Several record stores in the Local 4 News viewing area are opening their doors this weekend as part of an annual celebration to honor music on vinyl.
Also known as the “Christmas” for music lovers, Record Store Day was inaugurated in 2008 and is typically held twice a year — on a designated Saturday in April and every Black Friday in November.
The pandemic threw a wrench in this year’s plans, causing the Record Store Day event originally scheduled for April 18 to be postponed multiple times.
According to RecordStoreDay.com, businesses in Rock Island, Scott, and Des Moines Counties are on board to participate in this Friday’s event.
With the entire state of Illinois being put under Tier 3 mitigations, and Iowa Gov. Reynolds issuing stricter COVID-19 guidelines, Record Store Day 2020 won’t look quite the same as years past.
Co-Op Records in Moline announced how they’re taking measures to protect customers during this time.
“In accordance with proper distancing guidelines, we will only allow a maximum of 25 shoppers in the store at once,” said the record store in a recent Facebook post. “Masks MUST be (correctly) worn at all times, and hand sanitizer will be available.”
This year’s local 2020 Record Store Day participants in Illinois and Iowa include:
3727 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, IL 61265
311 1/2 21st St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
418 E. 2nd Street
Davenport, IA 52801
411 Jefferson Street #5319
Burlington, IA 52601
A complete list of participating record stores in Illinois, Iowa and across the country can be found here.