For the last decade or more, the Chicago club scene has embraced Halloween with the unique tradition of local bands transmogrifying onstage into some of their musical heroes, donning the costumes and playing some of the songs that they grew up loving, or which inspired them to make music of their own in the first place.
It’s a fine chance to see groups that we think we know showing us another, sometimes unexpected side of themselves, and I’m a bit disappointed to see that fewer clubs are upholding the tradition this holiday weekend. Here is a look at the best of those who are, as well as a few other frighteningly festive picks.
Schubas is kicking things off early with its Halloween show starting at 8 tonight. After the international premiere screening of the independent film “Life by Numbers,” Victorian Halls will take the stage as Brand New, Republic of Lights and Kevin Thomas will become the Strokes, and Suns will channel Black Sabbath.