The short answer to the question posed in the title is yes, I do. I know there's plenty of room for debate here. There's people that don't even dress up for a Halloween party. We call them party poopers.
I've been the DJ at a wedding reception that was held on Halloween. I remember asking the bride if everyone was coming in costume. She said no, thinking I was the kooky one. Really? Am I the just a guy who never grew up? Amy Poehler just told Howard Stern she hates Halloween, that it's for children.
Tomorrow night is Halloween. It lands on a Friday this year which is fantastic. Now I could go to see The New Salem Witch Hunters at The Beachland in Cleveland where I'm certain the majority of attendees will be in costume. Instead I'm heading to the Kent Stage to see The Jayhawks. Will these concert goers be dressed for fright and fun even in a subdued theater where everyone's sitting for the show? I suspect the majority will not be in costume. Probably not even the band.
I hope I'm wrong. I'd like to see everyone in some sort of getup. It only happens once a year. Life is short. Embrace it people. I shall play the fool gladly.
Cleveland singer/songwriter Chris Allen's new album Everything Changes But The Rodeo has actually been available for a few weeks now. You can get the mp3 download on iTunes, the CD on CD Baby or stream it on Spotify. But if you want a limited edition vinyl copy of it you best be at the release party tomorrow night at the Happy Dog.
This is the first solo album for Allen since Acetate, four years ago. Though his long running band Rosavelt came out with a very impressive album a couple of years back. The new album is more of the same from Allen. That is, songwriting from the heart of a guy who where's it on his sleeve.
Full disclosure. I'm going to miss the show Saturday night as I'll be attending the Rock Hall Masters Series tribute to The Everly Brothers. Luckily I caught the band at a private release party for financial backers of the album a couple of weeks back. And, believe me, if I weren't at The State Theatre I'd be sitting on a bar stool at the Happy Dog Saturday night. So you can have my seat.
Rob Duskey started playing music less than ten years ago. In that short period of time he's become one of Cleveland's most impressive singer/songwriters. He's headed groups like The Rounders and The Higbees (who should've enlisted Halle Berry in the band) and works the local live circuit as a solo artist on a regular basis.
Duskey has a new band, Forest City, who've recorded demo material and are looking for patrons to help make the new album. They're using a music-centric crowdfunding site called Indiegogo. Who just so happen to be the first such funding site to use Apple Pay, though I pitched in the old-fashioned way by credit card.
It's Duskey's first attempt at using the crowdfunding model. You can choose different levels of patronage with each ascending donation offering cooler premiums, of course. Here's the link, Forest City-Rob Duskey Album.
Next week Glen Campbell releases a two hour long documentary, titled I'll Be Me, about his career and recent public battle with Alzheimer's disease. Here's the trailer.
I loved Glen Campbell as a child. I still consider "Wichita Lineman" to be my favorite song of all time. I should have gone to see him on his final tour, which is showcased in the documentary, but I just couldn't bring myself to it. A combination of fear in seeing him fail and my own personal dealings with Alzheimer's.
Campbell was more than a pop/country singer and TV star. He played a terrific guitar. He was a member of The Wrecking Crew, the famous session band who played on so many songs in the 1960s. He can be heard on songs by The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and others.
In conjunction with the documentary Campbell also released his final song, poignant down to the title, "I'm Not Going To Miss You".