Join worldwide celebration of record-store culture on Record Store Day at All That
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Record Store Day — a worldwide celebration of staff, customers, musicians and record-store culture — is Saturday, April 13. All That will be Steamboat Springs’ sole location celebrating, according to recordstoreday.com.
Record Store Day was born in 2008. Unique vinyl and CD releases and promotional items were created and sold for the event, and music shops hosted related activities ranging from shows to artist meet-and-greets to parades. Perhaps most notably, Metallica hung out at San Francisco’s Rasputin Music, getting to know fans.
Since then, Record Store Day has grown to reach every continent except Antarctica. New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and several other cities recognize it as an official holiday.
To participate in Record Store Day, a shop must be an independently owned, brick-and-mortar retailer focusing mainly on music retail.
All That, 811 Lincoln Ave., has been celebrating the annual event since 2010.
Jeremiah Arnold first attended Record Store Day at All That as a record-seeking customer and lifelong record collector. Now, he’s an All That employee focusing on music retail. He estimates his personal collection at 2,500 LPs.
“We’ve got about 400 exclusives for that day,” he said. “There’s a wide variety of stuff. The most popular ones are the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, Jerry Garcia band and some jazz releases.”
Nationwide, vinyl albums and cassettes experienced double-digit sales growth in 2018, with vinyls increasing from 8.6 million to 9.7 million sales and cassettes up from 99,400 to 118,200 copies. For vinyls, it’s a 30-year high, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
What: Record Store Day
When: Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13
Where: All That, 811 Lincoln Ave.
Local music fans have reflected these trends as well, with growing interest in vinyl during the past several years.
“People are into the tangible music,” Arnold said. “It’s the whole experience of the packaging, opening your record, bringing it home and listening to it for the first time.
“Having Record Store Day is great, and having the exclusive releases are great, and it’s done a great job of diversifying the market,” Arnold said. “But, my hope is that people come in and look for their record and connect with the record store for the first time. That’s what I really hope the day brings.”
Julia Ben-Asher is a contributing writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today.
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