Saturday, April 22 is Record Store Day (RSD), an annual event held by independent record stores to celebrate music and show support for local shops. The event has become a worldwide sensation, spreading from Baltimore to San Francisco, and even making its way to Lakeland. We asked Jessi Zilka, owner of Jesse Carl Vinyl, what you can expect locally on Record Store Day. (We recommend listening to her favorite record of all time, “Ten” by Pearl Jam, while you read.)
This is Jesse Carl Vinyl’s seventh year participating in RSD. The shop will offer special releases of records by diverse artists, plus pre-owned music. Everything is first-come, first-served. There will also be giveaways of RSD and Jesse Carl merchandise — and the lucky first guests in line are in for a tasty treat.
You may remember when Jesse Carl Vinyl began as a booth at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market around seven years ago. Record Store Day has helped the shop form even more connections with the Lakeland community.
“We’ve made countless loyal customers through Record Store Day,” says Jessi. “We feel connecting with people and fulfilling a need for them long term is the ultimate success story for our relationship with RSD.”
Ready to shop? The store will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at 304 N. Kentucky Ave., Ste. 1150. Line up early if there’s an album you can’t live without, and keep an eye out for Jessi’s record recommendations:
- “Hotel Jolie Dame” compilation by Jazz Dispensary
- “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era (1964-1968)” 50th anniversary box set
- “Little Earthquakes - The B-Sides” by Tori Amos
- “Give Way” by Pearl Jam