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The Team

Unlike other venues - all events at Bottlerocket are booked, produced, and promoted by a small in-house team and a select group of local promoters, not by mega-corporations or whoever pays us the venue rental fee for the night.

This ensures
Quality & Consistency for everything we do, and a better Artist First environment. Meet the team who does it, and contact us!


Chris Copen - Owner

Chris handles all things Events at Bottlerocket - from Booking to Promotion to Production, and other boring stuff that you hopefully won't notice or think about.


Chris was named a Pittsburgh 30 under 30 in 2023 and is already being annoying about it.


Email for:

Membership, Box Office, Media Inquiries, anything not listed below.

Mel Kleeburg - Bar Manager

Mel is the heart of the bar, and manages anything related to Alcohol and the sale of it. She also handles all private event inquires and customer concerns.

Mel was the first employee hired at Bottlerocket and has thankfully been a part of every event we've ever held.

Email for:

Private Event Rentals, Beer and Liquor Sales, Bar Questions


David Beck - Programming

David, in tandem with Dylan, handles all Live Music booking, promotion, and production needs. He also does an initial vetting of promoters interested in using our facilities for public events.

David and Dylan's band String Machine can be found on a streaming service or indie music venue near you.

Email for:

Live Music Booking, Ticketed Event Rentals

Dylan Kersten - Programming

Dylan is the other half of our Live Music team - and handles all booking, promotion, and production needs. He also does an initial vetting of booking inquiries for all other types of events and shows. 

Dylan DJ's under the name Ron Mist and can be seen touring the country spinning for The Dolly Party.

Email for:

Comedy Booking, Theatrical Booking, General Progamming Q's

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