Miami. For decades the place New Yorkers went to die. How times change. This week dozens of local DJs, labels and promoters armed with all varieties of electronic music invade the city during its annual Winter Music Conference. -
Here is just a sampling of WMC parties thrown by New York talent. Check out the full, sprawling schedule over at international clubber's bible Resident Advisor. And don't even think about hitting them all up:
Timmy Regisford is a NYC house music icon. His longstanding residency at the late, great Shelter after hours party had thousands of bleary eyed New Yorkers stumbling out of clubs just as more respectable types were heading to church. (Area)Code, Shelter's successor at Greenhouse, recently went on hiatus, but was one of the few mainstream post-sunrise dance parties in the city. Tomorrow night Regisford will remind everyone why his return to weekly Manhattan dawn patrol is in order.
Shine at the Shelborne Beach Resort, 1801 Collins Avenue, South Beach. Tuesday 8pm-5am.
Brooklyn is mostly associated with indie rock these days. But the borough has recently sprouted a healthy techno scene that brings a little bit of Detroit and Berlin to NYC's bleep-happy dance music geeks. Public Assembly's first Fridays Bunker parties routinely pack the house 'til 6am, around the time Blkmarket's roving warehouse bashes kick into high gear. Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin contribute to the scene (and throw some house, disco and other genres into the mix) with Mister Saturday Night at the Market Hotel and the lovely summer Sunday Best alfresco shindigs (pictured right) at the Bklyn Yard. Luckily, local talent like Adultnapper, Connie and Doug Singer will be back soon following their WMC sets.
The King Is Dead, 10 NE 40th Street, Downtown. Wednesday 6pm-5am.
One of the few Meatpacking District dance clubs where people actually dance, Cielo has coincidentally (or not) outlasted many of its flash in the pan neighbors and been going strong for seven years. That's Social Security age in club years. Cielo will grace Miami--a city rife with shallow bottle service scenes--with its music-focused programming before coming back home for its killer regular lineups.
The Vagabond. 30 NE 14th Street, Downtown, Wednesday 10pm-5am.
Resolute throws midnight to noon ragers in locations that often break the warehouse mold. One month, they'll party on a boat. The next month, in a synagogue basement. Resolute is in the good graces of many local party people (if not their rabbis), so check them out as they do the after hours thing (this WMC event will run through 10am) in downtown Miami with DJs such as Elon, Kate Simko and once again (my friend and old co-worker!) Connie.
Grass Lounge, 28 NE 40th Street, Downtown, Thursday 7pm-10am.
Not so New York-centric, but the big kahuna of WMC festivities nonetheless. This 24-hour marathon for 24-hour party people helps the conference go out with a bang and all but assures hundreds if not thousands of flights missed by exhausted revelers Sunday night into Monday morning. And if you need a reminder of how spoiled we are back home, consider that Lee Burridge and Danny Howells, the men closing it all down, hit up Santos Party House just two weeks ago. Maybe that missed flight isn't necessary after all.
Ice Palace. 59 NW 14th Street, Downtown, Saturday 10pm-Sunday 10pm.
Where else to find your New York state of mind at WMC: