When she created the block party Sweatstock five years ago, her gathering of vinyl-heads and good vibrations at Sweat Records, Lauren "Lolo" Reskin says she was guided by the wisdom of the 1990s comedy "Wayne's World 2." Before Mike Myers' character, Wayne, throws the festival Waynestock, he's visited in a dream by the spirit of Jim Morrison, who issues sound advice.
"Morrison said, 'If you book them, they will come,'" Reskin, Sweat Records' owner, says with a laugh. "I watched this movie a lot as a child, but I swear 'Wayne's World 2' is still fantastic."
On April 18, Sweat Records' sixth edition of Sweatstock will coincide with Record Store Day, an international celebration of indie record shops and their inventories of hot wax. At 8 a.m., Reskin and her Sweat cohorts will open their doors to the record obsessives queued outside for a day of crate-digging for exclusive vinyl releases and discount records. The shop will sling limited-edition singles, LPs and box sets from the Who, Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z and Ghostface Killah, Vampire Weekend, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and dozens of other artists.
Sweatstock will also fall on the store's 10th anniversary, Reskin says, a milestone that she acknowledges is "hard to reach for any mom-and-pop store, period." Calling Sweatstock "kind of our thank-you present to the local community for supporting us each year," she says the music-stuffed festival of 37 acts will be headlined by New York-based Tobacco (aka Tom Fec of Black Moth Super Rainbow), an electronica act who offers psychedelic, computerized rhythms over lyrics delivered on a vocoder.
Meanwhile, Reskin says the new owners of next-door Churchill's Pub have cleared out space in an adjoining storage room, and will now house Sweatstock's pop-up indie craft market. Also featured: a bike valet by the Green Mobility Network, a cash raffle and food truck offerings from Sugar Yummy Mama and Ms. Cheezious. The music will get going on two stages at 2 p.m. with performances by Krisp, Haochi Waves, John Hancock III (formerly of Awesome New Republic), DJ Le Spam, the Gun Hoes, Suede Dudes and others.
"Vinyl has got more momentum that ever," Reskin says of Record Store Day. "So we're so stoked. We like to keep it super fresh for the people."
Sweatstock will run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Sweat Records, 5505 NE Second Ave., in Miami. Admission is free. Call 786-693-9309 or go to SweatRecordsMiami.com.
Following are three more record shops selling Record Store Day exclusives:
Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale: Head vinyliste Mikey Ramirez and the gang will offer one-day-only deals from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., along with a $1 LP and CD sidewalk sale, an indie vendor market, free beverages from Gramps bar, an exclusive Radio-Active RSD 2015 Mixtape, swag bag giveaways and DJ sets by Juan Wauters, Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, and Mixx Piggy. Call 954-762-9488 or go to Radio-Active-Records.Tumblr.com.
We Got the Beats, 5130 N. Federal Highway No. 2, Fort Lauderdale: Anthony Cicalese's LGBT-friendly shop will offer early-bird doorbusters to those who arrive between 8 and 10 a.m. An early-bird bracelet entitles the wearer to most used records, CDs or DVDs in the store for $1, and the first 12 customers on line will get first crack at RSD titles. Free beverages will be served all day. Call 954-671-9482 or go to WeGotTheBeats.biz.
The Record Rack, 2205 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach: Owner Ritchie Siegrist will mark the holiest of holy-disked shopping days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by offering free RSD T-shirts for the first "few" customers, he says. There also will be swag giveaways, drawings for free vinyl every hour, and 25-cent records in the store's dollar bin. Call 954-783-5004 or go to RecordRackFlorida.Blogspot.com.