Sunny San Diego, are you ready for a true Fourth of July weekend? Since the holiday lands on a Monday, the city is full of surprises around every corner with plenty of events to keep your feet busy all weekend long. I'm just hoping you requested Tuesday off too.
Kicking the rage meter up to 100, Carnage landed on Omnia San Diego Friday, July 1. "House music Friday" is becoming an unofficial holiday for house music lovers who want to push four to the floor until 2 a.m.
If you’re seeking an alternative to the beach on Saturday, July 2, but you still want to be on the water, Lovelife presents Th’ Booty Boat 2 featuring Eagles & Butterflies. Label imprints Innervisions and Get Physical will host your experience aboard the Adventure Hornblower. Continuing with the daytime action, LED Presents Getter and Erick Diaz at Quartyard while the Deepend crew hosts a secret party featuring Adam Port -- but anyone who is ready to dance is welcome. On Sunday, July 3, Bassmnt turns up the bass with 12th Planet in the house. Scotty Boy & DJ Seize make waves aboard the Inspiration Hornblower and a special event, "Horizon," parties while giving back, playing host to Elephante and Illesium at the Port Pavillion on the Broadway Pier to benefit the Urban Angels foundation.
If the weekend doesn't do you in, on Monday, July 4, the Do-Over is making their way to San Diego with a very unique event, featuring surprise house music guests from start to finish at the World Beat Center. Continuing with the festivities, Bar Dynamite’s religious House Music Wednesdays continues for its last month before transitioning to a new identity. Bar Dynamite is a legendary spot that plays home to a variety of genres from house music to reggae, hip-hop and more, and you're invited to leave your mark on its dance floors. Wednesday, July 6, they host myself, DJ IDeaL, and the rest of the month continues with great music along with their residents Ryan Bauer, Joe Pea and Gomez. Friday, July 15, Jackal descends upon what has become the bass music destination for the 18-plus crowd: Bassmnt. As a follow-up to Darin Epsilon’s set last month at Kava Lounge, Progressive enlists Omar El Gamal, who will also be dropping an educating set.
With Pride month upon us, Pride Music Festival has also announced some of its lineup, and it continues to top itself each year. Kesha is among the big names celebrating the rainbow festivities in San Diego, along with returning champs Paul Oakenfold, RILAN, Mike Taylor & DJ IDeaL, Noelia, James Wright Chanel, Pierce Fulton, Tony Chevy, Sam Sparro and many more -- all happening at our beautiful Balboa Park. Stay posted as more talent is announced in the coming week! The special Pride Souleil edition returns with a special event hosted at Rich’s San Diego, featuring the legendary Lisa Shaw on Sunday, July 17.
On Friday, July 29, Ookay is prepared to deliver a live set featuring lots of his recently released music, including his new music video, "Thief." This South Bay native is doing amazing things in the music game and making San Diego proud, so be sure not to miss him. On the other side of town, LTJ Bukem, legendary for his long standing work in the drum and bass scene, will be dropping knowledge at Spin Nightclub into the early morning hours.
Last but certainly not least, Kinetic Events hosts Clyde P, DJ IDeaL and more. A G-House sensation, Clyde P is making big moves from Ibiza to London while keeping versatile in his music styles. Join in on the fun happening at the World Beat Center.
With plenty of fun to be had this holiday weekend, stay safe, healthy and classy San Diego!
July 2: Eagles & Butterflies @ Adventure Hornblower
July 2: Getter, Erick Diaz @ Quartyard
July 2: Adam Port @ Warehouse Location TBA
July 3: 12th Planet @ Bassmnt
July 3: Elephante, Illesium @ Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier
July 3: Scotty Boy, DJ Seize @ Inspiration Hornblower
July 4: The Do-Over feat. special guests @ World Beat Center
July 6: DJ IDeaL @ Bar Dynamite
July 15: Jackal @ Bassmnt
July 15: Omar El Gamal @ Kava Lounge
July 16-17: Pride Music Festival feat. Kesha, Pierce Fulton, Tony Chevy, Sam Sparro @ Balboa Park
July 17: Souleil feat. Lisa Shaw @ Rich’s San Diego
July 29: Ookay @ Omnia
July 29: LTJ Bukem @ Spin Nightclub
July 30: Clyde P, DJ IDeaL @ World Beat Center
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.