The Blind Tiger will be booming this weekend, with The Mantras playing Wednesday and Thursday nights before the highly anticipated House of Fools Halloween Bash. Band member Joel Henry Kiser, who will release a solo album at the club on Nov. 27, took to Facebook to reminisce about the House of Fool’s days saying he was proud to be a part of the two albums and “can’t wait to play the Halloween show this Saturday night.” Mark Kano and Mike Garrigan, Iamdynamite and Old Heavy Hands share the Halloween bill. Doors open at 8p.m. with the show at 9:30.

Everclear continues the parade of 90s greats to hit the Triad with a stop Thursday night at Cone Denim on Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro. Badfish, a Sublime tribute, continues the legacy of not practicing Santeria with a show at Cone Denim on Nov. 5.

Over in Winston-Salem, Tucker and the gang at the Garage have a slampacked weekend kicked off by Dark Water Rising on Thursday night. Friday night is the big Garage Ghouley & Nickleodeon Halloween Spectacular, with Gulley playing Nickleodeon show tunes along side Alternative Champs. Saturday night features Honky Tonk Halloween with The Bo-Stevens.

The Sahara Reggae Band will smooth things out at Churchill’s Cigar Lounge in Greensboro on Saturday night, while Karon Click and the Hot Licks do the same at Foothills in Winston-Salem. Across the art’s district at Ziggy’s, Steep Canyon Rangers are scheduled for early Thursday night followed by the ATL Takeover later in the evening. The same goes down on Halloween as Ain’t No Grave plays a Yadkin River Benefit prior to the Lil’ Boosie/WSSU homecoming show. There will be a Zombie Prom in the Tavern to boot. Things heat up at Ziggy’s for 90s rock lovers on Nov. 6 as Soul Asylum brings their runaway train along with the Meat Puppets. Where do bad folks go when they die?

Our contributor John Adamian wrote about the Elisa Ambrogio show coming to Reanimator Records on Monday night at left, so check out that show and plan for the CURSE/Ships in the Night show next Friday.

Some of the coolest stuff happening often goes unnoticed, like the Songs from a Southern Kitchen each Tuesday night at Lucky 32. Hosted by Molly McGinn or Martha Bassett or Laurelyn Dossett the event continues to gain in popularity. So too does Jazz and Cocktails on Thursday nights at the O.Henry Hotel. !