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How To Get Your Event Into The Chop Shop:
Typically, you can only book an event at The Chop Shop one of two ways:
1) Rent The Chop Shop - We will set a price determined by the event, amount of people attending, and the production needs of the event. When you rent The Chop Shop, there are no extra costs or bar guarantees to be met. You keep any door money you charge. We require a deposit to hold the date, 1/2 of payment is due 30 days before your event date and the balance is due 7 days before your event date. These deposits are not refundable.
2) Request To Book Your Event With Us - We must approve EVERY aspect of the event and feel that it is worth our time and the value of the date and areas of the venue requested. There WILL be Production costs (if applicable) and Bar Sales guarantees to be met backed by the event's income. If the bar sales are below this agreed amount, the event's income has to make up the difference.
1st Time Booking:
If you are looking to perform at the Chop Shop for the first time and do not have an established relationship with us or an established name in the industry, you may be asked to pre-buy tickets from us or pay a deposit for your show date. This money will apply towards anything you owe after the event or it will be returned to you.
We rarely put bills together or add openers to bills so it is unlikely that we'll have opening slots for you or your band. Opening for Nationals is a privilege earned by having good shows and good attitudes as well as being the right fit and being approved by the National/Regional act. Your best bet getting an opening slot is to get with locals that draw well and put together a bill. (Some bands will trade out promo expense and flyering to to let others on their bill) Unfortunately, we have a long list of bands wanting to take free opening slots and a very short list of opportunities.
We take the cost of your event's personnel (ex. soundman fee) from the event's income before you get paid. The event/band/promoter(s) then takes the agreed percentage of the door afterwards. We like events that are complete, well promoted and well organized! Unless otherwise agreed, WE are not sponsoring or presenting your event. Please do not word your promo to say so. Bands/Events SHOULD NOT book another show in the Charlotte area within 21 days before or after your event here, otherwise your door may be charged whatever we feel is appropriate. (if this is an issue, please, just discuss it with us first)
Sound - A Sound man typically costs $125 on weeknights and $150 on weekends and is required if there is more than a stereo output to the PA involved. We reserve the right to have our house sound person on an event in which you wish to bring your own sound person.
Door - Door person usually costs $10 per hour. They collect your door money, have guests sign in and answer questions about the event.
Lighting - Lighting prices vary. Any event will come with at least a basic light pattern on the stage if there is not a tech hired. All weekend band/music events are required to have a light tech as well as any band/music event drawing over 10 people on a weeknight.
Security – Security costs can vary depending on the needs of the event. We usually provide 1 person at no cost and typically charge $100 per additional man.
If you don't think you can cover these expenses with your event's income, you should look at a smaller place for your event. There may be exceptions to all of this depending on a number of factors, but this is our base starting point.
IF YOU DIDN'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY - If you don't make enough to cover the door, sound, lights and security or other agreed production expenses, you will have to pay for them out of your pocket. If your door doesn't make enough money, our bar likely didn't make enough either and we lost money hosting your event.
We hold +/- 400 in our main room and have an outdoor area for overflow. The outdoor patio can hold up to 200. We also have is a large event room and stage area. Please inquire if you are interested in booking the big event room. (There is $300 minimum upfront charge to use this room or to add it to to a front room event before any other cost are calculated)
YOU MUST PROMO YOUR EVENT! WE do not have a poster printer here. YOU must send or drop off promo material at least 3 weeks prior to your show or we may take a % of your door money. We are serious about promo as should you be! It is how we are going to get people here to see your show! People don't just walk in and pay to see an event they know nothing about! Promo should include at least: Who, What, Where, When, What Time, Cost and maybe even Why. If we have to print and promo, we take money for our work and expense. We are expensive printers and promoters!
Advertisement: We will include your event on our website and in all of our advertising. (Ex. – Local magazines, circulars, venue posters or others)
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ALL PROMO MATERIAL MUST BE PRE-APPROVED! YOU MUST PROMO YOUR SHOW/EVENT! For Facebook events, add us to admin list! SEND FLYER/PROMO ART AND INFO TO:
Now, please click the link below to submit your request
The Chop Shop Event Request Form
704-765-2467 (CHOP)399 E. 35th StCharlotte, NC 28205Behind Cabo Fish Taco,Across the railroad tracksGet Directions