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Record Store Day Happenings in Ukranian Village, Wicker Park

By Alisa Hauser | April 19, 2013 5:14pm
 Record Store Day will give music fans the opportunity to buy limited releases and celebrate Chicago's remaining record stores.
Record Store Day will give music fans the opportunity to buy limited releases and celebrate Chicago's remaining record stores.
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UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Vinyl music lovers, rejoice.

Record Store Day is Saturday and there's plenty of ways to celebrate the annual event, held on the third Saturday in April.

Here's what's happening at indie record stores in Wicker Park, East Village and Ukrainian Village.

Permanent Records at 1914 W. Chicago Ave. in Ukrainian Village will be open from 7 a.m. to "whenever anybody decides to leave," according to co-owner Lance Barresi.

There will be nine in-store performances on the hour from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and free coffee supplied by Star Lounge.

Unlike previous years, Permanent Records will not open at midnight; Barresi explains why in a blog post titled, "Every Day is Record Store Day."

Dusty Groove at 1120 N. Ashland Ave. will be kicking off festivities as early as 6 or 7 a.m. with coffee and bagels for those waiting outside in lines in advance of the shop's 8 a.m., owner Rick Wojcik said.

According to Wojcik, the first 100 customers will get a swag bag and any purchase will get a shot at a 'Wheel of Fortune' with prize opportunities.

Wojcik added: "Supposedly food trucks are camping out nearby, too."

DJ Joel Bryl will spin records from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Randy Bernstein, aka "Magic by Randy," will delight crowds with magic tricks.

Rather than have an in-store performance, Dusty Groove will sponsor a concert at its third-floor neighbor, the Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, which will host a 4 p.m. performance by jazz guitarist George Freeman.

Record Store Day hours at Dusty Groove are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At Kstarke Records, 1109 N. Ashland Ave. in Wicker Park, owner Kevin Starke said he's pulling out all the stops, with refreshments, food and free drinks all day long.

In addition to "crates and crates" of records offering everything from Chicago house music to industrial, new wave and soul, Starke said that there will be six live DJ sets by Shred One, Shazam Bangles and others, as well as exclusive releases detailed here.

Record Store Day hours at KStarke are 10 a.m. to 7 pm.

Wicker Park's Reckless Records at 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave. will offer 'Roll and Roll caricatures' by artist Plastic Crimewave at 12 p.m. While the caricatures won't be free, they'll be "affordable, like maybe $5," a spokesman said.

Reckless Records will host in-store performances from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and be open its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Record Store Day has been celebrated the third Saturday of April since 2007 "as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally," according to the official Record Store Day website.