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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Billiken Club Defunded by SLU's Student Government, Future Uncertain

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 1:57 PM

The Billiken Club saw a packed house for Japandroids' performance in 2009. - PHOTO BY JASON STOFF
  • Photo by Jason Stoff
  • The Billiken Club saw a packed house for Japandroids' performance in 2009.

Funding has dried up for the Billiken Club.

That's according to a post from the Saint Louis University-based venue's Facebook page posted yesterday. According to the statement, the venue and its parent group KSLU, which is also the college's radio station, have been "essentially defunded" by the Student Government Association.

"Despite great turn out and consistent and increasing of attendance to numerous shows over the past few years, SGA has found that the expense of the booking and putting on events was an 'undue burden' on students," reads a portion of the statement.

A message sent to the Billiken Club's Facebook page did not receive a reply. Daniel Carter, president of the Student Government Association, did not respond to emails either. A spokesman for the university did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

In 2007 we named the Billiken Club St. Louis' "Best Rock Club," and in 2009 we named it the "Best All-Ages Venue." The venue has played host to such acts as Bon Iver, Apples In Stereo, Waaves, Beach House, Maps & Atlases, Zach Hill, Japandroids, Dum Dum Girls and many more over the years.

The venue closed its doors in late 2011 after a shift in faculty resulted in a loss of funding for the venue, which wasn't registered as a chartered student organization. KSLU, the student-run campus radio station, revived the venue in 2013. But now it seems as though KSLU has lost its funding as well.

The last show listed on the books for the Billiken Club was Washington artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, who performed in March. Plans for future shows are unclear at this time, with the Facebook post saying to expect "far less activity in regards to the Billiken Club and other events in the coming months."

It continues, "Plans for ways to still bring shows to SLU’s campus are still in the works and will be stated as soon as something is known."

Read the full statement below:

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