For some, Spring is about cleaning out the old and focusing on the new, usually in one's home. But out in clubland, the start of the season marks (bittersweet) endings and new beginnings as well. This week, we say good-bye to a beloved (teeny) bopper danceteria and hello to a fresh fete thrown by two of LA's best known DJ-driven party promoters. Plus, there's some old faves and new raves funking up locales you may not have been to yet. Spring into step with these picks:
Fri., March 25-
This is it folks, the final night at The Ruby. Hollywood boulevard's long-running 18+ venue closes this weekend Bang! Saturday and the Evil Club Empire's Clockwork Orange, offering its usual three rooms of revelry, on Friday: 1) the retro room featuring 80's vs. 90's new wave, techno and “cheeze,” 2) the electro junkies room pumping out electro bangers and Nu Rave, and 3) the back room featuring hip-hop, pop and house. (If you're reading this the Thursday before, check out ECE's last Perversion at The Ruby too.) Both clubs move to The Dragonfly in April. 7070 Hollywood Blvd., Info. here.
Electronic dance music purists are sure to land into Departure, the new joint venture between Adam Auburn (Balance) and Sam Gaglani (Homemade) which plans to bring some of the biggest EDM DJs in the biz back to Vanguard every Friday. Sure to give Control over at Avalon a run for its money, Departure offers three headliners sharing the stage this Fri.: Mr.V, Chuck Love and Fred Everything, with guests in coming weeks to include Diplo and Miguel Migs to name a few. 6021 Hollywood Blvd. Info. here.
Sat., March 26-
Auburn also co-promotes Balance, the decade-old dance party focusing almost exclusively on the deep and sexy side of house, and this week that party boasts the jazzy pizzazz of DJ JASK. At the King King. 6555 Hollywood Blvd. Info. here.
A synthy/sexy (note: poly-sexy) scene will go down at Trash Disco, with a live performance by electro-pop artist Ze (touted as a Malaysia's answer to Lady Gaga/MIA/Santogold). DJs include Cody Wayne (Par Avion), May Electra (Peligroso Pop) and more. Put on by Spanish-indie party promoters Metropoli. At Roberto's Club, 686 N Spring St. RSVP for free admission here.
Thurs., March 31-
After a several month hiatus, The Rootdown made a triumphant return to Gabah not so long ago. The on Melrose was of course, torn down. The “new Gabah” is actually the old Guatalinda, a Latin club best known by non-Rancheros for A Club Called Rhonda's residency a few years ago. Now, the “G Club” as it's also called, sees takeovers from the Root crew (Music Man Miles, Loslito, Sloe Poke, Ervin Arana, DJ Jedi, Burt Blackarach and MC KG Superstar) on Thursdays, and this week, it should be especially retro bootie bumpin' as The Adrian Younge Sound Orchestra (who scored the neo-blaxploitation parody, Black Dynamite) get down live. 4916 Hollywood Blvd. Info. here.
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