Achilles Wheel headlines 37th annual Fright Night
Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Fright Night, Nevada County’s largest Halloween bash, Saturday, Oct. 31.
The legendary Halloween party, now in its 37th year, promises another infamous evening of sensational costumes and ambiance, an epic dance party, and rollicking rock n’ roll.
This year’s Fright Night features live music from one of Northern California’s most popular groups, Achilles Wheel, plus local psych rockers The Soft Bombs and Scary Little Friends from San Francisco.
Over the last year, Achilles Wheel has dominated the Northern California roots and world music scene performing at Jerry Bash, California Worldfest, The Strawberry Music festival, The Redwood Mountain Faire, The Redwood Ramble, Dead On The Creek, Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Halloween, and a sold out show at Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico.
Offering drivingly danceable rhythms, hard pumping bass, and hypnotically addictive blends of psych, kaleidoscopic electrophonic melodies, The Soft Bombs are at once retro and distinctly forward-looking. The band’s live shows are enhanced by colorful projections and extended dance-improvs that whip the audience into frenzy.
Based in San Francisco with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of Scary Little Friends. Scary Little Friend’s live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks, no tricks. Just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn’t say.
A few of the many highlights at this year’s Fright Night includes the infamous costume contest that always leaves the town talking, a spectacular light show by Mark Jacoby, a special treat at intermission created by LIT Projection featuring the art work of Romero Alves and Zach Haller, food by Horn of the Bull Taqueria, and more. This year’s costume contest features cash prizes, an esteemed group of judges, and emceed by Heather Donahue, star of The Blair Witch Project and author of Grow Girl.
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. 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-seven years later, Fright Night has gone through many producers including artists and visionaries David Osborn and Charles Woods, KVMR, and Foothill Theatre Company, and it is now considered one of the Miners Foundry’s largest annual fundraisers.
Click here to watch last year’s special intermission show https://vimeo.com/111168692
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