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Above image of Mills Record Company by Michelle Bacon

Record Store Day has become a national holiday for record collectors and music fiends. This Saturday, April 22, marks the 10th anniversary of the event, and it’s become bigger than ever.

We’ve provided a quick guide of where to pick up your treasures, whether it’s Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” / “1999” picture disc reissue or Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s brand-new EP, recorded live at the Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville.

Brothers Music KC
5921 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansass
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Coffee and doughnuts for early birds, lunch from Flossie Mae Soul Food
DJs Patrick Kelley Brown, Kyle Maggart, Wake Mitchell

Josey Records
1814 Oak, Kansas City, Missouri
7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Coffee and donuts from Broadway Cafe and Doughnut Lounge
Live music: DJ Ashley, The Bad Ideas, The Whiffs, Monta At Odds, Faultfinder
Food and drinks from recordBar’s new menu
Exclusive Spring Series 2017 vinyl release, featuring five KC-based acts

Love Garden Sounds
822 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
10 percent credit provided for future visits with a purchase of $50 or more
25 percent off all Love Garden merchandise

Mills Record Company
4045 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday / 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
Live music on Saturday presented by High Dive Records: Fullbloods, The Whiffs, Bummer and The Conquerors
Live music on Sunday: Chuck Haddix DJ set, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7
Exclusive High Dive Records “Belly Flop” compilation release
More than 3,000 fresh-used records
Food, brews, swag and pop-up sales

Records with Merritt
1614 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Coffee and donuts, plus food and beverages for sale throughout the day
Live music: Luther Vincent, Kate Rose, Brody Alan, Sweatpantsdaze, Eggs on Mars, Abigail Faith, Karen Baum, Jenna & Martin

Revolution Records
1830 Locust St., Kansas City, Missouri
8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Live music: Instant Karma!, Wick and the Tricks, Bird Girls

Vinyl Renaissance
7932 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kansas
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Live music: Hal Ketchum, Dallas Wayne
Hourly drawings

Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven
7621 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri
8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free coffee and bagels
Every LP title available will be ordered and priced below retail
Official Record Store Day T-shirts for sale

If that doesn’t whet your appetite for live music, here are a few other choices:

Get your dose of high-octane, distorted grunge from Mad Libby, which releases its new album “Locks Unlocked” tonight at The Riot Room. They’re part a hearty lineup that begins promptly at 7 p.m., with Metal Roach, Redlands, Tyrant Sun and Counting the Quiet. Show up early to save your spot in the pit.


You have two chances to catch the stylings of Argentine tango music this weekend. On Friday, Ensemble Ibérica will honor Carlos Gardel, the most prominent figure in the history of tango and an icon of Argentina. The show, at Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center, is almost sold out. Tickets are available.

On Saturday night, Cucharada debuts its full-length album “Primavera en Kansas City” at the Madrigall. The KC-based quintet boasts some of the area’s most skilled musicians, injecting their own flavors into the traditions of the tango. Master violinist Christine Brebes, from Buenos Aires, will perform at both of these shows. Tickets are available.


Gotta have that funk? Celebrate at Knuckleheads with KC’s own Atlantic Express on Saturday. Led by guitarist Garry Mac and propelled by an incredible backing band of vocalists, horn players and a rhythm section, the invigorating soul revue marks its 25th anniversary as a band.


If you didn’t get enough of a fix on Record Store Day, head over to the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland on Sunday afternoon. They’re teaming up with Do816 and Tito’s Handmade Vodka to present a pop-up record shop, with items from some of your favorite local retailers, organizations and record labels, and sets from more than 10 DJs throughout the day.


The Project H crafts intelligent, intriguing and accessible jazz — a combination of which is often difficult to achieve. Sunday’s show at the recordBar, part of Jeff Harshbarger’s Alternative Jazz series, will be the band’s first hometown show since last May.

—Michelle Bacon

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