South Florida Celebrates Record Store Day With Local Music, Block Parties

Record stores and music venues around South Florida are celebrating National Record Store Day with block parties that feature live music, food trucks and exclusive releases.

By Raf Perez
|  Saturday, Apr 20, 2013  |  Updated 5:13 PM EDT
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South Florida Celebrates Record Store Day With Local Music, Block Parties

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Crowds gather for Record Store Day at Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale.

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South Florida Celebrates Record Store Day With Local Music, Block Parties

Record stores and music venues around South Florida are celebrating National Record Store Day with block parties that feature live music, food trucks and exclusive releases.
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Crowds rushed into Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale as soon as the doors opened Saturday morning.

People had lined up as early as 5 a.m. to grab exclusive releases for the sixth annual National Record Store Day, one of the biggest the store has seen so far.

By the time the store opened at 10 a.m., a line of about 300 to 400 people had snaked around the block.

"We were expecting the rush, but of course obviously it's a lot more than we expected," said Radio-Active operations manager Michael Ramirez. "It's beyond packed."

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Customer Damien Stein arrived at 7 a.m. and walked out with a stack of records, including a box set of GZA's "Liquid Swords," complete with its own chess set. Aside from special releases like this one, Stein goes to Record Store Day to connect with the community.

"You get to meet a lot of people," he said. "I've got a lot of good buddies that I've met through vinyl."

Other record stores and music venues are holding events and parties throughout the day.

Sweat Records in Miami is holding its fourth annual Sweatstock block party, with live music outside the store and at Churchill's Pub next door. Subculture is hosting the Block X Blog festival at America's Backyard, Green Room and Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale in conjunction with Radio-Active Records.

Did you attend a Record Store Day event? Send your photos to isee@nbc6.com and they could end up online.

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