Record Store Day April 22nd 2017

It’s that time again! Visit us on Saturday April 22nd for Record Store Day! As per usual we will be opening 2 hours early at 9AM (the line tends to start much earlier than that so plan accordingly.) We’ll of course have our allotment of the various limited edition releases. All limited edition releases are first come first served, no holds of any kind and when they’re gone they’re gone! We’ll also have...


Black Friday Record Store Day

Val’s halla will be open from 9am to 7pm for Black Friday Tons of limited edition RSDBF titles available (as always these are first come, first serve. No holding of any kind.) All USED product 20% off Many select NEW vinyl titles specially priced And of course LIVE MUSIC ON STAGE ALL DAY! ––––––––––– CauDog Recording Artist Ellis Clark, The Big Parade & Ary Jeebie will be curating our stage...


Flat Five October 14th

You might have to pinch me, but I believe it’s a done deal. My all time favorite gaggle of musical prodigies, otherwise known as the FLAT FIVE (Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor Kean & Alex Hall) will be playing LIVE on the Val’s halla stage – OCTOBER 14 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm – the day they release their debut LP/CD “It’s a World of Love & Hope – the...


halla Palooza 2016

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Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Whatever Sunday Is/Cyber Monday

Nov 27 at 9:00am to Nov 30 at 7:00pm It’s that time again! Time to waddle off the couch and burn off those regrettable calories with some retail therapy! We’ll be open two hours early (9:00 AM) on Black Friday (Nov. 27th) with tons of LIMITED EDITION #RSDBlackFriday EXCLUSIVE releases! Same rules apply as Record Store Day, all releases are extremely limited, first come first served, no holds WHATSOEVER. All USED product in...


Our Community, Our Friends

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Elvis Shrine

Several years ago, an abandoned bathroom in the rear of the store beckoned for recognition. It was, after all, in that dreaded bathroom in Memphis where the King had fallen. Perhaps our old bathroom might pay homage. A gurgling fountain, black velvet tapestry, a pair of Elvis socks, multitudes of articles confirming His reincarnation, rare and precious samples of his artistry abound — providing a comforting respite for the weary...


Support Local Artists

Promoting local recordings has been a mission at Val’s halla since our beginnings almost 40 years ago. Since the days of homegrown 45’s and LP’s, we have welcomed and displayed the work of performers’ self produced artistry. With the advent of personal websites, it has become much easier for bands and individual musicians to expose their art to the general public, but there is nothing as satisfying as walking...


Ever Changing Updates and Tidbits

After ten years, we’ve settled nicely into our “new” home in the Arts District of Oak Park. Our airier location has allowed us to offer some new goodies that didn’t fit in our beloved alley on South Boulevard. BOOKS & MAGAZINES: A wide array of paper collectibles from 60’s Beatles fanzines to opera hardcover books to rare back issues of Mojo, and even some concert programs and other oddities. Come see....


what's a halla?

What’s in a Name? Val halla  (val-hal-a)  n.Norse mythology, the great hall of immortality in which the souls of warriors slain heroically were received by Odin and enshrined. Val’s halla (val’s-hal-a)  n. The modest hall of mortals in which the “soul” of music lovers seeking contentment is welcomed by experts and fulfilled. The bottom line is that I have always loved puns and knew for many years that...