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How Weird Street Fest
Go abroad -- or even to some far fetched land like NYC -- and you'll find that most people think of two things when they think of San Francisco. Tech and costumed freakery like Burning Man. How Weird Street Festival, now in its 17th year, has been essential to the recent growth and maintenance of the local encouragement of self-expression. Focusing on arts and music, this street fair often seems like much more of a destination festival than it is for those of us who just hop on Bart. As you know by now, local talent is just as good, if not better, than any touring artist. On this year's ten musical stages you'll hear year round favorites from the likes of psytrance Pulse SF, house and bass festie sounds from Symbiosis, Playa Electro from Opulent Temple, only to name a few! Go to Art Alley for your dose of visual enlightenment. As always, your purchase of a $20 Magic Sticker gets you discounts throughout the festival grounds, including $2 off every alcoholic beverage. It also helps keep this great faire going into infinity and beyond! It's time to find out just how weird we can get. Date: May 1 Time: noon-8pm Place: Howard Street, entrances at Howard & 1st St., Howard and New Montgomery, and Mission and 2nd St. Cover: $15-20 for Magic Sticker linkMore Info (ML)



Flyer Of The Week
Our flyer of the week is for How Weird Street Fest this Sun


Link Of The Week
BALANCE: We humans we create, we work, we stay busy from birth to death and never rest. We build, aim higher, work harder, accomplish more, and to what end? "Balance" takes an abstract look at our modern world, the full and the empty spaces and time in which we live and choose to make our lives. link Here


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Event: Housepitality
Venue: F8
DJs: JP Soul, Tone of Arc, Chad Mitchell, Corey Black, Anthony Mansfield
Music: house
Cover: no cover b4 10pm w/ RSVP, after $10


Roam Recordings is celebrating it's newest release, and they want to share it with you. Taking over Housepitality this week is a bevy of the label's residents, including label owner JP Soul. His newest offering, 'Gone is the Time' is typical JP, full of bounce, lasers and of course, soul. You can't help but move when that track comes on. Helping him celebrate this release is Tone of Arc, an eclectic SF duo comprised of Derrick Boyd and Zoe Presnick known for their moody, electronic sound and Chad Mitchell, Roam Recordings other label owner. Chad's lifelong dream is to share and producer music that he loves, and through Roam, he's doing just that. Rounding out the lineup are Roam's other residents, Corey Black and Anthony Mansfield, each adding their signature flair to the night. (CQ)

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Event: Ballin Outta Control
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Benjamin K, Lisbona Sisters, Tobin Ellsworth, Derek Hena
Music: house, techno
Cover: $25-30


Forward Motion is a company geared towards making dreams (or bucket list items) come true, and this Thursday, they're fulfilling every adults childhood fantasy. These guys are bringing 80,000 ball pit balls to Monarch, with plans to fill the cave four feet deep! If you've wanted to relive the days of playing in the ball pits at Chuck E. Cheese or McDonald's, well now's your chance. Grab a tasty libation while maneuvering your way through all the balls, all while trying to shake your groove thang to Benjamin K, the Lisbona Sisters, Tobin Ellsworth and Derek Hena. No more being creeped out by the animatronic animals haunting songs, you can actually get down to the techno and house sounds that these DJs have to offer. Tickets are selling fast and a presale is strongly encouraged, because let's face it, this WILL sell out. I mean, how often is it that an adult can swim besides the kiddies in a ball pit? (CQ)

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Event: Bob Sinclar
Venue: Love + Propaganda
DJs: Bob Sinclar, Darnel Christoph, Taj vs. Eddy Santana
Music: progressive house, electro house, disco house
Cover: $35-40
If you were alive in the mid-2000s and perked up your ears or purchased any sort of "Electro Hits" mix CD while travelling in Europe or South America, (like your humble writer), you're sure to know about Bob Sinclar. His quintessential hits like World Hold On and Love Generation defined an era in which house music was leaving the raves and the marginalized downtown clubs of large cities and heading into, well, everywhere (read: the Mexican underground market where I picked it up in early electronic sound exploration). Now, as superstars are wont to do, French Sinclar still tours the world surrounded by babes and lights and now he's coming here to Union Square's most recently revitalized club: Love + Propaganda. Let the legend show you what he's made of and allow yourself to carry on youthful fantasies well into your present and future. (ML)

Event: Cassy
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Cassy, Mozhgan, Rob G
Music: house, techno
Cover: $10-20 presale
Cassy was first gripped by the power of sound in Vienna, a city famous for its musical culture and classical history, studying music and performance at a young age while surrounded by the ghosts of legendary composers left it mark on Cassy. She moved to Berlin in 2003 to hone her skills on the club circuit, soon after this relocation Cassy secured a residency at Panorama Bar in Berghain cementing her name in the DJ annals. Cassy does not subscribe to any one genre, she glides between house and techno, with a hint Viennese traditionalism she continues to use vinyl, but with a contemporary, superstylish and swaggery sound she creates soul and balance in her DJ sets, moulding and shaping her performance to the audience, taking them on an adventure weather an intimate secret gig or a huge festival arena.

