A dark, early morning sky greeted a long line of bundled kids and adults in Long Beach as they waited for Record Store Day to officially start.

The string of people crept along Fourth Street and snaked around the corner of the Fingerprints building, almost reaching the end of the block. A yellow hue from windows lit up groggy faces, which grew with excitement as the doors opened promptly at 6 a.m.

Record Store Day, which started in 2007, has become a ritual for music fans and enthusiasts. Every year, the event brings single-day releases to vinyl collectors.

The shop didn’t stop at just offering rare music sales, however. Fingerprints celebrated in good fashion with live performances from the surf-pop group Best Coast, ‘90s superstars Jimmy Eat World, Grammy award winning guitarist Laurence Juber and ‘80s punk rock pioneer Mike Watt.


Best Coast took the stage at 1 p.m., raising the shop’s temperatures and making the crowd of young boppers dance to a pop-filled take on surf rock.


Jimmy Eat World refreshed the crowd with a stripped-down acoustic set at around 4 p.m. They even pulled out a Twilight Zone moment while announcing that they were playing on 4/20 in a building addressed as 420 at 4:20 p.m. Minds were blown.


Laurence Juber, formerly of Wings, cooled down the shop with his display of acoustic guitar mastery. He hit, plucked and strummed out melodic takes of ‘30s jazz standards as well as familiar Beatles and Jimi Hendrix tunes.


Local punk rock staples Mike Watt and the Secondmen closed out the night at 8 p.m. with a gut-wrenching, heavy bottomed punk rock show. Record Store Day reminded everyone the power of music, how it can bring together people from different strokes of life into one room for one common cause. Heavy, right?

Here’s to next year, music lovers!

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Angela Ratzlaff

My name is Angela, and I am a student residing in Orange County, California. Now, while still devoting a healthy portion of time to music and art, I have a new passion for news and informing the public about current issues.

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