Can't decide what Halloween show to hit up? Here are a few ideas on what to hear at some of the music venues in Chicago:
Thursday, Oct. 30
The Abbey Pub: Pre-party your Halloween. Join a myriad of local acts as they don musical costumes to perform not as themselves! Performances include: B1G T1ME as Tom Waits, Jinx Titanix as Meatloaf, Canasta as The Decemberists, All City Affairs as George Michael, The Webstirs as Flaming Lips, The Delafields as Velvet Underground and The Getouts as Neil Young. Doors open at 8pm, show starts 8:30pm. Tickets $8 (adv) or $10 (door). 21+. The Abbey is located at 3420 W. Grace. 773-478-4408.
Friday, Oct. 31
The Bottom Lounge: Celebrate Halloween as well as The Bottom Lounge's 6th anniversary with King Khan & the BBQ Show. (Transmission will have a review with pictures from the hijinx on Nov. 1.) Opening: Women, CoCoComa, and The Goblins. Show 9pm, Tickets $10, 18+. The Bottom Lounge is located at 1375 W. Lake St. 312-666-6775.
The Metro. Get your Goth On at the Annual Nocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball with DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Sponsored by American Gothic Productions (and we don't mean pitchfork-carrying farmers, here). Tickets: $10 with costume, $15 without costume, 18+. Doors: 11pm / Show: 11pm. Tickets will be available at the door. The Metro is located at 3730 N. Clark St. 773-549-0203.
The Double Door: DD definitely doesn't take a break from its yearly musical costume show. This time around they're offering performances by: The Sleepers as Aerosmith, Blackbox as Michael Jackson, The Midnight Shows as Eddie Money, My Cold Dead Hand as The Cramps, The Slingerland Ride as Tom Waits. Tickets $10. Doors open 8pm, show 9pm. 21+. The Double Door is located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160.
Empty Bottle: At the Bottle, the Chicago Underground Film Festival presents The 9th annual Jukebox of the Dead featuring Detholz!, Aleks & The Drummer, and The Hood Internet. Tickets are $12 (adv) and $15 (door). Doors open at 10pm. (Read up on Aleks & The Drummer and The Hood Internet in our recent Transmission features.) The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3100.
Sonotheque: Get your dance on at Sonotheque's Dark Wave Disco Halloween featuring The Villains and residents Trancid & Mark Gertz along with Kid Color. Hosted by PaulinChicago, with visuals by Panic Films. Party from 9pm-2am. Tickets at the door are $8 before 11pm, and $12 after 11pm. Sonotheque is located at 1444 W. Chicago Ave. 312-226-7600.
The Abbey Pub: The musical costume swap continues with a whole other lineup of acts. Performances include: Dead Electric as AC/DC, Bon Motts as Tom Petty, Fringe Benefits as The Cars, Phil Angottti as The Who, Nick Tremulis as The New York Dolls, John Aselin as Tommy James and the Shondel, and Avalanche Rescue Team as the Smiths. Doors open at 8pm, Tickets $8 (adv) or $10 (door). 21+. The Abbey is located at 3420 W. Grace. 773-478-4408.
Martyrs': Enjoy mid-EVIL themed tunes from Cealed Kasket with opening support by vlad the impaler (with Martyrs' owner Ray Quinn, booking guy Bruce Krippner, and veteran bartender Jon Van Bladel). Tickets $10 (adv or door), Show starts at 10pm. 21+. Martyrs' Pub is located at 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-404-9494.
Darkroom: More dancy dancy at the Darkroom's Halloween party. It's Life During Wartime's Halloween Hellection dance party with resident DJs Bald Eagle and Mother Hubbard with very special guests Shout Out Out Out Out and San Serac. Doors open at 9pm, 21+. Tickets are $12 adv/door or $10 with costume at door. Prizes will be given for best costumes, along with candy and glow stick giveaways. Darkroom is located at 2210 W. Chicago Ave. 773-276-1411.
Saturday, Nov. 1
Darkroom: Get over your candy hangover with some nice Reggae at the Darkroom. Spinning is Tidal Wave with selector Slacky J and special guests. Enjoy fresh tunes and fresh dub plates. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $8 (cover after 11pm) 21+. Darkroom is located at 2210 W. Chicago Ave. 773-276-1411.