Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Jessica Mickey and Ballard Lesemann


Metronome Charleston’s Top Halloween Bashes


Skinful Halloween at the Brick House Kitchen
Sat. Oct. 26, 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

The annual Skinful Halloween bash is the biggest freak show and dance part of the season — so big, in fact, that it is has outgrown itself. Organized as a multi-stage music festival and costume party, the annual event kicked off as a private party in 2000. In recent years, it’s featured an eclectic mix of local and national bands and DJs handling various styles of funk, rock, pop, jam-rock, and electronic dance music.

Last year, they held Skinful in the wooded yards of the Brick House Kitchen on James Island with live acts, burlesque dancing, hayrides, circus acts, and light shows. This year, notorious rapper and TV personality Flavor Flav (of Public Enemy) will appear as the main stage emcee, introducing headliners Ozomatli, Dirt Nasty, Blowfly, the Dubplates, and others. A silent disco will run from 11 p.m. ’til 2 a.m.

Tickets are available for $100 (general admission). Visit skinfulhalloween.com for more.


Hymn For Her (photo by Jeff Fasano)

Hymn For Her at the Tattooed Moose
Sat. Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

The staff at the Tattooed Moose on Morrison Drive knows how to throw a rockin’ party, especially when it comes to freaky holidays. This weekend, they’ll welcome the nomadic, loosely Philly-based country-rock duo of Hymn For Her — Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing — as part of their “Halloween Extravaganza.” Hymn For Her bang out a swampy mix of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and hillbilly music on broom handle cigar-box guitar, banjo, dobro, bass drum and hi-hat. Their latest slab is a full-length titled Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin’ Flames.

The extravaganza will also feature a “Costume Challenge” at 8 p.m. hosted by Lily Slay (of the Royal Tinfoil), prizes, and a late-night dance party. Admission is free. See hymnforher.com and tattooedmoose.com for more.

Heavy Metal Halloween featuring Acrassicauda at the Hive
Sat. Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Don’t fret, metalheads, the Hive (formerly the Bizzie Bee) in Ladson has you covered. Acrassicauda of Iraq, featured in the award-winning documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, takes the stage for a special Halloween performance. Supporting are local acts Affectation, Dirty Circus, and more to be announced. There will be several prizes awarded for best costume, including tickets to see Clutch and The Sword on Sun. Oct. 27 at the Music Farm.
Tickets to the Hive show are only $6.66 (of course) and will only be available at the door. Visit the event page here for more.
Acrassicauda will also be performing an in-store set early in the afternoon on Sat Oct. 26 at Monster Music’s Second Annual Pumpkin Classic party.


Nosferatu (with live organ accompaniment) at the Sparrow
Sat. Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m.

Silent film nerds and lovers of the macabre will unite for a screening of the eerie 1922 German classic Nosferatu (starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok). Local organist Christopher Dunivan will be providing the apropos creepy organ accompaniment, and the staff at the Sparrow will be providing drink and food specials. Be sure to don a costume, as prizes will be awarded to the scariest in attendance.

Tickets are $8 in advance and available at the Sparrow or $10 at the door. Limited seating is available. Visit facebook.com/thesparrowparkcircle for more information.


Sandinistas! at the Mill
Sat. Oct. 26, 10 p.m. 

Local rock/punk/garage-rock quartet may have started rockin’ out as an official Clash tribute band, but lead singer/guitarist Kevin McCrary, guitarist Chris Oplinger, bassist Eric Atwood, and drummer Mike “Topper” Watson currently pad their sets with loads of clever and obscure punk rock, New Wave, alternative-rock, and power-pop selections. Their Halloween-theme “Music to Wake the Dead” set at the Mill (after the Harvest Fest & Block Party in Park Circle) will certainly include a few Clash faves, but they’ll blast through such works as Royal Fingerbowl’s “My Money,” Jonathan Coulton’s “Your Brains,” and John Prine’s “Please Don’t Bury Me.” Listen out for some key Misfits, Pixies, Ween, TMBG, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Split Enz numbers as well

Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/sandinistasrock and reverbnation.com/sandinistas for more.

Halloween Cover Show 2013: A Girls Rock Camp Charleston Benefit at the Tin Roof
Sun. Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

Local musicians will take dressing up for Halloween to a whole new level by channeling their favorite bands and performing covers for 15 minutes each to benefit Girls Rock! Charleston. Bobo bands and performers will include Bright Eyes, Cake, Fripp & Eno, Halo Benders, Harry and the Potters, Nirvana, Reverend Horton Heat, Saves the Day, Slint, Steely Dan, System of a Down, TLC, and X-Ray Specs. Local comedian and Tin Roof favorite Jason Groce (host of the venue’s monthly “TROM: Tin Roof Open Mic” show) is set to emcee.

For more information, check out girlsrockcharleston.org and the event’s page here.

