Hey! It’s almost the Fourth of July! In the party circuit, this weekend is no different from any other, besides the free fireworks and the overenthusiastic patriotic bros that will be stumbling around the city. At least you have an excuse to look like a hillbilly, though. Don your American flag hats and bald eagle tees and get ready to spend your hard-earned American dollars on cheap American beers.
Tonight Puma Social Club hosts Fool’s Gold’s Play House, featuring label head Nick Catchdubs along with Treasure Fingers, OCD Automatic, and VDRK. For a lineup of four DJs, the venue isn’t the best for a dance party (given the preponderance of ping-pong and foosball tournaments), but it’s free, so you have nothing to lose. For something decidedly more conducive to dancing, head to Highline Ballroom as Justine D hosts an evening headlined by Italo-disco dance act Glass Candy. The synth-y and brooding electronic dance duo Xeno & Oaklander also perform, and Italians Do It Better label-mate Mike Simonetti DJs between performances to keep the mood right. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. If you want to be outdoors, Masters at Work’s Louie Vega leaves the confines of Cielo, Santos, and the Sullivan Room for a weekend night on the Hudson for his Dance Ritual Boat Ride. The four-hour cruise is propelled by the sounds of Vega’s Latin house; tickets will likely sell out, so get on this while you can (info here). As for me, I’ll be at Savalas (yes, again), being American in the best and worst of ways. Cousin Cole and Dainjah man the decks; knowing them, we’ll be expecting a lot of Bruce and The-Dream. Hurrah!
On Saturday, get outdoors. The Lower East Side’s Hester Street Fair (on the corner of Hester and Essex) is co-hosted by Santos’ today. The fair will have its usual mix of street vendors and food stands (specifically BBQ, kimchi dogs, corn, and lobster rolls), but this time with Santos’ resident DJs providing the soundtrack. Que Bajo’s tropical-music fiend Gecko Jones headlines the converted parking lot; head over early for a chance to win free tickets to upcoming shows, T-shirts, music, and other swag. The day starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. – more info here. And after dark, head into Brooklyn, where Mister Saturday Night hosts DJ Harvey at the party’s new home at the Brooklyn Fireproof Courtyard. Apparently the sound has been fortified and Toccolada tacos will be served all night. As for Harvey, the DJ holds down his own Sarcastic Disco warehouse events in L.A. with house and disco sets that seemingly never end, so expect an extended set from him tonight. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For some good old American rap music, head over to Park Slope for the Rub’s eight-year anniversary party. DJ Scratch (yep, EPMD’s DJ Scratch) is the featured guest at this patriotic edition: The legend is a bit of a show-off, so come early and park yourself in viewing distance of the stage, as we expect he’ll do his “I’mma Play Jason” scratch routine, mask and all. Tickets are $10 at the door.
On Sunday, we strongly recommend you find yourself a roof, a park, a barbeque, some good friends, and/or a cold beer: this holiday is done best at home. If you want more of a spectacle, head over to Water Taxi Beach for Mishka’s “Red, White, and Brews” daytime debauchery. The lineup is stacked, with highlights including Beach Fossils, Death Set, Trouble & Bass’s The Captain with 77Klash, and Plant Music’s DJ Tittsworth. A live art stage features performances by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (whatever that is) and a slew of footwear for the drunken shopper to peruse. The 12-hour haul is yours for free and starts at 1 p.m. If you’re in Brooklyn, head to Union Pool for Tormenta Tropical, a party that has nothing to do with our independence, but does feature tacos. Dave Nada headlines the fete with his recently invented and entirely addictive Moombahton (essentially Dutch house slowed down and reinvented as a spin on reggaeton). Also on the bill are Dutty Artz’s Matt Shadetek, Bersa Disco’s Disco Shawn, and Nightshifter’s Jubilee. The daytime party is free and goes from 2 to 8 p.m. Happy Fourth of July!
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