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by Britt Chester

Happy birthday CFBG! Originally a venue by night and a dead space by day, co-owner Jack Bonney transformed 930 South Chapman Street into a record store where music fanatics can come by, kick back and discuss old and recent tunes.

On Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., CFBG will host their annual anniversary sale, which will include special deals including four for a dollar records, a two-dollar discount on all records and the revealing of new records. Along with the sales the event will also feature a live DJ who will be spinning everything from indi-rock to hip-hop records.

“It’s usually a time for regular customers to come by and get records they haven’t seen in a while,” Bonney said. Co-owner Ian Wagner added, “It’s a great social event as well where regular customers bring in their friends to talk about music and other stuff. “CFBG has more to offer than just old school records. The owners have created a relaxed environment that has allowed them to become quite acquainted with their customers, even knowing them by name. Many customers come in looking to purchase equipment or to get their current audio equipment repaired.

“Nearly half of the business is selling and repairing,” Wagner said. “People come in and ask ‘Do we have record players?’ And we’ll sell them the equipment, and that’s how we build customers,” said Ian Wagner.

Outside of the laid-back atmosphere, large variety, affordable prices and listening station, CFBG also sponsors concerts, events, film screenings and record fairs throughout the city.

Other than a small business celebrating an anniversary, you’ve got a handful of other options when it comes to getting your groove on.

The Gate City Get Down crew seems to be sort of taking over the decks every which way you turn. They’ve got the lock on your Tuesday night spins at Longshanks in downtown Greensboro, and if you keep an eye on the group’s Facebook page, you’ll be hip to where members of the crew will be spinning all week.

The Brewer’s Kettle in Kernersville, which is a little craft beer operation with two spots, the other in High Point, gets some people on the wheels of steel every weekend. And per an event page we saw, it looks like they are culling food trucks to feed the partiers. !

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