Triple Played: April 20 is Record Store Day

There is a lot going on in Grand Junction on Saturday, April 20.

Arbor Fest will take place at the Lincoln Park, which is undergoing a redesign. Macklemore will be in concert at Colorado Mesa University.

In beautiful downtown Grand Junction, you’ll find MOG Outdoor Fest and the Maverick Classic Downtown Criterium. There is also a Health Fair at Intellitec College that day among other events throughout the valley.

In the middle of it all, we will be celebrating the sixth annual International Record Store Day, April 20, at Triple Play Records.

This year, in addition to the special exclusive releases for Record Store Day, we will have live acoustic in-store concerts from local musicians Miss Emily, Lowlands, Zolopht and the Destroyers and others, promotional items to give away and a vinyl sidewalk sale.

For a complete list of releases for Record Store Day as well as the latest news, please go to

None of the stores involved in this international event will get everything that they want. Triple Play Records ordered mostly “exclusive” titles only available to indie stores and only available one time with no re-releases. We also ordered mostly vinyl available in 7-, 10- and 12-inch formats and a few CDs.

I think that this is the first time I know exactly what Triple Play Records is going to get for Record Store Day. We will be receiving more than 100 different recorded items from a wide variety of artists including Cream, David Bowie, Dave Brubeck, Calexico, the Doors, Bob Dylan, Flaming Lips, Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Mumford & Sons, Willie Nelson, Pink Floyd, Phish, Ringo Starr and the White Stripes and many others.

As part of this year’s Record Store Day, Triple Play Records will host a screening of the movie “Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop” at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Mesa Theater and Lounge.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I can’t describe it, but here is what I found at

“‘Last Shop Standing,’ inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones, takes you behind the counter to discover why nearly 2,000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK. The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the ‘60, ‘70 and ‘80s, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies. Where did it all go wrong? Why were three shops a week closing? Will we be left with no record shops with the continuing rise of downloading? Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians, including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to discover and cherish new bands, new music and why they might just have a brighter future,” according to

And in a round-up of top films and music in its January 2013 edition, Q magazine named “Last Shop Standing” as one of its top 10 DVDs of 2012.

I am excited to see this movie and will give my opinion of it in a future column. We hope to see you for the screening.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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