DeVotchKa. Courtesy photo.
DeVotchKa. Courtesy photo.

U nholy hell there are a bunch of good shows for Halloween and the weekend.

One of the big shows that will get in the holiday spirit is DeVotchKa's Day of the Dead Ball. The Eastern European-influenced rockers are bringing the annual party back to the Boulder Theater at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

"We're putting a Mayan twist on it this year -- celebration of the 2012 end of the world," singer Nick Urata said. "It's just gonna be a visual feast, skewed toward stealing the beautiful Mayan culture imagery."

The band's roots in burlesque have always made them inclined to this sort of thing, and Halloween is a chance to let loose.

"As we've gotten in to the grown-up part of our careers, we've had to shed some of the burlesque roots, but we always have a flare for drama and we love to collaborate with dancers and aerialists," Urata said.

Plus, he's got a soft spot for putting the spectacular on in Boulder.

"It's definitely our favorite show of the year, and for people who are new to Boulder or maybe don't live in Boulder -- Boulder becomes a different place on Halloween," Urata said. "It takes on a great vibe and ... the costumes are always top-notch and the vibe from the audience is worth the price of admission."

You heard him. And below are some more Halloween shows, and a few more that won't be Halloween-themed, but worth checking out anyway.



The Motet plays Parliament-Funkadelic

Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 303-832-1874

9 p.m., $25.75-$30

The Motet's Halloween shows get about as much hype every fall as pumpkin spice lattes. The local masters of dance ceremonies pick a band to cover, encourage wild costumes and then made Coloradans dance 'til they drop. Not all traditions are stuffy.

This Friday night show at the Ogden is the only one that hasn't sold out yet, so if you want to get down to some Parliament-Funkadelic, get on those tickets now.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver; 303-837-0360

7 p.m., $27.50

Let's say you miss out on the last tickets to The Motet's throwdown. Maybe they're not your thing or you don't feel like getting a costume together. Either way, this show will be an excellent alternative for about the same price.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have a powerful sound and the group's last record was just further proof of that.


A Zebroids Halloween

hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver; 720-570-4500

10 p.m., $5

Things to know about Zebroids: No. 1, they're named for an awesome animal that is a cross between a zebra and any other equine species. No. 2, The band's Tumblr description is "Fuck art, let's party." No. 3, The hi-dive listing just says, "free drugs/booze." No. 4, Facebook says the band's manager is John Elway and its current location is outside your bedroom window.

What do they sound like? Not sure, but all of the above sounds fantastic.

3rd Annual Halloween Ball with The Widow's Bane and Gora Gora Orkestra

Shine, 2027 13th St., Boulder; 303-449-0120

9 p.m., $5

Halloween is a good time to wander off the map (here there be monsters) and into something a little weird. This annual show features gypsy music, a costume contest, a raffle and "other surprises." Proceeds will go directly to Boulder's Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.


The Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond and Pink Floyd tributes, performed by The Hit List, Forever In Blue Jeans and Disco Floyd

Cervantes Masterpiece, 2637 Welton St., Denver; 303-297-1772

9 p.m., free for 21+ before 9 p.m., $10 after and for all under 21

There's something about tributes and Halloween around here. On Halloween night, three different bands will take the stage at Cervantes Masterpiece to rock some legends. Neil Diamond seems like an odd fit with The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, but there's a 99.9 percent chance no one will care.

If you're over 21, make sure you get there early to get in free.

Dan Deacon

Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 303-377-1666

9 p.m., $13-$15

Other than the date, this show doesn't seem to have anything to do with Halloween. But Dan Deacon will knock your slutty school girl costume's socks off. The composer and musician puts together stunning electronic music, and his shows are known for an intense sense of community in the audience. It's not the everyone-hold-hands-and-sway sort of thing. We're talking big dance contests and massive coordinated dances in the crowd.