September 16, 2015
Party on a bridge, Samba with folks that actually know how to, or celebrate a record store’s anniversary in this weekend’s busy schedule of amazing parties. Just don’t forget to go home!
Founding member of A$AP Mob, Harlem-based MC A$AP Ferg, brings the high-energy rhymes to Philly’s amazing Union Transfer for this all-ages show. DJ Jasmine Solano of duo Electric Punanny spins the heat to warm up the crowd.
8 p.m., $20, all ages
Norwegian production wonder-kind Lindstrom is revered in dance music circles on a cultish level for his inimitable outlook on contemporary disco music. Having never listened to dance music as a kid, Lindstrom has developed a truly distinct sound, with influences ranging from time spent in gospel choirs to experiences in country and rock bands. Dave P. and Greg D. team up to set the stage for Lindstrom, which will surely be a dance night to remember on South Broad Street.
9 p.m. – 2 a.m., $15
Parisian dance music titan Tchami became an overnight sensation after remixing Janet Jackson’s “Go Deep” before going on to release on leading club labels Fool’s Gold and Ministry of Sound. Here, the Frenchman continues to tour in support of his forthcoming “The After Life” EP, stopping at the legendary South Street venue after hitting major clubbing destinations like Ibiza, London, and Amsterdam. The opening DJ slot was somewhat of a contentious affair,
8 p.m., $30, 18 and up
The goodie guys Rob Paine and Francisco Collazo continue to fight the good fight for underground electronic music, bringing in some of the best international talent to spin proper house and techno jams for discerning Philly heads. They’ve really outdone themselves here, booking one of the most acclaimed names in the underground, Detroit via Poland DJ and producer, Magda.
9 p.m. – 2 a.m., first 100 tickets are $10
All weekend long, Rumor is celebrating another year of proper nightclubbing and debauchery in center city. There’s a slew of DJs spinning different genres to help you get down, so check their site for more information about lineups / cover, which varies each night.
Thursday through Saturday night, cover/lineup varies
LA –based producer Mako cites a host of classical composers such as Debussy and Mahler as influences in crafting his deep progressive house sound. Catch him on his headlining tour in Philly before he heads off to mega-clubs like Denver’s Beta, with support from DJ Daily at this late night affair.
11 p.m. – 3 a.m., $15 advance tickets
Record stores are pillars of the music community and Philadelphia Record Exchange has been putting in the good work for our city for thirty years! To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Record Exchange has decided to throw a block party with food and a ton of bands and DJs, such as Purling Hiss, Ben Vaughn, Aye-Aye, and many more. There’s activities throughout the day, so swing by Frankford Avenue, support a great local business, and say hi to all you
Noon – 11 p.m., free
Up for a night of drinks, dining and dancing with a view? The Fifth Annual Dance on the Falls Bridge in East Falls has got you covered, where your entrance fee gets you open bar, an Art in the Age liquor tasting, food truck voucher, a beverage ticket to ReAnimator Coffee’s coffee bar, and of course, top-notch live music from The Sofa Kings. Proceeds benefit the East Falls Development Corporation, so come support a great neighborhood with this very special annual party!
8 p.m. – midnight, $80 at the door
With 20 years under their belt on the clubbing circuit, Scottish duo Optimo have hit countless milestones in their storied career while exporting their genre-bounding sound: holding a famed residency at Glasgow clubbing epicenter Sub Club and releasing critically acclaimed mixes such as their famous Fabric 52 mix, amongst many other accomplishments. The duo comprised of JD Twitch and JG Wilkes are lively behind the decks, and I fully expect that to be the case down at The Dolphin with the Broadzilla Boys setting up the decks for them.
9 p.m. – 2 a.m., $10
Dance and play under the stars as art meets awesome for The Philadelphia Experiment’s (PEX) fourth magic garden party, held in its original location at One Art Community Center, 1431 N. 52nd St. PEX host some of the craziest parties, where the experience includes everything from amazing music, to art exhibitions, to video projections. Way too many heavy hitters to list in a short paragraph, check out the event page for more details!
9 p.m. – 4 a.m., $30
While you may know that Chicago is the home of house music, the windy city also birthed numerous other strands of music from house, including the up-tempo, syncopated and technical rhythms of footwork. RP BOO laid the groundwork for the genre, creating a lane for everyone from the late DJ Rashad to DJ Spinn to export the sound worldwide. Support from Seclusiasis don Dev 79, Bombé and Sideswipe to welcome one of Chicago’s finest on the Philly stop of his tour.
9 p.m. – 2 a.m., $7 at the door
Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day down at Penn’s Landing, where you can take in all the tastes, sounds, and vibrant cultural elements that make Brazilian culture one of the most unique and celebrated on earth. Dance showcases highlight the many strands of Brazilian music and dance, such as Samba, Forro, Capoeira, and more.
1 p.m. – 7 p.m., free
The only way to fully capture the beauty, madness, and mystery of The Smokin’ Gun Revue is to go in person and experience it for yourself. Dead Flowers did an amazing job really programming this night with everything from the circus and burlesque theatrics, to fire and performance art. Of course there’s going to be great jams as Bunny Savage and the Shallots hold down the tunes, with a special performance from Pretty Girl.
9 p.m. – 2 a.m., $10-12
DJs Shearn and Ed Christof have teamed up to turn this Frankford Ave. tiki bar into a living, breathing, tequila-fueled celebration of one of the finest rock duos of all time: Steely Dan. The party wouldn’t be complete without some award-winning cocktails from The Yachtsman team and free soft pretzels from Philly Soft Pretzel Company, so wind down year weekend reelin’ through the years!3 p.m., free