Belmont University’s student-run record store, Boulevard Record Shop, will be participating in Record Store Day, a national movement that celebrates the culture of record stores, for the first time since the store opened in August of 2016.
Record Store Day is a day of recognition for record shops, held this year on April 22, which brings together artists, employees and owners of record stores across the country.
Exactly how it is celebrated is left up for interpretation.
Every record store executes the day differently, as the national organizers stress individuality over conformity and don’t provide rules or instructions for stores.
At Boulevard, they’ll be showcasing their passion for records with new releases, live performances, and snacks and drinks from vendors including Krave Beef Jerky and Switters Nitrogen Coffee.
Their participation in Record Store Day comes just months after Boulevard Record Shop’s first day and is an event the students who run the shop have been looking forward to since the store opened.
“We’ve been planning for this day since last semester. We have a bunch of exceptional acts playing, and we ordered special edition records just for Record Store Day. To say that we are excited is an understatement,” Boulevard Records manager Jacee Badeaux said in a statement.
One record in particular, a mint condition, rare vintage edition of The Beatles’ eponymous ninth studio album, also known as the “White” album, will be given away.
Boulevard Record Shop will open at 9 a.m. Acts will run from 11-3 p.m., and a live show will start at 6 p.m. Wristbands will be available in the week leading up to the event for $10.
For full lineups and more information, visit Boulevard Record Shop’s Facebook and Instagram pages.