Vinyl collectors all over the world will join together this Saturday to celebrate their passion of music and records.
According to the official Record Store Day website, “There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.”
In Indiana, many local businesses that sell vinyl records will be celebrating Record Store Day on April 21. One of those is The Exchange. The record store chain has over 30 different locations nationwide. There are two different locations in the Indianapolis area, one in Castleton at 5975 East 82nd Street, the other in the heart of Broad Ripple at 912 Broad Ripple Avenue.
“In its 11th year, this is a day set aside at participating retailers to celebrate the vinyl format of pre-recorded music,” said Jerry Micco, the music buyer for The Exchange, in an email interview. “Record labels release very special (and very often very limited) releases encompassing great artists and music both by contemporary artists and by artists who have made iconic recordings in years past.”
“Record Store Day is a a universal day that independent record stores around the country celebrate music and records with the release of special items, have sales and even have concerts to celebrate,” said Indianapolis Exchange owner Bobby Dubovec in an email interview.
Stores around the world celebrate National Record Store Day with store specials, special vinyl and CD releases, artist meet and greets, performances, parades, cookouts and more.
Both of the Indianapolis Exchange locations will celebrate National Record Store Day, mostly with special deals and bargains for their customers, as well as exclusive releases.
“Since the event has grown steadily in popularity over the decade it has been in existence, we find that the best ‘event’ is to open our doors and let music fans seek out the music,” said Micco.
“We spread our Record Store Day product out between the 30 different stores so it allows people at every store a chance to find one of the gems they are looking for,” said Dubovec. “We have good sales going on that day that helps show that our customers are the reason we love what we do and enjoy hearing what they have to say and the stories they tell.”
Vinyl lovers and collectors have a chance to find not only special deals on select items, but some unique, limited editions ones as well.
“There are very special releases, in many cases limited to less than 1,500 copies nationally,” said Micco. “Record Store Day has strict pricing guidelines and as such, our pricing falls in line with their policy of providing the titles without ‘gouging’ our customers.”
“We go out of our way to help customers any way we can that day to locate and get the items they are wanting,” said Dubovec..
For the record stores that participate in the event, it can be one of the biggest selling days of the year.
“The stores are filled with shoppers for most of the day,” said Micco. “It is easily the single biggest business day in our 30 store chain.”
“If you have our ‘EXPERIENCE’ card which is free to sign up for, you are eligible for lots of great deals not only on Record Store Day, but throughout the whole year,” said Dubovec.
National Record Store Day is for customers, the artists and independent record store owners around the world to come together for one day to share their love for all things vinyl and embrace their culture of music
For more information about The Exchange stores in Indianapolis or other locations, visit their website.
If you’d like to learn more about National Record Store Day, or to find a list of participating stores near you, visit the official Record Store Day website.