Lucas School House to Close After New Year’s Eve

Thanks to a tip from a regular listener of my radio show, I confirmed last week that the Lucas School House is set to close after its New Year’s Eve show.  Co-owner Dan Jameson penned a statement in this A to Z blogpost that broke the news in town. I hate seeing venues close, especially since Lucas was so good about booking local acts there (something to which a few other blog contributors can no doubt attest). Off the top of my head, my favorite shows I saw there include Mitch Easter and most recently a barn-burning set by Missouri’s own Ha Ha Tonka. What were yours?


  • Roy Kasten

    This is a bummer, though not surprising. Off the top of my head, my favorite shows at the Lucas: Amy Lavere, Blue Mountain, the everybodyfields and Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s.

  • Stephen F. Engelmeyer

    saddened :(

    Many concerts were so cool there!
    and had hopes of some great ones to come>

    just to name a few:

    The Mosquitos!
    Pieta Brown w/ Bo
    New Riders of the Purple Sage
    Auset Music Project
    Leslie Sanazaro Santi
    Celia’s Big Rock Band
    The Green Cards
    and like Roy said- Amy LaVere
    Jake’s Leg
    Big Smith
    and on & on…..

    best of luck to Dan in his future endeavors
    Kudos to him for creating a super music place.

    StL Steve

  • Andrea

    According the Post-Dispatch on Friday, Dec 19th, this might be the end of the Lucas School House but they are planning on a new venue.

    “While the Lucas School House is closing in its current location, we are in the process of a plan to move to a new facility that will be larger and in my opinion even better than our current home. It is a large project, there are several parties involved and details are being worked out; but as soon as I can elaborate on our plan we will fill you in.”

    Full story here:

  • Bev Hacker

    A couple years ago the Dresden Dolls were playing a gig at the Pageant (they were opening for Panic at the Disco). At that time, Amanda was doing a cabaret/burlesque/fan film show after their regular shows. A big storm earlier in the day knocked out electric all over town and the venue they were supposed to use for the cabaret show was dark and they were looking for a place to do the show.

    Lucas had just opened a few months before and Nico asked them to host the show, even though they really didn’t know who the Dresden Dolls were or what sort of crowd it would be. So, at the last minute, it was moved to Lucas and the only real publicity for it was from the stage at the Pageant.

    So, as Panic at the Disco took the stage at the Pageant, the Dresden Dolls audience went to Lucas for an amazing show.