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Wax Trax! Records To Return As Pop-Up Record Store For One Day Only

By Jon Graef in Arts & Entertainment on May 11, 2014 8:00PM

To celebrate the release of a new single, legendary Chicago record store Wax Trax! Records will return as a pop-up record shop for one day only. The Wax Trax! pop-up will be open on Sunday, June 15 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside Metro Chicago.

In addition to celebrating the release of the new single by Cocksure, a group featuring Chris Connelly, Julia Nash, the daughter of Wax Trax! co-founder Jim Nash, wrote that the store would "unlock its vault of original label releases and collectibles, making them available in a retail setting for the first time since [Wax Trax!] closed in 1996."

Nash also writes:

This free all ages event will feature mucho grande shopping opportunities, as well as some of our favorite DJs from back in the day to roll out the Lincoln Avenue store playlist. A full service bar, original Wax Trax! pressings, subway posters, t-shirts and memorabilia from the label will top off the adventure. ...

We’ve got a couple extra things up our sleeves to get the party stated.

1. The first 40 people will receive a special free Wax Trax! bag stuffed with goodies. We don’t mess around with our “free shit”, and we highly recommend getting there early.
2. We will be hiding one special “Golden Ticket” in one of the random shopping bags throughout the day. This ticket will allow the ticket holder into a special Wax Trax! event later in the year. We can’t give everything away, but trust us, this golden ticket would be a very, very good thing to have.

Nash concludes by saying, "If we can capture even a fraction of that original energy and fire...this will be wonderful event. As with the original store, we hope people will use the day to just hang out, meet up, see old friends have a drink and listen to some great music from that special era."

Amen to that.

For more on Wax Trax!, go here. As Richard Giraldi writes: "As important as Chess Records was to blues and soul music, Chicago’s Wax Trax imprint was just as significant to the punk rock, new wave and industrial genres."

So clear your calendar on June 15.

The Metro is located at 3730 N Clark St.

[H/T Slicing Up Eyeballs, we want you to know]