This weekend, the city’s usual haunts for music have embraced the spirit of the season and recruited a horrifying menagerie of spirits, spooks, witches, blood wizards, monsters, golems, and corpses to play their stages. Because only a fool would welcome the exposure of their true face to such dark entities, costumes are sternly encouraged at the following events.
It all starts tonight, when Jeff White, a ghoul thought long-dead at the hands of Eau Claire’s storied demon-hunter club, plays a set at the re-purposed dungeon, The Doggery. White’s alt-country wails will fill the basement from 8 to 11 p.m., when he will not, presumably, return to whatever shallow grave his hunters dug for him. You can check out his sound in action at his website, jeffwhitemusic.org, where a video recording of “The Avalanche” is up for viewing.
When the beloved rock n’ rollers of the Johnny Holm Band went missing after a spate of UFO sightings last year, we all feared the worst. Thankfully, the Wicked Moose located them in an overgrown crop circle and booked them for a show on Friday night at 9:30. The band’s website, johnnyholm.homestead.com, is a good place to get acquainted with the crew, but if you go to the show, keep in mind that abductees do not always return to Earth unchanged.
The astral presence of supreme electric wizard Elton John will manifest on Friday night at the Rochester Golf & Country Club at a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club. For $75, you can bear witness as a society of shadow-binding musicians from the Twin Cities and Rochester play selections from John’s catalog from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. You are also encouraged to attend in costume. To purchase tickets, head over to eventbrite.com/e/elton-john-tribute-tickets-18536557342.
Last week, when the night-owl habits of John Sievers and his cohorts, the D’Sievers, were exposed as a cover for the group’s bloodthirsty vampiric activities, the city was horrified. More horrifying still, Rochester city ordinances only apply to those of us among the living, so the band of vampires was allowed to continue seducing audiences with trombone-fueled jazz. Despite their greedy appetite for your most vital fluid, the D’Sievers still play some ripping tunes, so arm yourself with some garlic and check out their set at Kinney Creek Brewery starting at 8 p.m Friday.
The North Star Bar has a pair of traveling necromancy troupes booked for the weekend. On Friday night, Acillatem presides over a black magic ceremony involving the old songs of Metallica from 10 p.m. onward, while on Saturday, Hit Faced will lead crowds into the darkness with their abundance of “Top 40s Hits” stolen from the scrolls of feral decades past.
On Saturday, the big show is at the Wicked Moose, where the shambling reanimated corpses of Incognito will shake out their rigor mortis and whip up a frenzied crowd. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Cover costs $10, and if you want to be convinced the price of admittance is worth it, check out this video, which captures Incognito, back when they were still alive, mid-show at the Moose: youtube.com/watch?v=Oep3r1T7okk.
If you’re more into medical oddities, Kathy’s Pub has booked a six-piece of amphibian-human hybrids for your entertainment on All Hallows’ Eve: The Fattenin’ Frogs, who play bluegrass, hop onstage at 10 p.m.
• The translucent image of Jeremy Jewell adds its eerie glow, harmonica, acoustic guitar to the Redwood Room tonight from 7 to midnight.
• Hellspawn collective Hair of the Dog plays on Friday at Kathy’s Pub starting at 10 p.m.