It is freezing outside, there’s no doubt about that. And while we know it’s almost impossible to leave the comfort of your toasty apartment, the weekend’s dance schedule demands it. A mix of disco, Latin grooves, African drums, dub wars, and dubstep awaits, alongside a club-king-turned-r&b-singer or two. We recommend that you brave a few minutes of the cold to melt your seasonal depression on these dance floors. It will be worth it. Promise.
Thursday’s slate requires that you hop between the Lower East Side and the East Village all night. We’ll start at Santos Party House, though, where the Latin-themed weekly Que Bajo?! returns to the basement after a month or two of hibernation. The night features an oddly placed early performance by Blaqstarr, whose Divine EP was released just yesterday. While his production has veered in a singer/songwriter direction albeit with lots of r&b and electro-pop thrown in), we’re hoping that the Baltimore club DJ’s roots will win out this time. Yet another appearance by moombahton youngster Munchi and residents Uproot Andy and Geko Jones round out the evening’s lineup. Tickets are $10 at the door and include an Asahi open bar from 9 to 10.
For more global sounds, head to Gallery Bar for the debut of Made In Africa. Ghettobassquake and Tormenta Tropical affiliate Chief Boima and Dutty Artz’ Lamina Fofana bring rare tribal beats, African house edits, and newer drum-powered regional pop to the masses for the free soiree. Strongly recommended for those in need of a new scene.
If you’re looking for disco and more, head to the grand debut of another Lower East Side fete, this time at Hotel Rivington’s second-floor bar. Lvrsork kicks off their new residency with a performance by the always sultry Nomi Ruiz (of Jessica 6 / Hercules and the Love Affair). We just saw the starlet perform with Arthur’s Landing, and can assure you that sultry, lounge-friendly disco crooning is what she does best. An early performance by Low Pitch Orchestra will warm the place up. It’s free all evening. Nomi isn’t the only babe to perform tonight, either: The nu-soul and pop stylings of Blind Benny (you know her as Jade) and the electronic/Afro/tropical sounds of Tecla take over Webster Hall for an evening of female-propelled dance mayhem. DJ and collaborator Melo X plays before and between sets. Tickets are $10 at the door, show starts at 9 p.m.
The weekend brings a whole slew of electronic dance parties. On Friday, head to the Lower East Side for an edition of Just For Kicks at Stay. The place has a secret basement room (hidden behind a wall of Corona boxes) reserved for disco — this is quickly becoming our favorite way to hear it. The monthly fete features Escort’s Dan Balis and Eugene Cho as tonight’s guests, with Milky Ways’ Tim Zawada and Aaron Dae and residents J Kriv, Matt Brownwell, and Chris Love filling in the gaps. The three-room dance party is free, with a $10 “all you can drink” pregame from 9 to 10.
For dubstep, head to Williamsburg for this month’s Turbotax. The party has abandoned its warehouse hopping for the Cove, which we’re actually kind of thrilled about (though they’ve implemented a strict “no photography” policy). Hyperdub label-head Kode9 is the guest tonight, so expect plenty of dubstep, with some jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, and dub in the mix. Something you might want to keep in mind: This guy has written a book for MIT about how to use sound as a weapon. Sounds rad, right? Qween Beat’s DJ MikeQ is also featured, while Turbotax residents Contakt, Rem Koolhaus, Space Jam, Mayster, and C-Sick throw down early and late. No cover before 11 p.m., $5 until midnight, $7 after.
Up the block from the Cove, tech-fest monthly the Bunker takes over Public Assembly. Novel Sound’s Levon Vincent makes his Bunker debut in the club’s front room, with Geophone’s Mike Parker and Chicago house act Virgo performing live in the back room, and residents Spinoza and Eric Cloutier in the mix as well. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. It goes late, so take your time pre-gaming.
On Saturday, your dance endeavors come with a little more soul, and Brooklyn is where to find them. Mister Saturday Night is the place we’ll recommend you head to first, as residents Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin are making it their last before taking a break that will last until May (Carter is off to Berlin for awhile). The party goes down at their “home loft” in Bushwick, and features Detroit house producer and FXHE conspirator Omar S on an extended set, though we expect the residents will take on a large chunk of playing time considering their send-off. Tickets are $20 in advance and likely more at the door. If you’re in South Brooklyn and looking to stay close to home, try the similarly vibed Sharegroove loft party instead. The night features house, disco, r&b, and funk at the hands of guest Eli Escobar, along with Sharegroove residents Duckcomb and Steve Shakewell. Tickets are $5 at the door, RSVP required for location.
For dance music of the electro-pop variety, head to Brooklyn Bowl for an all-night DJ set by L.A. youngsters Classixx. The duo is largely known for a slew of remixes for the likes of Phoenix, Groove Armada, Yacht, and Major Lazer, but we’re drawn to them for the breezy and addictive hooks of their first single, “I’ll Get You.” Expect a night of dancing to nu-disco, house, indie-electro jams, and rock remixes. For the $5 cover, you don’t have much to lose. Staying in Williamsburg, but looking for something a little different? Try the one-year anniversary celebration of Afro Dub Sessions at Rose Live Music. Guest DJ Carter Van Pelt — reggae afficionado and host of WKCR’s “Eastern Standard Time” — headlines tonight’s get-down with guests K Vibes and Willow Wilson, and residents DJ Linh, Lil Tiger, and a live performance by Hi-Fi. Expect a lot of reggae mixed with dubstep, old-school hip-hop, bhangra, and dancehall from this crew. Free all night.
And if you must stay in Manhattan, don’t worry, we’ve got something for you, too: Dark Disco makes its venue debut at Good Units (our favorite dance club in the city). The lineup is massive too, featuring the sounds of U.K. dance maestro Jakwob and Hyperdub’s Ikonika on dubstep, electro, and ghetto-tech duties. D.C.’s Tittsworth and (again!) Blaqstarr bring a dose of gritty, banging, and electro-infused club, while Redfoxxx brings the night to a spectacular close. Tickets are $15 in advance, more at the door.