The Pilot Light Halloween Show!

Since the first installment in 2002, our annual fundraiser/benefit show is one of the biggest, best times of the year! Over time it has moved around as it outgrew our humble wall, moving to larger spaces (big thanks to Mill & Mine, Ironwood, the Bijou, Fireproof, and others!)

It’s a rock-n-roll masquerade show with some of your favorite Pilot Light regulars putting together bands and dressing up to perform as your favorite stars on an impossible bill. It’s also the only time each year we book cover bands (well, sometimes we do it on April Fools’ Day too), so the emphasis is on bringing the best and most accurate presentation possible.

Want to perform? Get in touch with your idea at booking@thepilotlight.com . The slots are usually 20min / 5-song sets, with the headliner playing a little longer. One catch: once a band has been done for Halloween, it can never be repeated! Below is a list of artists who have already been done (if you notice anything missing, please get in touch.)

The show is always on Halloween Night, October 31st. This benefit show is a huge help to keep Pilot Light going, so please come out and support!

Previously on Halloween:
ABBA
AC/DC
Alabama (2022)
Asia
B-52s (2005)
Bauhaus (2022)
Beach Boys (2011)
Beastie Boys
The Beatles
Big Star (2023)
Billy Idol
Black Flag
Blondie
Blue Oyster Cult (2019)
Butthole Surfers 
Buzzcocks (2019)
The Cars (2013)
Cheap Trick (2009)
The Circle Jerks
The Clash
Concrete Blonde
Crazy Horse
Cream (2017)
Creation
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Cure
Daft Punk (2022)
The Damned
Daniel Johnston
Dead Kennedys
Descendents
Devo (2004)
Dolly Parton
Dr. T and Electric Mayhem (2005)
Duran Duran (2008)
Echo and the Bunnymen
Elvis Costello (2017)
Eyehategod
The Fall (2021)
Flipper
The Frogs
Fugazi (2023)
Gary Numan
The Germs
The Go-Go’s
The Gun Club
Hall and Oates
Hole (2023)
Huey Lewis and the News
Iggy & The Stooges
The Jazz Butcher (2017)
Jesus and Mary Chain
The Jesus Lizard
Jimmy Buffet (2023)
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Joy Division
Judas Priest
The Kinks (2017)
Kraftwerk (2002)
Marilyn Manson (2017)
MC5 (2021)
Melvins
Michael Jackson
Milli Vanilli
Minor Threat
The Minutemen
Misfits (2007)
The Monks (2022)
Motorhead
The Nerves (2019)
New Order
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nirvana (2008)
Notorious B.I.G. (2023)
OMD
Patsy Cline
Pavement
Peaches (2023)
Pink Floyd
Pixies
Plasmatics
Poison Idea (2008)
The Police (2023)
Queen
The Ramones
The Replacements (2022)
Roky Erickson (2016)
Roxy Music
Sam Cooke (2012)
Siouxsie and the Banshees (2009)
Sleep
The Smiths
Soft Cell
Sparks
Spinal Tap (2006)
Subhumans
Suicide (2021)
T-Rex
Television
Thin Lizzy
Tiny Tim (2021)
Velvet Underground
The Ventures (2015)
Weezer
Willie Nelson (2022)
Wipers
Wire
X
X-Ray Spex
The Zombies (2014)
ZZ Top

(updated Oct 18, 2022)

Coming up next

Saturday Feb 24th – 8pm $10
BURNT TOAST farewell show! With DUCK BUTTER, MISTER DISASTER, and TOUGH LUCK, KID

Sunday Feb 25th – 8pm $10
The Black Experience – performances by BLACK SKILLET, J.BU$H, DIVINE TIMING, BLACK ATTICUS

Monday Feb 26th – 7pm $FREE / 9pm $10
EARLY (7pm/$FREE): Out Series: Improvised music sets
LATE (9pm/$10): VENUS TWINS with DUCK BUTTER

