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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) - Vintage Vinyl owner Tom 'Papa' Ray has been spinning and making records most of his life. But record store day 2016 has him especially excited.

"From Paul McCartney to Mumford and Sons to Neil Young to other luminaries that get it and embrace and celebrate the idea of record store day with us," says Tom 'Papa' Ray, Owner Vintage Vinyl.

Mum is the word at the University City record store, as in Mumford and sons who will play a sold out set Saturday at noon before their Scottrade show later that night. They`re just some of the musicians taking part in the nationwide celebration that will last throughout the weekend. From big names to local names, the independent music store's celebration that started nine years ago is now a three day extrava-bandza with free beer and doughnuts to devoted music fans.

"We get good sized lines of people waiting for the exclusives that come out and there are almost 350 exclusives this year," says Joe Schwab, Owner Euclid Records. "That`s stuff that is coming out on record store day but mostly stuff that`s only available on record store day."

Euclid Records has been serving vinyl fans for 35 years and this year. The Webster Groves based business has erected a tent to hold all their exclusive titles this weekend. St. Louis band Sleepy Kitty will release a limited number of their out of print first album and play a set at Euclid Records. Expect many independent music stores in the region to get in on the act and maybe turn you onto a few new ones too.

"I think everybody should support all the great record stores in St. Louis because we got great record stores," says Schwab.

"If there was no music on this troubled planet, goodness gracious," says Ray.