Ready For Lift Off

Hunting & Gathering

BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY DEC 28, 2018

Houston, we have a novelty store in town serving Sarasota and Manatee counties, and it goes by the appellation RocketStar Records. Stationed Downtown on US 301, the fairly new record store sells, buys and trades used and new vinyl records, as well as CDs of all different genres of music, as well as comedy, Broadway Show Tunes and Motion Picture Soundtracks. If you’re any sort of audiophile who idolizes the pure vibrations of analog recordings and the nostalgic aesthetics of vinyl sleeve covers, this space-themed house of vintage has the one of the largest inventories and outstanding collections on the Suncoast of Florida. RocketStar Records even specializes in new and used sales and repair of turntables, stereo equipment and sound system speakers.

“There’s also another exciting side to our store,” says Peter Anthony, luminary and proprietor. “We’re going to be hosting ‘Open Mike’ nights at RocketStar Records twice a month on Thursday nights. We feel that this would be a great asset to the music community in the Sarasota and Bradenton area.”

Don’t be surprised if you end up engaging in coversation with Anthony on music's history and industry, while tapping his brain on his immense knowledge on record collecting. Stellar deals/sales are always available in store, leaving it quite difficult not to blast off out of there with an armful of bagged hidden gems, from Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys, Prince and Whitesnake. To get lost in a starstruck universe of countless throwback wonders and coveted albums, land your rocketship here and be sure to allot an ample amount of time to sift through boxes upon boxes and more boxes. We’ll be right there with you, over the moon and jamming out to the eclectic songs vibrating throughout the store, for a time travel back to melodic generations past.

Photo courtesy of Rocketstar Records, 404 North Washington Blvd., Sarasota, 772-985-6282.

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