Record Store Day 2017: Celebrating 10 Years of Tangible Music
Music fans across the globe are getting set to flood their local record shops on April 22 in celebration of the 10th annual Record Store Day. Founded in 2007, RSD celebrates independently owned record stores, and the culture surrounding them.
The event was first celebrated in April of 2008. A small number of Record Store Day exclusives from artists such as Jason Mraz, Death Cab For Cutie, and R.E.M. were released in an attempt to bring more people through the doors of brick-and-mortar indie record shops. Today, hundreds of artists spanning all genres push out special RSD releases on CD and vinyl to the participating stores all over the world. Some come in the form of new, unreleased music, while others may be reissues of rare, or highly sought-after records.
The number of participating shops has grown in hundreds since the birth of Record Store Day, and they all have their own way of celebrating. Along with the RSD exclusives, most stores also run sales on their non-RSD stock for this day that rival Black Friday savings. Although, many people will be shopping just to snag valuable limited production records that they can resell online for a hefty profit, let's not forget the reason for the season, the record stores themselves. Here's how three shops located in three U.S. music meccas will celebrate this year's Record Store Day.
Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA
Criminal Records, located in Atlanta, is inviting anyone and everyone out to their 10-year RSD anniversary party. The celebration will include live performances, promotional giveaways, hourly raffles and more. Outside of the shop, you can find a block party with everything from King of Pops popsicles to a vegan bake sale. Find out more here.
Rough Trade, New York City, NY
Rough Trade of NYC will be celebrating with live performances from DJs and artists including Sunflower Bean, and Steve Earle. They will also be kicking things off with a visit from this year's Record Store Day ambassador, St. Vincent. Click here for more information.
Dodd's Record Store, Grand Rapids, MI
In business since 1951, Dodd's Record Store is the oldest record store in Michigan. Musicians, DJs, and bands of all kinds are known to flock to Dodd's on RSD for live performances, and the celebration is topped off with a RSD parade through the streets of Grand Rapids.
Not located near any of these three landmark shops? No problem. You can head on over to the official RSD website for a complete list of all participating indie record shops. And while you're there, you can also check out their list of this year's RSD-exclusive albums getting set to hit the shelves on April 22.
So, on April 22, wake up and smell the vinyl. For at least one day, say no to cold computer screens and digital downloads, and say yes to real, tangible music.