Wilco listening party at Main Street Music | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

Over the next couple of weeks, the famed record retailer Main Street Music in Manayunk celebrates its 25th anniversary. In a day and age where streaming music and online purchases have become the norm, record stores have become only more treasured and special for music fans who prefer to discover and hold a piece of music in their hands to bring home and enjoy.

Walls lined with everyone from David Bowie to The Replacements welcome fans both young and old into their worlds, continuing a history of groundbreaking music. Main Street Music and WXPN have always been a big help to each other as well, with a prominent “As Heard On WXPN” section in the store.

Main Street Music also holds a special place in peoples hearts because of their dedication to bringing in not only local musicians, but also touring acts to perform in-store performances which not only helps out the fans but the artists themselves. I saw Dawes there about a month ago, and during their performance, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith told the audience “The first place we played in Philadelphia was Main Street Music, and we’ve come back to perform here after every album we’ve released so far.” The band owes some of its success to the store, vice versa. Main Street Music has carved out its own piece in music history, which makes it all the more special.

To celebrate being open now for a quarter of a century (damn!), Main Street Music will be holding various raffles and performances for store-goers. If you go in and spend more than $25 from now until Saturday, October 29th, you’ll be entered to win one of the below, which will be announced Saturday the 29th:

  1. $100 Shopping Spree
  2. Audio-Technica Turntable
  3. New David Bowie LP Box Set
  4. Various Prize Packs from different bands

The store is also running the “Mom + Pop Hits The Road” Contest, which includes an autographed Courtney Barnett Fender guitar and tickets to see Fidlar, Jagwar Ma, and Bayonne. Tickets to enter the contest will be available in-store.

Along with the giveaways, Main Street Music will be announcing several more events via social media, so make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll update this as well to make sure you know everything that will be going on at the historic Main Street Music.