Lots of music fans will be visiting Detroit for the Mo Pop Festival that’ll be taking place in the city’s expansive West Riverfront Park on July 28 (click here for tickets) and July 29 (click here for tickets). The two-day event will feature exciting performers like Bon Iver, Alvvays, Highly Suspect and Portugal. The Man, and fans can add more musical fun to their time in Detroit by making a side trip to Third Man Records, the label started by Jack White.
Third Man Records was founded in Detroit and the label’s storefront and pressing plant opened at its current location in late 2015. The store only sells vinyl records that are on the Third Man Records label or other records that were manufactured in their pressing plant, and that’s quite a variety. Collectors can find titles by Monks, Margo Price, the Craig Brown Band, Sun Seeker, the Dead Weather, Lillie Mae and the Bob Seger System to name but a few. Also on hand are some of the records in the Live at Third Man Records series by groups like the Kills, Man or Astroman? and the Paperhead, who recorded their live one in their hometown of Nashville at Third Man’s location there.
Third Man Records carries a wide variety of 7” reissue singles on the vaunted Sun Records label so fans looking to add a little vintage Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash or Jerry Lee Lewis to their collection can do so. There are box sets, color vinyl pressings and collectible records galore in stock along with books, t-shirts, turntable mats and more; there are even special Third Man Records Septavox Synthesizers available for purchase. And should you want a book of Jack White matches, for $1.50 they can be yours.
There’s interactive fun to be had at the store as well; there’s a listening booth, a photo booth, a jukebox and a “record your voice” record booth. Photos, posters, record awards and other memorabilia is hung on the walls and placed throughout the store. At the very back of the shop is a viewing area where you can watch (if you’re there at the right time) the Third Man crew at work pressing the records that will soon be out front for sale. There’s occasional live music too; a stage in the middle of the store awaits upcoming performances will by Immersion on July 17 and Joshua Hedley on Sept. 15.