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The Jesus and Mary Chain

Scottish alt-rock duo the Jesus and Mary Chain are playing the Wilma Theatre on Halloween night.

Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday, Missoulians can spread their revelry across five days if they're so inclined. Here's a run-down of some Halloween-themed shows coming up, from the downtown-wide Disco Bloodbath to smaller, indie get-togethers.

FreeCycles Halloween party​

Friday, Oct. 27

Over at FreeCycles community bike shop, indie-prog-folk band Locksaw Cartel and "mountain surf" rippers the Skurfs are playing a Halloween party with a costume contest, beer and that communal FreeCycles vibe. The cover is $1, and the party runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at 732 S. First St. W.

'Red Hot Wonder'

Friday, Oct. 27

Missoula five-piece Letter B, a band armed with prominent saxophone, has a combo-cover show for their Top Hat Halloween party: "Red Hot Wonder," a mash-up of covers by Stevie Wonder and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The show starts at 10:15 p.m. Cover is $5, 21 and up only.

The Union costume party

Saturday, Oct. 28

The Union Club's annual Halloween Party is always one of the wildest. This year, it's on Saturday with music by Band in Motion. It officially kicks off with the costume party judging going down at midnight.

Disco Bloodbath

Saturday, Oct. 28

Disco Bloodbath is coming to Caras Park this year.

The seventh-annual Halloween party moved to downtown Missoula in 2015 and booked up a number of bars instead of its previous model of a single-venue dance party.

This year, the Bloodbath is spread out across Caras, Monk's Bar, the VFW, the Downtown Dance Collective and the American Legion on Ronan Street off South Sixth Street West, with the Ghetto Gypsy Bus shuttling attendees back and forth.

Caras is the newest experiment for BFK Productions. It occurred out of necessity: Promoter Logan Foret applied for Caras because no other venues were available in downtown after the closure of Stage 112 at the Elks Club, his main stage in prior years downtown. Foret said Caras will have an expansive sound system and light production inside the pavilion, with the sides down.

Each venue has its own vibe. At Monk's, there's electronic DJs and bass music. The Downtown Dance Collective will cater to the old-school electronic crowd, including DJ Hauli, who helped start the Bloodbath seven years ago. The American Legion is booked by the FoxDen DJs.

The VFW is hosting that hallowed Missoula tradition: Halloween rock cover bands. Think a local Misfits tribute, the Swiss Missfits, which the band is decked out in Swiss maid outfits. The notably loud rock band American Falcon is covering ZZ Top; the extroverted Rooster Sauce are doing Chuck Berry.

The Bloodbath runs on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 5 p.m. until early Sunday depending on the venue. Tickets are available at, Rockin' Rudy's and Storm Cloud Vapours.

The venues have different age restrictions:

- Caras Park, 18 and up

- Monk's Bar, 21 and up

- VFW, 21 and up

- Downtown Dance Collective, 21 and up

- American Legion Hall, 18 and up

- The Ghetto Gypsy Bus, 18 and up

Ghost Carrot Art and Music Festival

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 27-28

​​For an artier, all-ages atmosphere, head to the first Ghost Carrot Art and Music Festival on the Northside.

Ghost Carrot is a DIY start-up comprising Joshua Bacha and Riley Roberts, who play in two local garage-psych bands: Charcoal Squids and Tiny Plastic Stars.

​Their first festival will take over the basement performance space at the Zootown Arts Community Center this weekend, with a line-up of underground bands and Missoula artists, some established and some up-and-comers.

The Ghost Carrot duo arranged a solid line-up of underground bands. North by North, a verbose Chicago two-piece, catchy garage-psych with an old-school vibe and lyrics perfect for a Halloween show; Panther Car (Bozeman) set Beach Boys harmonies to basement rock 'n' roll; @tlas of Boise, Idaho, generate a mellow post-rock instrumentals; Le Grotto of Olympia have a laid-back surf atmosphere with a touch of indie-rock melancholy in the vocals.

​The visual artists with booths and art for sale include Bacha, Courtney Blazon, Theo Ellsworth, Mickey Halid, Halisia Hubbard, Lily Anderson, Lynn Ramsey, Hattie Arensmeyer, Foster Caffrey, Grace Lindgram and Marina Vanderkarr.​

There are two visual artists, Ernav K of Bozeman and Aceslowman of Missoula, who will produce live visual projections onto the stage during the sets.

The cost is $15 for two days, $13 for one day. The show is all ages; wear costumes if you're inclined. Doors open at 4:30 and the music starts at 5:30.

For more information, go to the Ghost Carrot Records Music & Arts Festival 2017 Facebook page.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31

The Jesus and Mary Chain, a Scottish group, mines the sweet spot between chaotic distortion and classic pop melodies, a combination that made them more influential than famous during the 1980s and 1990s.

Earlier this year, Scottish siblings Jim and William Reid released a new album, "Damage and Joy," that critics said was of a piece with the 1980s songs that made them alt-rock royalty, such as "Just Like Honey" and "Some Candy Talking."

Tickets are $32 to $37, available at the Top Hat box office, online at or 877-987-6487. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8.


Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31

Upstairs at the Union Hall, a great Atlanta post-punk trio called Omni is stopping through. The band, touring off its second album, "Multi-Task," comprises bassist-vocalist Philip Frobos, a former member of Carnivores, and Frankie Broyles, a guitarist who joined Deerhunter for their garage-noise album "Monomania." (See last week's article for more information.)

They're playing upstairs at the Union Hall with local support from Wilma Laverne Miner, Cairns and Carpool. The cover is $6 and it starts at 10.

Dead Hipster

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31

Would the long-running Missoula dance party take Halloween off because it's a Tuesday? No, they want you to come out on a weekday and suggest you put in notice early that you're not working on Wednesday. Catch DJ Chris Baumann with special guest Liza June, plus party photos by Abi Baumann at the Badlander.

Doors open at 9 p.m. The party is 21 and up and the cover is $5.

Top Hat

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31

For a twangier brand of Halloween dance party, head over to the Top Hat for a "Till' Death Do Us Party" bluegrass show with the Kitchen Dwellers of Bozeman and Horseshoes and Handgrenades of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $15 in advance at the Top Hat Box Office, or 877-987-6487. The show is all ages.

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