It’s become a fun Cincinnati music tradition — every Halloween, local musicians get together to form makeshift tribute bands honoring particular groups or artists. And for the musicians who have been doing so the past six years in Northside, the honorees are usually far from the usual suspects.
Case in point is this year’s event Friday at Northside Tavern, where music will be performed on both of the venue's stages. The free event (organized by local musician Adam Stone) won’t have any Beatles or Led Zeppelin cover bands, for example, but it is the only place on the planet where you will be able to hear tribute acts dedicated to Neo-Prog band The Mars Volta, AltPop group Cake and Goth Rock pioneers Sisters of Mercy all on the same night.
Here is the full lineup for Friday’s “D C L X V I: An Early Halloween” show, as well as a rundown of the local original bands for which the one-off cover-band musicians are best known.
My Incineration, a tribute to The Who’s early years
Featuring members of The Guitars, WHY?, The Tigerlilies, Static Falls, A Delicate Motor and Toon Town
The Marx Vignolta, a tribute to The Mars Volta
Featuring members of Soften, The Lovers, The Phasmids, Dynamite Thunderpunch and Butt
Leonard Nimoy Afterworld, a tribute to Nirvana circa In Utero
Featuring members of Comprador, Disaster Class and MADQUEEN
The Cake Is A Lie, a tribute to Cake
Featuring members of Calumet, Newport Secret Six, The Kno Nothings and Lost Coast
Cure For Pain, a tribute to Morphine
Featuring members of Common Center and Jazzcoasters
No Mercy, a tribute to Sisters of Mercy
Featuring members of Vacation, Mardou, Sarn Helen, Sorry Eric and Crime of Passing
Showtime is 8:30 p.m., there is no cover charge and costumes are encouraged.
The NSYC Saturday lineup includes The Harlequins paying tribute to Harry Nilsson; Springsteen tribute act Loose Bedspring (with members of Lipstick Fiction, Lashes, Hissing Tiles, Fluffer and Black Signal); Bong Rattlers (featuring members of Ernie Johnson From Detroit) honoring the music of Grand Funk Railroad; and Whomageddon, which includes members of Man Halen, Static Falls, Cookin’ Hearts, The Seedy Seeds and Siren Suit.
• Want even more cool tribute band-type action, but on actual Halloween? On Wednesday (aka “actual Halloween”), the Asheville, N.C. Funk/Soul/Rock/Dance band The Fritz is presenting a “Michael Jackson vs. Prince” tribute when they perform at Covington, Ky. club Octave. Click here for deets.