For fans of vinyl records, it will be like getting to enter an amusement park an hour before the general public.
This Saturday through April 18, people spend $15 or more at Neat, Neat, Neat Records & Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St., will get their name in a drawing to win 15 minutes to scoop up National Record Store Day special releases before the store opens at 8 a.m. April 19.
A hundred or more vinyl fans probably will be lined up and drooling outside.
“It's by a long shot our biggest (sales) day of the year,” said Morrison Agen, store owner.
The early shopping opportunity will be just one of many special events and promotions taking place during that day at Agen's store and all three Wooden Nickel Music stores in Fort Wayne.
“It's kind of like a mini Vera Bradley (sale) thing,” said Bob Roets, Wooden Nickel stores' owner.
More than 400 special vinyl records will be released for sale specifically on National Record Store Day, an annual event created in 2008 to promote interest in vinyl records and the stores that sell them.
Each store may get only one or two copies of some releases, Roets said. That's why he and Agen expect people to line up outside their stores well before they open.
Neat, Neat, Neat Records & Music will open at 8 a.m. — three hours early — and stay open until 8 p.m.
Wooden Nickel stores will open early but at staggered times, giving people the chance to buy a sought-after release at another store if they don't find it at the first one, Roets said.
Wooden Nickel will open at 8 a.m. at 3422 N. Anthony Blvd.; 9 a.m. at 3627 N. Clinton St.; and 10 a.m. at 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd. All three stores will close at 8 p.m.
Special National Record Store Day vinyl releases include Bruce Springsteen's “American Beauty,” which contains four previously unreleased songs; Dream Theater's “Illustration Theory” picture disc; and Creedence Clearwater Revival's “The 1969 Singles.”
Other special releases include Cake's eight-album box set, which includes a previously unreleased live album recorded at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on Oct. 12-13, 2005; Dave Matthews Band's “Live Trax Vol. 4,” a four album colored vinyl box set recorded live April 30, 1996, in Richmond, Va.; and Nirvana's “Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself and Want To Die,” a single canceled in 1994 following bandleader Kurt Cobain's death.
The full list of Record Store Day special releases covers a wide range of artists and music genres. To see it, go to www.recordstoreday.com and scroll down to links for “The List.”
Wooden Nickel stores and Neat, Neat, Neat Records also will offer giveaways, live bands and ways to give back to the community. The Sol Kitchen food truck will be at Wooden Nickel's North Anthony Boulevard store, and the Bravas food truck will be at Neat, Neat, Neat Records.
Local bands will play from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wooden Nickel's North Anthony store and from 2 to about 6:45 p.m. at Neat, Neat, Neat Records.
Wooden Nickel will donate $5 from the sale of every Record Store Day or Wooden Nickel T-shirt to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana.
Bravas will offer a special Record Store Day hot dog, with the vendor and record store partnering to donate $2 of each one sold to NeighborLink Fort Wayne. The money will be used to install a water heater in the home of a senior citizen with a disability who lives nearby.