|Photos by Erik Hess|
|Hastings 3000 and Brother Ali at Down in the Valley on Record Store Day|
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music shops, returned this Saturday for its fourth and largest citywide celebration yet. The metro area is thankfully still home to a long list of record stores, with several in Minneapolis alone, and many of the retailers marked the occasion by holding sales, hosting in-store performances, and giving out free snacks to shoppers.
By all accounts, the day was a massive success -- nearly every store we stopped in had crowds of people filling the aisles, and managers reported huge spikes in sales and traffic. Here's hoping that enthusiasm spreads to the other 364 days of the year, as the Cities' independent shops need all the help they can get to stay afloat in these tough times.
Photographer Erik Hess spent the day hopping around the metro area, and managed to hit up a whopping 11 different stores on Saturday. What follows is a chronological photo essay of his day.