The 2013 JamBase Halloween Concert Guide

Halloween is one of the biggest holidays of the year for live music. While October 31st takes place on Thursday in 2013, it hasn't stopped venues across the country (and beyond) from bookingbands to play their rooms on Halloween. In fact, we've got hundreds of Halloween shows listed in our database which we've laid out for you by region in this handy guide. Included within are a few highlights and flashbacks to past Halloween performances.

[Photo by Beau Hause]


Northeast live music fans have plenty of options this year including Phish donning a musical costume in Atlantic City, Big Freedia getting her twerk on in Cambridge, Pretty Lights rocking the huge Times Union Center in Albany and Zappa Plays Zappa continuing a Zappa tradition by spending Halloween in New York City.

Passafire & Ballyhoo! at Fairfield Theatre StageOne - Fairfield
The Felice Brothers at The Spaceland Ballroom - Hamden
KMFDM at The Webster - Hartford
Joe Taylor at The Hard Rock Cafe - Mashantucket
M.T. Bearington at Oasis Pub @ Garde Arts Center - New London
Mister F at High Noon Saloon – Norwich
Gunnar Nelson at Stamford Center for the Arts - Stamford

Sol Knopf at JD Shuckers - Lewes

Ryan Flaherty at One Longfellow Square – Portland

Dirty Names at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge - Annapolis
The Higher Hands at Red Red Wine Bar - Annapolis
Robert Mitchell at Joe Squared Station North - Baltimore
John K Band at Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore
skribe at The Point - Baltimore
Willies Light at Kooper's Tavern - Fells Point
Cabinet at Dantes Bar – Frostburg
Mikky Ekko, Jessie Ware at The Fillmore - Silver Spring

Zorch, Tera Melos & Fang Island at Brighton Music Hall - Boston
The Attack, BRUNT OF IT, The Misfits at Wilbur Theatre – Boston
Baker Thomas Band, Danielle Miraglia, Ryan Fitzsimmons at Lizard Lounge - Cambridge
Big Freedia at The Sinclair – Cambridge
The Lawsuits at TT the Bear's - Cambridge
Jeff Bujak at Fiori - Great Barrington
Steve Earle at Calvin Theater - Northampton
Dom Flemons at Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton
Max Creek at Pearl Street Nightclub (Ballroom) - Northampton

Flashback: On Halloween night in 2009, Max Creek invited family member Ian Murawski onto stage to sing the lead vocals on "Give Me The Beat Boys" by The Doobie Brothers.

Salvation Alley String Band, School For The Dead at The Parlor Room – Northampton
Consider The Source, Wobblesauce at South Shore Music Hall - Quincy
Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, Steve Aoki at DCU Center - Worcester
The Manhattan Project at Electric Haze – Worcester
Rivers of Nihil, Exhumed, Devourment, Dying Fetus at The Palladium Upstairs - Worcester

New Hampshire
Heather Pierson at Rosa Flamingo's - Bethlehem
R at Wally's Pub - Hampton
Hot Day at the Zoo at Harlow's Pub - Peterborough
Back on the Train at The Blue Mermaid - Portsmouth
Bill Payne, Truffle at Rochester Opera House - Rochester

New Jersey
Phish at Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City

Flashback: Phish opens up their 2010 Halloween set in Atlantic City with Little Feat's "Join The Band, Fatman In The Bathtub"

Beyond Dishonor, The Myriad, Spectrums at Le Grand Fromage - Atlantic City
xTRA ALLTRa at The Chelsea - Atlantic City
Danny Bacher at Edward's Steakhouse - Jersey City
The Disco Fries at Starland Ballroom – Sayreville
Faster Pussycat at Mexicali Live - Teaneck

New York
S.S. Web at McGeary's Pub - Albany
The Erotics at Pauly's Hotel - Albany
MIRK at Red Square - Albany
Pretty Lights at Times Union Center - Albany

