It’s time again for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16, and more than a thousand independently-owned stores across the country will celebrate for the 9th year in a row. There are nearly a dozen Portland area stores participating and one is the West Coast’s oldest record store, Music Millennium, at 3158 E Burnside. They are hosting a full day of activities, music and collectible finds from 8 am to 10 pm.

Come at 7 am and enjoy free coffee and muffins while you wait for the store to open at 8 with free gift bags to all customers (until they run out). Over 450 limited edition special vinyl and CD releases made exclusively for RSD9 will be available by Blitzen Trapper,The Thermals, David Bowie, Brandi Carlisle, Johnny Cash, John Coltrane, and many others greats still alive and already gone. Highlights of the day feature an in person photo session with Bonnie Raitt and a live evening performance from Alejandro Escovedo.

Bonnie Raitt has just released ‘Dig In Deep’ and she’ll meet and be taking photos with fans who purchase a photo package in advance. The package, a fundraiser for Oregon Music Hall of Fame’s ‘Music In The Schools’ program includes the album on CD or vinyl, a photo of you with Bonnie Raitt, and a numbered hand-pulled commemorative poster by artist Gary Houston. $20 of each package goes to support the OMHOF program. Time: To Be Announced. Check the website or call the store. musicmillennium.com/503.231.8926

At 8 pm, enjoy a live instore performance with Alejandro Escovedo, the Texas-born musician who began with proto-punk bands The Nuns and Rank and File and co founded The True Believers with his brother Javier. His first two solo albums have been reissued for RSD 2016.

There is a new improved store layout this year to help with traffic jams and an easier route through the aisles.