PublishedTue, 20 Jul 2021, 19:03
- A rundown of club, festival and other venue announcements around the US.
With 50 percent of adult Americans fully vaccinated, clubs are flipping their lights back on in the anticipation of herd immunity and a full reopening. However, just as with the lockdown, the US is an uneven patchwork of local governments and differing politics that make a universal reopening plan impossible.
Miami clubs have been full-on for months. Meanwhile, June 15th marked California's full reopening date with new parties and club dates being announced each day, while in Chicago, events are popping up here and there, including at legendary nightclub smartbar. New York City is also coming back online, from smaller venues to massive warehouse raves. NYC has also rolled out the country's first electronic vaccine "passport," dubbed the Excelsior Pass.
For on-the-ground reporting, read The Return Of Events: New York City and The Return Of Events: Los Angeles.
Here's where we'll keep you posted on the latest in event announcements and the reopening of nightlife in the United States.
Last updated: 20:00 BST, July 20th
Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
• Dope Jams will throw a three-day, open-air festival at Locust Grove in the Catskill mountains beginning on August 6th. The lineup includes Maurice Fulton, Osunlade, Eli Escobar, Soul Clap's Eli Goldstein, Paul Nickerson from the Dope Jams team and many more. The festival will take place in Oak Hill, New York, where Dope Jams' record shop Preserved Instincts is located.
• Justin Martin and Soul Clap will take respective cruises around the New York harbor for Soup x RVDIOVCTIVE's July and August boat parties. The Dirtybird mainstay will take to the water on July 30th, with Soul Clap scheduled to play on August 21st.
• The Los Angeles party scene is getting busier despite the recent reimpositon of the indoor mask mandate. Key underground bookings over the next couple weeks include Jasmine Infiniti at Traffic LA (July 24th), Titonton Duvante & Liquid Earth at Liberator L.A. (July 31st), Dustin Zahn, BEC and Tin Man at Incognito & Dirty Epic (August 6th) and DJ Stingray and LSDXOXO at Lights Down Low (August 13th).
Thursday, July 1st, 2021
• At Le Bain, house great Ron Trent will invite Sinego to play his New York debut on July 1st.
• The newly reopened Knockdown Center has already booked some all-star lineups this July. Legendary house DJ Kerri Chandler will takeover the Knockdown Center Ruins with a seven-hour set on July 3rd. On July 4th, Octo Octa and Eris Drew will play back-to-back. Then on July 11th, locals Aurora Halal and Mike Servito will team up for an all-day affair in the Ruins.
• Matthew Dear, Analog Soul, Lauren Ritter and Honey Bun are playing the Elsewhere rooftop on July 3rd.
• Nowadays has announced its schedule for July and August. On July 4th, you can dance off the Sunday scaries with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, who will play their own Mister Sundays party with Analog Soul. Nowadays resident DJ Python has enlisted livwutang to join him all night on July 9th. Indoors at the venue, house heads and Color Lessons masterminds musclecars will play with Brooklyn DJ cry$cross on July 16th. Nadine Regne will hold down the outdoors space that same night.
Tuesday, June 22nd
• BOUND's first party since the pandemic is going down on June 25th at Le Bain with dynamic duo FALSEBOI (False Witness & SHYBOI).
• Mike Servito & Lauren Flax will play a secret location on June 25th for 1-900-Stuntsz.
• Ladyfag is hosting two events with Honey Dijon—one this Friday, one this Saturday—at the 1,800 capacity Brooklyn Steel.
• ADAB and Russell E.L. Butler will join forces as Boys II Them for a special Pride set at Nowdays this Sunday, June 27th. (There are also a number of film screenings and workshops.)
• Todd Edwards at 99 Scott for Visions should satisfy your garage cravings. (Eli Escobar, JKriv and others will also appear.)
• Elsewhere has a packed schedule featuring DJs like Kim Ann Foxman, Musclecars & Olive T, Loveless Records, Soul Summit, Baltra, and Matthew Dear, all happening over the next two weeks. Plus, Jubilee will host a Magic City showcase with Nigelthreetimes and Uproot Andy on July 3rd.
• Fourth World returns to Sugar Hill Disco on July 2nd. The lineup is still secret, but knowing them, it'll be fantastic.
• Cityfox returns with a Regenerate party at Avant Gardner on July 3rd with Bonobo, Maceo Plex and Stephan Bodzin.
• Shelter will celebrate a remarkable 29 years with a July 3rd party at Schimanski featuring Ron Trent and Timmy Regisford.
• ReSolute will set sail on July 3rd with one hell of a boat party lineup: Chez Damier, Chris Korda and Maksim
Monday, June 21st
• smartbar is officially back open, with events this weekend including Eris Drew and Octo Octa, The Blessed Madonna and Derrick Carter at the legendary Sunday weekly Queen!
• The Life Aquatic Yacht Cruise will set sail on June 27th with brothers Justin and Christian Martin.
• A Club Called Rhonda will host AceMoMA on July 3rd at its long-time home of Los Globos.
• Cyclone is getting back into gear with two more parties on the docket: Dyed Soundorom on June 27th and a double-header featuring Binh and DJ Masda on July 17th.
• Lights Down Low kick back into gear starting on July 2 with Carl Craig, followed by two more July events with Danny Daze & Volvox and Jacques Greene & Doss.
• Wednesday night Station1640 weekly Clinic is back in action. Upcoming guests include Bill Patrick, Kevin Saunderson and Camea.
• In addition to the Stacey Pullen event mentioned below, Incognito have two more July events: Ryan Elliott on the 3rd and Black Asteroid & Kyle Geiger on the 31st.
