Record Store Day 2018 Blossoms into Block Party at Indy CD & Vinyl
Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey
Photos originally shot for the IndyStar
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 21 & 22, 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 HiFi St’ Paddy’s Day Party , 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 a few of Indy’s most celebrated music shops including the popular Indy CD & Vinyl. All of the stores had rock bottom prices and special deals on rare selections, but even more exciting was the addition of live performance at each location throughout the day. Indy CD & Vinyl even expanded their celebration to include a Sunday Block Party making it an official Record Store Weekend for the blessed Broad Ripple community.
My third stop, but my first Record Store Day performance on Saturday afternoon would be at Indy CD & Vinyl. The line of music lovers still stretched far down the street as I approached the entrance shortly before the musical performances would begin inside. I made my way through the doors with just enough time to enjoy a little perusing of some of the rarities myself and take just a few more pictures before the music began.
Evan Snyder took the stage inside Indy Cd & Vinyl and teased the crowd with a few notes before jumping into the set. The band started to play, and the eager audience began to sway and dance while digging for their very own aural gold amongst the musical merchandise. Evan Snyder’s melodies had a fabulous charm, and it was a lovely way to start the day’s live music. Unfortunately, it was time to move on, and I headed out to take on a few more Record Store Day adventures before retiring home to dig into the oh so gigantically magnificent pile of photos I had amassed already.
I awoke Sunday very eager for Indy CD & Vinyl‘s Block Party. The event looked fantastic, and I had heard The Voice’s runner-up, Addison Agen, would be on the lineup of performers for the day. I have to admit that I’m in the “she totally shoulda won” category of thinking, so I was raring to go. There are not too many 16 year olds as impressive as this born and bred Hoosier gal. Hell, there are not even too many 40 year olds as impressive as that beautiful young lady, so I knew it would be a good show.
The multitudes of people who had come for Sundays adventures were just as wonderfully chill yet eager as the beautiful crowd from the day before. I stepped up to the outdoor stage at Indy CD & Vinyl just in time to catch a highly energized Brother O Brother giving it to the crowd with all their might. Every eye in the audience was plastered on the men, and in turn the crowd had smiles stuck on their faces like glue. There was a short intermission filled with Indy CD & Vinyl’s Andy Skinner tickling the audience with even more Record Store Day Giveaway Goodies while Addison and her musical family readied their equipment with love.
Finally, Addison Agen took the stage to a warm reception from the gathered congregation of fellow Hoosiers. She began with an impassioned rendition of crowd favorite cover, “She Used to be Mine“, and continued her performance with many more eloquent covers and heartfelt originals. She closed out her show with a brilliant choice, an ethereal performance of “Tennessee Rain“, her beautiful original first debuted on The Voice. Her entire set was, of course, beyond extraordinary, and it’s safe to say my weekend was complete.
Record Store Weekend was finally over for me, but it’s 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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