Weekend's best dance bets: Z-Trip, Gabriel and Dresden and more

As usual, Denver is showing the world what's up in electronic music this weekend; on Saturday, you'll have to choose between Z-Trip at City Hall or Gabriel & Dresden at Beta, and that's far from everything that's on our Dance Card. Page down to see what else is in store this weekend.

Playground hosts a special all-vinyl night at 2200 tonight; Detroit's Kris Wadsworth will be headlining, with support by Roger That, John Tyler and Pnut. (9 p.m., 21+, $10 before 11 a.m., $12 after)

The world-renowned pirate-station force and drum-and-bass impresario Hype will team up with MC Daddy Earl for Bassic Fridays tonight at Beta; Fury and Mystical Influence will open, and in the Beatport Lounge, catch underground techno by Greg Eversoul, Jorge Baez, Tony Rodelli and Tom Evans. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)

Global Fridays at the Church is getting even more international tonight with world-class talent: DJ Irene and Ascension will join Hycloud, Skye, Floorbangrs, Twenty42, Phunke Elements, Klutch Beat Bootique and Peter Elzi in creating dance-floor meltdowns. (9 p.m., 18+, $15)

More bass will be on tap tonight with the continuation of Re: Creation at Cervantes'; for this installment, Sleepyhead will headline, with Distal, Project Aspect, Unlimited Gravity, Fisk and WALA opening. (8 p.m., all ages, $10)

Sculpted Sound presents Ion at Lumonics tonight; guest headliner Coral will spin her psytrance all the way from Seattle; locals Solomoon, Paradigm and E11even will support, and there will be visuals and (of course) the lovely Lumonics art installations for your viewing pleasure. (10 p.m., 18+, $10)

Pleasure Dome Fridays returns to Bar Standard; this week, residents Steve Synfull and Rescue will be joined by Joshua Heath. (9 p.m., 21+, $10)

Beta welcomes back Gabriel & Dresden (they told us last June that it's one of their favorite clubs to play in) on Saturday; Dragon and Marshall Monica will open for the power duo. (9 p.m., 18+, $15)

The Terminal Kings bash wraps up on Saturday night at City Hall with none other than mashup king Z-Trip; Cognition + T-Rav will support, and creative attire is encouraged, so dress up and get out there. (8 p.m., 18+, $25-$100)

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Lumonics brings the bass on Saturday with the regular Tao of Bass event, combining dubstep, world music, breaks and drum-and-bass by Seraiah, DJ Illnaughty and guest DJ Odd.I.T., plus meditation and qiqong facilitations. Expand your mind before you dance the night away. (9 p.m., all ages, $10)

It's Disco Night at the Funky Buddha; Bones, Ivy and Greg Campbell will be spinning mid-tempo grooves, and ladies drink for just $1 from 9 to 11 p.m. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)

The Blend is welcoming back Hoang from an extended journey; the Meadowlark hosts him, plus Brick Lee and Sami Tee. (9 p.m., 21+)

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