Sometimes you just need to shake something. Here are six South by Southwest dance parties that will make you sweat.
Questlove DJ set. The drummer for the Roots drummer and band director for “The Tonight Show” might also be American music’s greatest connoisseur and curator. His record collection includes more than 70,000 titles, housed in his own library. When Michelle Obama asked him to soundtrack her book tour, he gave her a 1200-song playlist. For the SXSW Gaming kickoff bash, he’s spinning a three-hour set, and we know he’s got the goods to rock your body right. (10 p.m. March 15, the Main)
Moonshine. On the Saturday after each full moon, the Montreal DJ collective throws an immersive, all-night party at various locations around the city. Resident DJs Pierre Kwenders and Bonbon Kojak invite live musicians and performers as they mix up Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy and electro-funk sounds. Catch an abbreviated version of the madness in their 90-minute SXSW set. (11 p.m. March 11, Bungalow)
Salsa showcase at Parker Jazz Club. If fancy footwork, quick hip switches and dramatic spins are more your speed, you’re in luck. For the first year, the festival has programmed a showcase dedicated to Salsa music. Colombian band Azultrabuco headlines an evening that also includes sets from Puerto Rico’s Mahya Veray y su Trauma and Cuba’s Eme Alfonso. (8:25 p.m. March 15, Parker Jazz Club)
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Run the Trap. Online music hub and Soundcloud heavy Run the Trap teams up with YouTube channel Magic Music and Elysian Records to present artists from around the world playing electronic dance, hip-hop, bass and beats music. Miami DJ PLS&TY headlines an evening that includes Australia’s Bad Decisions and the Netherlands' ReauBeau. (8 p.m. March 13, Edwin’s)
Cimafunk, Monophonicos. The entire showcase at Flamingo Cantina on Friday will get you moving, but we’re particularly fond of Afro-Cuban breakout Cimafunk, whose mix of hard funk and Caribbean sounds will leave no hips untwitched, and Colombian DJ and voice duo Monophonicos, who fuse old Latin rhythms like bolero and cumbia into dance floor-destroying electronic mixes. (Cimafunk at 11 p.m./Monophonicos at 1 a.m. March 15, Flamingo Cantina)
Juice at Bungalow. Looking for a solid Saturday night hip-hop throwdown? This DJ showcase is headlined by NYC's DJ Wonder with sets from DJ E-Sudd and DJ Steph Floss. The bill also features a solid roster of Texas talent, including Dallas’ Poizon Ivy, the official DJ for the Mavericks, and Austin’s own party rocker, DJ Hella Yella. This is an official SXSW showcase, but it is open to the public. (8 p.m. March 16, Bungalow)