On Saturday, more than 700 independently owned record stores throughout the country will celebrate Record Store Day, an event marked by discounts, special releases and in-store performances. Three metro stores are participating: Size Records, 8915 N. Western; and both Guestroom Records locations.
Several local and regional acts will perform free, in-store concerts at Guestroom, said co-owner Travis Searle.
The concerts start at 11 a.m. at the Oklahoma City store, 3701 N. Western, which will stage shows by singer/songwriter Sherree Chamberlain, The Boom Bang, Penny Hill and St. Louis roots trio Rum Drum Ramblers.
At 6 p.m., the show shifts to Guestroom's Norman store, 125 E. Main, with performances by Locust Avenue, Tulsa's Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Gentle Ghost, Early Beat, Depth & Current and Rainbows Are Free.
"Should be a pretty killer afternoon," Searle said, adding that he and co-owner Justin Sowers are "in the process of securing free adult beverages" for both shows.
Guestroom also will debut its second release as a record label, Rainbows Are Free's "Believers in Medicine" album. Searle said the psychedelic Norman five-piece will perform Saturday after a "three-city-in-one-day" tour that starts in Austin, Texas, and stops in Dallas before ending in Norman. For more information, visit www.recordstoreday.com. "Joe Wertz