When: Oct. 28-31 2016
Friday, October 28-Monday, October 31
For those interested in scaring up some seasonally appropriate musical merriment besides playing "Monster Mash" on loop, there's a terrifying number of options around the Triangle. Halloween itself is on a Monday this year, but there are themed gigs spread across the weekend to accommodate all your chills and thrills. whether your preferences tend toward live bands or deejayed dance parties.
On Friday, The Dinwiddies—an alter-ego supergroup featuring members of Annuals, Lollipops, and other local acts—puts on a special "Halloweed" edition of Neptunes' Fall Friday Show Series, with a DJ set following its odes to getting higher than Elvira's hair. If that's got you craving some munchies, Southland Ballroom hosts the second edition of Bacon and Blacklights, which promises meat treats and UV-reactive decorations to accompany sets from Craeons, Mr. Monopoly, AtomikA, Mighty Mouze, and Unknown DJ.
Saturday finds eclectic jam band BIG Something at Lincoln Theatre, where the Triad outfit throws its seventh-annual costume ball, supported by singer-songwriter Zach Deputy's soulful surfer vibes. City Limits hosts QDR's fifteenth Howl-O-Ween Harvest Ball to benefit pet adoption and rescue; a surprise guest will join the triumvirate of twang formed by Joe Nichols, A Thousand Horses, and William Michael Morgan. Though dubbed a Halloween dance party, Durham Artists Movement's DAMtheNATION at The Pinhook is more of a variety night that also serves to raise funds for the inclusive arts nonprofit, slotting stand-up comedy and a drag show among performances by Catherine Edgerton, Kym Register, and Laila Nur, plus DJ sets from Gemynii Ade and Vespertine. Surf rock, horror punk, and lo-fi blues collide at The Kraken, where Blood Red River joins The Independents and The Old One-Two. Go heavier at The Maywood, where Datura, Chaosmic, and Broadslab bring flavors of metal as varied as a well-stocked trick-or-treat bag, or with Deep South's emo and punk-leaning Something Wicked bill. DJ Aviation Parkway leads a dance party at The Station, while The Beauty Operators bring wild roadhouse blues-rock to Blue Note Grill.
Sunday is largely quiet, save for the Black Magic Halloween Dance Party at Ruby Deluxe, but options abound on Monday. The inventive Pitchblak Brass Band plays with DOCO at The Pour House. Kings delivers a stacked lineup of psychedelic indie rock courtesy of Purling Hiss, Zack Mexico, and Acid Chaperone. The Tan & Sober Gentlemen throw down at The Station with two sets of rowdy Irish tunes. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly delivers dark, aggressive bars when he headlines The Ritz, while the P3 Halloween Bash at Cat's Cradle Back Room offers a slate of under-the-radar local emcees. PULSE's Halloween-themed EDM show at Lincoln Theatre features Necrotic, Genki, Mt. Crushmore, Jason Wiggz, and Killtrak, while DJ Rang, DJ Forge, and PlayPlay spin at Motorco's Paranormal Party. Scary-oke at The Cave allows you to overcome your stage fright or watch amateur performers ranging from frighteningly bad to scary good. Several of these events promise prizes to the best costumes, so check the details on the relevant show if you prefer to dress up. —Spencer Griffith
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