Booking at Howlers 101
Here is all the info about booking and playing a show at Howlers Pittsburgh.
We book shows five nights a week — Wednesday through Sunday with Monday and Tuesday as days of rest. Occasionally we we will take a Monday or Tuesday show.
Send date requests and details to Booking@HowlersPittsburgh.com
We need to know the following:
Who are you? Local or touring? We need your band name, genre and a link to your music.
When? Preferred date(s), and it helps if there’s a little wiggle room. Please provide three dates in order of preference or a range of date availability.
Where? Well, that one is obvious. Howlers!
If you are a touring act, are there locals with whom you would prefer to work?
We will review your request and check for date availability, compatibility to the venue and the possibility of obtaining local support. Generally, we are able to respond within five days.
Show at Howlers — The Basics
Howlers is a play-for-the-door venue. We do not offer guarantees except in rare circumstances.
Finding good local support is key to a successful show. We will try to help as much as we can, but we expect you to reach out to locals with whom you may be familiar and who might like to play a show. We can provide a Pittsburgh Media list to help you with promotion.
Local Pittsburgh Bands
We expect you, at a minimum, to promote the show to your fans, family and friends. We work hard to promote the bar and events at Howlers, we can join together to reach out to those you know.
We will list all shows locally in the free listings, on our website and through social media. We can only promote the venue, you know your fan base better than we do. Working together will create a much better show for you and Howlers. Communication is key!
Cover / Door Charges
Howlers does not collect a room fee or a sound fee. We do, however have to collect an entertainment tax. The City of Pgh imposes a 5% entertainment tax on the door which the bands are responsible for paying. Bands have the option to set their own door /cover charge on weekday shows. We prefer to have our own staff work on Friday/Saturday shows at a cost of $45 from the door.
Working the Door
Repeat.. For weekday shows (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday), we ask that you provide someone from your camp to work the door.
On weekends (Friday and Saturday) Howlers will have a staff / door person available for a $45 charge. This is the only fee we charge bands.
Should you have a weekday show and would like us to provide a door person, we will bring in a staff member ($40 fee), but let us know at the time of booking if you require this service. If you do not let us know at the time of booking, we will not provide a door person (no exceptions).
21-plus only. We are a bar and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control is pretty strict. Sorry minors, we cannot accommodate any Under-21 shows.
Our capacity is 150.
You can start loading in anytime after 6 pm. Our sound tech usually arrives by 7:30 pm on weeknights and by 8:30 pm on weekends. If you need early sound checks or an adjusted show time, please let us know.
Weekday shows have a midnight curfew — there is no exception to this rule. Please understand we have neighbors and we need to be considerate.
Friday and Saturday shows can go until 1:30 am.
Howlers has an excellent sound system with digital mixing and recording capability. The room has been made acoustically sound. Our sound techs are all well trained and very good at what they do. We do not generally allow outside sound techs.
We have a large stage that can accommodate all of your equipment and bands with numerous members.
We have a pretty basic lighting system, mostly oranges and blues on a fader. Should you feel the need to bring in extra lights, please have this approved ahead of time. We do not always have the power or space to handle extra lighting.
We provide some cheap drafts, soda and water for the performers.
We can record your set direct to DVD with a live audio stream (separate from the board and monitor mixes).
We will burn a DVD of your set at your request only. We do not record each set by default, so please inform the house engineer before your set begins if you would like this done. Oh, and it will only cost you $1!
Any further details, questions or comments can be discussed at time of booking. We can’t stress enough that communication is essential to a great show.
Thanks for your interest in booking at Howlers.
Jo and the Howlers Staff