rehearsal hall for performing artists  314.773.3660      

pa-equipped studios with low hourly and monthly rates * private studios with 24/7 access

designed for musicians, dancers, photographers, videographers, theatre groups and artists.

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To book a show, email:

Please include relevant links; requested show date, groups you want to play with, and expected turnout. thanks!

Local bands booking their own shows:

Whomever sets up the show gets the door (minus staffing cost) and decides the split among bands.  If attendence is poor, you will not owe. There are no deposits, booking fees, tickets to sell, or pay-to-play practices. There is a booking form that must be completed before any show is confirmed. 

Load-in: 6pm. Doors are locked prior to 6pm. Please don't try to come in early unless you've arranged this in advance for a fee.  Bands can load in and park at the side entrance, directly backstage.

Sound check: starts at 7pm if required.

Doors open 8pm.

Shows start at 9pm, can run as late as 1am. The bar stops serving at 1:30am.

To encourage a supportive scene, musicians with a valid membership or private room at Utopia get in free to all shows (except private events).

Get your set recorded:

A professional live recording of your show is available. When this service is utilized, you get two engineers on the night--one crafting the sound your audience hears, while the second engineer concentrates on your live multi-track recording and mixdown afterwards.

We are not talking about a basic board recording (although you are welcome to do that yourself, free). We will do a live multitrack mix, including audience capture, that is worked on before, during and after your show. Requires advance booking. Final mix will be available a week after the show.

Rate: $275 per band/set.

Booking private events:

Utopia Studios is available to rent for all types of events, parties, meetings and receptions. We provide staffing and bar as needed. You may bring in a food caterer if desired.

$20/hour covers up to 20 guests. Add $1/head per hour for more than 20 people.

For live sound system with engineer, add $150 for up to 4 hours.

For a DJ with lounge sound system, add $100 for up to 4 hours.

call or email for a custom quote: 314.773.3660,

photo credits: Live shots by Alumbaugh Photography. All other studio shots by TC Gore.


THE MECCA -- A new venue welcoming rockers, punkers, jazzheads, beat poets, dancers, miscreants and underdogs. Bring us worldbeat, reggae, dubplates, steppas, drum n bass, junglists, live pa, samba, afro-carribean, anarchists, activists, psychedelic wizards, outsider artists, circus sideshows, freaks, funk, motown and mariachi. Upright bass = yes. Congas = yes. Non-western time signatures = yes please!

The Mecca hosts live shows, private events and industry showcases. The venue is 4,000sq ft, but the stage area can be curtained off down to 1,000sq ft for intimate happenings. Or, over 11,000sq ft can be utilized for multi-room/multi-level events. The facility is over 25,000sq ft so several layout configurations are possible.

BOOKINGS:  Call 314.773.3660 or email 


FRONT OF HOUSE: (4) Peavey 215" full range, (2) Eminence-loaded 18" folded horn earthquake subs.

STAGE MONITORS: (2) JBL JRX115", (1) Peavey PV15" side fill, (1) PV215" drum monitor

AMPS: (5) Crest CPX 2600 (7200watts power total used)

EQS: ART HQ231s & 31s

COMP/LIMIT: Presonus ACP88 8-channel

EFFECTS: (1) Alesis Microverb II, (1) Microverb III

CONSOLE: Peavey RQ1606M Reference Quality Monitor/FOH 16-channel

MICS: (4) Shure SM58s, (2) Shure SM57s, (1) AKG D112, (2) Audix I5, (1) D6, (3) F10, (1) F12

STANDS: (4) Boom, (4) Straight with gooseneck, (2) mini-boom, (2) mini kick drum booms.

STAGE DIMENSIONS: 16'x16'x3' high. 12' ceiling, (8' center clearance, 7' sides).

SEATING: Eclectic mix of barstools, chairs, couches and tables for over 50 people.

DJ Rig in the lounge: Crest 1600 power amp, Numark mixer with dual cd decks, Stanton pro (belt-driven) turntables, JBL 15s" and 15" Black Widow sub.

A DJ is available for events in the lounge. Or, when monitored, we can provide a line into the system for your own DJ's laptop/device. Small fee, case-by-case basis.

BACKSTAGE/LOADING: a backstage area with green room is provided for performers in the Mecca, with space to stash gear before/after sets. Bands may also utilize storage lockups when available (limited supply) to secure their gear while they enjoy the other bands performing (see front desk for assistance).

Performing acts may also rent hourly rehearsal rooms as personal vip/dressing/storage rooms for added privacy and comfort during a show ($15/hour; also coordinated with front desk).

PARKING: An abundance of offstreet parking is available on our front, side and back lots. Larger events are staffed with multiple parking lot attendants to direct cars. Tourbuses can be accommodated offstreet, overnight with advance notice.

Performers can park (45-degree angle) near the ground-level loading doors, which lead directly backstage.