Party time with DJ Krush, Red Baraat, Black Rock Roller Disco benefit, Forest Green, and more
SUPER EGO I've only a wee bit of space this week before I rush off back into the Mardi Gras of my mind, but I've got to three times diagonal-snap for local fashion designer Jeanette Au (jeanetteau.carbonmade.com) who tore it up for SF on the NY Fashion Week runways last week with her debut collection of 3-D knit fantasias. Ruling!
The Non Stop Bhangra (www.nonstopbhangra.com) monthly party's return two weeks ago was beautiful-insane — if you missed it, or must fulfill your yearning for incredible Indian-inspired dance music sounds before the next installment, check out this live act featuring irrepressible bandleader Sunny Jain on the dhol drum, backed by a high-stepping nine-piece brass band. Bollywood meets Mardi Gras is the shorthand, but the ringing grooves transcend categorization.
Thu/23, 7:30 p.m., $12–$15, all ages. Slim's, 333 11th St., www.slimspresents.com
Oh man, David Miles Jr., our patron saint of skate — "The Godfather of Skate," actually, who founded the essential Black Rock Roller Disco and keeps peeps rollin' from the Embarcadero to Golden Gate Park — lost everything in a tragic fire. He and his family are OK, but here's a great event to help get them back on their (wheeled) feet. Skate rental available: Lots of good DJs.
Thu/23, 9 p.m., donations at the door. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
CUTE FANGS 4EVER!
It's no secret that hyper-productive tech-breaks player and Cute Fang label owner Forest Green is one of my favorite people. It's hard not to leave her parties with a smile plastered on your face — partly from the room-wobbling beats, partly from her pure positivity transmission. This is her two-room blowout birthday party, with a slew of bonkers local guests like DJ Denise, Dragn'fly, Raydeus, Tek 9, and Base Hed. And it will be cute!
Fri/24, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after. Icon, 1192 Folsom, SF. www.forestgreen.org
Part of the reason door fees have risen so much in San Francisco is our insistence on relying on foreign or guest DJs to bring something interesting to the table. Flights are expensive, cover rises. Well here comes Situation, a free party deliberately designed to showcase local talent and some snappy grooves: "the new disco sound of New York, bangin' house joints, 12-inch dance versions, and more than a few non-sequitors to keep things interesting," quoth host DJ (along with Eug and Ash Williams) Derek Opperman, my nightlife critic counterpart at the Weekly, who's basically an adorable human Shazam. Move out, yazoo.
Fri/24, 10 p.m., free. 222 Hyde, SF. www.222hyde.com
Let's just admit that future bass was the trip-hop revival, OK? And while Flying Lotus et al. took the sound to unfathomable new highs/lows (and old hands like Amon Tobin sizzled retinae with his ISAM stage-show comeback), there's sometimes no beating the originals. After 20 years, Tokyoite chill-wizard DJ Krush can still gently ride those intelli-stoned waves into the stratosphere: a three-hour set should do you quite solid.