Online music publishing platform Bandcamp is opening a record store and performance space in downtown Oakland.
The shop is set to open February 1 and will be stocked with records of over five million albums available on the platform. The IRL space will soon be the site of an all-ages show that will be featured in a new video series, according to the company.
“We’re thrilled to join the thriving Oakland arts community that includes artists and labels like The Seshen, Jay Stone, n5MD, and Slumberland Records,” the company wrote in a blog post.
Bandcamp plans to partner with community organizations like the Oakland School for the Arts, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and Transgender Law Center.
The move makes sense for Bandcamp, a company that has staked its reputation and growth on its relationships with artists. Going beyond its digital product to a brick and mortar location in a city with a thriving music scene should allow them to engage even more with the community they’ve built their product for.
The location will be at 1901 Broadway near the 19th street Bart Station.