If you're planning an all American staycation this weekend, there's still plenty to do in the (very 2009) American spirit of staying thrifty. Below, a couple choice selections for the long Independence Day(s)...and nights.
Panama! 2 with DJ Beto (Friday)
DJ Beto traveled all through the bug-filled bodegas of Panama to dig for the finest in funk-infested, Latin- and African- influenced combos sweatin' out the late '60 through the late '70s. The local writer/DJ/crate digger edited down his favorite finds into a killer sound of summer--both past and present--called Panama! 2. Tonight he offers those tracks new life once again as he spins with DJs Guillermo and Vinne Esparza at Elbo Room (10 p.m., $5).
Tonight the Hemlock hosts Hospitals: "A Hospitals gig
reliably includes Adam Stonehouse howling over an abused drum set while
Chris Gunn adds a wall of obtuse shrieks from a pedal-heavy electric
guitar. After two full-lengths on In the Red Records,
the band recently self-released Hairdryer Peace, which
effortlessly melted the expectations of noise enthusiasts as it
actually delivered on its promise of premeditated chaos." --Jess Scott ($6, 9:30 p.m.)
City Scapes & Hidden Rooftop Gardens Tour (Friday)
FuncheapSF had this item on their list and it sounds like a good one. San Francisco City Guides is offering a free walking tour this morning and afternoon of "city scapes and public places," which promises a peek at "hidden parks and rooftop gardens" around the financial district. Tour groups meet at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Native Sons Monument, Montgomery at Market.
El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest (Saturday)
Spend the day at an outdoor BBQ without having to worry about any of the cleanup. El Rio hosts its fourth annual Big Time Freedom Fest with 8 bands for 8 bucks and free eats. On deck: Birdmonster, Two Sheds, Low Red Land, and more. The patriotism kicks off at 1:30 p.m.
The Rip Tide 5th Anniversary BBQ (Saturday)
Another party featuring red (meat, and Red Meat), white (beer foam) and blue (collar entertainment), the Rip Tide celebrates its 5th anniversary BBQ on 4th of July. Good old timey tunes for an old timey sorta day, we say. (free, 6 p.m.)
[ K O N T R O L ] at the Endup (Saturday)
Exercise your right to choose minimal techno and avant house at [KONTROL]'s monthly Endup event. On Saturday they're hosting two Berliners who have residencies at the "techno capital of the world," the Berghain club. Marcel Dettmann and Marcel Fengler headline over a half dozen other turntable wizards. Entry is free before 11 p.m. (if you're late, you've gotta pay $15). Party starts at 10 p.m.
INDIEpenDANCE Day w/ Leisure (Saturday)
Revel in the era when Brit pop was king at Leisure, the DJ night for all things mod, indie, shoegazy, and sometimes even a little '60s. Tonight's event at the Paradise also features a live performance from Dead Souls, a Joy Division tribute band for all of you who prefer frosty
post punk over peppy fireworks. (10 p.m., $7)
Gemimi Disco at Underground SF (Saturday)
What would this country be without disco, we ask you? Get down to over 15 DJs who'll be manning the turntables as BBQ cooks man the grill for this holiday edition of Gemini Disco at Underground SF. The free party starts at noon and goes all night. $2 Coors, people.
Watch Things Explode From the Top of the City (Saturday)
If it's not foggy (and that's a big if), perhaps you can escape the swarms along the Embarcadero and in Dolores Park to watch the fireworks with a little picnic in the Upper Market park by the Randall Museum. On those golden hills (and giant rocks) above the Castro you can see a long ways out, and you're not too far from the cheap, delish sandwich
shop on 14th and Castro, Courtney's.
Fillmore Jazz Festival (Saturday and Sunday)
San Francisco's original jazz district delivers on that sound in a big way this weekend during the Fillmore Jazz Festival. For two days the Fillmore hosts four stages of jazz, blues, and
Afro-funk, including a special performance from the folks at the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church on Saturday at noon. (free, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
As always, feel free to add your own suggestions below...