Freakin’ Halloweekend: Spotlight on The Bobby McGees

Freakin' Halloweekend

In anticipation of “Freakin’ Halloweekend” – coming Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison – we’re taking a moment to profile and interview some of the bands who will be donning musical costumes for the occasion.    Please see the schedule below. 

What band are you performing as for Freakin’ Halloweekend?

The Bobby McGees as Janis Joplin


Who are your members in your band and are they in other local Madison bands? If so, what are they?

Ellie Erickson – lead guitar – The Sigourney Weavers and Shotgun Mary, and the now unfortunately defunct Croaker

Rick Streed – rhythm guitar – The Drain and Crackity Jones (Pixies tribute band)

Jake Ripp-Dieter – bass – I Saw the Creature

Andrew Schroeder – drums – I Saw the Creature and The Bell Hops

Kevin Knapp – keys – Venice Gas House Trolley

Becky Lipsitz – trumpet

Jordan Foster – trumpet

Meghan Rose – vocals – Little Red Wolf, I Saw the Creature, Damsel Trash


When you were younger (or heck, even now), what band/musician did you want to be (or dress up as for Halloween) when you grew up?

I wanted to be a writer more than anything when I was younger. I wanted to be Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now after being in bands I’m more of a performer. And honestly I’ve already had the esteemed privilege of portraying Courtney Love in Hole for the 2012 Halloweekend. That may be the pinnacle for me. Janis will have to take a close second. I mean, she died before we had enough quotes from her, you know?


What do you think the band you’re being would think if they saw you? Would they be flattered? Outraged? Impressed?

I think Janis and her band mates would be greatly amused, and semi-impressed. I think they would also be high and she would clap a lot and say “ALL RIGHT! ALL RIGHT! ROCK N ROLL MAN!” And then shake my hand after the show and offer me some SoCo.


Are you dressing up as the band?

Absolutely! Woodstock fashion all the way. I’ve got bell bottoms, bangles, red glasses, and a lot of feathers. I already have the hair. Jake is growing a mustache. And Ellie is the epitome of the 60s every day of her life. So it won’t be much of a change for her I don’t think…


What other band playing at FHW are you most excited about seeing?

I’m most excited to see Garbage. Love all the songs they’re doing, number one, and I can’t wait to see Annelies Howell transform into Shirley Manson. I’ve already gotten a taste of it because we’re friends, but I wanna see the full show. She’s gonna kill it. I know Jake is most excited for ZZ Top. We saw the real ZZ Top at Bonnaroo last year and he was beside himself.


What experience do you want the audience to take away from your show?

I want the audience to feel like Janis came back from the dead to give them the best damn show of her life. And everyone to party like it’s 1969.


Tickets ►

FRIDAY 10/31
12:30am The Have Nots as X
11:30pm Junkhead as ALICE IN CHAINS
11pm – 11:30pm Costume Contest Train/Winners
10pm Velcro Fly as ZZ TOP
9pm Red Rose playing 90’s HIP HOP CLASSICS
8pm The Shirley Manson Family as GARBAGE
8PM | $8 | 21+

Saturday 11/1
12:30am No Class as MOTORHEAD
11:30pm The Old Pornographers as THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
11pm – 11:30pm Costume Contest Train/Winners
10pm The Bobby McGees as JANIS JOPLIN
9pm The Little Bitches as THE SPECIALS
8pm Blink One Eighty Boo as BLINK 182
8PM | $8 | 21+

Presented by WORT FM & MadCity Music Exchange

Costume contest with prizes at 11PM each night!

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