Put on your best dancing shoes and prepare to hit the town this weekend; those who like a little slower soul to their groove will be pleased to hear that Bonobo is once again in the area, and house-anthem enthusiasts will storm the dance floors when Sharam takes the stage. And that's not all that's on this weekend's Dance Card. Page down to see what else is in store.
In honor of the film Electronic Awakening, the Fusion Factory is hosting a blowout celebration spanning two days. Tonight, catch the gallery show's opening reception with vendors, art and DJs, including MITH, Ether, Asymptotic, Seeda, Sheba and Gaia Experiment. (7 p.m., all ages, $5)
JoeNice and Shiftee bring the bass to Beta tonight on the main floor; in the Beatport Lounge, PM//AM presents Martin Buttrich from Berlin, who'll no doubt be bringing in the underground technophiles. (9 p.m. 18+, $10)
If you didn't get enough of Martin Buttrich at Beta, then head to 2200 to hear more; he'll play a total of eight hours throughout the night for PM//AM. And a very special guest -- Little Mike from Germany -- will be joining the lineup with Buttrich and Bones. (21+, 1 a.m., $15 before 1:30 or with a Beta wristband, $20 otherwise)
Head to the Funky Budhha for Disco Nice, a new night featuring disco, mid-tempo grooves and house spun by Joey M, Ryan Mack and Greg Campbell. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)
Twenty42 Entertainment is bringing the Experience Series and the official launch of XSP Productions at the Church, featuring local talent; tonight, DJ Ghetto 'N' Tony Cassette, XSP Team, Brandon Scott and DJ Trosper. (9 p.m., 21+)
On Saturday, the Fusion Factory continues its Electronic Awakening celebration, this time including a screening of the film in the evening, and an open gallery and free workshops during the day. Director Andrew Johner will open the screening and host a Q&A session afterward -- and it wouldn't be in Dance Card if it didn't have music: Ian Welling, Reddot, Intergalactic Fantasy Safari, Big Kid, Bob Molly and Bedrockk. (Open gallery and workshops 3 to 6 p.m., film at 7 p.m., all ages, free for gallery and workshops, $7 for film)
Progressive-house Grammy winner Sharam will no doubt pack the dance floors at Beta on Saturday night; Cognition + T-Rav and Wolfe will also share mixing responsibilities. (9 p.m., 18+, $15)
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Looking for bass on Saturday night? Sub.mission presents Tunnidge, Kush Arora and Juakali, plus Sub.mission residents Dayquill vs Subliminal and the Sub.mission showcase winner, White Robot, all in Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. (9 p.m., all ages, $10 in advance, $15-$20 at the door)
The Blend is back at the Meadowlark for another round, this time with Hoang vs Brick Lee and Sami Tee vs John Foley for a Pisces birthday celebration blowout. (9 p.m., 21+, $5)
For something a little more spiritually-minded, consider Buddha Bomb and MantraMatrix's jam collaboration with chant, dance and electronic music for a mind-blowing jam-out at (where else?) Lumonics. (9 p.m., $10)
Styles Davis and Drop Logik will spice up Table 6's brunch on Sunday morning, perfect for late partiers or semi-early risers. (10 a.m., all ages, no cover)