Broke On Holiday: Independence Day 2015

To-broke-for-a-vacation-ill-drink Another big ass American holiday has arrived, with you & I rocking thrift shop money in our pockets and a couple of days off. Instead of selling some plasma to hang out at a day club or sniping free drinks in the Hamptons, here are my quick picks that will leave you with scratch to buy lunch come Monday.

 July 2

EVOLVE has quietly become a force in the city. The consistent door busting Thursday night bar parties (and recent arrival at Cielo) are quality options, and I’ve sent many a confused/bored New Yorker to their events when they came to me, looking for a Thursday night. REsy & PONY are two of my favorite DJs, and watching them succeed from a comfy perch on the interwebs has been an absolute privilege. Bringing in Body Talk & Stephanie Blanding this week to give you even more firepower while you sip & nibble. Macao is a great spot downtown and it’s a free party just waiting for you.

July 3

Jay Hill is one of those DJs you really need to check out, but you’ve probably put off. If you’re still in the city this weekend, don’t. Wander over to the party, which is on West 14th, so you’ve got no lame train excuses either. The cosmopolitan, soulful vibes make for an amazing night. Trust, I’ve definitely lost track of the hours during one of her signature sets. Sheik & Beik know what they’re doing, especially when it comes to free parties.For fans of the heavier stuff, Slake has you covered. Drum & Bass has quietly crept back into the party universe, and on the 3rd, Seba of Secret Operations, Amit from Metalheadz & Ben Soundscape will be showing up. Throw in some local flavor from Matos + Lovelace & more, and you’ve got a proper evening of fast slow. It’s $15 before midnight, so get tickets or arrive early to keep it on the cheap side.
If you’ve got a couple more bucks in your pocket and you are looking for something even faster, Cielo’s got you. I can’t remember the last time psytrance was dropped in Cielo, so this might be a really special night. The Israeli psytrance group Coming Soon (yea, I know, I was confused too) does trippy, wonderful work, and on Cielo’s sound system, it’s going to be crazypants. It’s $25, but of course, it’s Cielo.

July 4 – Independence Day

This is my jam right here. It’s a little more pricey than anything on this list, but it’s all 2 parties in one. On days that are charging $80-120 for 4hrs of party, you’re getting 12hrs of party! One of the best nights this year so far, they’re back, in a new venue & bringing in some of my favorite music. PONY, the Donald of Deep House (only DJ on here twice), Dopeshoes, a local favorite, Teddy Roosevelt (best DJ name evar) are supporting a Eelke Kleijn & pair of Berlin starlets named Dan. I’m serious, Daniel Steinberg & Dan Caster are going to give you a shuffling, deep night to remember. This is my personal pick for the weekend.

July 5

If you’ve still got some life in you after the banging weekend there are a couple of day parties on the 5th for your review. Just tell them Terry Gotham sent you. Lucca Mentone & Raffel De Luca are two NYC based DJs that you’ve definitely heard if you’ve partied in SoHo, Meatpacking or the West Village. They inject global vibes into deep house and progressive in ways that I haven’t heard anywhere else in the world. Even the deep house in Prague was a less cosmopolitan. It’s free all day, with cheap mimosas, so get moving and put some brunch in your face.

Broke On Holiday: Turkey Football Hate Family Weekend!

That’s right, the holidays are upon us again, and hundreds of thousands of people will be coming home for the weekend. To spend time with family, get uncomfortably close to barfing up that 3rd helping of mashed potatoes and then hate the people they’re surrounded by so much, they need to get to a freaking party as quickly as possible. To that end, I’ve rounded up some of the fairer bargains that ensure you have a good night instead of  playing the “argue with Uncle about immigration” game with your cousins.

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Broke On Holiday: Halloween 2014

Greetings Gothamites! Halloween, or New Year’s Eve with costumes, is one of the best nights of the year for the city. However, as with all major holidays, the gouge effect when it comes to tickets and drinks is worse than Uber surge pricing. To combat this malarkey, here’s a list of a bunch of free/cheap stuff that’s dope and totally viable. (Disclaimer: To note, no one asked me to post any of these, I just was invited to them by someone trying to make something cool here in NYC. So I give props for that and try to help. Here’s to hoping they succeed. No torches & pitchforks if a warehouse gets busted, there’s a hurricane, or you don’t like the DJ please.)

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Broke On Holiday: ReSolute, Cielo (Free), Output (Free), Sankeys & More!…Turkey Day Weekend!

There’s quite a bit going on over the long weekend so you have no excuse to whine about being stuck dealing with your family, as long as you live in limping distance to the 5 boroughs. I’ve got a semi-competent list of quality goods that won’t break the bank. That way, if you need to buy another drink to deal with your family, you don’t have to sell any plasma. I know, I’m a generous soul, once again making it all better with bass. Here they are, ordered by day. Come on out and burn off all of them stuffing-related calories. Pictured above is Hector Moralez, with deep support at an underground venue in Brooklyn. There’s a strong chance this event will be fabulous, and a certainty it’ll have a deep, latin, funky & soulful vibe to it. There aren’t very many of these spaces left in NYC, and at $15.00, you’re paying what I paid when there were more than a decade ago.

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Broke On Holiday: Nobot Heart, Masquerade Macabre, Rubulad & More!…The Poor Man’s Halloween

There is a multiplier in the city when it comes to prices of events around major holidays. Labor Day, New Years, Memorial Day and of course, Halloween, everyone’s favorite reason to dress up like Sexy Grumpy Cat, is no exception to this rule. So instead of talking about some party that accepts payment in gold bullion or encrypted key phrases, there are people hard at work putting together a few different low cost events in and around the H-day. I’ll be dropping links into pictures and quick descriptions, but these will come Fast and Furious (Woo Sexy Ford Mustang costume!), so look around and make sure you get value for your party dollar. Sadly, while the one above is a likely attend for me, it’s full. I know, I’m a tease. However, below, feast my children of the night.

Gemini & Scorpio have been killing it for long enough to become a household name here in Gotham. Well, maybe if you live in a really fun house, but still, between their banya parties, their electro-swing steampunk fanciness and their general all around amazing taste, they do good things. This Saturday they’re doing their annual ridiculous Masquerade Ball/Macabre. When the Village Voice gives them props for throwing an absinthe-laced, half circus & half Victorian ball, you now they’re doing something right. $20 is an amazing value for this event and it’s also the most expensive event on the list. If you have it, Do eet.

My boy Nutritious is taking over Pianos on Halloween with a friend that goes by the name of Commodore. It’ll be a proper night of dance music at a bar in the sweet spot in town. If you need any help being convinced of my boy Nutritious’ ability to hold it down, see here and here. 😀

The day after Halloween, my ridiculously talented bass jedi friends Shakey, Tektite & Barney The Iller have brought in bobby c sound tv for some good old fashion fun involving speakers, mashup fun and a delightful amount of bang for your $10/15 buck.

Todd Fatjo & Justin Schumacher have been doing good work for a while now, and I’m sorry I’d not mentioned them before. A free party from 6 PM to 11 PM, and a great way to start off the night.

The fabled Rubulad has resurfaced once more to grace us with a Ghost Ship, haunting performances, live music and some crazy cabaret. If you’re in their hood, Rubulad is the stuff of legend so do what you need to.