DeKalb's The House offers fun-filled weekend

DeKalb—Oct. 28-31, The House Café in DeKalb offers three separate events: Charlie Parr, the First Annual Halloween Extravaganza, and fusion band Garaj Mahal.

To kick things off, Charlie Parr will take the stage at 8 p.m., Friday Oct. 28. Charlie Parr is a well-received country-blues artist hailing from the Great Plains. He has toured internationally and has recorded more than four albums. Parr’s fourth independent release Rooster, contains music reminiscent of 1920s rural music such as rags, blues, and folk tunes. Parr will be featured NPR’s Fresh Air.

Saturday, Oct. 29, features the First Annual Halloween Extravaganza, which will consist of fun and entertainment such as local bands Inspector Owl, Where’s Jimmy K At, Bikes Not Bombs, I Need Sleep, Fishsticks Enfuego, and Melon Boat. The twist here is the bands will be performing disguised as other familiar bands such as The B-52s and The Police. Cover for this event is $5 and $3 with a costume. There will also be prize giveaways. All ages are welcomed. No advance tickets are necessary.

Garaj Mahal will wrap things up at 8 p.m., Oct. 31. There is no cover and the event is open to all ages. Garaj Mahal is an accomplished set of four first-class musicians who have played and recorded with notables such as Sting, Steve Kimock, and Chick Corea. These four are Kai Eckhardt on bass, Fareed Haque on guitar, Alan Hertz on drums, and Eric Levy on keys. Their musical experience allows them to constantly push toward composition and improvisation. Their blend of funk, jazz, fusion and blues makes their sound profoundly different than any act currently on the scene. Nominated for a “Jammy” in 2003, they are gaining the indisputable respect of many of the music industry’s finest leaders. Garaj Mahal recorded their second studio album last summer.

More info: visit or call The House at 815-787-9547.

From the Oct. 26-nov. 1, 2005, issue

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