With easy on-line access to music these days, I beg you to not forget the local music scene. Saturday is a great time to show your support.
Saturday is the annual Record Store Day nationwide. It's a day to actually show you care about the little guy (or in the case of the Record Archive, the little lady Elana Hill). This is the seventh year that independent record stores team up for a celebration of local music.
Vinyl is making a strong comeback. Sales of actual records were up 6% last year, up from 4.55 million vinyl units sold in 2012 to 6 mil in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here's the local stores to hang at and support, not only Saturday, but any day you want to feel a great vibe:
Record Archive 33 1/3 Rockwood St., just off East Ave near University.
The House of Guitars 645 Titus Ave, Irondequoit.
The Bop Shop 1460 Monroe Ave., Brighton
Lakeshore Record Exchange 370 Park Ave.
CD Exchange, 40 Jay Scutti Blvd., Henrietta
Area Records, downtown Geneva.
Each store will have it's own unique celebration on Sat. One of the highlights will be at the Record Archive where owners Elana Hill and Dick Storm plan an all out festival of fun starting at 9am, with a beer and wine garden opening at noon. There will be plenty of live music of course with Steve Grills, Amanda Ashley and more entertaining throughout Record Store Day at the Archive. Food trucks will keep you energized.
What a great way to support local peeps who loves music! Rock on!