Looking for your best musical bite for your Halloween buck? Luckily, there are several worthy concert options happening in and around All Hollow's Eve. A few events even offer a bit of a scare just to stick to the theme of the season.
Oct. 28: Vinnie Paul's Horror Rock Tribute Show at Gas Monkey Live (Dallas)
The co-founder of legendary local metal act Pantera hosts this concert that features local tribute acts performing songs by White Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper. Too bad they couldn't get the real Alice Cooper to show up. His last area performance was a horror show for the ages.
Oct. 29: The Fray at the House of Blues (Dallas)
Joe King, frontman of Colorado's The Fray, looks scary, but his band's music is as easily digestible as a Twinkie. It's just as sugary sweet as well.
Oct. 29: Pat Green at Billy Bob's Texas (Fort Worth)
The absolutely safest place to be for those who hate everything Halloween related is Billy Bob's Texas when Pat Green is holding court. Bro-country, beer and patriotic bravado will keep the evil spirits at bay to be sure.
Oct. 29: Ghostland Observatory at the Bomb Factory (Dallas)
Here's an honest-to-goodness Halloween spectacle. Austin's Ghostland Observatory uses an imaginative concoction of punk, funk and electronica to conjure up all sorts of tortured spirits. Putting as much into the stage show as into the music, the duo of Aaron Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner are one of those acts that you truly have to experience in a live setting. Pick out your best costume and arrive ready to dance.
Oct. 30: Stevie Nicks at American Airlines Center (Dallas)
You have to admit that, even at 68 years old, Stevie Nicks still exudes a fairly witchy persona. As a special bonus, Chrissie Hyde and the Pretenders are also on this bill, which makes this concert a Halloween time warp to the '80s.
Oct. 30: The Jayhawks at the Kessler Theater (Dallas)
There's nothing scary about the fine alternative country of The Jayhawks. Too bad the original reunion that featured singer Mark Olson didn't last but a fortnight. Gary Louis and crew are still capable of some nice melodies.
Oct. 31: Portugal. The Man at the Granada Theater (Dallas)
The only thing scary about Alaska's Portugal. The Man, aside from the group hailing from Sarah Palin's hometown, is the band's talent. Twisted melodies and obscure but fascinating lyrics are just the beginning of these guy's adorable chutzpah.
By DARRYL SMYERS / SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR