Let's face it: It's St. Patrick's Day this weekend. An amateur hour if there ever was one, it's a rare holiday that compels even the most mild-mannered to get absolutely hammered. While there's nothing wrong with that, here are some non-St. Paddy's options that ought to keep you busy while the city's less savvy hordes work toward their worst hangover of the year. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Friday, March 16
Where: 1015 Folsom
When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: Few venues epitomize the megaparty phenomenon in the way that 1015 Folsom does. Recent years have seen the iconic SOMA location fill out its four dancefloors with near encyclopedia-length lists of artists. With no sign of slowing down, this Friday's party promises to stick very closely to that trend. Headlining the bill is Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73), the Brooklyn-based producer who rose to acclaim in the early '00s off the strength of his glitchy hip-hop albums One Word Extinguisher and Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives. Nowadays Herren's shifted away from the vibe that defined his early work to focus on exploring dark and psychedelic ambient soundscapes. Of course, one man doesn't make a megaparty, and naturally he'll be joined by a roster of heavy hitters from the world of bass music (check out FaltyDL's XLR8R podcast). As if that wasn't enough, 1015 is bringing in a tea room, two acrobat troupes, and even a clothing vendor. We're curious to see what could possibly top this.
What: Warm Leatherette
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: In a city dominated by out-of-town guests and multi-billed parties, it's comforting to know that there are still some locals holding it down on the weekend. Warm Leatherette is one place where that happens. Held at Mission punk venue Sub/Mission, resident DJs Justin, Riegler, Nihar, and Jason P conjure a dark mood through a selection of records slanted towards the more obscure side of late-'70s and early-'80s dance music. Confused? Check out Portion Control's "Across the Fence," Front's "Polaroid," Mau Mau's "Mau Mau," and The Normal's "Warm Leatherette." Marking the occasion as special, this time around the party will be hosting a guest set by Sereina Winters, a DJ from similarly minded Berlin-based party Brave Exhibitions.
Saturday, March 17
Where: Public Works
When: 9:30 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: "Wonky, Wobbly, bassline driven, trippy, melodic, mean, nasty, gentle, deep, spacious, distant, and rocking." While many artists can be boiled down to a single adjective, Lee Burridge's long career has earned him the honor of profound self-description. His story begins at the height of England's 1988 acid craze: Influenced by the burgeoning rave scene, but disheartened by his prospects as an up-and-comer, Burridge took a chance and moved to Hong Kong. Quickly rising through the ranks, he soon became a key player in the Far East's dance community, playing everything from Chinese after-hours clubs to Thai beach parties. Fast forward to the early '00s, and Burridge was back in England DJing with Sasha and Craig Richards as a part of Tyrant soundsystem. A DJ's DJ, get a feel for Burridge's style by listening to this live-from-the-board mix of him at Burning Man in 2010.
Where: The Endup
When: 10 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Why: It can be easy to forget the Canadian influence on the development of Detroit techno. Case in point is Daniel Bell, who moved to the Motor City from his native Toronto following the success of "Technarchy," a high-octane industrial techno record that he produced with pals Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva. Once situated in Detroit, tunes like "The Symphony (Can You Feel It)," the bizarre "Untitled," and the immensely popular "Losing Control" would establish him as an influential member of the world techno scene. Not just a DJ and producer, Bell is also a canny label owner: Elevate (which put out Theo Parrish's first 12"), Harmonie Park, and 7th City all owe him their existence. Now, Bell comes to San Francisco to grace marathon party The Show with an intense three-hour set. When they say this one goes til 8 a.m., they mean it.