Live Blog: 24 Consecutive Hours at Pop's Nightclub

Categories: Fiesta!

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 1:34am
IT'S ALL HAPPENING. A big change just happened here. DJ Big J just took over, cranked up the music and turned on the lasers. And 40 people walked through the door in the last few minutes. IT'S ON.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 1:26am
I'm kinda big on life anniversaries, and it occurs to me that exactly one year ago today/tonight, I did the most monumentally stupid thing that I've ever done in my adult life. It involved an adventure to a different establishment not too far from here. I'm not giving up any details; you'll have to wait for my memoirs.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:23am
I'VE BEEN HERE FOR TWELVE HOURS. The place is filling out. I am fueled on broccoli and ready ready ready.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:09am
I have solved the greatest mystery of Pop's. If you've ever been here, you've probably seen these signs on the wall with seemingly random letters on them. The signs light up in parts, illuminating certain letters. Before tonight, I'd figured out that the sign is a security alert system. But with the help of my new Pop's employee friends, tonight I learned that the letters correspond to different areas of the club and are lit up when an employee sees some kind of potential problem happening (a fight or something) to alert security and other workers.

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Wanna learn how to decode the system? I have the key.

WSRRWBUB SB PB DJ L E M G N

WS - WEST STAGE
RR - REAR RESTROOM
WB - WEST BALCONY
UB - UPSTAIRS BAR
SB - SOUTH BAR
PB - PRODUCTION BOARD
DJ - DJ BOOTH
L - LOBBY
E - EXIT
M - MAIN BAR
G - GAME ROOM
N - NORTH DOOR (PATIO)

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:22
First friend visit! My friend Lindsay showed up! Here she is, doing her Samantha Ronson onstage.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:31
Now playing:


Party.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:16pm
Sports sounds off, music on. The night at Pop's has begun.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:25pm
Dinner time! I got hungry so I went next door to the Penthouse Club and picked up some steamed broccoli. Yes, I saw some breasts there. No, I don't have pictures of that. I did see a dancer helping an old man use his iPhone, though.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 8:08pm
Bartender Brian Werner tells me that he has a YouTube channel where he uploads clips from virtually every band that plays at Pop's. This will be good for my research. Check it out here.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 7:20pm
Took a nice little break for a bit. Talked with the awesome employees here and heard lots of great stories -- like how Pop's accidentally booked Nickelback back in 2000 on a metal show assuming they were a different metal band.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 5:55pm
I was just sitting here wondering if I've ever written about Pop's before today. I don't think I have, but I remembered talking about this place in an interview quite a few years back. I've interviewed Kelley Deal of the Breeders a few times, but on this occasion in 2008 the Breeders were due to play at Pop's.

Me: So you're gonna come here to St. Louis. Do you know about the place you're playing? It's kind of like that place you'd go to see a Journey cover band.

Kelley: Ha! The place that we're playing there? Really? Oh God, I hate when you tell me shit like that, it's so weird!

Me: No, it's a fun place, but it's in East St. Louis, and it's sort of like, you have to stay on that street or you die.

Kelley: [Laughs]

Me: So don't go roamin' around there.

Kelley: OK. I mean, will people not come because of the location?

Me: No, you can totally go there, you just have to go straight there and then leave. Its like, in the middle of a couple of strip clubs.

Kelley: I can take my clothes off, that's what you're saying?

Me: Well, uh, next door at least. Or, uh, probably there, too. It's your show.

Kelley: I'll just take 'em off there, too.

[I was at the show. She didn't take off her clothes. Tease.]

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 4:57pm
It's just me and one other guy here now. A pretty girl just came in and picked up a paper (job application? pay check?), but then she left. She had nice boots. If you ever need a place to host a party, try Pop's on a Saturday afternoon. You'll have the place to yourself with no rental fee!

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 4:02pm
If I start losing my mind later, remind me that things could be worse. At least I'm not live-blogging Billy freaking Corgan playing a faux-intellectual eight-hour jam. The horror.

Continue to the next page for earlier dispatches.


Location Info

Pop's Nightclub

401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis, IL

Category: Restaurant


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114 comments
Todd Layton
Todd Layton

Like a triathlon pase our selfs NO SHOTS

Stephanie Bozich
Stephanie Bozich

I couldn't even imagine all of there together for 8 hours, no way we make it thru 24. ;)

Todd Layton
Todd Layton

We need to plan a trip show her how to do a true 24 hours there

Don Deppe
Don Deppe

From Granny's Rocker in Alton to Stages, Pop's...ah the good old days!

John Merz
John Merz

There is nothing more depressing than being in a bar / night club at 3 in the morning and feeling your shoes stick to the floor while smelling the stale beer.

Kim Messer
Kim Messer

Haha hell no!!! After on night i need like three showers and i have to hose the bottom of my shoes off!!

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

That Hoosier hangout? Yeah,if I was still in my 20s&an alcoholic.. It's a f***king dive bar nowadays

Anna Rask
Anna Rask

Tim Rask pops rocks 24/7 since 1981

Megan Wolz
Megan Wolz

Oh gawd \U0001f62c\U0001f62c\U0001f62c

Renata Czerniak
Renata Czerniak

Hahaha.. Funny stuff! I was there back in 2009?? LOL

Robert Collins
Robert Collins

Better load up on 5 hour energy drink shots. About 15 of them.

Christopher Duemig
Christopher Duemig

They didn't finally boot us until 16 hours. They did give us passes to their dance club then we came back in two hours.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Cock a doodle doo....where are you?......At POPS......again......damn....lol

Dan Williams
Dan Williams

Used to be more fun & have its own identity when they had live local bands, not enough folks supported it so they had to adjust. They need to adjust back now that it's rolling again. If u haven't been there before give it a chance. The lot is safe & lit... It's a fun place!

Nathan Kromat
Nathan Kromat

I don't feel like she got the real experience with out having a single drink

Stu Heck
Stu Heck

She deserves a tetanus shot.

Kaitlin Riley
Kaitlin Riley

I can't believe it took you guys a year after we first discussed this to finally do it! Way to go!

Arti K Patel
Arti K Patel

Bahaha did you try to sell it? I remember the damn cat and cage lol

Katie Naughton Markert
Katie Naughton Markert

Arti K Patel remember the time I brought a cat there in the backseat of my car? Then tried to sell it for $300? The good ol days lol

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

Pops...where the leftovers from the other bars go..... In hopes of still being picked up for the night!! Not safe for women there!!! Glad those days are long gone!!!

Danielle Christine
Danielle Christine

Everyone always says they don't like going to pops, but after the STL bars closed they are the first to jump up and try to get everyone to go. I always have fun def a good late night stop to finish off the night!!

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