Event: Keyatta's Birthday Extravaganza!-SoulHOUSE!
Venue: Mercer SF
DJs: Gavin Hardkiss, Duserock, Trey Courtney, Sharon Buck, Charles Migos, Ilya
Music: soul, funk, disco, deep soulful house
Cover: $10-15
What better way to celebrate Keyatta's bday then to bring together the heart of San Francisco for a night of revelry, merrymaking and dancing piloted by Captin Gavin Hardkiss. The night will take off with some mellow soul, groove on up to some funk and disco then bring down the house with that deep soulful house & tech house.

Event: Stephan Bodzin (Live)
Venue: Public Works
DJs: Stephan Bodzin (Live), HVOB (Live), Pedro Arbulu, Satori, Dan Sherman, Peter Blick
Music: techno, tech-house
Cover: $15-20
After starting out by composing music for several prestigious European theaters, Stephan Bodzin soon fell in love with nocturnal club sounds and began producing his own brand of techno. Stephan Bodzin productions are driving, hypnotic things with a very real and memorable sense of melody that sticks long in the mind. Of course, running his own Herzblut label has also defined his career since 2006, and as well as being a place for his own work, has also housed refreshing contemporary music from Dominik Eulberg, Max Cooper and Pig&Dan amongst many more. In the club, meanwhile, Stephan Bodzin is both a story telling DJ who really takes dance floors on a ride through his many musical influences, but is also an impressive live specialist who creates mesmerising, high impact soundtracks on the fly. Across all continents, there is barely a club or festival in the world worth its salt that he hasn't headlined at some point or other.

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Event: 222 Hyde Closing
Venue: 222 Hyde
DJs: Roche, Kevin Meenan, Matthew Favorites
Music: house, techno
Cover: no cover
Another one bites the dust! 222 Hyde is closing! And before the feeling of deja vu fully sets in, let me say that yes, this is happening yet again. Once again, 222 Hyde is no match against the onslaught of neighbor dissatisfied with the venue, so at the end of this month, it will be forced to close it's doors once more. In celebration, or perhaps defiance is a better word, the club is having a 'liquidation sale' and all drinks, no matter the pairing, is only $2. And did I happen to mention that there's no cover for this final event? That's right, you get to enjoy the musical stylings of Roche, Kevin Meenan and Matthew Favorites, who'll be going b2b all night, for the low price of free. Come get down and dirty in the basement one last time and help bid adieu to this iconic location. (CQ)

Event: AYLI w/ The Bunker New York feat. Voices From The Lake
Venue: The Midway
DJs: Voices From The Lake, Brian Casenic/Christina Chatfield
Music: minimal, techno
Cover: $20-25
With collaborations like these, it becomes increasingly difficult to understand those who stay in on Saturday nights. In a trifecta of arts and places and spaces come together, As You Like It, eminent leaders of the SF underground techno scene, hold their first event at The Midway, San Francisco's newest large-scale art and music venue that has the vision to make our visions of perfect parties and a still-art SF a reality. To top it all off, this event is a collaboration with The Bunker, a party leader for similar electronic events in the big ol' NYC that has been nothing if not a cross-coasted contemporary of our local As You Like it family. From a party they've since grown into a record label and through this they are bringing us a great treat for any fan of minimal techno, or even just the sounds of beautiful noises. What is so impressive about Voices From The Lake, composed of Italian DJs Donato Dozzy and Neel, is that their brand of wholly satisfying organic techno is a breath of fresh air (albeit machine-created air), that is so rare in the current techno landscape. They'll be playing a long, extended set, so prepare yourself for diving into their sonic world for a long, lush time. (ML)

