- Sepultura: Not really appearing this weekend.
It's getting to be that time of year when there's a cool breeze in the air, zombies roam the streets, and bands dress up like other bands -- even if just for one night. Proving that Halloween isn't just for kids, here are some great opportunities to catch bands paying tribute to their heroes:
Thursday, Oct. 27, at Asefu's (1920 9th St. NW)
Brazilian metal band Sepultura just hasn't been the same since founding guitarist/singer Max Cavalera left the band in 1996. Joining up for a one-off tribute performance of some of Sepultura's early material are members of local powerviolence band DOC and local grindcore groups Drugs of Faith and Mind as Prison. This show will feature some original music too, courtesy of Richmond's Inter Arma and D.C. groups Midnight Eye and Auroboros. $7.
Friday, Oct. 28, at the Ottobar (2549 N. Howard Street, Baltimore)
Stillborn Monster Babies is paying tribute to the Misfits, the Snallygasters will take on the Sex Pistols, the Quarantines will do a version of the Ramones, and Fun Brigade will pay homage to local hardcore heroes Minor Threat. In addition, there will be "a special surprise band" covering songs by Rocket from the Crypt. The Ottobar's website is vague about who's in any of these groups, but the names alone hint at great things in store for anyone willing to make the drive up I-95.
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28 & 29, at the State Theatre
This '80s tribute band already plays the State Theatre several weekends a year, but Halloween might finally give you the courage to dress up in that leotard still tucked away in the back of your closet. (Retro haberdashery tip: put on some neon shades and no one will really know it's you). The Legwarmers will take you through all the highs (and lows) of the 1980s, from memories of the Summer of '69 to the Love Shack. $18
Saturday, Oct. 29, at Hole in the Sky (2110 5th St. NE)
Hole in the Sky is a Northeast D.C. artists collective and performance space that has been quiet since a visit from the fire warden in February. According to the space's website, it is reopening for a special Halloween Party -- including a haunted house! -- that is a partial benefit for feminist filmmakers From the Back of the Room Productions. As far as I can tell, the show will feature tributes to the sort-of D.C. band Bikini Kill, SoCal punkers the Descendents, and late-'80s Lower East Side crust-punkers Nausea. Minneapolis grind band Scaphe will be on hand playing miscellaneous garage covers. The show's flyer warns that "you would look cooler with a costume on." $5.