The Billiken Club
The Billiken Club, located inside Busch Student Center, is the home of an acclaimed concert venue that brings some of the best new music to the Saint Louis University community. Since 2007, The Billiken Club concert series has acquired a national reputation of showcasing top local, regional, national and international music. The venue also hosts open mic nights, comedy showcases, dance parties and movie nights.
All concerts at The Billiken Club are all ages, free admission, open to the public and non smoking.
In the Best of St. Louis Awards, the St. Louis Riverfront Times named The Billiken Club, "Best Place To See Music (2008)," and "Best All Ages Venue (2009)." The RFT states:
A lot of older folks like to stick their noses up at the all-ages venues in town and complain how the crowds there make them feel like they're stuck in a casting call for High School Musical 4, but the reality is, if you write off the Billiken Club, you're missing out on some of the best concerts this city is lucky enough to host. The bookers do a consistently excellent job of bringing in eclectic and emerging talent, even if it is almost exclusively of the indie variety. The bands they tap range from those you already know and love, such as Beach House or Bon Iver, to those you'll be talking about a year from now, such as the Bowerbirds or Sea Wolf, about whom you'll get to brag that you saw-them-way-back-when. The stage is big enough for plenty of eager fans to get close to the action but spacious enough for old schoolers to stand back from the riffraff and stroke their graying beards. - Riverfront Times
Artists who have performed at The Billiken Club:
Beach House, Apples in Stereo, Vieux Farka Toure, St. Vincent, British Sea Power, Mountain Goats, Caribou, Bon Iver, Chirs Walla, John Vanderslice, David Bazan, OAR, Nelly, Chuck D, Beach House, Centro-matic, Richard Buckner, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MU 330, Dan Deacon, Horsefeathers, Bowerbirds, Joe Pug, Richard Swift, The Twilight Sad, Pattern is Movement, Menomena, Alela Diane, Laura Gibson, The Drams, Glossary, Grand Champeen, Two Cow Garage, Magnolia Summer, So Many Dynamos, Deer Tick, Field Music, School of Language, Gentleman Auction House, These United States, Liam Finn, Wye Oak, James Jackson Toth, Felice Brothers, PWRFL power, AA Bondy, Darker My Love, Damien Jurado, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, Ponytail, Animal or Vegetable, Parts and Labor, The Natural Selection, Via Audio, Zola Jesus, Akron/Family, Peter Wolf Crier, Oberhofer, Dum Dum Girls, Dirty Beaches, Waaves, Sarah Jaffe