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Dusty Groove America
by Thea Liberty Nichols

Dusty Groove America is the LP and CD shop that occupies the same building as Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery. Their retail space is at street level, with the entrance on Ashland, and just overhead is their second floor storage and office space, with Corbett vs. Dempsey, with whom they share a symbiotic, congenial relationship, capping off the building on the third floor. Dusty Groove carries primarily soul, funk, groove, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, reggae and world music (with a focus on Brazil) along with a modest assortment of books, magazines, DVD’s, apparel, turntables and sundry electronics and record paraphernalia.

Representing Chicago on Paste Magazines list of the top seventeen records stores in the U.S., Dusty Groove weighed in among West coast heavy Amoeba Records in L.A. as, “the best place to buy funk records no one's ever heard of .” Began as an online business in 1996, owner Rick Wojcik has clocked internet orders in at 90% of total sales. They also do a brisk mail order business, both nationally and internationally, but their store is still well worth a visit. Packed with hidden gems and hard to find rarities, it’s powered by staff who know a lot about what they have, and can, mysteriously, always find what you’re looking for amongst the row after row of record bins.

Dusty Groove also exhibits local artists work, with this month featuring art by Joel Dean, a School of the Art Institute graduate who’s previously shown at LG space and Lasso gallery, both in Chicago.



--Thea Nichol

Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 8/4/08

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