Record day coming up Saturday for vinyl lovers


Absolute Records opens at 10 a.m. for Record Store Day on Saturday.

Record Store Day, Saturday, April 26, is coming up fast for vinyl lovers everywhere, and Boulder shops sound like they’re stacking their shelves and bins with special finds to celebrate.

After moving to a better and bigger location on Arapahoe, in the retail center next to Ozo’s Coffee (where I’m writing this) and Snarf’s, Absolute Vinyl Records & Stereo owner Doug Gaddy has a full day of free music, giveaways and even Kung Fu demonstrations all set to greet his customers.

Gaddy’s calling it a Three Ring Circus Record Store Day Celebration.

Record Day, now promoted across the world, is even bigger than his Christmas sales, Gaddy says. You think he’s excited? Gaddy says he’s stocking about “1,000 fresh titles (LPs)” and will host guest bands Whiskey Blanket and The Yawpers along with four other bands.

Trent Davol, owner of Pica’s restaurant in the same retail center, will be taking part, too, with Monocle (folk rock) playing at 5:30 p.m. and the Jamesons (folk rock/alternative country) playing at 6:30 p.m.

The music lineup at Vinyl is Whiskey Blanket (alternative hip hop), 1 p.m.; The Yawmpers (roots rocks), 2:30 p.m.; and the Alright Band (rock) at 4 p.m.

After the music at Pica’s, Dave Mead, Kurt Bauer and Steve Gordon in Modern Synthetic Chemistry will be start up at Vinyl.

Boulder-based record label, Adventure Records, home of The Yawpers, as well as Radio 1190 also will be on hand with give-aways.

Throw in a live art demonstration with audience participation by Anthony Moulton and it’s a pretty full day for Absolute Vinyl.

Other record stores around Boulder will be celebrating too, with Albums on the Hill offering special releases of both vinyl and CDs, and Bart’s Music Shack, located at 236 Pearl St., filling up its shelves, too.

You can find fan pages on Facebook for all three of the record stores, where they’re announcing plans for the big day.

So get out there Saturday and support your local record stores. After almost becoming an extinct species from the digital download storm, many of the vinyl stores around the country and especially here in Boulder seem to be surviving.

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