Get ready to BBQ this Memorial weekend! We're not talkin' grillin' here, clubbing friends, we're talking thrillin,' as in: (B)oobies, (B)eats and scene (Q)ueens. All of these will be plentiful this holiday weekend amidst the revelry of special one-offs, pool parties, and visits from out of town DJs and acts. There's so many good ones, in fact, we didn't have enough room for it all in the print version of LinA In LA. Here, an expanded, more diverse selection of the best soirees this weekend, from Memorial massives to smaller hot mess-arounds.
Friday, May 27
Best known for its rhythmic fantasyland in the center grounds of Coachella every year, The Do Lab's Lightning In A Bottle offers an arts and music-fueled, somewhat Burning Man-esque weekend experience. Too many amusements to list here, but the sounds at this family-friendly camping event promise to be pretty stellar: Pretty Lights perform, Thievery Corporation offer a DJ set and there's many, many more on various stages. Oak Canyon Ranch, 5305 Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado (Orange County). Fri.- Sun. Get all the details at LightningInABottle.org
M.A.N.D.Y. (Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer) kick off the wild weekend at Nightfall, featuring with their extra-sensory “Body Language 10 World Tour.” A pumping presentation melding infra-red technology and hypnotic video effects onto both beatsmith's bodies as they perform, this one should be as fun to watch as it will be to move to. Also with local electronic music collective Droog. LA Exchange, 618 S Spring St. dwntwn. www.exchangela.com
Always an anything-goes rager, A Club Called Rhonda's bigger events called Rhondavous take it to another level and this Friday should be no exception. This time, Rhonda calls on her regulars aka “pleasure seekers, hedonists and Rhondites” to take over downtown with holiday hijinx and sounds by feral deep house humpers Catz n' Dogz, cosmic new-stepper Space Dimension Controller, euro-disco playboy Munk (Gomma) and local floor lovers Goddollars. At Belasco Theatre, 1050 S. Hill St.; Dwntwn. www.rhondasays.net
Saturday, May 28
Space Roller Disco marks 10 years rocking and rolling the rink at World on Wheels with funky disco and old school jams. DJs Dennis (GoodFoot!) &
Riley More (Shout!, BFD, Miss Kitty's) provide the floor freaking tunes and those less skate-savvy can have a different kind of flashback in the Vegasy bar upstairs, complete with mini-dance floor and karaoke stage. Over 18. $12 includes skate rental. At World On Wheels, 4645 ½ Venice Blvd. (323) 933-3333.
Bar Sinister is always a good one for delving into a wicked long weekend and this week, the fetishy glam/goth gaggles will have extra grinding good times as Cramps tribute band The Human Flys take the outdoor stage. DJs Amanda Jones and Tommy spin the club's usual menacing mixes inside. At Boardners, 1652 N. Cherokee Ave. Hlywd. www.barsinister.net
Direct from San Francisco, one of the founding members of Honey Soundsystem, DJ Pee Play drips into LA for Mother's Honey. The lauded queer DJ collective hosts some of the wildest parties in the Bay Area and PP will surely bring his special brand of sonic sweetness for this one. Also with Queen deck bitch Juanita More's fiery Frisco disco. At Grand Star, 943 Broadway, Chinatown. Info via video, here.
Sunday, May 29
It's gonna be long hot summer if the return of Summertramp is any sign. the “pansexual waterpark extravaganza” returns to downtown on Sunday, bringing fierce lounge looks, skimpy skivvies and more to the Astroturf- covered parking lot of Tony's Bar. With a giant inflatable water slide as focal point, the party will feature DJ sets all day by Aaron Elvis, Daisy O'Dell, David Banjella, Josh Castro, TR/808 and Valida. Jello shots, pizza, ice cream, water toys and guns, plus co-host Mr. Black's Luke Nero and Lenora Claire (Claire offers her “Speedos & Tuxedos” birthday celebration) make this a must-splash where dressing “inappropriately” (and acting that way too) is encouraged. Photo portraits by Polite in Public. Noon- 6 p.m. 2017 E 7th St., dwntwn. www.summertramp.com
How soon is NOW? Part Time Punks Smiths Night has become so popular, once a year just isn't enough, and what better time than on a no-work-Monday holiday. The Sweet & Tender Hooligans' Jose Maldanado joins PTP's Mike Stock on the decks for this dancey eve of Moz madness and Smith-ian sounds. Everyday is not like this Sunday. At the Echoplex (this week only), 1154 Glendale Blvd. Echo Park. www.parttimepunks.com.
Moheak.com's Re-Launch Party with feature its rockin roster of DJs (including yours truly) and acoustic performances at the new downtown venue, The Onyx Lounge. The quickly growing internet radio station started by former Indie 103.1 jock TK, features everything from modern indie rock to punk rock to dance music, and this gregarious gathering is sure to reflect the mix. 5 p.m.- 2 a.m. 118 W. 5th st. Info here.
Monday, May 30
Morgan Page heats up the Roosevelt Hotel's Tropicana Club and pool area at Homemade LA's Wet Pool Party. Page's buoyant progressive house mixes have earned him action on iTunes' dance chart, Beatport's progressive chart and Billboard's club charts over the years, and they're sure to drench and quench the bikini bunches at this popular bash, which moved from San Fran to LA back in 2002. Frankie Boissy and Adam Auburn round out the sexy sound soaking. 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Noon- 8 pm. www.homemadela.com
Werk it one last time before you go back to real work at Mustache Mondays, which offers a live performance by RuPaul's Drag Race winner Raja Gemini, who'll be crooning her new dance track “Diamond Crowned Queen.” At the Belasco, 1050 S. Hill st. dwntwn. Info on MM's Twitter.
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