Memorial Day weekend is upon us! While that usually means barbecuing and rooftop happy hours, we’ve got a whole list of dance endeavors on the agenda this weekend too. (What better way to work off those tacos, burgers, and margaritas?)
Ease into the weekend with Nicolas Jaar, whose experimental psychedelia takes over Le Poisson Rouge tonight. If his live set is anything like his recently released debut Space Is Only Noise, you can expect to drift off into a haze of electronica that skirts the lines of techno and house and implements downtempo beats, jazz guitar and organ interludes, as well as some of his own vocal samplings. It’s often weird but pretty beautiful as well. And yeah, there’s some dancing in the mix too (check out “Russian Dolls” for an example). Tickets are $17 at the door.
If you like your dance music to have more of a groove, head into Williamsburg for tonight’s edition of Let’s Play House. The warehouse fete returns to it’s original location for their one-year anniversary and calls in some of the party’s alumni to celebrate. Rub N Tug’s Eric Duncan, Kompakt’s Mugwump, and Berlin’s DJ Kaos headline the fete alongside resident and Runaway’s Jacques Renault. Expect plenty of disco, house, and some even some techno. Tickets are $15 at the door and you have to RSVP for the location—do that here. If bass is what you’re after, The Cove’s monthly Turrbotax party is where to get it. Hyperdub’s Scratcha DVA makes his US debut and will mix bass-heavy grooves, UK funky, and techno and dub-infused tracks. Also featured is Brooklyn’s own bass darling Jubilee (of Nightshifters), who will be spinning her last set in New York before “taking her funky/housey/tropical bag of tricks to the warmer regions of Miami.” (We’re sad about that.) The party is free before 11, $5 til midnight, $7 after. Considering there’s an open bar from 11 until midnight, we’ll suggest you get there early.
And if you want to bar-hop around local dives, there’s plenty of that in Willimsburg too. Tonight Soul Imperial’s Elegante and Ballantino split for a doubleheader in the neighborhood: Elegante and resident Hammerhead take on the Rockn Soul Revue at Maracuja with a set of rhythm and blues, rock, northern soul, doo wop, and oldies; a few blocks away, Ballantino guests at Trophy Bar’s Close Encounters fete (where you’ll hear funk, house, boogie, and even some R&B and dance classics if you ask the DJs nicely) with resident Pumpkin Patch.
On Saturday, head to Le Poisson Rouge’s Gallery Bar for the two-year anniversary of I Love Vinyl. The night’s lineup features residents and some of the best crate-diggers around, including residents DJ Amir (of mixtape duo Kon and Amir), Ge-Ology, Twilite Tone, DJ Scribe, OP!, and Jon Oliver. Expect to be schooled by a mix of rap, jazz, soul, and funk. (Especially if you bring that one ex-backpacker friend of yours.) There’s the promise of a free drink to the first bunch of people in the door, and the party is bound to be one of the team’s more dancey editions as a result. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Otherwise we suggest you go to Brooklyn Bowl for a performance by New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia. We’ll warn you in advance—a NoLA bounce show is much more of a drunken, sweaty mosh pit of a dance party with plenty audience participation and booty shaking. (One of her biggest songs is titled “Azz Everywhere.”) As a performer, Freedia is fierce on vocals and adamantly conducts the crowd (and her backup troupe of divas) to play into to her call-and-response tracks with her. As in, you’ll be expected to know what to yell back when she starts singing “I’ve Got That Gin In My System” and/or jump around manically and pretend like you do. (Study here.) Show starts at midnight; tickets are $5.
Sunday brings a full lineup of outdoor summer-themed hangs. Mister Saturday Night and Sunday Best conspirators Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter host a collaboration of their two big events at their new summer home, Gowanus Grove. The Roberta’s Tiki Disco. The party is a summer favorite (and honoree at last year’s SOTC nightlife awards) and today it plays host to LA’s notorious Do-Over event for the first time. While residents Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski will definitely be on the turntables early in the day, a slew of “mystery guests” are also scheduled to perform. They’ve been pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing but we’ll assume that we’re in for a visit from an LA institution. We’ll suggest you go regardless—Roberta’s pizza, cheap margaritas, and a mix of disco, funk, soul, house, and dance classics make this an easy decision. Doors at 2 p.m., no cover. Happy weekend!