The beautiful, bright yellow, limited edition vinyl LP of Verso Records, Volume One has arrived — and it’s time to celebrate the artists, conspirators, and community that has brought forth the first vinyl record ever to be recorded, produced, and released by a public library.
Join us on Saturday, June 3, as we celebrate the occasion with a record release party, to be held at 7 pm in the Trefz Forum (doors open at 6:30 pm), featuring live performances from returning Verso rockers The Problem With Kids Today (New Haven), indie rock mainstay Ports of Spain (New Haven), Lulu Lewis duo Dylan Hundley & Pablo Martin (NYC), and dreamy folk/americana artist Kierstin Sieser, backed by a few familiar faces.
The release party is free and open to the public. There is also a $25 ticket option that includes a copy of Verso Records: Volume One and a free drink. For those without a record player, a digital copy of the album will also be available for $10.
The album is currently available for pre-order at versorecords.westportlibrary.org. Preorders can be picked up at the party, or they will be shipped starting on June 5.
Verso Records, Volume One was recorded by Audio Studios Manager and in-house sound engineer Travis Bell at The Westport Library’s Verso Studios. It features a diverse array of talent across all genres (rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, hip hop, folk, indie) heralding the oft-unsung heroes of the region. Standout tracks include indie-rock band Daniprobably’s “Cowboy,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Kurt Vile, Sharon Von Etten); futuristic hip-hop from MIGHTYMOONCHEW with “Jus Bcuz,” produced by influential hip-hop icon Dooley-O; Alexandra Burnet & The Stable Six’s lush, ethereal, eight-piece arrangement of the meditative “You’re Okay,” and many others.