WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Record stores across the region, as well as across the globe, opened their doors Saturday morning for the 10th annual Record Store Day.
According to the Record Store Day website, recordstoreday.com, the occasion was invented as “a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding” record stores throughout the world. Stores on every continent (except Antarctica) participate in the day, the website states.
Two local shops, Gallery of Sound’s Wilkes-Barre Township location on Mundy Street, and Musical Energi on South Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre, opened their doors at 8 a.m. to welcome music lovers looking for limited edition and specially released vinyls.
Gallery of Sound offered doughnuts to patrons as they walked in this morning, and saw a mix of older and younger music lovers shopping throughout the morning. Around the store, vinyls could be found for as low as $1. Vintage concert posters hung in the back of the store for artists such as The Beatles, Alice Cooper and Janis Joplin.
Co-owner of Gallery of Sound Joe Nardone Jr. said the store was “swamped” in the morning, with a line around the building when the store opened.
“There’s been a great crowd,” Nardone said.
Nardone said he’s seen regular patrons come through the store as well as people traveling to the area just for the day and to grab some exclusives.
Among the exclusives offered for sale at the event were “Live Los Angeles ‘74,” by David Bowie, “P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada 7/29/66” by Grateful Dead and “Live from San Francisco” by moe.
Both stores also offered merchandise in addition to live music and free giveaways throughout the day.
Nardone, who helped with the conception of Record Store Day, told the Weekender earlier in the week that even in the digital age of music, vinyl can still hold its own.
“In a year when streaming services are grabbing all the headlines, vinyl is still climbing,” Nardone said.
And the industry has certainly shifted to include vinyl throughout the past decade.
“When we started, you couldn’t buy a turntable,” Nardone said. “Now, they’re everywhere.”
Tracy Sauchak, of Hanover Township, browsed through records in Gallery of Sound. She said she wanted to support the industry today.
“I love how busy it is,” she said.
Sauchak said in the age of digital music, she is glad people are still are out at record stores, buying physical copies of music.
“It’s good to see people still supporting the stores,” she said.
While Record Store Day 2017 may be over for this year, Nardone said organizers are constantly looking looking to the future.
“Every year we ask, ‘What are we going to do next year?’”
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