It’s coming on five years now for our friends over at independent music store Music Saves in the Waterloo district — and there’s always reason to celebrate when a small, locally owned business thrives. Opening their doors on July 17, 2004, owners Kevin and Melanie (and store cat Vinyl) offer a hangout and headquarters for music lovers to pick up all the latest music-related products, just a few steps from the Beachland Ballroom.
The store always celebrates with anniversary events, and this year is no exception. The “Store-A-Versary” celebration begins with a post-show party at the Grog Shop following the Yeasayer/Ponytail/Unsparing Sea show tomorrow. The members of Brooklyn-based experimental/psychedelic band Yeasayer will man the turntables, and there will be drink specials and pizza.
Next week, they’ll celebrate at 7 p.m. on July 24 with an in-store concert when Brent Knopf of Portland, Oregon’s Menomena stops by to preview tunes from his side project Ramona Falls, whose debut release Intuit comes out August 18 on the Barsuk label.
Then, following the 9 p.m. Veils/Foreign Born/Faces on Film show at the Beachland Tavern, the members of the Veils (which features Finn Andrews, the son of XTC’s Barry Andrews) will take over as guest DJs at a free midnight party hosted by the store. That same day, Music Saves will debut a new store T-shirt design so you can go to the party sporting new duds. —Anastasia Pantsios