Crate Diggers expects to bring 30 vendors from around the region to Club Dada to peddle their wares. Pictured: Josey Records in North Dallas.

Crate Diggers expects to bring 30 vendors from around the region to Club Dada to peddle their wares. Pictured: Josey Records in North Dallas.

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It's no secret that demand for vinyl records has exploded in recent years. And Dallas, with its numerous record stores, pressing plants and even kid-centric events, certainly hasn't been immune to the trend. So it's fitting that a new event that caters to vinyl happy music lovers would come to the area.

Crate Diggers Record Fair and After Party

Crate Diggers is a daylong fair and concert that brings vinyl vendors together with the people who love the medium most for a day of "digging and dancing," according to Liz Maddux, community manager for Discogs. The event began three years ago as a one-time pop-up in Portland, but met such enthusiasm, it gradually expanded to other areas of the country. 

In 2016, Discogs, an online trading post and database for anything with a beat, acquired Crate Diggers, in hopes of taking it global.

Vinyl nerds, mark your calendars: The event comes to Dallas for the first time on March 4.

Beginning at noon, about 30 vendors from around the region will set up shop at Club Dada where patrons can come and dig through the goods. The pop-up shop will clear out by 8 p.m. to make way for the dance floor; DJs J. Rocc (of the Beat Junkies), Kai Alce and Zernell Gillie are slated to hit the decks.

Best of all Crate Diggers is free to attend, which means you can save your dollars for records.

"It's basically a digger's paradise," Maddux says.

Crate Diggers usually takes place once a year in each respective city, which means this is your only chance to get in on the action in 2017. But Maddux expects it will return to North Texas.

"Dallas is a thriving mecca for music and records," Maddux says. "I would anticipate this being an annual event."

Crate Diggers expects to bring 30 vendors from around the region to Club Dada to peddle their wares. Pictured: Good Records, a Dallas staple.

Crate Diggers expects to bring 30 vendors from around the region to Club Dada to peddle their wares. Pictured: Good Records, a Dallas staple.

Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News
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