The Top Five Halloween Shows This Weekend

Don't you love when 'Halloween' is really six days long?


Dusk to Dawn with Dusky and DJ Dan

5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Midway. $65; themidwaysf.com for tickets

For those seeking to let out their devilish desires over the weekend instead of the 31st, an 11-hour party marathon at The Midway should bring everything you could want from a sinful celebration. In collaboration between Opel Productions and the Vau de Vire Society, the Bay Area’s renowned avant-cabaret organization, “Dusk to Dawn” promises art, curiosities, spectacle, and “a dash of kink,” anchored by a performance from London’s vibrant experimental house and techno duo Dusky, who channel soulful energy into their new melodic and progressive house-heavy Aset Forever EP.  The reliably hard-hitting dance music veteran DJ Dan, along with a variety of guest musicians and performers, round out the event that ends at the break of dawn.

Haunted Hearts with Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds

10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at 1015 Folsom. $25; 1015.com for tickets

The Desert Hearts crew have risen to become one of the dance world’s elite party starters, fully living up to the mission to connect everyone with their brand of “house, techno, and love.” While the crew have evolved from a renegade in the Mojave Desert into an excellent blooming dance label, Desert Hearts plan to bring their best and brightest members, including dance floor favorites like Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds, for an all-night, costumes-encouraged party appropriately dubbed “Haunted Hearts,” which looks to bring all of the jubilant vibes that Desert Hearts is known for, with an added dash of playful spookiness.

Deadly Disco with MK, CamelPhat & Will Clarke

9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at The Midway. $60; themidwaysf.com for tickets

Boldly promising to be the season’s “deadliest dance party,” Deadly Disco returns for its fifth year running, and this year looks to be the most vibrant incarnation yet, complete with exuberant art installations and mind-bending performers. On the music side of the evening, the bill is stacked with performances by house-wizard MK, the captivating and elusive tech house duo CamelPhat, and Dirtybird’s clutch hitter Will Clarke, who has had a shining year with a string of electrifying releases like dance floor-weapon “Take A Seat,” exploring heavier shades of techno in his latest release Mercy.

88rising

7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Bill Graham Civic Center. $49.50; billgrahamcivic.com for tickets

A groundbreaking music and arts collective that seeks to bridge the divide between Eastern and Western youth culture, 88rising have evolved from a small media crew into a spreadable, and powerful, idea. Perhaps stated best by co-founder Sean Miyashiro in an interview with Forbes, “We are clearly filling a void, which is a pan-Asian, East-meets-West approach. I think we’re doing it in a very creative and cool way.” 88rising’s growing roster of Asian and Asian-American music talent, including viral hip-hop sensation Rich Brian, have recently embarked on their debut tour as a group in support of their stunning debut crew LP Head in the Clouds.

Boys Noize

10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Halcyon. $60; halcyonsf.com for tickets

The rare electronic dance talent who manages to surprise and reinvigorate listeners with each consecutive release, Boys Noize is a true virtuoso who not only works magic in the studio, but also electrifies the venue whenever he steps behind a DJ deck. The Berlin-raised Alex Ridha established his presence as Boys Noize in the industry over a decade ago with his banging 2007 electro-tinged debut LP Oi Oi Oi, exploring industrial, techno, EBM, and whatever else he has under his sleeve in later releases, notably on 2016’s aggressive rave-ready record Mayday. If there is one thing Boys Noize has proven to the world during his career, it is that he understands the unwritten rules of dance music better than anyone, and for our benefit, nobody else shatters those rules better than Ridha.

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