Independent Record Store Day

Each year in late April (this year on April 19th), independent record stores across the nation take a day to celebrate everything that makes them a unique and wonderful part of the music world. The event called Record Store Day “was conceived 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 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.”

In the Seattle area, there a quite a few participating stores in terms of promotions and special released albums. Sonic Boom in Ballard and Everyday Music on Capitol Hill also have musical groups performing during the day! Definitely get EARLY if you want to get any of the promotional albums or see a particular band play…

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