Labor Day weekend preview

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  • From the Montreal Eclectic Groove Festival to Paxahau's 8th Anniversary, RA previews the best parties in the U.S. and Canada over the Labor (or Labour) Day weekend...
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  • This weekend is Labor (or Labour) Day weekend in North America. In RA terms that equates to three days of partying or two days of partying and one day of recovering. From the Montreal Eclectic Groove festival to Paxahau's 8th Anniversary in Detroit, RA previews some of the best parties happening in the U.S. and Canada over the Labor (or Labour) Day weekend... *** UNITED STATES NEW YORK Hernan Cattaneo at Crobar Sept 1 Progressive house jock Hernan Cattaneo is still lapping the globe in support of his recent comp 'Sequential'. This year he begins his Labour Day weekend campaign at Crobar New York. [details] Bill Patrick vs Butane at Element Sept 1 Robots member Bill Patrick returns from his summer stint in Ibiza for a back-to-back spin off against minimal techno producer and Alphahouse label boss Butane. The gig will be both a welcome back party for Bill and a send-off for Butane, who is moving to Berlin. [details] Christian Smith at Unified Love Sept 1 Recent Barcelona transplant and techno producer Christian Smith will spin at Love in support of his new compilation 'Ekspozicija 05: Tronic Treatment'. [details]Keep an ear out for his new collaboration with John Selway, coming out soon on Josh Wink's Ovum label. DJ Three at First Fridays Guggenheim Sept 1 Ease into your Labour Day weekend with cultural e-zine Flavorpill who host their monthly First Fridays party at the Guggenheim this week. New York tech-house DJ Three and Chicago house jock Miles Maeda headline. [details] Mr. C & Adultnapper at Hefty Hefty Hefty Element Sept 3 Mr. C relaunches his Superfreq night at DC-10 next week in Ibiza. But before things get too pear-shaped he'll hop across the pond to spin with Adultnapper under their Sycophant Slags guise joined by Alexi Delano. [details] Joe Claussell at Sacred Rhythm Love Sept 3 For house that's a little more soulful and spiritual try Joe Claussell's Sacred Rhythm night on Sunday. [details] Francois K & Danny Krivit at Deep Space Cielo Sept 4 Francois K.'s Deep Space night takes place every Monday night and this week is no different. Guests are Danny Krivit and Afro-Brazilian percussionist Otto. [details] DETROIT Ryan Elliott at Vault Oslo Sept 1 September 1 is also the first Friday of the month when Sonar 2006 breakthrough DJ Ryan Elliott hosts his regular monthly party Vault at Oslo. Keeping him company will be New York minimal techno princess Camea. [details] Paxahau 8 Year Anniversary Sept 2-3 DEMF saviours Paxahau celebrate their eighth birthday this weekend with three parties to carry you through the weekend. On Saturday they host the Detroit News/Comcast stage of the Arts Beats Eats Festival from 6 p.m. -11 p.m. where you can catch Steve Bug flogging his sexy minimal tech and deep house. [details] The Poker Flat boss also fronts the afterparty at ilounge. [details] On Sunday, the action continues at Currents where Paxahau have pulled together a cracker of a line-up: dub techno pioneers Rhythm & Sound, Perlon's minimal madman Ark, Christian Smith, Spectral Sound's unstoppable labelmates Ryan Elliott and Matthew Dear plus M_nus rep Clark Warner all on a Funktion-One soundsytem. This one starts at 4 p.m. so set your alarm clock if you plan on taking a nap after Bug. [details] CALIFORNIA Dubfire at 4th & B Sept 1 Deep Dish's Dubfire aka Ali (the one without the beard) headlines San Diego 4th & B. [details] If the venue really grabs you, stick around for the following night when sex machine James Brown plays. Get on up... Dirty Vegas at Red Avalon Sept 1 Paul Harris from Dirty Vegas and Clive Henry from Peace Division kick off Avalon's Labour Day weekend festivities. [details] Freeform Five at 1015 Sept 1 Electrohousers Freeform Five (who are actually made up of only four members) plus JT and Lance Desardi from Om Records spin at San Francisco institution 1015 on Friday. [details] Dirty Sanchez at Training Bra Sept 1 DJ Barbeau from electro-rockers Dirty Sanchez play Long Beach venue Que Sera. Ever wondered where they got their name? See Wikipedia (!). [details] Hybrid & Nick Warren at Beats & Breaks Avalon Sept 2 Giant might have moved on to Vanguard but Avalon are still booking the big guns of prog. Progressive breaks duo Hybrid and prog trancer Nick Warren headline their Saturday line-up with Tommie Sunshine and Eve Falcon supporting. [details] Nocturnal National Orange Show Event Center Sept 2 Five themed arenas with names like The Labyrinth and The Upside Down Room plus theatrical performers and trapeze artists is the sales pitch for this all-in-one rave-cum-circus. Look out for Infected Mushroom, Hernan Cattaneo, Stanton Warriors, Kaskade, King Britt, Deekline & Wizard, Pendulum and plenty more. [details] HOUSTON Jake Fairley at The Backroom Sept 1 Berlin transplant Fairmont aka Jake Fairley [Kompakt, Border Community] drops into The Backroom in Houston for a night of buzzsaw techno with a Cologne sheen. Support comes from Houston's own Jeffrey Mac whose net mixes are a whole lot of goodness [link] [details] CHICAGO Steve Bug at Smart Bar Sept 1 Poker Flat's Steve Bug kicks off his very very busy Labor Day Weekend at the Smart Bar in Chicago. [details] Axwell at Sound-Bar Sept 1 Latest Ministry of Sound Sessions pick and Swedish house export Axwell hits up upscale Chicago nightclub Sound-Bar on Friday night. [details] Purenation Festival Charter One Pavilion Sept 2 Purenation is the second big outdoor dance music festival to take place in Chicago this summer. But unlike its predecessor Move, which gunned purely for old skool house fans, this one has a little more variety with minimal techno, progressive house and trance DJs. Who's playing? Tiesto, Matthew Dear, Dave Clarke, Deep Dish, Junkie XL, Bad Boy Bill, Akufen and Juan Mclean. [details] Ellen Allien & Apparat at Smart Bar Sept 3 Bpitch Control's Ellen Allien & Apparat bring their live show and the crumpled look to the Windy City on Sunday night. [details] MIAMI Club Space Sept 1-2 It's slim pickings for Miami dance fans this Labor Day weekend save for Club Space which has hired two big guns for the weekend. Trance enthusiasts have had their wishes granted with Armin van Buuren and Markus Schulz booked in the main room on Friday [details] while house fans can look forward to the S-Man Roger Sanchez on the terrace on Saturday. [details] many days until WMC 2007? Jay Tripwire at Blue Lounge Sept 1 Want something a bit more subtle? Tech house producer Jay Tripwire spins at Blue on Miami Beach if you're dead set on going out. [details] LAS VEGAS Sept 1-3 Perhaps the only thing as over-the-top as the hotels in Las Vegas are the clubs inside them which typically attract the A-listers. Friday night has John Digweed at Ice [details] playing a rare Vegas date in support of his recent Transitions CD. Sunday has Subliminal Sessions' Erick Morillo at Tao [details], Tiesto at Rain [details] and Deep Dish's Dubfire completing his Labor Day Weekend trifecta at Jet [details]. *** CANADA MONTREAL Montreal Eclectic Groove Festival Parc Jean Drapeau Sept 1-4 The eighth Montreal Eclectic Groove Festival runs from Friday to Monday with events happening in Parc Jean Drapeau and at participating clubs. Metropolis hosts Ellen Allien & Apparat and Ed Banger proteges Feadz & Uffie on Saturday [details] and legendary art-funksters ESG on Sunday night [details]. Spain's Ferenc released his first full length long player on Kompakt last year to plenty of fan fare. Catch him performing a live set at Club Savoy on Sunday [details] or spinning a DJ set at Zoo Bizarre on Monday. [details] Neon Nights Festival S.A.T Sept 1-4 Over at the S.A.T, the Neon Nights Fesival has Gigolo electro duo Boyz Noise on Friday [details], Vice electro-funksters Chromeo on Saturday [details] and indie electro cool cats The Presets with Get Physical's Riton on Sunday. [details] Had enuff electro by Monday? No sweat as organisers have teamed up with Piknic Electronik for their outdoor bash on Monday...see below. [details] Piknic Electronik Parc Jean Drapeau Sept 3-4 If anyone knows how to run an outdoor party in Montreal, it's Piknic Electronic who host the closing party of the annual Mutek Festival. This Labour Day weekend they have two parties: Italy's Misstress Barbara in the Jardins des floralies on Saturday [details] and Poker Flat's Steve Bug in Place de l'homme on Sunday with DJs from the I Love Neon crew. [details] Both events happen 1 p.m - 9 p.m. so you can kick onto the MEG or Neon Nights afterwards. Sharam at Time Supperclub Sept 1 Sharam from Deep Dish splits from his other half for the first of two dates over the Labour Day Weekend. Can't remember whether he's the one you like best? Thank God for flyers. [details] Creamer & K at Circus Sept 1 John Creamer, Stephane K and Tone Depth all had big releases on John Digweed's Bedrock label a few years back. Missing the deep, dark days of prog? You can catch all three at Circus on Friday. [details] Atomic Hooligan at Summer Breaks Centre Fractal Sept 2 Fancy a breakstastic weekend? Check out Breakspoll winners Atomic Hooligan headlining warehouse bash Summer Breaks on Saturday. [details] Ferry Corsten at Aria Sept 2 Rotterdam's Ferry Corsten is the first of the Dutch trance stars to roll into Montreal this weekend. He'll play one of his loud, electronic, ferocious sets on Saturday. [details] Armin van Buuren at Trance Nation Stereo Sept 3 Armin Van Buuren spins a 4-hour set at David Morales' swanky Stereo nightclub on Sunday. Give trance a chance... [details] TORONTO Labour of Love Guvernment Sept 3 The Guvernment complex is your best bet if you're in Toronto for the weekend. John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Junkie XL, Tommie Sunshine, Princess Superstar, Juan Mclean, Andy C, Atomic Hooligan, DJ Craze are just some of the names on the bill. [details] *** Is the scrolling up and down making you dizzy? You can also click on the following city links to find out what's on over the Labor Day weekend: New York, Detroit, California, Chicago, Texas, Miami, Montreal, and Toronto. Or if you haven't already, click Event Details on the top left of RA, set your area to your state/city and let the front page do the work for you. And if we've missed your event, don't forget you can submit it to RA's Events listings at any time. Finally, have a good one!