Shawn O'Sullivan headlines the long-running New York techno night this Friday for what might be its final show in the space they've used since 2007.
A few months back, the two-room concert venue and party space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn announced it would close for renovations for much of the summer. Work on the front room is already under way, transforming it into a space that will no longer be used for music, and construction is set to start in the back later this month. The latter (back when the club was called Galapagos) is where promoter Bryan Kasenic moved the then-weekly Bunker after its old space, the Lower East Side experimental music venue Tonic, shuttered in 2007. It quickly became what was almost unquestionably PA's biggest event. In 2009, the Bunker became a monthly party and would usually take over the club in its entirety. They'd also throw the occasional event at places like 12-turn-13, Warsaw and, more recently, Output. (For a fuller explanation, check out Michaelangelo Matos' oral history of the Bunker from earlier this year.)
Given the uncertainty surrounding Public Assembly's renovations, Kasenic has cautioned that this weekend's back-room-only party is potentially he Bunker's last. "We're not really sure what shape it will take or if it will be appropriate for The Bunker when it reopens in September," he said in a note about this weekend's party. But even if it's not the final Bunker there, "We wanted to have one more party to say a proper goodbye to the back room as we know it." Shawn O'Sullivan from W.T. Records and The Corner will headline with a live set. The Bunker's residents, Kasenic and Mike Servito, will also DJ, along with longtime Bunker supporters Atomly and Borne.