The third Saturday in April is just another beautiful spring day - unless you're a record collector. In recent years Record Store Day has drawn more and more general music fans in addition to hardcore vinyl collectors. In-store performances, special releases and big sales draw patrons from all over the country to support their local records stores and Chicago is never one to miss a celebration. This year's Record Store Day lands on April 19 and here are the local events you shouldn't miss.
In addition to promising a slew of special RSD releases in stock, this Logan Square music and art shop has a full day of live music and giveaways planned for Saturday. Local music blog BV Chicago has lined up an impressive schedule of bands. Our personal recommendations are Minor Characters (playing at 2 p.m.) and Their They're There (playing at 6 p.m.). A raffle benefiting CHIRP Radio will run throughout the day with cool prizes from Drug Factory Press and the Busy Beaver Button Co. Keep an eye our for bonus freebies! The fun starts when doors open at 9 a.m. sharp. If you've got a limited release you're trying to get your hands on, it's probably here. There's just no telling how many there will be, so don't be late!
Laurie's Planet of Sound in Lincoln Square is a little secretive about what Record Store Day releases they'll have in stock (a list won't be posted until the day before) but they are plenty forthcoming about all the fun in-store fun they have planned for the day. In store performances like a BLVD Records showcase-a label run by Laurie's employee Melissa Geils-featuring Fake Limbs and Savage Sister and an acoustic show from John Darnielle of Mountain Goats run throughout the day. Be on the lookout for free Laurie's tote bags and giveaways from Chubby Weiners (because you're going to build up an appetite). Laurie's opens its door at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Local label Numero Uno Group specializes in album reissues, reconstructions and compilations. With dozens of releases under its belt in the last 11 years, you know there's room to do a little spring cleaning. That's why we're so psyched to see The Numero Record Store pop-up shop return to Chicago for its fourth year. For one day only, this Saturday, Numero will take over Comfort Station with "thousands of LPs, CDs, video tapes, cassettes, damaged stock, DVDs, trading cards, 45s, stickers, magazines and all other manners of miscellaneous debris clogging up our office." If you get a thrill out of finding rare items, this should be your first stop on Record Store Day. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.