By Michelle Darby
Born in 2007 by a group of independent record store owners and employees as a means of celebrating the culture unique to the independently owned record store, the first Record Store Day happened on April 19, 2008. On the verge of its tenth anniversary, there are now Record Store Day participating stores on every continent … except Antarctica; and, for the first time, RSD is coming to the Vintage Vault Record Store located inside the 16 West Marketplace, Saturday, April 22nd.
Record Store Day is a day for those who love the world of the independent record store – staff, customers, artists – to celebrate the unique culture of record stores and the role they play in their communities. There are special vinyl and CD releases as well as various promotional products available exclusively for the day. In the beginning the list of exclusive RSD only titles was small, now the list includes artists from large and small labels, artists from every genre and price point. Click here for a downloadable pdf of this year’s list.
On the first Record Store Day, Metallica greeted fans for hours at Rasputin Music in San Francisco as the first ‘unofficial’ Record Store Day ambassadors. Over the past ten years, everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Iggy Pop, Jack White and Dave Grohl have served as Official Ambassadors of the celebration of all things independent record store. The ambassador for 2017 is the Grammy award winning artist St. Vincent. For a special glimpse of how seriously St. Vincent takes her duties check out this clip.
Blue Ridge Rocks is throwing a kick-off event Saturday, April 15th, at Roanoke’s Spot on Kirk to highlight local music and get folks primed to go visit the Vintage Vault on Record Store Day.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the spirit of the independent record store, all they bring to our communities, lives and personal soundtrack.
Record Store Day Jam
An event celebrating the culture of independently owned record stores and a fundraiser for Roanoke’s Community High School of Arts & Academics.
Wake & Bacon Food Truck will be onsite to provide tasty treats.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $18, or in advanced for $15. All proceeds benefit the Community High School Band.