Inside the Carrboro Century Center on Sunday, community members and music buffs alike browsed through containers spread across 42 display tables, featuring music ranging from 1950s R&B to Psychedelic Rock and New Wave music.
This was the Carrboro CD and Record Show’s 33rd sale — a way for attendees to browse through thousands of albums.
The show started in 2004 after founder and promoter Gerry Williams introduced the idea to the Town of Carrboro Department of Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources. For the first few years, the show was an annual event, but its popularity urged Williams to suggest the show happen twice a year.
The Parks and Recreation department agreed, and since then, Williams has piled his tables with vinyl records twice a year, in April and again in November.
Williams said the record show is a great source of records and CDs of wide-ranging music genres.
“There’s everything, there’s every style of music you can think of,” he said. “There’s not a lot of classical, maybe, or operas, but in terms of popular music, it’s all over the floor. Punk music and New Wave stuff from the 90s, current records, 50s and 60s rock and roll and R&B. I mean, it’s all in one place, it’s a good source for finding a lot of different things.”
Williams purchased his first record in 1961 and started a record-selling business in 1977. He has since owned record stores in Washington, D.C., and Carrboro, and recently started selling records online through Discogs, an online music database.
Greg Neal, founder of Greg Neal Shows and a seller at the event, said the show brings together the music-loving community in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.