The Bunkhouse Saloon will no longer be a Downtown live-music venue for the summer. Promoter Patrick Trout?s last scheduled show there is June 29, and he?s going out with an all-star Las Vegas indie-rock blowout—including Avalon Landing, The Big Friendly Corporation, The Clydesdale, and Crazy Chief.
The Downtown Project—a Zappos-affiliated revitalization group bent on changing the gritty urban core into a thriving entrepreneurial and cultural zone—bought the bar in January. Apparently, it?s time to begin remodeling the joint, which in recent years was a top place to catch cult and cutting-edge national acts from every conceivable genre. The Bunkhouse is slated to reopen in September. I?m told live music will return and that the venue will serve, according to a Downtown Project PR person, ?as a cornerstone of the music scene Downtown.? But I wouldn?t bet on seeing much underground rock there. After all, death metal and crust-punk don?t really jibe with Tony Hsieh?s ?delivering happiness? paradigm, right?
Hot on the heels of releasing their debut album Oderint Dum Metuant (which I reviewed in Vegas Seven?s May 13 issue), gritty blues-rockers the Psyatics swing into Double Down Saloon at 10 p.m. June 28. The Las Vegas trio is led by singer-bassist Rob Bell, who extends the sound and fury of his earlier band, Yeller Bellies. I haven?t yet caught a live set by the Psyatics. Based on what I hear on their CD, I?m anxious to confirm that blustering, heavy-guitar-riffing tunes such as ?Bourbon Sway? still sound swig-worthy in a bar like Double Down. My wager is yes. Also on the bill: Aluminum Falcon, Stagnetti?s Cock, No One Listens and Swampass.
There?s a cool singer-songwriter showcase 10 p.m. June 28 at Beauty Bar. The Revive Vegas event benefits the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and features two of my favorite acoustic artists—Mercy Music (a.k.a. Brendan Scholz) and Paige Overton (who fronts The Clydesdale). Also on the bill are two guys from punk band The Core who often trade in their electric guitars for unplugged six-strings: No Red Alice (Sal Giordano) and Brock Frabbiele. Here?s a chance to catch some of the city?s best songwriters in a format emphasizing lyrics and vocals. All proceeds will go to AFSP?s Out of the Darkness community walk, designed to help prevent and raise awareness of suicide.
From the badlands of Las Cruces, New Mexico, comes gnarly sludge-rock duo Oryx, splitting the musical difference between Black Sabbath-style doom metal and heavy ambient noise. The musicians—a guy on fuzzy down-tuned guitar and tortured screaming, a gal on clanging-like-a-possessed-garbage-truck-on-fire drums—don?t leave any room for nuance. Oh, and in case you don?t know, oryx are horned antelope from Southern Africa now found at White Sands Missile Range. Big-game hunters introduced them into the ecosystem 30 years ago so they?d have something to shoot. Oryx crashes into The Dive at 9 p.m. July 2. Local avant-rockers China open.
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