For nineteen years, the Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo, put on by Big K Productions, has been one of the best places to cross off the obscure end of your music wish list. As more and more physical media becomes collectors items rather than the only way to listen to music, expos like this one are seeing their attendance numbers expand. I used to think I had a particular audience pegged, but its really changing, says Big K co-founder Kurt Ohlen. Weve got a lot of younger kids coming in looking for punk-rock 45s, and DJs looking for dance music. And we even get casual music fans looking for this one song they heard on the radio and cant find anywhere else.
The expo isnt just records; vendors from Denver and around the country also bring CDs, tapes, eight-tracks, posters and other memorabilia. If you cant find something there that you like, then I really dont think youre that interested in music, because there really is something for everyone, says Ohlen.