This past summer, the local music scene was mourning the closing of The Jinx Bar.
Since then, the pandemic has kept us busy and many forgot about the beauty that Jinx-O-Ween was and what it provided. "Jinx-O-Ween" consisted of a Halloween weekend celebration where many of our local artists would take the stage as tribute bands and many embodying their favorite artists and performers would for one night only become the artist incarnate and leave it all on the stage.
Bands have paid tribute to everyone from Fleetwood Mac, Ministry, Blink 182, even Tupac have been covered during the Jinx-O-Ween celebration and the locals wish to keep the tradition alive.
Kevin F. Rose, owner of Elevated Basement Studio, along with Veronica Garcia Melendez from Bero Bero, are organizing a Halloween celebration at Victory North where many of the local bands will take the stage as some of their favorite performers.
"Everyone was bummed that the Jinx-O-Ween tradition was not happening this year and then Kevin had the idea to host a similar event at Victory North," Garcia Melendez said. "We are excited to get back on stage, but we are generally keeping our return to performing in public slow because we want to be safe about it."
"I put feelers out there and quickly everyone was ready to perform and join us. With all that has happened in 2020, many of us were ready to just play," Rose added.
"I am playing with The Trainwrecks. We are doing a performance tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Phillip Price, who is also playing with The Trainwrecks, is pulling double duty with Bero Bero. We also have Reverend Bro Didley covering The Sonics and the Rilo Kiley Band tribute by members of Heavy Books, Peterson Worrell and lead vocals by Jenn Carroll."
Local band Bero Bero, fronted by Garcia Melendez, will cover 90s band No Doubt. "I wanted to showcase a female musician but also deviate from my style and comfort zone," Garcia said of the decision.
"I decided that picking a band from the 90s would be a good deviation, but except for hip-hop and R&B, I do not like a lot of 90s bands. I also really wanted to do a full band because we have been so focused on the duo thing for a couple years now, and after being stuck at home together since March, I think both David and I craved some other human musical interaction.
"So, in thinking of female-fronted 90s bands, No Doubt came up," she said. "We started re-listening and recalling the hits from the mid-90s to the early 2000s. We put together a set of what we think are their most fun, catchiest songs and called in our buds, Matt Price and Bryce McNally of The Al Gore Rhythms. Phil Price, who will be playing with The Trainwrecks as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, is joining us as well. Most of my musical heroes have been men, so it has been a treat to study another woman's style and career for this show. Gwen Stefani is a beast, which I did not quite realize until now."
One of the biggest challenges for live music performances and concert venues in the age of COVID-19 is the size of the location as well as the air filtration systems in old buildings this is where Victory North comes in.
"Victory North has a capacity of about 835 people, and we are closing ticket sales at 200. At this point we feel safe to run a show there. They have installed a high-tech air filtration system and there will be some screening questions, masks are required, and temperature checks will be in place," she said.
"We will be playing the live sound to the outside patio area so more social distance can be achieved. We are also recording the performance for a later online viewing. We are not streaming (since) it can be so challenging, and I rather have a product that we can work with, edit and post produce for the audience at home."