Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Fright Club Halloween bash (doors at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $5 in advance, $10 at door. Recommended 18 and older. volumeonetickets.org): Clear Water Comedy members are partnering with Showtime Championship Wrestling to put on a remarkable event unlike anything the Chippewa Valley’s ever seen. Fright Club also marks the first time professional wrestling will be held at The Plus.
There is going to be in-ring comedian roast battles, wrestling matches, music by local groups Sloslylove and The Ronald Raygun and a costume contest.
Sounds to me like this is the place to be this Halloween weekend.
2. All Hallows Eve Monsters Ball (doors at 9 p.m. Friday at Pablo Center at the Confluence’s Jamf Theatre, 128 Graham Ave. $50 single, $90 couple, $40 student. Prices increase day of. pablo center.org): If you want a bit more of a formal Halloween event, check out the Monsters Ball.
Come dressed as your favorite monster to partake in a costume contest and enjoy live entertainment by Dap Squad and other local performance artists.
There also will be live music and raffles throughout the evening, plus food provided with the purchase of the ticket.
Plus, proceeds will benefit Lutheran Social Services Eau Claire Area Opioid Treatment Programs and Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.
3. Bad Bad Hats band (doors at 7 p.m. Friday at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $10. convergeradio.org): This up-and-coming Minneapolis-based indie rock band is definitely worth a listen while they’re in town.
Bad Bad Hats released its sophomore album, “Lightning Round,” earlier this summer, and I heard it straight from a coworker with roots that run deep in the Twin Cities that the concert should be a good time.
4. The Shillelagh Lads (7:30 p.m. Saturday at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. $13 adults, $12 seniors, $6 youth. cvca.net): The Chippewa Valley’s favorite Irish band is hanging up its hat after this show, so come out for one more evening of traditional jigs, folk ballads, accents and Irish garb.
They’ll be playing hits off of their three albums and leader Michael Rambo said he’s looking forward to interacting with the audience one more time.
5. Clearwater Revue: A Benefit to end Homelessness in Eau Claire (1:30 p.m. Sunday at Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave. $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students, $10 under 12. pablocenter.org): Wind down the weekend with some local musicians, authors, school bands, performers and others at this event that will also shine a light on the issue of homelessness in the Chippewa Valley.
The event features more than 150 local performers, and all proceeds will be used to provide housing and homeless services for families and children in the Eau Claire area. That alone is worth the ticket price.
— Katy Macek