Record Store Day 2019: Things to do in the Tri-Cities

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By Michael Piwowarski, news editor.

With thousands of independently owned record stores across the country and many music lovers who prefer stacks of wax over mp3 files, one thing is for certain: vinyl records are here to stay.

Since 2008, Record Store Day has celebrated and given recognition to these record stores. Each year, they offer exclusive album releases in vinyl format for sale at participating retailers, with this year’s list available at their website.

If you like music and want to join in the fun, here are the places to go Saturday, April 13, for this year’s Record Store Day festivities.

Bay City:

Electric Kitsch
917 Washington Ave
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sales and specials are expected to be offered at Electric Kitsch for Record Store Day, but are yet to be announced. A DJ from Lightnin’ Licks Vinyl Preservation Society will be playing records in-store. Plus, there will be free complimentary coffee.

After closing time, the after-party will be hosted at Governor’s Quarters, 1304 S. Wenoa. American Beauty, a pale ale brewed with granola and honey, will be the featured RSD craft beer on tap. In addition, Electric Kitsch will offer a selection of items for sale and “some special bonuses” as stated on the Facebook event page, and Lightnin’ Licks will be spinning until midnight.

Midland:

Radio Wasteland Records
716 George St
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This will be Radio Wasteland’s third Record Store Day event, their second as an official RSD affiliate and their first one hosted at their new space. There will be RSD exclusives and giveaways, plus live musical performances by Mio at 12:30 p.m. and Brett Mitchell at 2:30 p.m.

Saginaw:

Records and Tapes Galore
1303 Court St
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Records and Tapes Galore promises “a great selection of special records” for their Record Store Day event, and recommends that shoppers come early to get a good selection. Major Chords for Minors will also be there until 11 a.m. to sell 50-cent coffees in order to raise funds.

Flint:

Electric Crown Records
52225 S. Saginaw St
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Having done business in the Flint area since September 2017, this will be the second Record Store Day for Electric Crown Records. Aside from a selection of vinyl and RSD exclusives, there will be complimentary donuts available for “the early bird,” as promised on the Facebook event page, plus an in-store live acoustic performance by Josie Pace at 1 p.m.

There will also be an after-party at Churchill’s Food and Spirits, 340 S. Saginaw St from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be a live DJ, and leftover RSD titles will be available for purchase as well.

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