MUSIC BOX: Ghoulish Music

By on October 27, 2015

From down-home to luxurious, here’s your Halloween party menu.

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On Saturday Earful brings the funk to the Pink Garter during a zombie soiree (left), while Wyatt Lowe (center), and the Mayhem Kings style out the Cowboy with rockabilly. A Dia de los Meurtos party happens at The Rose Friday.

Jackson, WY – Costume parties are the true hidden agenda for many Teton County bargoers. With the density of adventure-seeking personalities, Halloween weekend is an open invitation for the madness to creep in. With a little creativity and a high capacity for shenanigans, your All Hallows’ Eve experience could take you just about anywhere. Here are eight musical parties to get you fancied up:

Always a good place to start is downtown Jackson, where party hopping comes at a low cost. What has become a tradition at the Silver Dollar Showroom in recent years is a reggae Halloween with local eight-piece Chanman Roots Band, decked out by The Celestial Horns and a gang of backup vocalists. A costume contest runs 9 to 10 p.m. for these categories: Best Female, Best Male and Best Couple. Winners receive dinner for two at the Silver Dollar Grill. Chanman Roots Band, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. 732-3939.

Across the street at the Pink Garter Theatre and The Rose, expect an Electro-Funk Zombie Party in the theatre followed by a late night DJ throw down in the bar. While the featured act The Earful was nominated for Best Jazz Artist 2013 in the San Diego Music Awards, it’s a funk equation a la Soulive or Maceo Parker that brings the party—that is 98 percent funk and 2 percent jazz. The Earful rhythm section is downright nasty, a booty shakin’ machine, and the pixel-mapped light show will surely coexist in festive form. The Earful, 9 p.m., Saturday at the Pink Garter Theatre. DJ Mr. Whipple and guests late night in The Rose. $15/advance, $20/day-of-show. PinkGarterTheatre.com, 733-1500.

Bringing a similar funk vibe with an emphasis on groove is local touring act Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, who is currently on the road through the Northwest before closing with a ghoulish bang at Town Square Tavern. Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, 10 p.m., Saturday at Town Square Tavern. $10 advance, $15 day-of-show at 307Live.com or the Tavern Liquor Store.

Across the street at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, it’ll be an outlaw rockabilly affair with Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings. Lowe recently moved from Jackson to Colorado, where he’s been working the Front Range scene. Hot blues and swinging’ rock on tap. Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings, 9 p.m., Saturday at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. 733-2207. 

Created by Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a brand of French Group LVMH and owner of more than 60 luxury brands worldwide, the Yelloween Veuve Clicquot Party is so high class that it’s unpronounceable. The luxury party’s dress code is black tie for men and women (though “make up and details to customize style are welcome” and “funny or scary aggressively garments are not appropriate for the occasion”). Entertainment will include a DJ spinning tunes from the 1970s to the 2000s, as well as a performance show with local actors and musicians. Yelloween Veuve Clicquot Party, 8 p.m., Saturday at Amangani. $500-$4500 tickets (yes, you read that right). Email [email protected]

Across the pond, a.k.a. Teton Pass, it’s a different vibe altogether with the high mountain alt-grass of local sextet One Ton Pig. The band is fresh off a recent break from its nearly eight-year weekly residency on Tuesdays at the Silver Dollar Bar. Tight pickin’ with enough looseness for the occasional exploratory jamgrass tangent, the Pig is your insulation for a cold, spooky night in Teton Valley. One Ton Pig, 10 p.m., Saturday at the Knotty Pine in Victor. $10. 208-787-2866.

There are also parties on Friday night! The 7th Annual HalloWine, hosted by Habitat for Humanity DIGS, is a benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area. The door charge includes unlimited wine, live music, food, raffle and a silent auction. Costumes encouraged, but not mandatory. Seventh Annual HalloWine, 7 to 10 p.m., Friday at Town Square Tavern. $20. 733-3886.

The Mexican custom of El Dia de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,” contradicts the U.S. custom of Halloween, where death is “scary.” Instead, the holiday celebrates the memories of the deceased. Get your sugar skulls prepped. Dia de los Muertos with DJ E.R.A. and friends, 10 p.m., Friday at The Rose. Free. 733-1500. PJH

Aaron Davis is an award-winning singer-songwriter, trout whisperer, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, and founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley.

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About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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