Halloween brings lots of treats for music lovers in the Wilmington area

WILMINGTON, NC — Halloween may fall on a Tuesday this year, but the partying will last over several days for music lovers in the Cape Fear area.  A lot of our favorite venues have interesting plans for you.  Here’s just an overview of what will prove to be a busy five-day span for those who like to celebrate.

October 27 – 28: Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern hosts its annual 2-night Cover Set weekend.  Friday you can hear bands performing as Ween, Iggy and the Stooges, Sex Pistols, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and the Ramones.  Saturday, you’ll be treated to cover bands for Nirvana, Pennywise, Avail, Rancid and an acoustic Lemonheads set.  $10 each night at the door or $15 to cover both nights.  Doors open at 7, with the music kicking off at 8pm.  It’s an 18 and up venue these nights!

October 27th – DJ Rizzybeats, The Social Contract and Kenny Wavinson perform as part of the Halloween Bash: Sheme of Gold at Bourgie Nights on October 27th from 9pm to midnight.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show.

October 28 – Varnish and Hi-Wire Brewing are teaming up for Fright Fest.

The website describes it as:
Featuring 2 Stages, 10 DJs, 5 Bands, $5000 in cash giveaways, costume contest, scare stations, zombie flash mob, hosted by DJ Quay.
Limited VIP Experience tickets available with inflatable nightclub, private bar, private DJ, and free energy drinks!
🐺Varnish Stage🐺:
Snowah, Bobby Zee, Jah B2B Von, Matt Lloyd, Froggy P, DJ Zookz, D3lagate, DJ Danny, Lotako
🧛🏻‍♂️The PCE Stage🧛🏻‍♂️:
Ridgewood, John Wood & Local Noise, Modern Alibi, Strangers in Public, Jam


October 28 – Seawitch in Carolina Beach plans a Spooktacular Halloween Bash.  For a $5 cover, you’ll enjoy live music from The Cut from 8pm to midnight.  There’s also a costume contest with a $350 prize.

October 28 – Satellite Bar & Lounge hosts a Halloween party with a costume contest and tarot card readings.  Live music will come from Kicking Bird at 8pm, followed by Professor Dub at 10pm.

October 27 and 28 – The Rusty Nail hosts Paracon II with some spooky times on the weekend preceding Halloween. There’s a live paranormal investigation event overnight on the 27th, according to their website.  On the 28th, Burn Pit will perform at 8pm and 9:30pm for their Halloween Bash.  Paranormal costumes are encouraged for this free event.

October 28 – Zombiefest at The Eagle’s Dare.

From the website:

After a 4 year hiatus Zombiefest Wilmington is roaring back! Playing at The Eagle’s Dare this October 28th, Zombiefest is proud to present Los Straightjackets, The Phantom Playboys and The Dew Drops!
Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on the return of Zombiefest! Food trucks, costume contests, live music!
$15 advance tickets / $20 tickets at the door

October 30 and Halloween, October 31st – The Barzarre is going out with several unique events.

Monday is typically a slow day for events in Wilmington, but this year, Barzarre is stepping up with a Doomer Halloween from 8pm to 2am.  I’m going to have to let the website describe this unique experience.

From the website:

Expect everything eastern European post punk presented by a native Finnish DJ
This event is presented in European style and follows the German concept of “Die schwarze Szene” (The Dark Scene) where the music selection is not as tightly divided into small niches as commonly done here in America. The Dark Scene encompasses all dark music ranging from synth pop, cold wave, dark medieval folk tunes, contemporary dark metal and everything in between like post-punk, goth, you name it!
The Dark Scene really is thriving these days with tons of new music available. We’re feeding off this new material from all corners of the world and we try to present you with new interesting music instead of just playing the same old traditional tunes (but of course we do play some of the good old stuff from time to time).
Photosensitive seizure warning: A very small percentage of people
may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual effects, including flashing lights or patterns that may appear during the show. We do not use stroboscopes, but some of the music videos we play on the big screen may possibly impact people with photosensitivity.

On the actual Halloween evening, The Barzarre hosts five bands starting at 8pm.

Escape Velocity, Physical Digital, Microdose, Nervous Surface and Rosary at The Barzarre on Halloween night, October 31st at 8pm.  $15 at the door.

October 31 – Fermental holds its Halloween party from 7pm to 10pm with live music from The General Assembly Band. There will be games, costumes, candy and plenty of festive libations.

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