When Downtown’s Bunkhouse Saloon closed without warning on July 20, the loss of a vital off-Strip music space brought with it a more immediate issue: Exactly what would become of the location’s slate of upcoming programs?
Vegas music fans now have their answer. Most of them will certainly go on, the outcome of a new collaboration in between promoters Rehan Choudhry (the Cosmopolitan’s initial entertainment director and the founder of Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful Celebration) and Downtown Job’s Mike Henry (the Bunkhouse’s former talent buyer), along with concert-industry titan Live Country, the sponsoring Greenspun Media Group (the Weekly’s father and mother business) and Downtown Container Park, and the shows’ brand-new house: the Sayers Club inside SLS Las Vegas Hotel & & Gambling establishment.
Beginning with LA folk-rock quartet Dawes on August 8, the 250-capacity Sayers Club will open its doors to more than 15 acts– indie-pop band The Drums (August 18), the post-punky Savages (August 21), heavy-rock stalwarts the Melvins (August 29), Danish alterna-rock attire Mew (September 19), spoken-word ace Saul Williams (September 21), experimentalists Deerhoof (November 5) and more– a development Choudhry really hopes can shift understandings about Las Vegas’ ability to support intriguing live acts outside the mainstream.
“The Bunkhouse closing felt terrible, due to the fact that from a local music fan’s point of view, it’s an indicator for the future of music in Vegas. Seeing that closed down does not seem like an advantage for what’s next,” Choudhry states. “For Mike and I, saving these shows was as much a way to prove to the market that if you have the best technique in place, you can do really well on these sort of acts– the fans can get music, the places can do well– and more of this things can occur.”
Choudhry says he and Henry started strategizing about relocating the programs as a response to babble surrounding the decision to shutter the Bunkhouse– had by Downtown Project and ran considering that January 1 by Corner Bar Management– less than a year after it reopened following a huge renovation.
“People were stating, live music just isn’t gon na work, or you cannot sell a ticket in Las Vegas, or it’s too competitive, or little places do not work, or Downtown’s not big enough. As soon as that word begins spreading and people start thinking it, there’s an entire category of music you’re not gon na see right here any longer.”
Tickets for all Bunkhouse Series performances, including formerly unannounced shows from the Legendary Shack Shakers (a late program on September 21), The Lemonheads (September 23) and Doomtree with Astronautalis (October 18)– all reserved simply prior to the Bunkhouse’s closure– go on sale today at 10 a.m. through thesayersclublv.com and ticketmaster.com. Costs range from $10 to $25. Formerly bought Bunkhouse tickets for the same acts transfer over, or can be redeemed for refunds.
“This doesn’t bring the Bunkhouse back from the dead, and we’re not claiming it does,” Henry states. “But Sayers is not totally dissimilar to Bunkhouse– it’s a great room with terrific production, and you’ll still be up close and personal with the bands.”
August 8: Dawes with John Moreland
August 11: Happyness
August 18: The Drums with Froth
August 21: Savages
August 29: Melvins with Industry
September 19: Mew with The Dodos
September 21: Saul Williams
September 21: Legendary Shack Shakers (late show)
September 23: The Lemonheads
October 7: The Mynabirds with Bad Bad Hats
October 18: Doomtree with Astronautalis
November 5: Deerhoof with Dy Dune, The Anti-Job
November 11: In the Valley Below
November 18: The Polyphonic Spree
Keep in mind: The Growlers’ previously arranged September 11 and 12 Bunkhouse programs have been combined into one September 12 efficiency, which will certainly happen at Vinyl inside the Acid rock Hotel. Henry states work advances putting several other programs, including Swervedriver, Bronco and Gardens & & Vacation home. The weekend after the Bunkhouse closed, Very same Sex Mary’s program relocated to Fremont Country Club, and Melt-Banana and Torche relocated to Backstage Bar & & Billiards.