It wouldn't be Halloween in Missoula without a cover band night, in which local musicians get in costume to play sets.
This year, that tradition moves to the nonprofit Zootown Arts Community Center, where you can hear covers of the White Stripes, Guided by Voices and more while helping raise money for the nonprofit.
All the proceeds go to ZACC programming and "making art education more accessible for kids," said development director Kate Morris. The nonprofit is raising money to pay for its move to the Studebaker Building downtown.
Back to Halloween: Syd La Tray of metal band Swamp Ritual and Brad Craig of punk band Shot Stereo will take the stage as the Brown Stripes.
"If you've seen the picture of them in the Jack and Meg White wigs, they look fantastic," Morris said.
Mia Soza and Loren Tyler Norby have teamed up to do experimental covers of Suicide, the classic keyboard-drone post-punk band.
John Brownell of Protest Kids is leading the Fading Captains, a Guided by Voices cover act. Brownell will perform a few songs solo, others have a guest on drums, vocals or guitar, and it will end with a full Protest Kids line-up. In total, the people involved are: Ryan Farley, Dan Strachan, John Fleming, LeRoy Menahan, Jennifer Tachovsky, Bryan Ramirez.
While Brownell's been a part of the local rock scene for decades, this is his first crack at a cover band set.
"When I saw the call for bands, I just said, 'I'll do it!' and figure it out later," he wrote in a message.
"It feels a bit odd to cover a band that is still going and has such a legendary live show (which I've never even seen). But, of all of the songs that I sing alone in my basement, theirs are the most fun for me. Hopefully, that translates to the performance," he said.
Lukas and Zoe Phelan of Fantasy Suite are doing famous movie bands, such as the skeleton ensemble from "Hocus Pocus." Rock 'n' Roll Girlfriend are doing a set by the Mummies, a noise-garage band that performed in mummy get-ups with cheap instruments. Werewolf Bar Mitzvah are covering local band Rooster Sauce.
Yet another group will cover the Runaways, the '70s all-girl group that Joan Jett and Lita Ford started out in. The line-up is Erika Frederickson, Jason McMackin, Ali Gadbow and Dave Parsons.
There's a 50-50 "split the pot" costume contest. Enter with $5, and if you win, you'll split the pot with the ZACC. Around 10:45 p.m., you can bid for a Biga Pizza on the spot in the "apocalypizza challenge."
Throughout the evening, there's a silent auction where you can bid on bike tune-ups, growler fills from Conflux Brewing, gift certificates for tattoos, records and "a shiny, shiny, white ukulele," Morris said.
The show will run from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W.
Admission is $10 at the door, or free with a Disco Bloodbath wristband. The show is 18 and up. Bring ID to buy alcohol beverages provided by KettleHouse and Western Cider.