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KGB and the FM Radio Revolution film screening

We’re excited to be screening episode 1 of the new documentary KGB & THE FM RADIO REVOLUTION on Saturday October 16 at 5pm and Sunday October 17 at 12 noon. This is a new mini-series by local filmmaker Raul Sandelin. I’ve heard many great KGB stories in my time, and we’re all familiar with the SD Chicken, Homegrown and Skyshow. “The KGB Skyshow, shit hot!” as my friend Tom would say.

Parking at Folk Arts is limited. The best street parking spots can be found on Wilson Ave north of University. Plenty of street parking spots can be found on other streets as well. Please be patient. And please support other City Heights businesses and restaurants while you’re here. Wearing a mask is recommended but not required.

Safe Community DJ set-up!

We’re now open 7 days a week, 10am-6pm, at our new location of 3610 University Ave. And going forward, our #1 priority will be opening up our sound system to all, seven days a week. We want to provide you a fun outlet so you can unwind. Play whatever you want! All ages! We can teach you how to DJ from a distance! You can even use our records! We’ll handle all the cleaning and sanitization. Please bring your own headphones if possible. Call or text 619-282-7833 or just stop by the shop to setup a time!

Rest In Peace Tomcat Courtney

We are deeply saddened to announce that San Diego music icon Tomcat Courtney has passed away at the age of 91. As a young man growing up in Texas, Tomcat was immersed in the Blues music world of the 1940’s. He befriended and performed with a countless number of music legends, including T-Bone Walker, Lightnin Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tampa Red and Muddy Waters. His tales of working the rowdy juke joints of this era were extraordinary. Tomcat overflowed with patience, passion & charm. He was the kind of person who would sit and chat with you for hours. In the 1950’s Courtney performed regularly with the great Smokey Hogg and his brother John. He headed to the west coast in the 1960’s, playing in bands with Little Johnny Taylor, Freddie King & Lowell Fulson. Tomcat first performed at Folk Arts Rare Records just two weeks after his arrival in San Diego in 1971. He and Lou Curtiss became fast friends, and Courtney performed at many of Lou’s festivals & concerts for decades. This began a new chapter in which Tomcat became a San Diego Blues treasure. He had a weekly residency at Ocean Beach’s Texas Teahouse from 1972 to 1992. And he never let his age keep him from performing. He’s be all over town, playing late into the night at spots like the Turquoise Cafe, the Ken Club and Proud Mary’s, which also hosted his very celebratory annual birthday parties, the last one being his 91st Birthday Party on January 23, 2020. Whether the crowds were large or small, Tomcat was always 100% himself and an absolute joy to spend time with. He will be dearly missed by so many, but he lived an extremely rich life. Thank you Tomcat, for being you.

Folk Arts will be moving to 3610 University Ave. Will be closed during the month of November.

Although we’ll be closed, we’ll still be actively buying record collections 7 days a week! All you have to do is call us to set something up, (619) 282-7833. Our job is to safely accommodate your schedule!

Folk Arts’ last days of business at 3072 El Cajon Blvd will be Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 29th through 31st. It was a great run with oh so many memories, but we’re also very excited about the possibilities of the future.

We’ll be working hard throughout the month of November with the hope of being open 7 days a week at 3610 University Ave by Thanksgiving weekend. This is the same location of our partner store, Jupiter Records & Tapes. Both stores will be uniting under the legendary Folk Arts Rare Records name.

Thanks as always for all of the support! Stay safe!

Holiday Hours for both Stores

Folk Arts Rare Records:

Folk Arts will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Otherwise we’ll be open 7 days a week, 10am-6pm (often 7pm) through the rest of the year, including New Year’s Day.

11/29: RSD Black Friday! Open 9am-7pm

11/30: Small Business Saturday! Open 10am-7pm

12/15: The Rent Party! Folk Arts DJs spin for a cause at The Whistlestop, 4-8pm.

Jupiter Records & Tapes:

Jupiter will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will maintain its regular hours of Thurs-Mon 11am-8pm except where noted here:

Dec. 24: closed
Dec. 25: closed
Dec. 26: closed

On Small Business Saturday (11/30), Jupiter will be open from 10am-8pm, with coffee for sale and a motherlode of high quality new arrivals!

Record Store Day- Sat. April 13th!

Saturday, April 13th
Record Store Day at Folk Arts Rare Records and at Jupiter Records & Tapes

Folk Arts Open at 8am with tons of RSD Exclusives!
Marcelo’s Food Truck Arrives at 6am!
DJs out front 11am-2pm!

11am: Thousands of Fresh used 45’s at both stores!

Both stores will have an exclusive RSD Cassette Release! All Roads Lead To Me is a virtually unknown, exceptionally rare, bedroom electro EP from 1987, available only at Folk Arts & Jupiter!

Live at Jupiter:
12-2pm: Johnny High Hat
6:30pm: Oatmeal
DJs all day long!

