Miami Weekend Preview: June 26 to June 29, 2014

DJOYbeat Event Spotlight

Link and Miami Rebels present Victor Calderone @ Underground Story, Saturday June 28

DJ and producer Victor Calderone is no stranger to a Miami crowd. Having graced the decks at countless venues from Space’s legendary Terrace room to the Surfcomber’s world-famous WMC pool parties, the Brooklyn-based house titan is a legend among locals here in the Magic City. He’s returning to South Beach this Saturday to take over mega-club Story’s weekly underground night. Dress code is not strictly enforced on Saturday nights, but cover runs about the same as usual  – this Saturday its set at $30 for girls and $40 for guys. However, its definitely going to be one of those rare nights at a luxe Miami club where VIP holds little allure to patrons. We guarantee that the dance floor is the only place you’ll want to be.

Thursday, June 19

Link and Miami Rebels present Butch @ Trade

From bouncing deep house to hip-hop-influenced Detroit style techno, Trade has given us a dazzling array of talent since it opened its doors for the first time less than a year ago. This Friday, Miami’s best kept secret welcomes German DJ and producer Bulent Gurler – although you might know him better as Butch. The two-time Beatport Music Awards nominee is considered one of techno’s most respected and forward-thinking pioneers, and we can’t wait to experience him cranked up over Trade’s mind-blowing sound system. As usual, dress code is nonexistant and cover is a unbelievable $10. And if that’s not enough of a steal, did we mention you can save an additional $3 by sharing the event to Facebook via Wanttickets?

Cultivate presents Livio and Roby @ Treehouse

Cultivate has quite rapidly become one of Miami’s favorite weekly’s. This Thursday, the Cultivate family welcomes two names house heads should be familiar with. Masters of groove, Romanian producers Livio and Roby (of Desolat, Viva, and Supernature fame) are notorious for pushing boundaries in their live sets. A typical performance might take listeners from deep house to tribal tech, to cold, dark minimal techno. And at a venue like Treehouse where artistic freedom reigns supreme, we predict a night full of musical surprises. If you’re of a mind to start your weekend early but want a dress code- and frills-free night that’s just about good music, this is your party. Tickets are $10 on Wanttickets.

Dyro @ LIV

By this point in his career, Dyro’s accomplished enough for fans to recognize him as much more than just Hardwell and Tiësto’s protegee; he’s one of those artists who can’t seem produce anything that isn’t guaranteed to become a hit. Its been nearly three months since he touched down in Miami, so progressive and electro house fans in the city will be happy to know that this Thursday LIV has the pleasure of welcoming back the young Dutch talent for his first performance since this year’s Winter Music Conference. The turnout is bound to be massive, so buy your tickets in advance on Wanttickets. Prices are set at $30 for girls and $40 for guys. Given the expected crowd, we recommend splurging and going VIP for this one.

Also Consider: DTF Thursdays @ SET, Affect and D-Up @ Wall Lounge, The Reception presents Duncan Ross & Negro Fino @ Do Not Sit

Friday, June 27

DJ Qu @ Do Not Sit On the Furniture

For many in this city, there’s no better way to cap off the week than by getting down to quality music with a quality crowd. For those who would rather ease into their weekend and prefer to save the heavy-duty raging for Saturday, this is a show that will take experimental house and deep house on a true musical journey. New Jersy-based producer and performer DJ Qu considers himself “the dancer’s DJ,” because no matter how much he experiments with his sound, his sets are always structured with a dance floor in mind. We’re thrilled to welcome him back to Miami this Friday at Do Not Sit On the Furniture. As always, the laid-back vibe and artsy ambiance at Do Not Sit don’t really mix well with dress codes and obscene cover charges, so dress comfortably and expect to spend $20 tops at the door.

Tiësto @ Story

There’s really not much we can say about Tiësto – the guy needs no introduction. We can, however, tell you that if you have the budget for it you should definitely go see his Club Life performance at Story this Friday. If you’ve ever seen the Dutch producer perform live in a club setting (which is nothing like a festival performance, by the way), we’re guessing you’ve already set the date aside. If you haven’t experienced it, there’s not much we can say that would do it justice. Expect your mainstream bangers, but expect some beautiful unexpected old school gems to get thrown into the mix as well. Dress code will be strictly enforced, so don your going-out best.

