A marathon weekend with Sunset Campout and Up Your Alley Fair. Plus: J.Phlip, Braza!, Too $hort, more parties
SUPER EGO Hitch up your skirt and strap on your skates: It's another crazy weekend full of too much to do. The bonkers three-day-long Sunset Campout riverside rave and Sunday's gay fetish pig roast Up Your Alley Fair are only the start. (I'm totally stealing my Seattle buddy DJ Nark's "inflatable yellow rubber ducky inner tube attached to leather harness suspenders" outfit idea so I can hit both, with a pair of winged Saucony Progrid running shoes — and nothing else — in honor of this weekend's SF Marathon.)
Sunset Campout (Fri/25-Sun/27, $70–$150, Belden, CA. www.sunsetcampout.com), put on by our own illustrious Sunset crew, is pretty much the electronic dance music festival of my dreams, with a huge roster of acts like Soul Clap, Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts, Danny Daze, Spacetime Continuum, Traxx, Lovefingers, and dozens of local heroes. And Up Your Alley (Sun/27, 11am-6pm, donation requested. 10th St and Folsom, SF. www.folsomstreetevents.org) is Folsom Street Fair's gayer little sister, proving that most homosexuals need but a tiny strip of clothing to make a lasting fashion statement. Both events will feature wiener roasts.
One of my favorite local DJs, dirtybird crewmember J.Phlip, turns her poppin' bass up for the United Hearts fundraiser, helping to buy school buses for kids in Ghana. DJ Khan from Bristol, UK, and our own Ryuryu of Soundpieces and several members of the Surefire crew will make sure your heart rumbles in the right place.
Thu/24, 9:30pm-2:30am, $15–$50. Public Works, SF. www.publicsf.com
World Cup what? The world may have moved on ever-so-briefly from boys in shorts chasing little white balls. But this regular party, celebrating the funky breaks and beats of Brazil and beyond, will have you waving your arms and singing. Special guest Tom Thump, whose crates run so deep they pierce the Earth's mantle, presides. With live percussion and DJs Elan and Zamba.
Fri/25, 10pm, $5–$10. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com
Yummy UK bass and future sounds by way of this LA fave, one of the early players in the '90s R&B dance floor revival. Support by a host of others, including Elliot Lipp, Lindsay Lowend, and Chiller Whale.
Fri/25, 10pm-4am, $15–$20. 1015 Folsom, SF. www.1015.com
Irish techno, thy name is Phil. Mr. Kieran has spent a couple decades repping Belfast with some truly fun, truly stylish stuff. (Latest killer slice "Computer Games" comes with a video worthy of cult flick The Visitor.) He'll be making his debut at the Lights Down Low party.
Fri/25, 10pm-3am, $10–$15. Monarch, 101 Sixth St, SF. www.monarchsf.com
You know you still know all the words to "Money in the Ghetto" — sing out with Oakland's finest and his full band.
Fri/25, 9pm-3am, $20–$25. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
The Israeli technician (with such thick, silky-looking hair!) keeps his tempos at a deep and steady trot — the better for building excellently textured rides through sensual, emotive soundscapes. Good, heady stuff.
Sat/26, 9:30pm, $15. Audio, 316 11th St., SF. www.audiosf.com