Sounds Local: Halloween parties
Columnist Sheryl Hunter Purchase photo reprints »
Halloween is no longer just about little kids and trick or treating. Nowadays, the adults like to get into the fun, so I’ve put together a list of some of the Halloween parties that are happening here in Franklin County, with an emphasis on the type of spooky sounds that will be played at these parties.
This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday, so all of these parties are happening on Saturday, Oct. 27, unless otherwise specified.
French King Entertainment Center
If your ideal celebration involves dancing to music that you are familiar with, then you have a few options to choose from. Ruby’s Complaint is one of the most popular cover bands in the area, playing everything from the hits of the 1970s to the chart toppers of today. Look for them to go all out when they headline the Monster Bash at the French King Entertainment Center at 55 French King Highway in Erving on Saturday night. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the band will hit the stage at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the French King Entertainment Center; Scotty’s Store, 66 Unity St. in Turners Falls; and at Oak Ridge Golf Course, 231 West Gill Road in Gill. You may also contact Ruby’s Complaint at 413-522-3843. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.
Route 63 Roadhouse
The folks at The Route 63 Roadhouse, 32 Federal St. in Millers Falls, are known for their holiday parties and Halloween is one of their favorite times of the year. As they have done in past years, they are throwing a Halloween party complete with candy, raffles and costume contests. Music will be provided by the band 91 North (formerly Heroes), which plays everything from the Beatles to Metallica. Music begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
Between the Uprights
The Curley Fingers Dupree Band rock band will once again provide the sounds for the annual Halloween party at Between The Uprights, 23 Avenue A, in Turners Falls. There will be cash prizes awarded for best, scariest, and most ridiculous costume. Music begins at
9 p.m. No charge for admission.
Over at Deja Brew at 57A Locks Village Road in Wendell, they are hosting a Halloween costume party that will begin Saturday at 9 p.m. Music will be provided by Dedicated to Delilah, an all-female cover band from Wendell that specializes in 1980s pop rock and ballads (make that cheesy ballads.) No charge for admission.
While some people like to hear music they know played by cover bands, others are always on the lookout for something new. If you are in the latter category, then The Rendezvous at 78 Third St. in Turners Falls is where you want to be. This club is known for showcasing new, cutting-edge bands and is also known for its parties. Halloween is a big time of year for The ’Voo and this year it will host not one, not two, but three separate Halloween parties. The first one is the “Dead Man’s Party,” on Friday, Oct. 26, at 9:30. It will be a night of electronica and burlesque. Headlining is Happy Hour Burlesque, a burlesque troupe that offers up music, skits and other assorted madness. Also in the lineup is Era Nocturna, a goth/electronica band from Easthampton that describes its music as “dark music for dark minds.” Admission is $5.
The club’s “official” Halloween Party is on Saturday night and will feature music by Diamondstones, a group from Amherst fronted by brothers Nick and Ben Pop. The group has a new lineup and plays jam-based psychedelic rock that will appeal to fans of bands like Phish and the Grateful Dead. Gift cards and T-shirts will be awarded for the best costumes. Music begins at 9:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.
The ’Voo will keep the party going Halloween night with a Halloween DJ dance party with DJ Cool Breeze. Music begins at 9 p.m. No cover
The Arts Block
If blues-influenced original rock music is what you like, then you will want to check out John Sheldon and Blue Streak at the Arts Block at 289 Main St. in Greenfield. There will be a Halloween Costume Dance Extravaganza and music is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Sheldon is a long-time fixture on the western Massachusetts music scene and is a blistering blues player. Prizes awarded for best costume. Admission is $15 at the door.
If your idea of a monster-mash translates more to a monster-mosh, then you want a Halloween party that features plenty of rock and metal music. Head to The Primer Showcase at Winterland at 76 Hope St. in Greenfield on Saturday for a Halloween party with headliners Lentner and the rock-punk sounds of the Poseurs from Turners Falls. A third band is yet to be announced.
Lentner, which is led by brothers Jacob and Joseph Lentner, is known for its energetic live shows. This hard rocking trio hails from the small town of Chesterfield, but there is nothing small about its sound, which the band describes as “rhythmic, heavy and in your face.” Prizes will be given out for the best costume and the music begins at 8:30 p.m. This is an 18+ show and positive IDs are a must. Admission is $5 for 21 and over, $8 for 18-20.
The Primer Showcase at Winterland is hosting another Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 28, that will begin at 3 p.m. and wrap up at 8 p.m. This is part of the club’s ongoing monthly series of all-ages shows and is being billed as the Halloween Mosh featuring music by Art of the Enemy, a heavy-metal band out of Hartford, Conn. The bill will also include Flood of Arcadia, Open Denile, Fall of the Albatross, A Call for Conquest and Elementalist. There will be a costume contest and the winner will walk away with a $100 cash prize. Admission is $5 for 21 and over, and $ 8 for under 21.
Sheryl Hunter is a music writer who lives in Easthampton. Her work has appeared in various regional and national magazines. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org