Live music at Daddy Kool and Bananas lead Tampa Bay Record Store Day celebrations

Mojo will have a Taylor Swift themed drink (it's colored RED, naturally).

click to enlarge Mike Tony, who plays Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 23, 2022. - Photo via miketonyofficial/Instagram
Photo via miketonyofficial/Instagram
Mike Tony, who plays Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 23, 2022.
Fourteen years after its founding, Record Store Day (RSD) has gone fully mainstream (this year’s ambassador is Taylor Swift), and while folks like Jack White have sounded the alarm on a potential catastrophe for indie artists and labels looking to compete with majors as far as getting records pressed, there’s still never, ever, been a better time to be a year-long supporter of your local record store.

This weekend, shops across the Bay area open early (8 a.m. at some places, with Daddy Kool hosting breakfast food trucks at 7 a.m.) for the international holiday, ready to sling RSD exclusives, sales and giveaways. Even better is the live music element happening at Daddy Kool (crooner Mike Tony plays the 2 p.m. slot) and Bananas (music starting at 11 a.m. with darkwave act Luuls).

Be sure to spend lots of money at the register, tip your bartenders and return to the shop often, Record Store Day or not. Look below, then click through to see specials at some of our favorite local shops. And don't forget to go to Steelworker Records, which has never bought into the RSD hype, opting instead to just some of the best obscure metal in the Bay area.
  • Daddy Kool Records After a few moves, DK has finally found a home at The Factory in St. Pete's Warehouse District. To celebrate, join Manny, Tony and the crew as they present live music from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., vendors and breakfast for the early comers. 800 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. @daddykoolrecords on Facebook
  • Bananas Records Bananas may have an insane record warehouse, but you want to be at the 22nd Avenue retail location for eight hours of live music kicking off at 10 a.m., plus Tampa's Big Red BBQ, free beer for those of age and customizable shirts. 2887 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. @bananasrecordsstpetersburg on Facebook
  • Mojo Books & Music There's a Taylor Swift themed drink (it's red, naturally), plus what's possibly the deepest local collection of RSD exclusives available at 8 a.m. 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. @mojotampa on Facebook
  • Kingfish Records Another deep collection of RSD exclusives available starting at 8 a.m. 26024 U.S.-Hwy 19, Clearwater. Kingfish newsletter
  • Microgroove (4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa) and Planet Retro Records (226 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg)are among the local shops taking it easy for RSD. Give 'em a buzz to see what's up.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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