The 16th of April, 2016 is a great day for classic rock fans all over the US. It is Record Store Day, the annual event held every third Saturday of April across the country. This year, rock fans can have limited releases from a list of all-time favorite bands and artists. The list includes David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, The Doors, Tom Petty, and Credence Clearwater Revival.
Indie record stores are also looking forward to having a big shopping day as fans flock to pick limited releases from their favorite bands. Some of the releases that are expected to fly off the shelves are Etta James’ 1960 At Last!, David Bowie’s picture discs, and Big Star’s 2LP release of their performance at the University of Missouri. Metallica, the event’s ambassadors, will also release Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!. They have promised that the proceeds will go to Fondation de France’s Give for Charity to support terrorist victims.
You can expect to find all of those great music from these record stores:
Hollywood’s Record Parlour
Although their main fare is vintage records, Record Parlour’s Chadwick Hemus says they are still ready for Record Store Day 2016. He says some of the stuff they expect to be in high demand includes David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World picture discs. Also high on his list is Etta James’ At Last!. Shoppers can also expect live performances by Cleto and the Cletones, Crow Nuts, and Jeff Babko.
St. Paul’s Barely Brothers
DJ Mike Elias of KFAI, the co-founder of Barely Brothers, says that they expect to open for business as early as 9 am. Theirs is a new vinyl only record store started in 2014. They will be offering RSD releases of this year’s featured artists. You might also not want to miss the in store performance that will feature rock band Tabah. Performances will run from 1 pm to 6 pm.
Princeton Record Exchange
Jon Lambert, the owner of Princeton Record Exchange, is pleasantly surprised that youngsters from the nearby Princeton campus are shopping for vinyl. One of the releases he expects to sell well is Bob Dylan’s seven inch vinyl, Fallen Angels. John Coltrane’s 10 inch release, The Roulette Sides, is also poised to raise lots of interest among shoppers. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Kiss My Amps II is also on the watch list.
Record Store Day 2016 is full of pleasant surprises, to say the least. You’ll have lots of local stores where you can pick up your most sought after vinyl records. And by the end of the day, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’ll have more that what your best record player could handle in the coming weeks.