Update on June 20: Cicero's is now acknowledging that it plans to close for good this weekend, not just stop booking shows. See the latest here.
Original post follows ....
Cicero's, the long-standing restaurant and music venue located in the Delmar Loop, will host its final concert this Saturday, June 24. The announcement comes via talent buyer Jay Mumma.
"It’s with a very heavy heart, that I must inform everyone this era in the St Louis music industry is coming to an end," Mumma writes in a Facebook post
. "Saturday (June 24th) will be the final show at Cicero’s."
Mumma did not cite a specific reason that the venue is discontinuing shows. In a subsequent posting, he writes that he is "not in a position to answer any questions" and that the restaurant's owners will release "a statement detailing the future of the restaurant and any plans for the future."
Cicero's is closed today. No one answered the phone when called seeking comment, and there is no way to leave a voicemail message.
The restaurant first opened in 1977 in the west side of the building that now houses Blueberry Hill, and hosted its first show — guitar virtuoso Buddy Guy — in 1984. Over the years the venue would play host to big-name acts including Fugazi, the Cranberries, Red Krayola, Beck and the Indigo Girls.
In 1996 the restaurant moved to its current location at the west end of Delmar Boulevard, and has remained an anchor on the street ever since. Founder Shawn Jacobs passed away in June of last year
at the age of 74, following an extended illness. His children, Chad and Trisha, have been running the spot ever since.
The final show, featuring the Weekend Routine, kicks off at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. See the bar's website for more details
We've sent an email to Cicero's for more information; we will update this post when we hear back.