The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
By Lauren Reskin, Sweat Records
In April of 2008, Record Store Day was launched as a way to celebrate the role of the independent music store in society. These days record stores are often multi-faceted–acting as portals to discover new bands and music, hubs of information, event spaces, and places to simply interact with the local community. Now in its fourth year, Record Store Day has become a massive, international event, with over 300 exclusive releases coming out for the day and celebrations happening at over 1,500 stores around the world.
A couple years ago we realized that Sweat's anniversary and RSD were pretty close, so we rolled them up into one giant event and called it SWEATSTOCK! Last year's Sweatstock was a huge success and an amazing day. You can read a recap, view photos and watch videos right here: Sweatstock 2010.
This year's Sweatstock is on Saturday, April 16th and it's another gigantic, free, all day, all ages block party to celebrate six years of Sweat and to thank everyone for their support over the years. We're opening at 10am for the RSD exclusives, we've got some of Miami's (if not the world's) best DJs spinning sets inside the shop from noon on, our outside street stage starts at 2pm with live local music all day, AND Churchill's next door will have no cover all day, with bands starting at 4pm and going late into the night.
PLUS, we've got food trucks, the Borscht Music Video Showcase, projections by Morphologic, readings from O, Miami poets, giveaways from FriendsWithYou and the Fillmore, the comedians from our monthly Casa De Ha-Ha night, a Pure Imagination Live session, and much, much more.
Sweatstock 2011 is being made possible with generous help from the Knight Foundation and Heineken. We hope to see you there!