Nightcrawler: Strange Folks

Hard to believe it’s that time again.

But here they come—an assorted mix of spooks and kooks masquerading as things they are not in the never-ending quest to procure bags of loot.

But enough about Election Day. We have All Hallows Eve to contend with first.

And true to form, the area entertainment scene is providing no shortage of opportunities to get your Halloween freak on.

Up at Bishop’s Lounge, Folkadelics ( frontman Danny Faraone reports that his Brooklyn-based band will return to the Valley for the first time since their much-ballyhooed Strange Creek performance in Greenfield on Labor Day weekend.

“We are thrilled to share the stage with everyone and hope to really enhance the dance of the patrons,” he notes of his band’s Oct. 27 engagement.

Over at Holyoke’s Waterfront ( the following evening, Oct. 28, the audio ante is upped considerably in the form of a Halloween Thrash Bash featuring Allston’s The Prowl as well as New Lows, Revenge, Swamps, Hoax and Abider.

Not to be outdone, Maximum Capacity ( in Chicopee promises “the biggest Halloween bash of the year,” pairing the The Re-mones, The Hollow Glow, Intolerance and Triple XXX with best costume prizes ranging from $1,000 in cash to a Vegas trip for two on Friday, Oct. 26.

And if for some reason your ears stop ringing by Saturday, Oct. 27, head on up to The Elevens in downtown Noho, where no fewer than a half dozen bands will provide a sonic smackdown with their Helloween Bash.

Among the decibel deliverers slated to perform: Easthampton hardcore faves Heal The Destroyer, Springfield metal-meisters Black Heart Epidemic and Southwick’s The Coming End.

Tix are $5 via bands or $7 at the door. For more info, email

Lastly, on Halloween proper, Oct. 31, Foxwoods’ authentic tequila cantina The Scorpion Bar ( will play host to “‘Til Death Do Us Part(y)”— a sensory assault of sounds (courtesy of DJ Jay Spring), scares (via an on-site haunted house) and drink specials from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For the uninitiated, Spring first sprung onto the national stage in 2008 for his Austin Powers remix of the Lil’ Wayne hit “A Milli.”


In non-holiday news… Stafford Arts Commission Chairperson Georgia Michalec revealed that she has a vested interest in the first-ever show to be held at the newly restored Palace Theater in Stafford, Conn.

The historic performance occurs on Thursday, Oct. 25, and features a California-based trio that Michalec personally selected and is banking on to keep her organization afloat after it became the recipient of massive budget cuts.

“I first saw Coyote Grace in Lowell several years ago when they opened for Indigo Girls and was wowed by them,” she recalls. “So I noticed they were putting together an East Coast tour just as David [Bacchiochi] here in Stafford was putting the finishing touches on the Palace. He not only graciously booked them [and supporting act/tourmate Tylan of the group Girlyman] to open the venue, but agreed to donate $5 from every ticket sold to help the Arts Commission continue with its efforts.”

Tix for this show and Roomful of Blues—storming the Palace two days later on Saturday, Oct. 27—are available at

“David has put in endless hours and paid enormous attention to detail to create a wonderful environment,” Michalec says. “I would challenge anyone who walks through the doors not to feel the great energy.”

Considering that one of the Crawler’s favorite acts—Big Shot featuring Michael Delguidice—has just inked a deal to perform at the Palace Nov. 16, challenge accepted, Georgia and David. See you there!•

Send correspondence to Nightcrawler, P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06071; fax to (860) 394-4262 or email

Author: Gary Carra

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