North Bay vinyl sellers gear up for Record Store Day

Saturday will mark the 15th anniversary of Record Store Daycelebrating local record stores across the country with an assortment of special vinyl releases, reissues and other exclusive goodies only available in person at select stores.

Several independent stores in Sonoma County and North Bay are participating.

In Santa Rosa, The Next Record Store, located at 1899 Mendocino Ave. and formerly known as the Last Record Store, is hosting its biggest ever record store day, opening an hour earlier at 10 a.m. for walk-ins. The store will also release more exclusive albums for Record Store Day than in previous years.

In Petaluma, newly opened Rain dog records also opens at 10 a.m., with a limited amount of special releases at your fingertips.

The store, which originally occupied the location vacated by Spin Records at 1060 Petaluma Blvd. N., is moving a few doors down to 1010 Petaluma Blvd. N., and is open at the new location only on Saturdays for the special event.

Newly opened Right on!!! Folders, the first store of its kind in Napa in nearly two decades, marks the day with exclusive releases, sales and giveaways starting at 11 a.m. Located at 2375 California Blvd., Suite A, in Napa, Right On!!! Records is run by music lover Tim Leonard, who opened the physical store last summer after retiring from the wine industry.

Three Marin County record stores are also participating in Record Store Day action. Watts Musicat 1211 Grant Ave. in Novato, opens at 10 a.m. and recommends vinyl collectors arrive early to get their copy of Record Store Day’s exclusive 7-inch “The lakes” and “the lakes (original version)” by Taylor Swift. Red Devil Discsat 894 Fourth St. in San Rafael, will have releases from Patti Smith, Charles Mingus and others when it opens at 11 a.m. Mill Valley Musicat 320 Miller Ave. at Mill Valley, also opens at 11 a.m., with select releases on hand.

Mendocino County also has a few record stores joining in the fun. Find the special vinyl releases from 10 a.m. on dig the music, at 362 North State Street in Ukiah. Come with an appetite for music and pizza to Flying Dog Wood Fired Pizza and Vinylat 65 South Main St. in Willits, to pick up copies of records by the Grateful Dead, Alice in Chains, Mariah Carey and others from 11 a.m. music merchantat 337 North Franklin St. in Fort Bragg, also listed as participating stores, opening 10 a.m.

Record Store Day was formed in 2007 to support independent record store owners and employees. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional merchandise are made exclusively for the day, and the record roster now includes artists and labels big and small across all genres.

All 400 special releases for this year’s Record Store Day are first come, first sold and each store receives a random selection of the exclusive albums. See the full list of participating stores and records at recordstoreday.com.

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