Record Store Day isn’t a holiday, but for record collectors and music geeks, it feels like Christmas.
Founded in 2007 by a collective of independent retailers to celebrate the culture of record stores, the celebration has picked up more momentum over the past several years as vinyl has become increasingly popular. Participating stores offer exclusive, rare, limited edition and collectible releases available for one day.
Here’s what’s going on at record stores in Kansas City and Lawrence on Saturday. Check in with each store’s Facebook page for more information, which may include what exclusives they have in stock
Love Garden, 822 Massachusetts Ave. in Lawrence (785-843-1551): Before the store opens at 10 a.m., employees will hand out numbers to customers waiting in line. In numerical order, each person will get a chance at the exclusives table. Each person will be limited to five items, no duplicates. After each person with a number has visited the table, the store will suspend the five-item limit.
Also, for every dollar spent in excess of $50, the customer will get a voucher for 10 percent of the purchase. For example, if you spend $75, you’ll get a Love Garden voucher for $7.50.
Mills Record Co., 314 Westport Road (816-960-3775): In addition to specials and premiums, Mills Record Co. is offering eight hours of music. It starts at 2 p.m. on the outside stage, where 10 bands will perform 30-minute sets: Nubiles, Boy Parts, Drugs + Attics, Milk Bell, Lazy, Bummer, Yes You Are, Organized Crime, the Fog and the Big Iron.
At 8:30 p.m., the music moves to the inside stage for sets by Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, then the Grisly Hand. Admission is free.
Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Road (816-585-7366): For her store’s first Record Store Day, Marion Merritt will offer live music, food, drinks, giveaways plus plenty of exclusives. The store opens at 8 a.m.
Vinyl Renaissance, 7932 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park; Vinyl Renaissance & Audio, 1415 W. 39th St.: Both stores will offer specials and limited-edition releases, sales on new and used records and equipment plus giveaways and contests.
The Overland Park store is also celebrating its 10th anniversary with a Record Store Day after-party at the Brick, 1727 McGee St. The Starhaven Rounders and Spirit Is the Spirit will perform, starting at 8 p.m. The show is also a benefit for community radio station KKFI (90.1 FM). People who pay the $5 cover charge will receive a $5 voucher that can be redeemed at either Vinyl Renaissance store.
Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave. (816-361-9555): If you’re there when the store opens at 8 a.m. Saturday you will be offered free coffee and bagels. Otherwise, the store will be offering Record Store Day specials.
Zebedee’s RPM, 1208 W. 39th St. (816-960-6900): Zebedee’s gets a jump start on Record Store Day with four live performances beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Performers: Kate Caggianelli, CS Luxem, Miss Mondegreen, Jacob Bigus & Eric Way. The store opens at 10 a.m. Saturday. The first 50 people through the door will be entered in a drawing for a vinyl copy of the new double LP from Molly McGuire, “III.”
Bill Brownlee contributed to this report.