Tonight, dance music dominates your agenda. First, U.K. dubstep and grime maestro Caspa takes on Webster Hall’s Girls & Boys, the underage-friendly, neon-prone dance fete. (Also: Ninjasonik will take over the club’s basement Studio.) For something a little more soulful, head over to Cielo for Turntables on the Hudson: Tonight’s unpretentious Afrobeat, Latin, funk, and deep-house dance party is headlined by San Francisco’s J-Boogie, alongside resident DJ Nikodemus. Unruly Records’ Chris Brooks kicks off the night with his own mix of house and electro, hopefully bringing a little of Unruly’s original club productions with him as well.
If you’re looking to stay in Brooklyn, head over to Williamsburg for tonight’s edition of the increasingly awesome Nextah party at the Cove, wherein the same folks who brought you DJ Assault last month return with Toronto’s Egyptrixx. You can look forward to a bit of dubstep, some pretty synth-y disco vibes, and house all mixed together into a night designed for dancing. Resident DJs and swell guys Michna and Nick Hook fill in the gaps. The whole thing is free, though the last time we went, we couldn’t get in, so go early. Alternately, head over to Brooklyn Bowl for a dance fete conducted by Eliot Lipp, Alex B, and Ana Sia. All three are known for their ability to mix layers of electronic music with throwbacks to hip-hop and soul, so expect a smooth, relaxed dance floor here. Tickets are $6 at the door, more info here.
On Saturday, start your day early at Le Poisson Rouge’s Radio Happy Hour, a radio-drama/comedian/interview/musical-performance hybrid featuring guest Born Ruffians. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. If you’re looking to pregame your way into the evening college-style, head to Williamsburg’s Cameo for an afternoon game of beer pong. This is not a joke. The tiny space will host a tournament with a $10 buy-in, $20 if you want to partake in the draft-beer open bar. We’ll expect this to be competitive (because who even enters a beer-pong tournament?) and bet you’ll see the same gaggle of characters who haunt Williamsburg’s organized kickball events. Go for the laughs. Winner takes home 75 percent of the pot, runner-up gets 25 percent.
For something much more serious, head over to the launch of Superchief.tv at the 24-hour spectacle that is Superfest. The all-day mayhem technically starts on Saturday morning at 5 a.m. (hanging over from the night before) and goes through 5 a.m. Sunday. The lineup includes performances by Japanther, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, and the Death Set. A million DJs are set to play between live acts and into the questionable hours of the night — the list includes Dirty Finger, Roofeeo, DJ Yamez, and Jasmine Solano. There’s a bunch of freebies, too — free vodka at the peak of the night, mimosas during daylight, and beer somewhere in the middle. Not to mention BBQ and pancakes, and even a discounted tattoo station (though we’re not sure how safe that can be). Tickets are $10 if you’re legal to drink, $15 otherwise.
If you can pull yourself away from that black hole, try to find your way to Turbo Tax’s Waremouse party. The Williamsburg dance party is shacking up at a secret warehouse location (dubbed the Mousehole) — details revealed when you RSVP. Turbo Tax’s Mayster and Contakt embrace the bass tonight with Trouble & Bass queen Star Eyes, Flashing Lights’ Jubilee, and Mixpak’s Dre Skull for a rave until the early morning. Tickets are $5 at the door.