Playboy Spaceman played in front of a large screen and behind an altar during the annual Skull Party held Friday night at the Rockwell Ballroom. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Playboy Spaceman played in front of a large screen and behind an altar during the annual Skull Party held Friday night at the Rockwell Ballroom. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Playboy Spaceman play annual party at the Rockwell Ballroom

Dancing, costumes and a light-up altar

A Dia de los Muertos-inspired altar, twitchy dance-rock, VHS rips and a whole lot of dancing came together Friday night at the Rockwell Ballroom.

The annual Skull Party featuring Playboy Spaceman brought a crowd in from the snow and kept the Rockwell rocking and included a couple of visual flourishes.

Since the event coincided with the Day of the Dead holiday, there was an altar decorated with bright lights and flowers. To start the event old taped TV shows, commercials, movies and music videos were played in tandem with music. Once the band took the stage, the sound faded out for Playboy Spaceman’s sound, but the images continued to play on a screen behind the band.

Here are photos from the annual late-autumn bash.


• Contact arts and culture reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com.


Bridget Kuhar of Playboy Spaceman, sings while framed by wires during the annual Skull Party Friday night at the Rockwell Ballroom. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Bridget Kuhar of Playboy Spaceman, sings while framed by wires during the annual Skull Party Friday night at the Rockwell Ballroom. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

A lit-up altar sat in front of the stage during the Skull Party. George C. Kuhar, lead vocalist and guitar player for Playboy Spaceman, encouraged attendees to leave something in memory of a loved one on the altar, or write down the name of someone deceased on a clipboard at the altar. Kuhar added a letter written to his late father during the show. Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

A lit-up altar sat in front of the stage during the Skull Party. George C. Kuhar, lead vocalist and guitar player for Playboy Spaceman, encouraged attendees to leave something in memory of a loved one on the altar, or write down the name of someone deceased on a clipboard at the altar. Kuhar added a letter written to his late father during the show. Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

George C. Kuhar takes a break from propulsive guitar boogie to read from a letter written to his late father during the annual Skull Party held Friday evening at the Rockwell Ballroom. Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

George C. Kuhar takes a break from propulsive guitar boogie to read from a letter written to his late father during the annual Skull Party held Friday evening at the Rockwell Ballroom. Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

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