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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 most Comedy programming at Bottlerocket - and a lot of other boring stuff that you hopefully won't notice or think about. He opened this bar when he was 23 - now he's 25 and always slightly tired.


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


Email for:

Media Inquiries, anything not listed below.

Hannah Confer - General Manager

Hannah reads and replies to all of your emails, and is the general problem solver of Bottlerocket. She's in charge of our bar team & works with our vendors and partners to ensure smooth operations every day!

Hannah sent us an unsolicited powerpoint about why we should hire her, and has since worked her way up from Barback to GM.

Email for:

Box Office/Ticket Questions, Memberships, General Assistance, Beer and Liquor Sales, Bar Inquiries

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Mel Kleeburg - Bar Manager


Mel handles all private event inquires and customer concerns - along with other administrative work. If you want to throw a legendary Bottlerocket Party of your own - Mel is ready to assist you

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

David Beck - Programming

David, in tandem with Dylan, handles all Live Music booking, promotion, and production needs. He is focused primarily on touring acts and promotion.

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 - focusing mainly on local music, DJ's, and more.

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 Programming 


Gracie makes all of the lovely posters you see around the bar and our social media, and handles most general marketing for the bar.

Gracie is the only member of staff to still be around from our Dormont days. Her favorite poster is hers for Michael Cruz Kayne.


Email for:

Nothing! She still has a real job!

Gracie Dickinson - Marketing

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