The future was uncertain when the Turf Club closed for several months last year for a much needed renovation by new owner First Avenue. Many felt the University Avenue stage for alt-country, punk, and Big Freedia was perfect just the way it was. When the venue re-opened at the end of August, the additions included a new sound system, a revamped stage, heightened ceilings, bathrooms that aren't disgusting, and an expanded kitchen. The basement Clown Lounge also received a stylish cosmetic overhaul too, with new wall decor and lamps. What hasn't changed, fortunately, is the space's rugged, no-frills charm.