Bandcamp IRL: Oakland Record Store Opening in February

Bandcamp record store

Photos by Richard Morgenstein

On Friday, February 1, Bandcamp will open a record shop and performance space in the great city of Oakland, California. We’ll feature a selection of records that showcase the diversity and design of the more than five million albums available on Bandcamp, and we’ll soon host free, all-ages shows as part of an upcoming video series.

We’re thrilled to join the thriving Oakland arts community that includes artists and labels like The Seshen, Jay Stone, n5MD, and Slumberland Records, and our new neighbors the Fox Theater, The New Parish, The Paramount Theatre and Starline Social Club (to name a few). We’re also partnering with amazing local organizations like Oakland School for the Arts, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and Transgender Law Center (check out last year’s fundraiser) to throw music-focused community events.

Please come visit us in Oakland at 1901 Broadway (steps away from the 19th Street BART station), and if you’re in the Bay Area on Friday, February 1st, join us starting at 7pm for our opening celebration! Bells Atlas, Sol Development, Queens D. Light, Jazz on the Sidewalk, and MJ’s Brass Boppers will perform, all ages are welcome.

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43 Comments

  1. Joey
    Posted February 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Excited to see nerstylst there. quite a talent to have! i’ll be checking it out!

  2. Posted February 3, 2019 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    You’re also on the same block as Ecstatic Dance Oakland, who have been holding bi-weekly dance events for about 300 people with live DJs for over a decade! https://www.ecstaticdance.com/oakland Come by and say HI, and we’ll do the same!!!

  3. Lisa Erickson
    Posted February 2, 2019 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Such an exquisite space. Congratulations, Bandcamp!!!

  4. sgAna resistenZ
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    congratulations and thank you x promoting music in a fair and smart way.

  5. Conan Smith
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    That’s awesome

  6. Ziad Rolando
    Posted January 22, 2019 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    what a magnificent place for music!

  7. Jean-marc Ethier
    Posted January 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp has always been my favorite site for discovering new artists and distributing my music. Now i am excited to learn about this physical store. Such a great idea !

  8. Alex Miehl
    Posted January 20, 2019 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    As a member of two Oakland band’s and a longtime user and proponent of bandcamp, this is incredibly exciting news. I’ve passed by the new location on my way to work a few times now, it looks like a great spot!

  9. Mateo Demarigny
    Posted January 20, 2019 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    will Spellling be performing on the date of her album release at the location ?

  10. amani
    Posted January 20, 2019 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    We need one in brooklyn!

  11. WESLEY
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    The only Oakland tech takeover I approve

  12. Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Hey! This is crazy great news! As an Oakland band and user of Bandcamp, how may we, if at all possible, get the chance to play at your spot or sell some tapes through your shop? It would be an incredibly cool collaboration!

    -The Sleeps

  13. Greg Hoy
    Posted January 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Super amazing: bandcamp’s been our best platform to hear our music & sell our vinyl — looking forward to coming by!

  14. Posted January 18, 2019 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Amazing and congrats

  15. Posted January 18, 2019 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Looks fantastic! I am an avid Bandcamp artist. How can I get my records in this store?

  16. Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    The term “record”….vinyl only or cds as well in the Oakland store? That’s a really smart place to open a store. Seriously. Best of luck. Please consider throwing in a few of my cds for sale. :)

  17. ramasethy
    Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Awesome idea, I wish I could be in the area :-) Hope all will run well for you!

  18. Robert Szymani
    Posted January 18, 2019 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Gratulacje. Super idea. Regards.

  19. Rob Campbell
    Posted January 18, 2019 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I have a question- will you be doing “boutique” pressings of bands, in the vein of Little Elephant ? That would be sick as hell-I can already think of at least 20 records Id order right now

  20. Bill McLaughlin III
    Posted January 17, 2019 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Are you hiring for the physical store? 13 years being stuck in an office and I need OUT!

  21. Martin Andrew
    Posted January 17, 2019 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    MJs Brass Boppers are awesome – I’m showing up for them, too.

  22. Benito
    Posted January 17, 2019 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to perform here one day, glad the bay is getting this.

  23. Posted January 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Welcome to our great city! Hope to network in near future! Peace Jonah

  24. Posted January 17, 2019 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    this is excellent news! i am very excited to hear such great news! i hope you and we artists all succeed in our music endeavours together and bandcamp can open lots of record stores around the world. the music needs this! so great that people can go somewhere to sit talk shop browse music and be together as one and i want to be part of it!

  25. Posted January 17, 2019 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Amazing!

    I joined Bandcamp in the early days, posting mixtapes to http://alohagotsoul.bandcamp.com and now producing full-fledged releases.

    It’s been inspiring to watch Bandcamp grow organically over the years.
    Can’t wait to visit the shop IRL.

  26. Posted January 17, 2019 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    It would be rad to do a Music City Sessions video there! Help out the local artists with dynamic live videos: https://youtu.be/2zCxZNRAcOc

  27. Posted January 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Simply amazing! No wonder why I love Bandcamp so much! <3

  28. Posted January 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Cannot wait to see similar place in Europe!

  29. Amit Wadhwa
    Posted January 17, 2019 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the space – it looks amazing! Look forward to the opening event on the 1st

  30. Posted January 17, 2019 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Amazing news! As a ridiculously obsessed Bandcamp purchaser, can’t wait.

  31. Eduardo Lozano
    Posted January 17, 2019 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m also interested in an opportunity to be employed at the record store. I’d love to be a part of this new outlet to support independent musicians. Please let me know if you are hiring and where to apply. Thanks!

  32. Tyler Barber
    Posted January 17, 2019 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    This is amazing news. I’m trying to pick up live shows out here in Oakland, and would love to perform here!

  33. Posted January 17, 2019 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, we’ve been waiting for this announcement (been creepily peering in the windows every few days)! My wife and I are opening a hi-fi vinyl listening bar around the corner from y’all (on Telegraph) and we should be open in mid-February. Please get in touch! Let’s collaborate.

  34. Posted January 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I live down in LA now, but if you’ll have ’em, I’d be happy to send you some of my band’s vinyls to stock. It’s a deluxe limited edition with unique, handmade components in each package: https://wrongwindows.bandcamp.com/album/days-of-yore

  35. Posted January 17, 2019 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful idea. Will if feature only releases with vinyl? What about digital only releases with album cover designs? My last two albums have images from Alameda and a performance in Oakland that might fit the shop vibe….

  36. Posted January 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I’m so excited to check this out! I’m an Oakland based musician and have been using BandCamp for close to a decade! Thanks!

  37. Posted January 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    That’s rad.

  38. craig irving
    Posted January 17, 2019 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    congrats and thats a great idea!! cant wait to have one of our artists perform on that stage!!

  39. Colin Vallee
    Posted January 17, 2019 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    congrats yall

  40. Posted January 17, 2019 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    There is no more appropriate inclusion for a design exhibit than https://aume.bandcamp.com
    Every release includes a sculptural packaging edition of exquisite quality.

  41. Posted January 17, 2019 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I love being a bandcamp artist and am so excited you’re opening in my town! Let me know if you’d like me to drop off the vinyl – after all – who couldn’t use a little home-grown Queer Country in the house? :)

  42. Posted January 17, 2019 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Awsesome idea! I’m going to make sure all my friends in the bay area check this out. Can’t wait to see the videos!

  43. Posted January 17, 2019 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Good morning,

    So, this is really exciting news to wake up to! Are you folks perhaps looking for employees in the new shop? It has been a lifelong dream of mine to work in a record store and assist in community-focused music events, and I would love to work for Bandcamp! If you are, please let me know how I can apply. Thank you!

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