DIY Zine produced by Teros Gallery available exclusively at Folk Arts & Jupiter!

9pm: After Party at Teros Gallery with Cruz de Navajas (Mexico City) and more!

Now Open 7 Days A Week!

Happy New Year! With the addition of Alejandra Frank from Teros Gallery to the Folk Arts team, Folk Arts is now open 7 days a week! Alejandra will also be handling most of the New Vinyl ordering duties going forward, so be on the look out for her curated picks to be hitting the shelves in the weeks & months to come!

Now Open 7 Days A Week!
10am-6pm (often open as late as 7pm)

RSD Black Friday 2018 – titles we’ll have in stock!

Folk Arts will be open at 9am for this coming RSD Black Friday. We’ll also be pricing tons of quality used New Arrivals throughout the day and will be breaking out some serious gems for Small Business Saturday. The store has also been restocked with hundreds of killer records. Here’s a list of all of the titles we’ll have in stock for RSD Black Friday:

31st of February – S/T
Cannonball Adderley – Swingin’ in Seattle Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967) (2 LP)
Ad Libs – Presenting … the Ad Libs
Anthrax – Kings Among Scotland (3 LP)
David Axelrod – Earthrot (2 LP)
B-52s – Cosmic Thing
Bauhaus – Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape
Blue Oyster Cult – Some Enchanted Evening (2 LP)
Breeders – Safari EP
Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Legacy Edition) (4 LP)
Cheap Trick – The Epic Archive Vol. 2 (1980-1983) (2 LP)
John Coltrane – Selects from Both Directions at Once
Alice Cooper – Live from the Astroturf
Cornelius – Ripple Waves
Chris Cornell – When Bad Does Good (7-inch)
Czarface – Dog Days of Tomorrow (7-inch)
Eric Dolphy – Musical Prophet: the Expanded NY Studio Sessions (1962-1962) (3 LP)
Dead Kennedys – Iguana Studios Rehearsal Sessions
Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Picture Disc)
Dio – Holy Diver Live at 35
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things: Halloween Sounds of the Upside Down (Picture Disc)
Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington Plays with the Original Motion Picture Score Mary Poppins
Flamin’ Groovies- Live in San Francisco 1971
Flaming Lips – The Mushroom Tapes
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band – Almost Acoustic (2 LP)
Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe
Germs – What We Do is Secret
Jose Gonzalez – Veneer (15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2 LP)
Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep (2 LP)
Green River/U-Men – Sub Pop Holiday (7-inch)
Herbie Hancock – Flood (2 LP)
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Burning of the Midnight Lamp Mono EP (7-inch)
Iggy & the Stooges – Rare Power
Blind Lemon Jefferson – Black Snake Moan/Matchbox Blues (78 RPM)
Joan Jett – Bad Reputation
Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues/Ramblin on My Mind (78 RPM)
Durand Jones & The Indications- Live Vol. 1
Etta Jones- A Soulful Sunday
Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop Christmas (2 LP)
Madonna – Ray of Light (2 LP)
Ahmoudou Madassane- Zerzura- Orignal Soundtrack
Kacey Musgraves – High Horse Remixes (10-inch)
Judas Priest – Rocka Rolla
Lebron Brothers – Psychedelic Goes Latin
Paul McCartney – I Don’t Know/Come On to Me (7-inch)
Jim Morrison & The Doors – An American Prayer
Outkast – Rosa Parks
Phish – Slip Stich & Pass (2 LP)
Pride – S/T (David Axelrod)
Rage Against the Machine – Live & Rare (2 LP)
Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run
Ramones – Live in Glasgow Dec. 19, 1977 (2 LP)
Rockabye Baby – Tom Petty
Royce Da 5’9 – Death is Certain (2 LP)
Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything? (2 LP)
Songs: Ohia- Love & Work- The Lioness Sessions (purple vinyl)
Lindsey Stirling- 7” Holiday Picture Disc
Taylor Swift – Red (2 LP)
Taylor Swift – Speak Now (2 LP)
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Too Short – Get In Where You Fit In (2 LP)
Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses 25th Anniversary Edition (3 LP)
Type O Negative/Trivium – Side by Side/I Don’t Wanna be Me (7-inch)
Muddy Waters – More Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live (2 LP)
Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, James Cotton – Breakin’ It Up, Breakin’ It Down
Weezer – Africa (10-inch Shaped Picture Disc)
Hank Williams – First Recordings, 1938 (7-inch)
Paul Williams – Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (
Various Artists – Feelin’ Right Saturday Night: the Ric & Ron Anthology (2 LP)
Various Artists – Fritz the Cat (Picture Disc)
Various Artists – Jazz Dispensary, Purple Funk Vol. 2
Violent Femmes – Permanent Record (2 LP)
Wurm – Exhumed (2 LP)
Frank Zappa – We’re Only in it for the Money (Picture Disc)
Zombies – Odyssey & Oracle (Picture Disc)