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Record Store Day 2012 Guide: Celebrate Lansing Record Shops This Weekend

Saturday marks the fifth annual Record Store Day! The annual holiday takes place on the third Saturday of every April, and it aims to bring together independently owned record stores to celebrate the art of music.

Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are released exclusively for the day, and several local shops are offering releases, including the Record Lounge, Flat, Black and Circular, Replay Entertainment Exchange and Schuler Books & Music in Eastwood and Okemos.

Besides hopping around to your favorite shops on Saturday, there’s also a chance to check out live entertainment. In celebration of Record Store Day, Middle of the Mitten Events will present a charity event featuring local bands. “Rock for Relief: Dexter” will support families affected by the tornado that devastated Southeast Michigan in March. Donations will go to the Dexter Relief Fund, assembled through Lafontaine Dealership.

Almost two dozen bands are set to perform for the cause, with music at Espresso Royale cafe in the afternoon and the Record Lounge in the evening. The show takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at Espresso Royale and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Record Lounge. Admission is free. For more information on the Dexter Relief Fund, visit the fund’s site.

The Record Lounge

Where: 111 Division Street, East Lansing
Phone: 333-7055
Online: www.facebook.com/therecordlounge
Formats: An all-vinyl store, plus local bands’ CDs, DVDs and cassettes.
Local CDs: Yes.

Flat, Black and Circular

Where: 541 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing
Phone: 351-0838
Online: www.flatblackandcircular.com
Formats: Vinyl, CDs, DVDs, movies, live DVDs, cassettes.
Local CDs: Yes.

Replay Entertainment Exchange

Where: 317 MAC Ave., East Lansing
Phone: 999-3046
Online: www.ireplay.net
What: Used records, CDs, DVDs and video games.
Local CDs: Yes.

Schuler Books & Music

Where and phone: 2820 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing, 316-7495; also 1982 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, 349-8840
Online: www.schulerbooks.com
What: Used records, CDs, DVDs, books, more.
Local CDs: Yes.

Instrument shops!

Elderly Instruments

About: Going 39 years strong, Elderly Instruments is world renowned for the sale of vintage instruments. The locally-owned shop has done business with high-profile musicians such as John Mayer, Lyle Lovett, Jason Newsted and Bela Fleck. Elderly offers guitars, bass guitars, amps, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles and more. About 70% of Elderly’s business is mail order.

Online: www.elderly.com
Location: 1100 North Washington Avenue, Lansing
Call ‘em: 517.372.7880

Marshall Music Co.

About: With locations in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Allen Park, Grand Rapids, Troy, West Bloomfield and Traverse City, Marshall Music Co. has been serving Michigan musicians since 1948. The store has a special relationship with local schools, as they offer brass, woodwind, string, percussion and other instruments for band and orchestra, plus guitars, amps, keyboards, grand pianos and more.

Online: www.marshallmusic.com
Location: 3240 East Saginaw Street, Lansing (by the Frandor Shopping Center)
Call ‘em: 517.337.9700

Music Manor

About: For over 25 years, Music Manor has provided an intimate, one-stop shop for guitars, amps, drums, lighting, recording and more. The shop also rents gear, including PA systems, lights and backline.

Online: www.music-manor.com
Location: 3333 South Cedar St. Lansing
Call ‘em: 517.393.5995


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