Record Store Day rocks downtown
The music industry thought they could live without the independent record stores but they’re finding out more and more that those stores are keeping the industry afloat.
Most major record labels are now supporting Record Store Day which celebrates the independent music business owners by offering free sample CDs and other swag.
“Every year it keeps getting better and better,” said Rock Cesario, owner of Triple Play Records, 530 Main St.
Rock and his son were busy stuffing goody bags full of sample CDs Friday morning in anticipation of Saturday’s celebration. The bags may include a Record Store Day 2012 sampler CD, a specially released album of music performed at this year’s Coachella, or the New West Records World Cafe CD.
Well-known artists, such as Willie Nelson and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, are supporting the event by giving sample tracks to the store owners to sell for a nominal fee.
“They’re finally figuring out that stores like this go a long way to support them,” Cesario said.
According to Recordstoreday.com, the original idea for the day was conceived by Chris Brown and founded in 2007. Since then, hundreds of artists have played small, independent record stores free-of-charge. Metallica played Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco in 2008. Other national activities include free music, body painting, parades and artist meet and greets.
This year Triple Play has lined up several local bands for free entertainment next door at Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St. Those bands include the Thomasina Brown Project Duo, The Dreamboats and Friends, and Zolopht and the Destroyers. The music will begin at noon until 4 p.m.
“It’s just our way of giving back to our customers,” Cesario said.
The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside the store. There will be vinyl and CD specials throughout the store, he said, adding more than 1,200 new records were stocked this week.