A number of independent record stores will celebrate this year’s Record Store Day once again on April 18 with giveaways, sales, exclusive releases and more.
Participating record stores in the Charlotte area include Lunchbox Records and Repo Record, both in Plaza Midwood, as well as The Wax Museum on Monroe Road near Sharon Amity. The day-long event features exclusive releases, sales and giveaways at certain locations.
Record Store Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in April nationwide and is intended to draw attention to independent music retailers. Lunchbox hopes the event draws shoppers to other locally owned businesses in the neighborhood, too.
“We ask patrons to be respectful of other stores and also ask that they stay in the neighborhood after their record shopping and to frequent some of the other independently owned stores, to continue with the spirit of Record Store Day,” Lunchbox Records said in a statement.
Lunchbox Records will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. that day, although patrons often start lining up around 2 a.m., rain or shine, the store said in a statement. For the first 150 people in line, the retailer will offer free shirts and giveaways, including the chance to win a turntable and Led Zeppelin LP box set.
The store said DJs will be playing later in the day, and there may be food trucks selling breakfast in the morning. The event also includes over 350 exclusive vinyl releases and 15 percent off everything storewide.
Record Store Day started in 2007 and has been celebrated across the globe ever since Metallica officially kicked off the first such event in San Francisco in 2008.
The celebration of music on vinyl records and CDs comes as streaming becomes ever popular. A recent Nielsen music report showed Americans streamed 164 billion songs in 2014, up 55 percent over the prior year. Physical album sales overall declined, but vinyl LPs showed record-setting strength: 9.2 million vinyls were sold in 2014, up 52 percent from 2013.
Lunchbox Records is at 1419 Central Ave., near Midwood Smokehouse and Fuel Pizza in Plaza Midwood. According to its website, the store also hosts local bands and returns to the bands 100 percent of the money it collects from each show.