Tonight the “Father of Bubu”- a modern take on traditional African Temne music –Janka Nabay, performs at a lovely feel-good dance party at Monster Island. Hailing from Sierra Leone, the music is a mix of fast paced drums, rusty sounding instruments (i.e. old carburetor pipes), and a tribalistic talk-sing. You won’t understand what he’s saying (save words like “America” and “John Kennedy” that seem random, but probably aren’t). It doesn’t matter though. The last time we saw him perform, his outback attire and magnetic stage presence had the audience doing tribal dances of their own. The man’s “Bubu King” EP comes out on the 9th, so we expect the event to be an especially enthusiastic celebration. Tanlines, Lemonade, and Blondes are also on the bill – show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $15 at the door.
In the mood for other international dance stylings? Head to Barbes in Park Slope for a jam session with Indian marching band, Red Baraat. Having just come off a trip to the motherland (featuring 4 wedding processionals), let me tell you that these guys are the real deal. The group will blow you away with a mix of Indian wedding music (traditionally drum heavy), Bollywood pop, bhangra, and their own jazz-infused renditions of all of the above. The show is from 10pm – 12am; use this to get revved up for your night out. Tickets are $10.
If you’re in the city, head to Webster Hall for Neon Indian and a DJ set by DFA’s Holy Ghost. This venue isn’t my favorite for these kind of shows (much less on a Friday night), but both acts are worth your while. Tickets are $15 online, $25 at the door. In Soho, subMercer plays host to the Negroclash reunion party. A “celebration of African American’s contributions to electronic music”, the party has hosted some of the key contributors – Mr Fingers, Afrika Baambaata, and the like. Tonight features residents DJ Lindsey, Duane Harriott, and Prince Language. Plus, it’s free. Alternatively, you could check out New York super producer, Jellybean Benitez, for his house and soul party at Sullivan Room. Tickets are $15 here, more at the door.
On Saturday, house music reigns supreme. The Mister Saturday Night warehouse party returns with residents Eamon Harkin, Justin Carter, and guest Matias Aguayo. If the Chilean-born DJ’s relatively recent release, Ay Ay Ay, is predictive of his live sets, you can expect a fun set of Latin American house with a bit of cumbia and weird vocal stylings to top it off. As in, Aguayo actually sings while he DJs. More info here. Also in the dance circuit: RJD2 plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The superstar brings his band with him too for a “tightly rehearsed” live performance that involves costumes and such. Beatmakers Break Science and an oddly placed Happy Chichester are also scheduled to perform. If hip hop is what you’re looking for, go to Southpaw for the Rub‘s monthly sweat-fest. Residents Cosmo Baker, DJ Eleven, and DJ Ayres are some of the city’s finest and will keep you dancing with a masterfully mixed set of rap, funk, and probably no Lady Gaga. The line for this party can be tiresome, so get there early.
In the city, Le Poisson Rouge plays host to dance-outfit TBD (the love child of !!!/Outhud’s Justin Vandervolgen and Rong Music’s Lee Douglas) and Black Disco’s Lovefingers. The night comes with trippy videos courtesy of Galaxie TV – the whole shindig is free and worth a stop in, at the least. Don’t let this awful flyer put you off–New York’s own Kenny Dope and DJ Spinna play a “newly renovated” Love. You’ll most likely get everything from house to hip hop for a mere $5 at the door. At Santos, progressive house DJs Danny Howells and Lee Burridge take on Dance Here Too’s Saturday night. We’ll warn you – this will be flamboyant and will likely cater to a mix of the bridge-and-tunnel techno crowd and the ravers of days gone by.
And, well, if that’s not so much your thing – there’s always punk darlings Titus Andronicus at Bowery Ballroom. Parts and Labor, Babies, and Cloud Nothings are also scheduled to play. It’s sold out though – so, good luck with that.