On April 22, Belmont student-run business Boulevard Record Shop participated in the internationally-recognized Record Store Day, an event that celebrates the unique culture created by independently-owned record stores around the world. The store, which opened last August on Belmont Blvd, was selected to be an official Record Store Day partner for this year’s celebration.
Boulevard Record Shop went all out for its first year participating, and the students’ hard work paid off. The shop opened at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than any other record store in Nashville and with a line of vinyl fans waiting outside to get in. The store saw record sales as it took in its highest amount of revenue from a single day to date.
In celebration of Record Store Day, Boulevard Record Shop released new vinyl records into its inventory, hosted a giveaway of a rare vintage edition of The Beatles “White Album” and scheduled nine live performances in the store throughout the day. Vendors such as Switters Coffee, No Bake Dough edible cookie dough and Krave beef jerky were also present.
Live performances took place between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and included Michael McMahon, Caleb Stewart, Luke Olson, Zach Rowell, The Hollows, Belle Rive and Man Up, Yancey. Several more bands took the stage between 6 and 9 p.m. for a ticketed live show including Group Nap, Afro Triangle and The Pressure Kids.
Featuring an inventory of both new and used records of all different genres, Boulevard Record Shop provides a space for customers to both purchase their favorite records and listen to them in-store at one of the shop’s listening stations. The store also hosts live shows every weekend on its built-in stage.