A haunted hootenanny of dark arts and music

By Gary Spencer

Photo: Lurking Corpses, among others, will wreak their mayhem at In Nomine Daytonas Oct. 8

Dayton, Ohio, seems to be a place where people like to stage inaugural events. Whether it’s Sideshow, Ladyfest, or, more recently, the Amplified Humans Festival, the city loves first-time events. Is it perhaps because people like to gravitate toward something new or something different to break up the monotony of things to do on a given weekend in Dayton? Perhaps it’s a little of both, but if it is this spirit that keeps breeding new and creative ideas for events, then this is far from a bad thing. Such thinking has led to the creation of a new inaugural event in Dayton, which sees its first edition this coming weekend when Rockstar Pro Arena hosts In Nomine Daytonas: An Ohio Horror Story, the brainchild of Rockstar Pro Wrestling co-owner GeeGee Bradley.

“The fest was my concept,” Bradley says. “Halloween is my favorite time of year, and I wanted to throw a big Halloween party! I’ve performed at some sort of Halloween concert, every year, for as long as I’ve been playing in bands, which is more than 20 years. During The Jackalopes’ heyday, we always threw a big Halloween show. I wanted this to have the same sort of vibe as those classic shows. The name is, obviously, a play on the old Venom song, ‘In Nomine Satanas.’ In Latin, the fest is, literally, ‘In the Name of Dayton’!”

One eye-catcher is the fact that this rock and roll Halloween celebration is taking place early on in the month of October as opposed to Halloween eve, which might seem unusually early for such an event. But Bradley says this was by design.

“I, quite intentionally, planned it for early October so it wouldn’t be competing with a million other Halloween-themed events,” he explains. “We’re just kicking off the Halloween fun a bit early! For those of us who love Halloween, it’s an opportunity to extend the season and take part in multiple Halloween festivities.”

Keeping in tune with Bradley’s original vision for In Nomine Daytonas, music is taking center stage (literally) at the inaugural event. Bradley reached out to his horror rock-minded friends from Dayton and beyond to create a full bill of loud and creepy bands that perfectly set the vibe for the Halloween season, including a rare appearance by The Jackalopes, a band that could be considered Dayton’s original horror punk band.

“All the bands playing this event are old friends that I’ve known for a long time,” Bradley says.  “Many of them date back to the days of the original Jackalopes’ run before we disbanded, 13 years ago. All of them have a strong horror influence. Every band’s look and lyrics are perfectly suited for a rock and roll Halloween show!”

But live music won’t be the only attraction on hand as Bradley has gone out of his way to make In Nomine Daytonas a multifaceted occasion, including a horror-themed local art show organized by Clash Consignment owner Mary Kathryn Burnside and other regional vendors peddling all sorts of goodies to warm your cold, spooky heart.

“I really wanted to make the horror show more than just a rock concert,” he says. “I thought since it’s sort of a mini festival, we should add some vendors and other things to really make it something special. Clash, along with Lady Creepshow Couture, Creepshow Apparel, Dark Arts by Natalie, and others will be selling jewelry, apparel, and other accessories inspired by Halloween and horror!”

And, those who have a great Halloween costume this year can get the best bang for their buck on this year’s investment by joining the In Nomine Daytonas costume contest.

“People put a lot of time, effort, and money into their costumes, only to wear them once,” Bradley explains.  “So, we’re giving them a chance to get additional mileage out of their costumes. Besides just an excuse to dress up, we’re offering a $200 Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo gift certificate to the winner.”

Overall, Bradley and all those involved hope to make In Nomine Daytonas a regular thing that offers something fun for everyone who loves horror, music, art, and everything in between.

“That’s the long term goal—to make this an annual horrorfest,” Bradley says. “The event offers so much. If you’re a fan of Halloween, horror, hard rock, there’s something here for you! It’s such an undertaking putting something like this together but totally worth it. Dayton deserves an awesome event like this featuring bands, artists, and vendors from all over the Midwest. If this one is successful, it will definitely happen again. All In the Name of Dayton!”

In Nomine Daytonas: An Ohio Horror Story takes place Saturday, Oct. 8 at Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St. in Dayton. The Jackalopes, The Lurking Corpses, Grave Robber, The Big Bad, Transylvania Hellhounds, and Gee Gee’s Punk Rock All Stars are on the bill. The show costs $10 in advance for all ages. For more information, please visit RockStarProArena.net.

Gary Spencer is a graduate of Miami University and works in the performing arts, and believes that music is the best. Contact him at GarySpencer@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Gary Spencer is a graduate of Miami University and works in the performing arts, and believes that music is the best. Contact him at GarySpencer@DaytonCityPaper.com

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