This year, with Halloween falling on a Friday, there's no scarcity of lively shows going on around the North Bay. Our clubs and venues listing is packed with fun holiday offerings, but here's a few that caught our eye and screamed good times.
In Marin County, most every venue is throwing down with music and costumed fun, and two in particular feature popular S.F. bands. In Mill Valley, the Mother Hips play Sweetwater Music Hall, with openers Lazyman. Out in Bolinas, S.F. jam band New Monsoon play an eclectic world-music show with High Tide Collective at the Bolinas Community Center.
In Napa County, the monsters will party at Copia when the Monsters Ball goes down. Sci-fi punk rockers the Phenomenauts (shown) and the Pulsators perform, with DJs, burlesque and plenty of wine. For a truly trippy Halloween, it's got to be the House of Floyd Halloween show at Silo's in Napa, an immersive tribute show that explores the adventurous live experience of the band's namesake.
In Sonoma County, there's a plethora of bashes to choose from. For folk fans, All Hallow's Eve at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa boasts a hootenanny of music from the Crux, live theater by the Imaginists and more. Out in Guerneville, the River Theater hosts its Halloween Ball with Melvin Seals & JGB and live painting by Stanley Mouse and others.
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