On the List - Urban Beach Week, Boris and Dirtybird

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Hip-hop fans rejoice, its Urban Beach Week and your best chance to catch some of the hottest MCs in the game either performing or just hanging out around town. There are so many parties happening this weekend it would be crazy for me to list them all here, so you’ve got to trust me when I say if this is your thing then hit the Washington Avenue strip this weekend and you won’t be disappointed.

It’s also Memorial Day weekend, meaning it’s a three-day weekend – doesn’t it feel like Christmas came early every time that happens? Well take full advantage of the fact because there is plenty to do this weekend.

Many take this weekend as a chance to escape from the influx of bodies on South Beach that are a guaranteed headache and head over the causeway to check out the Downtown scene. For those who opt for the mainland trek, you won’t be disappointed.

It seemed like only yesterday DJ Boris was here spinning at Parkwest (30 NE 11th St., Miami), but thanks to his monthly residency at the venue, he is back. The New York DJ will sure to please all the house music fans out there and with an opening set by Louis Dee, the night is going to get moving early on.

The birds are invading us on Saturday, well, Dirtybirds to be exact. DJs Worthy and Christian Martin of Dirtybird Records will take over the decks at the Vagabond (30 NE 14th St., Miami) for the Dirtybird Invasion party. After stopping by the label’s afterhours event this year during WMC, let me reassure you they can demolish cities just with pounding force of the bass. Locals Conway and Jay-You will also be on hand, as well as resident DJs Ryan Evans and Carmel Ophir, who will be playing in the lounge.

South Beach locals no need to worry, some of your staple parties are moving to the mainland if just for the weekend. Click Sundays, which is normally held at Dek23, is packing its bags and moving for just one night to Circa28 (2826 N Miami Ave., Miami). Hailed as the new Back Door Bamby, it is a gay party that is pretty welcoming no matter what your preference is. DJs Amalia Leandro and Kidd Madonny provide the tunes, but the real highlight is the drag shows by Adora, Misty Eyez and Chyna Girl.

Come Wednesday, the crowds should have returned home, so check out my favorite excuse to party during the workweek Rokbar (1905 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). If you haven’t been since it reopened, you’ll find a drastically different space. Gone is the wall filled with song titles and the touches of red, instead you’ll find a Daft Punk-inspired décor complete with equalizer and leather-covered walls.

- Jose D. Duran

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