With Oct. 31 falling on a Thursday this year, Savannah got an early start on Halloween celebrations, but the purists will be out in force on the actual holiday.

If the past is any indication, the Congress Street corridor will be dotted with costumed revelers from early evening until well past midnight. The celebration continues on Nov. 1 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St., with the annual Jinx-o-ween night of tribute bands, featuring top local musicians performing as Ministry, The Cure, The Cars, Huey Lewis and the News, 2Pac and Blink 182.

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Victory North, 2603 Whitaker St., has an especially intriguing show on Halloween night by Sebastian Bach, formerly of the rock band Skid Row, who is currently on a 30th anniversary tour performing the 1989 album “Skid Row” in its entirety.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bach dismissed talk of reuniting with his Skid Row bandmates, so this show at Victory North (tickets start at $28) will be the next best thing for those who remember the band’s sudden rise.

Bach’s performance kicks off an especially strong series of gigs for Victory North.

Mac Powell and the Family Reunion will perform on Nov. 1. The former lead singer of Third Day, Powell launched this project in 2018 and is now touring in support of the new album aptly named “Back Again.” Tickets start at $21. The alt-country performer Koe Wetzel and his band will hit Victory North on Nov. 2 in support of the record “Harold Saul High.” General admission tickets are $16. Big Head Todd and the Monsters have been rocking for more than 30 years, and they will hit Victory North on Nov. 5.

 

Music lovers of a certain age might have first begun following the band after the release of the wonderful 1993 album “Sister Sweetly,” which went platinum, but the group’s roots extend all the way back to the early 1980s when three of the members were in junior high. “New World Arisin’,” the band’s 11th studio album, was released in 2017.

Nashville-based JD Simo will open. Advance tickets for the show at Victory North are $36.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.