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)

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OUR 24th BIRTHDAY IS UPON US! Could you help us out by participating in our BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN ? Thank you for your support!

Sunday July 7th – 8pm $10
I’VE NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE with GLAD I DIDN’T GET MY STUPID WISH, JUNE HENRY, and PLAGUE SUMMER

Monday July 8th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Tuesday July 9th – 8pm $10
HALLOWEEN with WAY BELOW and NICHE DEALER

Wednesday July 10th – 8pm $10
ANTADIE with SHUDDER, RAIN RECORDINGS, and HILL VIEW #73

Thursday July 11th – 8pm $10
DHANA JEERA with NATHAN BOWLES TRIO and FOREST FLOOR

Friday July 12th – 8pm $12 advance/$15 day of show
WILLA MAE with MYKA AND YAYA
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Saturday July 13th – 8pm $10
STUPID FUTURE with THE DOGS BODY, A CERTAIN ZONE, and FRENCH TOAST

Sunday July 14th – 8pm $10
BULLSEYE with EX-GOLD, OMFU, and THE PHARAOHS

Monday July 15th – 8pm $10
BELJAVIN with BXE, CPU BUDDAH, DOZIBRION, and PLAGUE SUMMER

Tuesday July 16th – 7pm $FREE
A special Tuesday edition of Out Series featuring : GLASS KEY TRIO (Santa Fe, New Mexico) with ANDREW MCCOY + NICK JERNIGAN (pedal steel + guitar) and RYAN CLACKNER (solo guitar). Still early, still $free!

Wednesday July 17th – 8pm $10
PAPER FEVER with MOOSEH and 20CATS plus handmade art by Keira, Mattie, and Luna

Thursday July 18th – 8pm $10
SKINMAN with DAY AND AGE

Friday July 19th – 8pm $10
MIRACLE BLOOD with GHOST BLANKET, DUCK BUTTER, and ;3

Saturday July 20th – 8pm $10
SCIENCE PENGUIN with MEOB and PAPERWORK

Monday July 22nd – 7pm/9pm $FREE/$10
Early (7pm / $FREE): Out Series: Improvised music sets
Late (9pm / $10): PISS ME OFF with CAVE DECO and NEW ROMANTICS

Wednesday July 24th – 8pm $20
FOLK IMPLOSION (Lou Barlow / John Davis) + solo sets from Lou & John to open the show.
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Thursday July 25th – 8pm $12 adv / $15 day of show
ROSALI with DAVID NANCE & MOWED SOUND and MASPETH
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Friday July 26th – 8pm $10
KELSI WALKER with MIDDLE SATRE and REDD AND THE PAPER FLOWERS

Saturday July 27th – 8pm $10
18ANDCOUNTING with ESCORT MISSION, FKA ICE, and CARDBOARD CAT

Sunday July 28th – 8pm $10
CHAMELEOUS with THE LONE TONES

Monday July 29th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets.

Wednesday July 31st – 8pm $10
LOST SOUND DEPT with UTOPIA and VELVET CHRIST

Thursday Aug 1st – 8pm $10
TERROR PIGEON with PLAGUE SUMMER, DOZIBRION, and PAPER FEVER

Friday Aug 2nd – 8pm $10
PALE MISERY with PRIMEVAL WELL and UBERSERKER

Saturday Aug 3rd – 8pm $10
Connie Converse 100th Birthday party featuring: KAT BROCK, HOLLY BRIGGS, MASPETH, and more.

Sunday Aug 4th – 8pm $10
GOOD LOOKS with SADDLE

Monday Aug 5th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Tuesday Aug 6th – 8pm $10
YARHGANG with PLAGUE SUMMER, LEGO BATMAN, and EVERYONE

Friday Aug 9th – 8pm $10
CASTLE HOUSE with FIELD TRIP and 20CATS

Saturday Aug 10th – 8pm $10
SHOGUN with EVERY PROMISE KEPT, TWO CHOICES, and A LOVING EMBRACE

Monday Aug 12th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Tuesday Aug 13th – 8pm $10
GLAD I DIDN’T GET MY STUPID WISH with WAY BELOW, VIRTUA, and PLAGUE SUMMER

Wednesday Aug 14th – 8pm $10
SLUICE with FUST, CHARLIE BOSS ORCHESTRA, and RUN 40
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Friday Aug 16th – 8pm $10
TBA

Saturday Aug 17th – 8pm $10
TBA

Monday Aug 19th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets

Thursday Aug 22nd – 7pm $20
Knoxville Community Media + Pilot Light present:
TATSUYA NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA + EVICSHEN
Show is at the old AJ Bldg on Gay Street.
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Friday Aug 23rd – 8pm $10
CARDIEL with SERIAL BABY

Saturday Aug 24th – 8pm $10
KING GHOUL with RED ZEPHYR and DUCK BUTTER

Sunday Aug 25th – 8pm $10
LUSSO with HELL BOP and VIP DITCHFORK

Monday Aug 26th – 7pm $FREE
Out Series: Improvised music sets.

Wednesday Aug 28th – 8pm $10
ROSE HOTEL with RUN40 and GRADY MILLIGAN

Thursday Aug 29th – 8pm $15
KEN VANDERMARK + PNL DUO

Friday Aug 30th – 8pm $10
CHATTER with WILLIAM COVERT

Thursday Sept 12 – 8pm $15 adv/$20 day of
THE RED SCARE with DION LUNADON and MILLIPEDE
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Thursday Sept 26 – $15
MORE EPHEMEROL with DILDOX, SPECTRAL BODY, ATTIC EYES, NEW ROMANTICS, and ESCORT MISSION

Sunday Sept 29th – 8pm $20
JON SPENCER !
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Monday Sept 30th – 8pm $15
PETER DISTEFANO (of Porno for Pyros) & MIKE BAGGETTA (of mssv) with EXISTENTIAL DREAD and OMFU
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Saturday November 9th – 8pm $10
PALMYRA with YER FLOWERS and KELSI WALKER
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