Revered local cover band Popgun has acquired a well-earned reputation for throwing one of the most entertaining Halloween parties around town, and it shouldn't be any different this year.
The spine-tingling two-night gala, which begins Oct. 26 at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, 5601 N. High St., Worthington, will feature a crossover with acclaimed television show "Twin Peaks." Costumes are encouraged.
The mystery-horror drama will serve as the theme for Popgun's Halloween bash, which is titled "Twin Peaks: The Black Lodge." Lesley Raye's set design will be in the same vein as the stirring series, along with some scary physical and visual surprises, including real bugs from "The Bugman" Mark Berman.
The curators of the annual event are a potpourri of around-town talent, including Popgun founding member Tony McClung (drums), Jeff Ciampa (bass), Dennis Hodges (guitar), Jonathan Vernon (vocals), Joey Hebdo (vocals), Kevin O'Neill (saxophone) and Lucas Holmes (keyboard).
The Columbus group has been throwing down juicy pop tunes, generally spanning the 1970s and '80s, for half a decade.
While mastering the likes of such pop icons as David Bowie and Paul McCartney, the true mystique of Popgun's spooky celebration lies within the preparation for the night's aesthetic.
The band has revisited supernatural classics, from child-friendly treasures like "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland" to the psychological torture of "The Shining," that add to the performance's Halloween appeal.
But hyping the artistic nature of the night isn't meant to downplay Popgun's overflowing talent.
Straying from more commercial and radio hits, the band members' familiarity with jazz makes stretching a Queen or Michael Jackson track a welcomed challenge.
With featured musicians from such cherished regional acts as Hoodoo Soul Band and Doc Robinson, this surely will be a stacked spectacular.
With preparation for "Twin Peaks: The Black Lodge" underway for months, you'll have to grab a ticket to the show soon.
The shows are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.
Tickets, which start at $22.50 after fees, are available at nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
Zak Kolesar helps write the weekly In The Record Store column, which focuses on central Ohio music discovery and involvement.