AMG Roundup: Best Halloween Concerts in Atlanta 2014

Halloween is coming up with a spooky swiftness, and since we know there’s really only one thing you want to do for Halloween – go to a show – we’ve rounded up the best concerts in Atlanta going on during this year’s hallow’s eve.

ATL Collective Presents: Michael Jackson’s Thriller @ Vinyl 10/30-10/31
As told by The Shadowboxers & Jamie Portee

The ATL Collective is a collaborative of local musicians covering a classic album from start to finish to create a night of music and storytelling. Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31st: the annual retelling of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This year, ATL Collective will be bringing the haunted album on Mischief Night and Halloween. Start thinking about your costume, and get your tickets early. If you haven’t seen an ATL Collective show yet, this is a perfect one to start with!

Tickets are $13 advance, $16 day of show. Doors open at 8pm.

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The Polish Ambassador with Liminus @ Terminal West 10/31

Despite the political connotations of his name, the Ambassador is not a political partisan. Rather, he is a diplomat for a new paradigm rooted in creative joy, radical self-expression, and ecological principles. As part of this mission, the Ambassador has committed to carbon-neutral touring, instigating exploratory dance, and igniting fan participation. Flanked on the Ambassador’s left is visual artist Liminus, a master of translating dynamic, sonic landscapes into breathtaking video projection. Liminus’s improvisational abilities are a perfect compliment to the Ambassador’s custom-tailored audio transmission, and his presence on stage allows for an audio/visual synergy rarely witnessed in electronic music performance.

Together, the duo will take you on a voyage that leaves you drenched in sweat, with a smile slapped on your face, and a heart busted wide open.

Tickets are $17 advance, $20 day of show. Doors open at 8pm.

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The Emily Kinney Halloween Extravaganza & Costume Contest @ Eddie’s Attic 10/31

You may recognize Emily Kinney from her role as Beth on ‘ol Atlanta favorite The Walking Dead. Following her sold-out show in August, Emily will be back on Halloween night! Following a performance, Emily will be judging a costume contest with a $250 prize! Don’t wait to get your tickets for what is sure to be an unforgettable night of music, costumes, prizes, and fun!

Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door. Show starts at 10pm.

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Curtis Harding @ 529 10/31 

Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It’s self-evident on the Atlanta artist’s debut, Soul Power. The driving sound of his electrified Stratocaster, the foot-stomping backbeat and the lyrics swimming in reverb–with something this flourishing, it’s almost reductive to just dig around the roots. Harding’s style was born in Michigan and bred on the road, a restless childhood spent singing gospel alongside an evangelizing mother, then cultivated in Atlanta, where he sang backup for CeeLo Green and befriended the Black Lips (he plays with Cole Alexander in Night Sun).

Tickets are $12. Doors open at 9pm.

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Big Gigantic w/ Paper Diamond @ The Tabernacle 10/31

Big Gigantic, whose blend of mind-bending beats, thunderous bass, and frenetic melodies has developed a rabid following since forming in 2008, is made up of Boulder, CO-based saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken. Their 2011 release of Nocturnal solidified Big Gigantic as a key player in the worlds of electronic, dance, and hip-hop. Their latest album, The Night Is Young was released in February of this year. If you have yet to see this dynamic duo, their live show is definitely not something to be missed.

Tickets are $30. Doors open at 8pm.

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The New Deal w/ Conspirator @ Variety Playhouse 10/31

The New Deal first began in Toronto in 1999, and came up through the American Jam scene in the decade that followed. Since the New Deal’s beginning, it has been hard to categorize this band, which shows in the wide range of artists that they have played with (Everyone from Herbie Hancock to the Roots, from Moby to Fatboy Slim). A long-time staple of the Jam scene, The New Deal’s improvisational interpretation of Electro House, Trance, Breakbeat and Drum & Bass has brought traditionally electronic music to the live music scene, adding a “human element” and vibrance that can sometimes get lost in the sea of computerized perfection.

Tickets are $28. Doors open at 8pm.

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Honorable Mention: Ted Kennedys (Dead Kennedys Cover Band) @ The Earl 10/31

w/ 30 Year Old Women From Mars (Misfits Tribute), Nameless Nameless (Atl’s Nirvana Cover band) & Unknown Pleasure (Joy Division Tribute)

Sometimes you just want to go to your favorite bar and hear a bunch of great cover bands. We hear ya. Head over to The Earl in East Atlanta Village for Halloween night’s ultimate combo of covers and tributes originally done by your favorite bands.

Tickets are $8. Doors open at 9pm.

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