In what we hope is the master list for your Halloween shenanigans, there's a lot to get through. For one thing, since the holiday falls on a Saturday, some folks are getting it started a little early Friday night.
For instance, Fourth of July is at the Eighth Street Taproom (801 New Hampshire in Lawrence) Friday night with Sultan Sea. As you can see from the flier (by Pre Sense Form and Zaguar Collages, featuring the sexy Brendan Hangauer from last year's Halloween), costumes are not only encouraged, they are mandatory. Does that mean they'll bar your entry if you're not wearing one? Best not to tempt it, I think.
Also on Friday night is "Trick or Treat '70s Style" at the Brick (1727 McGee). Solid Gold Easy will provide the sweet sounds of the '70s before Everywhere: A tribute to Fleetwood Mac takes the stage. The best '70s mustache will win you money, too, so anyone rocking a porn 'stache a la Thomas Magnum or the Bandit should attend.
Now, on to All Hallow's Eve proper.
At the Power and Light District (downtown KC) is a big ol' free show, co-sponsored by the Pitch, kicking off with Company of Thieves at 8pm. Our Lady Peace is on the KC Live! Stage at 9 p.m., and Pomeroy closes things out at 11:30 p.m.
There will be a huge-ass costume contest, with the grand prize winner walking away with $1,000. Second place is nothing to sneeze at, either: $750, and third place gets $250. The contest judging starts at 10:30 p.m. Admission is free, but as with all Power and Light concerts, it's 21 and up.
Hearts of Darkness and Ad Astra Arkestra provide the freak-out experience of the night at Davey's Uptown (3402 Main). Both bands are epic in numbers, and the music will certainly be a pleasant change from the innumerable cover bands out there. Hearts of Darkness' Afrobeat will have a potent counterpart in Ad Astra's rhythmic experimental jams. There is also a costume contest at 11:30 p.m., with a $150 first prize, $50 second prize, and a tantalizing Mystery Goodie Bag third prize.
Stone in Love, Kansas City's premiere Journey tribute act, will be at the Record Bar (1020 Westport). The band, featuring such Kansas City music luminaries as JD Warnock of Ultimate Fakebook and Hipshot Killer's Mike Alexander, will give you all the lovin' touchin' squeezin's you'll need for the night starting at 10 p.m.
If you want your Halloween to be a little brutal, Circle of Trust brings their brand of hardcore to Swagger, at 85th and Wornall. There will be a costume contest, and the first prize is a trip to Vegas. Rock starts at 8:00 p.m. sharp.
Also brutal is the Haunted Creepies CD release party at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway). Not so much for the Haunted Creepies, who will rock and roll you, but for Hammerlord, who are metal as fuck. DJ Chadillac and Clockwerk will be spinning out on the patio for those not inclined to loud rock music.
The Brick's tenth anniversary is on Halloween, meaning this is a double-shot of awesome. The Brick is also your old-people-punk-rock headquarters for the holiday this year, as they'll play host to Blood Feast, the Misfits tribute act fronted by Faster Than Hell's Kriss Ward, alongside Switchhitter and the Sex Offenders.
Up the street at the Czar Bar (1531 Grand) is the mock-public-access-TV show Whoop Dee Do's Halloween party featuring the Ssion, Nomathmatics , Max Justus and games such as bobbing for eyeballs and zombie body shots. Costume contest? These people invented the costume, what are you talking about?
If you want to hang out with the new-school punk rockers, hit the Newsroom (3740 Broadway) for a massive free show. Under Ogre, Demon Horse, Burger Kingdom, Hanna Barbarians, and Wrong Crowd will bring shoegaze, garage, punk, and assorted distortions to your ear holes starting at 10 p.m. Donations are appreciated at the door.
Groove Pilots will perform a combination of rock, funk, and blues covers (with a few originals thrown in) at Kelly's Westport Inn (500 Westport Road), starting at 10 p.m. Kelly's will also play host to a costume contest and grand prize giveaway (although there are no details on what prizes will be awarded).
Going down the highway, you can catch all the shows in Lawrence after the jump.
Dead Girls are doing a tribute to the movie Adventureland at the Replay Lounge (946 Mass) in Lawrence. They are billed as Adventureband, and will be doing 11 songs from the soundtrack, which features a lot of '80s stuff by David Bowie, Judas Priest, Outfield, Husker Du, INXS, The Cure, and more. Also, Miramax hooked them up with a bunch of stuff to give away, among them an unrated deluxe edition DVD and a bunch of copies of the soundtrack (which was only released digitally, so these are kinda rare). Also on the bill is the final performance of Hall and Oates cover band Haulin' Oats, featuring Dan Cook and Chris Bulgren of the Scriveners and the Bubble Boys. A modified version of the Old Black plays first as The Nineties Sound (sans Lizz Schoch, who will be rocking it with the Last Call Girls that night), playing a bunch of sloppy '90s covers with a few special guests.
Across the street at the Jackpot Music Hall (943 Mass) is the annual double bill with Black Christmas and the Spook Lights. They've been doing this for a few years now, and what better a pairing than creepy-ass Goblin-inspired instrumental evil and B-movie sci-fi garage? They play with This Is My Condition and Hooves and Beak opening.
"The Ghost of Johnny Cash" is at Crimson and Blues (in the shopping center off 9th and Iowa by the Pool Room). Lance Fehy is Johnny Cash. It is a free show, starting at around 10 p.m. Fahy and his Tennessee Three will play two sets (about 25 songs total), spanning Cash's entire career.
Lastly, Yonder Mountain String Band plays the second of two nights at Liberty Hall (644 Mass) with Danny Barnes, giving you your recommended weekly allowance of bluegrass. There will be a costume contest during the show, and the winner receives a pair of tickets to Wakarusa 2010.
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