Cue the John Carpenter jams because the next two weeks are crammed with events with Halloween and the All Souls Procession on the horizon. Look to our main feature next week for all of the music-related fun in store with Night of the Living Fest, but, for now, here's a round-up of some of the many spooky events happening around Tucson.
Start your weekend of auditory horror off right at Wooden Tooth Records (415 N. Fourth Ave.) where locals Free Machines and Carbon Canyon will be joined by Vancouver's Cult Babies. The late 11 p.m. show is free and all ages are welcome, though the 21+ crowd can enjoy cocktail specials. Come dressed up because winners of the Wooden Tooth costume contest will get gift certificates to satisfy their vinyl lust.
Friday, Oct 30 will also kick off the two-day Halloweekend celebration at Club Congress (311 E. Congress St.). Over ten bands and DJs will entertain on the club and plaza stages the first night, including The Jons, The Mission Creeps, Alter der Ruine, Hikikomori, Lando Chill, DJ Dirtyverbs and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. and it is a 21 and over event. Of course, Club Congress is also doing a costume contest, which offers $1,000 in cash and prizes to the best dressed in the hotel. Entry is $9 at the door the day of or $7 online in advance at
Quite possibly the most conceptually unique Halloween celebration this year will be at The Flycatcher (340 E. Sixth St.) on Saturday, Oct. 31—you know, Halloween. Lisa Franeknstein's Halloween Party will celebrate the bright and bubbly world of Tucson's own Day-Glo animator Lisa Frank. DJs E_rupt, Plastic Disease and DANH will be spinning music to move to and a costume contest will crown the top Lisa Frank inspired costume. The 21 and over event runs from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. There's a $5 cover at the door.
For another bit of '90s nostalgia, head over to La Cocina (201 N. Court Ave.) for Best of Tucson 2015 winning DJ Herm and his night of Hip Hop Halloween featuring the best rap jams of the '80s and '90s. Dress in your best parachute pants and do the running man while "scary rap videos," a photo booth and live art keep you visually stimulated. Cover is $5 and the event kicks off at 10 p.m. It is a 21 and over event.
Of course, you also have a choice of live music for the evening as well with goth rocker Skinny Puppy taking over the Rialto Theatre (318 E. Congress St.). Joined by Youth Code, the thematically appropriate concert begins at 9 p.m. It is an all ages event. Tickets are available for $25 online, along with more information, at www.rialtotheatre.com.
Last but not least, for those feeling blue on Halloween, Boondocks (3306 N. First Ave.) is hosting up-and-coming blues musician JW-Jones Band with a show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance at the venue or $12 at the door the day of the show. The event will also feature a costume contest with prizes.
And, if you still haven't had enough creepy dance parties, try out one more at R Bar (350 E. Congress St., #110) for an alt-goth DJ event. Plastic Disease will be your musical spirit guide for the night. The 21+ party is free to attend and begins at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.