Weekend Parties: A-Trak, Suzanne Kraft and SFV Acid, Robert James, and More


Another week, another crop of parties. As usual, that means another paragraph of meaningless boilerplate. That's right, instead of talking about the weather, or incidental details, we've decided to go meta. Well, for two sentences at least. Anyway, this weekend has got quite a few exciting parties to offer. We suggest you look through this list and choose according to whichever one speaks to you. Or, as Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies suggest, "Ask your body." Read on -- your weekend awaits.

Friday, May 18

What: A-Trak
Where: Vessel
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Unlike most child stars, Alaine Maklovitch has managed to slip into adult stardom with relative ease. The man known as A-Trak became one of turntablism's most visible prodigies following his winning performance at the 1997 World DMC, at age 15. With him now at the helm of Fool's Gold records and performing as one-half of chart-topping duo Duck Sauce (check out "Barbara Streisand" for a reminder), saying that Maklovitch has done alright for himself would be an understatement. However, underneath it all remain the same DJ chops that got him to the top in the first place. In demand on the festival and superclub circuits, it's now a rare occasion to catch the man in a more intimate setting. This Friday, Vessel is providing the opportunity, with a full set on the downtown club's ultra-clean Funktion One soundsystem.

What: The Chase with Suzanne Kraft & SFV Acid
Where: Public Works OddJob Loft
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: The past couple months have been a relatively turbulent time for nightlife in San Francisco, with more than a few high-profile party closures. Yet, for almost every action there's a reaction, and in this case that means an influx of new blood. The Chase is a new one-off weekend event courtesy of the people behind Beards of a Feather. Following a similar musical direction as the Tuesday night Mission staple, the party promises an excursion into the avant-garde reaches of contemporary house music. To that end, the party has curated a roster of headliners who've yet to play in San Francisco. At the top of the bill is a live performance by Suzanne Kraft, the Los Angeles-based artist whose breezy and balearic cuts (like "Green Flash," "Morning Come," and "Turning") have quickly found popularity following a debut vinyl EP on Running Back. Co-headlining the event (also playing live) is the super lo-fi, 100% Silk-aligned SFV Acid. His recent 12-inch has him exploring a territory somewhere between the retro-futurism of the L.A. beat scene and the left-field house of the 100% Silk/Future Times/L.I.E.S. continuum. Check out "Juscid" and "New West Coast" for an idea of where he's coming from. Rounding out the bill are DJ sets by (full disclosure, my girlfriend) Kahley Avalon Emerson and Ash Williams, the party's resident.

What: The Sahara Tent Party Vol. 3 with Switch and Sinden
Where: 1015 Folsom
When: 9:30 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: For those of you that didn't make it to Coachella this year, there's still hope. 1015 Folsom has been selected as the location of the third annual "Sahara Tent Party." A near-perfect simulation of Coachella's debauched EDM tent, the only thing missing is the sun and sand. For this year's iteration the party's promoters have assembled a full cast of talent that includes headlining performances by Switch (of Major Lazer fame), Sinden, Ecto Cooler, and a lot more. As the party's Facebook page states, "expect a night of lazers, glowsticks, and incredible music." Get ready for the party by watching this video of all the antics from last year's spectacle.

Saturday, May 19

What: Soft Opening
Where: Deco Lounge
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: "A warm aperature [sic] in the night, refuge for the flesh." Reads the only descriptive text on Soft Opening's Facebook page. With slogans like that (not to mention its location at the Deco Lounge), you might imagine that it's some secret kinky sex party. For all we know you might be right, but all signs seem to point towards a night that focuses on the darker side of classic house and techno with DJ sets by 2 Men Will Move You's Primo, High Fantasy's Myles Cooper, and Nonamoan (whose affiliation escapes me). Get ready for the party by listening to these cuts selected by the party's organizers: Dopplereffekt's "Pornoviewer," Green Velvet's "I Want to Leave My Body," and Jeanette Thomas' "Shake Your Body."

What: Club Bad featuring Robert James
Where: Monarch
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: If you're looking for techier fare, look no further than Robert James' appearance this Saturday at Monarch for Club Bad. The Leeds-based producer has been tearing up dancefloors and living rooms with his two uniquely re-wired house 12-inches on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss' Hot Creations imprint. Tracks like "Sleep Moods" and "Malibu" demonstrate James' dancefloor oriented production aesthetic, with low-tuned bass sounds and crisp percussion. Not just a producer, James' reputation behind the decks has sent him around the world playing intense megaclubs like Ibiza's DC10, a converted aircraft hanger on the edge of the island's runway. Catch him now before he slips back to Europe.

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