FOR YOU FREAKY DANCERS fatigued or alienated by the local EDM onslaught: This weekend brings two expressive underground events produced by experienced, Vegas-based promoters.
Last year, veteran party-thrower Chad Craig and his A Way of Life Productions outfit raised eyebrows with two moves: One, he shelved his 14-year-old, Halloween-themed Devil’s Night party, and two, organized another one called Halfway 2 Halloween. The latter returns May 3, in its original location: the AWOL Productions Studios — aka former rave warehouse The Candy Factory. H2H will feature electro, house and bass music DJs, performance artists and vendors. But it’s also an excuse for revelers to don costumes — and donate a new or gently used kiddie one for Shade Tree (Tip: Halloween Mart is open all year.)
H2H ought to whet the appetite for Devil’s Night 15, which, if Craig can lighten his event-production load, will finally happen this October.
May 3 also marks the beginning of a much bigger event, the Pinnacle Electronic Music and Arts Festival, which continues through May 5. The rub: It’s three hours away, in Apple Valley, Calif. (Don’t fret about booking a hotel — there’s camping on site.)
Behind the partially crowd-funded, 1,000-plus-capacity Pinnacle are three locals with significant “remote desert gathering” experience: DJ Brett Rubin, a former rave promoter who now manages entertainment and promotions at Artisan; DJ Crime, a Seattle-cum-Vegas DJ/producer and owner of the Private Sector party production outfit; and Ronnie Brust, who along with Rubin founded and organizes the Black Rock Syndicate sound camp at Burning Man.
Pinnacle will be burner-friendly and incorporate some of the culture, art and principles of Burning Man (for instance, attendees must be self-sufficient and “leave no trace,” and are encouraged to wear their “playa gear”). Among the 100-plus DJs performing on the three stages are international talent like Donald Glaude, Coffi and DJ Swamp, and local mainstays such as SpaceByrdz, Jordan Stevens, Miss Joy and Rubin himself — all playing what they can’t on the Strip.
HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN: Friday, May 3, 9 p.m.; AWOL Studios, 1400 Industrial Road, www.h2hvegas.com, $15. PINNACLE: Friday-Sunday, May 3-5; Oak Springs Ranch, 182 Fawnskin Road, Apple Valley, Calif., www.pinnaclemusicfestival.com, $30-$60.