Interview: Michelle and Doug Allen talk millions of records as Bananas Music approaches 40th anniversary — listen

The party happens on July 8.

CL Music Editor Leilani Polk and past CL Auction winner Chris Littel on a vinyl shopping spree at Bananas Music in St. Pete. - Phil Bardi
Phil Bardi
CL Music Editor Leilani Polk and past CL Auction winner Chris Littel on a vinyl shopping spree at Bananas Music in St. Pete.

There might be hipper record stores in the ‘Burg, but nobody’s got the pedigree (or the volume, have you been in their warehouse?) of Bananas, which celebrates its 40th anniversary (!) this weekend with a party among the stacks.

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Starting when the store opens at 10 a.m., there will be assorted sales, food and drink including free beer and wine while it lasts, giveaways featuring prizes like local restaurant gift cards, music spun by St. Pete partymeister DJ Kalani and, of course, plenty of browsing. At 6 p.m., the live music starts with free-jazz improv ensemble the Exchange Duo, followed at 7 by a couple of sets from James O’Neill & The Silver Shadows Blues Band.

Read: Tampa Bay named No. 6 on Foursquare’s list of Top Cities ‘Keeping Vinyl Alive’

Show your appreciation for a local institution that’s kept the turntables spin- ning for nearly half a century, and then listen to Bananas owners Michelle and Doug Allen talk with our Cigar City Radio pals about constructive hoarding, Bananas' next steps, and yes, the record collections of dead guys.

Bananas 40th Anniversary
w/DJ Kalani/Exchange Duo/James O’Neill & The Silver Shadows Blues Band
Sat. July 8, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free (bring money for records).
Bananas Records, 2887 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

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