Scene Report: The Basement's Next Annual Halloween Soireefest 2010

I’ll be honest with you guys, up until yesterday evening I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do on the Halloween party night. I considered Ra Ra Riot or the Greenhornes, but I didn’t really feel like I could part with double digits of dollars.

So at the suggestion of a friend I decided to hit up The Basement’s Next Annual Halloween Soireefest 2010. I didn’t know much about it except that the first 50 people were going to get in free, costumes would be welcome, and some band called Hard Rock Zombies was going to play.

I ended up arriving at 10pm, a full hour after doors opened, but I was still lucky enough to be one of the first 50 in attendance. I met my friends inside and was told that the first band playing would be We Rock, a Dio cover band. I had my doubts about them but dang, they were a really good cover band. I mean, I typically will enjoy a half-decent cover band, but those guys were legit. That guitarist…holy crap. On top of that I got to watch Grimey himself (in a highway patrolman outfit) get his metal on. He even made the band come back after their last song to fill one of his requests. It was great.

Next up was Davey Ukulele and the Gag Time Gang, a children’s band started by David Mead and Bill Demain. Their outfits were hilarious and the songs were great. They’ve obviously put a lot of love into that project. I remember seeing David Mead play with Matt Ryan and Brian Richey at the Rutledge a year and a half ago and hearing him play some of the songs he played last night. It was great to finally see the finished product.

By the time that set was over it was 12:30 and I was completely exhausted. Hey, I wake up early every day. I felt pretty confident that I wouldn’t be able to make it through Hard Rock Zombies, but I feel like I’d already seen the best part (the costumes). According to my friend, who ended up staying, it was “pretty hard rocking and hilarious,” which is exactly what I expected. I wish I could have stayed out longer, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that late nights don’t sit well with me.

It might not have been the Halloween I thought I would have, with my recycled costume and last minute concert, but in the end it met my two main criteria for a good night: it was cheap/free and I had fun. Success!

How about you guys? What did you do this weekend?



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