Oh man, you bet your sweet candy corn, I love me some Halloween. And as always, it's gonna be a stupid/crazy weekend, so choose your options carefully.
And speaking of crazy and stupid options, it's also time to hit the polls! What'll it be, kids? Will we choose the party of difficult progress through painful compromise, or the party of "It's my ball and I'm going home"? One thing I do know ... at least if we vote "Democrat," we will live to complain about it!
Regardless of who, I hope you're ready for a "Rock 'n Mock" weekend like no other, as the "Mike Stephens All-Star Review" will take to the streets and stage as "Bullet the Blue Sky," a tribute to U2. Featuring Craig Soderberg as The Edge, Marc Benning as Adam Clayton, Shawn Stafford as Larry Mullen Jr. and Mike Stephens as a better Bono than any Bono I know, the boys will be busting out their finest U2 impersonation. And if my gut is correct, it'll be far more entertaining than any real U2 concert!
Making it all the merrier, U2 will be joined by El Toro de la Muerte, performing as a slightly bastardized version of the Rolling Stones. "We will all be a little of everyone, but very 'Stonesy,'" says singer/guitar player "Mick Richards," played by Jeff Fuller. The "tour" opens up on Friday night with an all-ages romp at the Black Sheep (also featuring a Walker Ross tribute to the Foo Fighters and a set of Evil Elvis from metal legends Malakai!?) and then continues with 21-plus fun Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Triple Nickel Tavern, and will finally conclude with, and at, the now-legendary "Jack Quinn's Halloween Night."
Now, like I said, you will have to weigh your options carefully, as the Peculiar Pretzelmen will be making their fifth (and presumably final) visit to the Rocket Room this Saturday night as well. As if their deviant and primal tent-show blues weren't enough to compel you to attend, they will be joined by Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours, whose satin-smooth, old-tyme country reminds me an awful lot of another guy named Tubb, Lucky's great uncle Ernest.
True to the family tradition, Lucky sings it the old-fashioned way, whether it be country, roots or rockabilly. And, as alluded to, this will be the final show at the Rocket Room of Dave and Shalonda Cantrell. There is still no word on the bar's final fate, but rest assured, you'll know as soon as I do.
Also scheduled for this bloated corpse of a Halloween weekend is the inaugural "Monster Brews Ball," from 5 to 9:30 Saturday night, downtown at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.). The event will include live music from Mr. Anonymous (featuring original Samples drummer Jeep MacNichol) and 3 Star Monday, not to mention the headlining act: unlimited samples of beer. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
And lastly, join STEP, Alabaster Morgue, Vital Malice, Try Redemption and Controlled Demise on Saturday night for an evening of metallic mayhem, complete with a costume contest. A hundred bucks goes to the sexiest costume, $50 for most original, and $50 for scariest. Dress as President/Zombie/Hooker Palin and win all three!
Beware, take care, smell you later.
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