Hillbilly Casino will bring their high-octane, rip-roaring 15th Christmas Anniversary Tour to town on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at The Brass Rail on Broadway. 

That evening, their set will include classic Hillbilly Casino songs and some exciting Christmas numbers. The band of area natives Nic Roulette, Sam Clay, and Colin Taylor, as well as Ronnie Crutcher, have been doing these Christmas shows for quite a while. The show is simply a blistering blast of rockabilly fun and is probably one of my favorite shows to attend each year. 

This time around, they will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of their third album, Hang Your Stockings and Say Your Prayers, which they will be releasing on streaming services for the first time on
Nov. 24. 

Tickets for the show are $8 in advance and $10 day of show. They can be purchased through Eventbrite. 

Local acts opening for Van Halen tribute band

Local rockers Reload and Superhawk have been announced as the opening acts when Jump: America’s Van Halen Experience heads to The Eclectic Room in Angola on Friday, Sept. 29. 

Jump captures the true excitement and sound of Van Halen’s first six albums — the David Lee Roth era. You will hear the hits and some deep cuts and see firsthand why they have gained the reputation of being one of the top Van Halen tributes in the country. Better yet, make sure to get there on time to root for the locals. 

In addition, The Eclectic Room have also announced that they are bringing That Arena Rock Show to town on Friday, Nov. 10. 

This high-energy theatrical tribute performs the legendary rock anthems that ruled the airwaves in the ’70s and ’80s like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, and more. 

Tickets for both shows are available via TicketWeb. 

Sample brews at Botanical Conservatory

On Friday, Oct. 6, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory will host Botanical Brew, a sampling event of all things brewed. 

Round up the troops that day and head downtown between 4-9 p.m. to satisfy your taste buds with samples of coffee, tea, cider, craft beer, and wine. No matter your preference, you are bound to find something you enjoy at this event. 

Along with drinks, you will be free to wander the gardens and enjoy food trucks and entertainers busking throughout. All ages are welcome and admission is only $10. 

Lord Blood-Rah throws Halloween party

Just in time for Halloween, Cinema Center will host Lord Blood-Rah’s Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28. 

Lord Blood-Rah is host of the long-running horror series Lord Blood-Rah’s Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre as seen for many years on MyTV Fort Wayne. You will have the opportunity to meet him and enjoy food, drinks, prizes, Halloween madness, and the feature presentation, the 1944 Universal classic House of Frankenstein

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