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

Sunday Apr 14th – 8pm $10
D-I-M with WATER IS THE SUN and CRYSTAL SHRINE

Monday Apr 15th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Wednesday Apr 17th – 8pm $10
SUMMER LIKE THE SEASON with HiDAZE and CAM COOL

Thursday Apr 18th – 8pm $10
DEI XHRIST with DEKTOL, DYING IN SPACE, and DARK MATTERS

Friday Apr 19th – 8pm $10
BEN DONALDSON with YOU JUST DON’T and MELISSA HALE

Saturday Apr 20th – 8pm $10
LOST SOUND DEPARTMENT with BLIND FELINE and MARIGOLD THIEVES

Sunday Apr 21st – 8pm $10
DAN SPENCER with L.I.P.S. and RECKLESS THREAT

Monday Apr 22nd – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets.

Tuesday Apr 23rd – 8pm $10
KEVIN COLEMAN with BARE TREES

Wednesday Apr 24th – 8pm $10
BIG KITTY with RUN 40 and WEIRD IAN

Thursday Apr 25th – 8pm $10
DUMBASS MOUTH (The Gigante/Baggetta Duetta, feat Mike Baggetta) with VIP DITCHFORK and CARDBOARD CAT

Friday Apr 26th – 8pm $10
CIRCUIT CIRCUIT with DOUBLETAP, DREAMWELL, and GLAD I DIDN’T GET MY STUPID WISH

Saturday Apr 27th – 8pm $10
CHATTER with HUNGER ANTHEM and LOUD HUMANS

Sunday Apr 28th – 8pm $10
IRONING with DEAD COBRE and NINEVAH

Monday Apr 29th – 7pm $FREE / 9pm $15
Early (7pm) : Out Series: Improvised music sets
Late (9pm) : Spoken word / comedy LYDIA LUNCH with JT HABERSAAT and CONSENSUAL PISS

Tuesday Apr 30th – 8pm $10
ERICA DAWN LYLE with FRANK/IE CONSENT and ESCORT MISSION and MEGAM00N X

Thursday May 2nd – 8pm $10
CRUMBSNATCHERS with MOL SULLIVAN and YOU JUST DON’T

Friday May 3rd – 8pm $10
RICH RUTH with MAT BAT

Saturday May 4th – 8pm $15
TSUSHIMAMIRE with EX-GOLD and OMFU
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Sunday May 5th – 8pm $12 adv/$15 day of
TRAUMA RAY with KRAUS, PALEFADE, and SHUDDER
Get your Advance Tickets now!

Monday May 6th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Saturday May 11th – 8pm $10
OKAPI with GOOD VIBES ONLY, DOZIBRION, and DARK INSIDE THE SUN