1919 Commonwealth Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205

Mon-Sat: 7pm until… Shows and events are subject to change, please check our calendar often to see about our events.
Sunday: Hours vary, please check our calendar often to see about events.

Petra’s is a 21+ establishment, sorry no exceptions.
Must provide a valid ID for entry, no exceptions.

For booking inquiries, please contact:

If you would like your art shown in our gallery, please contact:

For all other inquiries, please contact:

If you believe that your credit card or any other item has been left here, please come by in person during business hours. Please check our calendar often to see about our events.


Thanks for your interest in playing our club! Before contacting us about booking your band, PLEASE read through this list of guidelines to determine if your act is a good fit for Petra’s. It will save us both time! Then email us at

We can host local and touring bands typically on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and occasionally Tuesdays.

All shows are doors at 8, show at 9. Please include this info when you are promoting your show! Load-in for bands is 6-7.

We book acts who play ORIGINAL material, with rare exceptions for tribute acts who stray from the typical cover band fodder (classic rock, top 40, etc.). If it’s got heart and you’re creating your art we’ll most likely book you. If you’ve got a good thing going at coffeeshops, bars, and breweries around town it might be best to stick with what’s paying your bills. We do not have a built in crowd so we depend on you to bring your fans, friends, and family to make it a good night for all involved.

Petra’s is a 21 and over club. Sorry, no exceptions.

If you are touring as a package (2+ bands who aren’t from Charlotte), we probably can’t help you with a show. Our ideal lineups will have 3 acts, at least 2 of which are local.

First and foremost, we need links to stream your music online. Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, etc. are all fine. Links to live performance videos are a plus.

Please include a BRIEF bio, date(s) needed (if you are touring), links to any press articles about your band, info about your latest release that you are promoting, etc.

Kristen Hill has written a great blog post about this topic, and it’s a great resource for artists who are unseasoned when it comes to booking.

Thanks for playing our venue! PROMOTE your show. Be proactive and help us find local acts who will complement your sound if we haven’t already done so. Here are several ways to get the word out and bring an audience:

  • Make a flyer. I couldn’t possibly overstate the importance of an eye-catching poster. It serves many purposes beyond being informational. As the show’s date approaches and more and more people share the image online or post the link to the Facebook event page, the image will become a consistent reminder and will reinforce the show in people’s minds. **If you can’t make your own flyer, consider either asking another band on the bill for help or paying someone to do it. Nicholas Holman, KC Roberts, or Mark Baran are graphic designers in Charlotte. They have made beautiful flyers for countless shows over the years.
  • Post a bunch of crap online. Try to post on social media early and frequently leading up to the show. I recommend biting the bullet and utilizing as many social media channels as possible. Post about the show on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, all of it. If you’re like me, you don’t necessarily love having an online presence at all, and don’t love that the internet is basically 45% commercials from your friends promoting their side hustle, but recognize if you’re in the biz of playing music in front of people, you have to be an active presence to get the people in front of you.
  • Spread the word to your friends. Go to their shows and support them. They’ll return the favor. If you’re a homebody, that’s understandable, but if you never support other local musicians it’s a lot less likely they’ll support you. I see this happen around town all too often.
  • Memorize the date of the show and familiarize yourself with the other bands on the bill. In a recent very scientific study done in Charlotte, it was found that 87% of my conversations with my musician friends include us asking each other, “Hey, when’s your next show?” It really helps to be able to tell them the date and a little bit about the other bands.
  • Send information about your show to local press outlets: CLTure, Creative Loafing, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Observer, Cream Puff Records, WTF Charlotte, MyCity Magazine. Include information about the show, photos of your band, and that you’d greatly appreciate any coverage they can offer.
  • Post flyers around town. These days it might not be as important as spamming your friends online, but hey, it counts for something. I have seen lots of folks take notice of posted flyers, including some who took pictures of them!
  • Send physical promotional materials to: 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28205. At least 4 11×17 posters for hanging in our window is great!

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Petra’s is a music venue first and foremost. We have shows and events that are open to the public all throughout the week. However, we may be able to book your private party, wedding, corporate event or other special function on our closed days, We have a couple of Sundays a month that we can offer so please email us for rates.

Tech Specs

FOH Desk
Behringer x32 Compact Digital Mixer
32 channels available

Main Speakers (stereo mix)
2 – Yamaha DZR12 2000W 12 inch Powered Speaker
2 – Peavey 18 inch subs

2 – QSC CP12 1000W 12 inch Powered Speaker (hung from ceiling stage front)
2 – Yamaha Club V 15 inch passive floor wedge speakers

4 – Shure SM58
2 – Sennheiser e935
3 – Behringer XM8500
2 – Shure SM57
2 – Sennheiser e609
1 – Shure Beta 52A
1 – AKG D112 MKII

Direct Boxes
2 – Radial ProDI 1-channel Passive Input
3 – Behringer Ultra-DI DI400P
1 – Radial ProD2 2-channel Passive Input