5 Things to do on Record Store Day

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The annual Record Store Day is a day to celebrate the reality that our community still has a place you can go to purchase good music. It is also a fine opportunity to thank them with a few of your dollars.

Here are 5 things you can do to be involved in Record Store Day today:

I. VISIT THE EXCLUSIVE COMPANY

The state’s longest running record store has its roots in Oshkosh, and offers the area’s largest retail store dedicated to music.  The Exclusive Co is also a strong partner of the local music scene, sponsoring events such as Water City Racket Fest.

Head over to The Exclusive Co at 318 N. Main in downtown Oshkosh today and catch live music performances that includes a set by The Present Age.

II. VISIT ERODING WINDS RECORD SHOP

With a recent, successful move to its new location on North Main, Eroding Winds now offers an expanded record collection in a beautiful old-Oshkosh downtown shop.  As one of Northeast Wisconsin’s only spots dedicated to vinyl, Eroding Winds is a destination for anyone who appreciates music.

Stop in, check out the new space, and grab a few unique and hard to find records: 436 N. Main St.

III. VISIT HEID MUSIC

While not an official Record Store outlet, Heid Music serves a different side of the local music scene as the main commercial facilitator of our community’s musical future.  Heid is the local go-to for all things band and orchestra.  They also offer a collection of guitars, amps, pianos, and all of the supporting equipment to make your instrument sound good.

Heid is located at 1750 W. South Park Ave.

IV. GET TO THE REPTILE PALACE

Oshkosh Rock ‘n’ Roll headquarters The Reptile Palace is hosting a three band show tonight at 9:30pm that includes Katasonik, Fools & Lovers, and Nature.  The show is free, and drinks will be plenty.

The Reptile, at 141 High Ave, is a favorite of Oshkosh Music, hosting shows as part of Water City Racket and the Independent Racket Nights series.  The venue hosts original live music most weekends, including upcoming rock on April 19th & 20th as well as the 23rd and 27th. 

V. JOIN PAM TILLIS AT THE MENOMINEE NATION ARENA

Pam Tillis released the album “Put Yourself In My Place” in 1991, producing two number ones, two top five singles, and one top twenty hit. It achieved certified gold in its first year. Tillis followed with 3 platinum albums on Arista “Homeward Looking Angel” in 1992, “Sweethearts Dance” in 1994 and an Arista “Greatest Hits” in 1997.  Tillis achieved 6 number 1 songs during this time including “Shake the Sugar Tree”, “Mi Vida Loca”, “When You Walk in The Room”, “In Between Dances” “Don’t Tell Me What to Do” and “Maybe It Was Memphis” while 14 of Pam’s other singles landed in the top ten and top twenty.

Menominee Nation Arena presents Pam Tillis on April 13th, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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