Despite what the Christmas song may tell you, we all know that Halloween is truly the “most wonderful time of the year,” and this year is looking particularly promising. From mysterious warehouse throw-downs to spooky masquerade balls, here are the 5 live music events that we’re most looking forward to.
Halloween Party with DJ Epic
4PM Friday, October 28th at Eight & Sand
Before things get really wild on Saturday night, there may be no better option to ease into the weekend than with Eight & Sand’s Halloween party featuring local DJ Epic spinning a unique mix of spooky hip hop and dubstep beats. In addition to the music, there will also be Halloween-themed cocktails, drink specials, and a costume contest with a $100 grand prize all housed within a transformed haunted lounge.
21st Annual Black Lodge Halloween Masquerade Ball
7:30PM Saturday, October 29th at Black Lodge
It should probably come as no surprise that a venue named after a place of pure evil from the cult TV show “Twin Peaks” should excel at Halloween celebrations. In fact, Crosstown’s Black Lodge has so many upcoming events that it’s a bit hard to keep track of them all, but the celebrations will culminate in Saturday night’s Masquerade Ball, the 21st such event in the video store/venue’s long and stories history. This year’s line-up keeps up with their high standard, featuring Lavendear, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Louise Page, and Model Zero, alongside a long-list of DJs, flow dancers, fire performers, and more. The event is 18+ and the cover charge is $25.
Angels vs Demons Halloween Ball
9PM Saturday, October 29 at Bar DKDC
Much like Black Lodge, Bar DKDC will also be hosting several Halloween-related events over the weekend, including Marcella & Her Lovers headlining a costume party on Friday night. If you’re looking for something truly creepy, though, then circle Saturday’s “Angels vs Demons Halloween Ball” on your calendar. Advertised as their biggest event of the year, the night will be filled with your favorite goth, industrial, and post punk tunes well into the night. As you likely know, Bar DKDC is roughly the size of your average living room, so it may be wise to show up early and snag your spot on the dance floor. The event is 21+ with a $10 cover at the door.
South Main Halloween Hootenanny
6PM Saturday, October 29 at 574 S Main St.
You may notice that this event doesn’t have a venue listed, which was not by mistake. Unlike the other events listed here, the “South Main Halloween Hootenanny” is not taking place in a well-established institution, but rather in an abandoned CrossFit gym. Intrigued? So are we. While there isn’t a ton of information about the event so far, we do know a few important facts: It’s free, it features “werewolf metal” bands New Science System and Black Sea Flats, and there will be a plethora of drink options. If you’re looking for a little mystery in your Halloween, this may be your best bet.
3PM Sunday, October 30 at Carolina Watershed
While reggae may be more associated with sunny beaches and chilled-out vibes than foggy alleyways and haunted houses, there’s actually a deep history of reggae artists embracing the darker side of life, such as the Halloween classic “Scientist Rids The World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires.” On Sunday, several of the Bluff City’s best will be channeling this tradition in a midday costume party at Carolina Watershed featuring plenty of music, great food, and family-friendly fun. The cover charge is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.