July Itinerary

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang it’s July! Don’t forget to comfort your doggies during this month of fireworks. I’ll be updating this as new events pop up but please let me know if I missed anything.

July 1st

Sunset Sundays (Birthday Edition)

Sundae w. King Britt at Fish Tank

July 3rd

Don’t Fake the Funk presents KTMB

This Is America! (Independence Day party) at The Dolphin

July 4th

4th of July at Ortlieb’s a fundraiser for Juntos Philly

July 5th

Summer in the Jungle

MAD WORLD – a new wave party

July 6th

PLEASUREcation “Let’s Talk about BDSM” edition

A Black Celebration

Unknown Pleasures (80’s New Wave Edition) at The Dolphin

July 7th

Lavender Festival, Save The Date

Rock & Roll & Birth Control at Johnny Brenda’s

ELM Imprint presents Prspct Washington DC

Savile, Maxine & Cleo [] pres. by [sic]

The 20th Century Club with Zillas on Acid

GRCR GRIT

July 8th

Laissez-Faire Presents: Laurr-BQ2018

The Soul Pickle w/DJ FLEG & Graham Hatke: [4 Hours of Funk]

July 13th

Friday the 13th Exhibit

Night Drive at Kung Fu Necktie

July 14th

West Ward Deep Beats Block Party

Anjunadeep Open Air: NYC

Iffy. Slurry (Richmond), Nemesisters

This is How We Be

July 15th

A Blue Meditation

July 17th

Mortuary Drape & Volahn at Millcreek Tavern

July 18th

Erasure – World Be Gone Tour

Deep Space Brooklyn | Kon/ François K at Output

July 19th

Out Come The Wolves[Punk Rock/Ska Party]

July 20th

VorteX Dark Music For A DiSc0mB0buLateD Life Form

July 21st

Animal Collective (Performing Sung Tongs) with Laraaji

The Monthly Fund – July Edition

Smells Like Children – a dark 90s party

Deafheaven / Drab Majesty / Uniform at Union Transfer

July 25th

Voltheque / Skeleton Lipstick / The Touch / Hulqamaniaq / Waco Kid

Echo & The Bunnymen and Violent Femmes

The New Division / NITE / Blood Blush / Korine

July 26th

Speaking of Indigenous Politics with J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

July 28th

Indian Attire and Jewelry Exhibition

July 30th

Welcome To The Boiler Room

Next Up: August Itinerary

Underworld / Our Annual Cure Night / Free Event

Though I tend to keep pretty local, I decided to head to Brooklyn to check out The Cure night at St. Vitus. All my preconceived notions of partying in New York City have been thrown in the trash because I met some of the nicest people at this at this event.

Tonight! Underworld / Our Annual Cure Night / Free Event

NYC bars stay open until 4 a.m. (something Philly has been talking about), and I go to my fair share of afters. As a perpetual early bird, however, it felt strange getting to an event after 12. St. Vitus is all that I want in a dive bar. By the bathrooms was a votive candle rack, like what you would see in a church for blessings, and upside down crosses everywhere. While the decor itself may sound cheesy, it was very well done and not lame. The dancing area was a perfect size with crisp and not overbearingly loud sound.

Overall vibes were amazing. People were friendly and genuine in a really refreshing way.  Some flirtiness happened to me and my friend throughout the night, but it was nothing disrespectful or over the top. Our coats were still there on the rack when we left-I make this point because there have a been a few times lately where I have had things stolen at Philly venues. Small things, but still.

Another note I want to make is that nobody was getting so messed up that it imposed on anyone’s night. Overall the environment was lowkey. My only small complaint is that I wished the DJ’s (who were all sooo good) had added a little more variety between The Cure songs.

I look forward to coming to this event again, y’all should come too.

 

Next Up: April Itinerary

Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Left Rite is a crew whose events remain about music first, and it shows in so many ways. Not only do they book dope DJ’s, but all the Left Rite resident DJ’s are heavy in talent. The sound is so important to them that the invested into an amazing sound system. Even the lighting system and high design logo serves as an enhancer to the music, not a distraction. It’s a 100% inclusionary party vibe without virtue signaling. Their dedication to music leaves no room for ego’s, which is truly a  breath of fresh air.

Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Infared was held at  La Peg this month, a restaurant located in the FringeArts building. As it goes for many crews, Left Rite has struggled with venue space. Before it’s closing, The Irish Pol was home to this party, before there, it was held at Lolie’s. The latter has also since closed down.

La Peg was definitely a neat venue, though the set up was a bit strange for an event like this. The dance floor was just where tables had been cleared out, but it worked. Resident BeeTee Beats started off the night, and played good warm-up tunes. Who’s Who is comprised of DZA and Tommy Hogunz, two well- rounded people in the scene, and they followed suit after BeeTee Beats. I didn’t get a ton of dancing for the first half of the night. It was really great being able to catch up with friends and meet some new ones, so I had to relish in that for a bit. The headliner of the night was Joe Pompeo. Oh fuuuu he was so good. His set was really wild and diverse and moved seamlessly. It was the hardest dancing I have done in awhile. I briefly spoke to him after his set, and his energy was so good. 10/10 night for sure.

Over the past two years, Left Rite has continually booked the best DJ’s for Infrared. The last Infrared party ever will be next month with all residents. Their party, Friday Night Jawn, will still happen monthly and they will be focusing on mostly one-off’s for now. Philly fam I implore you to book these guys or have them provide sound reinforcement for yr parties. Left Rite, never stop. <333

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Hoo boy, I’m turning 30 at the end of this month. In honor of this, I am raising $300 for WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape). The members at WOAR have a program called Safe Bars, a program that trains bar and venue staff to stand up to sexual assault. This is such a crucial program and, if you can, please consider donating to this awesome cause. No donation is too small. Thank you!

Birthday Fundraiser for WOAR Ayyy 

Next Up: Wonderlust w/ Mr. Falcon, Aziz, and The Wonder Bars (DJ Set)

Goodie no.93 : 6 Year Anniversary

Goodie is a very dope Philly party crew that does a lot of things right. From the sound to the music, they put on events that remain professional while still laying in the underground. They are an essential part of the community.

This particular event was an insightful one for me.

Goodie no.93 : 6 Year Anniversary

In order to get into the party, you needed to have a special Goodie key card that would be for you and a +1. Going to Goodie was a last minute plan for me, so big ups to fellow party friend Ily for gifting me his access card.

The party started around 11. I got there unusually late for myself. Friends who know me will tell you I’m always the first one at the party. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As far as DIY party spaces go, this one was ideal. Definitely enough room to move around with a decent bathroom situation. Free water was offered. Something I always appreciate is when a crew understands that you don’t have to turn up the music to insane levels. Goodie knows that loudness doesn’t always make for a better or more hype time. The music consistently stayed at a proper volume. Just another testament to the professional vibes of Goodie.

Great space, great music. The crowd was…interesting. When I came in I noticed a disproportionate amount of 20 something white dudes. Not necessarily a problem on its own, diversity rules tho. I wasn’t really feeling some of the leering/”I’m trying to bang” vibes I was picking up on. HOWEVER, I will say that despite my discomfort with all that, I never felt unsafe or at risk. Nobody put their hands on me, and Goodie is a crew that advocates safe spaces and consensual parties.

I quickly found my people though, and I made some great new friends. We talked about some important issues surrounding the community. Specifically party volume level (Goodies excels at this), dancefloor etiquette (this is a thing that I will touch upon in a future post), and how to respect different body types in a space we are all navigating.
The person I talked to about this commented that some places get really crowded, and if you’re of a larger stature, it can get hairy sometimes. It can’t always be helped that you may knock into someone, but being polite is key. As a smaller person, I can also get behind this sentiment as well. It’s ok if I can’t see the DJ or visuals but please let me get through, ya know? The club space is for everyone, no matter what size you are. It’s extremely important to mind your P’s and Q’s when people are moving throughout. Nobody needs a dose of salt if honest mistakes happen like a drink getting spilled or someone trips over you. Thank

Speaking of nightlife topics, 24HrPhl has a great survey up in relation to the nightlife. It’s open for anyone to take, whether you are a patron, DJ, promoter, or whatever your heart desires. It’s fun and only took me a few minutes to fill out.

