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Halloween concerts haunt the North Bay

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MONSTER MASHERS Pacific Soundrise scare up a good time at the Whiskey Tip for album-release show.
  • MONSTER MASHERS Pacific Soundrise scare up a good time at the Whiskey Tip for album-release show.

It's been a long, terrible month in the North Bay, but the air seems to be clearing just in time to remember that Halloween is right around the corner.

As the spirited holiday falls on a Tuesday this month, clubs and venues around the region are taking the entire weekend to party with local acts and touring bands. Get your costumes ready; these shows and events are so fun, it's scary!

Santa Rosa's Pacific Soundrise take the stage this week on Oct. 28 at the Whiskey Tip in the Roseland neighborhood to celebrate the release of their new album,

Chug Life. The reggae-rock outfit, fronted by brothers Shaun (bass) and Spencer Read (drums), will lead a costume party and likely chug a few beers in the spirit of the Halloween weekend.

In Petaluma, the Phoenix Theater hosts its annual Halloween Covers Show on Oct. 28, featuring local bands dressing up as their favorite classic rockers and playing the hits they grew up on. Indie-folk band Trebuchet trade in their harmonies for head-banging jams from Andrew WK, songstress Ashley Allred channels Madonna and other North Bay favorites impersonate everyone from At the Drive-In to ZZ Top. Also in Petaluma, Halloween gets heavy with a face-melting bill at the Big Easy on Halloween night, Oct. 31, with Hellbender headlining a shred-a-thon.

In Guerneville, Jerry Knight's River Theater hosts a costume party on Oct. 28 with the psychedelic sounds of House of Floyd, the premiere Pink Floyd concert experience in the Bay Area. Other tribute acts overflow in the North Bay this week, including Black Sabbath tribute band Electric Funeral, playing at Spancky's Bar in Cotati on Oct. 27, and 1980s rock-revue Aqua Nett at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa on Oct. 28.

Despite losing microphones and cash to some scumbag looters during the recent evacuations, Sonoma's Sebastiani Theatre is moving forward with its annual Witchie Poo Halloween extravaganza, performing musical medleys for the whole family Oct. 28–29. Also in Sonoma, the Reel Fish Shop & Grill holds a Halloween bash and benefit for fire victims featuring rock and rollers Modern Action and a silent auction, and B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille presents a late-night Halloween party with drinks, dancing and costume contests, both on Oct. 28.

In Napa, Halloween gets fabulous with a concert at Silo's on Oct. 28 with dance-inducing band the Fabulous Screwtops. In Calistoga, the town's favorite dive bar, Susie's, encourages patrons to dress in costume for a DJ party on Halloween, Oct. 31.

For more info on these and other Halloween concerts, see the Music calendar, adjacent page.

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