The California Feetwarmers swing by Santa Monica Boulevard for Record Store Day
The ability to access music from around the world with just a few clicks is one of the internet’s greatest cultural gifts. Yet reaching through the ether to expand global connection simultaneously decimated vital hubs of local community: independent record stores.
Preserving those brick-and-mortar destinations motivated a handful of American record store owners to establish Record Store Day, which subsequently spread to Australia, the UK, Europe, Japan and Mexico.
The music-lover holiday’s 10th anniversary will be celebrated Saturday across the country, highlighting the growing popularity of vinyl (special pressings are a RSD hallmark) and the tenacity of independent record stores still surviving. Record Surplus in West Los Angeles plans a three-day sale beginning Friday, and will host an in-store concert by the California Feetwarmers on Saturday afternoon.
The California Feetwarmers, whose sharp-suited members know a thing or three about subculture preservation, started out busking on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade almost five years ago, after members of Captain Jeff & the Musical Chumbuckets and the Petrovic Blasting Company discovered their mutual love of early 20th-century jazz and ragtime.
Scott Joplin and the Memphis Jugband remain staples of their joyful sets, along with horn-swinging originals evocative of 1920s New Orleans.
After Keb’ Mo’ heard the California Feetwarmers at a party, he invited them to play on “Old Me Better” for his 2014 album “BluesAmericana,” a collaboration that earned a Grammy nomination.
Last year the Feetwarmers issued their second album, “Silver Seas,” and more recently the seven-man ensemble recorded a jaunty backyard video of “Weary Blues” for Playing for Change.
Wear your dancing shoes on Saturday, and get there early.
— Bliss Bowen
California Feetwarmers play from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Record Surplus, 12436 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. No cover. Call (310) 979-4577 or visit recordsurplusla.com.