Tampa Bay's first Record Store Day 2021 drop happens on Saturday

This year features two drop dates.

click to enlarge Tampa Bay's Zamora brothers, Mario and Javier, pictured at Daddy Kool Records on Record Store Day 2019. - Ray Roa
Ray Roa
Tampa Bay's Zamora brothers, Mario and Javier, pictured at Daddy Kool Records on Record Store Day 2019.

Somehow even a pandemic couldn't stop Record Store Day in 2020, and the schedule for Record Store Day 2021 has been revealed, along with which shops in Orlando will be taking part.Caution still seems to be key for Record Store Day 2021, the annual spendapalooza for vinyl junkies. What used to be one day has—like last year—been subdivided into multiple drops, where quantities of select exclusives will be released in phases to participating record shops.

Here's a list of all the record stores in Tampa Bay

The main RSD drops this year are happening on June 12 and July 17. The list of exclusive releases that will be available on the two dates just dropped and it's a doozie, with exclusives from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, the Grateful Dead, Prince, Lady Gaga, Renaldo & the Loaf (!?) … and a Motley Crue cassette boxset, it has to be said.

Most Tampa Bay favorites are offering limited-capacity shopping and different opening hours (8 a.m. at Mojo Books and Kingfish, 9:30 a.m. at Daddy Kool, 11 a.m. at Microgroove) while other beloved shops like Steelworker will probably sell their unique daily inventory just the same as they do any other day doors are open.

See a list of participating shops via recordstoreday.com.

This post was adapted from one that first appeared in our sibling paper Orlando Weekly.


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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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