Halloween Festivities 2013: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Muertos III; and Cirque of the Dead

I can’t believe it’s been over two weeks since my last blog post! Excuses include: a concert was cancelled, I’ve been ill, I’ve been working overtime (and throwing in freelance hours on weekends), it was my mom’s birthday… you get the idea. Anyway, in between all that (and slotted in between World Series games) I did manage to attend three music-oriented seasonal events for Halloween and Day of the Dead.

The most recent one was called Muertos III: A Day of the Dead Fiesta of Local Food and Fantasmic Music. I don’t like to badmouth well-intentioned people too much in public, so I’m not going to name anyone but the bands. The dinner/drinks side of things was basically a disaster as far as I was concerned, so they are better left unlinked and unpublicized. (I’d been there for an hour and a half before I managed to score a glass of water, to give you an idea… and I only got that because one of the people giving out samples for Slumbrew , a local beer brewing company, was nice enough to take a moment to help me out when I was about to be turned away from the bar for the third time without a drink. I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer beer companies with kind employees!)

There were two bands playing at the Muertos event, and both of them were great: first up was Mariachi Estampa de America, who are – you guessed it! – a local mariachi band. They walked around the dance floor and played acoustically while people were (mostly) eating dinner and/or waiting in line for the buffet. I am not exactly an expert on mariachi music, but I thought they were good and I enjoyed their set very much. The other band playing was Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys (with special guest: Dr. Teeth) – I’m a big fan of theirs and it was the prospect of seeing them that dragged me out into the depths of Somerville. I was not disappointed!

That right there is Walter Sickert and Dr. Teeth, and yes, of COURSE they have matching sunglasses. Dr. Teeth was notable not just for being the only Muppet-American in the band, but also because (more…)