*in her best Alfred Hitchcock voice*
Good evening, boys and ghouls, and welcome to your On The Town guide to Halloween 2011. This year it's full of tricks as well as treats galore ...without breaking your wallet. So be hip like this ghostly SouthSide and don your festive gear to partake in the many holiday celebrations rockin' around town next week.
Oct 25 - Oct 31 @ The Exit, it's Halloween Hell Week 2011! It will feature Halloweenies & Bikinis part 7 with MANBQUE who will be spinnin' and grillin' FREE food on Oct 30 and on Oct 31 celebrate the holiday by chanting "to chivalry and honor" with SouthSide's longtime friends, Mortal Death, Sir Sarsicus, Scott, Maurice (on the large guitar) and many other colorful characters of Cealed Kasket.
All events (unless listed on The Exit's website) are FREE / 21+
Oct 28 & 29 @ The Abbey Pub, it's Halloweeekend 2011! This two day event of shows will feature local bands representing such rock legends like Rolling Stones (John Aselin), Alice Cooper (Bon Mots), ZZ Top (Joel Paterson) and Bachman Turner Overdrive - BTO to its fans (Grooved Surface) just to name a few.
Doors open at 8p / shows begin at 8:30p / $10 advcance ($12 at door) / 21+
Oct 29 @ Austin-Irving Chicago Public Library, SouthSide's friends, The Polkaholics will be performing a special kid-friendly of their annual holiday show (there's an adult version later that same night) featuring a lively combination of polka and rock with your favorite Halloween songs.
Show starts at 2p / FREE
Also rockin' on Oct 29 - the "phantoms of the orchestra" will be haunting Chicago's Orchestra Hall again in which the maestro and his assistant will try to harness the power of the baton to control this ghoulish company of undead orchestral musicians. This family event (recommend for age 5 and up)will feature a twist on the classic tale - The Sorcerer's Apprentice and fun activities inside the "Haunted Ballroom" happening between 1:30 to 2:30p. It's also recommended that you don your festive costumes too.
Visit http://www.cso.org for more ticket information.
At The Ultra Lounge, Wine From The Moon presents its "Dead Rockstars" show featuring performances by Paper Thick Walls, The Damn Choir, Briar Rabbit, The Embraceables and Sandman Viper Command rocking the stage.
Visit http://www.facebook.com/winefromthemoon for more details.
At Elbo Room, SouthSide will be in her festive hip gear while attending this annual Halloween rockin' bash! It will feature rock star performances by The Who (The Plastic Boots), Sly and The Family Stone (Bullet Called Life), Nirvana (Model Stranger), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Lucid Ground) and Beastie Boys with Limp Bizkit (Hot Sauce Committee).
$10 / 8p show start / 21+
At Double Door, it's their annual Halloween bash! The rockin' lineup will feature The Clash (AM Taxi), The Runaways (The Last Vegas), Stone Temple Pilots (Blackbox), Bob Dylan (Dorian Taj) and Judas Priest (Hessler). Hope blogspot readers going to that show can handle such a lineup like this!
$12 / 9p show start / 21+
At Nite Cap, it's their Halloween party featuring Sinister Fate, Skinwalker, and Devil At My Doorstep rockin' their stage.
At Bottom Lounge, the fashionable goth and industrial who's who will be celebrating at the Annual Nocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball with good friend DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Dressing up in your finest holiday gear is advisable.
Visit http://www.bottomlounge.com for more details.
At Cubby Bear (Wrigleyville), Sixteen Candles will be hosting their annual Halloween Bash featuring Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press rockin' the lineup.
Visit http://www.cubbybear.com for more details.
Oct 31 at Reggie's Rock Club, good friends The Dead Superheroes and The Handcuffs will be opening for punk legend and lead singer of The Stranglers - Hugh Cornwell! There will be a costume contest so dress up, blogspot readers.
Doors 8p / 8:30p show start / $15 adv ($18 at door) / 17+
Until next time, support your local scene,