Did you know that underground warehouse parties in New York City years ago were seen as places to stay warm and avoid the freezing cold temperatures? Since we are bound to have six more weeks of winter -- thanks to Mr. Groundhog -- I’ve put together a broad list of events for this month to give you plenty of reasons to go out and dance yourself warm!
On Saturday, Feb. 4, we cover Audien’s return to San Diego at the intimate Bassmnt, so head to the front of the stage and stay tuned if you want to catch yourself on TV!
For those seeking to support local San Diego artists making a push for originality in their events, check out SHAMANIC featuring the stellar Tribe Out West crew and Dirtybird’s CISZAK! Also at Spin on Saturday, Feb. 11, is the yearly debauchery presented by Camp Ego Trip featuring Haywire and Blond:ish -- definitely a double treat!
On Friday, Feb. 17, AUXEQ at Myst -- a new event at a new venue -- provides a profound experience that focuses on music, art and performers -- with all local DJs. On the same night, if you’re feeling like some crazy laser beams, NGHTMVS brings in legendary Green Velvet for some after hours action at Spin. Sunday, Feb. 19, is a big one as LED Presents celebrates their anniversary party -- this time inviting RL Grime, Ghastly, Laidback Luke and more to Valley View Casino Center. If you’re missing the 18+ anniversary party but still want to indulge in some Laidback Luke, he’ll be doing a special "strictly techno" set at Bang Bang.
On Friday, Feb. 24, continuing with their good vibes, the crew at House Music Fridays warmly invites all house music lovers to their weekly shindig. Strap on those dancing shoes and make sure to grab one of their fabulous Moscow mules! If you want to check out an artist that is quickly moving up the ranks before you have to fork it out at a festival, make sure to head out for Elephante at Omnia San Diego on Feb. 25.
Closing out the month on Tuesday, Feb. 28, is the "phatest" party of the month -- Mardi Gras! Blocked off streets in the middle of San Diego’s Gaslamp featuring world class talent on multiple stages, roaming performers ready for a photo opp, themed out stages and the ever popular Mardi Gras Parade make this one heck of a party!
Stay posted for a way to win tickets for this mega bash!
Feb. 4: Audien @ Bassmnt
Feb. 11: Leather & Lace II with Blond:ish and Haywire @ Spin
Feb. 17: AUXEQ @ Myst
Feb. 17: FNGRS CRSSD's NGHTMVS with Green Velvet @ Spin
Feb. 19: LED Anniversary featuring RL Grime, Laidback Luke, Ghastly @ Valley View Casino Center
Feb. 19: Laidback Luke All Techno @ Bang Bang
Feb. 24: House Music Fridays @ Air Conditioned Lounge
Feb. 25: Elephante @ Omnia San Diego
Feb. 28: Mardi Gras San Diego Parade and Gaslamp Block Party
Tomas Serrano, aka DJ IDeaL, is the electronic dance music correspondent for SoundDiego, covering the best of San Diego's electronic music events and culture. Follow his whereabouts on Facebook, Twitter or contact him directly.