Every year, the Grand Valley celebrates music, pumpkins, and costumes. Strong traditions at Palisade Brewery and Mesa Theater have encouraged others to follow suit with their own costume contests. With Halloween landing on a Thursday, some are hitting earlier.
October 19 - Mesa Theater
KAFM’s Zombie Prom
The Tankerays/ DJ Britton/ DJ Squatch
The Tankerays bring their surf-ready rock and roll that speaks of horrors in graveyards and local bars. The trio continues to break new ground playing on the west coast, but calls Grand Junction home. Their latest album Aztec Death Whistle has been released by Rock Avenue Records USA.
The DJs will keep the music going as patrons wear their best costumes to fit the theme Disco is Dead. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, as well as prom kind and queen.
October 26th - Mutual Friends
The NC-17’s/ Truckstop Quickies/ SHÜKALA/ Sin7ul
This cross genre all ages show will feature a costume contest and will be the only place in town with music and a skate ramp. The crowd promises to be large, as each band is bringing in their fan base.
Sin7ul is the fastest growing hip hop group in town, mixing biblical horror imagery with a smirk of satire. SHÜKALA is the new name taken by members of the former Augmented. After their successful transfer to a new singer for Local Jam, the group felt it was time to move forward under a new moniker. Their Local Jam performance was excellent with under a month of practice, it will be fun to see how the band has grown into their new name.
The Truckstop Quickies and NC-17’s share a drummer and have played many shows together. While stylistically in the same ballpark genre, it is clear the different influences between the bands. Scot and Sterling formed TSQ around taking the real world’s best and worst, then displaying it with pop punk harmonies and classic rock structures. The NC-17’s looked out into the abyss, stepped back, and tore into every raw feeling. So, the Quickies make misery a song to dance to and the NC-17’s look misery in the eye and demand it try harder. Expect a mosh pit, singalongs, and memorable music.
October 27 - Mesa Theater
Night of the Living Dead Hip Hop Showcase
After a successful first year, Dough Boyy is bringing back a Horror-themed hip hop showcase that features 10 local acts. Of particular note are Head Chang3, Sin7ul, and Modern Day Outlaws. This is either the perfect show for your evening or a chance to see a different side of music culture.
October 29 - Mesa Theater
Rocky Mountain Horror Fest
This independent film fest features horror and science fiction films from Western film makers. The event is entering its 4th year and is free to the public.
October 31 - Avalon Theatre
Rocky Horror Picture Show
For those who want to dance along and make your favorite call outs, The Avalon is hosting a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Doors are at 7:00 and $25 admission includes a drink ticket, appetizers, and a prop bag. The costume contest is at 8:30, followed by the movie at 9:00.
October 31 - Cruisers
Union of None
After packing previous New Years Eve and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Union of None return for a new Halloween at Cruisers. As the lines begin to blur on who is playing bass or guitar, Union of None is embracing all the talents of the trio. Rumor is that Jeff is even learning to play bass to expand their options. Expect deep cuts from your favorite bands and one hit wonders you may have forgotten about as they work through their set. It is scary how well the band has put together a wide range of music ranging from Prince’s “Purple Rain” to The Darkness’s “Thing About Love” leading to a crushing rendition of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”. If you haven’t caught Union of None lately, expect to hear a whole new list of songs.
Bonus points - if you wear a good costume no one will know its you singing along, because you will be. Plus, there will be a costume contest, but that’s just another bonus.
October 31 - Mesa Theater
Zolopht/ The Outer Vibe/ Tripithkal/ Ezra Ball
Zolopht returns for their annual downtown Halloween show. Instead of bringing their favorite local bands with them, they are bringing in big names from across the country.
The Outer Vibe has become a favorite touring act for many in the Grand Valley, although they make their way from Nashville. Their high energy and positivity encourage dancing and celebration. Tripithkal is traveling up from Montrose with their high energy mix of genres, including jazz, hip hop, and jam rock. They are the perfect compliment and bridge between the groups playing. It is great to see them return to Grand Junction.
Ezra Bell is another genre spanning group who call Portland, Oregon home. Their musical base starts in rock and roll from the late 60’s, but they build upon it with folk, blue and jazz. They have two full albums and two EP’s available to peruse online.
Zolopht is continuing their momentum after opening for UB40 in August and headlining the Colorado Mountain Winefest in September. The group recently recorded the tracks for their upcoming third album, from which many songs are part of their live show. Every year the costumes are impressive and expect the crowd to be enthusiastic. Expect many people showing up to work late on November 1st.