Friday night is Halloween, and there's a good chance you already have your costume planned and your decorative plastic jack-o-lantern stuffed with Bit-O-Honeys. All you need now is a place to go. If you're throwing your own party, you can consult this week[s music feature about essential nightmare playlist fodder. If you're going out, however, there are a lot of solid live-music options.
I'm always up for a festive live show on Halloween, and there are several seasonal treats taking place throughout the city. The Casbah will host a special show headlined by the masked The Creepy Creeps, whose surf-rock shows are always a great time. Make sure to show up a little bit early to catch Cramped, a local Cramps cover band. For more covers, head to Soda Bar, where five local bands will assume the identities of other bands, including Wild Wild Wets playing selections by The Zombies and Roxy Jones doing Snoop Dogg.
In North Park, Seven Grand will host a free show headlined by The Dabbers and featuring feline cosplay all-stars Lion Cut while The Whistle Stop in South Park takes a trip back to the '80s with a set from Smiths tribute band Still Ill. Mariachi metalheads Metalachi will play at Brick by Brick in Bay Park, with an opening set from geriatric Weezer cover band Geezer. And if it's a music marathon you're looking for, set up camp at Til-Two Club in City Heights for Noche de Brujas, with sets from Northern Tigers, Batwings and Gloomsday among many others, in addition to a costume contest and giveaways from Bujwah and Cholo Punks.
But perhaps you just want to dance, in which case you can hit up the House of Blues Halloween Block Party Downtown, featuring 10 DJs on three stages. Or maybe you want a smaller-scale dance party, which you'll find at Bar Pink in North Park, which also includes a costume contest. And if itís something a little funkier you seek, head north to the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach to get down to the grooving sounds of The Earful.
The options are wide open, so have fun and rock out with all the goblins.