Dixon, one of the top ten DJs in the world as voted by Resident Advisor last year, is definitely the big news in electronic music this weekend; the Berlin-based techno king will no doubt tear up the dance floor at Apex on Saturday. In the meantime, we've got plenty more to keep your ass shaking all weekend long; here's what's on our Dance Card:
Cervantes' and the Other Side are hosting tonight's Level 1 AFTER DARK World Premiere with DJ Harvitronix, Knocean and Ecto Cooler. There will be two huge screens, two stages, live music, prizes (including skis, outerwear, eyewear and more). This show sold out last year, so it would be smart to buy your tickets early. (9 p.m., all ages, $15)
In many ways, underground music scenes are all about community, and that's exactly what tonight's Manifestation event is all about: Helping Team Hardkor (Anni in particular) get back on its feet after a severe medical setback. There will be a barbecue and tunes from techno virtuoso Kyle Geiger (Fort Wayne, Indiana), plus local talent Baggett, Acid Tess, Paradigm, Scott Everett, Deciprocal, Lowa and Lady Sage and Doc Noe. It goes down at Guildwerks (3821 Steele Street, Unit B). (8 p.m., $15 suggested donation)
Qi Alchemy is hosting a free block party tonight to celebrate three years in business; the gym will be reopened to the public, and you'll be able to check out the new murals in the yoga studios, plus a full-scale mural painted outside on the alleyway wall. The party will take place in the parking lot behind Casselman's and Qi, with graffiti artists, vendors and more, including a breakdance battle and tunes by Nofrendo, DJ Stretch, DJ Ear Attent and more throwing down hip-hop beats. (3 p.m., free)
You all know about Lipgloss by now; tonight, a special Mike Deez' Birthday DJ Set Spectacular (with boyhollow and option4) is on deck at La Rumba, so bring your dancing shoes and best birthday wishes. (9 p.m., 21+, free before 10 p.m., $5 after)
Beta's got something special going on tonight. First, P.U.N.C.H.I.S. is presenting the "Darkside Audio Label Showcase." It's a new underground techno label launching right here in Denver soon, and Rene Walther, Nick Payne and Alan Mychal will help introduce the sound. Reso + Point.Blank with Ishe and Dodger will hold down the main floor with deep, dirty, bassic techno and dubstep tunes. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
Global Friday at the Church brings on Hycloud, Skye, Floorbangers, Twenty42 and Phunke Elements on the main floor, plus Klutch Beat Bootique in the mashup basement and Peter Elzi in the Retro Room. (8 p.m., 18+, ladies 21+ get in free all night)
You heard it here first: A.A.M.P. and Roots Denver have managed to hook Dixon for Apex on Saturday night at Cluster Studios; this is a huge coup for the Mile High City, as the Berlin native is only making a handful of stops on this tour, and it'll no doubt be a night to remember. Opening will be Hipp-E, Bones and Tony Rodelli. Fair warning: You MUST RSVP to this event to get in the door, so don't skip that step! (10 p.m., 21+, $20, RSVP required: email@example.com)
We know: There will be lots of hippies at Sound Tribe Sector 9 on Saturday at Red Rocks.
But you can be the techno hippie in the crowd who's there to catch LTJ Bukem's opening set; the intelligent drum-and-bass pioneer will light up Red Rocks, and we predict it will be all STS9 can do to keep up.
Amazingly, this show has not yet sold out, but get your tickets ASAP. (6:30 p.m., all ages, $39.50)
Beta hosts Awesome Factory Saturdays on, uh, Saturday; Boulder Beats is presenting Hujje, RKADE and special guests, and Steve Smooth with Dragon and Marshall Monica doing the dance club thing on the main floor. (8 p.m., 18+, $10)
Vinyl is bringing in Paul Anthony for a CD release show on Saturday with Beckley & Krootz, Split, DJ Danny, Dave Peacock, the Food Chain, Fresh2Death, Fury, Seth Abrumz and many, many more. It'll be a dubstep/glitch/hip-hop night to remember, that's for sure. (8 p.m., 18+, no cover till 11 p.m., $5 for 21+ after, $10 for 18-20 after)
Holy free show on Saturday! You can thank the folks at City Hall for this one; they're bringing in none other than the Gaslamp Killer for this Got Bass Free Show. (7 p.m., 18+, free -- did we mention that already?)
Do you like T&A and dance tunes? Have we got the perfect Saturday-night show for you: Burlectronique at Buxiejo Gallery, 718 Santa Fe Drive, featuring an array of burlesque performers, musicians and DJ tunes by Handsome Adam and other special guests. (10 p.m.)
It's time for House of Buddha again at the Funky Buddha, with DJs Burton and Gespault rocking house upstairs and DJ Wushu throwing down the electro-party-rock/hip-hop tunes downstairs. (7 p.m., 21+)
Are you very important? Bar Standard presents VIP Saturdays with DJ Tanastadi, DJ Chonz and Burhm Gotti; there will be drink specials by Nude Vodka. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 cover, ladies free before 11 p.m.)
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We know: It's late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, and the party seems to be stopping ... but you aren't. This is why 2AM and Soundpharmacy Afterhours exist; Kaya and Dorian Gray spin till dawn, and if you're coming from the Church, Vinyl or Bar Standard, you get $5 off entry, so don't rip off that bracelet just yet! (1 a.m., 18+)