Exotic Erotic Ball, Bridge School Benefit & Halloween Parties
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Wed. Oct. 24, 7pm-2am
Mountain Charley's Saloon
15 N. Santa Cruz Ave.,
Whip 'Em Out Wednesdays
PARTY LIKE IT'S MARDI GRAS:
By far the hottest thing to ever happen in Los Gatos, Whip 'Em Out Wednesdays at Mountain Charley's is bringing the fire each week with DJs Rich Haun and Flavatone. Spinning everything from hip-hop to rock to Top 40 pop songs, these guys will have you sweatin' on the dance floor all night. Even if you prefer not to whip it out, there'll still be plenty of scandalous action to witness from a safe distance.
Thu. Oct. 25, 9pm
Angels Ultra Lounge
400 S. First St., San Jose
Masquerade feat. Digital Underground
DO THE HUMPTY HUMP:
While early rap supergroups like Public Enemy and N.W.A. were busy pioneering edgy, politically discontented hip-hop, a little group in Oakland called Digital Underground emerged with their own take on the rap scene. Borrowing most of their samples from George Clinton and P-Funk, Digital Underground's sound was built on funky grooves, comical styles and ridiculously goofy lyrics that seemed to focus primarily on one thing: sex. After the commercial success of their unforgettable dance-party anthem "The Humpty Dance" in 1990, the group went on to produce a handful of solid material, including their 1991 album This Is an EP Release, which featured a then-little-known Tupac Shakur. The legends of hip-hop come to San Jose's Angels Ultra Lounge this Thursday.
Thu. Oct. 25, 9pm
146 S. Murphy, Sunnyvale
Fright Night 6
It's Fright Night 6 at Sunnyvale's Abyss Nightclub, so get ready to creep your way through three levels of devilish fun. Multiple dance floors mean you and your crew will never tire of one party zone, while a host of DJs keep the grooves going till the early morn'. Fright Night 6 is a perfect way to kick off your Halloween weekend, so break out the costume and hit up the Abyss Nightclub.
Thu.-Fri. Oct. 25-26, 7:30pm
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
THE COST TO BE THE BOSS:
Sure, he may be getting a little old, and yes, his latest album, Magic, was knocked out of the No. 1 slot by none other than Kid Rock, but c'mon, it's Bruce Freakin' Springsteen. Whether you've seen him perform 15 times or you're gearing up for your virgin experience, this much is certain: the guy will rock harder than a Thanksgiving turkey stuffed with lead. And, like your first bite into that turkey, you'll be stunned by the overpowering force of Springsteen's rock anthems as you and 30,000 of your closest friends join together and proudly declare in unison: "Born in the USA!"
Fri. Oct. 26, 8pm-2am
The Corinthian Event Center
196 N. Third St., San Jose
R.I.P. (Rock in Peace)
Channel 104.9, Chris Rojas and Dustin Loose present this "premier Halloween event," featuring resident DJs Donovan, Chris Clouse, Zhaldee, Adam Cova, Eddy Santana and FM spinning dance, house, Top 40, hip-hop, rock and mash-ups. The organizers are dropping more than $30,000 for props and decoration, which will hopefully make the heavy cover more than worthwhile.
Fri. Oct. 26, 9pm-3am
8 S. First St., San Jose
Monster Mania Halloween Bash
THE THING FROM L.A.:
Wanna see something really scary? Head down to Vivid's Monster Mania Halloween Bash for Top 40 hits, commercial house, hip-hop, reggaeton and Latin house...straight from L.A.. SoCal invades NorCal at this, "the scariest Halloween party of the year." Mwoohahahahahah!
Fri. Oct. 26, 9:30pm-2am
Taste Ultra Lounge
87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose
Red Light District
GRAND PRIX HALLOWEEN:
Taste's Red Light District is a Halloween extravaganza this week, featuring video mixer Roonie G, plus DJs Don Lynch and David Q, and a special appearance by the last-ever Miss San Jose Grand Prix, Marivel Salgado. With luck, she'll come dressed for work...as a school teacher.
Fri. Oct. 26, 9pm
The Blank Club
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose
Audio Fallout (Tattoo Convention After Party)
The Blank Club is home to this year's official San Jose Tattoo Convention afterparty, so cruise by to continue the day's festivity into the night. Live music will come in the form of local experimental rockers Audio Fallout. The band specializes in sonic textures and abstract noise, assembling an intriguing collage of quixotic sound that has been known to raise a few eyebrows. Even if ambient music isn't your thing, you'll at least have something to talk about other than your latest ink-job. Or you could just keep the tattoo conversations going, that's cool too.
Sat. Oct. 27, 9pm-2am
2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City
Exotic Erotic Ball
FLESH FOR FANTASY:
Probably the most anticipated Halloween event, now in its 28th year, were it's pretty much mandatory to let out your inner sexed up wild self is the Exotic Erotic Ball hitting the Cow Palace tonight in all its leather, lace, vinyl and rubber glory. A few years ago E! Entertainment Network dubbed the EEB as "the world's wildest, sexiest party" and if you've ever ventured into this Caligulan evening of blatant debauchery, then you know just how true that assessment is. The 2007 Exotic Erotic Ball--and all around flesh fest--features Peaches, Vau de Vire Society, Donald Glaude, Bubba Sparxxx, The Spyderz, Snoop Dogg, Tera Patrick, Danny Bonaduce and just about anyone else involved in the international house, club and adult film scenes. If you haven't gotten all of the hedonism out of your system when the Exotic Erotic Ball shuts down around 2am, head over to the Official EEB After Party at the Gold Club (1550 Howard St., San Francisco) that keeps the ball gag rolling until 7am.
