For you Detroiters in search of Halloween's most monstrous party, rest assured when we tell you that The Crofoot's Creepy Cheapy Halloween Treat will undoubtedly be the place to be this Halloween weekend. Starting this Friday at 7 p.m., the annual event takes over the entire Crofoot and will be offering up a slew of amazing performances, great drink specials and prizes galore for the most outrageous costumes. Some of Detroit's finest — like the Cold Men Young, The Silent Years, Macrame Tiger and Prussia— will provide performances throughout the night while DJs Erno the Inferno, John Katona, Justin Ames and CB Drink$ will spin in the Crofoot Cafe and patio. Oh, and in case you're wondering about the price of tickets: Only $5 for entry to one of the biggest events of the year! Dan McGowan sat down to dish the details:
How has the Creepy Cheapy party changed since it first started?
Creepy Cheapy just keeps getting bigger and better. Each year, everyone involved seems to devote more time and energy to the event. The bands focus on their costumes and their covers; we refine the contests, drink specials and surprises; and the guests have the most creative costumes I have seen.
What do you feel sets this event apart from other Halloween parties?
Halloween is a naturally creative holiday, but Creepy Cheapy inspires even more ingenuity. The premise of full-on costumed covers of the greatest bands of all time performed by Detroit's greatest is unusual ... plus the price. So many Halloween parties cost a small fortune, Creepy Cheapy doesn't. Its $5 to get in and we have drink specials all night. This year, I'm really excited to be working with Hard Luck Vodka; we will feature some specialty drinks with their candy fish and root beer vodkas. Not to mention the size of the event — more than 15 bands and DJs on three stages, plus the patio and a dance party.
What are some of the best (and by that we mean ridiculously awesome) costumes you've seen during past years at Creepy Cheapy?
There are so many good ones. Last year, Dan Demaggio turned himself into a bird by folding several hundred copies of Real Detroit into large feathers. It was fantastic! There was also a pretty amazing woodland fairy who was sent to Pontiac to write a story for a deep woods newspaper.
Are the bands responsible for creating their own "cover costumes" for the night?
We have a submission process — bands ask to participate and we select them based on who they would like to cover, and how much effort they exerted in years past, or on previous shows.
There is a big variety of musical styles participating with this year's event; do you think that the 2010 lineup accurately represents the Detroit sound?
I'm not sure Detroit has a definable sound right now, but a common thread in the music is defiance. It can be rebellious defiance, or more absurd. There are lots of great musicians here — and like many people in the region, they are struggling. Some people are angry and want to yell about it; some people speak soft and sound happy, but their words sting. In the end it's all about people surviving, rebuilding and finding happiness. | RDW
Creepy Cheapy Halloween Treat • 10/29, 7 p.m. • Crofoot Ballroom • 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac • 248.858.9333 • thecrofoot.com • $5
What's a party without great music? This years' Creepy Cheapy will not disappoint with this electic and fun lineup. Some of the bands are even dressing up along with the partygoers. Check out a few of the musical offerings at Creepy Cheapy.
Cold Men Young
This quartet of hip-hop up-and-comers is heading to the party dressed as Outkast (but there's only two members!). The cleverly named Cold Men Young have had a successful year of performing and released their debut project, Champagne Nights/Red Stripe Budget, earlier this year. Be on the lookout for their intuitive, fresh sound to infiltrate the musical landscape in a much bigger way.
Detroit's very own experimental avant-garde pop group, Prussia will assume the appearance and sound of iconic post-punk legends The Pixies for this year's Creepy Cheapy. Virtually unknown outside of the underground scene in Detroit, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Spencer has said that himself and the rest of Prussia "all listen to a lot of different kinds of music," and that the final product is a result of that eclecticism. Be sure to check them out during their performance taking place in the Pike Room.
Man, Macrame Tiger sure does get around (not like that ...). After performing at F*cking Awesome Fest this summer and with Dr. Dog earlier this fall, the passel of members that is Macrame Tiger will dress up as none other than the Presidents of the United States of America. Will they perform "Lump" and "Peaches" or opt for the more stripped-down, aural tunes of their own creation? None can be sure. What is certain is that they will entertain. Check out their new self-titled EP and their re-creation of the Sparklewood Friendship Society.
the silent years
At this point, the Silent Years need no introduction ... but what the heck. In terms of Detroit bands, this group is a big deal. Having been together for half a decade, The Silent Years have perfected their indie pop sound over the years. They've performed in Detroit quite a bit, as well as heading out into the wild, racking up frequent flyer (and driver) miles traveling to SXSW and abroad. Their latest ,soon-to-be-released effort, Spider Season, is already garnering a much-deserved wave of buzz. (We've heard it. And wow.) We suggest you attend their set to not only see 'em dressed as (and covering) Madonna, but to check out one of Detroit's best bands. | RDW