To say that this weekend is going to be a little busy with activity would be something of an understatement. It’s Memorial Day weekend, of course, which is typically wall-to-wall with three straight days of ceremonies, celebrations, barbecues, backyard bashes, and festivals.
Oh yeah, there are also a helluva lot of parties.
Memorial Day weekend is a major occasion for local bars, clubs, and party venues, most of which will offer blockbuster events during a slew of daytime fetes, afternoon pool parties, and nighttime blowouts. As such there will be plenty of EDM offered during MDW, including gigs by a number of high-profile and attention-grabbing electronic dance music artists and DJs throughout the weekend.
We've got the lowdown on all of the aforementioned parties and events in the following rundown of the best places to party during Memorial Day weekend. Check it out and plan your daytime or after-dark adventures accordingly.
Maya Day & Nightclub
The action will take place both during the daytime and long into the night over MDW at Maya in Scottsdale. On Friday, May 27, the spot's indoor club will come alive with light and sound when it hosts house music DJ/producer Thomas Jack. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. The next two afternoons will be all about fun in the sun as Maya will put on a Memorial Day weekend edition of its Soaked! Pool party on Saturday, May 28, with local DJs in the mix. Gates open at noon. The following day on Sunday, May 29, will be the domain of acclaimed drum ‘n’ bass act Rudimental during the latest Soundwave pool party, which starts at noon. Admission is $15.
The Rebel Lounge
Local selectors Borisimo and Rey Cantil of Control! fame will serve up the latest edition of their popular The Cure vs. The Smiths dance party on Friday, May 27, at the CenPho rock bar. Songs from both of the legendary British rock acts will fill the venues, as will a variety of post punk, darkwave, dance punk, and New Wave tracks. 9 p.m., $3. It won't be the only dance event happening at the The Rebel Lounge this weekend, however, as DJ Tristan/Iseult will stage the latest Häxan party on Saturday, May 28, with plenty of darkwave, okkvlt, industrial, witch house, and other gloomy sounds filling the air. Marshstepper and Plastic Disease will also perform. 9 p.m., $5.
The boutique hotel will kick off the summer with daily poolside fetes over the Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 27, until Monday, May 30, at the Lustre Rooftop Garden. DJs will spin each day, specialty cocktails will be served, and cabana rentals are available. The weekend’s offerings start at 8 p.m. on Friday with DJ Nate G. in the mix, followed by daytime/nighttime parties on Saturday with Elvis Before Noon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and DJ P-Body from 8 p.m. until midnight. The weekend wraps up with afternoon-long events from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Monday featuring DJ Swirl. Admission is free except for Saturday's event when there will be a $10 cover for non-hotel guests.
Talking Stick Resort
Few DJs are as high profile and attention grabbing as EDM superstar Skrillex, who will headline the Release Pool Party at Talking Stick Resort on Saturday, May 28. Skrillex’s credentials as a producer, promoter, and performer are unrivaled, considering he’s sold millions of tracks and helped revitalize interest in dance music’s most recent resurgence. Plus he definitely knows how to put on one helluva set, as evidenced by his attention-grabbing performances at the recent FORM Arcosanti. His OWSLA co-horts Sliiink and Team EZY are also scheduled to appear. 11 a.m., $30. Skrillex won’t be the only DJ partying poolside at the resort during MDW as Robin Schulz is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 29. 11 a.m., $15.
This Scottsdale spot will host a special "Black & Gold" edition of renowned hip-hop dance party Groove Candy. The night's resident mixmaster, DJ M2, will be dropping neo-soul, classics, and old-school jams (as well as plenty of hip-hop) along with DJ Sir Plus. Nina Cruz of 101.1 The Beat will host the event, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Drink specials include two-for-one Henny and Ciroc until 11 p.m.
W Scottsdale Hotel
As you might expect, given its reputation as a Scottsdale hot spot, the hotel’s second-floor WET Deck will feature ultra-swank pool parties during MDW, each offering a variety of posh amenities, eye candy, and luxe libations. The first soiree of the weekend takes place on Saturday, May 28, when DJ Saint Clair will serve up live beats throughout the afternoon. Electro-house duo Jump Smokers will headline the W’s fete on Sunday, May 29, as the WET Deck transforms into a paradise of bikinis, cocktails, and high-energy sounds. Each affair will run from noon until 6 p.m. with a $20 admission.
The 30,000-watt PK Sound setup at the Monarch will be put through its paces all weekend long when back-to-back dance music fiestas take over the joint. First up is a performance by esteemed dubstep/drum 'n' bass producer Illenium, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 28. The bass starts booming at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15-$35. Space Yacht Phoenix touches down the following evening on Sunday, May 29, with DJs Malaa and Sinden dropping such genres as house, electro, hardcore, techno and indie dance. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $15-$40.
DJ Mustard has the hip-hop biz on lock. He's tight with Tyga, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, and Kid Ink, among others, produced a slew of hit singles over the last several years, and serves as the official DJ for YG. Plus he’s definitely dope when it comes to working the wheels of steel, which he’ll gladly demonstrate on Sunday, May 29, at Livewire. Rap stars AU, Leo Black and Keize Montoya will open the evening, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.
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The sound system at The Pressroom will blast dubstep, electro, fidget, and trap music all evening during the Night Bass — Summer Phases 2016 on Friday, May 27, when DJs like Jack Beats, AC Slater, and Petey Clicks get behind the mixers. Doors open at 9 p.m. General admission is $20, VIP access is $35.
Bygone Scottsdale rock club and industrial music haven The Atomic Café will be revived for one night only on Sunday, May 29, courtesy of DJ AKA and DJ Halo. The duo will fittingly spin old-school industrial and goth, as well as classic alternative, ska-punk, and other retro tunes. Giveaways, free food, and drink specials like $5 AMFs and $4 Long Islands will be offered. The Atomic Café’s Ricky D. and Rev. Dale will host. 9:30 p.m., $5.