Legal Harborside Gears Up for the 140th Kentucky Derby

It’s that exciting time of the year again…so saddle on up; break out your swankiest springtime garb and showiest sun hat, because the Kentucky Derby is quickly approaching. Gear up with Beantown’s Legal Harborside for their Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 3rd. This bash will surely be legendary; so don’t miss out on all of the fun!

WEEKEND PICK: Wolfgang Gartner at Umbria Prime

Wolfgang Gartner is not as German as his name might suggest. The California-born House DJ has not only collaborated with Skrillex, DeadMau5, and Tiesto, but has also managed to put out eight Beatport #1 songs. His music has been featured in a number of TV shows and video games, and could also be heard in the 2011 movie, Limitless.

Gartner singed to Ultra Records in 2010, and then Ministry of Sound in the UK a year later. But before that, Gartner was releasing music through his own label, Kindergarten. He achieved A-list rotation on BBC Radio 1, and has played at many festivals since 2010 including Coachella and the World Electronic Music Festival. He was voted #8 on the list of top DJs in 2013.

Weekend Pick: Rare Beer Night at Champions' Sports Bar

Event is 21+.

When: Friday, April 18th, 7pm

Where: Champions Sports Bar, 110 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Weekend Pick: DVBBS at Ultrabar/Chroma

DVBBS (pronounced “dubs”), a duo from Toronto, have made more certified club bangers than you can imagine. The electro/house collective boasts a unique style and is the brains behind hits such as “TSUNAMI." Their EP, “Initio,” was released a little more than two years ago and continues to inspire up-and-coming artists on the scene.

The two members, brothers Alex and Chris Andre, have dabbled in reggae, dubstep, house, and electronic, and their live sets bring their colorful and creative sound to life. Having performed with the greats, including Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, and Deadmau5, their capabilities behind the turntables are at an all-time high and not to be passed up.

When: Thursday, April 17th, 10pm

Where: Ultra Bar/Chroma, 911 F St. NW, Washington, DC

Weekend Pick: Kid Ink at House of Blues

If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday that involves tattoos and catchy hip-hop, House of Blues Boston has you covered with their Kid Ink show! This tatt-addicted rapper got his start as a producer before deciding to pursue rapping full-time when he was just 22 years old.

After releasing 3 mixtapes under the music label, The Alumni Group, Kid Ink released his first independent album in 2012, which hit #20 on the Billboard 200 in its first week. In 2013, he signed a deal with RCA Records, and later that same year released the first single off his second album, a sexy, mellow track called Show Me, which features Chris Brown.

Weekend Pick: Excision at Aragon Ballroom

The Aragon Ballroom is known for hosting artists that bring in something unique, a tradition that will continue this weekend as Excision comes to take over on Friday night. Though his first release wasn’t until 2007, the young Canadian dubstep DJ and producer has actually been spinning since 2004, and is the founder of 2 record labels, Rottun Recordings and Destroid Records.

Excision has collaborated with fellow DJs Bassnecter, Datsik, and Space Laces, to name a few, and his second North American tour with supporting acts Dirtyphonics and ill Gates has just 3 shows left. Armed with a 150,000 watt PK sound system and his famous Executioner light and video program, his noisy songs are loaded with twisted effects and unpredictable bass. Excision’s music will remove you from reality and throw you into something straight-up otherworldly. The show is 18+.

Weekend Pick: Awesome Con at Walter E. Washington Convention Center

When: Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC

Weekend Pick: DJSnake at Umbria Prime

WHEN: Saturday, April 19th, 9pm

WHERE: Umbria Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston, MA

Weekend Pick: Kill Paris & Candyland at U Street Music Hall

When: Thursday, April 17th, 10pm

Where: U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW, Washington, DC

Weekend Pick: Keep Calm and Karaoke On at Esega
Story by Kirsty Bryant