With the headliners for most Halloween ragers still shrouded in secrecy at time of print, this month in Clubland we instead place a well-deserved spotlight on the most ambitious home team efforts to bring parties to the people through monthlies and miniseries, where either gracefully-honed curation or a reputation for a raucous, kinky good time will deliver all the fun after only half as much effort as putting on your costume.
THE ABYSS: PART ONE – LOXY w/CURE, ERADIK, RENNIE FOSTER, DECIPHER & WILLISIST – OCTOBER 5, THE WALDORF HOTEL
First up, the SHAH crew with a brief three-part series “focusing on the deeper darker edge of Drum and Bass and the hypnotic pulse of Techno.” With subsequent events on November 23rd and December 13th, the inaugural launch takes place at the good ol’ Waldorf, apparently at least partially resurrected. With a big influence like London-bred Loxy opening the floor for a talented local lineup to throw down a jungle tune or two, the plan should be to go early and stay late.
THE WORK LESS PARTY’S ANNUAL MASQUERADE BALL – OCTOBER 12, THE JAPANESE HALL
Hosted by a political party based around shortening the work day, which was founded by a man who also founded the World Naked Bike Ride, understandably, the Work Less Party’s annual masquerade ball is one of the most famous, well-attended, debaucherously delicious recurring parties in the city. High energy melodic sets fill the dancefloor with whirling harlequins and Bacchanalian carnival fairies amidst half-naked beardos and Burners at this legendary yearly.
TXNO: PART TWO – DISTAL, CLICKS & WHISTLES, & MITE w/HXDB, CURE, 314 – OCTOBER 12, CHAPEL ARTS
The trifecta of Aufect, Noda Events & 314 use their awe-driven collective power of curation in bringing us TXNO, a series “exploring modern electronic rhythm”; the debut edition featuring Astronautico’s Spaceghost went off last month, and this edition is sure to surpass with the Bosses of the South taking rein.
In 2010, childhood friends Ethan Anderson and Michael Rathbun (respectively Mite and Distal) were lighting it up with their Southern-inflected footwork heat, then realized: what better time to launch a label? Thus Embassy Recordings was born, and with bossmen like Sleepyhead and Wheez-ie responsible for some of the most booty-bouncing tempos in the biz, we can’t wait for one of their early success stories, the bangin’ Charlotte-based duo Clicks & Whistles, to show us how it’s done.
LIGHTS OUT FEAT. THE LIBRARIAN, DJ DUBCONSCIOUS, KLINE & BARLEE – OCTOBER 17, SHINE NIGHTCLUB
The beautiful baroness of Bass Coast joins three of this scene’s hardest-working dudes on the decks at Lights Out; once a weekly, now a monthly, still guaranteed to be packed full of homies and good feelings.
By Summer Swanson
Photo: Courtesy of Vasho Photography