Photo from Plexifilm.
For lovers of Detroit techno, the new year keeps on giving. This Saturday, legendary DJ Derrick May hits up Footwork. He will be joined by local favourites Greg Gow, Derrick Ramirez and Gerald Matrix. With his high school friends, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, May became known as one of the Belleville Three. The trio invigorated the 1980s Detroit house music scene and are credited with pioneering techno. May continues to be a huge draw around the world, and this video of him spinning in Budapest in 2006 shows why.
There are many dance nights in the city that could use some help in presentation. Popular hip hop monthly Never Forgive Action is not one of them. In addition to spinning tracks from the golden age of hip hop, the night features three large video screens showing classic rap videos all night. Mixtape Massacre host Big Jacks joins the Friday night festivities at the Drake Underground as the guest DJ.
Rap is a notoriously macho genre and unfortunately homophobic slurs continue to be a part of most rapper’s lyrical arsenals. However, the popular gay hip hop party Big Primpin shows that hip hop and homosexuality can mix. Drop down and get your eagle on at Stone’s Place this Saturday.
Full listings below.
Thursday, January 3
Rockit @ Andy Poolhall with Circle Research. No cover.
Pandemonium @ Distrikt with Joée, Pablo P, Eddy Shootz, and The Iceman. $20.
Friday, January 4
Rehab @ Footwork with Deko-ze, Sydney Blu, and The Roaches (Nathan Barato and Carlo Lio). $20.
Exposed @ Mod Club with Jeff Button, Kevin Harcourt. No cover.
Fukhouse Compressed @ TOIBar with Adam Marshall, Eric Downer, and Noah Pred. No cover.
Binary Soundstripe @ Tangerine Lounge with naw, dennisj, and Mike Bishop. No cover.
Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground with Big Jacks, DJ Dalia, Numeric. $5.
Randomland @ CiRCA. Main Room: A.D/D., Kenny Glasgow, Vaneska; SKYY Cinmea: Film, Ill Gates, Phat Conductor, Dingo Killer; Bathroom Bar: Thunderpussy. $10 before 11, $15 after.
Saturday, January 5
Goin’ Steady @ The Boat. $5.
Peer Pressure @ The Drake Underground. $5.
Derrick May @ Footwork with Greg Gow, Derrick Ramirez, and Gerald Matrix. $20.
Do Right! Saturdays @ Super Market with John Kong, Circle Research, and Abdominal. $5 before 11.
Traffic @ CiRCA with Doman and Pettigrew, DJ Addy, DJ Jedi, Red Circle DJs, and Jason Myles. $20.
Dub & Beyond @ Andy Poolhall with Version Xcursion. $5.
RTRD’D @ 751 with DJ Hi Mom and Hard Dough.
Big Primpin @ Stone’s Place with Hollyrock, Tex, Rory Them Finest. $5.
Sunday, January 6
Thunderpussy @ Bovine Sex Club with Vivi Diamond and Guy Michael. No cover.
Edge 102.1 Live to Air @ Velvet Underground with Martin Streek.
Loco Sundays @ Funhaus with DJ Rudee, Paranoid Jack, Flipside, El Duran, Mute & Laki. 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, January 7
Make it Mondays @ Raq n’ Waq with Viper Crew. No cover.
Manic Mondays! @ Dance Cave with DJ Shannon. No cover.
Tuesday, January 8
Footwork Tuesdays @ Andy Poolhall with DJ Fase. No cover.
Totally Wired Tuesdays @ Embassy with DJ Richie Volume.
Wednesday, January 9
Flop House Wednesdays @ TOI Bar with Alicia Hush. No cover.
Hump Day Bump @ Gladstone Hotel with Holly Rock and Le Freak C’est Keek. No cover.
Remix This! @ Andy Poolhall with T-Wrecks. No cover.