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Rhythm Hive Dance Rock Night

Thu., April 17, 9:30 p.m.
If you’re looking to grab a drink with a friend and sweat out your stress on the dance floor, head to the Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Thursday for Rhythm Hive Dance Rock Night, a monthly party hosted by Greg Poneris featuring dance rock tunes by the likes of LCD Soundsystem, The Kinks, Beck, The Cramps, David Bowie, Eagles of Death Metal, The Pixies, T. Rex, The White Stripes, Le Tigre, Talking Heads, and more. Poneris, a semi-recent transplant from Ohio, made a name for himself back home playing drums in a new-wave band called Eat Sugar and hosting similar dance parties. In other words, you can trust that the man knows what constitutes a killer beat. free
The Legionnaire Saloon 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)


Motown on Mondays

Mondays, 8 p.m.
Prozack Turner has certainly made good on his promise to “avoid the Top-40 hip-hop trap” at Legionnaire Saloon, his new Uptown bar. The venue’s parties showcase a wide variety of genres — disco, country, and more — and it recently began hosting one of the Bay’s longest-running weekly events, Motown on Mondays. Started in San Francisco in 2009, Motown on Mondays has since spread to Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Honolulu, and now Oakland, and brings together young and old fans with its mix of Sixties soul, doo-wop, and R&B. At Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), DJs have included Pam the Funkstress of The Coup and J-Boogie, and this week will feature DJ Fuze of Digital Underground. Fuze helped produce some of Digital Underground’s biggest hits, including “Freaks of the Industry,” “Doowutchyalike,” and “The Humpty Dance,” and has collaborated with Tupac and The Luniz, but he’s also made a name for himself as one of the Bay’s most eclectic cratediggers, amassing a collection of soul, house, and world music. Expect him to dust off some of his best records for the occasion. free
The Legionnaire Saloon 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)


The Jet Set

, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
The son of a Guatemalan mother and Salvadorian mother, Erick Santero grew up in Panama and Costa Rica, studied in Puerto Rico and Cuba, and poached a lot of his musical knowledge from Latin scenes in New York. So it's no overreach for Santero to say he gets around Latin America, or that he tends to eschew borders. His fan base is centered in the Bay Area, for sure, but it's also spread throughout the Latino diaspora, as is his palette. As a DJ, he's known for mixing contemporary hip-hop with vocal samples filched from Cuban singer Celia Cruz, bachata rhythms that originated in the Dominican Republic, and cumbia styles of the Caribbean. His weekly world music party, called The Jet Set, features grooves from throughout the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and Africa, with a rotating lineup of guest DJs. Every Wednesday at Luka's Taproom (2221 Broadway, Oakand). 8 p.m., free. free
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland (map)


"The Deeper Side of Soul"

Second Saturday of every month, 9:30 p.m.

The house scene in Oakland isn't just alive, it's thriving. And not just downtown, but lakeside, too. Beloved family-owned Mexican restaurant La Estrellita Cafe (446 E. 12th St.), which boasts an impressive entertainment calendar for such a small venue -- including salsa nights, spoken word, and the monthly Hella Gay comedy showcase -- recently brought soulful dance music into the fold. Fans of long-running events "Brothers and Sisters" and "The People Party" have a new place to convene, albeit a slightly smaller one. The event happens every second Saturday, with a rotating lineup of DJs and special guests. 9:30 p.m., free.

La Estrellita Cafe 446 E. 12th St., Oakland (map)

Roots and Branches

Third Friday of every month, 6 p.m.
DJ Crimson views every genre of music he spins as just “a root or a branch on the musical family tree.” Roots and Branches, the appropriately titled event he’s been hosting every third Friday at The Layover (1517 Franklin St., Oakland) since October, is “all about showing these connections and having fun with them,” he wrote in an email. To achieve his goal, Crimson doesn’t just spin hits; he also incorporates live musicians. Last month, he shared the stage with a horn trio, which brought serious flavor to already-energetic hip-hop tracks (including M.O.P.’s “Ante Up” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Party and Bullshit”), as well as classic funk, Afrobeat, doo-wop, and pop songs. The only thing better than hearing Outkast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” on a Friday night is hearing it played with live horns. The party gets started early and doesn’t stop until The Layover closes its doors. free
The Layover 1517 Franklin St., Oakland (map)


The Hanging Garden

Third Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
Every third Saturday of the month, DJ Squid and Dave Tibbs pay homage to the Eighties by spinning classic new wave, synth pop, and goth — think The Cure and Joy Division — at The Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland). This month, the theme of the party is “Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets.” Tibbs, who has been DJing at dive bars across the Bay Area for the past decade, assured me that The Hanging Garden isn’t a listening party. In fact, because the red-lit upstairs room at The Night Light doesn’t have much seating, he said, there isn’t really even an option for people to just hang out — so they’re on their feet and dancing. Every other month, a live band performs at The Hanging Garden, but this Saturday, DJ Xiola of the popular San Francisco-based goth party Requiem will be guest DJing. Visual art projected on the walls by the wEirdOs will add to the room’s sexy, underground vibe. $5
The Night Light 311 Broadway, Oakland (map)


The Booty Bassment

Third Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
If hours of dancing to mid-tempo bass-heavy hip-hop sounds as supremely satisfying to you as scoring a parking spot in downtown Oakland during First Fridays, then clear your schedule for the monthly Booty Bassment at The Knockout (3223 Mission St., San Francisco). True to its name, this second-Saturday party, featuring DJs Dimitri Dickinson and Ryan Poulsen, mixes classic and new hits from the likes of Too $hort and 2 Chainz, all for the goal of inducing mass rump-shaking. But unlike other parties, Booty Bassment manages to avoid being a total gropefest, so you can twerk, yike, and dip with abandon. Best of all, this gluteus festivity only costs $5, which is cheaper than Hipline, Zumba, or other dance workouts. Prepare your backside. $5
The Knockout 3223 Mission St., San Francisco (map)



Fourth Friday of every month, 9 p.m.
Every fourth Friday, DJ Fuze — best known for being a member of seminal Oakland hip-hop group Digital Underground — takes over the sound system at Era Art Bar (19 Grand Ave., Oakland). He knows his stuff — he produced for Tupac and worked with artists like The Luniz, Goapele, and Dave Chappelle. And although Fuze’s background is in hip-hop, he also spins R&B, soul, disco, and funk. At his monthly party at Era, he incorporates sounds from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa into his set as well. With such a diverse array of music, you won’t be bored. $10
Era Art Bar and Lounge 19 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)


Last Nite: A 2000s Indie Dance Party

, Fourth Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of nostalgia to fire up one’s desire to dance. That was the thinking behind the long-running Nineties-themed party “Debaser,” which was hosted by DJs Emdee and Jamie Jams at The Knockout in San Francisco. But earlier this year, they called it quits, and instead decided to “apply the same intellectual rigor, commitment to period accuracy, and creative selection” to the Aughts, Jamie Jams wrote in an email. Expect to hear songs from bands such as Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MIA, Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, and Basement Jaxx. To kick off the party — which will take place at The Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland) every fourth Friday, beginning this month ­— the LCD Soundsystem tribute band North American Scum will perform. $5 before 11pm, $10 after
The Night Light 311 Broadway, Oakland (map)


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