What better way to kick off your celebration of Halloween than with Insane Clown Posse, those princes of dark-comic campy perversity, who once again offer central Ohio Juggalos/Juggalettes (as ICP fans call themselves) a musical Halloween treat at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 28.

1. What better way to kick off your celebration of Halloween than with Insane Clown Posse, those princes of dark-comic campy perversity, who once again offer central Ohio Juggalos/Juggalettes (as ICP fans call themselves) a musical Halloween treat at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 28.

The Beat will leave it to our readers to decide what's scarier - the goofiness of their "horrorcore" lyrics or the comedy noir pastiche of their live show.

Tickets are $32/$35. Visit www.promowestlive.com.


2. In the almost 10 years since he broke into the country charts with the old-time gospel-y Long Black Train, Josh Turner has proven an able standard-bearer for both the warm baritone and the spiritual bent in country music, handed down from voices like Johnny Cash, Don Williams and Randy Travis and since passed on to the most recent American Idol champ, Scotty McCreery.

Turner has proven handy with a love song as well, the depth of his voice conveying a romantic conviction that caused Blender magazine to call him "a country Barry White."

Turner plays Newark's Midland Theatre Sunday, Oct. 30. Zack Shelton opens.

Tickets are $69.50-$45.50. Visit www.midlandtheatre.org.


3. Donna the Buffalo plays some of the funkiest fiddle music you're likely ever to encounter.

The mid-state New York outfit, led by Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, performs its own unique original tunes, inspired by elements of Cajun, folk, reggae and other roots forms, all groovy and danceable, plus traditional Americana songs filtered through this same paradigm.

Nevins, who recently released a new solo record, Wood and Stone, is not the aforementioned "Donna." Rumor has it the band adopted its name when a slightly inebriated emcee mangled the introduction of the original name "Dawn of the Buffalo." The Beat has to admit we like this one better.

Donna the Buffalo plays the Woodlands Tavern Thursday, Nov. 3.

Tickets are $14/$18. Visit www.woodlandstavern.com.


4. There is not a surer thing in contemporary Christian music than a hit song from Casting Crowns.

Frontman Mark Hall has a gift for spinning a spiritual theme into a well-crafted modern adult pop song, and the list of songs as evidence is lengthy - from Who Am I and Voice of Truth up through Praise You in This Storm and Until the Whole World Hears.

The band's "Come to the Well" Tour stops at Grove City Church of the Nazarene Thursday, Nov. 3. Sanctus Real, The Afters and Lindsay McCaul open.

Tickets are $75-$25. Visit www.rushconcerts.com.