It’s a long weekend! (Really long, hopefully.) To celebrate, we decided to give you a full week’s worth of nightlife options, dance-music-oriented and otherwise: Our recommended picks for each day of the week feature some established parties, some underrated gems, and a few one-off shows, all of which aimed at helping you digest. Why? Because some of the city’s best parties happen during the week, and you deserve to go to them. Even (especially?) during Thanksgiving weekend.
Delorean and Lemonade are on tour together, again, and hit Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. As for the former, the Spanish band kicks off our week-long dance schedule with their blend of synth-heavy, beach-friendly dance rock; they’ve almost perfected the balance between straight pop and mellow trance, with their live sets benefiting immensely from the fact that they seem to do as much remix work as songwriting. Making the deal even sweeter, their labelmates and frequent cohorts in Lemonade get the party started with their mix of kick-drum-friendly, tribal, and jungle-influenced electro-rock jams. Plus, the two bands seem to love each other, and at a show like this you can usually tell.
Dancehall-infused electro tracks (and all things tropical) have made a huge comeback in the last year. And while we appreciate the sudden influx, we recommend that you go to the greats for an education in island-style partying. Holiday withstanding, tonight is Deadly Dragon Sound’s weekly fete, Downtown Top Ranking, set to school you in everything reggae, dancehall, and dub. The all-vinyl affair includes carefully selected (often rare) tracks pulled by the crew’s own JD, Queen Majesty, Scratch Famous, and Mr. K. Count on chill people, relaxed grooves, and the occasional celebrity appearance (‘sup, Sean Paul). Recommended for those of you who want to have a casual drink and digest that turkey. No cover.
Dipset! Dipset! Dipset! Dipset! The recently reconciled Harlem rap gang reunites Friday at Hammerstein Ballroom for their first live show since 2007. Sponsored by Hot 97, the event promises “all the hits,” hopefully including “Hey Ma,” “Dipset Anthem,” and “Really Mean It.” Sounds good enough to us, though the production nerds in us are seriously hoping for a live rendition of “Salute” as well. It features the extravagant MPC-peddling and Euro-house-slinging know-how of their very young producer, AraabMuzik, who is beyond incredible live and seems to be riding the celeb-rap circuit for one-off mini-performances. (He hooked up with Kanye a month ago.) As far as guest rappers, we’ll assume that Vado will make an appearance, but be kept in the shadows for the most part (politics!). Someone please go to this and report back; win/buy tickets here.
Hard Festival returns to Terminal 5 for another night of highly intense mayhem. Tonight’s bill features the disco-house stylings of DJ A-Trak, leading his first big New York show since the release of the insanely catchy “Barbra Streisand,” a result of his side project, Duck Sauce. The bill also features the tripped-out experimental jams of Flying Lotus (expect hip-hop, dubstep, electronica, and so on), techy rave from Montreal’s Tiga, and lord knows what kind of pop from the “DJs” in Miike Snow. It all works, kind of, but the kicker here is a live performance by Yelawolf. What? Is there such a thing as blog rap? Just kidding: We like the dude, but this is gonna get weird!
Susan Bartsch and Kenny Kenny are the queen and queen of NYC’s gay scene. Some of their recent endeavors have lacked staying power, but the Vandam party at Greenhouse has managed to power through the fickle world of NYC nightlife. Pop divas (and the house remixes of their songs) soundtrack the night, but just the scene alone is worth the trip. Revel in throngs of beautiful and immaculately dressed gay men, wildly costumed scenesters, the token drag queen or three, and other queer staples (Amanda Lepore and our own Mr. Musto included). There are antics aplenty, including one-off shows (we saw Jonte perform live once) and plenty of silly, impromptu walk-offs. Glitter required.
Legendary house DJ Francois K returns to his monthly house party, Deep Space. The man has had his hand in pretty much everything, but he’ll keep it simple at tonight’s gig: Expect a set of techno, classic disco, house, dub, and maybe even some drum ‘n’ bass during his extended six-hour set. Don’t let the club’s frou-frou exterior fool you, either — the crowd is made up of old-school house fiends, and people who are there to dance and dance only. $10 at the door.
For four years, Bembe has been the on-and-off Williamsburg hangout for lovers of reggae, dancehall, tropical, and Afro sounds. Tonight, the infamous (and free!) Tune In Tuesdays returns with resident Djs Gringo and Fyahrama on the decks. They never get too far out, and it is a dance party first and foremost — ladies, stay at home or glue yourself to a bar stool if you can’t hang on an overly friendly dance floor. You’ll be satisfied at the bar, though, which serves up a variety of freshly made tropical drinks, including a $6 “rum punch” and similarly priced papaya cocktails or caipirinhas. Delicious and affordable!