Anywho. Goodie’s 6 year anniversary was a solid time.  I was sad I missed seeing Sean Thomas (of Rizumu) DJ but I am but a baby grandma who needed her sleep. I can’t wait for the Goodie. See you there!

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Wingtips / Technophobia / Plastic Ivy / DJ Shari Vari at Lacquer

Philly venues have an interesting pattern. Sometimes it’s dance space central. In other seasons it’s as though most of these places are dead and buried. Currently, it has been feeling like a graveyard. Rizumu is long gone, the Irish Pol closed (a surprisingly neat venue), etc. Granted, the winter has been long and particularly depressed and the venues will come again. One place, however, has been around for a few years now (please don’t let this be jinxed, everyone please pray to your god). Lacquer is the coolest space you may or may not have been to before…

Wingtips / Technophobia / Plastic Ivy / DJ Shari Vari at Lacquer

Lacquer is a small space in a larger space. Two years ago I went to an event here and I impressed myself with remembering how to navigate. It was witch cold, and the bathroom situation is what one would expect.  These were all minor inconveniences as this was one of the best events I have been to in a long time. When I left I felt refreshed from the positive and safe energy.

DJ Shari Vari had played the night before, at Spellbound, Her set then I see now was a prelude to incredible setlist this night.  Honestly, I could spend this whole post gushing. Instead, I’ll leave a taste of her set here:

Planet Soul- Set U Free

Plastic Ivy opened and is perfect. A total renaissance woman, she plays modular synths and guitar, melodica, she sings, she  loops. She does it all. Her music balances from heavy to dreamlike and will always get you moving.

DC natives Technophobia create a big, ethereal space with their sound. Katherine has a beautiful voice and  I can only imagine that she has had some kind of vocal training. The way she carries her voice will carry you to another world where everyone dances and wears black.

Finally, Wingtips blew me out of the water. My partner had looked up their music before we went, so she had a slight idea of what to expect. When I go to an event where there are some unknown acts, I don’t look them up beforehand. It has been a long time since I have been so excited about a newer band. Their synthy shoegaze sound, heavily influenced by The Cure, got me smiling. I’m talking about a big stupid smile on my face that didn’t leave the entire time they played. They provided a great stage presence and emanated genuinely sweet energy.

A little-known attribute of mine is that I am an empath. Music has always provided solace for me when my energy becomes too low. This may come across as cheesy, but it’s the truth I feel about this band. The music they played felt healing, and a few songs brought me to tears of joy. Wingtips hail from Chicago and are currently touring. Please listen to them, buy their music, and tell all your friends about them. They just might be the answer to contemporary goth music.

Okaay enough fangirling for one post, yikes. The February itinerary has been updated. Some events are popping up that I need to add on, but in the meantime check it out. Next weekend the plan is to check out a v cool techno jawn so stay tuned.

Next Up: Goodie no.93 : 6 Year Anniversary

B2B Vacation Beach 006//TFNJ w/ Brian Creswell, Sarahcuda, Decosoul

You have to go to Vacation Beach. Held monthly at Ortlieb’s, resident DJ’s Teknacolor NinjaWolf Dem, and KT Caustic create an apocalyptic tropicgoth, vacationwave soundscape that’s 100% interactive. It’s not your typical party which is exactly what Philly nightlife needs right now.

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Vacation Beach 006

The first hour of Vacation Beach featured a dope dance clinic with Philly Beat Rockers. Party fellows got a free dance lesson via Dr. Moose and B-Boy Spit. Fresh and entertaining and created a very easy going environment. There were interactive visuals which is one of the neatest things I have ever seen at a nightlife event. Curated by Justin Evans, the visuals, added tardigrade, raccoons and other creatures heads to your body if you were on the dancefloor. Some of my friends got up close to the projection and got wild with it. It was a fun and clever way to loosen up the crowd.

Musically, Vacation Beach was a breath of fresh air for me. I love me some dark goth techno, but I think we can all appreciate that booty shaking beats and jungle sounds are what we really need. Each DJ worked seamlessly with one another. Teknacolor DJ is a force on her own. She also served as an MC for the night which I loved as well. Wolf Dem and KT Caustic equally blew my mind. The community feeling of Vacation beach is special. It’s not a vibe of the DJ playing the music, and you are the spectator. It felt like we all had roles in putting this party together. HIGHLY recommended party, and very LGBTQ friendly. The primary crew is mostly non-cis men. A diverse crew like that is a wonderful way to elevate non-cis male voices in the nightlife scene. We all have a place here.

