I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: The Weekend In Nightlife, Starring Rob Swift And Total Eclipse, Just Blaze, And Louie Vega
Friday is for hip-hop. First and foremost, the X-Ecutioners' Rob Swift and Total Eclipse headline the appropriately named "Respect the Architect" Full Spectrum party series at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Though Swift and Eclipse are turntablists at their core, expect a dance party easy on the scratching and heavy on old-school classics tonight. Also featured is live art by local artist Caryn Davidson and a perfect excuse to take advantage of the outdoor courtyard at this eco-crazy venue. With a ticket price of $10, this is the place to be tonight.
As for the city, the return of OPEN -- a/k/a RE-OPENED -- is your best bet. We'll admit to being wary about the re-launch (it's still uncertain why Rich Medina and Q-Tip were taken off the night months ago), but regardless, the event has returned, remixed, with Just Blaze and DJ Soul filling the void upstairs with their mix of hip-hop, funk, soul, and "anything with a serious beat." That said, the best part about the revamped party is the addition of Federation Sound's DJ Gravy and Max Glazer to the basement. Tickets are $10 before midnight for the two-floor fete, and more (sometimes significantly more) at the door. Get there early - and while some choose to get dolled up for the night, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes and prepare to be drenched in sweat by the time you leave.
Saturday, get your fill of house. If you're staying city-side, Louie Vega, half of the Masters at Work production team, headlines Dance Here Too's Saturday-night house massive at Santos. $20 online tickets will get you a four-hour extended set from the legend, though the bucket-load of bridge-and-tunnel party-goers also comes included. For a more laid-back vibe, head to the return of Mister Saturday Night, featuring German DJ duo Ame and moved out of Brooklyn after the temporary closing of Market Hotel -- now the deep-house grooves go deeper in a secret Lower East Side basement (directions here). Tickets are $15 at the door; the party starts at midnight, so get there then - space is tight.
In Brooklyn, No Parking on the Dance Floor returns at the House of Yes loft in Bushwick. Sal Principato of Liquid Liquid disco-jam fame is featured on the decks, as is DJ Courage and the mastermind behind it all, DJ Smallchange. The fete features aerial performers (i.e. girls floating around on ropes tied to rafters), costs you $10 at the door, and runs until 5 a.m. The later you go, the more open the door people are to negotiation. In Williamsburg, Bersa Disco's DJ Sabo plays a six-hour mix of Afro, Caribbean, tropical, and Latin dance music at the eco-friendly Bembe Bar. There's no cover, but males are warned to "bring a lady or two" to get in. As for me, I'll be at Savalas for D.C. production duo Starks & Nacey's EP release party with labelmate DJ Ayres. Though their production is a mash of club and house, you can expect a heavy dose of hip-hop thrown into the mix.