Misfits image

Misfits fans are in luck this year, as both the Recovery Room and Upper Deck Tavern have you covered:

Horror Business at the Recovery Room
Tues. Oct. 29, 9:30 p.m.

Misfits cover band Horror Business  will descend upon the Rec Room on Upper King Street, bringing “the best of the Misfits without any of that pussy Michael Graves shit.” According to the event page, members of Eddie and the Stranglers and Dante’s Camaro will be joining in on the mayhem. On top of offering the cheapest and coldest PBR in town, this event is also free. Visit the event page for more details.

The Braineaters with GNR Lies at the Upper Deck Tavern
Thurs., Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m.

Ready for a double dose of “Die, Die, My Darling?” The Braineaters will take over the Upper Deck Tavern on King Street (just south of Calhoun St.). Expect to see some familiar local faces on their makeshift stage (especially if you hit up the Rec Room’s tribute early in the week). If Jerry Only shows up, then it’ll be an actual official Misfits show, right? Local cover band staple GNR Lies is also on the bill. This event is free, and more information can be found here.


Elise Testone Band (photo by JanelleRiolo)

Elise Testone with the Dead 27’s at the Brick House
Thurs. Oct. 31, 6 p.m.

Acclaimed Lowcountry singer, songwriter, and soul mama Elise Testone (an American Idol Season 11 finalist) hosts yet another feisty “James Brown Dance Party” on James Island. She’s welcoming a full ensemble of skillful local musicians (a 10-piece band in all) to celebrate and explore the funky spirit of the late, great James Brown. They might even touch on JB-tinged works by other funk champs like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power, Jamiroquai, Michael Jackson, and others. Saxophonist Simon Harding will lead the brassy horn section.

VIP tickets include fancy food and a meet-and-greet with Testone early in the evening. Admission is $20 at the door and $15 in advance.

Check out brickhousecharleston.com and elisetestone.com for extra info.

Hallo Dusko: a Halloween Feast at King Dusko
Thurs. Oct. 31, 7 p.m.

King Dusko has the holy Halloween trinity of food, drink, and entertainment covered. The evening will include a feast prepared by Charleston chefs Kevin Getzwich and Jeremiah Schenzel and live music from (KD co-owner) McKenzie Eddy, Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans, and Cowboys and Indian. At 11 p.m., Silent City Sounds will throw a special silent disco with four DJs. Enter the costume contest for a chance to win $500 worth of cash and prizes

Tickets are limited and available only online. An all access pass to the dinner, live music, and silent disco is $25, while a pass to just the live music and silent disco is just $15. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/event/8761021451. If you want to just attend the silent disco, you can pre-purchase tickets for $10 at facebook.com/events/567221963347291 or pay $15 at the door. For more information, visit the event page here.


The Halloween Party at Tivoli Charleston
Thurs. Oct. 31, 9 p.m.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated downtown Halloween parties of the year, the fifth annual (or maybe sixth; they’re not too sure) Halloween Party at Tivoli will kick off a full roster of indie acts at 9 p.m. with Stefanie Santana, followed by Susto at 9:30 p.m., Heyrocco at 10:15 p.m., DJ Party Dad & Friends at 11 p.m., Charleston-based electronic artist Worship the Sky at 11:45 p.m., and Dumb Doctors at 12:30 p.m. The event will feature a costume contest, the Undead Beer Garden with Spooky Juice and Barrels O’ Brew (be sure to bring some extra cash), local art, body painting, and more.

It’s only $10 for advanced tickets and $15 at the door, with proceeds going to Carolina Studios, Crisis Ministries, Tivoli Charleston, and the bands and DJs providing the music. Organizers are capping the capacity at 250 people, so play it safe and pre-purchase your tickets here. For more information, visit the event page.

Megan Jean and the KFB with the Royal Tinfoil at the Tin Roof
Thurs. Oct. 31, 9 p.m.

Performing on Halloween night at the Tin Roof in West Ashley has become an annual tradition for the exotic duo of singer/guitarist/percussionist Megan Jean Glemboski and banjo player/bassist Byrne Klay. This year, they return to town after several lengthy trips across the U.S. in support of their brilliant new album The Devil Herself, which they tracked at the Jam Room studio in Columbia last fall.

Mean Jean & The KFB at their recent video shoot (provided)

Mean Jean & The KFB (provided)

Megan Jean and the KFB’s openers the Royal Tinfoil are another lady/guy-fronted act (Lily Slay and Mackie Boles) with their an exotic rock/country/blues sound. The two acts are encouraging attendees to come as “Uh-oh Duos” in full costumes. “We’re joining the mistress of mayhem for an evening of dynamic duos,” says a poster for the show. “Dress as your favorite duos! Batman and Robin, Sigfried and Roy, Milksteak and Jellybeans … Just do it!”

Admission is $8 with costume and $10 without. It’ll be a wild, fun show either way. Visit meganjean.net and reverbnation.com/venue/tinroofwashley for more.

Top photo by Jessica Mickey.



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