Four of our top picks are below. Visit SF Station’s Events Calendar for complete listings.April 18: As You Like It with The Martinez Brothers at Monarch
You won’t find a huge list of releases from Bronx brothers, Steve and Chris Martinez, but you will find them headlining Fabric, playing Russia’s Kazantip festival, and spinning Circo Loco’s Ibiza summer party for the past four years. They flaunt a soulful, jazzy and gospel take on house, which fits their childhood pastime of filling in for church musicians. DJ-ing clubs since age 16 (neither are yet to turn 25), The Martinez Brothers apply the energy of youth to a mature collection of deep groove. Expect high spirits and funky chords in abundance. April 19: Nina Kraviz + Discern + Rooz at Harlot
Men and women do things differently. Though they can both collect acid house and Chicago classics, and they can both deliver raw, vinyl sets, gender can influence delivery, and Moscow’s Nina Kraviz is inherently one step ahead of male DJs for knowing what’ll get girls on the dance floor.(A universal challenge, no?). Kraviz is a DJ turned producer, whose Chicago-inspired, ghetto-thump sets gave rise to two sensual, yet muscular, releases for Radio Slave’s Rekids imprint. Sometimes she performs live vocals over spacey house and techno and she always looks good in the DJ booth. April 19: Public Works presents Maceo Plex at Public Works
Simply put, Eric Estornel drops dance floor bombs. Under his Maetrik monicker, he explores a dark, intense side, though as the more widely known Maceo Plex, Estornel champions a long list of radiant and groaning house anthems for Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations, and his own imprint, Ellum. Bold vocals and blaring synth lines are common to Maceo Plex’s propulsive, soulful grooves. In town thanks to Coachella, you can catch him at Public Works before he moves along on one of the most hectic, high-profile touring schedules, usually kept across the pond.
April 19: Hard French + Mango + House of Babes (Dyke March Benefit) at El Rio
Compared to San Francisco, the rest of the world seems to be inept at day drinking. After all, we’ve got Hard French. A party with a true golden aura, soul, funk, streamers, and 70s vibrations will radiate from El Rio’s outdoor patio in the late afternoon. This Saturday, Hard French partners up with the massively popular Mango day party and House of Babes (dancers) to raise money for June’s Dyke March. There’s never a shortage of flare, BBQ, or getting down here; it’s one of the best crowds in the city.
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