Delmar Loop mainstay Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-4096) celebrates its 33 1/3 anniversary this weekend. To commemorate three decades and counting of schlepping slabs of wax, the store holds a celebration featuring special sales all weekend long. To kick things off, assistant to Mayor Francis Slay, Josh Wiese, will present an official proclamation to store owners Lewis Prince and Tom "Papa" Ray on Saturday, October 19, at 11 a.m. Following the ceremony, the store will spin some favorite tracks from Slay's personal collection.
What's on Slay's chosen playlist? Mayor Slay's PR responds: "Hint: Only 5 songs. 50 minutes."
Some intel from Vintage Vinyl's marketing and promotions director Jim Utz, who has been with the independent company for 25 years, tells us that Slay's set will feature his favorite genre: prog rock -- think King Crimson, Yes and Gentle Giant. For a better idea of what to expect, check out this archived playlist from Slay's guest contribution to KSHE (94.7 FM) in 2012. County Executive Charlie Dooley will also curate a special playlist for the day's festivities, but no word yet on what it's made up of, so you'll just have to show up to see what he has in store.
Storewide sales for the weekend feature 20 percent off of used stock. A sidewalk sale on Sunday, October 20, will include dollar CDs, LPs and DVDs. Schlafly will provide complimentary beers, and giveaways throughout the weekend include CDs and more from labels including Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian and Temporary Residence.
Also on Saturday, live bands play outdoors under the marquee while DJs provide sounds inside the store. Schedule of entertainment below:
Outdoor Stage - Live Performances 12 p.m.: Nato Caliph and Lyfestile as Plan B w/ DJ Divi 1 p.m.: Cassie Morgan & Beth Bombara 2 p.m.: Bo & The Locomotive 3 p.m.: Ransom Note 4 p.m.: The Dive Poets 5 p.m.: Turntable Orchestra
Indoor Stage - DJs 10 a.m.: St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley 11 a.m.: Selections curated by Mayor Francis G. Slay 12 p.m.: Jesse Raya & Holly Renshaw from the Pageant 1 p.m.: DJ Pome 2 p.m.: DJ Chilly C 3 p.m.: DJ McRobot 4 p.m.: Dean Minderman from St. Louis Jazz Notes
"Our statement of purpose begins with the fact that music is the healing force. Certainly, in this world, that's never been more true," says co-owner Tom "Papa" Ray. "We're looking forward to continuing to enhance the community around us."
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