It’s officially fall, y’all. And while that means, unfortunately, that Pavement Week has come to a close, we have a full schedule of dance-y affairs to keep you busy through the weekend. For the most part, we’ll recommend you stay city-side. That is, unless seeing Zach Baron play black metal is your ideal way of kicking off the season. That’s right: Tonight at Williamsburg’s Royal Oak, our own Mr. Baron shares the turntables with Battles’ Tyondai Braxton, Robert Lowe (a/k/a Lichens), and fellow metal enthusiast Brandon Stosuy. There’s no cover and no live-blogging, and you should probably (definitely) go.
Back in Manhattan, disco outfit Escort celebrate the release of their new single, “Cocaine Blues,” with a full ensemble at Highline Ballroom. This means all 17 of them — a wonderful excess of horns, backup singers, and all. They’re on live at 10:30 p.m., and the party continues long after with DJ sets by Rub-N-Tug, the Mister Saturday Night crew, and Metro Area’s Darshan Jesrani. Expect the night to unravel into nu-disco dance revelry, all hosted by downtown queen, Justine D. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
For something with more oomph, check out this week’s Blkmarket massive, headlined by techno/house DJ Josh Wink. Though this was supposedly the opening party for new midtown hot spot District 36, you should probably RSVP to make sure you end up at the right club. Also in techno, Vitalic headlines Webster Hall’s Girls & Boys rave-fest; a full night of Vitalic is a bit much for us, but we’ll absolutely go when it includes an opening set by DJ Annie Mac. The BBC Radio 1 hostess is one of our favorite female DJs — at the least, she guarantees weird snippets of drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, and remixes we’ve never heard before (not to mention possible exclusives from boyfriend Toddla T). Tickets are $15 at the door.
If electronic music isn’t your thing, head to the East Village’s Arrow Bar for this weekend’s edition of dive-y party-jam outpost Friday Forever. Downtown promoter Anton Glamb and the newly transplanted Jimmy 2 Times (of Minneapolis’s Get Cryphy) provide the soundtrack tonight, so expect sets heavy on hip-hop, new jack swing, soul, disco, and other familiar dance tracks. Drinks will be cheap, and the crowd will be breezy — recommended for those looking for a more laid-back night out.
On Saturday, head to Santos early for the One World Rising benefit concert. A free dance pregame coordinated by Community Lab, acts include bubu king Janka Nabay, Nadastrom’s Moombahton maestro Dave Nada, club aficionado Cousin Cole, and host Community Lab’s own Phi Unit. The overenthusiastic Andrew W.K. is the night’s emcee, and while he encourages you to party, party, party, we’ll also encourage you to throw a few bucks in the donation bin when you swing by. Afterward, pop on over to South Street Seaport and get on the Good Peoples Disco Sail. The ship sets sail at midnight with Plant Music’s DJ Eli and Turntable Lab’s Lloydski on the decks. (If it seems like I mention these two often, it’s because they’re doing the best things in town.) The duo takes on the intimate two-hour cruise around Manhattan with a set of disco, house, funk, and just enough restraint to keep you from dancing overboard. If you’re uptown and looking for more of the same, get over to Eyebeam’s “audio-visual” party. The three-hour, cocktail-friendly event features new performance artwork by Extreme Animals and visuals by Ghostdad, but we’d head over for the funk and boogie of L.A.’s DâM-FunK. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the door.