EDC week, when festival- and non-festival-performing electronic music artists take over various Vegas clubs leading up to the ultimate party at the Speedway, has already begun. Nghterme played Omnia on Tuesday night, Dom Dolla and John Summit teamed up at Marquee Dayclub on Wednesday, and Partiboi69 took it until the wee hours of Discopussy, just before you started reading this.
There are many more parties at the biggest casino clubs over the next few days, accessible whether or not you visit EDC. And then there are the off-Strip parties, perhaps designed for rave-ready locals who don’t necessarily need to battle bigger crowds. Choose from these alternative offers and get into the rhythm at your own pace (for tickets, go to edcweek.com).
BASSCON POOL PARTYIN CITRUS The newly reopened Downtown Grand Pool Deck enlists RVLTN and BassCon to organize this team of Code Black, Dr. Phunk, Kreation, LNY TNZ, Mad Dog, Suae and TNT. Things are going to get heavy. May 19, noon, $30.
BORIS BREJCHA AT THE LAS VEGAS DOWNTOWN EVENTS CENTER You won’t find this prolific German producer and pioneer of the high-tech minimal genre playing in Vegas, so don’t miss the chance to sample his unique sounds in person instead of just watching his recent epic performance at the Arènes de Nîmes in La France on YouTube. His mates Ann Clue and Moritz Hofbauer open for this Factory 93 show. May 19,
9 p.m., $40-$50+.
PRIMITIVEAT THE ELIA BEACH CLUB The stylish Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Pool Club, just east of the Strip, kicked off this series of monthly parties on May 1, transforming the already tropical surroundings into a lush jungle wonderland. During EDC week, Primal presents a superpowered lineup of Vegas favorites Flosstradamus, GTA, TroyBoi and Yellow Claw (May 21, 11am, $45-$60+), but Elia spends a full weekend having fun in the books with Bay Area tech-house phenom Jauz (May 20, 11 a.m., $20 to $30) and French electronics innovator Tchami (May 22, 11 a.m., $20 to $30).
AFTER HOURSTERRACE Brett Rubin’s late-night music mecca at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club kicks into high gear for EDC week. First, he hit the decks with Bart Skils and Aerial Gray on May 19; next is Nick Warren, Riley Bee and Christopher James on May 20; and the closing will be Rubin with Harry Romero and Steve Walker on May 21. Expect guest artists to come by every night, uh, morning.
All shows at 2 a.m., $20.
TECHNO TACO TUESDAYLUCKY DAY Just when it’s supposed to be over, it’s never over. Let’s just go to Fremont East, have a few shots of tequila and listen to one of Mexico’s best-known electronic artists, Iñigo Vontier, spin in a little DTLV bar with Bad Beat and, again, Aerial Grey. May 24, 10 p.m., $15-$20.
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