This Saturday is Record Store Day, and I’m pretty excited that, for the first time, I have enough time and money to justify a little splurge.
Record Store Day is an international hard-copy holiday celebrating the brick and mortar record stores that have been disappearing as digital takes over. It began in 2007 as a way to celebrate the cultural impact independently owned record stores have on their communities.
Artists release special editions of old albums or brand new music just for Record Store Day, and record store owners are able to place orders for which releases they want. Based on the few store owners I’ve talked to over the years, they usually request every release, but because the records are limited editions, they don’t always get everything they ask for.
This year, around 400 records will be available at Record Store Day, so I’m sure wherever you end up going, you’ll find something to get excited about.
Recordstoreday.com has a handy tool to help you find a participating store near you. With an 81601 ZIP code search, I found that the closest option for me is Eagle Valley Music & Comics in Minturn. Within 100 miles are Affordable Music in Dillon, All That Jazz in Steamboat Springs and Triple Play Records in Grand Junction.
Sure, it’s quite a trek, but Record Store Day is about more than just the music you’re able to buy (though the music itself is pretty cool). It’s about supporting a local business that also acts as a gathering place for music lovers. Record stores create community and impact culture.
You just don’t get that with iTunes.
Dance can be an outlet and a form of expression — even to those of us who consider it a public service when we stay off the dance floor. Friday offers you the opportunity to let loose, no matter what your experience level, with Dance Initiative’s Dance Liberation Project: Community Ecstatic Dance. Head over to the Launchpad in Carbondale from 7:30 to 9 p.m. to join dancers and a live DJ in this community dance. There is a $9 suggested donation at the door.
Support beloved community member and owner of Steve’s Guitars, Mary Margaret O’Gara, who is undergoing cancer treatment, at Saturday’s “Music and Love” fundraiser at the Orchard in Carbondale. From 5 to 10 p.m. there will be great music from Lipbone Redding, Let Them Roar, Bobby Mason, Dan Sheridan, Valle Musico, Steve Skinner, Louis Girardot, Hap Harriman and Vid Weatherwax. Food will be provided by local merchants, and there will be a silent auction and drinks for purchase. Admission is $15, and all proceeds go to O’Gara.
This is your last chance to see the final production of the season from Sopris Theatre Company: “A Flea in Her Ear.” This classic French bedroom farce will make you laugh out loud as miscommunications leave the characters completely lost as to what’s happening in their own lives. The show starts at 2 p.m. in the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and CMC faculty and staff.
Jessica Cabe will be in full Black Friday mode for Record Store Day. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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