If you fondly remember heading to the local record store to browse or pick up the latest release from your favorite band, then you may have had April 16, 2011 marked on your calendar for weeks. This is the fourth annual Record Store Day, a day when independently owned record stores come together with artists for a celebration of music.
This year's ambassador is Ozzy Osbourne, but vinyl fans have an opportunity to pick up special releases from Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, or dozens of other artists. These are all special releases. Some will be available only on Record Store Day, and many limited editions that will only be available in independent stores. Since the participating stores are independent, not all releases will be available in all stores.
Local stores are offering special releases, sales, contests, and in some cases, live performances. If you're curious, why not head out and see what you can find?
Kief's Music (2429 Iowa), open 10 am-5 pm
Vinyl Renaissance & Audio (10922 Shawnee Mission Pkwy), open 10 am-6pm
In addition to RSD exclusive releases and giveaways, Vinyl Renaissance is offering 10% off everything in the store, and has thousands of LPs and 45s with special markdown prices.
Vinyl Renaissance & Audio (1415 W. 39 St.), open 12pm-6pm
The second location of Vinyl Renaissance is combining a RSD celebration with a grand opening party. In addition to the special releases, 10% off sale and special markdowns, there will be local bands on hand:
Hidden Pictures, 1:30 pm
Rainmakers, 2:30 pm
Kenn Jankowski (Republic Tigers), 3:30 pm
Dead Girls, 4:00 pm
Zebedee's RPM Records CDs & Collectibles (1208 W 39 St.), open 11am-8pm
Earwaxx Records & More (6410 N. Oak Trafficway), open 11am-8pm
RSD specials will includes hundreds of exclusive releases along with special and giveaways.
Danny Cox, 1pm
Kenn Jankowski (Republic Tigers), 2pm
There will also be four DJs on hand to keep the party going all day.
Love Garden (822 Massachusetts), open 10am-9pm
Spend $50 or more and get 10% off your purchase.