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St. Louis’ Hi-Pointe Closes Doors

ST. LOUIS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — St. Louis’ self-described “best dive in town,” the 200-capacity Hi-Pointe Cafe, shut down after 19 years in the city on September 3, 2006.

A “Sold.” Sign sat next to a crudely drawn countdown poster in the window with a tombstone reading “Oct. 8, 1987 to Sept. 3, 2006,” and a notice advertising a garage sale in which “everything must go,” in the final days leading up to the club’s closure.

Hi-Pointe’s longtime “matron of madness” Lisa Andris announced that the building was being sold in an email circulated around the St. Louis rock scene. In the email, Andris thanked the thousands of bands who’ve graced the stage, from the “angst-ridden beauty of Queens of the Stone Age to the often once—rehearsed ‘barely out of the garage’ eighth-grade four-piece band,” along with her personal favorite, Southern Culture on the Skids, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“To all of the music agents and independent promoters who took a leap of faith in our less-than-perfect venue, thank you,” Andris continued. “For all of the soundmen who have surely lost hearing and or mental stability trying to mix that abominable concrete echo chamber, we thank you.”

The club’s final night included a performance by the Non-Prophets Comedy Troup and Nintendo-theme-music cover band The Advantage. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers