The rebirth of Daddy Kool leads Tampa Bay’s Record Store Day agenda

Here’s what’s going down around town.

click to enlarge The rebirth of Daddy Kool leads Tampa Bay’s Record Store Day agenda
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In case you missed it, the big news for Tampa Bay’s Record Store Day is the rebirth of Daddy Kool Records, which finally fell victim to rising rents on the formerly undesirable 600 Block. The shop — which had a presence in downtown St. Petersburg for the better part of three decades — is reopening its new digs in the Warehouse Arts District (2430 Terminal Dr. S.) on Saturday.

“We are very fortunate to have landed where we did,” store manager Manny Kool told CL when asked about the shop’s new home. “The owners of the building support the arts [and] are community focused.”

Daddy Kool’s move, combined with the closure of live music venue Fubar, means that the 600 Block has officially gone silent until State Theatre completes an ongoing renovation, but Kool and his staff have moved on and will celebrate Record Store Day 2019 by teaming up with Reverb LP to stash a holy grail album in its dollar bin.

“It is a classic. Probably the definitive album from this artist,” Kool told CL. “It is also a very high audio fidelity pressing. I would have priced it at $99 in our used section.”

Daddy Kool will also welcome Bad Suns for a meet-and-greet ahead of the rising Los Angeles rock band’s show at Jannus Live, and tap some of CL’s favorite locals — including Broom Closet, They Hate Change and The Venus — to play music.

Daddy Kool isn’t the only Bay area record store throwing down for the annual retail holiday either. Kingfish, Microgroove, Mojo Book & Records and Planet Retro Records have all tapped handfuls of local favorites to play in-store concerts, but Bananas reached deep to also score a set from revered New Orleans songwriter Mary Gauthier, who’ll play Bananas’ 22nd Avenue location at 2 p.m. (click here to read our interview with Gauthier, who headlines The Attic in Ybor City later that night).

Food (Cass St. Deli, Uncle Mince’s World Famous Seitan) and beer are also on tap, and you can look below to get all the details regarding live music, Record Store Day exclusives and giveaways.

Check out what else is going around town below. If you’re a record store that would like to tell us your RSD 2019 plans, then shoot us an email.


Daddy Kool Records A Bad Suns for a meet-and-greet ahead of the rising Los Angeles rock band’s show at Jannus Live, plus sets from locals — including Broom Closet, They Hate Change, The Venus and a DJ Set from Hello Darlin’. Indie Flea with food from the Latin Lunchbox, Rasoi and Cass St. Deli. Coffee from Black Crow plus a craft beer truck. Live screen printing from Trinity Graphics. Opens at 8 a.m. EVENT POSTER

Microgroove Live music from Critical Hits, Hi-Beam, Lassyu, The Path of Increased Indifference and a surprise act. Beer from PBR, nitro-tapped Commune + Co., and kombucha from Jug & Bottle Dept.. Food by Uncle Mince's World Famous Seitan, and a 10 percent discount at Independent Bar & Café with Microgroove receipt. Opens at 9 a.m. EVENT POSTER

Mojo Books & Records Most Bay area record stores order limited edition RSD titles, but Mojo literally orders pretty much everything in large quantities. The shop will have a $1 vinyl sidewalk sale with more than 2,500 titles. First 10 people in line get a free Mojo T-shirt and drink of choice from the coffee bar. Free PBR while supplies last, a vegan bake sale to benefit homeless animals and food from Uncle Mince's World Famous Seitan. The live music lineup starts at 4 p.m. and includes The Jackettes, Charles Irwin, Story Mode, Crystallized, Jensen Serf Co., SOOT and more. Opens at 8 a.m. INFO

Planet Retro Records Every $1 CD and $1 LP is BOGO. New shop T-shirts, a punk-rock flea market and live music that kicks off at 11 a.m. (Car Bomb Driver, Liquid Pennies, Laser Mouth, Scam Likely, Changer and Radio 89 are on the bill). Opens at 8 a.m. EVENT POSTER

Bananas Records This St. Pete staple’s 22nd Avenue location will have free beer from Bill Kiefel, raffles and foos from Taste of Gourmet Cafe. A live music lineup kicks off at 11 a.m. and features Mary Gauthier, The Jackettes, Gloria West and The Gents, The Vultures, Vetnough and Reality Asylum. Opens at 9 a.m. INFO

Sound Exchange The first 10 people in line at each location (14246 N. Nebraska Ave. in Tampa; 8625 66th St. N. in Pinellas Park) will shop for 15 minutes before anyone else. Opens at 9 a.m.

Kingfish Records Live music starts at 11:30 a.m. with Abraham-Billings Band and Dovydas. Gift bags for the first 15 in line, and free food & beer. Opens at 8 a.m. EVENT POSTER

Vintage Vinyl Bay area alt-rock station 97X will post up outside. Opens at 11 a.m.

Steelworker Records Kenny Crum does not have time for all that RSD bullshit, but his shop (a mecca for rare metal titles) will be putting out close to 3,000 newly-priced vintage titles. Opens at 10 a.m.

Disc Exchange BOGO deals and used vinyl under $5. Opens at 10 a.m.

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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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