This week, the Downtown Project-owned Bunkhouse announced its initial music lineup, and it’s good. It’s some kind of wonderful, actually. The venue re-opens August 25 with a show by Built To Spill, with Slam Dunk, The Warm Hair and Rusty Maples opening the show; tickets are $15 and available on Ticketfly now. And the hits just keep coming: The Breeders (pictured above) cannonball into town September 15; Allen Stone gets funky with Bad Rabbits and Bonavox on September 27; postpunk legend Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar) plays September 30; and producer RJD2 (whose track “A Beautiful Mine” you know as the theme to “Mad Men”) plays the Bunkhouse on November 21. Basically, these are all the Generation X acts they forgot to book on the Life Is Beautiful bill, and it will be exciting to say the least to see them playing on Fremont.
At that time, we can also check out the Downtown Project’s renovations to the 51-year-old venue, which are said to be extensive: A new sound system, a bigger kitchen (with an expanded menu that includes shortrib sandwiches and fried pickles), new outdoor seating and even a new entrance. The new operating hours are Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and they begin in just over a month. Good to have you back, old friend.