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Celebrate Record Store Day at shops in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice

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Doug Holland in front his new music shop Jerk Dog Records in Bradenton's Village of the Arts / COURTESY PHOTO.

A chance discovery in the village of Cortez, a sweaty afternoon spent flipping through fresh and familiar titles adorned with captivating art. The experience sent me on a month-long record buying frenzy at various independently shops (and garage sales) across Sarasota and Manatee counties resulting in my Ticket cover story “Back to Vinyl” that ran in June.

Since then, I’m happy to report that not only are all the record stores that I first frequented a year ago still in business but two more have opened since then, and both have big plans for Saturday’s Record Store Day. Calling up the owners of all the local, independently-owned record stores in the area earlier this week felt like talking to old friends.

Sure, I might have only spent a couple afternoons at Vintage Goodies Vinyl Record Shop in Venice but that is all it took to bond with music enthusiast and owner Danielle Wheeler, who will be selling all her merchandise at a 25 percent discount Saturday. Same goes for my friendliness with Lynne Verrier at JR’s Entertainment at Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton. And I’ll never forget Jeffrey W. Lynch, the modern day swashbuckler who stood shirtless in a pair of cut-off shorts, smoking, when I met him a year ago when he operated The Pirate’s Exchange in Cortez, before relocating to Sarasota.

Special relationships are formed at record stores. These are relationships based on a shared passion for music. These are relationships built on a common belief that the warm sound of vinyl is the best way to experience everything from classic rock to classic country to the latest release by Jack White, who, by the way, loves Record Store Day so much that he has decided to spend Saturday at his Third Man Records store in Nashville recording the World’s Fastest Released Record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind.

Record Store Day was conceived as a way to celebrate independently-owned record store culture. It’s a day for record store staff members, customers and the artists to come together. There are vinyl and CD releases as well as various promotional products made exclusively for the holiday. Hundreds of artists in this country and across the globe give in-store performances. Metallica, for instance, officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008, and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

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Vatican City Vinyl Records STAFF PHOTO / WADE TATANGELO

Locally, the biggest Record Store Day bash will be at Vatican City Vinyl Records in Sarasota. Katelyn Booth and her fiancé Christian Downing are expecting to be selling exclusive Record Store Day releases by the likes of Devo, Motörhead and Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes. An eclectic lineup of local music acts including Betterment, Dirty Talk, Shadynasty and Emily Owens will perform from noon to 5 p.m. The free block party in the alley behind Vatican City is also expected to include a food truck specializing in Philly cheesesteaks.

“This is our first Record Store Day and we have been planning for a while,” Booth said. “This is the biggest day of our year for retail and getting traffic into the store. Lots of people buy stuff online but this gets people into the record store who don’t typically go to a record store. It brings community awareness. There are still some people who don’t know there has been this revival.”

A resident and key member of the Village of the Arts scene in Bradenton for about a decade now, Doug Holland is holding a grand opening party for his Jerk Dog Records on Saturday. He’ll be open during his regular business hours of noon to 4 p.m. and then reopen from 6 to 10 p.m. with a free performance by Boney Fiend, one of Tampa Bay’s most respected punk bands of the past 20 years. As for exclusive Record Store Day releases, Holland placed orders for vinyl by punk icons The Ramones, honky tonk hero Waylon Jennings, Seattle grunge pioneers Mudhoney as well as Eric B. & Rakim’s seminal hip-hop single “Paid in Full.”

“I think it’s pretty substantial mainly because all these releases are only made available at independent record stores,” Holland said about the upcoming holiday. “It’s important to promote the viability of record stores. Yeah, you can go online and order something you already know you want but you go into a record store and you can be turned on to things you didn’t even know about.”

LOCAL RECORD STORES

Jerk Dog Records
1119 12th St. W., Bradenton, Florida
748-8671

JR’s Entertainment is Store 24 at Red Barn Flea Market
1707 1st St. E., Bradenton; 243-3831

The Pirate’s Exchange
7650 S. Tamiami Trail Suite 5, Sarasota; 962-8034; thepiratesexchange.com

Vatican City Vinyl Records
404 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota; 592-7376 or 726-6667; facebook.com/VCVRecords

Vintage Goodies Vinyl Record Shop
234 Tamiami Trail S., Venice; 893-8668; thevinylrecordshop.com

LOCAL RECORD STORES
Jerk Dog Records 1119 12th St. W., Bradenton, Florida 748-8671
JR’s Entertainment is Store 24 at Red Barn Flea Market 1707 1st St. E., Bradenton; 243-3831
The Pirate’s Exchange 7650 S. Tamiami Trail Suite 5, Sarasota; 962-8034; thepiratesexchange.com
Vatican City Vinyl Records 404 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota; 592-7376 or 726-6667; facebook.com/VCVRecords
Vintage Goodies Vinyl Record Shop 234 Tamiami Trail S., Venice; 893-8668; thevinylrecordshop.com

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WADE TATANGELO is the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013 and writes the weekly Bar Tab column. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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