Bearing acoustic instruments, rowdy singalongs, and whiskey-drenched participatory shenanigans, these acclaimed bay-area bands will be tearing up the West Coast in a spooky, goofy pre-Halloween assault on all that you hold dear.
Thee Hobo Gobbelins emerge from the pulsing art vortex of Oakland, Ca., the green-skinned child of punk rock, avant-garde performance art and hobo soul. Drawing on a dizzying array of influences, the band incorporates traditional sounds of Americana and the Old World with the horrors of modernity. Monsters from folklore and fiction wriggle alongside freight-train spirituals and drinking songs. The result is a disturbing haunted house for the ear, a nightmare carnival that is at turns goofy and murderous. Human audiences drink more, dance better, and writhe uncontrollably to goblin beatings- er, beats. Incidentally, audience is the goblin word for “food that screams”. https://www.facebook.com/hobogobbelins
From infamous West Oakland, Ghost Town Gospel brings their aggressive brand of graveyard folk to the masses. Like high-energy, foot-stompin' music? Whiskey? The devil? Strap on your boots and grab your flask. It's time to dance. http://www.ghosttowngospel.com
The Cabin Project is an orchestral indie pop band from the Portland whose sound stems from anthemic choruses, three-part harmonies, loop pedals, and string sections. Born in an attic studio lined with Douglas Fir, the band started as a project of Katie Sawicki, a former-folksinger from Brooklyn who became inspired by electric guitars, synthesizers, effect pedals, and drum machines. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, Sawicki teamed up with bassist Adam Sweeney, who adds fuzz and rotary effects to the mix, and Zanny Geffel, an orchestral drummer, rooted in jazz and percussion, with a preponderance for onstage mayhem. https://www.facebook.com/thecabinproject