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Stroudsburg’s Main Street Jukebox celebrates Record Store Day on Saturday

Audiophiles, nostalgists and all-around Poconos music lovers rejoice: it’s Record Store Day this Saturday, and the hunt is on for limited editions, special reissues and more.

First conceived in 2007 and officially launched on April 19, 2008, Record Store Day “is a day for the people who make up the record store world – staff, customers and artists – to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independent stores play in their communities,” the RSD website states.

RSD coordinator Rick Johnson said the idea came to fruition when record store owners and employees noticed that digital music and streaming services were beginning to dominate the audio world. In an effort to increase foot traffic in brick-and-mortar establishments, they began developing new, innovative designs.

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“One of the things they thought of doing was borrowing something from Comic Book Day, where all the comic book stores would give away special comics or free comics, and they were like, ‘Well , let’s do something like that, and try to get people into independent record stores,” Johnson said.

Johnson describes the concept, which has developed and expanded over 15 years, as “the world’s largest one-day music event” that features independent record stores from every continent “except Antarctica”.

“It’s all on the same day, where thousands of independent record stores sell their customers and fans special releases that are only available on record store day,” Johnson said. “And it’s really neat, because people line up the night before. And a lot of times it’s the whole family. You know, I’ve been to stores where there’s a line up in the street across the block.”

This year, RSD pulled out all the stops when selecting its ambassador for the big day, bestowing the honor on pop icon – and former Pennsylvanian – Taylor Swift, who will also release an RSD exclusive 7 “de” the lakes” and “the lakes (original version)” from his “folklore” album this year.

Past ambassadors have included artists like Chuck D., Metallica, Jack White, Run the Jewels and Iggy Pop, but Swift will be RSD’s first-ever global ambassador.

“The places where we go to roam, explore and discover new and old music have always been sacred to me,” Swift said in a statement. “Record stores are so important because they help keep the passion for music alive and growing. They create settings for live events. They employ people who love music wholeheartedly and purely. These people and These stores have had a tough few years and we need to support these small businesses more than ever to make sure they can stay alive, stay quirky and stay individual.”

Main St. Jukebox, located at 606 Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg, will be one of thousands of independent music stores across the country offering special edition vinyl and CDs, as well as all kinds of events live.

As RSD has continued through the pandemic, many attendees have opted out of special in-person events, but this year they’re coming back strong.

“We have Lenny Kaye, the Patti Smith Band guitarist, he’s going to play. Then we have local people, like Brother Bear, he’s a local rapper,” Main St. Jukebox owner Tom LeFevre said. “And then we have another band called Disposable, they’re from New Jersey and they’re going to play. Basically, we’re really celebrating record store culture.”

LeFevre said Main St. Jukebox will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, with live performances starting at 5:30 p.m.

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This year, there are 344 RSD First, RSD Exclusive and RSD Limited Run/Regional Focus releases to be released, and they span just about every genre you can imagine: participating artists include legendary rockers The Grateful Dead, David Bowie and The Doors, metal mavens Gojira, indie rock artist St. Vincent, rap stars Future and Childish Gambino, and many more.

And make no mistake, RSD really does cater to all crowds: other record drops include Peppa Pig’s “Peppa’s Adventures: The Album” and Rockabye Baby’s “Lullaby Renditions of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On!”

Beyond the wonderful and slightly weirder entries, the 2022 releases will also include a special adventure between RSD and Vans, “Portraits of Her”, featuring all female artists from multiple genres. The limited-edition compilation will benefit We Are Moving The Needle, “a non-profit organization supporting all professional women in the recording industry, sound engineers and producers.”

A sampling of the vast selection of albums available at Main St. Jukebox.  On this Record Store Day, the Stroudsburg music hotspot will feature special editions and live musical performances.

After nearly 30 years of scouring the stacks and listening to a wide range of artists, LeFevre is looking forward to some prime selections this year.

“There’s one from this label called Jazz Dispensary; they always release a really good one, so I’m excited for that. There’s a Grateful Dead track that’s really cool, it’s a box set. There are many, there are so many,” LeFevre said with a laugh. Johnson also has his eyes set on a few choice titles slated for release on Saturday, including a coveted collection of New York’s most legendary punk icons.

“There’s a very nice Ramones box set, it’s the Sire years, 1981 to 89. And those albums have been out of print for probably 30 years. Those are all the albums the Ramones did from 1981 to 1989, which doesn’t isn’t a period of their career that’s covered very well, but there’s some great music out there,” Johnson said, noting that the Rhino box set will include seven albums in a numbered slipcase with a bonus sticker sheet.

And while all of these highly-acclaimed EPs and LPs are attracting rabid fans and customers, organizers and store owners hope RSD will inspire more and more people to come listen to music, connect with the community, and support their local independent. retailers instead of just streaming Spotify or iTunes.

“Record stores are an important part of the community. I think music is everything, so I hope people can enjoy it,” LeFevre said. “And you know, like I said, I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years, so I just hope I can keep going. And it’s a good day to raise awareness for young people who might not know it. and people who maybe have never been to a record store.”