Denver always brags about its dance music scene, and with good reason. We have the best producers in the country working around the clock to make that one beat, that one sound, or find that one drop. This weekend, the Dance Card is full with an array of talent, everyone from local bass master DJ Ishe, Donald Glaude, Australia's DJ Raw Sugar, London's Tim Green and many more local favorites. Page down for the weekend's best nightlife bets (compiled by Britt Chester and Amber Taufen).
Founder of Play Me Records, Reid Speed, will be slaying eardrums at Beta Nightclub in celebration of DJ Ishe and Dirtmonkey's album release of "Turn Up The Ride." Take it from us: dubstep release parties are made for getting down, and the new Ishe/Dirtmonkey album is just the right thing for that. Tickets are $10 on Beta's website before the show, and you can bet that price will go up day-of, but not much.
DJ Raw Sugar hits up NORAD tonight all the way from Australia (although he's also spent time in Berlin and New Zealand); a regular of the legendary Tresor, Raw is bringing the funk (and the disco/house slant) to Denver. Ejay and Ivy will support at this memorable edition of Easy Killer. (10 p.m., 21+)
Chai Ung, Korban Dallas, Aquilae, Will Hamm, DJ Lee Harris and DJ REZN will take over the Church tonight, courtesy of Exodus, for some floor-banging good times. (9 p.m., 18+, $5)
Page down to see what's on the Dance Card for Saturday night
NORAD's got quite a bit happening Saturday night, between a birthday party for Chris King with Kid Optimus, DJ Protege and Circle of Filth and a Global Dance Festival-related bash with Tim Green, Jackie Specht and Maya Amack. (10 p.m., 21+, $5-$10)
Donald Glaude takes to the tables for Beta's FUNhouse Saturdays, which, if not obvious enough, are all about fun. You'll also hear resident DJ Dragon, as well as Cognition and T-Rav, who recently crushed an opening spot for Eric Prydz. Get your pre-sales now for $10 at Beta's website, or run the gauntlet that is day-of door prices.
Michal Menert is throwing a fundraiser at the Boulder Theatre for the High Park and Waldo Canyon wild fires that are smoldering amongst the trees right now. Backed by Clicks & Whistles, Dnae Beats, and the debut of CandyHunter, which has members from DYNOHUNTER, Two Fresh, and Crushendo, Menert may provide the rain dance needed to slow the flame spread. You'll also find silent auction items in the lobby from some really bad ass Colorado companies. Tickets will run you $15 pre-show, and $17 on the day.
Sonic Bloom veteran David Starfire is playing the official South Pearl Street Jam festival after-party at Cervantes Otherside. With support from the Acidophiles, Starfire will surely take you deep into his realm of music, which always leaves you panting for more. Find tickets on Cervantes website for $10 pre-show, or $12 day-of.
Summit Music Hall will be feelin' the bass with Bathdub and Tyler Layers presented by House of Dub and FTW. A slew of other openers support the main act, so get there early and feel the bass from start to finish. Tickets to Summit start at, oh wait, it's free for 21 and up, but you do have to pay $10 if you aren't old enough to drink.
Brett Starr's House Revival returns to the Funky Buddha on Saturday with Starr and DJs Himay and Matt Bass spinning in-the-round on Matt's E&S DJR-400 rotary mixer. Don't miss it! (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)
The Blend has another dance-party theme for your faces (and your feet): Sleazy Mustache is this round's motif, so don't go shaving off that pedo-'stache. Ejay, Hoang and Sami Tee will no doubt be rocking some facial hair for this party at the Meadowlark. (9 p.m., 21+, $5)
Gearing up for Global Dance Festival? Head to Vinyl on Saturday night for an official pre-party featuring Ecotek, James Egbert, Jontron, Axis of Evil, Beckley & Krootz and Split.(9 p.m., 18+, $5-$15)
On Sunday, say yes to NORAD (or Yesrad -- get it?) on the venue's patio with summer-ready techno to help you wind down the weekend, plus free entry and happy hour prices. Yes. Ivy, Papyrus, Seth Nichols, Roy England and steofan will provide the tunes. (5 p.m., 21+, no cover)
P.U.N.C.H.I.S. hosts a patio party at Bar Standard on Sunday with underground sounds from the crew on a can't-be-beat rooftop. Come get up and get down. (5 p.m., 21+, no cover)
Gustavo Scorpio headlines Vinyl on Sunday with hot tunes for the summer. It's a great way to wind up your weekend if you're more into mainstream dance-floor hits than underground tunes. (6 p.m., 18+, free)