ROXBURY — In the nucleus of a community known for appreciation of culture and the arts, Phil Lenihan is betting that a showcase to the defunct musical recording format known as eight track tapes will give people yet another reason to come to this quaint Delaware County town of 2,500 people.
On the heels of opening the Orphic Gallery last summer at the Roxbury Corner Store, Lenihan will be undraping the Eight Track Museum in the same building with grand opening festivities running from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
Special guests for the occasion will be Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. The couple represent two-thirds of the original members of the legendary New Wave band Talking Heads. They went on to start an offshoot band called Tom Tom Club, which scored several major hits, including “Genius of Love.”
The museum is the first satellite of the original Eight Track Museum that opened in Dallas in early 2011. The idea for the Roxbury useum came when Lenihan said he asked the founder of that venue, Dallas music producer Bucks Burnett, if he wanted to have a temporary eight-track exhibit at the Orphic Gallery.
“Bucks upped the ante — as he usually does — and said, ‘How about a permanent outpost?” Lenihan recalled in an interview.
The more he thought about the offer, Lenihan said, the more he figured that the eight track museum and his musical-themed art gallery would be a perfect fit.
“I’ve always had a fascination with quirky roadside attractions,” Lenihan said. “And I thought I would go out of my way to see this one.”
He said he plans to continue the exhibits of some of the eight track decks and tapes that are most prized by collectors at least until next summer. The exhibit is free and open to the public, he noted.