Whether you own a record player or not, Record Store Day is an occasion to look forward to. The international music holiday—happening this Saturday, April 21—is a chance for independent record stores around the world to showcase limited edition releases, host live music and in-store signings and throw some pretty awesome shindigs. In Miami, Record Store Day has become a pretty big deal with no shortage of options to keep you bouncing around town. Below we’ve compiled some of what you can look forward to this Saturday.
The venerable Sweat Records is always Miami's epicenter for Record Store Day celebrations. This year is no different. Vinyl fanatics get in line as early as 7am for a chance at Sweat’s limited releases. Anyone in line before 7am will get to pick one (and only one) record to reserve for themselves. Non-early birds can look forward to a full day (and night) of music; there will be in-store DJ sets from the OG Arthur Baker, DJ Hottpants, Gabe Kardashian and DJ Skidmark. At 7pm, the party moves next door to Churchill’s for a night full of great live, local music. The best news? No cover, baby. 8am–midnight.
This will be Technique’s first Record Store Day but you wouldn’t know it from their seriously awesome itinerary. Partnering up with Diesel, Technique will start the day off with coffee and complimentary breakfast courtesy of Sabal Coffee and the Waffle Shoppe. The first 100 customers will nab a free tote and the day’s special guests are none other than Diplo, who will be familiar to anyone who’s turned on a radio in the last five years, and Bauhaus’ Kevin Haskin. Mr. Diplo will be signing his California EP and Sir Haskins will be slapping some ink on his book Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus. 8am–10pm.
This Allapattah spot, a relative newcomer that opened its doors in November 2016, is celebrating RSD with two indisputably cool things: ice cream and live music. The former will be provided by the lovely scoopers of Cream Parlor; the latter is coming courtesy of Moongazer, Myster Craig, Di Ivories and Salas. Plus, Bring your own records and you’ll be able to sign up to spin your very own 20-minute DJ set. 8am–midnight.
We know it’s technically in the dreaded Broward County (it’s really not that far, y’all) but if we’re doing a Record Store Day post, we have to mention Lauderdale’s Radio-Active. If you have some gas in the tank, add this to your RSD plans. The live music (from AnastasiaMax and Woolbright) starts at 4pm and the deals will be going all day long. Expect giveaways, $1 LP and CD sidewalks sales, food trucks and more great finds. 8am–9pm.
Though the record store section of this Wynwood food hall/bar/music venue/record store may be small (it’s about the size of an above ground swimming pool, to be sort of precise), 1-800-Lucky touts its vinyl collection with pride. For this Record Store Day—Lucky’s first—some big guests are stopping by. Expect appearances and signings from Jarobi (A Tribe Called Quest) and Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) as well as up to 50% off certain vinyl. Free coffee and donuts included.
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