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TFNJ w. Brian Creswell, Sarahcuda, Decosoul

Yooooo. It has been a very long time since I went to That Friday Night Jawn by the LEFT RITE crew and this party was huge. Unfortunately, I missed out on Sarahcuda (one of my favorite Philly female DJ’s) and Decosoul but luckily I caught Brian Creswell’s insane set. Heavy banging techno with a darker vibe was his M.O. and the whole room danced so hard. TFNJ is upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie. I got there around 12:30 and it was packed. The happiest moment for me was seeing literally almost all of my techno/house friends. Feels like I can’t say it enough that the sound investment Left Rite has made shows a high amount of professionalism and true love for the nightlife. They are playing a crucial role in this community and cultivate an all-inclusive and drama-free party. If you haven’t checked out a Left Rite party yet, put it on the top of yr bucket list.

Going to two amazing events on Friday was worth my Saturday exhaustion. I decided to take November off from drinking for a few reasons. I’m going to write a post on that in a bit. So far it hasn’t been the worst, though it has been interesting.

Next Up: Guest Blog: Nace Phlaux of Phillygoth

Nightdrive//No Boyfriends

 

Some of my favorite nights are the double duty ones that Kung Fu Necktie has often. It’s extra special when both the upstairs and downstairs events are BOTH killers. Night Drive and No Boyfriends were two events that merged perfectly.

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No Boyfriends is held upstairs and features resident DJ’s Diamond Girl and Tony Modica. Both are DJ’s who have been crucial to the dance music scene since way back in the Medusa Lounge days (R.I.P.). Guest DJ was Abe Dubuque, in from New York City. I was happy to run into some old friends at this one. The music was excellent from every DJ. Tony Modica has an expertise in Disco, and he mixes it well with other genres. No Boyfriends is a relatively new event, and I am excited to see how it progresses.. It’s fun!

Night Drive has been going on for a bit, and it was good to finally make it out. It’s a party featuring all the early aughts and beyond synth wave. Justice, Hot Chip, all the Ed Banger records artists, etc. The new retro wave music movement has been warming my heart for a minute now, and the nostalgia this night brought on for me was sweet. I remember playing Justice-Cross on my little radio show back in college. Knowing that there is a monthly event that caters to this scene just shows how diverse Philly nightlife really is.

Speaking of a diverse city, I checked out The 4th Annual Philadelphia Alternative Taxidermy Contest held at Ruba Club, before heading over to Kung Fu Necktie. The event was hosted by The Strange and Unusual Philadelphia, an awesome oddities shop on south street. My personal favorite taxidermy piece was this coffin squirrel.

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Of course, all of the pieces were incredible and now I absolutely want to try my hand at taxidermy. All of the contestants were extremely talented, and it was amazing to see how women dominated the competition. I can’t wait for next year!

Keep up kids, this is a spooky month with a lot of events coming up. Be sure to check out my October itinerary post as I will be updating it throughout the month.

Next Up: B2B Vacation Beach 006//TFNJ w/ Brian Creswell, Sarahcuda, Decosoul

Rizumu Presents Voiski

A lot of hearts were heavy when rizumu lost its old location at 52hz. Though far out in West Philly, it was accessible, and the environment rang true to the underground techno scene. However, the new location in Center City brought such party bliss, and not just because it’s at a yoga studio.

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Rizumu presents Voiski 

This was one of the few parties I managed t get to this September, and one of the best parties I have been too in a long time. Sean Thomas is just one of the many talented people in the crew who throw these true parties, and he did an amazing job manning the door and DJing into the early morning. His genuine sweetness is a rare trait, and every rizumu member carries this type of personality. It’s why you feel that joy as soon as you come to an event.

