Oct. 28 we went with some friends to a Wicker Park bar called The Double Door for its annual Halloween bash. Seven bands came on dressed as other bands, and they covered that band's music. The lineup was:
BLACKBOX as HoleThe Hole and Pink Floyd covers were my favorites. The Blackbox singer who dressed as Courtney Love was hilarious, but totally unquotable. Let's just say "she" wore a merkin and liked to show it off. Dogs of Ness covered Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz running in the background (see Dark Side of the Rainbow). They even brought in a woman to sing The Great Gig in the Sky, and she did an incredibly admirable job.
HUSH DROPS as The Beatles
DOGS OF NESS as Pink Floyd
MILLION YEN as The Eagles
COLOMBIAN LOCAL PIKE as The Rolling Stones
THE LAST VEGAS as Skid Row
LOCAL H as Led Zeppelin
The Double Door is a nice, intimate setting to hear live music, but has the drawback of being mostly standing room, which is not a good thing when you're there for six hours of music wearing four-inch platform shoes. (Hey, they went with my costume!) And the bathrooms were beyond skanky by the end. I hate to admit it, but even though we were really looking forward to seeing Local H, we left right before they came on -- a friend and I were both crippled from standing for so long.
In case you're wondering, I dressed as a "biker girl" and Dave dressed as a football player. Other friends dressed as Darth Vader and a demon, a Hara Krishna and a punk-rock girl, and a beer girl and Mr. Oktoberfest.
As a side note, I've had The Double Door website open in the background as I've been writing this, and they play some really good music on the site from upcoming bands. Check it out.