Irvington Theater To Premiere ‘Magical’ Halloween Bands Concert Film on October 30
Now a treasured Irvington Halloween tradition, it started in 2014 when Douglas McClure, John Malone, and a few of their friends dressed up as the Ramones and performed on North Dutcher Street where they live. The ritual joyfully multiplied as additional bands, comprising local community members, joined the line-up of performances on Irvington Village front porches — captivating visitors and serenading trick-or-treaters.
“Halloween was always big on North Dutcher, and we kept elevating it — upping the decorations, trying to make it big and fun,” McClure recalled.
Their audiences wanted more. Last year, the event morphed even further, in the form of “Half Halloween” — a spectacularly staged, one-night-only, two-hour, indoor springtime concert at Irvington Theater (IT) with ticket proceeds benefiting the Friends of IT, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that supports the theater.
For the first time, four beloved Halloween bands were all in one place and all on one stage: Lennon + Friends, Wild Thyme, Evil Eckar (with Special Guests, the Dirty Irv Horns), and the North Dutcher All-Stars — replete with a wildly entertaining Master of Ceremonies (local resident Rich Lobel), entrancing sound and screen special effects, stellar musicianship, uncanny impersonations, impromptu aisle dancing, spooky surprises, and a Karaoke contest that brought down the house and thoroughly enchanted audience members of all ages.
For weeks afterward, Irvington basked in the glow of love and community spiritedness that “Half Halloween” had shone upon the village.
“Ever since that magical night, people always ask us if we made a movie of the show,” said participating musician Miyuki Furtado, who also serves on the Irvington Theater Commission. “Folks who missed it were so disappointed, and anyone who was there wishes they could see it again.”
That wish is about to come true. On Friday, October 30, Irvington Theater will present the complete “Half Halloween” concert in its entirety. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by visiting: www.irvingtontheater.com. Only one ticket is needed per household to view the film.
“Because of the pandemic, we can’t put on our annual outdoor performances throughout the village this year,” explained McClure. “2020 has been tough.” So besides the performances themselves (which recapture music from other decades), Halloween in Irvington is physically going back in time.
“Especially now, with so much uncertainty in the air,” Furtado said, “that night takes us back to a feeling not so long ago, although it seems like another lifetime — when we could all gather together and share an incredible, creative community bond that made everyone on the stage and in the audience feel so welcomed, close, and inspired.”
Half Halloween Concert Finale