Celebrate “Record Store Day” on Saturday

, Staff

On Saturday, hundreds of independently-owned music stores across the country will celebrate “Record Store Day.” Now in its third year, the effort is a coalition of organizations and independent stores, who have banded together to promote shopping at the smaller record shops across the United States and Europe. Here in Massachusetts, that means another reason to swing by your local Newbury Comics.

The local chain is celebrating the day with special sales, goodie bags and an array of live performances. Among the highlights are The Morning Benders and local favorites The New Collisions performing at the store’s Faneuil Hall location, while Circa Survive plays in Norwood and Mary Gauthier hits Harvard Square. A full list of Newbury Comics’ scheduled in-store appearances is available here.

“The independent record stores in America represent what I value most – undiluted, uncensored, unfettered support for artistic expression,” said Newbury Comics founder Mike Dreese in a press release.

Other Massachusetts independent stores scheduled to particpate on Record Store Day include: Nuggets (Boston), Wierdo Records (Cambridge), Welfare Records (Haverhill), Spinnaker Records (Hyannis), Rythmn and Muse (Jamaica Plain), Aboveground Records (Martha’s Vineyard), Music DNA (Methuen), Listen Up Music (Natick),  Turn It Up! (Northampton), Booksmith/Musicsmith (Orleans), Rebel Sound Records (Pittsfield), The Time Capsule (Seekonk), Sunset Records (Somerset), Record Connection (Waterville), Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store (Winnipeg) and That’s Entertainment (Worcester, MA). New England’s other big indie chain, Bull Moose will also be participating with their ten-shops throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

Loads of artists have jumped on board for the cause, with many planning to release limited edition products exclusively through Record Store Day participants. For a full list of participates, go here.

For more on Record Store Day, go to www.recordstoreday.com.

Leave a Reply