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Plenty of early Halloween fun

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Halloween started early with several shows happening, Saturday night, Oct 27.Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few playing a pre-Halloween party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 27. Photo by Richard Amery

While I missed the Friday shows, everything was happening on Saturday, so things got a little sloppy as I only hit a few Halloween parties, being exhausted and voiceless from scaring kids at the CKXU Fright Hall all day long.


 Tim Carter of the Chevelles performing  for Halloween at Average Joes. POhoto by Richard AmeryI got back to the old Firehall just in time for a trimmed down Queen of the Worms, featuring frontman Tyler Bird, Jon Martin on bass and a drummer hidden behind a demon mask.


 They played upbeat , catchy alternative rock which sounded just a little like the Tragically Hip mixed with alt country.
 Around the corner, Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few were holding court for a full house for MTBC’s album release party.
 While I wasn’t able to stick around for MTBC’s set , I caught the end of Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few’s set and the beginning of some laid back indie rock from Evergreen.


 Draper, wearing elf ears , sang soulful pop and  R and B, playing original music and  popular ’60s and ’70s pop.
 As usual, the Chevelles were celebrating Halloween at Average Joes. Dressed in blood splattered smocks, they ran through their usual variety of hits from the ’60s to today and had a good Tyler Bird of Queen of the Worms playing CKXU's Fright house, Oct. 27. Photo by Richard Amerysized crowd dancing.


 I haven’t seen Taylor Ackerman and  Global Acid Reset, but caught a  quieter set of blues rock from the trio including Ackerman on guitar and vocals, his dad, Pat on bass and drummer Dustin Gergel.
 They played mostly quirky roots rock from their new EP, but unfortunately didn’t have the crowd they deserved.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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