Sat. Oct. 27, 9pm-2am
260 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Rhythm Ritual Halloween Masquerade
GET YOUR THRILLER ON:
The Cardiff Lounge's Rhythm Ritual goes bump in the night this week, masquerade style. Brush up on your "Thriller" dance moves and come dance until the dead rise from their graves with the help of DJs Spur, Harry Who, Arturo Garces and Gabriel Black.
Sat. Oct. 27, 9pm
The Blank Club
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose
The Forgotten (Tattoo Convention After Party)
Well into their 10th year, the Forgotten have been forging a comeback over the last year and a half, laying waste to all the wannnabe pop-punkers they put to shame. The Forgotten's effort should get a substantial boost from their new self-titled record, which should be released sometime this year by TKO Records. In the meantime, they're making a hometown appearance to whet the fans' appetites, performing at the Blank Club along with openers Clay Wheels.
Sat. Oct. 27, 9pm-3am
8 S. First St., San Jose
Halloween Hooker Ball
There's a time and a place to say it like it is, and the folks behind the Halloween Hooker Ball have apparently decided that Halloween is the time and Vivid Nightclub is the place to call out all the ladies that love to turn on the sex vibe as if they were getting paid to do it, if only for one night of the year. Oh, did we say "as if they were getting paid to do it?" We meant, "because the sexiest costume will earn one lucky hooker $1,000." Um, hook on, sistas?
Sun. Oct. 28, 9pm
14 S. Second St., San Jose
The Halloween Experience
SouthBayHipHop.com presents a Halloween show hosted by Tavares Daize with resident Djs Audio Dru, Cypher Squad and Abraham, plus music from Conspiracy, Infinity the MC, Keldamuzik, AM1, Druhnkin Ninjah, the Beatmites Silence, Lady Ivory, JFlo and Boogieman.
Mon. Oct. 29, 7pm
42011 Boscell Road, Fremont
Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus may have struck gold with his now-classic country favorite, "Achy Breaky Heart," back in 1992, but these days it's his daughter Miley Cyrus that's getting all the attention as the secretly famous teenage pop star Hannah Montana. The Hannah Montana TV series (on which Billy Ray plays her onscreen father) is absurdly popular, but the ticket prices for her shows (in some cases, $800 will get you a so-so seat) are even more absurd. Poppa Billy Ray is touring alongside his daughter but keeping a much lower profile, playing more intimate venues like this show at the Saddle Rack in Fremont.
Tue. Oct. 30, 8:30pm
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St, San Francisco
Voodoo Glow Skulls
The Voodoo Glow Skulls stood out in the third wave of ska thanks to the relentless, epileptic speed of their songs. Their first full-length album, Who Is, This Is (1994), was chock-full of similar sounding, Spanglish-speaking, horn-blasting punk rock ska played at twice the speed as most of their contemporaries, all of which fueled mosh pits like napalm feeds a fire. Prepare for serious "Insubordination" played "Sin Berguensa," and of course the ever-living call-and-response chant, "Whodoo voodoo wedoo? Fuck You!" Don't ask, just scream it.
Wed. Oct. 31
Halloween Events in San Jose
All Hallows' Eve:
Since this newsletter was founded, we at Metroactive have tried our best to keep you informed of the most important drinking holidays celebrated in the Bay Area. What makes Halloween so special is that costumed partying lets bar hoppers drink publicly until cross-eyed while remaining anonymous. Plus all the sexy costumes make this drinking festival the perfect opportunity for people watching...or ogling. Below is a sampling of San Jose's Halloween bashes. Click here for the entire list.
Costumes are a must at the Tres Gringos Halloween bash, featuring local rocker band 40831. Also performing is Firme.
Local band Rivals holds its sixth annual Halloween bash with musical acts Embrace Forever, Starving Millionaires and 12 Steps to Nothing. Wear your best costume for a chance to win awesome prizes.
Wear your most wickedly sexy costume and win up to $75 for first place. Plus DJ Sue mixing and bad boy go-go dancers.
The Blank Club:
Presenting the Club Satori Halloween Party. Costumes are encouraged at this night of New Wave, goth and death rock dance party.
South First Billiards:
Halloween hard rock. A creepy evening with metal from Silence Chair and Thunderhorse.
Day three of Fahrenheit's three-day Halloween party (Oct. 27, 30-31) is a night of '80s music, featuring drink specials, an '80s rockstar and karaoke party, prizes for best singer and costume and beats from DJ Basura.
Thu. Nov. 8, 9pm
444 Jessie St., San Francisco
Much has been written already about the staggering patchwork of global sound on Kala, M.I.A.'s sophomore album. Not since the heyday of Afropop king Fela Kuti--1977's Zombie, maybe--has a record sounded so goddamn international. Maya Arulpragasam was born in London, was in and out of her parents' homeland Sri Lanka, and lived in India, as well. None of that was all that obvious musically on her post-electroclash first album, Arular, but Kala is literally all over the map. Kuti himself would be impressed by her fusing of pan-African influences with the current British rapgirl zeitgeist. But there's something else going on here, too--Kala practically charts a history of alternative rock. Arulpragasam has ripped her pages straight from the Sex Pistols' playbook: she doesn't cover the songs of her heroes on this album so much as rip them to shreds and rebuild them into new classics that are unmistakably and completely hers.
--This week's newsletter by: RO, MC, CT, GW, SP PD & DB
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