Weekend's best nightlife: Riddle of the Sphinx, Solution Showcase#6, PillowTalk and more

The long weekend is here, and there are more dance related activities and parties over the next few days than you can probably handle. From the Hive's grand opening tonight to the Solution Showcase#6 tomorrow night, along with the Riddle of the Sphinx party, some funk/soul sessions and dance music galore, you'll have a full dance card this weekend. Page down for the weekend's best nightlife bets.


The Hive's grand opening is this evening, and there will be Playboy Playmates and Dirty Little Thieves to welcome you into the fray. Ladies are free all night, the drinks are free from 9-10 and $1 until 11p.m. You can't beat this evening of music, booze, and dancing. Down and over a few blocks at La Rumba, meanwhile, Lipgloss has a killer guest DJ in LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang. (See Michael Trundle's list of his top five favorite guest DJs.)

The latest Friday night reggae spot has taken its home at Kinga's Bar & Lounge with DJ Madloon and special guest DJs. There's no cover for this new weekly party and you must be 21+ to enjoy the island sounds mixed with hip-hop at this shindig. San Francisco's PillowTalk is bringing sexy, funky, deep house to Bar Standard's Champagne Room tonight with resident DJ London Dungeon and free champagne for the ladies until midnight. Bottoms up! (9 p.m., 21+, $15)

Heavy bass pioneer AC Slater will bring down the house at Beta tonight for Bassic Fridays with Sub.mission and local bass representatives Rumblejunkie and Subliminal. In the Beatport Lounge, it's Diizel and Mandy's birthday bash with Angel Castro, Josh Manke, Danny Marin and Townsend. (9 p.m., 18+, $10) The High on Life dance party series at Lumonics, meanwhile, continues tonight with Scienteist, Buddha Bomb, Brett Starr and RESCUE holding things down. (9 p.m., $18)

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Atomic Love on Friday night is a benefit event to help Aaron Hendrick, scene staple and head of the Atomic security and sound company, pay some of his medical bills; the lineup features dozens of local DJs across all sorts of genres, plus skateboarding and breakdancing exhibitions and male-versus-female battles taking place on each stage across City Hall. (9 p.m., $10-$75) The Appaloosa Grill hosts another round of Electric Pony tonight with Garrett, Sound Advice and special guest DJ Khalib. Expect disco/house/dance beats to move your feet and your soul. (9:30 p.m., 21+, no cover)

Chicago-born Felix da Housecat will be living up to his name at Summit Music Hall on Saturday night, so if you're looking for some house to get down to, this is where to be; Paul Anthony, Jason Tyler, Orville Kline and Atom Pushers will open things up. (7 p.m., all ages, $28) Over at Funky Buddha, The Funk Supply Company will shut the place down with soulful house/funk music that is sure to keep you on your feet. There's no cover for this debut party, and the sounds will no doubt be supreme. May the funk guide you.


Tonight at the Meadowlark, DJ Low Key and the Solution crew are hosting Solution Showcase #6 with Add-2 from Chicago, with BLKHRTS and Mass Prod and Mo Heat of the Foodchain making their production debut as Izaak Haze. As always, Low Key will be on the ones and twos. Tickets are $5 in advance at Family Affair and $8 at the door. 21+

Beta hosts dance-floor diva Sydney Blu on Saturday night with Cognition + T-Rav and Sergio Santana in full support mode. (9 p.m., 18+, $10) The Fusion Factory hosts the weekend-long Playa Bazaar-B-Q Saturday and Sunday all day long; you can shop for Burning Man worthy wares while M.I.T.H., Mentat, Kanyon, Seeda and Ether provide tunes. (12 p.m., all ages, no cover) Riddle of the Sphinx entrances participants tonight with Darin Epsilon at the Aztlan, Atnarko, Chris Domingo and many more; it's a big night with some big names. (18+, 8 p.m., $15+)

Boogie Boutique takes place tonight at Norad, the venue formerly known as 2200, with Foxx, Sami Tee, Tess, Tony Rodelli and Ejay, with live percussion by Tian Chi Chi. Get down to the sounds. (8 p.m., 21+, free before 9:30 p.m., $7 after) Ignition fires up at a secret location on Saturday night with Manipulation, Skroller, Asymptotic, Paradigm and more; if you're looking for the best in underground tunes, this will be where to find it. (8 p.m., 18+, $10-$15)

The Hundred celebrates seven months at Beauty Bar on Saturday with deep house, disco, nu-disco and disco house by option4, Babyshoe, Captain Safety, boyhollow and Gigamesh. (9 p.m., 21+, $6)  New Zealand-based dubstep production duo Mt. Eden scales the Bluebird on Sunday along with FieVel, Lolo, Candy Cobra and Tyr. Wrap up the weekend with a bass fix. (8 p.m., 16+, $22.50-$26) The Larimer Lounge hosts French electro superstar Danger with DJ Shannon von Kelly, boyhollow and Dylan le Disko; join them to see the all-around experiential universe Danger's known for creating in his live sets. (8 p.m., 21+, $10-$15) Future Jazz Project will brings its electro/funk soul sound to Herb's for a live show. All the favorites will be in attendance, including DJ Check One, Venus Cruz, Greg Harris, Charlie Mertens and more.

DJ Big Spade is kicking off the Memorial Weekend celebrations with his fifth annual all white affair at Teddy's Nightclub. DJ Mark Da Spot from California will be on hand to provide the sounds for this ladies night. Dress in all white, 21+up.


After the Riddle will start winding down the weekend at Norad on Sunday with Perry Domingo, Aaron Lee, Josh Prosper and several more examples of Denver's premium local talent -- plus some surprises. Slow it down in style. (3 p.m., 21+)

Elsewhere on Sunday, you can expect everybody and their mother to be out in the streets for the long weekend. duRozz will be on and popping for the Nuttfactor Memorial Day Weekend gathering with Vonny Loc and more. $15 at the door, 18+up.

Finally, Sebastian Ingrosso headlines the touring extravaganza GLOWfest at Gates Field House in Boulder. It's bound to be an electro-filled, booty-shaking good time. (7 p.m., $25-$35)

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