15 Best Labor Day Parties in Metro Phoenix
El Hefe in Scottsdale.
So watchu got planned for Labor Day weekend? There are more than a few ways to spend all the free time that three-day holiday affords, of course, including barbecues, backyard bashes, and big-time benders.
If you happen to be keen on the nightlife scene, however, there are plenty of high-profile electronic dance music events, DJ gigs, and club parties that are scheduled to go down all three nights of LDW, from Friday, August 29, to Sunday, August 31.
And while most clubs across the Valley will be popping bottles in honor of the holiday, some shindigs will ultimately be better than others, including any of the following 15 pimp parties that will take place over the next 72 hours.
Maya Day & Nightclub
Naturally, Scottsdale will be one of the epicenters of the weekend, especially at Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 East Indian Plaza, which will feature wall-to-wall fiestas both in and out of the water. Dutch house superstar Fedde Le Grand starts things off with a nighttime set on Friday, August 29, followed by an after-dark performance by NYC electro-house duo Disco Fries on Saturday, August 30. The music gets going at 9 p.m. both nights. And Maya's biggest gig of the weekend will transpire on Sunday, August 31, when the tag team of Alex Andre and Chris Andre, better known as DVBBS, will fill the club's pool area with their big room sound and such hits as "Tsunami" and "We Were Young." Gates open at 11 a.m. Ticket prices vary for each show.
Downtown Phoenix will also get in on the EDM action over Labor Day, as the Monarch Theatre will be the site of a few "can't miss" club gigs throughout the weekend. To wit: On Saturday, August 30, OSWLA artist and HypeMachine chart-buster Sound Remedy will rein over a massive rage that promises plenty of bass, beats, bombast, and big drops. Around 24 hours later, the members of British-based dance music collective Rudimental will occupy Monarch's stage while pumping out drum 'n' bass and other scintillating electronic sounds. Both 18-plus events start at 9 p.m. and are $15 each.
If you're eager to start off your three-day bender later tonight, the resident DJs of Proper Fridays got you covered. Body Tricks, 2ToneDisco, The Ariel, and Tommy Roberts will drop high-energy tracks during the night's Labor Day Weekend Kickoff Party get you in a mood to celebrate, as will the $5 well drinks and whiskey sours being served at the bar. You won't be the only one busting a dance move or two, however, as the members of Footklan will be performing their ultra-fly routines all night. Things get going at 9 p.m. and there's no cover.
The Rogue Bar
Temptations and the excesses of indulgence will be in abundance this weekend, particularly of the spirituous or salacious variety, which makes the latest CUPCAKE! party on Friday, August 31, a very fitting event. Subtitled "The Devil's Playground," the fetish-oriented night will offer electro, industrial, goth, and bass-heavy sounds from DJs Self.Destrukt, Defense.Mekanizm, and Aeternum, as well as go-go girls, drink specials, a "best-dressed" contest, and giveaways. Oh, and cupcakes, too. The sinning starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $6.
Meanwhile, Monarch's sister club next door will host the third anniversary of ongoing house music night RB Deep on Sunday, August 31. A total of six DJs will perform on both levels of the two-story club, including spinstress Sydney Blu, the duo of Thomas Turner and Timothy Heit, and Dan Lunsford. A 10 spot gets you through Bar Smith's doors, which open at 9 p.m.
Deep house sounds will be mixed with dives and drinks to help create an afternoon-long chill-out session at The Saguaro on Sunday, August 31, during the latest party in the H2OUSE Summer Pool Sessions series. Five different DJs -- including San Francisco's Marija Dunn and locals Pete "SuperMix" Salaz, Alkemé, and Freddy K. -- will weave a soundtrack of ambient grooves poolside over the course of six hours while folks max, relax, and sip on signature cocktails. Gates open at noon and tickets are $10.
Talking Stick Resort
With apologies to the Paul Oakenfolds and John Digweeds of the world, the realm of electronic dance music has become more a domain for the young in recent years. For instance, the fresh-faced youngsters who make up male/female duo Candyland have skyrocketed to EDM stardom over since the act's formation 2011, as their audio experimentations with such genres as dubstep, drum 'n' bass, glitch, and electro-house have earned the duo plenty of attention. And all eyes will most certainly be on the pair when they will hit the DJ booth during the Release Pool Party at Talking Stick on Sunday, August 31. Gates open at 11 a.m. Admission is free for ladies while guys pay $10.
El Hefe Scottsdale
Sundays are sort of a major deal at El Hefe. If fact, its arguably the Scottsdale party haven's biggest rager of the entire week. That said, its staff is planning to up the ante to make things even more frenetic and rowdy in honor of the Labor Day edition of their popular 4-2-10 Sundays affair his weekend, including two-for-one specials on flavored vodka specials. Plus, a grand total of seven different DJs -- such as Super!OK, Munition, Diesel, Thomas James, and Benjamin Cutswell -- on the decks. Sound like a recipe for a wild time, or, at the very least, a busy sound system. The party starts at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Labor Day Weekend certainly won't be any sort of a vacation for DJ Sean Watson, as he'll be busy behind the mixers all three nights, including his normal Friday gig up on Bar Smith's rooftop or his popular Saturday dance party at the Crescent. He's also got a lively evening planned over at Lux on Sunday, August 31, when he'll be spinning alongside Ben Linsenmeyer while local artist Matt Castleberry puts on a five-alarm laser show and visual display. Live music and choice libations from the spot's bartending staff are also promised for the party, which begins at 9 p.m.
Anderson's Fifth Estate
If you've been around long enough to remember legendary Scottsdale club The Atomic Cafe, no doubt you're equally familiar with the sort of raucous dance parties in the industrial and goth vein that the bygone spot was infamous for way back when. Local DJs AKA, Halo, and Forge will invoke the spirit of these spirited affairs during the Atomic Night party on Sunday, August 31, in Scottsdale.
Hosted by former Atomic Café regulars Ricky D. and Reverend Dale, the dance fiesta will take place inside Stand Up Scottsdale, which will be rechristened with its former identity as Anderson's Fifth Estate for an evening as aggro, old-school industrial, classic alternative, goth, EBM, and even some punk and ska blasts over the sound system. Free food, $5 drink specials, and giveaways are also planned. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there's a $7 cover.
The fact that there's neither work nor school on Monday is one of the many selling points of Cameo's Labor Day Sunday party on August 31. And here are a few more: Drink and bottle service specials, hot sounds of the Top 40 variety, and plenty of eye candy. Plus, there's also discounted admission of $5 for those who get on the online guest list. Doors are at 10 p.m.
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