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It’s our town, everybody scream! October 2019’s spookiest shows in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Kaytee Callahan of Gully Boys at First Avenue's 2019 Best New Bands show. (Emmet Kowler for MPR)

Whether you’re in the mood for a punk show or an evening of jazz, a drag show or a performance that purports to “lift the mortal veil,” October (otherwise known as the 30 days leading up to Halloween) is rich with excuses to leave the house and breathe that crisp fall air. Below are some ways to fill up the calendar with local music, festivals, theater, and more.

Oct 31: Rhiannon Giddens

Dakota, Minneapolis; 7pm, $50-$75

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens spins American folk and nineteenth century traditional music. She has performed at the Obama White House and acted in the TV show “Nashville.” Giddens plays alongside Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi on tambourine. Tickets and info here.

Oct 31: Goblin Performs Dario Aregento’s ‘Deep Red/Prodondo Rosso’

The Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul; 7pm, $25 – $50

Italian progressive rock band Goblin performs the soundtrack of director Dario Argento’s 1975 horror film Deep Red/Prodondo Rosso. Tickets and info here.

Oct 31: Frogleg Halloween Night Fever

The Hook and Ladder Theater, Minneapolis; 7:30pm, $15 – $18, 21+

Soul/reggae/jazz/funk synthesizers Frogleg swings through the Hook and Ladder for a colorful evening of improvisation-heavy performance. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets and info here.

Oct 31: Monster Mashup

Turf Club, St. Paul; 8pm, $12 – $15, 21+

If you’re looking to both groove and rock out this Halloween, look no further than this series of high-energy sets from Dead Larry (covering the Flaming Lips) and company. Burbillies will perform a “1980s Ass Grass set”; Max Graham & The Fam will perform a “special covers set”; and Dream of the Wild will cover the Grateful Dead and Ween. Tickets and info here

Oct 31: Trick or Freak

Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis; 8pm, $15 – $20, 18+

Minneapolis main-stays come together for an eclectic and danceable evening. Lady Lark headlines with Black Market Brass and special guest Nur-D and Apollo Cobra. Tickets and info here.

Oct 31: Blimes and Gab & Dave B

Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Minneapolis; 8pm, $17 – $20, 18+

West coast natives Blimes and Gab conjure old school rappers with breezy back and forth and effortless swagger. Co-headliner Dave B blends hip-hop, jazz, and funk melodies into intricate and danceable bops. Tickets and info here.

Oct 31: Judah & the Lion

Palace Theatre, St. Paul; 8pm, $35 – $50, 18+

Nashville natives make up-tempo bluegrass, electronic, and hip-hop- infused numbers made for jumping up and down. Husband and wife tender folk duo Flora Cash supports. Tickets and info here.

Oct 31: Rezz Halloween

The Armory, Minneapolis; 8pm, $40 – $55, 18+

Canadian techno DJ, Rezz, swings through the Armory on her Beyond the Senses Tour. Tickets and info here.

Oct 31: That ’70s Show

7th St. Entry, Minneapolis; 8pm, $10 advance $15 day of show, 18+

Jump back into the feel good decade with Minnesota bands channeling classic ’70s acts. Last Import will cover ABBA, Gully Boys take on Devo, and The Shackletons cover The Cars. Opening set from DJ Trophy Knife. Tickets and info here.

Oct 31: First Avenue’s Annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest

First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis; 8pm, $10 advance $20 day of show, 18+

Featuring veteran DJs Espada, Mike 2600, and Rowsheen, First Ave’s infamous costume contest offers over $1,000 in cash prizes to the winning fit. Tickets and costume inspo here.