Around the world (except Antarctica) and in the Bluff City too, music lovers celebrate the beginnings of the playback era on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 13th. It’s the ultimate limited-release vinyl party for seasoned collectors and first time record buyers, and here in Memphis, it’s also the debut of Memphis Record Ride. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. shuttle between Goner Records, Shangri-la Records and Memphis Music, for free, and as the day turns, the events stack up.
9a – Noon, you better shop ’til you can’t. Goner, Shangri-la, and Memphis Music will line their walls with rare releases as they’ve been in competition for particular albums and sets with stores across the nation. Of course, they’ll be live music to enjoy – a crafted collection of DJs will rotate out at Goner and Shangri-la will feature live music from Mark Edgar Stuart and Art Edmaiston. After that the bars and breweries are getting involved, Crosstown Brewing, Railgarten, and Memphis Made will be a part of the shuttle rotation throughout the evening.
Don’t think you have to really know music have fun, this is a celebration of Memphis’ thriving vinly culture and the record stores working to keep it alive.
“There’s always been a Memphis tie to records, due to local labels, Sun Records and STAX, peoplee around the city even the world travel to get that music. To see the sites and places they’ve only heard about, but on Record Store Day you see that community as well as this whole new younger generation, finding music they weren’t able to get before or couldn’t find on Spotify or Apple Music[…] We hope to reach a whole new crowd and hope for people to see this cool connected community.”
-John Miller, Shangri-la Records
“When you learn someone’s interest in real time, it’s a totally different musical experience. Some of the best records in the world are on people’s shelves that no one even knows about, and at the same time, there are young people that are buying records constantly. The community is vast, stretching from the old heads that buy have been buying since day 1 all the way down to people coming to the realization that this was one of the only ways you could listen to music. On Record Store Day, you’ll find things you might not be able to come across again for a reasonable price”
-Cole, Goner Records
2152 Young Ave
1916 Madison Ave
149 Beale Street
Entertainment at each stop:
Goner Records: DJs all day long
Crosstown Brewery: Live Bands
Railgarten: The KickBack with Devin Steel and more 6-9pm Featured Food / Cocktails in Cooper Young from Beauty Shop Restaurant
Sweetgrass Shuttle is Free!
Any questions, contact Eric or Zac at Goner 901-722-0095
About Record Store Day
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding the nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists— to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Record Store Day 2019 will be Saturday, April 13. Participating Memphis Stores are Goner Records, Shangri-la Records, and Memphis Music on Beale Street.
About Memphis Record Ride
Modeled after successful Record Store shuttles in cities such as Chicago, Boston, and Minneapolis / St Paul, Memphis Record Ride aims to bring together customers at Memphis’ Record Stores on Record Store Day to show off the unique qualities of each store and their neighborhoods -Goner Records