Saturday April 19th is the seventh annual Record Store Day. What is Record Store Day? It’s the one day a year where one can celebrate the old time brick and mortar store where many grew up purchasing vinyl records or cassette tapes from (and now CDs). It’s a chance to appreciate the few remaining mom and pop shops still in existence today. Go back to a time when a person browsed for that special album or found that golden nugget that hadn’t even been considered when first walking in. http://www.recordstoreday.com/
Many stores are participating in this event. The stores will have special releases that have been designated for release on this day. http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases Not all stores will have the same items. One will just have to go in and see what they have. Here is a list of stores - http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues Find the nearest or make an outing of it and hit a couple of places.
Some blues music specials include: 12” vinyl - Big Mama Thorton – Sassy Mama, Bobby Rush - Upstairs at United, Various Artists – Rough Guide to African Blues, Johnny Winter – Live Bootleg Special Edition, Jimi Hendrix – Live at Monterey
This writer’s favorite record stores over the years include:
Rolling Stones Records Norridge, Ill. – Been going here since high school, still stop by whenever in the area.
S&J Stereo Highland Ind. – Current favorite record store, been going here since moving to NW Indiana.
Beverly Records Chicago, Ill. – Whenever on the south side of Chicago make a point to stop in.
There are a few stores this writer has never made it to (no excuses) and would like to check out:
Val’s Halla Records, Oak Park, Ill.
Record Breakers, Chicago, Ill.
Jazz Record Mart, Chicago, Ill.
Cosmic Trading Post, Valparaiso, In. – a new record store, only 1 year old
Plan an outing and visit a few stores on Saturday. Looking at the list of stores, there are some noticeable longtime stores missing. Remember, if they don’t get support, they’ll close. Like the dinosaur and other extinct species, when they’re gone they’re gone.