Words and Photos by Eric Franklin Shook
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Durham: Moving Full Steam Ahead
By this point in my two part series on MOOGFEST, (part one can be seen HERE) I am now a bonafide convert, fan, and proponent of all things Durham. I’m easily sold with good evidence.
My writer friend Cheyenne Noelle and I discussed how the misconceptions of Durham and the changes it’s gone through in more recent years have reconciled themselves, and left us with a truly delightful and charming jewel of the south. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation:
MOOGFEST, Day Two
FULLSTEAM BREWERY / Moogfest Record Fair
Today I’m up and at’em early. Heading to Fullsteam Brewery; one of the pioneering fixtures of the southern beer economy. Specializing in proven ‘farm to table’ practices of sourcing and curation, or as they might say, “Plow to Pint.” Nestled in the rustic industrial center of Durham’s tobacco road, you’ll find us today sipping libations and seeking new grooves.
A virtual feast of crate digging among local labels, record stores, and collectors all showcasing their wares. Local cohort DJs Karina and Magical Body filling out the mood-control duties.
Industry Partners include: Merge Records • All Day Records • Bull City Records • Carolina Soul • CFBG • Paradise of Bachelors • Sorry State Records • Three Lobed Recordings • Vinyl NC • Julian’s Music & Memories • & more
Handmade For Vinylphiles
Smack dab in the middle of all the vinyl swooning and action was Gruet Woodworks of Durham, North Carolina. I had to grab a quick video. I’m not sorry about the audio, DJ Karina or Magical Body (that might even be one person) was holding it down.
As I head back into the vinyl hunt I am people watching, looking for that moment to capture with my Ricoh GR.
I can’t help but take notice of all the salt and peppered hair, dad bods, and elegantly graceful and glowing women. It’s my people. Generation X is out in full force. In fact, it’s mostly them who are in attendance. Is this a trend? Where are the Millennials I hear so much about? There are children and their parents everywhere. Familial love is in the air. I’m guessing prerequisite to amassing a large vinyl collection is in fact settling down and planting some roots.
Thanks for taking in my coverage, and thanks Durham.
–Eric F. Shook