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Best in the Bay: This Weekend’s Top 4 Events in the City



Our friends at MSA Productions in San Francisco are starting a new feature each week they put together their guide to the best events in the Bay Area each week for us at Data Transmission. This week it see our very friends Waze & Odyssey, Danny Tengalia, Midland, TokiMonsta and more..


This weekend in the Bay, it looks like Saturday and Sunday have the most noteworthy events going on. 2 anniversaries are going on at Public Works and Monarch, plus we’re gonna venture a bit south of the Bay this week to cover Tokimonsta in Santa Cruz.

1.) Lights Down Low SF Featuring Waze & Odyssey and James Friedman


Saturday brings us a Lights Down Low party at Monarch with some guaranteed high-energy house. They have Waze & Oddesy, with a reputation in major cities such as NYC, Detroit, LA, Toronto, London, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Paris, and Brighton, headlining. Fans of artists like Todd Terry, Moodyman, Carl Craig, Boo Johnson, DJ Deeon will feel right at home for these guys.

Also on the decks is a close LDL friend, James Friedman. Friedman co-founded a label in 2006 with The Rapture, called Throne of Blood Records. Based in Brooklyn, they originally released The Rapture remixes but have evolved and currently put out disco, club, and electro; including huge names like Simian Mobile Disco and Claude Von Stroke.

Support by Richie Panic and Sizemore, from the LDL team. Going until 3:00am!


2. Public Works SF 4-Year Anniversary With Danny Tengalia


“In four years, we’ve built Public Works from the ground up – relentlessly bringing the best talent in house, techno, bass, disco and more. On Sept. 20, we’re celebrating 1,460 days of existence with a legend: Danny Tenaglia.”

Public Works SF

This special event at Public Works will be of massive proportions, featuring a 5-hour set by Danny Tengalia, making his second appearance in the city this year; and his last set in San Francisco before that was 2009. Danny Tengalia gained his first experience with vinyl when he was 10 years old in the 70s, living in New York. His earliest influences are Motown and disco classics; and he moved to Miami in 1985 for a residency and became an important influence in the club scene by playing New York and Chicago house. In the 90s, he began producing and also returned to New York, and in the earl 2000s he acheived world fame when legends like Fatboy Slim and Carl Cox danced to his set at Space at Miami Winter Conference and dubbed him “the DJ’s DJ.”

In support of Danny Tengalia, some of Public Work’s other favorites will be playing such as Jason Kendig (Honey Soundsystem), Galen (Sunset Sound System), Manny Ward, Gravity (Pink Mammoth), and Nikita (Listed) b2b Peter Blick (Public Works).


3.) WERD. 7 YEAR Anniversary w/ MIDLAND


“What started as an opportunity to play some music with close friends, at a venue that nobody knew about, in a city we just moved to, has grown and transformed over the last 7 years to represent something much larger. In fact it has taken on a life of its own. WERD. will be forever grateful for the support and family vibe you’ve all contributed through your moves on the dancefloor, your laughs by the bar, your constant positive energy, and your overall WERDiness. Over the years we have had the pleasure of featuring some wonderful WERD residents, as well as a motley crew of globe trotting musical maestros that have kept us grooving deeply onwards into many a Monday morning. This month we celebrate a party we’ve all created together, united as WERDos. “


Seven years is an impressive milestone to achieve for a relatively small electronic music niche, minimal techno. WERD. is a collective of DJs that seem to know what they’re doing based on their longevity. They’re bringing Midland as the headliner, a London-based artist who has done mixes for reputable music publications like FACT Magaxine and XLR8R, and a live Boiler Room set. This celebration will take place at Monarch, and quality techno is a given.

Support by Brandon Wade, Nick Williams, Zoz, and Scott Carrelli (WERD. Residents).


4.) The Do LaB presents TOKiMONSTA, Made in Heights and Timonkey in Santa Cruz


Okay, so Santa Cruz isn’t exactly Bay Area, but it’s hard to skip a Tokimonsta appearance so close to the region. Not to mention this is a Do LaB event, the same team behind Lightning in a Bottle. Coming from the South Bay of Los Angeles, Tokimonsta is an innovative producer that uses soulful vocal sampling and creates unique, deep atmospheres at a slow tempo but she can easily fill a dancefloor. There is a clear hip-hop influcence but it is hard to put her style into a conventional drama, due to the various influences. Her next release will be the 7-track album titled “Desiderium,” coming out September 23.

Also in support are Made in Heights and Timonkey.



Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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