Horror punk rocker Michale Graves and Horror Film Festival descend upon Ale Mary’s
SCRANTON — Thanksgiving is over and Christmas may be in the air, but that isn’t stopping a Scranton bar from getting into the Halloween spirit, with horror punk icon Michale Graves performing at Ale Mary’s before a round of horror films on Saturday, Dec. 2.
The event is the pet project of Bobby Keller, entertainment director for Ale Mary’s and head of NEPA Horror Film Festival. Keller, who recently stepped into his new position at the bar, felt that his first booking needed to be a big one.
“One of our bar managers was doing entertainment,” Keller said. “I felt that the venue had the potential for bigger acts instead of just the normal bar cover bands.”
As for the reason Graves was the pick for the first larger-scale show, Keller answered simply: “I’m a huge Misfits fan.”
Graves, who is now a solo artist, is perhaps best known for heading up the revival of the Misfits ranging from 1995 to 2000, replacing former lead singer and founding member Glenn Danzig on vocals.
There was some concern about Graves being able to make it to this stop on his tour, after he tweeted on Oct. 30 that “everything we make our living with” was robbed out of their touring trailer.
Keller said that he got numerous calls after the tweet, asking if Graves would still be performing at Ale Mary’s, and Keller is able to say that the show will go on.
“Thank God,” Keller said with audible relief.
After the punk rocker performs, Graves will introduce two short horror films in which he was involved, before the night ends with a screening of the seminal horror classic, “Night of the Living Dead.”
Keller says that he’s expecting Ale Mary’s to be packed on Saturday.
“We sold 100 pre-sale tickets for $5 each, and we flew through those in a week,” Keller said. “I’m expecting between 200 and 300 people total.”
Keller said that this show isn’t the only thing fans have to look forward to in the area. For those looking for more music at Ale Mary’s, the band Jounce, led by former child-star Danny Tamberelli, will be playing a show at the bar on Feb. 24; and those looking for events from the NEPA Horror Film Festival can look forward to screenings in the summer.
If you’d like to make the holiday season a bit spookier than normal, admission to the show is $10. A wristband may be purchased at the door or at Ale Mary’s any day before the event.
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