Arts and Culture, Astoria, Astoria Arrivals, Coffee, Music, Shopping Jul 13, 2015 HiFi Records: A Red-Hot Opening Day! Saturday was a banner day for Astoria, as our community came out in full force to support the highly-anticipated opening of HiFi Records. Vinylphiles from all over visited the new (…) Share this Scoop by Lindsay Goyette total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Saturday was a banner day for Astoria, as our community came out in full force to support the highly-anticipated opening of HiFi Records. Vinylphiles from all over visited the new (…) by Lindsay Goyette Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Vinyl Revolution Record Show Spins Into Bohemian Beer Garden (...) HiFi Records Grand Opening Party: This Saturday! Astoria, HiFi Records is finally here! Saturday was a banner day for Astoria, as our community came out in full force to support the highly-anticipated opening of HiFi Records. Vinylphiles from all over visited the new record store and coffee shop, located at 23-19 Steinway, to peruse the selection, listen to some live music, and enjoy the delicious Turkish cuisine provided by Truva. Owner Javi Velazquez has put his heart and soul into this shop, and it shows! At 2pm sharp, crowds spilled into the intimate space, bringing the heat from the July sun into the shop. (These customers were so dedicated, they weren’t worried about a little sweat!) Once the attendees had a chance to check out the goods, a steady stream of happy shoppers carrying HiFi’s signature lime green shopping bags began exiting the shop, all giddy with the excitement of new items to add to their vinyl collection. As I stood outside chatting with attendees, one theme became crystal clear: Astoria is thrilled to welcome a record store to the neighborhood. I spoke with multiple local residents who’ve been trekking out to Brooklyn and Manhattan to scratch their vinyl itch for years–this was definitely an exciting day for them! Proving once again that they can throw one hell of a party, our friends at Play Too Much curated an afternoon of excellent live music to add to the already killer day. Kicking off the intimate session was The Gantry, a group of Astorians giving us a raw, bare bones taste of their brand of Americana rock. The Gantry kicks things off. Photo Credit: Play Too Much Up next was gospel/R&B firecracker Bria Monet, whose unique voice carried out into the streets, commanding bystanders to walk in and take notice. Bria Monet brings it. Photo Credit: Paul Payabyab-Cruz To end the night on an electrifying note, hip-hop duo Negative Death took the mic, accompanied by special guest Chris Pizzolo on guitar. Their dynamic performance provided one final jolt of energy to an already powerful day. Negative Death close the night on a high note. Photo Credit: Stephanie Cruz We Heart Astoria was proud to work with HiFi Records and Play Too Much to make this long-overdue day happen. Now tell us: Did you make it to the opening day? What did you think? Share with us on Facebook and in the comments below! Twitter Facebook Email Print Astoria ArrivalsHiFi Recordsrecord stores About Lindsay Goyette Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer. Related scoops Vinyl Revolution Record Show Spins Into Bohemian Beer Garden (...) HiFi Records Grand Opening Party: This Saturday! 4 Comments MORNING BUZZ (7/17): Love triangle killer tries to hang self in cell, Man leased stolen JFK rental cars on Craigslist & Weekend events at Queens Daily News Ticker July 17th, 2015 […] • ICYMI, Astoria has a new record store. […] Reply LindsayG July 14th, 2015 Hi Hannah! I’m including their store hours for you to check out. Monday is actually the day they are closed, not Sunday. Hope you are able to swing by soon! Monday: Closed Tuesday: 10-7 Wednesday: 10-7 Thursday: 10-7 Friday: 10-8 Saturday: 10-8 Sunday: 12-6 Reply Hannah Smith July 14th, 2015 Their FB definitely says they don’t open on Sundays. They might want to update that :) Reply Hannah Smith July 14th, 2015 Why are they closed on Sundays? Are they actively trying to go out of business early? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.