April 16 is Record Store Day – that day each year when we celebrate the independent record store! Although many record stores have gone to the wall in challenging economic times in a rapidly changing industry, the ones that remain are thriving because they work hard to provide a knowledgeable customer service and a selection that doesn’t exist online or, dare I say it, Wal-Mart. You can also credit part of the success to the resurgence of vinyl, and an appreciation that it was, and probably still is, the best way to listen to recorded music.
The Conor Gains Band and The Kauffey Temple Trio come together on April 2 for a great night of Americana Roots and Blues at the Lancaster Smokehouse (574 Lancaster St. W, Kitchener) at 8 p.m. (Doors 7:30 p.m.). The show is being presented by the Grand River Blues Society and the Lancaster Smokehouse, which is quickly becoming one of Southern Ontario’s best known blues venues. Advance tickets ($15) are now on sale at the Lancaster Smokehouse, Encore Records, Tri City Music aa well as through Ticketscene and directly from the bands involved. Tickets will be $20 at the door (if still available).
Tickets go on sale on May 3 at 10 a.m. at ticketbreak.com or by phone at 1-866-943-8849. Tickets are also available from The Bookshelf (41 Quebec St.) and The Beat Goes On (23 Wellington St. E.) in Guelph; Encore Records (54 Queen St. S.) in Kitchener; and at Soundscapes (572 College St.) in Toronto. For more information, visit hillsidefestival.ca. Music: Basia Bulat, “Wires” from her 2013 album “Tall Tall Shadow”.
Folk Roots Radio on April 19 2014 (Episode 146) included a couple of interesting interviews – Mark Logan from Encore Records in Kitchener discussing Record Store Day and Sam Baijal, Artistic Director at the Hillside Festival discussing the performers appearing at Hillside 2014.