The Demo Closed Indefinitely Due to Noise Complaints from Grove Residents

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In May the Demo (4191 Manchester Avenue) moved from its original location attached to Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775) to a space down the street next to the recently established Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue; 314-833-3929). Only a month later, on June 26, the music venue faced an immediate closure following formal noise complaints filed by neighborhood residents.

See also: The Demo's New Space in the Grove: First Look

The Demo's concert lineup, which features upward of 60 shows, faces cancellation or relocation to other local venues including the Ready Room and 2720 Cherokee. However, managing partners Brandon Cavanagh, Mike Cracchiolo and Jacob Snyder hope the venue's events will return to the intended space pending the success of the business' next steps. The Demo's bar, which previously operated under a conditional use catering permit, is currently undergoing an application for a full liquor license.

"We're continuing to work on the space as usual and are going through the appropriate legal processes to get approval. We're maintaining a dialogue with the neighbors as best we can," says Cracchiolo. "I want to see this have a positive resolution. There are neighbors that support us. We're continuing to talk to people about their concerns and are trying to follow due process."

To stay abreast of the Demo's calendar changes, check the Demo website and follow it on Facebook. Stay tuned for a full report including more insight from all sides involved.

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4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

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Idiot Abroad
Idiot Abroad

Don't live in The Grove if u can't stand the heat.

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson

Oh no! We NEED venues that accommodate smaller crowds!

Jay Binder
Jay Binder

Come on down to the patch and set up shop. Cheap and no one telling you to turn it down . (Benjamin Simms!)

Karen Elizabeth Johanden
Karen Elizabeth Johanden

The Demo is a great venue and super supportive to local and national acts. No complaints about Atomics outdoor venue?

Curtis Hardy
Curtis Hardy

Glad I got to see LoopRat and The Palmer Squares there before they closed! :)

Jeremy Stout
Jeremy Stout

Glad I had the opportunity to play there before they closed.

blogs
blogs

The definition of gentification.  Move it to the rotting 'burbs

Ben Schulte
Ben Schulte

Read Room does have better sound, it's a bigger place. That being said, bands that draw 50-75 people don't want to play in a basically empty 800 cap venue, and I know for a fact most concert goers feel the same way. Places like The Demo accommodate those shows much better than a place like The Ready Room.

Jim Schulman
Jim Schulman

Ready room is better anyway... Better sound.

Adam Heineman
Adam Heineman

They will move the show over to the ready room next door.

mbison42
mbison42

Maybe I'm just getting old, but I just don't understand why shows have to be so ear-shatteringly loud.  These venues are not that big.  Lower the volume some for god's sake.  I want to hear the band, not just loud noise.

richard
richard

sounds like someone forgot to grease a palm...

Kurt Garrett
Kurt Garrett

Oh right, because the Demo is just so much louder than The Ready Room. Eat my farts and buy some earplugs.

Tim Danneman
Tim Danneman

^^^^said everyone that lives in Soulard.

Rachel Housewright
Rachel Housewright

Why move the shows from their line up over to a neighboring venue? So it's okay to have one venue but not another? Is there more to this? So far it sounds like a simple case of bullying. Time to grow up, put on big girl and big boy pants folks.

Jon Wilson
Jon Wilson

This is bulljunk, now I can't see the ying yang twins!

Venus Blue
Venus Blue

Zaq Nunley did you see this article? How will it affect Thursday's?

Kyle Steffen
Kyle Steffen

You wouldn't like it either if people came to your neighborhood and disrespected you and your neighbors, and it's not just noise.

Kyle Steffen
Kyle Steffen

@Philip Nations, the residents were here first

Dave Binder
Dave Binder

Whenever something is really cool someone complains and stops it in it's tracks. I have been persecuted almost all my life for playing music. Really Sucks!

Kristi Addis
Kristi Addis

Can someone please explain how noise from the Demo is a problem, but noise from the Ready Room right next door to the Demo is not a problem? Color me confused. And by gosh just let there be music.

Erin McMahon
Erin McMahon

Let's count the times and places we have hears this

Brittany Estes
Brittany Estes

This stinks... My husband and his band have been working hard for their show in August there.

Katy Kopp- Dement
Katy Kopp- Dement

Oh no! I loved the Demo! Hadn't visited the new location yet, but this sucks!

Hank TheTank
Hank TheTank

Don't like noise? Don't live in a neighborhood full of bars and venues.

Sisyphus Wobbly
Sisyphus Wobbly

Somebody always has to be a dick and complain. good grief. This is why we can't have nice things.

Ann Mestres
Ann Mestres

'Say a little prayer for my demo my demo"

Scott Hoffmann
Scott Hoffmann

Those same complainers bitch there's nothing to do

Colin Suchland
Colin Suchland

I am a Grove resident, and I suspect this will get worked out. We have lots of new businesses and there are going to be growing pains.

Jeana Weis Tovar
Jeana Weis Tovar

If people live on a street shared with businesses they should expect noise

ChristieCla
ChristieCla

How can a venue open without a liquor license in the first place?

Juan
Juan

But if the residents were there first and the businesses make no effort to respect the residents? Neither the Ready Room nor the Demo has any type of serious soundproofing and noise for residents is unbearable.

Resident
Resident

@Juan Completely untrue. Demo is no louder than other businesses in the neighborhood.

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