There is a whole heap of activity going on this weekend for Record Store Day. While the official business gets going on Saturday (one jam-packed with music and activities, of course) there is also a little pre-party tonight. Let’s take a look at all the weekend has to offer, shall we?
Things kick off tonight at the Record Swap Day put on by Friedman Iverson (our favorite beard enthusiast lawyers). They’re hosting an evening for vinyl lovers to come hang out at their office and trade records. It will be all about the swapping and keeping it low-key, so don’t go in expecting to make some big bucks off your vinyl collection. It’s just the perfect pre-party to Record Store Day on Saturday. 6 p.m., Friday.
Friedman Iverson, 509 1st Ave. NE, Ste. 2, Mpls.
Once you’ve got all your record swapping done, you’ll be ready for Saturday. And Saturday is an extravaganza. You can start your day at Electric Fetus, as their festivities kick off at 9 a.m. The list of performers includes everyone from Jeremy Messersmith to Sonny Knight and the Lakers, so check out the Facebook page to plan the acts you want to see. The morning begins with Peace Coffee and Glam Doll Donuts, which is the perfect start to any Saturday. You can also get a limited edition 7″ Lizzo single with any purchase of $20+ (while supplies last), munch on food from World Street Kitchen and Chef Shack, and enter a few giveaways. And, that’s only HALF the fun of the day. 9 a.m., Saturday
Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-9300, electricfetus.com
On top of the action at Electric Fetus, you’ll also need to get over to St. Paul and check out Hymie’s Vintage Records for their half of the Record Store Day fun. They also have a huge list of bands playing that can be found on the Facebook page, and they’re doing it big by closing 39th Avenue, and having an outdoor stage with a beer garden sponsored by Merlins Rest. There will also be all kinds of special releases on sale inside the store. In a nutshell, you need to check out the set lists, and plan your day accordingly. 11 a.m., Saturday
Hymie’s Vintage Records, 3820 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-729-8890, hymiesrecords.com
While Electric Fetus and Hymie’s have the biggest bashes of the day, don’t forget about Eclipse Records and Treehouse Records. Each offers a lineup of live music, along with limited edition and special releases in store. Basically, you should just head to all the Facebook pages or the Record Store Day website and plan your entire day around which bands you want to see.