With Halloween on Oct. 31 and the Savannah Film Festival in its busy final days, we are going to see some late and lively nights downtown.

One of the highlights will be a Nov. 2 show at Hang Fire on Whitaker Street.

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the band's first full-length record, CUSSES is throwing a No Control party with three other local bands: Niche, Wet Socks and electricparK.

This will be the last local show of 2013 for CUSSES, one of Savannah's most talented and hardest-working rock bands. The trio recently raised an eye-popping $37,000 via Kickstarter and will be heading into the studio soon.

CUSSES' first single, "Worst Enemy," is now playing on the radio in various places across Europe.

The duo Wet Socks has been busy in recent months, expanding their high-energy garage rock at Hang Fire, house parties and pretty much anywhere else they can plug in.

Niche recently released "The Other Side of the End," a strong album that captures the band's heavy, 1970s-influenced rock.

I have not heard electricparK, but the band promises "big beats and commanding synths."

The music should get rolling around 10 p.m.

There's a $6 cover for the No Control party. Hang Fire has not always charged for bands, but I'm glad to see a cover for an impressive lineup like this.

At most shows, the revenue from the door goes directly to the performers, which gives them a real stake in promotion and guarantees they won't end up playing for free. 

A cover also weeds out a few patrons who aren't into the music.

And a nominal charge, especially for a show like this one, also helps cement the idea that live music has a clear value.

And that's not all for No Control. The promotional team led by Angel Bond of CUSSES is also promoting a show Nov. 1 at The Sparetime headlined by Creepoid, from Philadelphia.

Creepoid combines a variety of indie influences into an eclectic mix. They'll be joined by the thrash band Ramming Speed and local instrumental rock act Blackrune.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via billdawers@comcast.net.