Folk Arts Rare Records

Folk Arts Rare Records was founded in 1967 by Lou Curtiss. Lou has old time, folk, blues, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, show tunes and a vast inventory of 78 rpm records. He also specializes in custom recordings of vintage music from the Lou Curtiss Sound Library. Over 90,000 hours and 90 years of vintage sound recordings.

Lou hosts Jazz Roots every Sunday night on KSDS 88.3 FM in San Diego. You can listen online at


On Wednesday nights at 5pm, Lou spins old records and hosts "Roots Music Night" on the front porch of the store, attracting the areas roots musicians to sit on the porch and play. Come on down. The pickin' starts around 7.

Over the course of the past 30 years, Lou has organized or booked over 50 music festivals in San Diego, including the Adams Avenue Street Fair and the Adams Avenue Roots Festival.

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