Thursday is the new Friday: SkisM, Gabriel and Dresden, Unsigned Hype and more

It's safe to say that we've got you covered on live music for the weekend, but in case you are looking to start the party early, we've got you there, too. The Westword Music Showcase is days -- pfft...mere hours -- away, and what better way to kick start the festivities with a little dancing. Check out the parties going on tonight, but keep in mind you'll be throwing down all day on Saturday with us. Cheers!

Rockstar Reggae Thursdays is the new night at the Rockstar Lounge. Drink specials are simple -- island style -- with $3 Heinekens and Red Stripes all night long. Ladies get in free until 11 p.m. and the dress code is strictly enforced.

The legend Mark Farina will be spinning down at Jet Hotel thanks to Team A.G. and TheTRACT. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there is a healthy list of openers including Jasun Lovejoy, Frederick Gentry, Ejay, M.I.T.H., DJ Shiva, Mike Disco and Venus Cruz. If you already scored the $10 pre-sale tickets, sweet. If not, tickets are $15 at the door and there's speculating this one is going to sell out.

Global Dance Festival is coming up, which means hella pre-parties and tons of great music. Thrash Dance Thursdays is going down at Beauty Bar up on Pearl and 13th with a solid dance bill. This is also your chance to score tickets to Global Dance Festival, as they will be giving some away, as well as selling them, sans ticketing fees/surcharges mLe and Pariah are headlining the night, so get there early to soak up both of these sets.

With the re-opening of the Roxy downtown comes a whole gaggle of new nights of music. The Unsigned Hype Tour takes over tonight with a live freestyle battle and a long list of artists performing. Winner of the battle takes home a cool $150, but be sure to get there on time, as things are slated to get going around 8 p.m. The rest of the night will include the lyrical stylings of TME, Bo$$ Boyz, Staccs, Esi Juey, Freddi XJP, Gunna, Def Ch!ld Produx and more.

Sub.Mission threw down last week with a few nights of Borgore, but this week brings out the dub-doctor himself, Skism, who will be joined by locals Jantsen, Dodger and Subliminal. Tickets are still available for this and the doors open at 8 p.m.

The Church's resident DJ Danny Martinez will be spinning your favorite '80s, '90s and Top 40 hits on the main floor, along with DJ Phil keeping things retro on the vinyl. Ladies are free until 11 p.m. and they get the cheap drinks so cough it up fellas and be a gentleman.

Funky Buddha's Beat the Clock starts at 9 p.m. with some background sounds coming from B Money and DJ IZ. This is that night where the drink prices go up as the clock winds down, which means, well, you do the math.

Vinyl's rooftop opens up for Reggae on the Roof with Chief Rocka and The Versatile. Vinyl's got fire pits, three floors of sounds, great views and cheap brews, which pretty much means there isn't a reason to skip out on this.

Gabriel and Dresden is taking over the NRG stage at Beta tonight with the help of Kostas and Marshall Monica. Tickets to this show are $15, which goes up if you purchase online with a random $2.26 ticketing fee.

Denver Nuggets DJ, DJ Bedz hosts the ladies night of ladies nights at Lavish Lounge downtown. Ladies drink for free until midnight and they've got a big stash of bottles to divvy out.

Boulder has its ladies night too at Bacaro with music provided by Rkade and Funkhouser. Drink specials and tons of ladies await you if you'll be up in the Pearl Street Mall area, just try to get their before they all get snatched up and turned into dance partners for someone else.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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