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The big night of Halloween revelry for most area clubs has been set for Saturday, Oct. 29, with costume contests, drink specials, spooky music and more. Here’s a round-up of the high points:
Musically speaking, Juanita’s will have one of the most interesting acts on Saturday, with Gogol Bordello, a revolutionary Ukrainian gypsy punk-rock orchestra that is a favorite among socially conscious underground rockers in New York City. The group’s “Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike” release is chockfull of Slavic-flavored ballads of themes like the underclass vs. the privileged, all delivered with a swingy, manic, explosive energy. Lead man Eugene Hutz has a role in the movie “Everything is Illuminated,” which opens at the Market Street Cinema on Friday.
Throw Rag and Scotch Greens will be the opening acts, with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
Vino’s will have “The Great Halloween Cover-Up” on Saturday, hosted by a local artist cooperative group, ACAC. Local bands getting into the spirit by cloaking as famous bands from the past couple of decades are: Johnny Mac and the Reds as the Police, Grand Serenade as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Chao Quay as Bauhaus, and The Thing That Always Explodes with members of Tem Eyos Ki as Black Sabbath. Admission for all ages is $6 ($5 for those in costume).
The ACAC party will then move on to Midtown Billiards the same night (technically next morning), with music starting around 1 a.m. Admission is $3 for members. Memberships can be purchased for $7 at the door.
All clubs in the River Market will celebrate Halloween on Saturday; $10 arm band grants admission into Willie D’s, Underground Pub, the Flying Saucer, Club Coconuts, Ernie Biggs and Sticky Fingerz. Each venue will host a costume contest, and then a comprehensive grand prize contest will take place after 1 a.m. in a common meeting place, with a grand prize of $1,000.
Sticky Fingerz will host Bricks in the Wall, a Pink Floyd tribute band. Underground Pub has the Big John Miller Band. The Flying Saucer will feature Superlow.
The Press Box, on Fair Park Boulevard behind UALR, is planning a night of music and revelry on Saturday, starting at 9 p.m. with Lost Dog (formerly known as Threespeed) and special guest Tyrian. Admission is $5. For more information, call 562-815.
At Stifft Station, Pizza D’ Action hosts the 11th annual Halloween “Hooty Hoo” party starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, with a $10 cover. Call 666-5403.
Discovery Night Club on Jessie Road will be open for a Halloween party on Saturday, and a costume contest starts at 1:30 a.m. (the club closes at 5 a.m.). Admission is $10.
On Friday, Oct. 28, the new On the Rocks club, at the old Funny Bone location on East Markham Street across from the Statehouse Convention Center, will throw a big costume/Halloween shindig as part of its opening weekend.
Music for the party will be by Mini-KISS, a live, little-people-manned KISS tribute band. Admission is $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. For more information, call 219-1919.
Electric Cowboy tells us that they are planning to go all out for Halloween, with the inside decked out all spooky-like. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Admission is $10.
The Afterthought is advertising a Day of the Dead party on Saturday, Oct. 29, with the very much alive guys of Parachute Woman at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, Vino’s has the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, with a 6 p.m. opening act yet to be announced. Admission for all ages is $10. The Bastard Sons play in the Texicali style of their namesake and the Bakersfield-area side of country music.
On Halloween night proper, Monday, Oct. 31, a mini-club crawl will take place at the River Market with a $5 armband, and another Halloween costume contest at Sticky Fingerz is scheduled for that night. Sugar and the Raw will be performing, and pumpkin carving and other holiday activities are scheduled.
Midtown Billiards will do the time warp twice, also on Monday, Oct. 31, with a “Rocky Horror Picture Show”-themed party with two showings of the film at the venue, at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Admission is $3 for members, and $7 memberships are available at the door.
Backstreet, next door to Discovery on Jessie Road, now allows ages 18 and up through its doors. Backstreet will have a Halloween party on Monday with all the three inside bars (Le Bistro, the Manhole and 501) open. Admission is $5 for 21 and up, $10 for 18 and up.
The White Water Tavern will have a Halloween party with live music on Monday, Oct. 31, with Sweet Revenge providing live entertainment. Admission is $5.
Other acts to catch during the week:
Gerry O’ Beirne, a true Irish balladeer, translates his romantic songs of life, love and spirituality on Friday, Oct. 28, at Acoustic Sounds Cafe, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive(Second Presbyterian Church). His most recent recording was “Half-Moon Bay.” Admission is a $8 donation for adults, $7 for students. Sally Barris will open at 7:30 p.m.
Cory Morrow, part of the new Texas country music scene, will have a release party for his new CD, “Nothing Left to Hide,” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Sticky Fingerz. Admission is $10.