Record Store Day is nearly upon us! Last year, we celebrated our local music shops by offering Ballard record store patrons 20% off their Blackbird purchases on Record Store Day. This year the deal's back on! Hit any of our local Ballard record stores (Sonic Boom, Bop Street Records, and Dissonant Plane) on your way to Blackbird. Then show us your receipt and your new music and score 20% off your regular price purchase at Blackbird, The Blackbird Candy Shoppe, and The Field House. Scroll down to read more about your favorite new holiday:
Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown (not that Chris Brown), and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave, and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
This year, check out your local record stores to see what they've got planned!
As we mentioned before, Ballard folks can roll into Sonic Boom, Bop Street Records, or Dissonant Plane. If you aren't already in the habit of stopping by these awesome and eclectic shops on a regular basis, there's no time like the present! Support local music and local music stores!