Luna Music Record Store Day 2018 Legendary
Photos originally shot for the IndyStar
Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 21, 2018) – The IndyStar has sent me many brilliant places since first taking me on as freelance last year, and it seems that each grand adventure tops the next. The magnanimous minds at the paper had the wonderful foresight to send me to Richard Edwards & his Nuclear So & So’s for New Years, and I thought, “There’s no way anything can top that.” Then they sent me to the phenomenal St Paddy’s Day Party with Gangstagrass, and I thought, “No, seriously, this time. It doesn’t get any better.” Somehow, though, it didn’t just get better, it got SPECTACULAR. I mean New Years and St Paddy’s Day are fabulous holidays with meaningful celebrations, but I hereby bequeath the title of best holiday ever to another special day. The official grandest spot on any calendar is now the iconic day honoring none other than the local legends that make our turntables spin, Record Store Day.
I spent the day rotating between just a couple of Indy’s most celebrated music shops. All of the stores had rock bottom prices and special deals on rare selections, but even more exciting was the addition of live performances at each location throughout the day. I headed toward Luna Music knowing that the morning specials and grab bags would be exhausted, but still hoping I could catch some donuts, and maybe some of the sweet merchandise only available in store.
Unfortunately, I knew immediately upon arrival that my sweet tooth would not be satisfied as I gazed at the long line slinking through the store, but my insatiable camera eye was tickled to death. The beautiful customers coiled through the aisles like an oversized audiophiliac anaconda feasting on the endless stacks of records surrounding them. I grabbed as many shots as I could allow myself before heading out to catch my first performance of the day just a few blocks away.
I returned to Luna Music just a few hours later to catch a couple of their live performances behind the beloved shop. The legendary Mudkids were set to have their first show in nearly a decade, and no way I wanted to miss it. I made it just in time to catch a brilliant set by Service like nothing I had ever seen. The band began, and a beautiful female driven melodic cacophony came rushing out of the speakers electrifying the crowd with every note. Service’s performance was a breath of fresh air forced into the lungs of the crowd whether they needed it or not, but if you ask me I can assure you every single one of them needed it.
The Mudkids came on next taking over a crowd that was already riled up for them and ready to go. Their groove was contagious, and it quickly crept through the audience infecting them with their funkalicious beats until every foot was stomping and hip was shaking. If there had been a roof it would have been raised, but as it was there was nothing to stop the epically awesome melodies from sailing passed the crowd filled balcony on up to the hip hop heavens. Joint after joint the Mudkids made musical history, and I pray that somewhere someone was brilliant enough to record that harmonious hip hop history for maybe a special Luna Music Record Store Day 2019 release. We can only hope.
Record Store Day at Luna Music was definitely not an experience I will soon forget. The idea of the holiday is genius in general, but watching so many different people and businesses come together to make it great is what really puts it over the top. I think it’s safe to say that the event was an obvious rousing success for all, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s already yearning to see what rare musical treasures will come to town next year for Record Store Day 2019.
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