This Saturday (April 18th) is the nation's second-annual Record Store Day. It is a celebration of all things music. From your local bands and record stores to the community housing it all. Record stores across the country (and in some cases, across the globe) are dedicating this day to performances, give-aways, and general feel-goodery.

Click here to check for participating stores around you and go out to support the community!

The famous Seattle shop Sonic Boom will be participating with various in-store performances at their Ballard location (right across the street from Blackbird) throughout the day.

From Sonic Boom's website...
"What is so special? Well, we have tons of exclusive releases just for this day as well as free stuff that labels and bands have sent. (There will be a full list available but you can get a peek at We'll be having in-store performances and DJ sets all day long. (Schedule below). 10% of our gross sales are being donated to Seattle Public School's Music Programs and we'll be silk screening whatever you want (shirts/totes/paper) out front asking for donations for a scholarship to Seattle School of Rock. If you go to both stores you can get both sides of the locket!'ll see.

In addition, we've organized businesses in Ballard that will be offering discounts for any Sonic Boom shoppers on Record Store Day. How cool is that? Remember: Think Local/Shop Local.

12pm - DJ Woogie "D"
1pm - Peter Blecha (DJ's and signs his new book called Sonic Boom)
2pm - SAY HI (In-store performance)
3pm - Claude Balzac (DJ)
4pm - VETIVER (In-store performance)
5pm - Andy Harms (107.7 the End - DJ)
6pm - Stupid Fresh (DJ)"