Ghouls, goblins and creatures of unknown origin traveled to Convention Hell on Halloween to take in not only a great night of music, but attend a great party as well. Dark City Entertainment put together a beast of an outing complete with props, lighting and lots of smoke machine to give it a nice eerie and spooky vibe. I do not know the final head count, but there had to be at least 600 party goers filling the cavernous room in Asbury’s Convention Hall. Very cool event.
I was busy all night long grabbing portraits of the costumed revelers as they walked in, but of course as soon as the music started I made sure to grab a songs worth of photos from each band to share with you.
Staying with the local acts covering a popular band theme the night opened up with members of Yawn Mower and Ether Sunday rolling through a set of Nirvana. Members of the Parlor Mob and the Bouncing Souls combined for a set of Hall and Oates, well I think there were lots of Oates, struck a nerve in the crowd and had everyone singing along and even a few slow dancers were milling about.
Des and the Swagmatics gave us one of the most soulful sets of Stevie Wonder ever heard. The one I was most curious about was Dentist. They gave us their own spin on Green Day and it turned out great. Screaming Females powered through a set from old time punk rockers X. I have heard so much about them, but this was the first time I had seen this New Brunswick trio.
Closing out the night Lost in Society, dressed in perfect outfits, cranked through a set of The Clash. Can’t get much better than that. If you were not in attendance for this extravaganza, circle the date for next year now. I was not at the 2014 party, but I certainly will make the 2016 one.
A few choice selections from the evening:
Nirvana (Ether Sunday/Yawn Mower)
Green Day (Dentist)
Hall and Oates (Parlor Mob/Bouncing Souls)
Stevie Wonder (Des and the Swagmatics)
X (Screaming Females)
The Clash (Lost in Society)