The 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day
Mar 30, 2018 11:00AM ● Published by Enjoy Magazine
For the Record
VINYLS ARE definitely coming back in style. Did they ever go out of style? You can be the judge of that on Record Store Day, which will be Saturday, April 22.
Record Store Day was officially founded in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the United States and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day was April 19, 2008, where Metallica spent hours meeting their fans at Rasputin Music in San Francisco.
Today, Record Store Day is an international, commercial holiday that is celebrated on six continents. Music fans across the globe flock to record stores for performances, signings, meet-and-greets and of course, to shop for music. Hundreds of internationally acclaimed as well as local artists participate in the day with special appearances, performances, meet-and-greets with their fans, art exhibits and the issuing of special vinyl and CD releases and other promotional products. Each store holds its own party for the day, to celebrate the individuality of each store and the place it holds in its community.
“We are expecting a very early and large crowd – not only is it Record Store Day, but it’s the 10th anniversary,” says Tawnya Zito, owner of Velouria Records in Visalia. “A lot of hard work and dedication is put forth by so many different people to make this event happen each year. It’s a massive undertaking on so many levels. So to see it grow to such an epic proportion is really pretty awesome. It will be a day to celebrate a milestone, and of course pick up some exclusive and limited edition vinyl.”
Record Store Day names a new music ambassador each year. This year, the ambassador for the event is St. Vincent, an American musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is best known for her songs “Digital Witness,” “Birth in Reverse” and “Who.” She was also in the music group The Polyphonic Spree from 2004 to 2006.
These local stores have signed the Record Store Day Pledge, agreeing to act in the spirit of Record Store Day and sell the commercial Record Store Day releases:
Tower District Records
B Moore Christian Books & Music
Going Underground Records
Record Store Day • Saturday, April 22 • www.recordstoreday.com