So yes, the new location is in Center City, but the crowd that was drawn to it was legit. The new location is up many flights of stairs. I do not suggest wearing giant platforms, as I did, but otherwise, the walk up is not the worst at all it’s good for the glutes! Rizumu also gives out free water, which is a thoughtful and essential gift for that rave life. Tantrum Tonic and Rudy Kardos (who is part of the crew) started the night out chill as ever. It’s amazing how Tantrum Tonic plays some of the smoothest downtempo, that still makes you want to move. Rudy’s choices created a beautiful mix throughout the set. My buddy Speaking Parts played another insane set. True acid lovers should be following him closely as he continues to keep blowing up here in Philly. Voiski was on after, and I managed to stay for some of his set before I had to dip. Sean Thomas B2B with M//R was on last. Although I missed them, obviously you know they played that good good. Big ups to Left Rite for providing their INCREDIBLE sound reinforcement. ❤

I ran into someone today who had been at the party, and he mentioned how the party got so packed that people were waiting to get in. Despite all the other bars and clubs in Center City, it’s nice to hear that people are lining up to get into a rizumu party, and you know it’s people who are dedicated to the music. I am so thrilled how strong rizumu remains in the scene. This is the party we need.

Next Up: Nightdrive//No Boyfriends

The Shakedown: Residents

The Shakedown is a monthly event held by Worship Recordings, a label dedicated to that beautiful deep house, techno, etc. It’s an event held at The Barbary that takes up both floors. It’s very special.

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As much of a gothic as I am these days, techno and all of its relatives was my first love. While some may say the goth scene is dying, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Philly techno and house events. The thing of it is, The Shakedown, and lots of other events like Rizumu, Left Rite events, etc. are more than just a fun club thing. These crews bring the element of dedicated techno heads, who know the music and the history of this kind of music. This also resonates with the type of crowd that comes in. I admittedly was a bit nervous going to The Barbary because there have been times where the crowd that comes in has ranged from gross to scary. The Shakedown attendees were respectful of each other and came to just dance.

Willyum started the night off with deep house. It felt like a nice nod to the Deep House night that used to be held at The Barbary and I feel so old because I don’t even remember the name of that event. Next up was Rob Paine. It was really a pleasure getting to meet him and chat with him for a moment. His set was refreshing, and it was nearly impossible NOT to dance. I didn’t catch too much of Chris B’s set, but the portion I heard was dope. I had never heard of Big Jawn before this night but wow his set was extremely proper. He is definitely one of my favorite resident Shakedown DJ’s now.

As our world seemingly becomes more harrowing each day, it is extremely important that we have safe spaces for music, entertainment, and love. Places where anyone can come to dance. I don’t believe it’s ever the location that makes the difference of whether a place is safe, but the type of vibe that party crews create. The Shakedown has the right vibe.

Next Up: Rizumu Presents Voiski

Infrared

Infrared is a monthly party held by nightlife collective Left Rite. The crew consists of some really talented people. They remain heavy hitters in the scene while maintaining a DIY and all inclusive

 

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This particular event is held at the Irish Pol around 2nd and Market. I was a little hesitant about this location, as it’s in Old City as it can be a bro-y area at times. As soon as I stepped into the event upstairs and any feelings of anxiousness dissipated. The Left Rite crew keeps a safe and positive vibe with their parties.

July is a tough month for a lot of events, what with vacations, 4th of July, and festivals. Left Rite had actually just come back from PEX Fest, so the night was for their resident DJ’s. Though the typical itinerary for Infrared has always been guest DJ’s and resident DJ’s, it was nice to experience the eclectic music the Left Rite DJ’s have to offer.

In typical me fashion, I showed up way early to the party and it was not in full swing (Life Hack though, show up to the party early so you can check out all the parties that night. Phil Yeah set the mood with some really chill sounds that provided excellent atmosphere. Next up was ILY. ILY is an extremely talented DJ in the scene. He is incredibly skilled and always plays the right stuff to get the crowd moving, without relying on any cliches. BeeTee Beats never fails to pull out something unexpected and unique with his mixes, and it always works and sounds dope.

Left Rite has invested a lot of time and money into their HOLY DAMN amazing sound system. I was floored when I saw their rig and glad got to sonically experience it.

For the queer and trans community, Left Rite parties absolutely pass the test for a safe, fun, and all-inclusive spot. They throw a number of events around the city, like Friday Night Jawn at Kung Fu Necktie. I am excited to see this crew develop in the Philly party circuit.

Next Up: High Functioning Flesh/IXVLF/Speaking Parts + DJ Shari Vari