If you go
Record Store Day schedule
All That Jazz, 601 Lincoln Ave.
Noon Randy Kelley and Friends
1 p.m. members of String Board Theory
2 p.m. members of Old River Road
3 p.m. Trevor G. Potter with Walt & the Ol’ 37
4 p.m. Brad Rasmussen
5 p.m. Todd Musselman and Rick Bear
Steamboat Springs To Routt County resident Jeremiah Arnold, not even a high-quality digital music file played over a top-notch sound system can replace the sound of vinyl on a turntable.
He said there’s a warmth and fullness to the sound that no computer can replicate, which is one of the reasons he’s compiled a record collection of about 600 vinyls relegated to a special music room in his Stagecoach home.
“A big part of an album — not a record — but you get an album, you tear the wrapper, you look at the artwork, you read the liner notes … it’s having it in your hand,” Arnold said.
Part of the fun of vinyl enthusiasm, he said, is going down to an independent music store like downtown Steamboat Springs’ All That Jazz and rifling through the stacks of used records looking for gems and rarities.
Saturday’s Record Store Day celebrates that niche that only the small, independent stores can fill.
Record Store Day is in its fifth year as a worldwide celebration of independent music stores. All That Jazz manager and former owner Joe Kboudi has participated in the event for the past four years.
“There’s all kinds of ways to buy music; there’s no question about it,” Kboudi said. “But there’s still people who like to have something tangible that they can touch, that they can read, they can play. It’s important to a lot of people still. It’s still so relevant.”
Across the country, Record Store Day coincides with special edition vinyl releases, sales and in-store performances at thousands of stores.
Arnold said it’s like the Black Friday for vinyl enthusiasts.
This year, All That Jazz will offer a day of live local music along with sales of new and used vinyl and turntables.
Starting at noon with local musician Randy Kelley, different groups will take the corner stage in the music store to perform until about 6 p.m. Members of String Board Theory and Old River Road as well as Trevor G. Potter, Brad Rasmussen and Todd Musselman are scheduled to play.
In the past year, Kboudi sold All That Jazz to Sweetwater Grill owner and music enthusiast Kim Haggarty. The store has continued to diversify its inventory with more clothing, accessories, cards and gifts.
But it always will be a music store because there always will be a Jeremiah Arnold looking through the stacks for another Bob Dylan album to add to his 150 Dylan records.
“A lot of times with used records, since it’s only a few bucks, you can kind of take a chance on something,” Arnold said. “The cover might look cool, or you recognize the name of someone who played with someone else.”
Arnold and Kboudi agree that there’s been a resurgence in vinyl enthusiasm during the past several years with Record Store Day acting as a boon for independent stores.
Kboudi said he hopes it will keep the music of yore alive for generations to come.
“The kids that are buying this vinyl are buying Beatles, Hendrix, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd — they’re buying the best,” Kboudi said. “They’re being exposed to all this great music. I’m old school, but that’s the best music there ever was.”
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