NOTE TO TOURING ACTS: We would love to support you but we cannot book acts without a local following. SO PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US UNLESS YOU HAVE A BERKELEY-AREA FANBASE. We know it's tough out there, but it's a lot of work putting on these shows and a real drag when only four people show up. Sorry.
The Monkey House books music, comedy, storytelling, improv, magic, theater, and other forms of intimate human entertainment. We were built by artists for artists and we hope to give you and your fans a fantastic experience. We are known for our unusually good sound and we also offer a very affordable video recording option.
We haved recently reduced our capcity to about 34 and need to fill those seats to have a good night. We ask that new acts pitch us a 2- or 3-act bill they're confident will reach this number. Because we're BYOB, we rely on strong turnouts to stay afloat. We can increase our seating up to 50, but if you expect more than 34 it's much better to just rent the space.
We're located beneath an apartment building and, despite the soundproofing work we've done, we need to keep volume reasonably low. We sometimes allow drums, but they must be played lightly with brushes or bundles.
Please include links to audio and (ideally) video clips. Also let us know how many fans you would reasonably expect to attend. PLEASE PITCH A FULL SHOW FEATURING TWO OR THREE ACTS.
Please understand that not all music submitted, despite its evident quality, will be right for our venue. We apologize, but we are able to respond only to acts that are a good fit for our space.
Most of our shows take place on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights, with occasional Sundays and weekdays. Doors are generally at 7, shows from 7:30-10. To help us fight through difficult times, our slliding-scale donation has been rasied to $10-40. This allows those who are better able to support us and our acts to do so.
Load-in is usually between 5:30 and 6.
We work hard to promote events through our mailing list, website, Facebook, and other online services but we count on you to do your part as well.
We have an excellent 8-channel sound system with outboard compression, reverb, delay and effects. We have powered stage monitors with two individual mixes. Stage dimensions are 12’ x 6’.
Stage lighting features twelve PAR 64 LED stage lights, controlled by a Chauvet Obey 40 lighting console. We have a comfortable green room where cases and unused gear is stored.
For your convenience we offer very affordable rental on additional gear:
A BEHRINGER BX-1200 bass amp, angled upward so you can hear it easily without being too loud in the room. It sounds quite good and rents for just $10.
A YAMAHA P-120 digital piano with 88 weighted keys and additional sounds. This rents for $15. We'll have it set up for you and ready to go.
We also now have a house drum kit, a Ludwig cocktail drum kit with Zildjian cymbals that's a perfect size for our 6' x 12" stage. The full kit rents for $25, or you can rent just the snare and hi-hat for $10. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT DRUMS MUST BE PLAYED SOFTLY, WITH BRUSHES OR BUNDLES.
SOME ACTS WHO'VE PERFORMED HERE:
Loretta Lynch Steve Seskin Chuck Brodsky
Maurice Tani Nina Gerber Felsen
Spencer & Sequoia Ira Marlowe
Jonah Smith Adam Levy
Sylvia Herold Mark Growden
Monica Pasqual Kathy Sparling
James Nash Carlos Rayes
Terrie Odabi Mads Tolling Teja Gerken Pete Madsen Danny Click
Willa Mamet Laurin Hunter Dawn Oberg
Aireene Espiritu Michael McNevin Essence MacClain & Cole Wishing & Bone Crying Time Chris Chandler
Stafford & Sturdevant Kwame Copeland Steve Meckfessel Mokai Janam
N-Side the Healer Spark & Whisper
Joe Gore Frank Olivier
Adrian West David Grossman
Wildcat Canyon True Margrit Shelley Doty
Secret Identities Wendy Burch Steel
Ruth Gerson Meredith Axelrod
John Elliot High Diving Horses Zo Tobi Deborah Crooks La Guingette
Living Cities Jonah Matranga
Amy Obenski Alexis Harte Bill Spooner
The Lemon Hammer Tom Jonesing
Meg Anderson Jesse Brewster
Emily Elbert Rushad Eggleston
Forrest Sun Peter Conolly
Amie Penwell Larkin Gayle Lily VIrginia Tommy Banks Clyde Leland
Small Town Therapy Peter Rudy
Renee Hayes Barwick & Sigfried
Yard Sale Candace Roberts The Two Old Adie Bell Sugar Ponies
John Lester Dandeline Sasha Lanier
Peter Conally Middlesleep
The Vultures Dear John/Love Renee
Kwame Copeland The Vultures
Three Drink Circus Art Elliot
Austin Willacy Paul Benoit Jill McAnally
Rob Powell Susie Davis Bob Bralove
Eve Fleishmann The Mysterium
Dara Ackerman Phoebe Legere
Steve Baughman Glass House
Jamie Clark John Roy Zat Robin Galante Steven Emerson Mark Goldenberg
Robert Temple Bonnie and the Clydes
Dinner with the Kids Erika Luckett
Jonah Smith Theo Czuk Lesley Green
Lindy La Fontaine Alex Jimenez
Jeff Desira Paul Griffiths Laura Zucker
Kate Burkart Small Town Therapy
Michael Gaither Steve Kritzer Judi Jaeger Erica Hockett Young Ireland
...and many more.