• Minimal kingpin Thomas Melchior will make a rare appearance for a Dialogue party on July 3rd.
• Beloved gay party Bears In Space will make its long-awaited return to Akbar on Sunday, July 18th.
• Factory 93 will hold a Saturday day party at their Chinatown HQ with Nicole Moudaber, Loco Dice and more.
• Dig Deeper will put on a Sunday early evening party featuring founders Masha and Alison Swing going back-to-back on June 27th.
Wednesday, June 16th
• On Tuesday, June 15th the state of California rescinded most mask rules for vaccinated people and ended capacity limitations for businesses. The underground club scene has already been creeping back, with several low-profile events in recent weeks. However, with new cases well under 1,000 a day, things are picking up steam, and quickly.
For more on the reopening effort and ongoing safety measures, check out California's Covid-19 response site.
We've listed key LA events signaling a full reopening.
• In late 2019, we covered the boom in Afrodiasporic club sounds in the LA underground, focusing on parties thrown by Trinidad-born, LA-based DJ and promoter foreigner. His first party, Juneteenth Flick, goes down in a TBA location Saturday.
• The weekend of June 25th is full-on. Into The Woods returns to the warehouse with Ben UFO on Friday, June 25th (event listing). Avalon Emerson, Kim Ann Foxman and many more play the massive Return to Rhondavous event at Catch One on the 26th. That night there's also a top-notch techno underground, courtesy of Deviation Agency, featuring Adam X & Héctor Oaks (event listing).
• Second wave Detroit techno artist Stacey Pullen will play an extended set for Incognito and Dirty Epic on July 17th (event listing).
• Gin Ling Way in LA's Chinatown is the site of some of the higher-profile outdoor parties in recent years. DJ Tennis & Gerd Janson will shut down the block on Saturday, August 7th (event listing).
• Omar-S at a historic outdoor plaza across from Union Station is an early entry for event of the summer. Open-Air Affair: Summer Of Love goes down August 14th.
• Octo Octa and Eris Drew are bringing bags of records to the Knockdown Center for a 7-hour back-to-back set on July 4th.
• Black Flamingo announces it will officially re-open on June 18th. Details of their first event have yet to be shared.
• Honey Dijon plays a marathon twelve-hour set at Rumi on June 25th.
• Philly institution Making Time is back and this time, they're on a boat. Specifically, The Moshulu, a four-masted landmark docked off of Penn's Landing. The floating venue has room for a main floor and chillout deck.
Festivities launch with Avalon Emerson this Friday. DJ Tennis & DJ Holographic are booked for July 3rd, with Making Time principal, Dave P, booked for an all-night set on July 4th. (Making Time promoter page.)
Friday, June 11th
• Mister Sunday will take place every Sunday at Nowadays from now through the end of October. Proof of vaccination is required.
Thursday, June 10th
• DJ Harvey will play an open-to-close set La Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Saturday, July 31st.
New York, Miami and Los Angeles
• CircoLoco announces a North America tour. The first stop is New York for Halloween weekend, followed by Miami on December 3rd for an Art Basel party and Los Angeles the next day for a day into night event.
Friday, June 4th
• Southern California festival mainstay Coachella has announced its 2022 dates. As usual, the massive festival will take place at Empire Polo Club over two weekends in April, presumably with identical lineups. Weekend one will run April 15th through 17th, with Weekend two happening April 22nd through 24th. Waitlist is open for Weekend One, with Weekend Two up for presale now.
Thursday, June 3rd
• Floyd nightclub, which hasn't held any in-person events from March 2020 to April this year, hosts Anfisa Letyago, Nicola Cruz, Nick León, Anthony Parasole and Manfredas throughout the month of June.
• ATV Records has a full month of parties planned, with the likes of Nicolas Lutz (June 4th), DJ Minx (June 18th) & Mike Dunn (June 19th) heading to the Sunshine State. For full details check out the club and record store's RA page.
• Kicking off on July 2nd, Teksupport returns with a summer warehouse party series called BACK, featuring the likes of The Martinez Brothers, Bedouin, Seth Troxler and more all throughout the month of July.
• After operating as a bar and restaurant for most of the pandemic, this Friday, June 4th, Mood Ring is reopening its dance floor to the public for the first time in over a year. The event brings a local lineup comprising DJ YT, Tomu DJ and more. The following night, DJ duo musclecars will continue the reopening momentum with their first Coloring Lessons party since the start of the pandemic.
• As of June 2nd, Bossa Nova Civic Club has opened their dance floor. On Sunday, June 6th, Kush Jones and MoMA Ready are playing all night long, and we wouldn't be surprised if the night concluded with an exhilarating back-to-back.
• A veteran of Chicago's underground, Hiroki Yamamura will play The Sultan Room on June 25th as part of the venue's Pride programming.
• Prior to entry, many clubs in New York are requiring the Excelsior Pass, a government-issued vaccine passport created by New York State. Read more about the service and other ways clubs are working to keep guests safe in our first Return Of Events feature.
• Rhonda is back with their sprawling Return To Rhondavous event, set to go down at Catch One on Saturday, June 26th. The lineup is still TBA, yet the promoter promises "Ten DJs, five rooms, two floors, no inhibitions."
• Compound, an amalgam of LA techno promoters, has a venue TBA all-night party set for June 26th, featuring local techno heroes Developer, Silent Servant and more.
• Marble Bar will welcome Scott Zacharias to its patio dance floor on June 4th, with Patrice Scott, Norm Talley & Big Strick sharing a bill on Saturday, June 5th.
• Tied returns to its series of boat parties on June 6th, this time with Janaret at the decks.
Photo credit: Alexander Popov