During Halloween weekend in New Orleans, the Voodoo Experience takes over City Park with marquee headliners like Giorgio Moroder, the Zac Brown Band, Skrillex and Diplo’s two-headed monster Jack Ü and the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. But it isn’t the only musical game in town. In the clubs and theaters, the spooky weekend is positively haunted with entertainment, from metal to bounce to brass to rock ’n’ roll. Here’s seven worthy picks:
Friday, Oct. 30
The sixth annual Baller’s Ball featuring Juvenile, Mannie Fresh and Cheeky Blakk Maison on Frenchmen (508 Frenchmen St.) 10 p.m.
The veteran bounce rapper Cheeky Blakk joins Juvenile and DJ Mannie Fresh, architects of Cash Money Records’ sound, for the Maison’s annual throwback to turn-of-the-millennium New Orleans rap. Tickets $20 general admission; $35 for access to a separate VIP balcony with bar and restrooms.
Howlin’ Wolf (907 S. Peters St.) 11 p.m.
The night before Ozzy Osbourne headlines Voodoo alongside original Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler (plus Slash and Tom Morello) an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians and friends pays tribute to the dark and heavy sounds of Sabbath. Participants include Living Colour’s Corey Glover and Doug Wimbish, Mike Dillon, Stanton Moore, Luther Dickinson, Big Sam, Terence Higgins and others, including what’s billed as a “VERY special secret guest.” Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet also takes on the weighty music of Led Zeppelin. Tickets $30 general admission; $50 for access to a VIP viewing area, artist meet and greet and signed event poster.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Mastodon with Corrosion of Conformity
Civic Theatre (510 O’Keefe Ave.) 11:30 p.m.
New Orleans guitarist and singer Pepper Keenan reunites with hardcore/metal monsters Corrosion of Conformity for the first time in close to 10 years to open up for the haunted, sludgy metal providers of Mastodon. Tickets $25
Pinettes Brass Band with King James and the Special Men
Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St.) 10 p.m.
The original all-women brass band the Pinettes took Red Bull’s Street Kings title in 2013, besting acts like the Soul Rebels, the Free Agents and the TBC Brass Bands (and renaming the honor Street Queens.) The pop-and-soul-influenced group plays Halloween night with King James and the Special Men, New Orleans’ dependable purveyors of greasy, vintage-styled rhythm and blues. DJ RQAway also performs. Tickets $20 general admission; $125 for second-row reserved seating and $150 for the front row. The reserved tickets also include early entry, open bar, an event poster and a gift package.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat with Peaches
One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St.) 10 p.m.
Wild, spooky organ-rock duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat bring their sweaty annual Halloween dance party back to One Eyed Jacks, accompanied by the genre-blending, dirty-mouthed electronica singer and performance artist Peaches. White Mystery and DJ Pasta also perform. Tickets $22 in advance, $25 day of show.
Galactic Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave.) 11 p.m.
After 20 years as a band, new-school jam-funk masters Galactic still reign over the wee hours; their late-night Tipitina’s concerts are the stuff of legend. Galactic’s latest album, July’s “Into the Deep,” features guest appearances from Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, JJ Grey and more. The New Breed Brass Band also performs. Tickets $35.
Morning 40 Federation
Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave.) 10 p.m.
Though they officially split in 2009, boozy brass-rock gang the Morning 40 Federation has reunited frequently, performing at least once or twice annually during the ensuing years. In 2014, the band announced that its first new material since 2006’s “Ticonderoga” was on its way, in the form of a series of vinyl singles; Halloween night, expect to hear both new and old examples of the group’s bombastic, horn-heavy barroom funk and roll. With Ratty Scurvic’s Singularity. Tickets $12.