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Euphoric Concerts Just as the music winds down in the streets, euphoric concerts will erupt in the area's premiere venues and propel the celebration deep into the night. The late shows feature three separate concerts by national powerhouses:


Break out your costumes and finest dancin' shoes. On Friday, October 31, one of the greatest Funkfests of all-time is high steppin' into The Waterfront at Aloha Tower. Leading the charge will be superstar funkateer, Maceo Parker, with his potent nine-piece band famed for delivering non-stop dance fests for hours on end. The supporting cast includes none other than turntable master DJ Logic.

Saxophonist Parker is a true legend in the world of funk and soul - having spent decades as the driving force behind James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Prince before embarking on his own blistering solo career. He has been called "the living, breathing pulse that connects the history of Funk in one golden thread." DJ Logic brings his own impressive accolades to the celebration - winning worldwide acclaim for fusing jazz and hip-hop into a raucous, exciting musical mix and recording with everyone from John Mayer and Ben Harper to funk ambassadors Karl Denson and Medeski Martin & Wood.

"Maceo is in the house, and he is blowing a tempest."
-The Seattle Times

"Maceo put a complex funk spin to the famous Parker name playing his horn more like a drum than a melodic instrument. The result is an insanely percussive style, which forces everyone within ear shot to dance like a giddy geek."
-David Todoroff (music journalist)

"If anyone wasn't dancing at this show they were either dead or outside having sex. Wow."
-Austin Chronicle

"[F]rom the opening tune, "Funky Fiesta," things didn't let up for the next three hours. . . Parker's sax playing was the star of the evening; searing, punchy, it wove in and out of the groove with confident ease, never taking no for an answer. . . It was a stunning performance."
-The Washington Post
21 & Older Only. Doors at 8:30pm. DJ Logic: 10pm. Maceo Parker & Band: 11pm. Show closes at 1:30am.


Infectious dance grooves continue to radiate from the Halloween Hallowbaloo with the versatile stylings of Mad Professor. Rising to prominence in the reggae world in the late '70's as a producer, engineer and record-label president (Ariwa Sounds), The Professor has since become a renowned reggae dub and electronica DJ touring heavily around the world (Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, etc., etc.) for the past 15 years.

Mad Professor possesses an uncanny ability to harness the spirit of nearly any type of music. Name the genre, and he has tapped into it - or in some cases created it (e.g. Jungle) - to turn clubs into molten dance jubilations. His talents extend to the recording studio as well. Over the last 25 years, his albums Dub Me Crazy, Beyond the Realms of Dub and The African Connection, along with his collaborations with artists as diverse as Lee 'Scratch' Perry, The Beastie Boys & Massive Attack, have made him a superstar with an appeal that cuts across all musical borders.

Mad Professor will bring a world of rhythm to the Halloween Hallowbaloo's NextDoor venue on October 31.
"During the course of the gig an MC reminded the audience of how lucky they were to be in the company of the Mad Professor; but a sea of dancing shapes disagreed, we knew exactly how special each layer of sound was and were appreciating every minute of it. These were beats that could change the world - soothing and optimistic - we took deep breaths and floated away."
-North Devon Journal, England

"Legendary UK dub colossus The Mad Professor, aka Neil Fraser, came to Wellington two years ago and whipped up a dancehall reggae storm. Even curmudgeonly old rock critics were seen shaking a tail feather." -The Evening Post - Wellington, New Zealand

"[P]igeonhole Mad Professor at your peril. The man often traverses a range of genres and his stage show can also be a carnival of colour and style.
-Nottingham Evening Post, England

21 & Older Only. Doors at 9:00pm. The Empire Sound Crew: 9pm. Ubiquity Recording Artist - Damon Aaron: 10pm. Sewa Fare - African Drum & Dance: 10:45pm. Mad Professor Ariwa Dub Posse Featuring Susan Cadogan: 11:30pm. Show closes at 1:30am.


Ask local taste makers, such as indie rock deejay Ross Jackson (KTUH 90.3 fm), to list their favorite indie bands, and a name that you will repeatedly hear uttered is: The Helio Sequence. After a short listen to their music, it's not hard to understand why.

The endorphin attack begins quickly with catchy anthems that virtually force you to reach for the volume knob. But that is certainly just the beginning. After repeated, unavoidable listens to their 2008 release, "Keep Your Eyes Ahead," you begin to notice perfectly blended, rich layers of rhythm and tone. Soon thereafter, you reach for the liner notes and shockingly discover that their big beautiful sound is created by a mere two mortals who also just so happened to self-produce all four of their albums.

As the Hallowbaloo Music + Arts Festival roars late into the night, The Helio Sequence will take the stage at Loft Gallery Lounge and unleash their meticulously crafted songs, massive - hypnotic sound and deep passion that has earned them high marks for their Live performances. Expect to hear about this show for many Halloweens to come.
"What's your favorite two-piece act? The White Stripes? Death From Above 1979? Donny and Marie? After this show it might be the Portland duo Helio Sequence : singer/guitarist/harmonica player Brandon Summers and drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Weikel. . . Helio Sequence's live shows hardly lack punch -- when Summers puts harmonica to mouth, the resulting jams strangely recall late-era Stone Roses. But the pair's predominant vibe is that of a Sgt. Pepper's--ized Postal Service."
-SF Weekly - San Francisco, CA

21 & Older Only. Doors at 9:00pm. Ross Jackson's Daydream Nation: 10pm. The Malcognitas: 10:30pm. The Helio Sequence: 11:30pm. Show closes at 1:30am.

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