Local venues team up for Record Store Day

By Becca Clemons

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Before the MP3, before the CD and before the cassette tape were the days of the vinyl record.

Lexington vinyl enthusiasts will be catered to this Saturday as local stores celebrate Record Store Day with sales on the vintage type of music listening.

CD Central, located on South Limestone, will celebrate the day with local rock band performances, sales on CD and vinyl and an appearance by native Louisville, Ky., band My Morning Jacket, who will be signing autographs before its show at Memorial Coliseum Sunday.

“We’re real excited about that,” Steve Baron of CD Central said about MMJ’s appearance. “This is one of the biggest things we’ve ever had happen here at the store, so we’re very psyched.”

In addition to sales, CD Central will sell limited edition records released just for Record Store Day, including a new single by MMJ.

“They made a small batch of these things just for us and ear X-tacy record store in Louisville,” Baron said.

In the past, he said many collectors have come to the event.

“People started lining up last year about an hour and a half before we opened, just to get a first shot at some of these limited edition things,” Baron said.

CD Central is also celebrating its 16th anniversary, Baron said.

The store has celebrated Record Store Day since its inception four years ago.

“We try to make it a fun thing,” Baron said. “It’s not just about buying stuff, but also about checking out bands. It’s not just us running a sale, it’s more of like having an event.”

POPS Resale on Leestown Road will also celebrate Record Store Day with free live music from Kentucky bands, according to a press release.

CD Central will be open its normal hours, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with live music starting at noon. Baron said My Morning Jacket will be at the store at 3 p.m. and will stay for at least an hour. Hot dogs and drinks will be served in the afternoon, with proceeds benefitting the Lexington Humane Society. All activities will most likely be indoors because of the threat of rain, Baron said.

Performing at CD Central will be locals Arcane Rifles, High Water Marks, Matt Duncan, They Yearn For What They Fear, Fifth on the Floor and Palisades.

POPS Resale is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with live music from 2 p.m. until around 5 p.m. from bands Katazi and RedShadeBlue.

“There’s a lot of excitement,” Baron said. “I think people want to support — they like the idea of supporting — a local record store.”