Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rockin' goblins at Atlanta's Horrorfest this weekend

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Howdy friends and neighbors,

I'm Reverend Andy and I'm the new guy here on Creative Loafing's Crib Notes.

So, who am I and why should I be allowed to post on a music blog?

Well, I've been a radio DJ in Atlanta for over five years now — mostly working in the underground rock 'n' roll scene. I created a radio show called "Psychobilly Freakout" on Album 88 (WRAS-FM) that ran from 2004-2008 where I spun rockabilly and psychobilly music every Monday night.

These days you can catch me most weekends on 92.9 Dave FM, and every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on 91.1 (WREK-FM) where, once again, I'm spinning rockabilly music. I also book shows around town, host events, DJ at places such as the Star Bar and Lenny's, and I'm proud to return as host for this year's Atlanta Horror Film Festival, aka Horrorfest!

Speaking of Horrorfest, the Head Ghoul in Charge, Luke Godfrey, was kind enough to tell me about Horrorfest and what he has in store for us this weekend...

Reverend Andy: What inspired you to create Horrorfest?

Luke Godfrey: In early 2006, Rue Morgue ran this little spot about Zombie Walks in other cities in the U.S. At the time we were one of the first to add our Walk to the website and begin promoting. After a while of promoting the Walk, I began to notice the potential for a bigger and better horror community in Atlanta. At the time there were only a few events in Atlanta for horror fans. But the true fanatics are out there, we just had to reach them. So we began booking a bunch of bands to play at Lenny's Bar [last year's venue] and started taking in film submissions for the film festival portion of the event. Then we had it — a great festival promoting independent musicians and filmmakers of the horror genre.

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What can someone expect when they go to Horrorfest?

Tons of bands, movies, and of course zombies. This year we will have over 30 musical acts from all over the world like the Dwarves and the Horrorpops, as well as a ton of independent movies, vendors, special events, and plenty of fun to keep you constantly entertained throughout the event.

Do you encourage people to dress up?

With this year being on the week before Halloween, we will definitely be encouraging people to dress up. We'll have some fun prizes and events for those in costume.

How do you have things set up at the Masquerade?

We'll have stages set up in both Heaven and Hell of the Masquerade with movies in Purgatory, plus vendors in various spots of the venue.

What is the Zombie Walk and how can people participate?

The Zombie Walk is a huge event now, a part of World Zombie Day, a worldwide event featuring over 50 cites currently in participation. Basically, we meet up at one central location, get in make-up or come in make-up, and roam the streets of downtown Atlanta. The admission for this part of the festival is free, all we require is that we receive a donation of non-perishable food. All donations go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Walk will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 26.

Do you have any vendors set up this year?

Yes, we will have vendors spread throughout the Masquerade.

Who is your favorite movie monster?

Frankenstein all the way, he's the creature you couldn't help but love. A scientific experiment gone wrong that never meant any harm, but when crossed he can't be stopped.

Horrorfest is in its third year and has continued to grow and build momentum with each festival. Some of this year's bands include Psycho Charger, the Luchagors, the Dwarves, the Tremors, the Horrorpops and Horrorfest favorites the Creeping Cruds. Performances take place Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 23-25 at the Masquerade, 695 North Ave.

For more information, visit Atlanta Horror Film Festival, or purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.

(Photos by Judson Cowan)

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