Record Store Day this Saturday will feature unique vinyl releases, live music and fun

Bob Roets, owner of Wooden Nickel Record stores in Fort Wayne, holds a few of the special vinyl records being released for sale during national Record Store Day this Saturday. Local record stores also will have live music and more. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Morrison Agen, owner of Neat Neat Neat Records and Music on South Calhoun Street displays several of the special vinyl records being released for sale during national Record Store Day this Saturday. Agen's store also will have live music, including a performance at 7 p.m. by his daughter, last season's "The Voice" runner-up Addison Agen. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

Record Store Day started out in 2007 as a celebration of music and vinyl record collecting. That’s still a big part of it, but the event has grown into much more at Fort Wayne’s independent record stores.

During national Record Store Day this Saturday, music fans can try to buy some of about 400 collectible music releases issued as vinyl records specifically for this year’s event. The releases include a new one Warner Bros. just notified record stores about but which the record label plans to keep a secret, even to store owners until delivery.

Local stores also will feature live music, food and alcoholic beverages. The music performances are free and include a stellar lineup of local musicians, including Addison Agen.

Wooden Nickel Records will hold Record Store Day activities at all three of its Fort Wayne stores, but the biggest celebration will take place at its collector’s store at 3422 N. Anthony Blvd.

From 9 a.m. to about 9 p.m., 14 local music performers or groups will perform inside the store. From 11 a.m. through about 3 p.m., four other local music acts will play in a tent in the parking lot in front of the store, said Bob Roets, Wooden Nickel owner.

The North Anthony Corridor Group also will sponsor a beer tent in the parking lot because it “has recognized the success this event brings to the corridor,” Roets said. The Soul Kitchen food truck also will be serving food.

Three other stores in the strip mall where Wooden Nickel is located also will participate:

• The Bookmark will host a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Vicky Hamilton, author of “Appetite for Dysfunction,” which provides a glimpse of life inside the music industry. Hamilton is a record label executive, personal manager and consultant who has worked with bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Poison, Faster Pussycat and Stryper.

• The bakery Sweets so Geek will make and sell special Record Store Day cookies.

• Rhapsody Art Gallery & Studio will have games available for families to play.

The special Record Store Day discs on sale include a 12-inch picture disc of John Fogerty’s hit “Centerfield” – the record looks like a giant, aged baseball you put on your turntable and play – and a picture disc with music from the film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Roets thinks one of the most sought-after releases will be a yellow-colored record with rock group Led Zeppelin performing their hit song “Rock and Roll.”

“These are just one day,” he said of special Record Store Day releases. “You get these one day, and they are never available again.”

Morrison Agen, the owner of Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St., is excited about all of the special Record Store Day hip-hop music releases.

“It used to be Record Store Day was very indie-rock centric,” Agen said. Now the special releases cover all music genres.

He expects people to begin lining up about 11 p.m. Friday outside his store, and he’ll likely find 200 people in line when he arrives Saturday morning to open the store at 8 a.m.

Neat Neat Neat also has plenty of fun planned, with the Bravas food truck outside 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Three Rivers Distilling offering tastings 2-5 p.m., and Dogfish Head beer available.

The live music will go from 10 a.m. to about 8 p.m., with Agen’s daughter, Addison, who finished runner-up on last season’s “The Voice” vocal talent show, closing out the evening with a performance at 7 p.m.

Record Store Day is a celebration of record stores, but it’s also a celebration of what record stores bring to their community, Morrison Agen said.


Saturday is national Record Store Day. Local stores Wood Nickel Records and Neat Neat Neat Records and Music will celebrate at the following times and locations:

• Wooden Nickel Records, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. at 3422 N. Anthony Blvd., and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at 3627 N. Clinton St. and 6477 W. Jefferson Blvd.

• Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at 1836 S. Calhoun St.


Here are the lineups for live music performances at local record stores this Saturday for national Record Store Day:


3422 N. Anthony Blvd.


9 a.m.: Sunny Taylor

9:30 a.m.: David Todoran

10:15 a.m.: Alicia Pyle Quartet

11 a.m.: The Windows

Noon: Piper & The Olives

1 p.m.: School of Rock House Band

2 p.m.: Busted Wineskins

3 p.m.: Adam Baker & The Heartache

4 p.m.: John Minton

5 p.m.: Sum Morz

6 p.m.: The Kickbacks

7 p.m.: Kerosec

7:45 p.m.: Dirty Company

8:30 p.m.: Billy Youngblood


11 a.m.: Paper Heart

Noon: Elle/The Remnant

1 p.m.: John Durnell

2 p.m.: Chilly Adams


1836 S. Calhoun St.

10 a.m.: Venus in Jeans

11 a.m.: CB Radio

Noon: Jess Thrower

1:30 p.m.: Burial Party

2:30 p.m.: C. Ray Harvey & Jared Andrews

3:30 p.m.: Flamingo Nosebleed

4:30 p.m.: Boat Show

5:30 p.m.: Nicholas Rowe

7 p.m.: Addison Agen