Record Store Day 2018 Stellar at Square Cat Vinyl

Record Store Day 2018 Stellar at Square Cat Vinyl

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

Photos originally shot for the IndyStar

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 21, 2018) – The IndyStar has sent me many brilliant places in Fountain Square 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 HiFi’s phenomenal 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 just a couple of Indy’s most celebrated music shops including Square Cat Vinyl. 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 began my day early, though, before the shows by stopping by Square Cat to check out their amazing selections.

Of course, Square Cat’s full bar is always an added treat, but their fabulous sidewalk sale in the front of the shop featuring bargain $1 records definitely made me glad I began my journey at their doorstep. I spent a bit of time coveting records and stealing souls before I was forced to take my leave of the magical musical emporium for more of the day’s celebrations. I decided to head a little further north to see what kind of candid commerce I could capture before returning for live music at Square Cat Vinyl later in the day.


Finally, after many other Indianapolis Record Store Day adventures I decided to close out my holiday by making a beeline for the glorious place where it all began. I pointed my car right back to the heart of Fountain Square, Square Cat Vinyl. I arrived just in time to catch what I could tell was a stellar performance from Jomberfox. I waded through multitudes of Record Store Day concert goers behind the illustrious store to try to catch a glimpse of the phenomenal set close up before it was too late. The band’s passionate playing drew me forward until my camera lens and I were mere feet from the outpouring of talent radiating from the tent.


Jomberfox had lived up to my every expectation of what an evening’s final performance should be, so it slightly numbed my sadness from the knowledge that I could not partake in the rest of the evening activities. I headed to my car with a slight melancholy from having to go, but then perked up quickly with thoughts of the next days events and digging into the oh so gigantically magnificent pile of photos I had amassed already.


Record Store Day was 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.

Check out the Square Cat Vinyl Record Store Day 2018 photo gallery & video below, and for even more Record Store Day 2018 fun visit the following links:

Complete Record Store Day 2018 review & gallery ft photos & videos from all across Indianapolis

Luna Music Record Store Day 2018 review & gallery ft photos and videos from Service & Mudkids

Indy CD & Vinyl Record Store Weekend 2018 review & gallery ft photos & videos from Evan Snyder, Brother O Brother, & Addison Agen

I hope you enjoyed the Square Cat Vinyl Record Store Day 2018 review, photo gallery & video! For even more Record Store Day 2018 fun visit the following links:

Complete Record Store Day 2018 review & gallery ft photos & videos from all across Indianapolis

Luna Music Record Store Day 2018 review & gallery ft photos and videos from Service & Mudkids

Indy CD & Vinyl Record Store Weekend 2018 review & gallery ft photos & videos from Evan Snyder, Brother O Brother, & Addison Agen

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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