It’s the first week of the new year! This also means it’s the first week to break your resolutions to drink less and sleep more. Enablers that we are, behold your week in nightlife, featuring the return of our favorite Lower East Side fete, a music festival, a lot of disco, and so much more.
It didn’t take very long for the GHE20 G0TH1K crew to reappear at the Gallery Bar. Tonight, the trio of DJs and bearers of our “Best New Party” nightlife award present Worship: An All White Party in the basement of the Lower East Side venue. Their mission includes “showing you the light” via redemption on a dance floor with a mix of “praise, worship, and dance”. We’ll praise their lineup, at least, including their own DJ Iceberg VX (a/k/a Venus X) and $hayne, along with Helen Harris and Serious Praise playing a mix of everything from “gospel house” and r&b to trance and hardstyle. Totally bizarre and magically awesome is what this gang does best, so just go with it. Free all night.
On Thursday, plan for reverence of a different kind. The very amazing Peter Gordon and the Love of Life Orchestra grace Le Poisson Rouge with a performance to celebrate the release of their anthology on DFA back in October. Gordon and his band have featured disco great Arthur Russell and NYC eccentrics Laurie Anderson and David Byrne; more recently, they’ve garnered interest from big-shot nu-disco producers, James Murphy and Pat Mahoney included. Their classic grooves are based heavily in disco, jazz, and pop, but they’re tempered with a fresh, dance-infused goodness that translates best when you see them live. Really, they’re a jack-in-the-box of fun. Collaborators and friends Midnight Magic, Justine & the Victorian Punks, and Justin Miller (with a “surprise guest”) are also scheduled to perform. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $12 at the door.
As for the weekend, the Winter Jazz Festival takes on the city for a two-day showcase featuring over 60 acts that span over five Bleecker Street venues (LPR, Kenny’s Castaways, Sullivan Hall, Bitter End, Zinc Bar). There are too many acts to name, but highlights for us include the Charles Gayle Trio, Asphalt Orchestra, Sameer Gupta’s Namaskar, and Steve Coleman & the Five Elements. Tickets are $25 a day or $35 for both — full lineup here. If you’re looking for something a little more dance-y on Friday night, head over to Bowery Poetry Club for the first ever Go Go Gangster Cumbia party. If that sounds excessive, it is. While Que Bajo’s Geko Jones and L.A.’s Very Be Careful man the decks with a selection of cumbia and other Latin vibes, you can also expect a handful of Go-Go and burlesque dancers to motivate and terrify your more reserved friends to participate. Oh, and there’s a “1930s gangster costume them,” for those of you who are into that kind of thing. Tickets are $10 at the door.
In Brooklyn, techno and house fete Bunker celebrates its eighth anniversary at Williamsburg’s Public Assembly. Keeping it solid and simple is what these guys are good at, and tonight is no different. They’ve recruited Aquaplano’s Donato Dozzy and Glasgow’s super duo Optimo for the two-room fete, with each headliner providing an uninterrupted eight-hour set. Epic! Expect ambient sounds and minimal grooves from Dozzy and a bit more disco and dance jams (maybe even some rock or pop) from Optimo. Bunker’s own Derek Plaslaiko takes on the front room himself. Doors open at 10 and close at 5 a.m. (if you’re in by then, the party rages on til daylight and beyond). Tickets are $20 at the door. Not too far away, the Raid celebrates it’s third anniversary at K&M Bar with a battle against their rap-friendly cohorts Strictly Hits. Party residents Cousin Cole and DJ Ayres (respectively) will duke it out over a mix of party favorites, r&b, rock, disco, and yes, raps, after an opening set by Community Lab’s Phi Unit. Free all night, with house-party vibes and sing-a-longs to the Cardigans and The-Dream guaranteed.
On Saturday, house music is the agenda. Stop by Santos for this month’s edition of Discovery, featuring Metro Area‘s Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani. This duo does a bit of it all: Expect a mix of old-school disco, boogie, funk, and deep house alongside newer dance tracks and minimal techno, but nothing too cheesy. (Resident DJs VDRK and Free Magic will give you your share of club bangers to make up for it.) The party is free with RSVP before midnight, $10 after. If you’re really craving electro, head uptown to Pacha for a night of tight shirts and glow sticks with Dutch house god Laidback Luke. The DJ is bound to play an extended set of big-room house, rave-y techno, edits of classic dance jams, and probably definitely Yolanda Be Cool (not that we’re mad about that).
On Sunday, skip the raving for a night with the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra at their new weekly residency at Brooklyn Bowl. Expect to be slightly confused, enthralled, and mind-blown while the full band plays their own salsa renditions of your favorite indie-rock jams. Take this performance of Animal Collective’s “My Girls” for example, and prepare for similarly thwarted interpretations of TV on the Radio, Yeasayer, Arcade Fire, and so on. It may sound intolerable, but we assure you that the band is an enjoyable spectacle once you give yourself over to it. It’s free, too!