Record Store Day has got you covered this weekend
By Peter Covino
If you are nostalgic about the good old days of music, when you had to play music, one record at a time, today (Saturday) was made just for you.
It is Record Store Day and participating record stores (yes, they still exist) are offering limited edition vinyl records, specials and more. The day, which celebrates the independent record store, not only features a special collection of albums, but in-store apperances by guest music artists.
Orlando area stores include East West Records, Rock & Roll Heaven and Park Avenue CDs.
There is a long, long list of special releases on vinyl just for Record Store Day, some new to vinyl while others are retros from days gone by and some rare collections, never before put out on an album.
The list includes:
The Allman Brothers, Live at the Beacon Theatre; The Mowglis, American Authors; The Animals, The Animals EP; Joan Baez, Blessed Are; David Bowie, 1984 Picture Disc; Jake Bugg, Live at Silver Platters; The Civil Wars, Live at Eddie’s Attic; Sam Cooke, Ain’t that Good News; Creedence Clearwater Revival, The 1969 Singles; The Cure/Dinosaur Jr., Side by Side Series; Devo, Live at Max’s Kansas City; Devo/The Flaming Lips, Side by Side Series; The Doors, Weird Scene’s Inside the Goldmine; The Everly Brothers, Roots; Fleetwood Mac, Dragonfly/The Purple Dancer; Green Day, Demolicious; Husker Du, Candy Apple Grey; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth; Joy Division, An Ideal for Living; Oasis, Supersonic; Dolly Parton, Blue Smoke; The Pogues, Live with Joe Strummer; Soundgarden, Superunknown, The Singles; Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band, Say Goodbye to Hollywood/Baby Please Don’t Go; Bruce Springsteen, American Beauty; The The, Giant; Frank Zappa, Don’t Eat the Yellow/Down in De Dew, The Zombies, I Love You, The Velvet Underground.
There are more than 400 releases in all.
The website www.recordstoreday.com has the complete list as well as what makes some of this albums special.
Some of the albums really look special, if you happen to be a collector of vinyl.
Johnny Cash — With His Hot and Blue Guitar, is a reissue of the first album ever released by Cash and the the first album ever for the fabled Sun Records label. It includes two of Cash’s most celebrated songs, Folsom Prison Blues and I Walk the Line. This is a limited edition pressing, so definitely phone ahead to one of those participating stores.
The Pixies — Indie City. There have been Pixies EPs released in the 23 years since the band brokeup, but this is the first new Pixies album and it is available early in the LP format.
Sam Cooke — Ain’t That Good News was Cooke’s final album.
Green Day Demolicious — This album consists of some unreleased tracks and demos from the band’s 2012 album trilogy.
Joy Division — An Ideal for Living was the band’s 1978 debut EP.
The Velvet Underground— Loaded. It’s the band’s last album with Lou Reed.
Not every album is available at all participating stores, so again, definitely call ahead.
Viva La Musica
One of the biggest events on the SeaWorld Orlando calendar returns next weekend with Viva La Musica.
Each Saturday beginning April 26 through May 17, the Latin event, featuring concerts and food will be held at the theme park.
The event is included with theme park admission.
The authentic dishes served during Viva La Musica are prepared by SeaWorld Orlando’s Executive Chef, Héctor Colón. He has more than 20 years experience preparing Caribbean and Latin dishes. He adds his personal touch to traditional Latin favorites such as empanadas, arroz con pollo, carne frita and bacalaítos.
Viva la Música festival activities begin at noon each Saturday, with concerts starting at 3 p.m. at Bayside Stadium:
Here is the complete music schedule:
Saturday, April 26 – Chino y Nacho (reggaeton)
Chino & Nacho is a Venezuelan pop duo, consisting of Jesús Alberto Miranda Perez (Chino) and Miguel Ignacio Mendoza (Nacho). In 2010, the group won a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Album for “Mi Niña Bonita.” Formerly, the two men were part of the Venezuelan group, Calle Ciega.
Saturday, May 3 – La India (salsa)
India, also known as the new “Queen of Latin Soul,” made her debut in the music business in the ’80s, with the popular dance group TKA, one of the first Latin free style groups to take over the streets of New York. She is a multi- Grammy Nominee, and has collaborated with renowned vocalists such as Oscar De León, Gloria Estefan and Michael Stuart.
·Saturday, May 10 – Victor Manuelle (salsa)
Originally from Puerto Rico, Victor Manuelle is an international star who has sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. “Si Tú Me Besas” reached number one on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Songs” chart.
·Saturday, May 17 – Olga Tañón (merengue)
Olga Tañón is a Puerto Rican recording artist whose singing career began when she joined a group called “Las Nenas de Ringo y Jossie” (Ringo and Jossie’s Girls) in the ‘80s. A short time later a very popular group in Puerto Rico called “Chantelle” noticed her mezzo soprano voice and recruited her. Over the course of her career, she has earned two Grammy Awards, three Latin Grammy Awards, and 29 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards.
The shows are all general seating; however, reserved seating is available with the following packages:
Front Row VIP seating: Front row seats can be purchased starting at $39.
Viva la Música VIP Package: Starting at $29, the special package includes a meal (entrée and any one item from a selection of side salads, side dishes or desserts, plus a regular-sized non-alcoholic beverage) at any Viva la Música food sampling area or SeaWorld cafeteria-style restaurant, plus reserved seating, Center Stage.
All packages are available at SeaWorldOrlando.com.
It may be Easter weekend but it is still Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando.
The New Orleans celebrating continues tonight (Saturday) with a live performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B and disco group Kool & the Gang, best known for their singles, “Celebration,” “Jungle Love,” and “Get Down On It.”
As always, before the concert, guests can catch colorful beads during the Mardi Gras parade, which featuring 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating Jules Verne’s novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Not surprisingly, you can also find many authentic Cajun cooking choices at the weekly Mardi Gras event, as well as music from the Crescent City.
Mardi Gras continues on select nights through June 7 and is included with admission to the theme park. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.
Robin Thicke, who had been scheduled to perform earlier during the event, but had to cancel, is now scheduled to perform June 7.
The French Quarter Courtyard Opens at 4 p.m., Saturday and the parade begins at 7:45 p.m. The concert starts at 8:30 p.m.