This week the best shows in L.A. include a hip-hop pioneer, a rocked out Halloween carnival, and more.
Afrika Bambaataa was at the forefront of hip-hop back when the genre was seen as a passing fad. Growing up in the Bronx projects he once belonged to a gang. A visit to Africa inspired him to change direction. Upon returning home he turned his attention to DJ’ing, throwing parties, and keeping kids out of trouble and immersed in the music, graffiti, and positive vibes that defined early-‘80s hip-hop scene in New York. Gaslamp Killer and Nobody share the bill.
The Airliner: 2419 N. Broadway Ave., Lincoln Heights. Tix: $10 at the door
Queens of the Stone Age will close out a year of touring with a Halloween festival that will see the band reunite with ex-member Nick Oliveri, who will also play a solo set. The night’s festivities include a strolling mariachi band, burlesque performances from the Suicide Girls, sideshow freaks, carnival attractions, and a blackout haunted house. Lead singer Josh Homme’s inspiration for this special night is a tribute to goth-punk band The Cramps. The shindig also benefits Sweet Stuff, an organization that assists musicians who are faced with medical and personal crises. The Kills and JD McPherson share the bill.
The Forum: 3900 Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Tix: $44-$87
FRIDAY (AND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)
Danny Elfman returns this year to perform his popular scores from Tim Burton films such as Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissohands, Corpse Bride,and Beetlejuice,among many others. Elfman and Burton began collaborating in 1985 on the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure;they’vehave worked together on all but two Burton films since then.
Nokia Theatre: 777 Chick Hearn Ct., downtown. Tix: $55-$150
Grand Park will host a Dia de Los Muertos celebration that includes altars, art installations, traditional folk dancing troupes, calavera face-painting, food trucks, and performances by legendary local cumbia band Very Be Careful, Palenke Soultribe, and La Chamba.
Grand Park: 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown. Tix: Free!