Vinyl enthusiasts prepare for Record Store Day

By Marina Csomor
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

EAST LANSING — In 35 years of business, Flat, Black & Circular owner Dave Bernath has never made more sales than he did on Record Store Day last year. “It’s a big day,” Bernath said. On April 21, more than 700 independently owned record stores throughout the country, including Flat, Black & Circular, 541 East Grand River Ave., will celebrate Record Store Day 2012. And after the success of last year’s celebration, Bernath’s excitement for the event is building. “We’re planning on (doing) even better this year,” Bernath said.

Okemos High School Hosts Annual Festival of Bands

By Florian Cherdron and Adam Ilenich
Meridian Times staff writers

OKEMOS — Eleven bands from across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula came together at Okemos Community High School to perform free concerts for the 17th Annual Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands. The festival was developed by members of the the Meridian Community Band in 1996 and has been held every year since. Over the years, 45 bands have performed in the festival, giving the public 188 free concerts in 17 years. Kyle Tooker, a 15-year-old freshman who plays tenor saxophone at Okemos High School, said he really enjoyed the concert, especially the German band that brought energy and fun to the show. “Seeing all the people having so much fun, especially the German band, they were having so much fun with the costumes and they make music look cool,” Tooker said.