Five Halloween events in Denver and Boulder
For a Halloween that truly crosses into the bizarre, just add absinthe, that magical concoction of alcohol and wormwood thatll have you seeing fairies in no time. Boulders Royal Peacock Absinthe Lounge will host an absinthe-laced Halloween party for the ages, with dancing and DJs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., headlined by Buddhabomb. A diverse roster of DJs will keep you rocking to a wide variety of music hip-hop, trance, house and more. Now-legal absinthe will be served until 2 a.m. Best of all, it rewards those who like to dance in full Halloween regalia: The party only costs $5 if you wear your Halloween costume, and youll have the chance to win big cash if you have the snazziest disguise a devilishly appropriate $666, to be exact. So party down, possibly win some cash, and indulge in an exotic drink that probably led to more than one nightmare back in the 19th century. Just remember: If you start seeing actual ghouls, goblins and a monster or two, remember, its just the absinthe … probably.What: Holographic Universe: Halloween party.Where: Royal Peacock Absinthe Lounge, Boulder.When: 11 p.m. Friday.Cost: $5.Info: 303-447-1409 or http://www.royalpeacocklounge.com.
So it might not actually be scary music, like death metal or grindcore, but DeVotchKas baroque pop songs have just enough gothic zing to fit perfectly with All Hallows Eve. The Denver/Boulder band has trafficked in an eclectic brand of gypsy rock for many years now, but even after stints in Hollywood movies like Everything Is Illuminated and hipster-approved reviews, it still flies under the radar everywhere but here. Thats partly why seeing DeVotchKa at a hometown Halloween show will be so exhilarating: Its music is a loud party at a tramp U.N. and can incorporate everything from Eastern European folk songs to hard rock to mariachi horns and polka bits. Singer and bandleader Nick Urata pulls from a rich Sicilian heritage, and his compatriots all bring distinct cultures to the table. Composed of a merry band of hyper-talented multi-instrumentalists, DeVotchKa sounds exactly like the house band for a Halloween masquerade party in the 19th-century Paris catacombs. If thats not a recipe for creepy fun, I dont know what is.What: DeVotchKa performs.Where: Boulder Theatre.When: 9 p.m. Friday.Cost: $31.Info: 303-786-7030 or http://www.bouldertheater.com.
New Yorks TV on the Radio is a fascinating conundrum of a band: It combines hipster-friendly post-punk, world music, electronic elements and even washy shoegaze guitars a la My Bloody Valentine. Above it all, singer Tunde Adebimpe brings a powerful croon full of genuine soul a rarity in Pitchfork-approved rock n roll. Between walls of sound and noise, Adebimpes wailing falsetto cuts through with soaring melodies. 2006s Return to Cookie Mountain was a critical success, but TV on the Radios latest, Dear Science, melds the critical accolades with a newfound accessibility and pop focus. Miraculously, TV on the Radio doesnt lose any of its edge, even while its music becomes eminently more danceable and fun for the average listener. Choice cuts from Dear Science include Dancing Choose, Golden Age and Crying. While TV on the Radio is on the rise, its infinitely arty rock still pulses with the sounds of the underground.What: TV on the Radio performs.Where: Ogden Theatre, Denver.When: 8 p.m. Sunday.Cost: $25.Info: 303-832-1874 or http://www.ogdentheatre.net.
If you wake up the Saturday after Halloween only to discover that you havent had your fill of costumed madness, try something a little artier: Bad Art for Bad Peoples Monster Mash party gives you the chance to get Halloween-y with fire dancers, live painting, make-and-take art and tons of completed artwork, Halloween and non. Musical entertainment will accompany all the art making and merriment. Bands on hand include Dario Rosa, Tijuana Sweetcakes and the Severs, and food will be provided by Gourmet Fine Catering. The Great Divide Brewing Co. and Total Beverage will offer fine beverages to embolden you in your silly costumes. One hundred to 150 pieces of art from local and out-of-state artists will be on hand, and all will be for sale, starting at prices as low as $10. A costume contest will ensue at the end of the night, with the victor taking home tons of free art.What: Bad Art for Bad Peoples Monster Mash Halloween Art Party.Where: Navarro Studio, 1330 27th St., Denver.When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.Cost: $8.Info: http://www.badartforbadpeople.com.
Zoe and Kim Boekbinder, better known as Vermillion Lies, combine vaudeville, cabaret and tandem singer-songwriting to create a wholly unique experience. The girls have trained in everything from music lessons to clown college, employing their vast entertainment repertoire to create a live show that is by turns sexy, silly, hilarious and even bizarre. One segment of their performance involves them making a song after pulling varied instruments from a large trunk as their audience yells, Whats in the box? The girls in Vermillion Lies have performed everywhere from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to Moscow and Braga, Portugal. Their songs can include everything from circus marches to sweet ballads, and they almost always involve some form of audience participation. Swallow Hills famed intimate acoustic venue will give them a little turn-of-the-century vaudeville creepiness, as befits Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes just make sure to be ready to dance, sing and join in on the Halloween fun.What: Vermillion Lies perform as part of Swalloween.Where: Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver.When: 8 p.m. Friday.Cost: $18 to $21.Info: http://www.swallowhill.com.
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