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Light Asylum, Zebra Katz at Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Brooklyn
The Body at Saint Vitus - Brooklyn
The Bayside Tigers at The Bell House - Brooklyn
Murphy's Law at Trash Bar - Brooklyn
John Martz, Mountain Run at Sportsmen's Tavern - Buffalo
Langhorne Slim and the Law, Bombadil at Upstate Concert Hall (formerly Northern Lights) - Clifton Park
The Machine (Pink Floyd Tribute) at OKUN THEATER - Delhi
Sirsy at Beamer's - Glens Falls
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Jenny Hval at Basilica Hudson - Hudson
Sophistafunk at The Gates - Ithaca
Jimkata at The Haunt - Ithaca
Zappa Plays Zappa at Beacon Theatre - New York
3LAU, Jus Jack, Visionaire, Jordy Dazz at Best Buy Theater - New York
Ron Carter at Birdland - New York
Zachary Cale, Crystal Stilts at Bowery Ballroom - New York
Luciano at Cipriani - New York
Jerry Cherry at Duane Park - New York
Pat Bianchi, Pat Martino at Iridium Jazz Club - New York
Dangerkids, Silverstein, The Color Morale, We Came As Romans, Chunk! No Captain Chunk at Irving Plaza - New York
Gareth Emery, Krewella at Pier 94 - New York
Holy Ghost!, Midnight Magic at Terminal 5 - New York
Jimmy Heath at The Blue Note - New York
Mark Lindsay at The Bowery Electric - New York
Boogie Wonder Band at The Cutting Room - New York
Kung Fu, Twiddle at The Gramercy Theatre - New York

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Vijay Iyer at The Jazz Standard - New York
Straight Line Stitch at Tobacco Road - New York
Lucid (NY) at Monopole - Plattsburgh
Phil Lesh & Friends, Jason Crosby, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson, Tony Leone, Grahame Lesh, American Jubilee at The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester

Flashback: Check out this review from the Phil & Friends Halloween show circa 2007 at the Nokia Theatre in New York City.

Pimpinella at North Star - Pound Ridge
Hey Mavis at Abilene Bar and Lounge - Rochester
Emery, The Classic Crime at Bug Jar - Rochester
Nevergreen at The Montage Music Hall - Rochester
New Red Scare, Skeletons in the Piano at Putnam Den - Saratoga Springs
Pale Green Stars at Al's Wine & Whiskey Lounge - Syracuse
Just Joe at King Of Clubs - Syracuse
Iwrestledabearonce, Upon A Burning Body, The Plot In You, Fit For A King, Attila at Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Turkuaz at The Westcott Theater - Syracuse
Chuck Kelsey at Whiskey River Tavern - Waterford

DJ Geoffro at Alibis Eatery & Spirits - Carlisle
The Downtown Fiction, Tonight Alive at Chameleon Club - Lancaster
The Slackwater News at Lizard Lounge - Lancaster
The Devil Wears Prada, Once Nothing at Mr. Small's Theatre - Millvale
Caravan of Thieves at New Hope Winery - New Hope
Infected Mushroom at Electric Factory - Philadelphia
Close to Good, The Dirty Guv'nahs at Hard Rock Cafe - Philadelphia
Afrojack at Liacouras Center - Philadelphia
The Werks, Tweed at Milkboy Philly - Philadelphia

Flashback: Check out archived JB coverage of The Werks Halloween show in Kentucky.

Splintered Sunlight, Tauk at The Blockley - Philadelphia
The Funky T at The Grape Room - Philadelphia
Kreator, Overkill, Warbringer at The Trocadero - Philadelphia
Yonder Mountain String Band at Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) - Philadelphia

Flashback: Yonder Mountain String Band featuring Red Knuckles play "Cupid Shot Me Twice" on 10/31/2004 at Bogart's in Cincinnati, OH.

King Khan & the Shrines, Hellshovel, Man Man at Union Transfer - Philadelphia
Drew Holcomb, David Ramirez at World Cafe Live - Philadelphia
The Ludovico Technique, NOIR at 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh
3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross, Death Angel, Diamond Plate, Revocation at Altar Bar - Pittsburgh
The Toasters at Club Cafe - Pittsburgh
The Smithereens at Jergel's Rhythm Grille – Warrendale

Robotic Pirate Monkey at Club Metronome - Burlington
Papadosio at Echo Lake Aquarium And Science Center - Burlington
Richard James and The Name Changers, Funkwagon at Nectar's - Burlington
How To Dress Well, Ryan Power at Signal Kitchen - Burlington

Washington D.C.
Capital Cities at 9:30 Club
Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, Jonny Grave at Black Cat
Lincoln Durham at Hill Country Live
Cypress Hill, Smoke DZA at Howard Theatre

Flashback: In 2008, Cypress Hill presented their Halloween show as "Haunted Hill" at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA.

Brian Franke at Irish Channel
Neko Case at Lincoln Theatre
Blue Oyster Cult at The Hamilton
Future, Miguel, Drake at Verizon Center

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