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Saturday, April 16th, will be the fourth annual Record Store Day, now a worldwide celebration of the culture and unique place independent record stores occupy nationally and in our local communities.
Independent record stores have been a meeting place and launching pad for many of the biggest names in the music industry over the years, and what began in 2008 as an effort by a few independent retailers in the US to join together and renew the magic has blossomed into a global event.
The highlight of the day for many is the overwhelming number of “exclusive” and unique CDs, records, and other items bands and record labels have graciously and eagerly created, causing a feeding frenzy for collectors. Many of these items are available on this day only, and when they’re gone, they’re gone, not to be found in any “big box” store or online.
At many stores, including Monster Music and Cat’s Music, the day also means an opportunity for fans to take in a lot of free live music. Numerous local artists have jumped at the chance to play a free show in support of the event, further adding to the party atmosphere.
Monster Music will open its doors at 10 a.m. for a storewide sale, and live music will begin at noon. All new and used merchandise within the store will be on sale, with the exception of the limited RSD new releases. The performances are free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. In addition, a variety of food will be offered. There will be an extensive jump castle and play area for kids at Monster. To keep it classic, there will also be free pinball courtesy of Charleston Game Room.
Bands performing will be: Company, Mac Leaphart, Ryan Bonner & the Dearly Beloved, Blue Dogs, Heyrocco, Leslie, Go For Launch, Brother, and the 33’s. Leslie and the 33’s have new CDs whose releases coincide with this day. Many of the performers will have freebies or special offers of their own.