Greetings, weekend warriors! Ready to get your groove on? Good. The Dance Card is stacked again this weekend with Skylab 2012: Mission Blackout at the Denver Coliseum with Gareth Emery, Porter Robinson and more, the Crystal Method hits Beta, Sammy Bananas drops by TheHundred party at Beauty Bar, the mysterious Stenchman hits NORAD Dance Bar and tons more. Keep reading for a full rundown on the weekend's best dance bets.
STENCHMAN @ NORAD DANCE BAR | SAT, 9/22/12 Stenchman is one of several monikers that producer, DJ and sometimes MC Jack Carter uses; you might also know him as Henchman, or as half of Suspicious Stench, alongside Suspect. He's dabbled in dub-style sounds since his early days of production, which involved a lot of drum-and-bass, and his musical expression is particularly focused on dubstep. For all that, though, there's a lot of variety in the tracks that Carter puts out under the Stenchman brand: He fuses elements of garage and house in with deep, sinister bass lines and eerie melodies for a sound that balances organic and synthetic effects to utterly danceable ends. And the weird mask that Stenchman wears gives his sets a touch of superhero (or supervillain?) flair.
Keep reading for a full rundown of this weekend's best dance bets
The Absinthe House in Boulder knows how to party, and tonight they'll be welcoming Lollapalooza house veteran Dani Deahl. With drink specials not going above $3, Absinthe House will surely be going off all night with Deahl on the decks. (9 p.m., free for 21+)
Bar Standard hosts Simon Patterson, bringing his trance sounds all the way from the UK for your listening pleasure. Nick Wilson will open things up. (9 p.m., 21+, $5-$10)
TheHundred returns once again to Beauty Bar this Saturday night with Sammy Bananas headlining the night, supported by Paul Anthony, Mike Dee(z), DJ Ricard and TheHundred founder himself, Option4. This semi-exclusive party will surely meet your thirst for some solid house music. (9 p.m., 21+, free before 10 p.m., $6 after)
Sluggo, J Rabbit, Getter and Thorazine whomp things up at Bassic Fridays tonight at Beta, so if you're looking for a dark-and-heavy fix, this is where you'll find it. (9 p.m., 18+, $10) Old-school heavyweights the Crystal Method will drop what will no doubt be some ridiculous sounds on Beta's system on Saturday night; Cognition + T-Rav and Sergio Santana will do all they can to keep up. (9 p.m., 18+, $20)
Tonight FIGURE joins Robotic Pirate Monkey, Lazerdisk Party Sex and Vinnie Maniscalco at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom for some bass-centric tunes. (8 p.m., 16+, $20-$25)
Saturday night, Skylab 2012: Mission Blackout launches with too much talent to list; highlights include Gareth Emery, Porter Robinson, Smash Brothers, Max Lord and many, many more shaking up the Denver Coliseum. (7 p.m., 16+, $60-$120)
It's House of Buddha at the Funky Buddha again on Saturday night; Sonny Fodera, DJ Beufie, Samma Lone and Tony Rodelli will help the night live up to its name. (9 p.m., 21+, free)
On Friday night, Mr. C and Part Time Lover will headline a HIJAK Session at the Jet Hotel with Darrell Foxx, Ryan Rushing, Hazy Meadows, Rescue, Uriah West, Chris Irvin, DJ Ricard, Tom Evans, Dagan and Wade Cameron, who will be taking over the entire building, lobby, bar, lounge and every floor of rooms. Get ready to shake your ass! (5 p.m., 21+, $10 before 10 p.m., $20 after, VIP room and bottle service packages available)
Tonight, NORAD hosts Matt Tolfrey and Sean Michaels; Tolfrey, the Crosstown Rebels alumni/Leftroom creator, is bound to break it down hard. (9 p.m., 21+) On Saturday night, Sub.mission presents Stenchman with Lt. Dan; Candy Cobra and Kruza Kid will round out the bass sounds for the basshounds. (9 p.m., 21+, $10-$15)