Fireworks dancing
Last week in dance I got a late start. I’m not sure what it was, but I couldn’t get myself out and on a dancefloor until Sunday. Once that finally happened I could not have been happier…Justin Martin absolutely killed it at the BKLYN Yard as did Alex from Tokyo later that day at the Rivington Hotel. More on each of their awesome sets later. For now, here’s where you can get down at the start of this lovely 4th of July weekend:

Thursday (7/2):

Don’t let the name fool you, the Wurst Boat Party is actually going to be awesome. Wurst Edits Wurst Music Co. head, My Cousin Roy is going to be deejaying along with Brennan Green whose track “My First House” will be the first released under the new label. Check out some mixes from when each of them were on Beats In Space just over a month ago. Party info below:


Advanced tickets available here.

If you prefer to dance on land, Cubic Zirconia will be celebrating their record release at Santos with an evening full of dj sets from Dam Funk, DJ Assault, Kool Hersh, Mike 2600 and live sets by Cubic Zirconia, Head Automatica, and Chico Mann.


Advanced tickets available here.

Also on Thursday (7/2):
– There’s a Michael Jackson tribute with DJ Spinna downstairs at Santos.
Ether continues its now weekly run at Happy Ending.

Friday (7/3) there is lots going on:

The Bunker has quite a little house & techno-rich line-up featuring Move D among many others, taking over both the front and back rooms of Public Assembly:


Over at Webster Hall Girls & Boys is bringing a very UK-oriented night of dance music your way with dj sets from Adam Freeland and Peter Hook (New Order). Full info below and we have 1 pair of tickets to give away! TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO GIRLS & BOYS AT WEBSTER HALL ON FRIDAY (6/26) email [email protected] (subject: GIRLS & BOYS). Include your first and last name. 1 winner will be chosen at random and contacted.


$1 drinks & $1 admission until 12 midnight with RSVP (read the instructions).

– There’s a huge dance party starting early Friday night (9pm) and going all the way through ’til morning at Hammerstein Ballroom. At Firecracker, expect a great dj set from disco band Hercules and Love Affair, and from what I’ve read, a great live set from Damian Lazarus, among many others. Full info below:


Advanced tickets available here.

Also on Friday (7/3):
Turntable Lab is at APT.
Turntables on the Hudson is happening every Friday at Water Taxi Beach.
– Feel the Spirit with Jellybean Benitez at Sullivan Room.

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Hopefully on Saturday (7/4) the weather will cooperate and give us a Fourth of July full of great outdoor dancing! Saturday afternoon P.S.1 kicks off this summer’s edition of their Warm Up music series with Reagenz featuring Jonah Sharp & Move D (extended live set), and a DJ set by Daniel Bell.

Reagenz…dreamy brand of ambient electronica is riddled with analog interjections and jazzy idiosyncrasy.

…DJ Daniel Bell brings minimalist influences to the turntables. Steve Reich and Philip Glass meet Chicago House to create a pulsing, bleeping, and blipping techno baby.

Warm Up Admission
On Warm Up Saturdays, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the admission fee to P.S.1 and Warm Up is $10.00. Included in this price is access to all exhibitions and to Warm Up. We do not offer special discounts for seniors or students on Warm Up Saturdays. Cash only.

More info on Warm Up, including where to buy advanced tickets and free admission for MoMA members and L.I.C. residents can be found here.

From P.S.1 there’s no need to go far if you want to keep dancing. Just a little walk away from the museum you’ll find the Beach Party at Water Taxi Beach, complete with dancefloor, excellent Manhattan views, and great deejays including residents Justin Carter, DJ Probus, and Eamon Harkin, plus excellent guests like this week’s: Robert Hood. All the info you need plus the entire summer schedule below:



venue: Water Taxi Beach/Long Island City
address: 2nd St and Borden Ave, LIC, Queens
dates: Saturday, June 27 – Saturday, September 5
time: 8p – 3a
cover: $5 with flyer // $10 without

On New York Water Taxi: FREE Water Taxis depart from E. 34th St in midtown on a varied schedule from 9pm – 3am. Go here to check it:
On the subway: 7 train to Vernon Avenue/Jackson. Walk along Vernon Avenue to Borden Avenue, turn right. Look for signs for Water Taxi Beach.
On the bus: B61 and Q103.
From PS1: Walk south on Jackson from PS1 (Take a right with the museum to your back). Right on 51st Ave. Left at 2nd St. Look for signs for Water Taxi beach on your left.

Also on Saturday (7/4):
One Nation Fourth of July blowout (featuring over 20 deejays!) is one of the last few events happening at the closing Studio B.
The Rub celebrate their 7-Year Anniversary at Southpaw.
Guido Schneider is at Supreme Trading
– Chaz & Jason from Palms Out are deejaying at Mr. Black.
– The Ohio Party is happening at Matchless.
Nicky Siano deejays Water Taxi Beach at the South Street Seaport every Saturday night.
Save the Cannibals with D’julz and Anthony Parasole

Sunday (7/5):

Justin Martin @ Sunday Best @ the BKLYN Yard – June 28, 2009

I never used to like Sundays. For as long as I can remember the feeling of dread of what was to come on Monday would totally ruin the day for me…until now. Sunday is, no exaggeration, my new favorite day of the week because of Sunday Best and Été d’Amour.

Last weekend was the perfect example of why. I woke up late, got absolutely nothing done, but made it to the BKLYN Yard with plenty of time to eat some delicious Asia Dogs and enjoy the sunshine before hitting the floor to a very deep and techy, yet surprisingly upbeat set (possibly my favorite of the series thus far) from Justin Martin.

This week expect music that is a great blend of electronic beats with a jazzy/soulful sound from Losoul. Full info below:

address 400 Carroll St between Bond and Nevins, Brooklyn
if it rains (lets hope it doesn’t!) The Bell House (around the corner)
dates Every Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend
food Tacos, Huaraches and other Latin American delicacies
booze You have to be 21 to drink it, but we’ll be selling it at the bar
ages All ages
time 3p – 9p
cover $10 // $8 before 4pm with rsvp OR $8 in advance
RSVP [email protected]

Alex From Tokyo @ Été d’Amour @ the Rivington Hotel – June 28, 2009

After witnessing Justin Martin make everyone lose it on the floor right up until he blew out the soundsystem at the Yard (just minutes before the usual 9pm end of the party), there was still much more dancing to be done at Été d’Amour at the Rivington Hotel. Upon arriving, Alex from Tokyo was already behind the decks and a healthy group of people were moving in front of him pretty much non-stop until the end. His set was a great blend of some of his own stuff, house, disco, and everything/anything super dance-able. It was another one of the dj better sets I’ve witnessed this year. Info on this week’s Été d’Amour featuring Todd Terry below:


RSVP here and check the out the EANY group for info on future parties.

Here’s what’s happening heading into next week:

Monday (7/6)
Francois K is deejaying Deep Space at Cielo.
Benji B is at the Hudson Hotel. You must RSVP.

Wednesday (7/1)
People Don’t Dance No More continue their Annex residency with special guest Alex From Tokyo (He killed it at Été d’Amour last weekend – go see him!!).


– Kevin Hedge (Blaze Imprints) and Louie Vega deejay Roots at Cielo.


Have a great Fourth of July weekend (hopefully full of dancing)! I’m kind of annoyed the fireworks have been moved to the Westside. In case you don’t get to see any, check out some below from the International Fireworks Competition in Montreal two years ago. The video doesn’t really do them justice – best I’ve ever seen: