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Halloween sinners and saints rejoice at Thunder Valley

Thunder Valley will offer a $2,500 top prize for best costume Friday night.
Thunder Valley will offer a $2,500 top prize for best costume Friday night. <137>Xxxxxxx<137><137><252><137>

Celebrate Halloween in style Friday night at Thunder Valley’s Sinners and Saints Halloween Party. While many casinos offer costume contests and prizes, few can match this event’s $2,500 for first place, $1,000 for second, and $500 for three honorable mentions. Remember, no weapons, masks or heavy makeup. Beyond that, just go for it. DJ Chopstiqs will keep the music going, and there will be go-go dancers and a free photo booth. (9 p.m.; $25, $20 with players card; www.thundervalleycasino.com)

Buckin’ good time

Buck Ford arrives at Cache Creek on Sunday, kicking off a series of Central Valley appearances in November (Goldfield Trading Post, Nov. 11; Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo, Nov. 20; Penryn’s Valencia Club, Nov. 22). Ford is a proponent of classic country sounds. He calls his group the Pure Country Band, he dresses the part with big hats and he names his albums with clear appeal to the core country audience – “Country Never Goes Outta ✔Style,” “Guitar and Gasoline,” and the upcoming “Somethin’ About Those Cowgirls.” Everything indicates he would be very happy to follow the George Strait-style career path. (5 p.m.; $20, or free with players card; www.cachecreek.com)

Electronica rules

Electronica rules at Lake Tahoe’s MontBleuon Thursday with Bassnectar in the main showroom and BoomBox in Blu Nightclub.

Just a few years ago, few would have predicted that DJs would practically dominate the live-entertainment market and become some of the highest-paid performers in the business. But as nightclubs surpass gaming in many clubs’ revenues, it’s only natural. Besides, the term “DJ” hardly does justice to the total experience delivered in these performances.

Bassnectar (Lorin Ashton) is known for his sublime mix of sound and spectacle, one reason he’s in demand for festival performances. (He once performed seven straight nights at Burning Man). He’s set to perform at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 7.

Originally from the Bay Area, Bassnectar is known not only for the music (covering genres from glitch to trap, drumstep to breakbeat) but also for his lacing of voice snippets, easily making him the only DJ who spins some Noam Chomsky. He has 11 albums in his catalog – including this year’s “Noise vs. Beauty” – as well as more than 25 singles and EPs and 14 mix tapes. (8 p.m.; $42; www.montbleuresort.com)

Those who want to make a night of it can stick around for BoomBox, the teaming of Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux, who have just released their first album in four years, “Filling in the Color,” an appropriate title for what they do at the consoles. (Blu Nightclub; 1:30 a.m.; $16 advance, $20 at the door)

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