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Friday, September 3, 2010

Weekend Party Preview: Brazil via N.Y. and Detroit via Germany

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Motor City Drum Ensemble
  • Motor City Drum Ensemble
For a three-day weekend such as this approaching one, I'd usually try to wrangle up something special for you check out on Sunday evening. It seems a waste to not get wasted and rage on a night usually reserved for turning in early. But these two parties on Friday and Saturday are just too good not to share, and you'll probably need all of Sunday and some of Monday to fully recover from the potential awesomeness that awaits you. So, instead of spending that extra night at a bar or club, go to the park or find a nice rooftop (weather permitting, of course) and make your own kind of party. Even if there aren't as many people to see and dance with, at least there won't be a cover charge.

Friday, September 3
What: Braza! w/ DJ Sabo, Vanka, and Elan
Where: Som Bar
When: 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Why: Excavators of tropical riddims, sun-soaked melodies, and genres born on the equator line should know very well the name of DJ Sabo. As a DJ, producer, and label head of Sol Selectas, NY resident Sabo has made a name for himself delivering a distinct combination of house, Afrobeat, disco, reggae, cumbia, dub, Miami bass, hip-hop, and a myriad of other musical styles both in recordings and performances. However, for this South America-centric party at San Francisco's Som Bar, Sabo will be dropping an exclusive set of Brazilian music to get the dancefloor moving. Along with residents Vanka and Elan, the veteran DJ is sure to turn Braza's monthly celebration of Brazilian music and heritage into something that transcends all cultural backgrounds.

Saturday, September 4

What: Kontrol w/ Roman Flügel, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Sammy D, and more
Where: The Endup
When: 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
Why: I ought to just say this outright: I am not a fan of The Endup. I won't go into the details as to why I don't care for the club, but suffice it to say, you're not likely to hear me recommend going there without an excellent reason. A chance to see Stuttgart's Motor City Drum Ensemble is one such reason. German DJ/producer Danilo Plessow chose his Detroit-referencing moniker as an homage to the city that gave birth to his musical genre of choice. But that's not to say his loyalties lie exclusively with techno. Plessow includes many flavors of epically hypnotic and groove-obsessed styles in his production work and DJ sets, such as deep house, classic disco and soul edits, along with the dubby techno coming from his native continent. If that's not convincing enough to make you brave a long night at a questionable nightclub, listen to this podcast he did for XLR8R magazine; it just might make you tough it out.

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