Weekend Parties: Egyptian Lover at 1015 Folsom, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson at Public Works, and More
Egyptian Lover demonstrates the proper attire -- and vehicle -- for "I Love the 80s" at 1015 Folsom
It just doesn't stop, does it? We're two steps shy of winter and it seems that nightlife in San Francisco is still going off. Sure, it's getting colder, but with weekends this consistently good, it's hard to rationalize a reason for staying in. This week's offerings include performances by some of the biggest innovators in dance music. Read on and buy a new coat -- things aren't going to settle down here anytime soon.
Friday, November 11
What: I Love the '80s featuring Egyptian Lover
Where: 1015 Folsom
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: Do you miss the way San Francisco used to be in the '80s? Do names like the I-Beam, Palladium, and Das Klub send shivers down your spine? Well, you're actually in luck, because this Friday, 1015 Folsom is hosting I Love the '80s -- a joint venture between New Wave City and 1984 that honors the legacies of both the Palladium (now the Hustler Club) and Das Klub (a previous incarnation of 1015 Folsom). Topping the bill for the evening is none other than L.A.'s original electro innovator, Egyptian Lover (check out this video of him performing "I Need a Freak" in what appears to be some guy's basement). Complementing the classic electro vibes is an entire host of DJs and classic radio personalities. It might not be exactly like clubbing in the '80s, but it looks to be the closest you'll get this year.
What: No Way Back with Tiago
Where: 222 Hyde
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: No Way Back continues to be one of San Francisco's most tastefully curated parties. Fueled by the combined positive vibrations of longtime local DJs Conor and Solar, the party has built a brand for itself as a purveyor of all things leftfield (and excellent) in disco, house, and techno. This month it's returning to 222 Hyde with Portuguese tastemaker DJ Tiago. Based in Lisbon, Tiago is one of the resident DJs at the opulent Club Lux (co-owned by John Malkovich), and he's known for the variety of his long-form DJ sets and the eclecticism of his productions. To get an idea of his sound, listen to "Disambiguation," "The Source," and "Motorcycles." Also, be sure to check out his recent mix on WNYU's Beats in Space program.
Saturday November 12
What: Hi Tek Soul with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson
Where: Public Works
When: 10 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Why: Do you consider yourself a fan of techno? If so, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to Public Works this Saturday for Hi Tek Soul. Featuring Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson (a.k.a. two-thirds of the "Belleville Three"), Hi Tek Soul is a rare combined tour and performance that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the genre. This one's going to be absolutely crazy, with a duration of over three hours and a live setup that includes enough gear to satisfy even the most jaded train spotter: four turntables, four CDJs, a keyboard, a drum machine, and a computer. For an idea of what to expect, check out this live mix of the duo performing live at the Awakenings Festival in the Netherlands.
What: Tormenta Tropical vs. Bodega with Panamami, Cee Brown, and Melaaza
Where: Elbo Room
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Tormenta Tropical is a great party with one of the city's most varied booking policies. Going on for over three years now, Tormenta has played host to such varied artists as Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, Teengirl Fantasy, Matias Aguayo, and Toy Selectah. This month the party goes back to its roots as a showcase for Latin American sounds by bringing up the entire Bodega crew from Los Angeles. Known for their eclectic Bodega Sundays parties in Downtown L.A., the crew consists of selectors Panamami, DJ Cee Brown, and Melaaza. Expect an evening that spreads across the entire musical spectrum, with moments of electro-cumbia and funk carioca. To get an idea of how the night will turn out, listen to Panamami's Ciao Verano mix for Parlour Magazine.