If you have even one friend who’s super into buying and collecting vinyl, then you’ve probably heard of Record Store Day. The annual event, started back in 2007, is packed with rare releases, re-releases, exclusive recordings and remix albums.
Basically, it’s a huge deal for music nerds.
But it’s also super important for local record stores. Events like RSD help keep these mom-and-pop operations afloat and allow them to host community events, employ local musicians, fix your record players, and support other local businesses.
So whether it’s OG Miami stores like Sweat Records or newer ones like Technique Records and Brooklyn Vintage, here’s a breakdown of what some shops across the 305 are doing to celebrate this year’s Record Store Day:
Doors open at 8 a.m. for RSD releases. Anyone in line before 7 a.m. gets first dibs to buy the record of their choice.
There will be DJs spinning in the shop all day, including names like Arthur Baker, DJ Hottpants, Gabe Kardashian, and DJ Skidmark. There will also be a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. before the bigger party starts.
The show at Churchill’s Pub kicks off at 7 p.m. and features performances by Charlie Pickett Music, Papaya Whip, Seafoam Walls, Mo’Booty Band, Death Lottery and Millionyoung. DJs Richie Hell and Javier Zuker will be playing between sets all night. Ms. Cheezious, Cream Parlor and MexZican food trucks will be there providing eats throughout the day.
If that’s not enough, there’ll be plenty of giveaways–including a Run the Jewels prize package, tickets from the Fillmore Miami Beach and maybe a surprise guest or two.
You’ll find a mix of the special RSD releases and a free tote bag if you’re one of the first 100 people at the shop.
Electronic DJ and producer Diplo will be there signing copies of his EP, “California,” and Kevin Haskins, drummer for the post-punk band Bauhaus, will be signing copies of the book, “Bauhaus – Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus.”
There will be other giveaways throughout the day, and if you spend more than $100 you can spin a special record for additional prizes. DJs will be spinning all day.
Brooklyn Vintage and Vinyl
The store is offering giveaways and a collection of RSD releases.
The shop is partnering with Vinyl Social Club and allowing folks to do 20-minute DJ sets if they sign up ahead of time. The sets will go from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. And from noon to 3 p.m. there will be performances by Moongazer, Myster Craig, Di Ivories, and Salas.
Mills Vintage Miami will be selling old-school merchandise and Cream Parlor will have free ice cream samples.
The day will be hosted by Jarobi White from A Tribe Called Quest, who will also be signing albums at the shop. Masta Killa, an original member of Wu-Tang Clan, will also make an appearance.
Bargain bin records will be half off and there will be free coffee and donuts for early morning shoppers (while supplies last!). Plus, all the special RSD records and other new releases.
Terrestrial Funk Mobile Record Shop
The crew behind this online-only shop, and the Miami Record Fair, will set up outside Gramps in Wynwood in an old school Toyota truck and sell records from 3 to 11 p.m.
DJs will play all day and there are plenty of deals, including:10 percent off all 12″s and LPs, 15 percent off all 45s, 25 percent off shirts, and free Terrestrial Funk shirts for the first five customers, or anyone who spends more than $100.
Yesterday and Today Records
This Bird Road shop won’t have DJs and bands, but they’ll be serving free drinks, offering deals on records, and doing giveaways and prize drawings throughout the day.