While I'll be spending Halloween this year lamenting that my Misfits cover band failed to get a gig, despite the promise of lots of fake blood and stage theatrics, there are tons of tricks and treats around town for the costumed partier:
The San Diego City Soul Club brings sonic funk to Til-Two Club (4746 El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights) on Wednesday, Oct. 30, with Ghoul Almighty. Get a Soul Train line going as Kingston A Go- Go, The Amandas and The Combos play live ska and soul jammers for you rude boys and mod girls. DJs Mila Ruiz, King Dutty and Erny Earthquake will also be on hand to help you shake your tail feather. This one is going to be a stomper. Cover is $10, but you might get that back in the form of a bar tab if you win the costume contest.
Halloween night has a lot to offer. If you find yourself Downtown among the sexy nurses and Miley Cyruses and feel the need to escape, El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (1030 Broadway) will throw The Munsters vs. The Addams Family Halloween Party. Come as Morticia, Gomez, Eddie or Grandpa for this spooky shindig. Or don't. The theme isn't enforced, but you'd be kind of lame if you aren't part of the freaky familial fun. DJs Morse Code, Adam Salter, Saul Q and Mike Delgado will spin the tunes. If you get one of them to play "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah," you'll be considered a legend in my book.
If your costume involves healthy doses of glitz and glam, head to Black Cat Bar (4246 University Ave. in City Heights) on All Hallow's Eve for Bowie-Phonics. This rager will go deep into the space cosmos of rock 'n' roll as The Schitzophonics hit the stage with fellow rocker Diana Death. The band will pay tribute to Ziggy Stardust himself, David Bowie. The spiders from Mars might show up, too, if you get enough drinks in you and lose the ability to see straight. If so, make sure you have a designated driver for your spaceship.