Event: Lights Down Low w/ Fort Romeau
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Fort Romeau, Masha, Richie Panic
Music: house (deep, electro, Chicago, chill), techno
Cover: $7-15
Lights Down Low returns this Saturday, with a DJ geared towards reinventing house music. Mike Greene, aka Fort Romeau, takes classic Chicago house sounds and gives them a millenial twist. This London-based producer creates a progressive sound that's still danceable, all while using sleek production to do so. Fort Romeau's productions are warm and full of soul, completely on par with that Chicago sound. Joining Fort will be Masha, a Serbian born- LA based DJ known for her underground cuts and relentless pursuit of quality beats. Her ability to seamlessly combine the raw with the classic, the deep with the electric disco, makes her fun to watch. And no Lights Down Low event would be complete without Richie Panic on the lineup. He's got an ear for music and an eye for what makes an epic event, as is evident by his creation of LDL, Frisco Disco and Blow Up events. His eclectic mixing style coupled with his energetic and fun demeanor make it no surprise that he's got a following. Don't miss out on this installment of Lights Down Low. (CQ)

Event: Markus Schulz
Venue: Audio
DJs: Markus Schulz
Music: progressive house
Cover: $25-30 presale
Over the last 10 years Markus Schulz has crafted the individual musical identities of progressive, trance & house into his own unique fusion sound. The combined influence of his headlining DJ sets; Armada and Coldharbour label releases and highly prominent Global DJ Broadcast radio show have placed him at the forefront of the US EDM revolution. This success has been reflected in weekly sets spun in front of tens of thousands, a GDJB listenership up in the millions and critically acclaimed albums, including 'Do I Dream?' and most recently 'Scream'. In 2008 Schulz broke into the # 10 of DJ Mag's Top 100 chart and has maintained a successive run of high-ranking positions ever since. Through his natural audience interaction, flawless harmonic mixing, intuitive tune selection and now famous open-till-close sets, he has wowed crowds in every major metropolis. Schulz's DJ career has run largely parallel to that of his productions. He holds the 2012-2013 DJ Times magazine reader-voted title of America's Best DJ. Playing over 150 gigs every year, he has become the busiest international DJ playing out of the United States.

Event: John Acquaviva
Venue: Verso (1525 Mission Street)
DJs: John Acquaviva
Music: techno
Cover: $12 presale
John Acquaviva as a DJ/Producer and Entrepreneur has flourished in the heart of electronic music. His multi talented persona is Superman like. He is a musical polestar, a global iconoclast to those who admire his drive and a dedicated top-tier headline entertainer to his fans. On a technological level no DJ has made such significant contributions to the advancement of how DJ's perform than John Acquaviva. His personal masterful technique and firm grasp of the trade led to his fruitful involvement with Final Scratch and especially Beatport. A vital founder and active member of both companies – the former tool that allows manipulation and playback of digital audio sources and the latter a major online hub for electronic music. He is a pioneer of electronic music's technological evolution and helped sculpt the genre's game-changing transition from analogue to digital and from vinyl to turntables and laptops. In sharing this vision with Richie Hawtin, they spearheaded a project that would act as the iTunes of dance, the duo arguably paved the path for a new and zestful era.

Event: Richard Dorfmeister & Nickodemus
Venue: Public Works
DJs: Richard Dorfmeister & Nickodemus, J. Boogie
Music: trip-hop, world-infused beats
Cover: $18 presale
This Saturday you're in for a treat as Richard Dorfmeister will play an exclusive DJ with legendary NYC world-fusion producer Nickodemus. Dorfmeister is best known for his expert production work with two of electronic music's seminal acts Kruder & Dorfmeister and Tosca. Over the past three decades he has created some of the most beautiful and danceable music. Nico Simone, the artist better known as Nickodemus. A founder of New York City's seminal Turntables on the Hudson events, and Wonderwheel recordings, Nickodemus has put out some of the finest world-infused dance music of all time.

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Event: Werd
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Greg Wilson, Anthony Mansfield, DJ M3
Music: disco, tech-house, house
Cover: $5-7
Join Werd tonight as they bring us a veteran of the early Manchester electro scene: Greg Wilson. Having enjoyed a storied career, that began in the heart of all things alt in 90s England, Wilson has seen a journey through sound that has brought him here, to a sort of disco-electro fusion, sometimes referred to as a re-edits sound and scene. It's full circle for Wilson, who started his career as a party DJ at the age of 15 playing funk and disco. Even if you haven't heard his name, artists whose names you have heard know a lot about him. He notoriously taught Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) how to spin records. He was the first DJ to mix live on British TV. He produced the song that would later be sampled in The Prodigy's hit song, Girls. Now he's coming to our Sunday night feté and it is surely a moment not to be missed. There is a rare and delightful quality in career DJs and they still feel like global treasures that we should hold near to our hearts, and close to our dancing feet. (ML)

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