Here at The Anti Tourist, we don’t regularly publish press releases. In fact, below is our first. We also don’t regularly publish stuff about upcoming events. In fact, below is our first time doing that, too. But a trustworthy friend gave us the heads up about this antique store-turned music venue in upstate New York and we couldn’t resist. We want you to know about this cool and pretty damn secret vintage shop accompanied by live music. We want you to know before it’s all over. So. Here you go. The formal press release below says it all. Do this!
Homer & Langley’s Mystery Spot Antiques, the Catskills’ most eclectic, coolest, if-you-are-looking-for-it-its-probably-there vintage shop has now confirmed its August porch music schedule. The month will kick off with performances by Ida and The Naysayer on Sunday, August 1 at 1pm. As with each show this concert is FREE and organized through complete DIY/grassroots efforts, and anyone is welcome to attend.
The following week (August 8 ) Holly Miranda will play at 2pm and on August 15 The Mystery Spot will welcome Jonathan and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) AND Dean and Britta. The four are being mysterious as to their set’s arrangement so come see for yourself just how they are going to mix it up. The show starts at 1pm. August’s lineup of shows concludes on August 22 with Uncle Monk (Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan) scheduled to perform at 2pm.
Music For Front Porches’ September and October schedule will be announced soon!
The Mystery Spot is located at 72 Main Street in the picturesque, happening hamlet of Phoenicia, NY, with the majestic Catskill Mountains as a backdrop. Phoenicia is located 2.5 hours from NYC.
This is Music For Front Porches’ second season. It is curated by former music photographer and Mystery Spot proprietress Laura Levine and in the first season (2009) her front porch hosted, among others, Laura Cantrell, Life in a Blender, Uncle Monk, Gail Ann Dorsey (Bowie) and Ambrosia Parsley (Shivaree). Fans have come from near and far to see their favorite recording artists in an intimate and casual setting.
Mystery Spot Antiques – which opened for the season on Memorial Day Weekend – is the kind of vintage store you didn’t think existed anymore. Named for the Collyer Brothers, it’s part museum/part odditorium, with every nook and cranny of its seven rooms in an 1800’s former hotel packed with 100% vintage goodness. Don’t take our word: Country Living Magazine described it as ” a love-at-first-sight wonderland of oddball collectibles, vintage clothing, and objects d’art.”
And music lovers take note: every week Levine brings in fresh stacks of vintage vinyl dug out of a recently purchased estate collection of over 15,000 used records, and armfuls of killer estate-fresh vintage clothing. Even when the shop is not open, customers are welcome to dig through the dollar record bins and famous Yard Sale in a Box on the front porch, with an honor box/money drop at your service.
Laura Levine’s resume is as varied as her store’s inventory. She is a renowned music photographer whose work was recently exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum (Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present). Her documentary films have screened at numerous festivals and museums, including the Sundance Film Festival. As an illustrator she has created three children’s books and countless commissions for magazines, books and CD covers, and as a painter her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of International Folk Art, The House of Blues, and the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome.
Photo By: Laura Levine