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Hellbender Ball: The Return of Hellbender!

Pittsburgh’s Best Halloween Party took over The Thunderbird Music Hall on October 22nd, 2022 to a sold-out crowd.

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Photos by Renee Rosensteel

What the hell 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.

They have a unique appearance, with wrinkled skin and beady eyes that make them look like something straight out of a horror movie. In fact, their eerie appearance has led to many myths and legends about these creatures. Whatever the truth may be, there is no denying that Hellbenders are one of the most curious and intriguing creatures on the planet.

Ok, so what’s The Hellbender Ball?

The Hellbender Ball is a live music costume party where Pittsburgh bands transform into some of music’s most popular artists, impersonating and playing their biggest hits!

The Hellbender Ball is named after the Eastern Hellbender, a nocturnal salamander that was recently designated as Pennsylvania’s state amphibian. Like Halloween partygoers, hellbenders become active after dark to seek refreshment and companionship.

Who’s Playin’ The Hellbender?

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When is The Hellbender Ball?

October 22nd, 2022

Where is The Hellbender Ball?

Thunderbird Cafe & 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:

What is the performance schedule? (All times are approx.)

Doors – 7:00pm

Lindsay Dragan – 8:00pm

Chandra Rhyme – 8:35pm

Sleeping Witch & Saturn – 9:10pm

Jordan Montgomery – 9:45pm

Anti-Flag – 10:20pm

What is the Covid-19 policy?

It is strongly recommended that all guests are vaccinated/boosted against Covid-19. Masking is also encouraged.


Will there be a costume contest?

Yes! And here is how to enter:

During the Contest Period 10/21/22-10/22/22, post your photo showcasing your costume to your Instagram with the hashtags #WYEPHellbenderCostume and #CostumeContest (the Required Hashtag ) and tag @913wyep. You must do all of these to qualify.

Here are some submission guidelines:

The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, including copyright infringement;
The Submission must not disparage Sponsor or any other person or party affiliated with the Contest;
The Submission must not contain brand names or trademarks other than those owned by Sponsor, which entrant has a limited license to use to incorporate in his/her Submission in this Contest;
The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction;
The Submission must not contain the image of any minor without the explicit permission of his/her legal guardian;
The Submission cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind; or The Submission must not contain images of actions where views of the concert by other attendees are materially obstructed.

We will DM the winner at the Hellbender Ball. Good Luck!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania, 18 years of age or older. Enter Contest by: 10/22/22. For Official Rules, including prize descriptions, please click here.
Void where prohibited. Sponsor: 91.3 WYEP, a service of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting, 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

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Help The Hellbender

You listen to WYEP to discover new music, hear old favorites, and learn about upcoming concerts and events in Pittsburgh. And all of it—every note, every performance, every program—is made possible by and dependent on the contributions of generous independent music fans in our community – our members! Support from our members is crucial in bringing you events like The Hellbender Ball!

Be part of our eclectic community of music lovers; become a WYEP member today.
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Thank You To Our Sponsors

The Members of WYEP


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