2006 Turntablist Sessions
The Gazebo at Rufus King Park, 153rd Street and 90th Avenue, Jamaica, Qns, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 8, 15, 22 & 29: Don’t sleep on Queens this summer, every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Tools of War crew is spicing up Jamaica with a collection of hip-hop’s legendary turntablists. On June 8: Kool DJ Red Alert, FatFingaz, Complex, and the X-ecutioners’s Grandmaster Roc Raida and Precision come through. June 15 has the Cold Crush Brother’s Tony Tone, Public Enemy’s Johnny “Juice” Rosado, the Get Fresh Crew’s DJ Barry Bee, and the Cut Professor cranking it up. On June 22, the Original Jazzy Jay, Grand Wizzard Theodore, DJA+, Paul Nice, and more grace the stage. And June 29th features DJ Disco Wiz, GrandMaster Caz, Mike Jigga, and more. Holla!
Afrokinetic: Carmina Soul
718 Brooklyn Diner, 206 Tenth Avenue, afrokinectic.com
June 3–September 30: This summer, the diner’s spaciously comfortable back patio has got more to offer than just cool beers and good grub. Afrocentric music (think Afrobeat, funk, house, etc.) is the m.o. every Saturday; expect live percussion to accompany resident DJ and promoter Chris Annabelle’s riddims. Rich Medina joins as a special guest for the opening party on June 3. Many others will be passing through, including songstress Alice Smith. Check the website for updates.
Dance 20: The Dance on the Pier
Pier 54, 13th Street and the Hudson River, 212-80-PRIDE, hopinc.org/events/dance.cfm
June 25, 4–11 p.m.: Heritage of Pride’s annual all-day celebration for boys, girls, and transgender folks offers DJ DeMarko (hot off the circuit) and DJ Susan Morabito (expect house and poppy dance). HOP always throws a celeb visitor into the mix, but you’ll have to wait and see who it is.
Hotter Than July BK
Von King Park Amphitheater, Lafayette and Greene avenues between Marcy and Tompkins avenues, Brooklyn, myspace.com/brooklynhousemusicfest
July 1 and 8, August 26, September 9 and 23, 2–9 p.m.: There’s nothing like a dance party where people really dance. This bimonthly Brooklyn House Music Festival, presented by resident DJ Ras, has many local vinyl-slingers on the list: Disciple, Sting International, Les Alexander, Markus Rice, Delmar Brown, Kervyn Mark, Wil Milton, James Vincent, Jihad Muhammad, and more.
Tobacco Warehouse, Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, 212-995-1744, madeevent.com
July 7–8, 4–10 p.m.: Trance music has always been a sort of joke among the EDM cognoscenti, but somehow it still manages to flip snobs the bird, retaining a large audience of diehard fans who could care less. Netherlander Armin van Buuren has been one of the sound’s banner-waving leaders abroad with his radio show, A State of Trance, a longtime must-hear for tranceophiles. He’s spreading the love over Brooklyn’s waterfront for two days. Dance it out like it’s the rave years, peruse booths with food and beats to take home, or just get a tan. Even if you’re not an enthusiast, a little sun and trance never hurt anyone.
Nickodemus Presents: Coney Island Love
Coney Island Boardwalk and West 8th Street, Brooklyn, wonderwheelrecordings.com
June 18 and 15: Welcoming people of all ages, this daytime event on the shore brings new meaning to the words beach party. Music from around the world will have you shaking the sand off to a beat.
The Politics of Dancing 2 World Tour
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, mid-park at 72nd Street, 212-995-1744, madeevent.com
August 18: Playing everything from Télépopmusik to Donna Summer remixes, Paul van Dyk is making the rounds just after wining our IDMA awards, Best Producer, Best Global DJ, Best CD Mix Compilation, and Best Hi-NRG/Euro Track. It’ll be fun just to see what he picks from his massive collection.
P.S.1 Warm Up
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Qns, 718-786-3139
July 1–September 2: Under curved interconnected shells, designed by the New York–based firm OBRA, hundreds of revelers will groove every Saturday to headliners like England’s Idjut Boys (July 8), New York’s dirty synthpop band Kudu (July 15), Belgium’s the Glimmers (August 25), and many others. The courtyard installation Beatfuse! will feature water misters and light strainers that create changing shapes, along with wooden tidal pools to lessen your chances of heatstroke. And if you’re really hot, there will be climatic rooms like the “afrigidarium” (cooled with foil bubble insulation and ice), where you can put an end to any unintentional hallucinating.
Soul Summit Music Festival
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, soulsummitmusic.com
July 9, 3–9 p.m.: Local designers selling clothes, food, and more set the stage for this annual house fest that’s still going down, although the area around the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is under construction. If you’re not into joining the throngs on the dancefloor, there’s plenty to do—even if your activity of choice is people-watching on the grass with your stash of rum.
Summer Sessions: Design+DJs+Dancing
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, 2 East 91st Street, 212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.org
June 23–September 8, 6–9 p.m.: The lush garden of the museum serves as a bucolic backdrop to this regular after-work party. Every Friday, select DJs from the local scene play everything from tech-house to Caribbean funk. A few on this year’s list include Liquid Sound Lounge’s Jeannie Hopper, deep house–head Steve Travolta, Sol*Selectas’s DJ Sabo with percussionist Nappy G, and Redlight Productions’ headman DJ Shalako.
Sunset Jam on the Hudson
Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City, bpcparks.org
July 7–August 25: Every Friday, a free drumming circle with a master drummer playing rhythms based in African, Latin, Caribbean styles hits Wagner Park. Instruments are provided, or you can bring own beatmakers.
Turntables on the Hudson
The Frying Pan, Pier 63, West 24th Street and the Hudson River, turntablesonthehudson.com
Friday nights: Boat parties are more fun when the craft remains in the dock (let’s be honest, it sucks when you want to go home and you’re stuck in the middle of the Hudson). This Friday-night mainstay has resident DJ’s Nickodemus and Mariano and percussionist Nappy G turning it out in the depths of the stationary Frying Pan. Special guests include One Self and DJ Vadim (June 9) and Endangered Species doing a live performance (July 14).