Danny Kime of downtown Eugene music venue Hi-Fi Music Hall says everyone on his staff loves Halloween. “It’s such a big deal in Eugene,” Kime says. “People love to dress up.”
This year Hi-Fi presents “Prayer to the Old Gods,” a two-night music festival celebrating All Hallow’s Eve. Since Halloween already does well for the venue, Kime calls the music festival a good opportunity to bring something bigger and more exciting for the holiday.
The festival is modeled after the kind of summer music festivals that have become popular in the past 10 years, Kime says. He hopes to bring that “multi-dimensional experience” to an indoor venue.
“It’s pretty cool. We have this option to have this back-and-forth flow between stages: there’s always something happening.”
Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, “Prayer to the Old Gods” takes place the weekend before. Tickets are available for single nights or wristbands for the whole weekend, and costumes are encouraged.
Music will come from locals like Spiller, Sol Seed and Le Rev, Portland-based acts Quick Easy Boys and Yak Attack, as well as electronic music from nationally touring artists Marvel Years and Thriftworks.
Kime calls the lineup eclectic. But all bands build a party atmosphere in their own way, and crowds should come ready to dance.
“The way it’s organized, it flows well together,” Kime says. “There’s rock, there’s indie, there’s reggae, there’s funk and electronic.” And most of all, Kime hopes the headliners expose more music fans to local acts from Eugene.
“Prayer to the Old Gods — A Halloween Festival” is 9 pm Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, at Hi-Fi Music Hall; $15 per night, $18 for the weekend, 21-plus.