WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Music fans wait all year for National Record Store Day.
It’s a day to celebrate independently owned record stores.
Artists sometimes make special appearances or put out special albums to mark the event.
Newswatch 16 stopped by a record store in Wilkes-Barre to see how they were celebrating.
Inside Joe Nardon’e Gallery of Sound near Wilkes-Barre, National Record Store Day was in full rotation.
Live bands played and there were all kinds of deals for music lovers.
Michael Lello of Scranton picked up a few albums and was happy to see the big selection of old and new releases in one of the last bastions of brick and mortar record stores.
“It’s good, I guess it keeps the business going, it’s good for their business and good for music fans too,” said Lello.
For some. This was a family event. Something to make sure the kids appreciate the physical form of music. Somewhat lost when digital music took over the scene.
Alan Stout from ‘The River’ said, “There’s a warmth to the sound of a vinyl record, when you really put on a vinyl record you realize how great they sound.”
More than one thousand stores across the country take part in record store day. Which has only taken place the last several years.
Owner Joe Nardon’e said “It’ s a day we celebrate, we want people to come out to record stores and enjoy the day, we have bands here, have people meet and greet with bands.”
Nardon’e also says it’s good to see all the people in his store flipping through albums, making a point to support the business that’s had better days.
“We used to have a lot more stores than we do now, we have 3 stores now, we’re trying to make it work with conditions in the industry, this is one great day for us.”
And perhaps with the demand for vinyl records- old and new- the industry is coming full circle giving folks a chance to relive the past, now and into the future.
Megan Ferrara of Dallas said “It brings back memories from when I grew up, can’t beat the vinyl.”
Nardone says “National record store day” has grown since it started in 2007 from just a small group of independent stores to more than one thousand worldwide.