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Wide Awake In The Hub: The RISE Pre-Game

Wednesday March 05, 2014

words: Sarah Ikerd

The challenge in Boston isn't tracking down electronic music; it's choosing which events to attend and deciding whether or not to sleep! RISE is of course at the epicenter of the nocturnal dance culture being that it's the city's only after-hours destination, with what many call a "beefy" and "banging" sound system. Because RISE starts bumping when most venues are closing their doors, it has a unique symbiosis with the parties at other clubs.


Revving your engine at earlier Friday and Saturday parties is the best way to stay wide awake for RISE. Make a night of it. There are plenty of downtown pre-game opportunities to whet your appetite. Here are a couple of great resources to find out what's going on before 306 Stuart St. comes to life:





Just east of RISE at 51 Stuart St. is Bijou in the Theater District. Every Friday this month of March 2014 is MASSIVE for them: Try Jamie Jones, Adam Beyer, Davide Squillace or - wait for it - Hernan Cattaneo B2B Nick Warren! Get your tickets HERE.


Looking for a grandiose big-room scene to stoke your fire? Check out Royale, which hosts the likes of radio royalty Pete Tong. On the flipside, if laid back is more your speed, check out the casual Good Life bar in the heart of downtown. From dubstep to disco, their Friday and Saturday nights BASSICSocial Studies and Sweet Shop are top shelf. 


If the underground darkroom vibe lures you in, there's Machine which is close to Fenway Park, and home of another impressive sound system. There is a relatively recent and especially brilliant night that happens there called BLEND. Blend occurs every first Saturday and offers house, techno, drum & bass and breaks. And you'd better not miss out when the legendary Kevin Saunderson visits on April 5th! Pay your respects before you head over to RISE.


It's important to point out that there is a wealth of electronic dance music in the Boston area on weeknights as well. It would be remiss not to mention Make It New at the Middlesex Lounge or Re:Set and Elements at the Phoenix Landing, all of which can be found on Mass Ave. in Cambridge, have enduring success and regularly bring in the cream of the crop.


In a metropolis with a dedicated dance music radio station like Evolution 101.7 and an annual festival like Together (May 11th-18th, 2014), it's easy to find inspiration.  So get out there and experience the cornucopia of beats that Boston provides, and see you at RISE!

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