What is it about Halloween that pulls musicians out of the woodwork? An overwhelming selection of musical tricks and treats are offered in the next week, including a visit from the "Ten Year Anniversary Tour" for international jam band and hometown heroes moe.
"It's hard to believe we've been doing this for 10 years already. It really seems like yesterday that we were living in Buffalo and hosting our own game show to celebrate the release of "Fatboy,' " moe. guitarist Al Schnier said as he recalled a bevy of highlights from the past decade, including July's Central Park show; the band putting 100,000 miles on its first van in one year; and jamming with the guys from the Grateful Dead. "And it's still fun."
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Shea's, 646 Main St. Tickets are $24.50 to $27.50 (Ticketmaster).
A Halloween party Wednesday in the Continental will raise money for the locally made independent film "Don't Fear the Reaper." Written, directed and produced by Hamburg native Bruce Lee, 21, the film has been selected for the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in February.
The Wednesday event, with performances by Veil, Superpimp and Next Syphillis, will help defray those costs. Erik Jensen, 22, shot the movie and did the majority of editing as well. Special effects artist and graphic design is by Zackery Cane; production designer is Nick Zimmerman. Peter Niegal lent his skill in the casting of body molds.
"Don't Fear the Reaper," shot throughout Western New York, follows the plight of high school friends tormented by the grim reaper. The film's trailer, as well as movie scenes, will be screened throughout the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cont, 212 Frankin St. There will be a costume contest with prizes.
Other horror happenings
Beggar's Night Banquet, tonight in Mr. Goodbar, 1100 Elmwood Avenue. Music by the Waz, Sonic Garden, Moon Boot Lover featuring Peter Prince, Mr. Minbus and others. ($7 to $10)
A Nightmare on Allen Street, 10 p.m. Saturday in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Annual Halloween party and costume contest with music by Jim Whitford's Real Beat Band and The Dreadbeats. ($5)
Invention Seven, Maceo Ruez, Agent Me, Chesterfield, Original Skin and Martly perform Saturday in the Backstage Pub. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be $500 in cash and prizes awarded for best costumes. (18-and-over; $5 for over 21, $7 for under)
Rock and Roll Bloodfeast, 10 p.m. Saturday in the Tudor Lounge, 335 Franklin St. Featuring Stepsister (from Cleveland), the Blowtops, They Live, Concubine Forming and others. ($6 general; $5 in costume; or wear a pirate costume and get in for $4.)
Mohawk Halloween, 11 p.m. Saturda in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. A punk/rock extravaganza with the Bloody Hollies, Bobo and Plan 9, featuring members of the Pavers in a Misfits tribute.
Tralf Halloween Party, 9 p.m. Wednesday. Music by Big Delicious and guests. Tralf, 100 Theater Place. ($10 and $12)
Spinal Pap, a tribute to Spinal Tap in full costume, Wednesday in Nietzsche's. Music is by Sweatin' Like Nixon.
Rob Falgiano performs solo acoustic from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday in Spot Coffee, Delaware Avenue and Chippewa. It's free.