Kings Music opens Saturday with block party, free guitar

Kings Music opens on the Avenue Saturday Aug. 4 at 1828 E Passyunk Ave as a full-service music store, meaning you can buy a guitar, learn how to play it and record your album all in the same place.


To mark the opening store owner Joe King is throwing a block party from 11:30 a.m. to about 6 p.m. with live bands and refreshments. The first 50 customers who buy something will be entered into a drawing to win a free Epiphone acoustic guitar.

The store will sell and make repairs to a wide array of instruments and will offer lessons for guitar, drums, horns, flutes, bass, saxophone, violin and piano, plus vocal training. Website is a bit of a work in progress, and Facebook page just got started (we were the third Like).

Win this guitar at the opening

King said he has lots of rooms for lessons and recording in the back, in what was the storeroom of the storefront’s previous tenant, Shoe Gallery (the one with the hideous orange sign). He’ll help you record in a studio onsite or he’ll come to you with portable recording equipment to get the job done wherever you want. He also offers a full recording package, which includes mixing, artwork design and CD production.

And here’s a bit of good news: the store will be open on even on Sundays and will keep fairly long hours, staying open till 9 p.m. weekdays. That’s practically nocturnal compared to some of the other businesses on the avenue, so maybe it can help drive up foot traffic later in the day.

UPDATE: King says he’ll also be selling instruments on consignment in case your little one loved the trumpet then gave it up five days later. He also wants to get into instrument rental to help parents avoid that very problem. Click here for some pictures of the inside.