Music Fans Line Up For Record Store Day

In the age where we buy most of our music digitally, some devoted music lovers aren't about to leave record stores in the history books just yet.

Music fans recognized Saturday as Record Store Day across the world.

Fans came out in full force here in the metro.

At Homer's Music at 12th and Howard, a line had formed all the way down the block at 9 a.m., an hour before the shop even opened.

Nicola Nick, at the front of the line, started waiting with her husband at 4:30 a.m. "To get first dibs on some incredible records. I'm a music junkie, and I've been collecting music since the 6th grade, so this is my Black Friday," she said.

Musicians came out to entertain the crowds as they grew.

Another line formed across the street at another record store, Drastic Plastic.

Everyone was waiting patiently to shop for some rare releases on Record Store Day.

"I'm actually here to get the unplugged R.E.M. LP," said John Ritonya, another Record Store Day supporter.

Some of the records were new, and others were re-releases of rare old classics. All of them were exclusive material sold only on Record Store Day.

After waiting in line, customers clawed their way through those prized vinyl records.

Having so many people turn out to show their support meant a lot to local independent shops like Homer's Music.

"We're, obviously, we're very, very thankful, very blessed, but we're super excited about so many people coming out for it," said Mike Fratt, of Homer's.

Nick was happy to pick up those exclusive releases and help out a local business. "Because it's good to support the small guy rather than the big Wal-Marts that don't care. It's always good to stay local," she said.

Saturday marked the eighth year for Record Store Day.


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