Since its inception in1986, Hell on Earth has served as a spooky rite-of-passage for Memphis musicians. Every year, organizer Misty White recruits dozens of local bands -- including Tav Falco's Panther Burns, the Country Rockers, and her own group, the Hellcats -- for a helter-skelter night of rock-and-roll and roots music traditionally held at a cornhusk-festooned auto-body shop located in the shadow of Sun Studio. In recent years, the party's been on the move -- this Saturday, it will be held at Earnestine & Hazel's downtown. The theme for the 20th anniversary event is "Home Grown Hell," which, White says, reflects both the state of the nation and the tune-in/turn-on aesthetic she favors. Expect a carefully cultivated evening of hedonistic pleasures, off-color entertainment, and music galore. "Good trouble," says White, "is hard to find." Rappers Chopper Girl and Nasty Nardo, Midtown groups the Menstruals and the Zippin Pippins, the household-appliance-playing Norwegian rockers Hurra Torpedo (pictured), and perennial Hell on Earth performers Neighborhood Texture Jam are slated to perform at the event, which will be emceed by Ross "the Boss" Johnson.
Hell On Earth, 9 p.m. at Earnestine & Hazel's, $6.66.