Steamboat business joins in to celebrate independent music
All That Jazz hosts bands during Record Store Day party today
April 17, 2010
All That Jazz live music
Noon: Randy Kelley and Jon Gibbs
1 p.m.: Trevor G. Potter
2 p.m.: 3Wire
3 p.m.: Neil Marchman
4 p.m.: String Board Theory
All performances are free. Call 879-4422 for more information. All That Jazz is at 601 Lincoln Ave. For more information about Record Store Day, an annual, national celebration of independent music stores, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com.
Steamboat Springs — All That Jazz joins hundreds of shops across the country today in celebrating the music and culture that drive independent record stores.
The doors for All That Jazz's rendition of Record Store Day open at 10 a.m. today, and live local music starts at noon. Admission is free.
Trevor G. Potter, a local singer-songwriter who is scheduled to play at 1 p.m. today, said he got on board with the event to help spread "the wealth of music" in the community, and to support Steamboat's record store and performers.
"Wherever I've lived, the local record store has always been a place that was frequented by me. I used to work at the one in my hometown, and I just always want it to be a fixture in this town," Potter said.
Other local acts scheduled to play at the event are versatile musicians Randy Kelley and Jon Gibbs, bluegrass group 3Wire, jazz musician Neil Marchman and jam-rock band String Board Theory.
Since Record Store Day started in 2007, many record companies and artists have jumped on board by putting out special 7-inch vinyl cuts and other releases exclusively for the day. All That Jazz owner Joe Kboudi said he picked some favorites from the lists of limited releases and talked with some of his regular vinyl customers about what they might like to see today. Kboudi said he also expanded his inventory of new vinyl for his store's celebration.
"We find that people are still buying CDs and DVDs in good numbers, but we've seen an increase in vinyl," Kboudi said. He's had customers who have inherited record collections coming in to look for turntables, and people who have come across a turntable coming in to look for records.
All That Jazz has carried vinyl for about five years and has a call list of about 30 people to alert when a new load of records comes in, Kboudi said. The store recently started carrying iPod accessories and for years has incorporated cards, gift items and clothing into its business model, he said.
For the live music happening today, Kboudi said he plans to roll the card racks at the back of the store out of the way. All That Jazz didn't participate in the first year of Record Store Day; the store hosted seven musical acts for the celebration in 2009, Kboudi said.
"It was a great day to have a music store," he said about last year's celebration.
Record Store Day got started three years ago as a celebration of independent music stores across the country. Participating stores are required to have an inventory that's at least 50 percent music. The company can't be publicly traded, and at least 70 percent of the ownership has to be in the state where the store operates, according to the Record Store Day website. To learn more and see a list of special Record Store Day releases and events, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com.