City Pages 2011 Halloween Concert Guide
From devilish DJs to terrorizing tribute bands, there are sinister, spine-tingling concerts and costume contests happening in just about every bar and club in the area. Here's a comprehensive list of the events sure to make your hair-raising Halloween memorable.
COMPILED BY LIZ SPIELMAN.
Friday, October 28
Ballroom -1940 Hennepin Ave
Dress up and dance the night away on a hardwood dance floor to the music of Shannon Blowtorch, Plain Ole Bill & Jimmy 2 Times, The Moon Goons, Jonathan Ackerman and Wzz Wnshp. 21+. $10. 10pm.
Dress up and strap on your dance shoes, and head over to Cinema Ballroom. Dance instructors at-hand, free lessons, and a costume contest. All ages. $8-15. 7pm.
Spend your Halloween weekend relaxing with a beer and live music. Special guests Flavor Crystals, the Vacant Lots (Vermont), Chatham Rise and Boom Island. 21+. $7. 9pm.
Located In the Skyway Theatre, featuring Excision, Ozric Tentacles. 18+. $25. 7pm.
Hang out in one of Minneapolis' rock-club landmarks featuring Ada Jane, Erik Brandt & the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, Po' Boy Local 151. 18+. $6. 8pm.
Saturday, October 29
Purported to be the Twin Cities largest Halloween party and costume contest, with $4,000 in prizes. Go see what the fuss is about. 21+. $15. 9pm.
Too Much Blood with Soviet Panda
Dance party! A costume contest will award sweet prizes (first place is $500 and 5 pairs of tickets to First Ave shows).
Harriet Island Pavilion
Just what you've always wanted: to spend Halloween on a boat. Put on your flippy floppys, and party while glowing in the dark. 18+. $10-$15. 930pm.
Not too keen on going too far this Halloween? Enjoy a beer and live music from Big Toe & the Jam. 21+. FREE. 830pm.
The Basement Bar and Grill
A D.J and $500 costume contest. Where could you go wrong? 18+.
Kitty Kat Club
Show off your best kitty kat dance moves while being costumed up. The night will be marked by the release of Local dance devotee Gigamesh's EP. 21+. $5. 10pm.
Enjoy a pint and say "cheers" to Brit's as they finally come of age. Dress-up like your favorite Brit and dance the night away. Don't pass this up, it may be your only good excuse to dress up like Queen Elizabeth.. 730pm.
Sunday, October 30
Cause Spirits & Soundbar
Enjoy some cheap PBR tallboys and Miller highlifes, featuring Moonlight Grammar and Daniel Heavens. 21+. 8pm. FREE.
Minnesota Music CafÃ©
Costume contest and other surprises. Music featuring G B LEIGHTON and special guests NEALE & HABERMAN.
Costume Contest, Spooky DJs and more!! No Cover.
Monday, October 31
Triple Rock Social Club
Hear your favorite songs performed live, featuring My Name Is Jonas (Weezer), The Badhearts (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), and The Monster Squad (Blood, Sweat and Tears). 21+ | 8:00 PM | $10.00
Double-whammy part. Both First Avenue and 7th Street Entry will be filled with various DJs. Costume contest with $1,000 in prizes. 18+. $5-$10. 8pm.
Leave the candy bowl for the kiddies, then come out for a concert featuring SOLID GOLD with Teddy And The Turks and Leisure Birds. 18+. 8pm. $12.
Fine Line Music CafÃ©
Enjoy a non-frightening evening of music from Strange Forest, The Bloody Turncoats, Tomorrow Brings New Blood, and Sick of Talking about it. 21+. 7pm.