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The Hellbender Ball: Hellbender vs. Thunderbird!

It’s time once again for WYEP’s Hellbender Ball, where you can see some of your favorite Pittsburgh musicians perform as their favorite musicians.

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Thunderbird Café & Music Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will run from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 (plus a $2.50 fee).

Full costume contest rules can be found here.

Who's playing?

String Machine as Lady Gaga

NASH.V.ILL as Betty Davis

Chet Vincent and The Music Industry as George Harrison

Clara Kent as Erykah Badu

Water Trash as The Doors

Thanks to our sponsors


When is The Hellbender Ball?

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023

Where is The Hellbender Ball?

Thunderbird Café & Music Hall

4053 Butler Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Is this show 21+?

Yes, it is.

Where can I park?

You can find that info here.

Can I get my tickest at the door?

It may be possible to purchase tickets at the door the night of the WYEP Hellbender Ball. However in past years, the show has sold out prior to the day of the event.

Will there be a costume contest?

Yes! Costumes are strongly encouraged and there will be an Instagram-based costume contest, with the on-site winner receiving a WYEP prize pack that includes WYEP swag and concert tickets.

What is a hellbender?

Of all the creatures that call the Earth home, few are as strange and fascinating as the Eastern Hellbender salamander. Also known as the ‘devil dog’ or ‘snot otter’, Pennsylvania’s state amphibian can grow to over two feet in length, making it one of the largest salamanders in the world. Hellbenders are nocturnal predators that prefer cold, clear, swift-running rivers and streams where they hunt for crayfish and other small aquatic animals.

Help The WYEP Hellbender Ball

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