The historic Brisbane 23 Club (Brisbane, CA) will be host to a “Haunted Halloween” on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 5pm to closing (1:30 am Sunday). The night will feature The Gillbillies, The Revtones, Colonels of Truth, JonEmery of The Dry County Drinkers (www.drycountydrinkers.com) along with DJ Slimm Buick (www.SlimmBuick.com) spinning vintage vinyl records before, during and after each act. The show is all ages from 5pm to 10pm, going to 21 and over, only, after 10pm, when food is no longer served. Tickets are on sale now on EventBrite for $5 and up (sliding scale) with a portion of the proceeds to benefit a local Addiction Recovery Program serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The 23 Club is located in downtown Brisbane, CA (population 5,000+/-), about six (6) miles north of SFO (San Francisco International Airport). There is plenty of free parking, with those arriving on bicycle being admitted for free, as well as those who arrive in a vehicle made prior to 1970.
“Ghosts” of country music legends are still aplenty at the now clean, quaint establishment. They include such luminaries as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis, to name just a few. It was a real movement, with records named it still available today. The Brisbane Bop album by Jimmie Rivers and the Cherokees, describes him as “a local sensation as guitarist and leader of the Cherokees western swing band … steel guitarist Vance Terry played with Billy Jack Wills and Bob Wills before joining the Cherokees”.
The Halloween party will include hours of music in various American styles, including Rockabilly, Surf, Twang, Cowpunk, Country, Western, and more. A costume contest will be held as well, with awards for Best Cowboy or Cowgirl Zombie, Best Re-enactment of a Star from 23 Club days of Old, and Best Ghost, among others.
According to local historians, the town of Brisbane (known as Visitation City prior to 1920's), earned itself quite a reputation as a rowdy, lawless haven. Being close to the Cow Palace, it was home to a number of slaughter houses in the early 1900's. Metaphorically speaking, the action downtown on a “full moon Saturday night” was reflective of that.
According to Club owners, old canvasses and photographs still hang on the wall, delineating just some of the gruesome past when “bourbon and blood poured freely”. Stories are told about men who would gamble betting actual fingers, then lose and cut them off right on the bar counter, like any another piece of meat. Ears would also get bitten off during drunken brawls, back then when street fighting was truly considered an “art form”. It is obviously a much tamer environment now.
In an effort avoid scaring off newcomers, the local Chamber of commerce describes the city as a “scenic community nestled at the foot of San Bruno Mountain State Park and the lapping waters of the San Francisco Bay. With a safe and favorable business climate, well maintained business parks, an affordable and a hospitable community.” It is also well known as “The City of Stars”, because of the giant light-up stars that residents and business owners place throughout the hills during the Holiday season.