Well, here we are again, facing the imminent approach of another fully packed weekend in San Francisco. Fans of all stripes of dance music will be well-served, with artists coming from such exotic places as Holland, Japan, and Minnesota. Throw in a rare opportunity to enjoy some visual art with your dance, and you've got the makings of greatness at hand. No, really. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Friday, March 9
Where: Public Works
When: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Why: Donuts might only be an occasional thing, but that's not a problem when their one-offs are so good. This time around, the party organizers have stacked an impressive lineup for a big, house-fueled night at Public Works. Topping the bill is Washington D.C.-based production outfit Beautiful Swimmers. The group specializes in a hard-to-classify sound that blends aspects of late-'80s experimental pop (think Art of Noise) with the dancefloor appeal of boogie. Get a feel for the duo by listening to "O Yea" and "Swimmers Groove." Lending additional weight to the bill is Japan's Sapphire Slows, an up-and-coming producer on the Not Not Fun imprint that makes lo-fi, outsider dance music. That might be hard to grasp, so listen to her recent single "Animal Dreams," and you'll get a better feel for her stylistic direction. Now working with Magic Touch (a.k.a. Mi Ami's Damon Palermo), he'll join her on stage to debut some of their new material. If that wasn't enough, the full DJ crew from Haceteria will be on site providing DJ sets that dip far into the annals of recent dance music history.
When: 10 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Why: Officially titled, "As I Like It: Jeremy's Birthday Celebration," this is a special celebration in honor of Jeremy Bispo, one of San Francisco's most prolific event producers. Marking the occasion as a must-do event, he's scheduled an evening that promises to be one of As You Like It's best. Leading the pack is DVS1, the Minneapolis-based techno producer that's rapidly become a crowd favorite at the infamous (and influential) Berghain nightclub in Berlin. With productions released on Derrick May's Transmat and Ben Klock's Klockworks, his tracks -- such as "Pressure" and "Evolve" -- emphasize slowly evolving motifs that stretch out and morph across an icy soundscape. Check out his fascinating Resident Advisor interview and this mix performed for the Techno.UA podcast series. Next up on the bill is Holland's house maestros Juju & Jordash, who have made a name for themselves off the strength of eclectic releases for such disparate labels as Golf Channel and Rush Hour. For a better idea of where they're coming from, listen to "Bleached Roots," "African Flower (A Tribute to the Duke)," and the duo's recent mix for the WNYU radio program, Beats in Space. Filling out the bill is DJ Carlos Souffront from Detroit and a tagteam set by AYLI's own Rich Korach & Mossmoss as The Bros.
Saturday, March 10
What: Arts & Beats with Murk
Where: Terra Gallery
When: 3 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: Have you ever felt that your party life is depriving you of highbrow culture? If so, this is the event for you. Arts & Beats is a night that attempts to bridge the boundaries between acoustic and visual art. For this one, the event is taking over both floors of Terra Gallery for a massive event that features works by over 50 artists combined with a DJ set by a very special duo. Florida's Murk is one of the most influential groups in house music. Its releases in the '90s -- such as "Been a Long Time," "Some Lovin'," and "High Up" -- were hugely influential on the sound of New York underground dance music and the global house community. Their first time performing together in San Francisco in over eight years, this is a can't-miss event that ought to have even the stuffiest of art snobs working it out on the dancefloor. Additional audio support comes courtesy of a handful of talented local DJs led by HarLum Muziq's David Harness and Chris Lum.
Where: 222 Hyde
When: 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Why: Now that 222 Hyde is back in action, it seems that the Tenderloin club is rapidly gaining momentum. Realtime is a new event that's intended to be a showcase for live electronic dance music performance. For the inaugural edition, the party is pointing the spotlight on South African-born New Yorker Brendon Moeller (a.k.a. Echologist and Beat Pharmacy). Readers of my Signal to Noise column have already been introduced to the prolific, dubwise artist through "Hootin' and Tootin'," his recent single for New York's Throne of Blood label. That's just the tip of the iceberg; check out "Sweetspot," "Juice," and "Faith" to get a feel for the full breadth of his output. Also on the bill is resident duo Polk & Hyde, that just so happens to be comprised of Jonah Sharp and 222 Hyde owner Emilio Orlandi.