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How to celebrate Record Store Day in Des Moines with deals and live music

In the age of digital music, collecting and listening to records has once again become a hobby.

This month is Record Store Day and Des Moines is filled with record stores and live concert venues to celebrate the day of independent vinyl stores and music.

When is National Record Store Day?

National Record Store Day is usually on the third Saturday in April and every Black Friday in November.

It started in 2007 when a group of independent record store owners and employees wanted to celebrate record stores while spreading the message to the nearly 1,400 independent record stores in the country, according to the Record Store Day website.

Is vinyl making a comeback?

In the age of digital music, records have made a comeback with top artists offering their albums not only on streaming services, but also on vinyl.

According to Forbes, Taylor Swift’s music made up 7% of all vinyl albums sold in the US by 2023. Americans bought 49.61 million albums on vinyl in 2023, a 14% increase from 2022.

What record stores are there in Des Moines?

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How to spend Record Store Day in Des Moines?

Some record stores organize sales or special events, including:

  • Zzz records: The store will be open from 8am to 7pm with special releases exclusive to independent record stores. A random drawing will take place at the end of the evening. Prizes include tickets to the Gladys Knight and the Pips concert at Vibrant Music Hall in Waukee. Merchandise and gift certificates will also be given away.
  • Vinyl Cup Des Moines: Starting at 8 a.m., Vinyl Cup will also have exclusive releases, special giveaways and free food.
  • Marv’s record store: The store offers exclusive titles, as well as food and giveaways.
  • Jay’s CD and Hobby: There will be hundreds of exclusive titles available. Stores also offer 25% off all used vinyl and 50% off all CDs.

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Live shows can be seen on Record Store Day

Besides spending National Record Store Day buying vinyl, another way to celebrate is to watch live music. Here are the upcoming concerts on National Recording Day. This list may be updated as April 20th approaches.

Wooly’s (504 E Locust St, Des Moines): Floyd: A Tribute to Pink Floyd, 8 p.m.

xBk Live (1159 24th St., Des Moines): Superchief, Red Desert, Carbellion and Godcrutch, 7 p.m.

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Kate Kealey is a general assignment reporter for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @Kkealey17.