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I’m going to avoid forcing a connection between live music and Halloween. You know: frightfully good music on tap or a screamingly scary number of good bands to see. But there really are some good shows to be had! Here are a few choices…open the App for all the shows!


  • ATL Collective performs Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Vinyl tix
  • B-52s at the Fox Theatre tix
  • Lady Lamb at The Earl tix
  • Blue Oyster Cult at Variety Playhouse tix
  • Sugarhill Gang at the Tabernacle tix


  • ATL Collective performs Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Vinyl tix
  • X-Ambassadors at Park Tavern (Saints & Sinners Ball) tix
  • Black Lips at Variety Playhouse tix
  • Boos and Brews club-wide party at Masquerade tix


The B-52s are at The Fox Theater for what’s billed as a “Halloween Scream”. The concert poster advises “B-Afraid” and “B-Very Afraid”. I guess that sums it all up? Remaining tickets are going for about $50 to $70 all in. MusicLoon is giving away a pair of seats in the center orchestra, 20th row or so; enter to win here.

New indie artist Lady Lamb is at The Earl — Check out the video for her most popular tune Billions of Eyes. Get Tix.

Throw it back (#1) with Blue Oyster Cult at Variety Playhouse. Curious to see whether these guys will belt out Don’t Fear the Reaper’ with as much confidence as they did thirty years ago! Get tix.

Throw it back (#2) with The Sugarhill Gang at The Tabernacle. The groundbreaking rappers, often credited with bringing rap to the masses, lost Big Bang Hank nearly a year ago to cancer. Nonetheless surviving members Wonder Mike and Master Gee soldier on and will no doubt put on a great show. Also performing are Grand Master’s Furious Five, Kool Moe Dee, and Kurtis Blow. Get tix.

screenshot from Michael Jackson's Thriller video


ATL Collective performs Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Vinyl (Friday night also)

Are you one of the nearly 10,000 people who’ve seen an ATL Collective show? If not, you should seriously consider joining the ranks. Scoutmob describes the collective as “the most non-cover band cover band in the history of rock n’ roll”. The cozy confines of Vinyl coupled with music from Thriller should combine for an awesome Halloween party! (OK I’m going.) Get tix.


Second Annual Saints & Sinners Ball at Park Tavern

X-Ambassadors are headlining the party with Coleman Hell and Stokeswood opening. Yeah, Coleman Hell is this guy’s actual name. His single “2 Heads” recently topped the Alt 18 – that’s Sirius XM’s AltNation’s weekly countdown of listeners’ favorite new songs. X-Ambassadors – whom you may know from their ‘Renegades’ single that Jeep uses to hawk their jeeps – puts on a killer live show. That being said, a Park Tavern crowd can sometimes manage to talk over a band. So if you’re going to the party, keep in mind it’s a party: “the high-energy Halloween bash will also feature themed drink specials, a costume contest and plenty of surprises throughout the night.” THIS EVENT IS 21+ ONLY. Get tix.

Here’s a link to that Jeep commercial…it’s about as pure an example of commercializing a song as I can imagine. (I didn’t say that was a bad thing. It’s just a thing.)

The Black Lips at Variety Playhouse

It’s Halloween and you’re in Little Five. So you are already halfway to a memorable night. Dunwoody punk-rockers, Black Lips, will be rocking the Variety Playhouse stage and, according their FB page, celebrating the pagan gods. I will deny recommending this show solely for the bucket list-esque joy of placing “Dunwoody” and “punk-rockers” next to each other in a sentence. However, I won’t deny my deep (okay, cynical) appreciation for punk rock bands having Facebook pages. All sarcasm aside, this band is damn good. Get tix.

Boos and Brews at Masquerade

Atlanta Beer Festival’s fourth annual Boos and Brews Halloween bash moves to the Masquerade this year. According to their website the event features “Live Music, DJ’s, costume contest, full bar, great beers, and Chamber of Horrors Haunted House.” The party is club-wide… i.e. Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. Get tix.

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