Tri-Cities celebrate Record Store Day 2018

By Michael Piwowarski, photojournalist.

Record Store Day has celebrated thousands of independently owned record stores around the world since 2007, and on April 21, 2018, the Tri-Cities joined in the fun.

Long lines formed outside of Records & Tapes Galore in Saginaw that morning, before the record store opened its doors at 10 a.m. Having been in business for more than four decades, Records & Tapes Galore showed no signs of slowing down as they offered a wide selection of new and used albums and official Record Store Day-exclusive releases.

The Electric Kitsch in Bay City and Radio Wasteland in Midland also offered RSD exclusives and thousands of albums of many different genres to choose from.

The Electric Kitsch opened at 10 a.m. as well and featured bargain bins full of record albums priced at 50 cents each. Two hours after they closed for the day, they hosted an after party at Governor’s Quarters in Bay City at 8 p.m., with free prizes and coupons to the Electric Kitsch.

Radio Wasteland opened its doors at 9 a.m., one hour earlier than the other two stores. This was the second time that Radio Wasteland celebrated Record Store Day since opening for business in January 2017, and its first time as an officially licensed RSD affiliate.

“This is actually my first [Record Store Day],” says Tyler Gray, Midland. “I enjoy all the different rare records that come in, and also the extensive collection specifically at [Radio Wasteland].”

Owner Jim Gleason hosted several in-store raffle drawings for various prizes throughout the day. In addition, Brett Mitchell performed live at the store from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

“It’s a great collection here, and the owner is really nice,” says Romlynn Ramos from London, England, who was also celebrating Record Store Day for the first time.

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