REVIEW: The Hangtown Halloween Ball was a crazy costume party!

The third annual Hangtown Halloween Ball took place at the Placer County Fairgrounds last weekend. The perfect fall weather was highlighted by the brilliant array of almost 30 diverse acts. A great variety of sounds permeated the air during the four-day event—including bluegrass, funk, reggae, hip-hop, rock, soul, punk and straight-up twang. Festival fans and bands alike arrived in costume and all seemed to immensely enjoy the camping, cameraderie and all-night partying. 

Here’s a photojournal of what the event looked like, featuring a few of the artists and some of the kooky, kinky festival goers:

Right to left: Anders Osborne, guitar; Eric Bolivar, drums; Carl Dufresne, bass

Les Claypool

Jenni Charles of Dead Winter Carpenters

Carly Meyer of the Mike Dillon Band

Lynn Michael Palmer of the Nibblers

Allie Kral & the Morrison Brothers


Lech Wierzynski of the California Honeydrops

The “Dick in a Box” guy

A festival dancer

Festival fans

Gorilla man

Paul Piazza

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