San Diego keeps it fresh and funky even after an intense Memorial Day weekend! As we get to the halfway point of 2016, the city appears more alive than ever! The everlasting evolution of the industry seems to be reshaping itself once again as some clubs reign in on the dance music domination, and others step into a more open-format/hip-hop blend.
The weekend is strong with talent of all styles of electronic beats and the Nervo girls return to Omnia ready to pack up the place on Friday, June 3, even after Memorial Day’s craziness. As one of the leading artists in dance music, their performance is not to be missed. On the flip side of house and techno, one half of the legendary Deep Dish, Sharam, takes over Bang Bang's stage on June 3 as well. Releasing his new solo full-length album “Retroactive,” you can be sure to hear a preview of some of the new tracks under the massive Bang Bang discoball.
If you’d rather make your way to a camp-out party featuring booming sound all day and night long for three days, Supernatural III will be hosted at the La Jolla Indian Campgrounds -- and will even have ziplining! It's 18-plus to attend and it runs Friday through Sunday! Bassmnt plays host to globe-trotting Arty Saturday, June 4, while Tantrum is dropping EDM mashups and hits at Fluxx and Native Alien hosts Red Alien and friends at Tio Leo’s Lounge. Daytime grooves will be blasting at Gossip Grill on Sunday, June 5, as the Deep End crew takes over Souleil.
Progressive, psy and techno lovers can congregate at Kava Lounge on Thursday, June 9, getting down to the sounds of Nikroma -- a regular at Moontribe and West Coast festivals. If you’ve never experienced a full blown lightsaber battle, Rock the Discotek presents Enter The Tech on Friday, June 10, transforming the warehouse next to Kava into a world filled with sights and sounds playing the music of today and sounds of tomorrow through a massive wall of speakers. On June 11, there's a fabulous daytime party at Quartyard featuring the styles of Cut Chemist and at night is the Ekstre Records label EP release party -- go support your local scene and artists!
Speaking of support -- the longest-running Wednesday house music night in San Diego continues to grow and innovate with new and veteran DJs dropping solid house music tunes from start to finish. Make it out to Bar Dynamite every Wednesday night! Thursday, June 16, BRKLYN will be premiering his new song with Paul Oakenfold at Omnia San Diego along with many of his festival-ready hits set for the summer season. On Friday, June 17, tune it down from the massive sounds to a more intimate house music night at House Music Fridays, hosted by DJ Matthew Brian, who continuously books top-caliber house music talent. Make it a fun Friday night stop, whether you pre-party or make it a night of its own!
Fresh off the Neon World Tour, Autoerotique headline Bassmnt on Friday, June 24. On a fabulous run with their “AUH” track on Dim Mak Records, make sure to get upfront and center on the dance floor as they drop the new mixes off the Splice Remix contest, including the winning track by Atom Pushers and 5ynk!
Finally, as the sun teases us throughout the month of June amongst a little gloom, Club Flamingo is “the pool party for the cool kids” happening at LOUNGESix, atop the JSix Hotel on Sunday, June 26. With plenty of bottles and pool-party action happening, kick back to the sounds of Erick Diaz, Kyle Flesch, OSM and myself (DJ IDeaL) plus many more.
As for where you can catch me in addition to Enter the Tech and Club Flamingo, I’ll be doing two sets at Orange County Pride as well as at Avalon Hollywood with Mark Sixma!
Don’t forget to keep it fresh and funky San Diego! No matter what you do, your experience is what you make it!
- June 3: Nervo at Omnia
- June 3: Sharam at Bang Bang
- June 3: Supernatural III at La Jolla Indian Campground (18-plus)
- June 4: Arty at Bassmnt
- June 4: Tantrum at Fluxx
- June 4: Native Alien at Tio Leo’s Lounge featuring Red Alien + friends
- June 5: Souleil presents the Deep End at Gossip Grill
- June 9: Nikroma at Kava Lounge (prog, psy, techno)
- June 10: The Tech Strikes Back! at Kava Lounge Warehouse feat. DJ IDeaL
- June 11: Far Out feat. Cut Chemist @ Quartyard
- June 11: Ekstre Records label EP release party
- June 15: Bar Dynamite Wednesdays
- June 16: BRKLYN at Omnia
- June 17: House Music Fridays at AC Lounge
- June 24: Autoerotique at Bassmnt
- June 26: Club Flamingo at LOUNGESix
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.