National Record Store Day is this Saturday, and local record stores are celebrating with special festivities.
Long before iTunes and the idea of streaming music was even thought about the best resource for obtaining music was record stores. Prior to CD’s and even cassettes was vinyl records, which are starting to make a comeback. Saturday, April 13 is National Record Store Day, which local record stores are celebrating with special festivities.
The Miami Valley’s largest selection of records will be available at Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth Street. The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until 10 p.m. The early birds may get a free ‘swag bag,’ and free samples of coffee from the neighboring Wholly Grounds. In honor of Dayton’s music scene, the Warped Wing Brewing Company partnered with the local band Brainiac to create a limited edition beer. It’s a light, golden pale ale with flavors of citrus and pineapple called Brainiac. For as long as supplies last, six packs (cans) of Brainiac will be sold in the morning. All proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Five Rivers Youth Rugby Foundation. At 5 p.m. a beer tasting will also be held. The lineup of musicians scheduled to perform is; Cece Beckham (6 p.m.), Floodwalker (7 p.m.), Place Position (8 p.m.) and The Raging Nathans (9 p.m.). While waiting in the long lines for new purchases, BINGO boards will be available. Winners will get a prize. Plus, a food drive is being held for the Foodbank Inc., barrels will be set up for nonperishable food items. Guests who hand their donation to an Omega employee will win a chance to spin their beloved prize wheel. The food truck Rock Stop N Roll will be serving up tasty offerings for most of the day.
Skeleton Dust Records, 133 E. Third Street, will have live DJ’s featuring Bobby Ross, Roger Owsley, and Ivan Rogers. On site will be the food trucks La Pampa Mobile and Billie Gold Bubble Tea. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. free coffee will be available courtesy of the Wandering Dog Bean Juice & Micro Roastery. Plus giveaways and the usual assortment of new and used items. The hours of celebration are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Toxic Beauty Records, 220 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs, will have piles of limited edition titles. There will also be giveaways, goodie bags, and a scavenger hunt. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
National Record Store Day is also a time to remember those that have since shut down. One is Renaissance Records, which later became Renaissance Music Media with the rise in technology. Renaissance was located on Smithville, near the Dabel Theatre. It was open from 1979 to 2002. Renaissance featured records from artists all across the world and customers may remember its resident cat that often walked across the merchandise. In addition to the cat, Renaissance also had another mascot, Mr.G, a Godzilla type figure who appeared in its commercials and print ads.
In addition to its vast collection of records, Dingleberry’s is also remembered for its catchy jingle, featuring the crack of a whip. There was also Armadillos, Blue Note which specialized in 45’s, Forest on Wayne Avenue, and the Cheshire Cat. Since I grew up in Huber Heights, I remember Spud City, which was on Old Troy Pike in the old K-Mart shopping center.
A chain record store, located on North Main was Peaches. Some former customers may still have a wooden crate that records were stored in.
Record stores used to also be the place to buy tickets for concerts and any such event. Many also had an assortment of posters, from which I learned a lot about the female anatomy. T-shirts adorned with your favorite artists were also often available.
What’s some other record stores that were in Dayton?
Mike Woody is a life long resident of Dayton, and has a passion for writing, which is good because he doesn't excel at much of anything else, except eating.
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