DJ Ravi Drums
Tuesday, January 13 at Lumen, 9 p.m.; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for discounted cover
Celebrity DJs are a dime a dozen, except for DJ Ravi Drums. He's played all the big clubs and special-event parties as other certain well-known tabloid favorites, but Ravi brings a little something more than just hype for the cover charge. As his name implies, he plays percussion and synth drums along to hip-hop, house, funk and latin grooves. It's not as raw as the drummers who parade the floors of Boom Boom Room, but with resident DJ Just Joey spinning the house tunes and the well-regarded industry-night crowd dancing along, it should make for an interesting night.
Juke What Yo Momma Gave You!
Friday, January 16 at Smartbar, 10 p.m.; $10, free before 11 p.m.
Since we last checked in with Gant-Man, he's been busy keeping juke going strong and rockin' parties for everyone from the South Side crowds all the way for the hipster set, busy pushing his Bang the Box Recordingz record label. Tonight, he, Power 92's DJ Nehpets, Houz'Mon and Willy Joy of Fly By Night fame bang it at Smartbar for an all-night, all-juke party.
Drummer vs. The Technician 2 Friday, January 16 at Hideout, 10 p.m.; $8
Drummer vs. Technician pairs popular local DJs with live musicians for a unique night of analog and digital sounds. This time around, DJ Maker does live production, hip-hop act Meat Number 5
blends drums with turntables, as do DJ MTM and drummer Makayah McCraven, and it's all topped off by The Sound Conspiracy
playing live dance music. Expect house, hip-hop, afrobeat, samba and more, and be prepared to dance.
Saturday, January 17 at Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 9 p.m.; Free
Regular readers of Best Beats have surely noticed that disco, soul and funk parties have made a strong comeback. Tonight, General Pacman spins all the funky stuff mixed with classic Soul Train video clips and performances for what is sure to be the ultimate throwback Soul Train party. There's even a Soul Train Scramble Board for a chance to win prizes.
Slow Burning Afterparty/Uberjam
Saturday,January 17 at Crocodile, 10 p.m.; Free
Slow Burning, a huge collaborative art show with artists from San Francisco, LA, Chicago and New York, opens at the A.Okay gallery in Lakeview at 6. By 10, when the show starts to dwindle down, everyone heads over to the new Crocodile Lounge in Wicker Park for the '90s throwback party (recently transplanted from Subterranean), Uberjam. Yeah, unfortunately, poor art appreciator, you'll have to throw down a lot on cab fare or take a few buses to get from A.Okay to Wicker Park, but take heed, not only will the music - provided by resident DJs Trew, Intel, Maker and Pickel - be good, but if you spend $5 on drinks you get a free personal pizza as well.