The Midnight Riders will play the Halloween Costume Ball at the city’s American Legion Hall, 335 Limerock St., Saturday night, Oct. 29. The music will run from 7 to 11 p.m. The event is open to the public; tickets are $10 at the door, with refreshments available.

The Midnight Riders features Will Neils on lead vocals; Emmett Lalor on guitar and vocals; "The Reverend" Mike Cole on bass and vocals; Bill Faller on drums; Jon Vickerman (ex-Rustic Overtones) on sax. They opened twice for The Mallett Brothers in less than a year; and was the only band to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday, somewhere on or just-off Main Street, during this summer’s blues festival weekend.

The Riders’ Americana, old soul, funk, blues and rock repertoire include favorites from the Stones, Allmans, Band and Cream with soulful grooves by Otis Redding, Meters, Taj Mahal and King Floyd; and blues tunes by Little Walter, Johnny Winter, Freddie King, Paul Butterfield and Bob Dylan. Add in some aggressive song choices from The Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion and The Drive-By Truckers; and a song selection that also covers roots/Americana songwriters Steve Earle and Jason Isbell, as well as songs by Maine-based bands The Mallett Brothers and The Coloradas.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or