Spookadelic Ball ready to roll at The Cabin
October 25, 2016
Halloween weekend kicks off this Saturday night with the return of a Park City trick or treat tradition.
The Spookadelic Ball with local band Fat Paw has found a new home at The Cabin. The bar's general manager, Junior Richard is ready to throw the party.
"This is a Parkite event," he told The Park Record. "This is an event that the core of Park City residents know."
The manager remembers when the Spookadelic Ball started in the early- to mid-1990s when Park City was a bonafide small town.
"There wasn't a Kimball Junction, so to speak, back then," Richards said with a laugh.
The goal and idea of the Spookadelic Ball was to celebrate Halloween.
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"It was one of the first Halloween parties I ever went to, and I think this is the 23rd one we've done," he said. "We skipped a few years, and it's been so long that I can't remember."
Local band Fat Paw, led by guitarist and vocalist Tim Wray, headlined the first Spookadelic Ball and has headlined the event whenever it was held.
"Fat Paw is incredible," Richard said. "Tim's music is alongside the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, Phish and all of these jam bands. [It] continues over the years and crosses generations. So, anyone ages 21 and older can come to Spookadelic and have a rocking good time."
The first Spookadelic Ball Richard attended was either 1996 or 1997 at the Dome at Wolf Mountain, which is now known as Canyons.
"I've been involved in it for several years and first promoted it at the Star Bar in 2001 or 2002 around the Olympics," he said.
Since then, the event has been held at Plan B, former home of the Star Bar where O.P. Rockwell now stands. The ball was also held at the Elks Lodge and even the Prospector Theater.
The ball stopped rolling in 2005, but a couple years later, Mountain Town Music reinflated it.
"They held it in different venues, including Harry O's, which is now Park City Live.
Richards also thinks the ball was held some years in peolpe's homes.
This will be the first year it will be at The Cabin.
"I wanted to book something cool for Halloween weekend, because I knew it would be a huge weekend," Richard said. "Since on Monday we'll have Badfeather, I wanted to find a band that would start the weekend off right."
So, Richard contacted Wray and asked if he would like to play this weekend.
"Tim hasn't played at The Cabin, yet, so, this will be cool for him," Richard said. "In fact, he will also do a solo show opener for Bad Feather on Monday."
To help facilitated the event, Richard reached out to Mountain Town Music.
Mountain Town Music's conductor of community affairs Brian Richards (not to be confused with Junior Richard) said he is happy to see the Spookadelic Ball return.
"We are super stoked to be involved in this year's incarnation of the Spookedelic Ball," Richards said, "because we feel it's important to keep Park City traditions alive in order to maintain the character of our community.
"For many, The Spookedelic Ball represents their finest Halloween memories and we are excited that it's back for another year. We look forward to dancing the night away with the ghosts and ghouls of Park City."
Junior Richard said the highlight of any Spookadelic Ball is seeing the regulars who don costumes and attend the throng.
"I love seeing the people who have supported and attended the ball over the years," he said. "There are a lot of faces that come year after year and I'm excited to see who will come out of the woodwork.
"It will be cool to see an old-school Park City crowd, mixed with a bunch of the younger Park City crowd," Richard said.
Throwing the party at The Cabin is also important for Richard.
"It's neccesary for The Cabin to identify with Park City," he said. "At the same time, I want to put my mark on The Cabin.
"I've been playing music and producing shows in Park City for years and I wanted to bring a band that I have been in love with for years," Richard said.
The Spookadelic Ball will return at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Cabin, 825 Main Street. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/551275258395001.