There’s a lot of music for Halloween

The spookiest holiday is looming, but with tips and tricks falling on a Monday, many suburban and Chicago venues are opting for a weekend of goofy tributes and Halloween parties.

Here is what we found:

The Ready Freddies: This highly skilled band channels the spirit of Freddie Mercury for a female tribute to Queen, headlining a costume party for the first night of The Venue’s Halloween weekend. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $15-$18 (admission increases $5 at the door) at themusicvenue.org.


Modern Day Romeos is bringing their fun spin on their favorite songs to Durty Nellie’s for a Halloween party and costume contest on Saturday, October 29.
– Courtesy of Modern Day Romeos

Durty Nellie’s: Continuing on from last year’s Prom Night theme, Durty Nellie’s is offering two nights of costumed entertainment this weekend. Friday evening, wear your Halloween costume for a costume party for 21 and over with entertainment in 7th heaven. 8 p.m. Friday, October 28; $12. On Saturday, the staff will dress up as their favorite “Saturday Night Live” characters — and you should, too — for a Halloween party and costume contest with music from modern-day Romeos. $8. 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. durtynellies.com.



CalicoLoco will star as My Chemical Romance on the first night of Golden Dagger's three-night Halloween performances.

CalicoLoco will star as My Chemical Romance on the first night of Golden Dagger’s three-night Halloween performances.
– Courtesy of Vicki Holda


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Golden Dagger’s Halloween Trio: The Lincoln Park venue pays homage to costume season with three nights of bands playing bands. On Friday, CalicoLoco headlines as My Chemical Romance, PINKSQUEEZE becomes the Spice Girls and OK Cool does a set as Jack Black’s School of Rock. On Saturday, Modern Nun takes on Joan Jett, Liska takes on the role of No Doubt, and The Updowns becomes Heart. And on Halloween itself, John Perrin’s Band becomes The Ramones, the Jack Fluegel Band plays while Blondie and Uncle Pigeon tackle the music of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Monday, October 28, 29, and 31, at Golden Dagger, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $10 for each night. goldendagger.com.



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Punk-infused garage rock band Dead Freddie will take on David Bowie as part of Montrose Saloon’s Halloweekend.
– Courtesy of Nagle Photography

Halloweekend at the Montrose Saloon: The Montrose Concert Hall hosts its annual two-night Halloween festival featuring bands from the area paying homage to some of their favorites. Friday Night Dead Freddie headlines as David Bowie, joined by Phil Angotti as Cheap Trick, Alive Kennedys as Dead Kennedys, My Biggest Thrills as Mighty Lemon Drops, Sandmen as Morphine and The Hurtin’ Kind as Wilco. On Saturday, Forbidden Kingdom headlines as The Who, joined by Trouble Boys as The Replacements, Androgynous Mustache as Pat Benatar, Rachel Drew as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MetroPoly as PJ Harvey and Gordon Frightfoot playing Gordon Lightfoot. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29, at the Montrose Saloon, 2933 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago. $20 per night, 21 and over. montrosesaloon.com.

GMan Tavern: This Wrigleyville hotspot hosts two nights of Halloween events. Friday, Now That’s What I Call Halloween features alt-rock covers of ’90s favorites courtesy of Mystik Spiral, Pussy Willow and Weezer Jefferson. On Saturday, The Loose Cannons will headline a Halloween costume party, featuring Shukin & the Ramblers and Collin Marks. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 ($15) and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 ($10-$12) at GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago. gmantavern.com.


American rock band Fletcher Rockwell lead the FitzGerald Halloween festivities on Saturday, October 29.

American rock band Fletcher Rockwell lead the FitzGerald Halloween festivities on Saturday, October 29.
– Courtesy of Fletcher Rockwell

Fletcher Rockwell at FitzGerald: Chicago-area Americana stalwarts Fletcher Rockwell crank out folk-tinged rock as the band preside over FitzGerald’s Halloween celebration, with a contest for best costume at the venue’s Sidebar and patio. Admission is free, but dinner reservations on the terrace are encouraged. 9 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.) Saturday, October 29, at FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

Fool House Presents Vampires, Witches & Wolves Halloween Party: With choreographed moves for returning favorites, Fool House is an unbroken tribute to the biggest hits of the 90s. Paired with a costume contest for cash prizes, this party is a place to be. 8 p.m. Saturday, October 29 at Joe’s Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $15-$20 at the door; $50 for a pack of four. joesliverosemont.com.



Michael McDermott is playing Park West's Halloweensteen show this weekend.

Michael McDermott is playing Park West’s Halloweensteen show this weekend.
– Courtesy of Ron Horne

Halloweensteen with Michael McDermott: Chicago favorite Michael McDermott takes the Park West stage with Denver rock band the Duke Street Kings for an upscale Halloween show full of soul, rock and blues. 8 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $30 at jamusa.com.

Gerald McClendon Motown Halloween Dance Party: The Soulkeeper rocks the house with its smoking version of the classics. 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 at the venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $15-$20 (admission increases $5 at the door) at themusicvenue.org.



Soulkeeper Gerald McClendon greets guests at his Halloween Motown Dance Party at the Venue in Aurora on Saturday, October 29.

Soulkeeper Gerald McClendon greets guests at his Halloween Motown Dance Party at the Venue in Aurora on Saturday, October 29.
– Courtesy of the venue

Lighting 2022: Celebrate in truly high-end fashion for a good cause at Illumination 2022, a gala costume ball in an immersive playground of color, interactive art exhibits, laser light shows, parades and more, all in the hangars of the Vertiport Chicago heliport. Musical performances, including Charlie Otto and Kylie Bree from DJ noDJ, will carry dancers late into the evening. And if you feel comfortable, take a helicopter tour around Chicago, departing just outside the site. Donations raised at the event will benefit research fighting retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy (RVCL), a very rare genetic disease affecting the central nervous system. 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at Vertiport Chicago Heliport, 1339 S. Wood St., Chicago. $150 for general admission, $250 for VIP, $250 for an additional helicopter ride; sponsor dinner packages and commemorative posters are available. eventbrite.com.

Halloween cover show out of context: Subterranean Downstairs hosts a Halloween party featuring performing artists from Chicago. Members of Latenights., Hardly and Farhampton take on the tunes of Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift, joined by members of Overgrow and Long Gone playing Cartel, Bad Planning as Title Fight, Caving as Say Anything and a mix of covers and songs. Penny Bored Originals. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 30 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $13 to $15, with 50% of the proceeds going to breast cancer research. 17+. subt.net.

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