8 Must-See Memorial Day Weekend DJ Events in Metro Phoenix
ultramusic.com Lil Jon is scheduled to DJ on Friday, May 23, at Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale.
If ever there were a soundtrack to Memorial Day Weekend, it'd be electronic dance music. That's because EDM will be in abundance during MDW, whether it's in the dance clubs of Scottsdale, Tempe, and Downtown Phoenix or around the pools of the nearest swanky boutique hotel.
As such, some of the Valley's more prominent dance music promoters and venues are planning some big gigs over the three-day holiday, including bringing in some famous names and living legends from the DJ world to do their thing for the dance music masses.
To wit: Maya Day & Nightclub will boast spin sessions by Lil Jon and Dutch dance music act Showtek over the weekend, while INTL will feature the likes of Laidback Luke and Felix Cartal, and the outdoor concert stage up at Talking Stick Resort hosts three straight days of renowned DJs. And that's just in Scottsdale.
Downtown Phoenix will also get in on the action via Memorial Day weekend performances by such cats as Henry Fong, Simon Patterson, and Sied van Riel.
To help local EDM fiends decide where to go and who to see, we've assembled a rundown of several of the best gigs that will be happening from Friday, May 23, to Monday, May 26.
Thanks to the laws of gravity, physics, and common sense, it's incredibly unlikely that the scene inside Maya during Lil Jon's guest DJ set on Friday will result in the sort of massive property destruction and face-melting insanity seen in the bizarre video for "Turn Down For What," his collaboration with DJ Snake. That's not to say that those in attendance won't try to replicate some of the loonier body-bumping dance moves when the crunk king drops the mega-hit track, as well as a slew of hip-hop, electro, and EDM songs. Here's hoping, however, that no one tries to crash through the walls or destroy any furniture with their crotches.
The 37-year-old house producer and DJ known as Laidback Luke first got his kicks in his native Holland as a graffiti artist. When the thrill of the physical and legal danger wore off around the mid-Nineties, he turned to music. Still, he preserved the sly cunning of the graffiti writer in the name of his eventual record label: Stealth. His epic house sets are similarly sneaky, beginning with an easily digestible synth appetizer before winding into a banging main course. As a producer, he has released a couple of studio albums, but he has really heated up the scene with his remixes. His sound is hard, but not too hard, and undeniably funky, full of the kind of big-room bangers that draws crowds in England and Ibiza. -- Arielle Castillo