Ah, the weekend is finally here and the weather is perfect for getting out and getting down. While PrideFest is probably the biggest shindig in the city this weekend, there's a bunch of other parties and celebrations happening, including Juneteenth Music Festival in Five Points, and of course there's plenty of nightlife options, from reggae to hip-hop to a full dance card of electronic music. Page down for the full rundown of this weekend's best nightlife and party bets.
Tonight, Kevin Kain's birthday celebration will go down at Gold Standard at 24K. Be sure to dress to impress and plan to arrive early, as this is one of the hottest things in town tonight. (21+, 9 p.m.)
In the underground scene, the beloved Audio Injection will be back with his versatile fingers and eclectic selections to shake the Would Shop II to the floor; Scott Everett and Bob Taylor will open things up at the Would Shop II (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for directions). (21+, 10 p.m., $10 before midnight or with Beta wristband, $15 after)
So if you head to Beta before that show to see bass-bringers Calvertron & TC with Ishe -- or techno impresarios Scott Paradis, DJ Foxx or Kevin Carlisle in the Beatport Lounge, hosted by P.U.N.C.H.I.S. -- make sure you hang onto that wristband. (18+, 9 p.m., $5-$15)
Get down to the aptly named Beat Electric tonight at the Meadowlark, featuring underground electro-disco-house by DJ Mike Moses, DJ Narn, Roy England and Ivy. (21+, 9 p.m., $5)
NORAD hosts a bash with Silo, Heath Spiegelberg, the Nazty Boys, Sang Dinh and DJ Lobot tonight, so get your dance on at the latest reincarnation of this classic venue. (21+, 9 p.m., free before 11 p.m.)
Over at Funky Buddha, Dubwise collective DJ Uplifter and the crew will be giving you what you need for Massive Reggae. This monthly party features the hottest sounds in reggae and island flavor. (21+, 9pm, No Cover)
Fridays are still irie at Kinga's Lounge for Richie Rich and So Soulful's latest dancehall get down. Reggae, dancehall and a mix of hip-hop keep the dance floors packed, as do the Red Stripe drink specials and more. (21+; 9 p.m., $5)
Start Saturday afternoon off with an afternoon of history, culture, and entertainment. Juneteenth Music Festival will take over the historic Five Points from 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. this weekend. Performances by the Ohio Players, tons of vendors and historical trivia and more. (all ages, free)
Kevin Kain's birthday party train continues at Bar Standard on Saturday night for Soiree, which features the sounds of KDJ Above, DJ Topshelf and DJ D-Smooth. The dress code is strictly enforced, and the crowd inside most definitely there to party. (21+, 9 p.m.)
NORAD isn't slowing down at all on Saturday night; the acclaimed Monty Luke is back from Detroit with Dave Barker; Bones and Seth Nichols are also on deck to take underground techno to new heights. (21+, 9 p.m.)
Moguai is headlining Beta on Saturday night; the German dance-floor king will be supported by Cognition + T-Rav. (18+, 9 p.m., $10)
For a bass fix on Saturday, head to Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, where Goth-Trad and Von D will take the main slots. Dirt Monkey and Shiba will support. (16+, 9 p.m., $15-$20)
Slam Nuba is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday night at the Gypsy House. With sounds provided by DJ Cavem, expect a good old basement style party. (18+, 9p.m., $5)
Club Glo (10175 E. Hampden ave) will feature the sounds of DJ KTone and Bay Area artist IamSu on Saturday night. The place will be packed wall-to-wall with ladies and fly fellas. (21+, 9 p.m.)
Over at Blue Ice, Rabbits With Bad Habits and Dope Promotions presents an after dark Father's Day lingerie affair. This one caters explicitly to the dads out there. Ladies are encouraged to dress in sexy attire and compete for $200 in cash. (21+, 9 p.m., $5 for guys all night)
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