April 18, 2015 is the date! It’s our favorite holiday of the year. Record Store Day is an international event celebrating independent record stores and their role in our communities. This is the eighth annual event and CD Central has been part of it since year one! This year is extra special for us since we’re also celebrating our 20th anniversary in business.
Of course one of the centerpieces of the day is the huge array of special limited edition releases — mostly vinyl but also a few cassettes (Metallica!) and CDs, going on sale at 9 a.m. The official list of 2015 Record Store Day releases is HERE. We have been unpacking boxes all week and we have most of the titles on the official RSD list, although some are in very limited quantities and will sell out early. More info is below for record buyers.
Live music! Here’s our schedule of bands:
1 pm: The Footsteps
2 pm: Doc Feldman & the Infernal Method
3 pm: Ancient Warfare
WRFL DJs will be spinning tunes throughout the day
CD Sale! To celebrate our 20th anniversary, all NEW AND USED CDs will be on sale at 20% off. Weather permitting, we will also have a few thousand CDs in the parking lot at $1 each.
Our commemorative 20th Anniversary shirts will be on sale, as will our first-ever CD Central turntable slipmats!
Food! The Gastro Gnomes Food Truck and Mobile Catering is making waves in the local food truck scene and they’ll be serving up an amazing menu during the afternoon (12-4). We’ll also have snacks and drinks inside the store. Our friends at Donut Days Bakery at Chevy Chase will also be paying us a visit during the morning with fresh donuts for early birds!
The folks from the Moontower Music Festival will be on hand during the day with festival info and some special giveaways.
Record Store Day is a time to celebrate and sell records, but it’s also a time to give back to the community that supports us. In honor of our 20th anniversary, we commissioned local artist Dronex Inc. to custom paint a vintage portable Califone record player. We are auctioning off this one-of-a-kind piece of functional art, and all proceeds will go to a local charity/non-profit of the winning bidder’s choice (as listed on the Goodgiving.net web site). This record player not only looks fantastic but also plays any record from 16 to 78 rpm! Bidding will close on Record Store Day at 6 p.m
A few notes for “early bird” record buyers:
Most items are in limited quantities. As usual there will be no pre-orders or holds in order to be fair to everyone. There is a limit of one of each item per person.
As we did last year, instead of everyone entering the store at once, we will be admitting folks in groups. We switched to this system last year and the comments from our customers were overwhelmingly positive. Although it can mean that the line will move more slowly, everyone will have a more pleasant shopping experience.
Before we open, we will issue line numbers to everyone waiting. This will happen sometime after 8 a.m. At 9 a.m. we will open and the first (fairly large) group will be admitted. At short intervals, smaller groups will be able to enter. We’ll try to keep the line moving as fast as possible without overcrowding our shop.
Your line number is also an entry form for door prizes! As a thank-you to everyone who braves the line on the morning of RSD, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win some rare and collectible vinyl.
It all happens on Saturday, April 18 starting at 9 am. Check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. See you then!