "hang out" in the store and talk music with each other or our knowledgeable staff. The Record Cafe has a dedicated vinyl records buyer and we maintain active accounts with numerous vinyl distributors and labels, including RSD sponsors/supporters Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), Sony Music, Warner Music, Redeye Worldwide and numerous others. Part of Songbyrd's overall strategy is to constantly seek to provide promotional value to these labels and distributors by activating our space with exciting promotional materials and events. We consistently run in-store giveaways, new music listening events, in-store signings and performances and more. We try to never say no to any label that wants to help promote their artists and records and, in so doing, believe we have built good relationships with many labels and distributors doing business in Washington D.C. Many of them have commented that we are doing "all the right things" to assist their efforts. In addition to a vinyl records section that holds over 1000 titles and is constantly updated and renewed, we provide other fun and exciting activations that draw people in, such as our vintage Voice-O-Graph machine that allows people to record themselves direct to vinyl, a vintage Seeburg jukebox, digital listening stations to sample music, a high quality in-store sound system and comfortable, music-inspired fixtures and furniture. Regarding Songbyrd’s ownership and people, Songbyrd is a single, independent location owned by Joe Lapan and Alisha Edmonson. As noted, Songbyrd employs vinyl buyer Jonathan Druy. Songbyrd has seen its vinyl record sales grow each year since opening in 2015. In 2018, Songbyrd Record Café was named among the Best Record Stores in DC by popular vote of DC residents and customers as part of the Washington City Paper “Best Of” campaign. Joe and Alisha were recently featured in the book ‘Passion For Vinyl Part II: An Ode to Analog’ written by Robert Haagsma, which featured and introduction by Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day. Joe, Alisha and Jonathan consistently participate and engage in the Washington D.C. vinyl records and music communities. In 2017, Songbyrd hosted a “State Of Vinyl in DC” event which brought together store owners, labels, local manufactures (RSD supporter Furnace Records) and DJs to discuss and network in support of the industry and ecosystem. Songbyrd regularly participates in the DC Record Fair and numerous other smaller record fairs around the DC area. We have great respect for the vinyl community and for the Record Store Day organization and activities and would be thrilled to be a formal part of those activities. We do believe that alternative “brick & mortar” vinyl retailing concepts are gaining popularity and have a place in the vinyl retailing community. A broad segment of customers seem to respond to this concept and in researching the Record Store Day stores that have been added in recent years, we note that stores such as Baby’s On Fire in Baltimore, MD, Vinyl Tap in Nashville, TN, Tres Gatos in Boston, MA, and Easy Street Records in Seattle, WA and Vinyl Grind (formerly known as Vinyl Café) in Ames, IA have all appeared to pursue a similar Record Café concept in some fashion.
Directions:Songbyrd Record Cafe is located in the heart of Washington D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood at 2475 18th Street, N.W. Songbyrd is at one of Adams Morgan's main intersections at 18th Street and Columbia Road, N.W. Adams Morgan has been called "D.C.'s Greenwich Village" and is a historic neighborhood with a rich history of small, local and independent businesses. Via Metro, Songbyrd is accessible from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan station on the Red Line. From the station, head east on Calvert Street, N.W. across the Ellington Bridge and proceed straight to the intersection of 18th Street, N.W. and Columbia Road, N.W.

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