Concertgoers nursing a nostalgia for the old days of Deep Ellum gained entrance to the revived Bomb Factory on March 26, when Erykah Badu returned to her hometown to help break in the new stage, along with fellow local favorite Sarah Jaffe. The opening weekend continued with a concert from the Toadies on March 28.
Refurbished by Clint Barlow, owner of Trees, the venue has a capacity of 4,300, and it's a far cry from the burned-out hole it was in the '90s, with functional bathrooms, nine 12-person suites and, thank goodness, air conditioning.
Coming up April 4: the annual Pin Show, which celebrates local fashion talent with a high-energy runway presentation and after-party. On April 11, Bomb Factory hosts the first Atomic Music Festival with Animals As Leaders, Tesseract, Entheos, The Red Chord, The Atlas Moth, In Search of Sight, Design of Destiny, Pardon Me and Devil.
On May 7, the Jesus and Mary Chain celebrates the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Psychocandy.
For tickets to these shows and more, visit the Bomb Factory website.