Who doesn’t have halloween plans? Let’s face it. It’s mid week, and you probably already had your costumed fun last weekend. Well, there is no reason to moth ball that cheap/slutty excuse for a Halloween costume just yet. It definitely beats sitting around the house answering the door and doling out tooth rotting hyperactivity to children all night. So, a show is probably not only your best option for fun, but also your best option for sanity. Put on your halloween best, and get out to see some live music.
There are three stages of action going on over at Cannery Row. The Ballroom gets local heroes The Features along with local up and comers Heypenney, Tristen, and The Goldroom. We haven’t seen much of The Features this year, so this should be a fun little trip down memory lane. While those fellas have been out on the road for quite a while now, we, Nashville, did just vote them as the second best band to come in third place in our recent readers poll. You can also have a listen to Heypenny’s cover of Weezer’s “Pink Triangles” right down below. Tristen just appeared on that new Wanda Jackson record that was produced by Justin T. Earle, and The Goldroom sounds like this. Tickets for this blowout are $15, and things get started at 8pm.
Black 13 Tattoo has taken over The High Watt stage and bring you Diamond Rings, Stepdad, Kyle Andrews & Gold Fields. This is going to be a toss up for some of you, I know, I feel it too. Tickets for this one are only $10 though, and, if you figure out how to make your friends pay for parking, then you can afford to ditch them to slip upstairs during set breaks. No wonder I don’t have any friends, but this is pretty much listening to 1st Wave all over again. Have a look at Diamond Rings performance on Letterman last week to see what I mean.
If you are feeling more 70′s retro in your costume stylings, then you may fit right in at The JonesWorld Funk-o-ween Costume Ball with Hot Mess that is going on up at Mercy Lounge. Things up there get started around 8pm, and you can grab those $10 tickets right here.
A little further down 8th Avenue, you can get into some likely more comfortable confines with The Basement Halloween Blowout w/Hard Rock Zombies, H Beam and Bear In The Campsite. You can grab $10 tickets at Grimey’s or at the door, and things get started around 9pm.
If you live out on the west side of town, or have the desire to dress up like a farmer and hang out in a barn. The always entertaining Music City Roots weekly party is going on at the Loveless Cafe Barn. The performers for Halloween include Humming House, The Black Cadillacs, The Dirt Daubers, The Memphis Dawls, & The Owsley Brothers. You can grab pre-sale tickets for that one right here, and biscuits are only a couple of bucks extra. If you have to stay home and hand out candy, you can also check that one out online here.
Slightly closer to center, west-siders, should swing in to The Stone Fox for a night of cover bands performing the likes of
The Smiths, LIFEBOY, Weezer, Nirvana, The Clash, The Kinks, Michael Jackson, & The Stooges. Each local band gets 15 minutes on stage to give it their all. I have no idea what this will actually sound like other than a great fuggin’ time. Things get started over at The Stone Fox around 8pm, and it costs a single buck to get in.
Other possibilities include Unknown Hinson bringing his theatrical raucus honkey tonk to Exit/In, Freak Fest: Gimm And Icky with Alyssa Bonagura grooving asses over at 12th & Porter, & The Wooten Brothers are throwing a party at 3rd & Lindsley ($5 tickets are available at the door). Have fun, be safe, and get out to see some live music!