As South Florida's contingent of indie record stores prepare to sling exclusive vinyls and discounts during Record Store Day, Alex Jimenez is turning Saturday's event into an excuse to wax nostalgic.
Billed as a Record Store Day "after party," Jimenez's "Miami Record Store Days: 1975-2000" event at Miami's Grand Central will be a calibrated throwback to the days when Peaches Music, Blue Note Records and many other vinyl shops were staples in South Florida. A manager of Peaches' South Miami location in the mid-1980s, the Coral Springs resident recalls when audiophiles would call the store to request the soundtracks to "Miami Vice" and "Flashdance."
"We had, well, all types of listeners," says Jimenez, whose event will benefit the National Parkinson Foundation South Florida. "But that was the experience of someone coming in, humming a tune to you, and that sense of gratification you had of helping someone find a piece of music. I want to use Record Store Day to honor what once was but also to celebrate what still exists."
Starting at 5 p.m., Miami Record Store Days will present performances from local bands popular during the era, including Charlie Pickett and Jim Camacho (of the Goods), along with Forget the Name and Nuclear Valdez, two acts reuniting specifically for the show. Vendors will sell hundreds of rare vinyls during a record collector fair, and a photo exhibit will feature images capturing South Florida's music scene.
Photos from Tony Landa, Jill Khan, Mindy Hertzon, Laura Kokus, Teajay Smith and others depict Fort Lauderdale’s Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, the interior of Peaches and candids of bands roaring into microphones onstage.
Nostalgia of another sort arrives with the record releases being uncrated on Record Store Day, the daylong celebration of mom-and-pop vinyl shops. Reissues available exclusively at record stores include sounds from David Bowie, the Flaming Lips, Charles Bradley, Sam Cooke, Joy Division, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and others.
Oakland Park's We Got the Beats (5130 N. Federal Highway) and Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records (845 N. Federal Highway, #2) each will open an hour early. We Got the Beats, which relocated to a new storefront in March, will offer doorbuster deals between 8 and 10 a.m., including a Crosley Peanuts turntable and $1 used vinyls. Call 954-671-9482 or go to WeGottheBeats.biz.
Radio-Active, meanwhile, kicks off their holiest of holy-disked days at 9 a.m. with a $1 LP sidewalk sale, free coffee and beverages, free RSD mixtapes and hourly ticket giveaways from the Adrienne Arsht Center and Revolution Live. Local bands the Astrea Corporation, Deaf Poets, Ketchy Shuby and others will perform throughout the day. Call 954-762-9488 or go to Radio-Active-Records.tumblr.com.
"I’m expecting some street fighting in the parking lot over the Dave Matthews Band's 'Live Trax’ box set,” says Mikey Ramirez, Radio-Active’s operations manager. “There’s also this really odd Slimer picture disc from ‘Ghostbusters.’ Who doesn’t want that nostalgia?”
At Lauren Reskin’s Sweat Records in Miami (5505 NE Second Ave.), free festivities begin at 9 a.m., and will again coincide with the record store’s fifth annual Sweatstock music festival. Bands performing on two stages include Eagle Chief, the Bows and Ties, Suede Dudes, Pocket of Lollipops and others, along with food trucks and concert ticket giveaways. Call 786-693-9309 or go to SweatRecordsMiami.com.