Today is Record Store Day, which traditionally falls on the third Saturday of April.  The idea was conceived by Chris Brown in association with Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner.  It was officially founded in 2007. 

The concept is to celebrate more than 700 independently owned unique record shops nationwide and hundreds of similar stores worldwide along with the culture that surrounds them.

Today is the day that independently owned record stores join together with artists to celebrate "the art of music" according to www.recordstoreday.com.

Special vinyl albums, CD releases and promotional items are created exclusively for Record Store Day and hundreds of artists worldwide make special  appearances.

Festivities include celebratory performances, cookouts and barbecues, artist meet & greets, parades, DJ's spinning their favorite vinyl collections and more.

Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008.

If you're intrigued about Record Store Day and looking for feedback?  You can email information@recordstoreday.com.  You can also search for participating stores nationwide here. Be sure to check out all of the new Record Store Day vinyl and CD releases.