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Three Must-See Acts This Week

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House/techno

Soulstice with Steve Darko & Morelia

10 p.m., Friday, June 21, at Public Works. $15; publicsf.com

House and techno fans are going to want to catch the S.F. debuts of both Steve Darko and Morelia, two of the fastest-rising names in dance music right now, along with a slew of adored local producers that make Soulstice one of the strongest bills so far this year. A champion of Boston’s underground scene, Darko is no stranger to music production, as the self-admitted music nerd boasts an army of analog gear in addition to developing software at the leading audio technology company iZotope. Darko’s fresh interoperation of house and techno blends crunchy synths, bone-rattling bass, and otherworldly vocal samples for a style that is inimitable.

It caught the ear of Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke, who personally selected Darko to open on his 2018 world tour. Darko’s breakthrough EP Fried or Fertilized earned praise throughout the dance world, with a subtle dose of surrealism transforming the record into a singular beast that sounds unlike anything else out there. Named after a genus of python in honor of his love of reptiles, Morelia has been producing music since he was 12 years old, and the kinetic producer is on track to becoming a crowd-favorite in house music with bouncy and kinetic singles like “Fun Box” and “Vibrate.” The enterprising young producer made waves with his excellent performance at last month’s EDC, and looks to bring that same energy into the city. Rounding out the night are some of the best new producers in the Bay Area, including Dirtybird’s n808, the Berlin-trained Sammy Legs, and the dexterous up-and-comer TCHiLT.

Listen to Steve Darko’s latest here.

Dance

Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream

12:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at Golden Gate Park (West Hellman Hollow). $35; alldayidream.com

A humble rooftop party that transformed into a worldwide phenomenon with stops in Dubai, Tulum, and Mykonos, Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream is an annual treasure that truly feels like a breath of fresh air in a sometimes exhausting dance music landscape, and this year’s edition at Golden Gate Park emphasizes unity and well-being among its attendees. Burridge’s entrancing and melodic brand of house is right at home amongst the park’s eucalyptus trees and misty afternoons. (As Burridge tells SF Weekly, “Golden Gate Park and All Day I Dream are a match made in heaven. Our more natural and organic looking production blends perfectly with the majestic natural surroundings.”)

He plans to release a new single off his forthcoming album with the Congo singer Junior the day before the event, and a rare appearance by the singer is very possible on Saturday, too. “This year, one of our artists (Double Touch) has engaged a string quartet to perform one of their beautiful ambient tracks, and Junior Akwerty who works alongside me and Lost Desert will be performing several of our tracks,” Burridge explains. In addition to the music, the event kicks off with yoga ceremonies in coordination with The Waking Hour and Yoga Tree. As Burridge explains, “The gentle start with our yoga experience eases our crowd into a blissful day together.” Burridge’s authentic passion for creating a safe space for everyone to enjoy themselves separates All Day I Dream from any other event out there, as Burridge looks forward to Saturday, saying, “The openness of the space also allows our burgeoning community to not only dance but also socialize and relax — which is rare at a music-oriented event.”

Photo by Nolis Anderson

Neo-soul

Jamila Woods

8 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at Great American Music Hall. $22; slimspresents.com

A potent lyricist with a smooth, opulent voice, Jamila Woods creates music with real substance behind every word she sings, excelling simultaneously as a musician, poet, and activist. A Chicago native, the singer-songwriter got her start at church, influenced by Frida Kahlo and Toni Morrisson, as well as bold artists like Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar. After graduating from Brown University, Woods returned to Chicago, where she created forward-thinking soul as a duo, Milo & Otis. Woods made her solo debut in 2016 with the empowering single, “Blk Girl Soldier,” and increased her presence within the industry with guest appearances on Macklemore’s “White Privilege II” and Chance the Rapper’s “Blessings,” on the latter’s critically lauded mixtape, Coloring Book. The same year saw the release of Woods’ debut album, HEAVN, a fearless collection of experimental soul that dives deep into topics surrounding social justice, heightened by Woods’ natural ability to connect with the listener. She returned in May with her phenomenal sophomore effort, LEGACY! LEGACY!, comprising 13 ambitious tracks each named after a cultural icon of color, as Woods connects their respective legacies to her own familial history and existence.

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Tim Casagrande

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