Evaline Industries (426 S. Evaline Street)
School’s out for the summer but Halloween and rock & roll are here to stay.
Fans of Alice Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult—and those pining for the days of the (now legendary) Evaline Halloween parties—will rejoice to learn that the storied Bloomfield house is hosting a summer bash and book launch bash featuring members of both classic rock bands. All Hallows’ Eve comes early when Evaline opens its doors for a Costume Cabal and Freak Scene party on Friday, June 19.
This party packs a triple punch: attendees will welcome the long-awaited revival of Evaline revelry, celebrate a book launch for Alice Cooper bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway and will enjoy live music from a rockin’ lineup. Not to mention all of the (costumed) people watching.
Among the night’s special celeb guests are Dunaway (bass) and Michael Bruce (guitarist, keyboards, vocals)—both original members of Alice Cooper as well as 1960s garage rock band, The Spiders— and brothers Joe and Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult. Joining them will be iconic New Yorkers Tish & Snooky of Manic Panic fame and fixtures on the 1970s-era punk scene, who are singing with the super group Blue Coupe, formed by Dunaway, Bruce and the Bouchards in 2008.
Published this month by Thomas Dunne Books, Dunaway’s new memoir, Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group, chronicles the band’s creation, glory days, unique look and sound and the many illustrious characters they encountered along the way. Before KISS, the New York Dolls, Marilyn Manson or Ozzy, there was the seminal Alice Cooper group, redefining rock music, staging elaborate theatrical shows and topping the charts. Fans can experience those days (and late nights) in Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!, as Dunaway documents his time as the band’s bassist, co-songwriter and conceptionalist—taking readers on a riveting personal journey about two teens from Phoenix and their experiences on the way to stardom.
The Costume Cabal will also feature all of the festivities that made Spin magazine name them “one of the best parties in America.” Expect themed rooms, tents packed with food and libations, conceptual art, live music, book signings and even a wooden roller coaster.
Since this party is described as “an all-out, costume cabal commemorating the LA freak scene circa 1969,” do we even need to tell you that costumes are strongly encouraged?
Evaline Industries is located at 426 S. Evaline Street in Bloomfield. A $40 ticket gets you admission, food and “unlimited adult” bevvies.