Celebrate Record Store, Record People day on Black Friday

Assorted ramblings from world of entertainment:

• Record Store Day in April is a big annual event for music fans and collectors and the independent retailers who cater to them.

Since 2010, they’ve also scheduled a smaller event on the day after Thanksgiving, the biggest retail day of the year. This year, vinyl lovers in the Mahoning Valley can celebrate Record People Day as well as Black Friday Record Store Day on Nov. 24.

Record People Day is the brainchild of Dean Anshutz and Adam Berry, owners of Cycle Breakers Records and Tapes inside Westside Bowl in Youngstown.

“With the evolution of Record Store Day, it’s gotten worse and worse,” Anshutz said. “It’s more about the resale afterward, and the stores don’t benefit as much. You have to order thousands and thousands of dollars just get some of the smaller (limited edition) stuff. And when it’s over, you see so many leftovers, thousands of dollars sitting in the bins.”

Instead of folks showing up hours before doors open in hopes of buying one of those rare releases, Record People Day is planned as a more informal gathering from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24. There will be about eight to 10 record vendors, including other retail shops like Underdog in Hubbard and Fat Hippy in Brookfield, pizza, giveaways and music from the Peppermint Pals (Anshutz of Red Wanting Blue and Anthony LaMarca of The War on Drugs spinning records made in the region).

“We just want it to be a fun, record-store hang,” Anshutz said.

For those who want to score Black Friday Record Store Day limited releases by acts ranging from Rock Hall inductees The Beach Boys, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Prince and U2 to newer artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Noah Kahan and Billy Strings, there are more options locally than there used to be. Fat Hippy and The Exchange stores in Niles and Boardman are listed among the participating stores.

The Record Connection in McKinley Heights traditionally goes all out, but owner Jeff Burke said he’s scaling back some compared to past years. There won’t be any live bands this year (The Vindys played at Record Connection in 2022 in conjunction with the vinyl release of its album “Bugs”), and it’s been treated more like a busy release day than a holiday.

“There are a few good titles scattered here and there, but the list is thin,” Burke said.

• There’s a story in this week’s section on Leavittsburg native Jerry Douglas, who won his 15th Grammy earlier this year and has a chance to win another next year as producer of Molly Tuttle’s “City of Gold,” which is up for best bluegrass album.

He’s not the only Valley native who could bring home Grammy gold.

Youngstown native Michael Moritz Jr. picked up his third consecutive nomination, this time in the best traditional pop vocal album category, for producing Liz Callaway’s “To Steve with Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim.”

Foo Fighters, led by Warren native Dave Grohl, picked up three nominations — rock album of the year for “But Here We Are” and best rock song and best rock performance for “Rescued.” Grohl already has 19 Grammys.

The 66th Grammy Awards will be Feb. 4.

Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.


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