Weekend Party Preview: Ghostly Beats and Tropical Dance

Tycho's live band

Now that we've all had a chance to recover from the Fourth of July weekend, it's time to get out there and do it all over again -- though maybe with fewer BBQs and explosions. We've got a couple parties to suggest for your coming nighttime revelries, including a brilliant array of audio and visual stimulants from the venerable Ghostly label and a proper San Francisco dance party, tropical style. Get out there and continue to flex your freedoms to dance, drink, and live life to the fullest.

Friday, July 9

What: Ghostly Live A/V Showcase w/ Tycho, Solvent, Mux Mool, and More
Where: Mezzanine
When: 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Why: One of the most consistently interesting and innovative labels in electronic music (and occasionally indie music, too) is Ann Arbor's Ghostly imprint. For over a decade, Ghostly has continued to release excellent bands and producers from across the globe, and now it has something special planned for San Francisco. The Ghostly Live A/V Showcase is quite exactly what the title implies.  A showcase of artists strictly from the label will perform throughout the night, accompanied by a brillant display of visual art that's also from the Ghostly crew. Local beat-centric tunesmith Tycho co-headlines the party -- he'll perform with a live band -- while Canadian synthpop auteur Solvent, The Sight Below, Shigeto, and Mux Mool will open the night. It's sure to be an eclectic show.

Saturday, July 10

What: Tormenta Tropical w/ Dave Nada, Disco Shawn, and Oro11
Where: Elbo Room
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: San Francisco's monthly tropical jam jump-off, Tormenta Tropical, has put together a somewhat pared-down night of dancefloor heat. East Coast DJ/producer and Nadastrom cohort Dave Nada is out on the Left Coast to do what he does best -- sling club-ready booty music with a distinctly global flavor to a sweaty, inebriated throng. Along with his bass-heavy DJ set, Tormenta residents Disco Shawn and Oro11 will be pushing the kind of cumbia, dancehall, electro, and other assorted body-movin' tunes that have kept the club going strong for years. This party is just another of many reasons why Tormenta Tropical should continue on for many years to come.

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