By Bruce Hammond
RAMIs Co-Founder & Committee Member
Mind your head, or more specifically, your brain. Saturday, Oct. 19, the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Awards Committee will present its inaugural Zombie Ball, “A Night to Dismember,” at Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road.
Entertainment will be provided by the bands Can’t Touch This, straight from their “Disco Inferno” performance, and Audio Drive, returning from their “Highway to Hell” tour. A DJ from Luxe Productions will act as crypt-keeper and perform before and between bands. A cash bar and a ghoulishly good “brain food” concession stand staffed by undead Shriners will also be included.
A cash prize of $200 will be offered for the best zombie costume, actual zombies having little need of money. For them, there will be other prize categories, some featuring gift certificates for meat. All costume prizes will be awarded after 11 p.m.
The evening will feature “terror” (tarot) card reader David Skywatcher. Record yourself in all your grisly finery at Photo Booth Rockford. Other ghastly surprises will be unearthed during the evening.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The first band will be re-animated at 7 p.m. Décor will be Apocalypse Modern. Formal attire (white tie and flesh wounds) encouraged, but not required.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Guzzardo Performance Music (3010 Charles St.), The Postal Shoppe (1610 N. Alpine Road), the Tebala Shrine Temple and from participating band members and RAMI Committee Ghouls. Purchase will-call tickets at ramiawards.com.
Proceeds from the event go to support the RAMI’s Vern K. Smith Scholarship, which gives tuition assistance to young musicians attending the Rockford Music Academy. Organizers feel compelled to assure the public that no live humans were harmed in producing this event.
From the Oct. 9-15, 2013, issue