Just because I haven't been posting concert recaps lately doesn't mean I haven't been attending any. Indeed, I've attended so many it has actually been difficult to keep up, but once in a while a show comes along that you simply need to capture every memory from.
Yesterday was National Record Store Day, an annual tradition designed to support local record stores. Bands both big and small celebrate this day with exclusive releases, stores celebrate with sales and often do more business this day than any other, and music aficianadoas line up early to get their hands on the goodies. One such band was Detroit's newest hometown heroes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr..
When we last left Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, the duo were beginning to make quite a name for themselves. After appearances at festivals like SXSW, Lollapalooza, and the local Arts, Beats, & Eats, DEJJ have become a bonafide success - so much so that both Epstein and Zott were finally able to quit their day jobs and live off their music. They began to amass fans all around the country, and even toured Europe briefly, but the duo - who still reside in Metro Detroit suburbs - have never lost sight of where they came from, which always makes hometown shows something more special than your typical concert.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. With local record shop UHF Records erecting a pop-up shop to sell merch, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.'s Record Store Day exclusive 12", and three bands on the bill, this was going to be a night to remember.