Weekend's best dance music: Planet of the Drums, Justin Long, King Britt and more
Catch Planet of the Drums (MC Messinian, DJ Dara, AK1200 and Dieselboy) tonight at Beta
While the biggest EDM event this weekend is Burning Man, if you're staying behind in Colorado, you don't have to feel left out. You can head up to Happy Ass Ranch at Lake George for Freeman Music Festival, a free festival with over twelve hours of music daily and nearly 100 DJs, or you can hit up Pitch a Tent gathering tomorrow afternoon. Or, if you'd rather stay closer to home, Justin Long's at Appaloosa Grill, Planet of the Drums is at Beta, King Britt's at Bar Standard. Whatever your flavor, you can look forward to another full Dance Card this Labor Day weekend. Keep reading for a full rundown of the weekend's best nightlife bets.
JUSTIN LONG @ APPALOOSA GRILL | FRI, 8/31/12
Justin Long has had his hands on decks longer than some up-and-comers have been alive, so it's no surprise that, by this point, his taste for tunes and his ability to mix, match and master are nigh unparalleled. Long grew up in Chicago, performing alongside the likes of Daft Punk, Carl Cox and more, garnering a following in the United Kingdom even as he has remained devoted to his home town. But don't take that to mean that he's only capable of throwing down brassy Chicago house tunes; his longevity and knowledge transcend genre, and the sets he blends together defy convention and categorization. One thing you can count on hearing, though, is dance music in its purest form, orchestrated to pack the floor with as many pounding feet and twisting bodies as the fire warden permits. He'll play an intimate set at Appaloosa Grill's Electric Pony courtesy of Full Flavor Fridays tonight with residents Garret, Sound Advice and Greg Campbell.