If you’re already a music lover with an appetite for nostalgia, you’ve probably heard of Record Store Day, but have you heard of Cassette Week?
The tradition of Record Store Day began in 2007 as an annual event to celebrate the culture and love for independent record stores across the country. Many shops host block parties, run discounts, or even sell specially pressed Record Store Day vinyl. It’s a grand time with the intentions of bringing music lovers of all kinds together to appreciate locally owned businesses and the timeless art of pressed music. However, a new music event is on the rise and that is Cassette Week!
October 9 – 15th marks the second annual Cassette Week in the US with the goal to bring folks together and appreciate those little tape rolls that pack so much punch. For more information on the official event, see the official website here!
If you don’t see your local music store on the official participation list, that doesn’t mean the fun has been squashed. Perhaps reach out to your local shop and inquire that it’s something you’d be interested in for next year, but while you wait it’s also not a bad idea to host your own Cassette Week! Give your tapes some love and invite your close ones over for a dinner and a listening party. Or perhaps have a solo event curled up with good tunes and your favorite wine! Listening to music has shown to have tremendous health benefits in lowering stress and anxiety that in turn can balance out your blood pressure and reduce stress induced pain. Whether you’re a long-time collector or a newbie and only have a handful in your arsenal, it’s all about the music you love and taking the time to appreciate the older technologies that paved the ways of art and sound today.