Budget Music & Video in Minot prepares for annual National Record Store Day event


National Record Store Day will take place this Saturday and Budget Music & Video has a day of sales, music, food and celebration planned. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the doors will be open and the festivities ongoing.

Budget Music & Video has taken part in National Record Store Day every year since it began 12 years ago, growing with the event each new year.

“Nobody really knew what it was, including us, when it started. Back then, there was maybe a handful of releases, but awareness has really grown in the last 8 years,” said Dylan Lee of Budget Music & Video.

According to Jon Bauer of Budget Music & Video, National Record Store Day has grown beyond just a national event to a worldwide one with other countries, such as England, taking part.

Budget Music & Video itself opened in 1977. They’ve moved to various locations around Minot before moving to the downtown area six years ago, expanding their National Record Store Day events outside their doors.

Budget offers a range of items for shoppers from new and used CDs to records to posters to DVDs and Blu-ray to collectibles, jewelry, t-shirts, hats and bags and much more.

“As far as records, I think we have the best record selection in town,” said Bauer.

For National Record Store Day 2019, Budget will not only be offering storewide sales for attendees to enjoy, but will also be selling special, limited edition vinyls that are only sent to independent stores such as Budget on National Record Store Day for sale as well.

The local record store will also be pairing with some of its downtown Minot neighbors for the celebration. Artmain will have special Record Store Day sales, hors d’oeuvres and a drawing for those who register to win a brand new record player.

62 Doors will be holding a closing reception for their music themed show titled “Mixtape” starting at 12 p.m. They will have a free mixed CD for attendees to grab while supplies with songs from local bands such as Songbirds of North America, Vanity Plate, Kamryn Morrison, Kat Kirschmann, Big Suck, Wild Hands, nobodydude, Algorillathym, Clutterpiles, Rick Watson, Bailey Johnson, Chloe Marie, Atom’s Rite, Mineral Rights and more.

Off The Vine will be selling wine and beer for those over the age of 21 and Atypical Brewery will be debuting a special record store themed beer at the event.

Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with live music from local performers starting at noon. Those performing will include A Cult Pity, Songbirds Of North America, Vanity Plate, and more throughout the afternoon.

“We try to involve as many of our neighbors who wanted to be involved,” explained Lee. “I think it’s kind of a communal event.”

Bauer added, “It kind of signals the start of summer as an event outside. It starts to get people moving, highlights downtown and gets people looking around down here.”

Rain or shine, they say it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

Admission to National Record Store Day is free with lots of sales being offered alongside food, beverages and music.