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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Weekend Parties: Jus-Ed and Marcellus Pittman at Beatbox, Dirtybird at Mezzanine, and More

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Marcellus Pittman plays BeatBox on Friday.
  • Marcellus Pittman plays BeatBox on Friday.

Another week, another crop of parties. As you might imagine, the sunny weather forecast for this weekend portends nights of heavy partying. We advise you get into the spirit of things by enjoying yourself at one of the following events. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

Friday, May 11

What: As You Like It presents Jus-Ed & Marcellus Pittman

Where: BeatBox

When: 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.

Why: AYLI returns with yet another stunning booking at Beatbox. This time around, the party is back with a special double header of an evening, featuring sets by two of house music's most experimental artists. Jus-Ed is the head of Underground Quality, a Connecticut label that's established itself as a force of freshness in East Coast house. Recent months have seen a number of U.Q. artists -- like Nina Kraviz at Public Works -- rock San Francisco dancefloors til the early morning, and all signs indicate that Jus-Ed will be following suit. Get a feeling for his style by listening to "It's A Struggle," "Oh My," and this mixtape. Joining the bill for the evening is Detroit house producer Marcellus Pittman. Known as one of the 3 Chairs (along along with Moodymann, Theo Parrish, and Rick Wilhite), Pittman's discography is a procession of raw-edged Detroit beatdown cuts. Listen to "There's Somebody Out There," "If The Earth Could Talk," and his just released entry in AYLI's podcast series.

What: Dirtybird

Where: Mezzanine

When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Why: Now more than six years old, Dirtybird is one of San Francisco's most prolific labels. The brainchild of Claude VonStroke, it's famous for putting out a ton of chart-topping singles, like VonStroke's own "Deep Throat." Though the label is loved throughout the world, nowhere supports it better than its hometown. Mention the label's quarterly parties in casual conversation, and you'll invariably hear mumbled stories of heavy intoxication, public nudity, and other forms of party-induced madness. This season's edition comes just in time to coincide with the release of Dirtybird DJ Justin Martin's debut LP, Ghettos & Gardens. Get an idea for what the evening will be like by listening to the titular single from Martin's opus. He's on deck to DJ this Friday along with Leroy Peppers, J Phlip, Worthy, and Claude VonStroke.

Saturday, May 12

What: 222 Hyde Reopening Party with Willie Burns

Where: 222 Hyde

When: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Why: If you're reading this and scratching your head, we don't blame you. 222 Hyde has been open for some time now, but it hasn't had a chance to announce its presence to the SF club-going public. Saturday marks the grand re-opening of the club with all renovations and innovations in working order (that includes the club's impressive lighting rig and outside patio space). To commemorate the occasion, the venue has booked a DJ set by Willie Burns, an artist affiliated with the lo-fi, New York-based L.I.E.S. label. Check out Burns' tracks "Windows Down" and "Fantasy MD." DJ support comes by way of local favorites Rich Korach, Conor, and Solar.

What: 2 Men Will Move You: Hong Kong Garden Origami Theme

Where: Amnesia

When: 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Why: In a period of time seemingly dominated by guests from out of town, it's comforting to know that there are still local alternatives. 2 Men Will Move You is a party put together by long-time fixtures on the San Francisco nightlife scene Primo Pitino (of Oldies Night fame) and Jordan Heyser. Continuing in the mold of such ventures as Ferrari and I Like Fun, the party is soundtracked by a clever mix of rare mid-'80s Italo, pumping '90s house, early progressive, and other forms of sometimes-cheesy-sometimes-not dance music. Always a visual spectacle, this month's theme promises to incorporate aspects of "Hong Kong Garden Origami." Head over to the party's Tumblr for a preview of what that means.


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