The Communicators are going all out for their second anniversary performance at Track 29 on Saturday night.
A first of its kind in Chattanooga, The Communicators is a collective of members of the local music scene who gather occasionally to party and perform.
Most shows involve covering entire albums from start to finish in real time. On Saturday, the group will take on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" and the Beastie Boys’ "Check Your Head."
The show is at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 and will feature a costume contest, Halloween photo booth and a DJ set by New Planet. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
What: Halloween bash with The Communicators
Where: 1400 Market St.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m.
How much: $10 in advance, $15 day of show
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The first show in 2011 featured a cover of The Beastie Boys’ "Ill Communication."
T.J. Greever is a founding member of The Communicators (along with Jonathan Susman and Dan Pinson). He said everything fell into place and that the project has been going since.
"You know, when we started out, we just wanted to throw a party," Greever said. "At shows, we started doing this intermingling of bands, and people really seemed to enjoy it. It’s just a great, lighthearted, playful vibe."
But that’s not to say The Communicators are taking the performance lightly. Greever said everyone involved has participated in 12 to 15 rehearsals thus far. The band also plans to do a final run through at Track 29 on Saturday before the show.
"We have been practicing for this thing for about three months," he said. "We have mass rehearsals. We’ll have a big poster backstage telling everybody who plays on what song ... Everybody has to be on point."
True, The Communicators play shows as an excuse to party, but the shows also serve a much larger purpose for everyone involved.
"It’s a collective," Greever said. "There is a member on stage during our shows from just about every aspect of the scene. It’s a great window into what is going on. My hope is that people see these performers and will go and check out their individual projects. Everybody involved is doing their own art."
Performers at Saturday’s show will include Glowing Bordis, Bexy Ribeiro, The Nim Nims, Microdahts, Strung Like a Horse, Lon Eldridge, Lacy Jo and more.
Subterranean Circus will also provide their brand of "sideshow" entertainment.
With the success of The Communicators, Greever thinks Chattanooga is on the cusp of becoming a major stepping stone for musicians. He points to the popularity of Track 29 and the wealth of talent within the community as evidence of Chattanooga’s ability to become a nationally recognized scene.
"All eyes are on Chattanooga right now," he said.
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