Wednesday Feb 28th – 8pm $10
NIGHTJAR with CLOUDBELLY

Friday Mar 1st – 8pm $10
REALM, STORMTOKER, SUN MANTRA, and WYNDRYDER

Saturday Mar 2nd – 8pm $10
FIELD TRIP with SILVER DOORS and RED ZEPHYR

Sunday Mar 3rd – 8pm $10
EXTINCT with KNIFE WOUND, LAST LAUGH, and SHATTERED SELF

Monday Mar 4th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Tuesday Mar 5th – 8pm $10
ONLINE with 20CATS and ANTADIE

Wednesday Mar 6th – 8pm $10
AUSTIN ROYALE with ESCORT MISSION, UTOPIA, and SECRET SHAME

Thursday Mar 7th – 8pm $10
SORRY ERIC with WEIRD IAN

Saturday Mar 9th – 8pm $10
BAD IDOLS with PLAGUE SUMMER, W1NDOW, and SUROOR

Sunday Mar 10th – 8pm $10
FRANK HURRICANE with LUGE and SAM PETSCHULAT

Monday Mar 11th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Tuesday Mar 12th – 8pm $10
PENTAGRAM STRING BAND with QUEEN CHLOE and FUCKIN’ NUTHIN’

Thursday Mar 14th – 8pm $10
DUCK BUTTER with FRENCH TOAST and MOON TOKKI

Friday Mar 15th – 8pm $10
20CATS with ANTADIE and DOGS RUN FREE

Saturday Mar 16th – 8pm $10
CAVE DECO with POWERWASHER and PAPERWORK

Monday Mar 18th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised Music Sets

Tuesday Mar 19th – 8pm $10
GODCASTER with WAY BELOW

** WHAT FOR? festival weekend! All shows $free, first come first served. Exact timings coming soon; more to be added; rough schedule:

**Thursday Mar 21 : WOMBO, GLAD I DIDN’T GET MY STUPID WISH, ATTIC EYES, IMELDA MARCOS, DUCK BUTTER, HELL BOP, CONSENSUAL PISS, MAD MOTHR, JUDGE SCHREBER’S AVIAN CHOIR

**Friday Mar 22 : GREG SAUNIER & STEVE GIGANTE, ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT, GOOD GUY COLLECTIVE, BIG KITTY, EARWIG DELUXE, TELO HOY, BURSTERS, THE SHRINING, TED TYRO, SLIME RING, KUDZU MUNICIPAL, A CERTAIN ZONE, MATT NELSON, MASPETH

**Saturday Mar 23 : SPIKE HELLIS, SUNNY WAR, CATTYWAMPUS PUPPET COUNCIL, W8ING4UFOS, BASIC LETTERS, GENERATION OF VIPERS, LAN LINE, NIGHTJAR, ALICE GALERINA AND THE TYRANNY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS

Monday Mar 25th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Wednesday Mar 27th – 8pm $10
CLEMENTINE WAS RIGHT and SAM QUINN & THE CARTWRIGHT BROS.

Saturday Mar 30th – 8pm $10
Album release show for DARK MOUNTAIN ORCHID with MAD MOTHR and MAT BAT

Saturday May 4th – 8pm $15
TSUSHIMAMIRE
Get your Advance Tickets now!

BIG KITTY & WEIRD IAN

Miss the show? Want to re-live it? We’re going to leave this up for a little while in its entirety for your viewing pleasure!

From Toulouse, France all the way from Chattanooga is a rare performance from wonder-showman BIG KITTY Clark Williams ! Featuring the fantastic WEIRD IAN & THE RESTLESS LEGS, to kick things off !! Come see this show in person, or watch it live streaming right here at showtime. If you enjoy the livestream, please consider a donation to Pilot Light to help us support the artists and keep things running!

SATURDAY night September 4th at Pilot Light. 8pm. $10

Hear it! : https://bigkitty.bandcamp.com/

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* Masks required