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Food drives and country music aren’t among the first things to come to mind on Halloween, but then again, why not? Though organizer Laura “Spunky” McGaughey admits that the way it came together may have been fairly arbitrary, that’s not to say Halloween Honky Tonk doesn’t have a point: “I really wanted to do something to combine my love for country music and giving back to the community,” she explains.

That’s also not to say it won’t be a fine place to be: McGaughey calls show headliner Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams “probably the best country and honky-tonk band in Denver,” and the evidence is out there to back it up. With a sound akin to Neil Young at his most country-loving, the band boasts impeccable chops and a surprisingly broad songwriting range that doesn’t necessarily confine itself to the realm of cheatin’ hearts ― not to mention the band’s credibility-boosting appearance on A Prairie Home Companion a few years ago. Supporting acts comprise Bonnie and the Clydes and Martin Gilmore.

Show up with a non-perishable food item for co-sponsor and you’ll get a copy of the show poster by Matt Dougherty, complete with autographs from the artist and the bands. With perks like that, what more reason do you need?

The show starts tonight at 7 p.m. at the DNote, 7519 Grandview Avenue in Arvada); tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call 303-463-6683 or go to
Sat., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., 2010


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