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Foundry celebrates 35 years of Fright Night

Fright Night, the Miners Foundry’s Halloween party now in its 35th year, promises another infamous evening of sensational costumes and decorations, an epic dance party, rollicking rock ’n’ roll and a night guests won’t forget.

This year’s Fright Night features live music from local favorites Achilles Wheel with Gary Campus, Paul Kamm and Mark McCartney of the Deadbeats, bassist Shelby Snow and guitarist, singer-songwriter Jonny Mojo Flores. Their blend of psychedelic rock, blues and bluegrass is fresh, lively and will make you want to dance.

Members of Achilles Wheel have headlined the Oregon Country Fair, the Trinity Tribal Stomp, the Marin Summer Music Festival and performed at other festivals, including High Sierra Music Festival and Kate Wolf Festival. During Achilles Wheel’s set, a spectacular light show is planned that will splash vibrant colors on stage and throughout the Osborn & Woods Hall at the foundry, making it a unique dance experience.

One of the many highlights of Fright Night is the infamous costume contest that always leaves the entire town talking, according to organizers. Last year hundreds of people dressed up to have their photo taken for an online contest that allowed friends and fans of the foundry to vote on Facebook for the winners in the categories of best individual, couple and group costumes. Several thousand likes and comments later, a handful of folks walked away with bragging rights for the entire year.

This local tradition dates back to 1978 when Bobby Angel coined the name and produced the first five Fright Nights at the American Victorian Museum as a fundraiser for community radio station KVMR. Those first years are something of legend with elaborate set designs by Kitty and TJ Meekins, out-of-this-world costumes and a who’s who of local musicians performing. The first Fright Night was $2 with costume; simulcast live on KVMR and featured Mighty Dread, Harry Harpoon and the House Wreckers, plus a special appearance by the Phantom of the Opera.

Thirty-five years later, Fright Night has gone through many producers including artists and visionaries David Osborn and Charles Woods, KVMR, Foothill Theatre Company and it is now considered one of the Miners Foundry’s largest annual fundraisers.

Tickets to the Oct. 31 event are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door and can be purchased at BriarPatch Co-op or at the Foundry, online at http://miners or by phone 530-265-5040.

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The Union Updated Oct 24, 2013 09:52AM Published Oct 23, 2013 09:46PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.