LINK and Miami Rebels present Lee Foss and Francesca Lombardo @ Trade

If Tiësto really isn’t your thing (or if dropping two grand on a bottle isn’t either), never fear – the guys from LINK and Miami Rebels will be serving up a double dose of unadulterated talent at Trade on the same night. Chicago-based house and techno pioneer Lee Foss will be joined by fellow producer and Echolette Records label boss, the beautiful Francesca Lombardo. Dress comfortably and come ready to dance because – let’s face it – sometimes there’s nothing better than a dark room, a disco ball and some deep-reaching bass. The $15 first release tickets are sold out, but you can still buy tickets for $20 on Wanttickets (if you post to Facebook, you’ll save an extra $3).

Also Consider: FDR Fridays @ Delano Hotel South Beach, Un_Mute presents Boris @ Treehouse

Saturday, June 28

Mark Knight @ Mansion

London-based DJ and producer Mark Knight has come a very long way from his early days making music in his parents’ tool shed. This Saturday he’ll be touching down in Miami’s Mansion nightclub to work the same kind of magic he’s been creating since his humble beginnings – if you ask us, though, we think Mansion’s state-of-the-art sound system and its mind-boggling light display will do his music more justice. Doors open at 11 p.m., dress code is strictly enforced, and you can buy your tickets on Wanttickets for $30 (guys and gals).

Michael Brun @ LIV

If Dyro is considered by the public to be Hardwell’s protegee, then Michael Brun is Dirty South‘s. But despite their long collaborative history and similar musical directions, we think the 21-year old Miami-resident is talented enough to stand alone at this point. Plus, he puts on a hell of a show. This Saturday he returns to the venue that offered him his first headlining slot: LIV (how many producers can say that?). Given the certain emotional significance associated with welcoming back one its own Miami locals, you can expect LIV will be pulling out all the stops for this one; but then again, when has LIV not? You can buy your tickets through LIV’s website for $40 (girls) and $75 (guys). As always, admission is at the doorman’s discretion, so leave the flip flops at home.

Starfukcer Saturdays presents dBerrie @ Mokai

When most people think of Miami’s nightlife scene, they imagine huge big room venues, smoky underground basement parties or chic and modern rooftop lounges. Mokai, however, is in a category of its own. Bringing together all the allure of a state-of-the-art fully functional nightclub with the warm intimacy of a lounge, we think it’ll serve as the perfect setting for an artist as versatile and dance floor-oriented as dBerrie. His sets have been known to span a wide musical range, from hip hop to big room progressive. We’re hoping he gives us a little bit of everything. At Mokai, VIP is the best way to go, so reserve a table via

Strangers & Friends 1 Year Anniversary with Pleasurekraft, Louis Puig, Mark M, Caleb Galloway and Donnie Lowe @ Space

This Saturday marks one year since Space began throwing its now notorious theme party, Strangers and Friends party. Since its inception, its become a major platform for local up-and-coming talent in Miami’s club scene. At this week’s party, our friends at Un_Mute have placed techno pioneer Pleasurekraft and Miami favorite Donnie Lowe in charge of the Loft, while Louis Puig, Mark M and Caleb Calloway take over the Terrace room. If you text the word SPACE to 38714, you’ll be placed on a guest list for free admission. Costumes are strongly encouraged.

Also Consider: Dinner Party @ Nikki Beach Miami, Fareoh @ Adore Nightclub, Plot/Unreal_Mgmt present Thugfucker @ The Garret at Grand Central

Sunday, June 29

Chus + Ceballos @ SET

It can be difficult to find a quality party with a world class act on a Sunday night, even in Miami. You can imagine our delight, then, when we did our party sweep and saw the names Chus and Ceballos.  If you’re from this city, you know why. Beloved behind the decks at venues like Space and a staple of any proper WMC house/techno pool party, the Madrid natives will be holding dominion over SET nightclub this Sunday. If you still have some energy saved (or perhaps haven’t had a chance to spend it), this is where you’ll want to be Sunday night. General admission will run about $30 per head, and dress code is enforced.

Didn’t find a party for you? Check our events page for the complete listing of Miami EDM events.

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