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October 31st, 2011 By Mike Breen | Music | Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video

Squeeze the Day for Oct. 31

The Werks and Dixie Bee-Liners, plus This Spooky Day in Music

dixie-bee-liners-zombiesZom-Bee-Liners Attack! (Photo: bluegrassjournal.com)

Music Tonight: The "adult" Halloween (this past weekend, mostly at bars) is over and today it's the kids turn. And by kids, I mean those 12 and under. Went and bought a bag of charcoal this morning — I'm giving every Trick or Treater in their teens one fresh briquet. If you're a grown-up sans children (or can get out after the candy-begging ends) and you enjoy Bluegrass (or should I say, "Boo-grass"? No, I shouldn't), head to Covington Mainstrasse's Leapin' Lizard Gallery (726 Main St.) for a a performance by acclaimed Virginia-based ensemble The Dixie Bee-Liners. The band is promising a night of Halloween fun — part of the band's tradition includes performing as the "Zom-Bee-Liners" (see photo) on Halloween, so expect some tricks and treats and lots of excellent UndeadGrass. The band was named the Roots Music Association's 2008 Bluegrass Artist of the Year (beating out Alison Krauss!) and Country Standard Time called the group's 2009 album Susanville "one of the most revolutionary Bluegrass releases in recent memory." The band is working on a follow-up, which they hope to have out in January. The show will be a mix of older originals, new songs and traditional Bluegrass numbers. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. Check out the music video for the Bee-Liners track "Heavy" below.

• Madison Theater in Covington is another post-Trick or Treat option for music fans as Dayton/Yellow Springs band The Werks pulls into town for a 9 p.m., all-ages show.

With an increasingly strong live show — resulting in an increasingly strong presence on the Jam Band circuit — The Werks have made their bones with a hypnotic amalgamation of Rock and Funk, with a little help from the worlds of (according to their bio) "Electronica, Soul, Bluegrass, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, R&B and Dance" music. Tickets for tonight's show are $10. For an audio sampling of The Werks, download the band's free live album from last year's Werk Out Music Festival here. Below, enjoy The Werks performing "Duck Farm" at Columbus's Newport Music Hall.

Momentous Happenings in Music History for October 31
On this day in 1988, ’80s Pop star Debbie Gibson held a seance, reportedly attempting to contact the spirits of Sid Vicious and Liberace. Hmmm. So of all the dead people who've ever died, Sid and Mr. Showmanship are the ones she'd want at her party? If you're going to mix it up, at least bring back Martin Luther King Jr. and Hitler or something! I just held a seance on YouTube with the same goals and look what happened:


Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a spooky Halloween birthday include: Folk singer Tom Paxton (1937); baritone singer in The Temptations, Otis Williams (1941); the man responsible for one of the greatest basslines ever ("Good Times"), Chic bassist Bernard Edwards (1952); U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. (1961); pioneering Indie guitarist Johnny Marr (1963); Bow Wow Wow ("I Want Candy") singer Annabella Lwin (1965); Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger (1967), Robert Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice (1967); and Beastie Boys MC Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (1966).

That's a lot of famous Halloween birthdays! Like any Beasties fan, I didn't have to even look up Ad-Rock's birthday, because he handily put it in a song (though, to this day, I still have no idea what kind of dance "The Smurf" is). Dig it below and listen for the words: "October 31st that is my date of birth/I got to the party and I did the Smurf."

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