How was April?
We started the month with our official opening day. Over 500 people called in to check out our new superstore. We had food, music and drink on all day, which may have had something to do with the turnout being so high! It was a hugely enjoyable celebration and thanks to all who made it.
This was soon followed with the craziness that is International Record Store Day, we had 14 different acts performing between our own store during the day and in Dolan’s Warehouse and the Kasbah that night.
It was fantastic the support all the musicians got from our customers and friends. We’ve already decided to make nights like that a regular occurrence.
We can’t wait, there are so many bands we couldn’t involve with this one and we really want to put on as much of them as possible over the next year and make the Steamboat Takeovers a time-honoured tradition.
We also had a great Riverfest weekend – Hermitage Green put on a cracking sold out show, there’s always a fantastic atmosphere around the city for the May bank holiday weekend.
What’s coming up?
Free Comic Book Day
We’ve got some plans in place – comics are finally on the way, and we’ll be starting them with Free Comic Book Day, on 6th May. We’re very excited about this, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for quite a while and it’s finally happening!
There’ll be a selection of free comics on offer as well as a lot of the latest issues of new releases in store from that morning.
Limerick resident Jazz prodigy Andreas Varady is scheduled to do a workshop in store, date to be determined. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more info. He’s due to release his new album in the next few months, produced by Quincy Jones, of Michael Jackson fame. Space will be limited for this event.
Mark’s Gig Picks
Booka Brass Band
8pm 20th May – Dolan’s
These guys are an experience, they throw some party. If you want a great Saturday night out, check them out. A 7 piece band, lots of cool brass pop and funk covers. bookabrassband.bandcamp.com/
8pm 20th May – Chez Le Fab
One of Limerick’s newest music venues, superb cafe/wine bar Chez le Fab play hosts to the relaxing Train Room, if you’re looking for something to chill out to, in a comfy environment, this is it. www.breakingtunes.com/trainroom
Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
7pm 26th May – University Concert Hall
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these two gents a few times in the store and been luckier still to have seen them live on numerous occasions. They’re celebrating 40 years since their iconic self titled album was released and with original musicians from the album Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke involved too, it’ll be a special evening in UCH.
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