Your Musical Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in Boston


It’s the Friday morning before Memorial Day Weekend and I sit on the MBTA commuting to work. I scroll through my Facebook and Twitter, as I do every day, except today is not like every other day… today is the dreaded start to festival season. Today I scroll through my timeline and tweets and am bombarded with my social network’s excitement for EDC New York, Mysteryland, and Movement. For everyone who loves electronic music but have responsibilities which keep us in the real world, today is a miserable day full of regret and FOMO.

No, you aren’t with your festival fam… But fear not!

You ARE in Boston, one of the epicenters of music and culture in America! If you want your fix of the underground sound, let us guide your search!

Bijou Nightclub rules the underground scene on Friday nights with an iron fist. Bijou’s sound system is one of the best in town, they bring in some of the biggest names and hottest talents around, and if you tip well the bartenders have a hefty pour. If you know nothing about underground dance music and want a great intro; go to Bijou. Tonight we have a special treat with Brooklyn-based, Bedouin warming up the decks for Dixon; the owner of Innervisions Label and Resident Advisor’s voted #1 DJ of the year! It will absolutely be a night to remember.

Let’s say you had to work late on Friday night, you wake up on Saturday rearing to go, what do you do?

Head on over to Society on High for Brunch Bourgeois! Celebrate everyone’s and their mother’s graduation from one of Boston’s many colleges and universities with a mimosa! Boston’s own Marko Milicevic will be serving tunes to satisfy your deep house desires.

After brunch on Saturday you have options: Either get to Prime Boston to go DEEPER with some more Boston-based folks; Charles Mazzola, Don Fochi, and Cem Ozden. These three have major chops behind the decks and will bring you some deep house that will make you bounce! Or, if you aren’t up for a night at the club, get to Firebrand Saints in Kendall Square and groove to some Nu-Disco and Jackin’ House spun by more local talent: Mikey Maags, Wild Joey, and Kyle & The Cat. Shake your booty while you grab some cheap gourmet food and cocktails!

After Friday and Saturday you’d think you’d have your fill of Underground Dance Music… NO! Sunday we have the privilege of experiencing the progression of music. Sunday, Skream comes to Bijou. Skream began as a top-notch dubstep producer, having the first dubstep song to be on television ever, but found his place in house music after recording a mix for Defected Records, a house music institution.

Though festivals are amazing experiences, Boston still kills Memorial Day Weekend with underground acts. If you really want the festival experience check out Boston Calling, but if you’re looking for underground dance music, look no further.

Written by Elan Rochbert