When the The Record Exchange in Downtown Boise hosted its first Record Store Day a decade ago, there were fewer than 20 exclusive releases. This year, that number has swelled to 350 limited-edition albums, CDs, cassettes, you name it — from acts ranging from David Bowie and Prince to The Lumineers and Dave Matthews Band. What started as a modest national marketing event for indie record stores has metamorphosed into a global music-geek holiday. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 22, but the RX will make a weekend out of it.
Drink free Payette Brewing beer (if you’re 21 or older) at a party from 5 to 7 p.m. to listen to Record Store Day exclusives. There will be raffle prizes, including drawings for the first five places in line outside the store Saturday. (The RX opens at 8 a.m., but people lined up at 5 a.m. last year.) Get 20 percent off used music and video from 5 to 9 p.m. Boise band Sun Blood Stories will perform at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the release of a new album, “It Runs Around the Room With Us.”
In the words of Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald (what, no exclusives, gents?), this is it. The first 25 people in line for Record Store Day get a free gift bag with purchase. Free drip coffee and Guru Donuts will be available in the gift shop from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Free Idaho Kombucha samples will be poured in the afternoon. The 20 percent sale is valid from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local musicians will perform outside the store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Troy Wright, 10 a.m.; Phantahex, 11 a.m.; Lisa Simpson, noon; Central City Music Company, 1 p.m.; Robert Gould, 2 p.m.; Sleepy Seahorse, 3 p.m.; a.k.a. Belle, 4 p.m.; Afrosonics, 5 p.m.). Go Listen Boise will hold a bake sale, too.