Talib Kweli to celebrate Record Store Day in Cincinnati this Saturday

Saturday, April 16 is the 2011 version of the national celebration known as Record Store Day. This is the fifth annual day to celebrate all things great about locally owned and independent record stores around the country as there are specific qualifications for a store to participate.

Organizers say that for a shop to be included they must have a primary focus on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50 percent music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70 percent located in the state of operation.

In Cincinnati, that means we have three participating shops including Mole’s Record Exchange uptown, Everybody’s Records in Pleasant Ridge and Shake It Records in Northside. On Saturday, each store will be celebrating music and trying to attract customers to their shops mainly through in-store performances and special limited edition vinyl releases that can only be found at certain stores throughout the country. Therefore record collectors and the curious shopper can find different releases at each store.

The in-store performance fun gets started at Everybody’s Records at noon and runs until 6pm with performances by Cletis T & the Poontingers, Quick Turns, and finally State Song. Uptown meanwhile, Mole’s Record Exchange will be focused primarily on special releases this year.

The biggest party will be at Shake It Records. National hip-hop recording artist Talib Kweli will be on hand at 1pm for an in-store performance and a signing of his newest release. Additionally local rockers Wussy will be playing at 7pm and another Cincy band heading for the big time, Foxy Shazam will play at 9pm.

Ben Harper says, “Independent record stores are much more than the name suggests. They are an international community and platform where music has an outlet and an opportunity to grow over the long term, in a way that sincerely connects with community and culture.”

This is totally true so take the time to get out and support three of Cincinnati’s contributions to this community. And here, we’ll leave you with a cut from Talib Kweli’s new album.

  • Monica

    Pleasantly surprised to see a post about Record Store Day. I’m a big fan of the RSD effort. It’s a great way to gather the usual record store crowd & also get more people in the door who don’t frequent them as often (or ever). I’ve been a Kweli fan for a long time, so I’m really excited about the in-store. Good work, Shake It folks.

  • Glad you enjoyed the post. RSD is always a great time!

  • Viet

    It’ll be too late by the time anyone reads this. But quick update,
    “We are excited to announce that our special out-of-town guest this year is
    the legendary hip hop rhymesayer, Talib Kweli (1 PM) . He will be stopping
    by the shop at 1pm to help us celebrate RSD 2011. Do to the amount of people
    we are expecting (and his tight schedule) Talib will JUST be doing a meet &
    greet & signing for his latest release, Gutter Rainbows. This is your only chance
    to catch him in Cincinnati. Pretty cool, indeed. ”

    there won’t be a performance.

  • That’s too bad he didn’t perform. I had a friend show up expecting an in-store performance and was extremely disappointed when it did not happen. He told me there were lots of people there (probably all expecting a performance). I’m not exactly why the expectation of a large turnout would prohibit Talib Kweli from performing. Seems odd.