With all the events going to the Saturday prior to this Halloween, I’ve been hoping for some ground breaking developments in the cloning process. Here’s a quick list of some spooky shindigs that will get the groove into any ghoul.
Bummer’s End Halloween
Where: Bart & Urby’s / The Other Side, Wilkes Barre PA
When: Oct 29th, 8p.m. -2 a.m.
Bummer’s End (BE) is taking over Bart & Urby’s to put on their third consecutive Halloween bash. One of my favorite bar/venues in the area, Bart’s includes three areas: the front bar/restaurant formally known as Bart & Urby’s, the bar and club in the back simply named “The Other Side”, and a patio deck connecting the two (yes, there’s a bar there too).
What’s a Bummer’s End? Founder Tedd Wampole describes it as “a collection of local DJs specializing in house and techno. BE is our group’s ‘stamp’ as an act for these types of parties. Sometimes we play solo, sometimes back-to-back. It’s just the name of our party—our vibe. If you’ve been to a BE event before, you know what you’re signing up for.”
Bummer’s End has invited special guests Riffmatik to rock Bart & Urby’s for “the fans of the jam and funk.” As for the Other Side, it will shaking with the DJ union’s deep house and techno grooves. Horror movies will be projected outside on the heated patio, and of course, what would be a Halloween party without a costume contest and cash prize? Party includes a food buffet and access to both acts (drinks aren’t included but we’ve been promised they will be cheap!).
Consider the Source with Dr. Slothclaw
Where: Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg PA
When: Oct 29th, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Price: $10 adv. $12 dos
Consider the Source and Dr. Slothclaw are teaming up to throw a Star Wars themed Halloween show. Appalachian Brewing Company is one of the premier craft beer bars and music venues in the Harrisburg area. With a huge stage room and open deck area to match, they really pack a party.
Dr. Slothclaw will be bringing some extra freaky funk for this hallo-bash. The PA native funk band has become a known name within the local PA festival circuit. Their most recent release, Deep Space Boogie, has had festival-goers getting down in dirty funk all summer long.
Consider the Source is a NY trio self-described as “middle eastern sci-fi fusion.” With their jams ever-changing in ethnic influence, time signature, and technicality you can bet this show is going to get weird. The diversity of their music sets gives way to the diversity of the Source’s crowd. It does not matter if you’re a jam band junkie, prog rock patron, or headbanging hardass, your. face. will. be. melted.
Come in a Star Wars costume and receive 15% off CTS merch and a free sticker!
Electric Halloween Festival 2016
Where: Paradise Lakes Campgrounds, Hammonton NJ
When: Oct 28-31st
($30 day passes available)
Age: All Ages
Electric Halloween is hosting a music and camping festival at Paradise Lakes. The campground—one of my favorite festival locations of the past season—is deep in the forest “where no one can hear you scream.”
One of the more colorful lineups for this Halloween, Electric Halloween began its five year run focused in the post-hardcore scene. Since then, they’ve opened their schedule to a variety of genres: rock, jam, metal, electronica, alternative, hip-hop, and this year, even a small orchestra.
“We would like to create an atmosphere where people from all types of music scenes can come to enjoy and appreciate one another’s work and art. Maybe a person doesn’t listen to metal music very often, but they probably don’t wear a banana costume very often, either,” festival organizer Maribeth said.
Not only is this festival’s schedule stacked with music, but a cauldron full of fall fun. Get into the spirit (or let the spirit get into you) with face painting, pumpkin carving, tarot reading, classic Halloween games, and more. Groups are encouraged to creep-out their campsites and take a walk down the haunted trail.
“It’s like a three day long Halloween party!” Maribeth said. “We consider this event go big or go home, so we want to see your best costumes, screams, campsites, & pumpkin chucking. There will be prizes given out [each night] to the best of the best!”
Nightmare on Vibe Street
Where: The Coda, Philadelphia PA
When: Oct 27th, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Age: 18+, 21 to drink
Whether it’s for Nightmare Fest, moe.’s Fillmore run, or just house partying and bar hopping, this is your Thursday preparty. Located in Rittenhouse Square, Coda has grown to become a staple club in downtown Philadelphia nightlife. Their main room has enough capacity to hold a crowd and still welcome flowtoys (which, if you’re anything like me, is a total deal-sealer).
Funkadelphia, Aspire Higher, The Funky Dad, and Badass Raves come together to bring you Vibe Street with special guests Daily Bread.
Working with elements of blues, folk, jam, electronic, and funk, Vibe street is an act that escapes easy categorization. Instead, Ben Davis of Vibe Street has coined his own genre of “Grass-Hop/Future-Folk.”
Four other DJs are lined up to kick off the grooves and get your bones all wiggly wobbly before its main act.
Badass Raves will be posted up for the night to provide all your info and ticket packages for Nightmare Fest, plus a ticket give away at the end of the night. They will just be one of many vendors shuffling spooky swag. Did I mention free pizza? How about 15 of them plus a Halloween snack bar. $5 drafts for those old enough to drink them.
Cabinet at the Sherman Theater
Where: The Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg PA
When:Oct 29th 8-11 p.m.
Beginning to wrap up their 10-year celebration tour, Cabinet is throwing a Halloween hoedown at the Sherman Theater. The folk group has stayed true to their roots by constantly touring—and even hosting their own festival—in the NEPA region. With the dedication to their home state, Cabinet has made their fans equally as dedicated to them.
The Sherman, nestled at the end of Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA, is one of the premier venues of the Poconos. The theater itself is on an incline of half seats and half dance floor, making any spot in the room a good view (and this is coming from a girl who’s 5’2”).
Although the show ends at 11 p.m., the party won’t stop. Fans will be released to a bustling Main Street where businesses and bars will be in full Halloween swing.