VP Records’ retail outlet in Jamaica Queens, NY celebrated National Record Store Day this past Saturday, April 22, 2017. Record Store Day is dedicated to independently owned record stores across the globe. The pioneering label entertained a lively crowd with a free, vinyl only sound system showcase featuring Road International and King Addies. The Sound System was provided by Pretty Posse (Yellow Bird).
Addis Pablo, son of reggae legend Augustus Pablo and Jah Bami, from the Suns Of Dub collective, also gave the crowd an impromptu exuberant live dub performance of the Augustus Pablo classic 'Java.' The performance, in support of their upcoming Greensleeves Records release ‘Riddimentary – Suns Of Dub selects Greensleeves,’ drew a lively response.
“Record Store Day is so important to us here at VP Records,” stated VP Records founder Patricia Chin, who happily made her way through the crowd to greet guests and take photos. “We’re grateful for everyone who came out to spend their with us and purchase the wonderful vinyl releases we have for sale.”
‘Mad Professor Meets Jah9 – In The Midst Of The Storm,’ a limited press, colored vinyl LP and ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais,’ a four-track vinyl EP celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Greensleeves Records, featuring hits from Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson were among the vinyl exclusives available during VP'S Record Store Day celebration.
“We had such a great time last year,” said D.J. Roy of Road International “we had to come back and play more tunes for the people.” Record Store Day, originated in 2007 and has since grown to become a cultural phenomenon with record stores and music lovers hosting celebrations internationally. Now in its third year, the VP Records Sound System Showcase is designed to celebrate and preserve the classic sound of vinyl and Jamaican sound system culture, in an era where music is predominantly consumed through personal digital players.
Original source: Jennifer Valentin (VP Records)