On the List - White Room, Back Door Bamby and Paul Van Dyk

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I hate to admit it, but Saturday, for the first time in weeks, I wandered over the causeway to South Beach. Why? Well I had bumped into DJ Lazaro Casanova at the Daily and he said I should stop by and check out his set at Mansion. I’ve been curious to hear what Casanova’s sets consisted of these days since I haven’t heard him spin since he was a resident DJ at Revolver.

Surprisingly, getting into Mansion was easy. So I proceeded to spend my night on the stage behind the DJ set up, where a sort of “secret” VIP area is located. His set was full on electro-house with touches of tribal and jungle beats (er, I know, taking it back to the ‘90s).

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Jose D. Duran
DJ Lazaro Casanova spins at Mansion Saturday night.

I can’t say I didn’t have fun – I did. But Mansion isn’t for me. Give me a small, intimate club and day of the week over these mega-club tourist traps.

But on to what you are here for, what to do this weekend.

It seems like White Room (1306 N Miami Ave., Miami) is trying to break out of its one-night success. The venue, while the talk of the town on Saturday thanks to Poplife, has not been able to translate that into a consistent multi-night success. But it’s not for a lack of trying. This week White Room introduces two new nights, Home Bass on Fridays and Exposure on Mondays.

Home Bass features the best in electro, breaks, Miami bass and freestyle with DJs Wreck, Mas Inc, Keen One, Contra and more. On the other side of the spectrum is Exposure, a Monday night indie/electro dance party hoping to appeal to those that find going sober into work the next day overrated. DJs Johnny Strokes, Robot Unicorn, AL B Rotten and Johnny the Boy will be on the decks, and since it’s the premiere night this Monday, Alexander Technique, Sujinho & Cassiano and Finesse & Runway will be on hand to kick things off right.

Nostalgic for the days when South Beach was actually interesting? Well perennial ‘90s party Back Door Bamby is back for good, but she’s left South Beach in the dust, now calling Downtown Miami her home. Check out this bitch every Saturday at the Vagabond (30 NE 14th St., Miami).

But if you are into big acts, there is nobody bigger than Paul Van Dyk, who will be stopping by Cameo (1445 Washington Ave., Miami) on Saturday. Can’t catch the man there? Don’t fret, he’ll also be doing an afterhours set at Space (34 NE 11th St., Miami) Sunday morning.

If the pictures are any indication, Loki Karaoke at Rokbar (1905 Collins Ave., Miami) is a hot mess of a night. Then again, Mickey Rourke plays host, so how could it not be? And is there any better way to close out the week than singing The Outfield’s “Your Love” drunk?

- Jose D. Duran

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