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Shine On You Crazy Diamonds
This weekend, a horrific fire broke out at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland during an underground. The space was filled with close to 100 people, and sadly, this party became one of Oakland's worst tragedies. As someone who grew up in the scene, this hits way too close to home. I think about the countless times i've been at an underground and thought about the potential for something to go wrong, and now, here we are. luckily for me, nothing bad ever happened, but the party-goers at Ghost Ship weren't so fortunate.

Warehouses such this are the backbone of the artist community, both as a creative space, and as living accommodations. The structure of these places left much to be desired, but that wasn't why we were there. We were there to connect through music, to venture to a place of acceptance and love; all things that should be inherently given, especially through the formative years.

For us, these nights were our escape and we hold them dear to our hearts. We're creatures of the night, dancing our troubles away. And that's just what those attending the 100% Silk West Coast Tour were doing. The 36 beautiful souls who lost their lives were living naturally, sharing love, both for each other and for music. They were sharing their crafts, their work, their souls. Their true essence. And if we focus on just that, perhaps we can find a little comfort within this senseless tragedy.

From those of us here at Nitevibe, we send our love to everyone affected by the fire. Though you may not have had a personal connection to this particular location or people involved, if you frequent the bay's music scene, then you've shared a smile, hug and dancefloor with many of them. And you realize this could've happened to any of us.

Please join us in remembering those we've lost: They were performers, artists, teachers, DJs, filmmakers, musicians, sons, daughters and lovers, not squatters illegally living in a warehouse. They were professionals whose promising lives were cut short. They were resilient; full of creativity, passion, and love; the epitome of Oakland.

I leave you with the words of Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Ode.

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

In true Bay Area fashion, a vigil took place Monday, 12/5 at the Pergola at Lake Merritt. Honoring the fallen, speakers included family and friends of those we lost. You can view the moving photo galler by Elizabeth Kier here.

Benefit events are already beginning to pop up as an aide to victims. The Golden Bull in downtown Oakland will host multiple Ghost Ship Benefits, with the first happening tonight, Weds 12/7 and another tomorrow, Thurs 12/8.

On Sunday, Dec 11, Moby will be joining Richie Panic, DJ CZ, MPHD and many special guests at Mezzanine for the Oakland Fire Relief Benefit to raise as much funds as they can. Please check back on our site for benefit updates, as we will be posting as we get them.

If you are unable to make any of these events, but still want to donate, you can do so here: Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghostship Oakland Fire, Trans Assistance Project, and Oakland Fire Relief, (CQ)


In The Red: PulSomatic
Now, more than ever, is the time to support our communities, to support our artists, and to give everything we can (even if it's just your presence) to make sure that Bay Area Arts live long, strong, prosperous, and continue to be a shining light from our home to the rest of the nation and the world. The ladies (and some men) of Flaming Lotus Girls are an integral part of this local artistic make-up and tonight they'll be showcasing their large scale art project, Pulse, straight back from the Playa. Experience this stunning piece and dance along with local DJs (all female) to make us proud of the musical talents we are lucky enough to bolster by our participation. There will also be a silent auction for further support of the arts of this amazing group. Support of the arts is one of the only ways our community can find to heal and come together. You can start here. Date: Saturday, December 10, Time: 8pm-2am, Place: SOMArts, Cover: $10-20, sliding scale, More Info (ML)




Flyer Of The Week
Our flyer of the week is for Green Gorilla Lounge 20 Year Anniv this Fri @ Monarch


Link Of The Week
Once Upon a Time in Cappadocia: Prepare yourself to soar through the fairy tale landscape of majestic Cappadocia in a spellbinding new video experience from Turkish Airlines and renowned filmmaker Rob Whitworth. Experience the towering fairy chimney formations, immense subterranean cities, stone-carved mansions, and inimitable cultural energy that make Cappadocia one of the world's most unforgettable travel destinations. Here

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Event: Housepitality with Justin Long
Venue: F8
DJs: Justin Long of Circling Vultures, Secret Studio, Justin Anastasi, Rachel Aiello
Music: house, techno
Cover: no cover b4 10pm w/RSVP, $5 presale on RA, $10 otherwise


It's been a rough couple of days and Housepitality can't come soon enough. If you're looking to dance your cares away, get to F8 to catch Justin Long of Circling Vultures, throwing down in celebration of his and duo mate Ken Zawacki's newest release on Secret Studio Records. This new album fuses 90's Midwest rave with an acid sound. They're releasing this album on vinyl, but are limiting it 300 copies. Don't worry though as all will receive an instant digital download, too. Warming up the night will be Tyrel Williams and Bai-ee, aka Secret Studio, who'll drop beats so funky your feet won't know what to do. Rounding out the lineup is Justin Anastasi and Rachel Aiello, each adding their own flavor to the housepit. (CQ)

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Event: Kollektive Turmstrasse (DJ Set), Stimjming (live)
Venue: The Great Northern
DJs: Kollektive Turmstrasse (DJ Set), Stimjming (live), Pedro Arbulu, DJ M3
Music: house, techno
Cover: $20 presale
There are few artists operating in the house/techno milieu who offer much beyond functionality in their music. Those who bring more than this to the table always stand out from the crowd. Hamburg/Berlin duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse (Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann) are one of those rare acts whose music caters for both body and soul. Few people bring a truly original sound to house music. It's all very well making some nice grooves and working the dancefloor, but when it comes to longevity and leaving an indelible mark on the genre and the wider musical sphere, you've got to bring something new to the table. At a relatively young age, Hamburg's Martin Stimming did just that, demonstrating a sophisticated yet accessible sound that's beyond his years.

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Event: Green Gorilla Lounge 20 Year Anniversary Party
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Magda, DJ M3, Anthony Mansfield, Jimmy B, Sharon Buck
Music: house (tech, funky, electro), ambient, techno, minimal
Cover: $15-20
Green Gorilla Lounge has achieved an epic milestone, celebrating 20 years of Sweat in the SF music community. The crew decided that the appropriate thing to do would be to take over Monarch and rock the dancefloor of the catacombs. Magda brings her dramatic and eccentric sound, segwaying from funky disco to Detroit techno and everything in between. Not one to be labeled, Magda is happening toeing the line between genres, creating sounds truly her own. The Green Gorilla* residents, M3, Anthony Mansfield, Jimmy B and Sharon Buck, also throw down, each bringing that signature GG sound with them. (CQ)

Event: John Digweed
Venue: The Great Northern
DJs: John Digweed, Tara Brooks
Music: house, acid house, tech-house
Cover: $10-50 presale
Some DJ careers are built on hype. John Digweed's career is built on substance. One of the planet's most popular DJs, his sets never fall out of favour with clubbers the world over, as his relentless global gig schedule testifies. From ethereal, swirling cinematic soundscapes to energy-infused bass-bothering tech growlers, a new generation of clubbers are learning what we already know - that there's nothing quite like being locked into a John Digweed set. In a dance scene increasingly inhabited by inflated egos and gimmicks, John's approach remains all drive, no drama, a heads-down crack-on attitude that has won him the respect of his peers.

Event:Kenny Larkin
Venue: Halcyon
DJs: Kenny Larkin, Matthias Link, Leyl Master Black, Loammi & Fabrizio
Music: Detroit techno
Cover: $10-20
Kenny Larkin is distinctly one of the world's most premiere leaders of Detroit techno in the electronic music industry today. As a producer, DJ and remixer, Kenny has mesmerized crowds and fans across the globe for the last twenty years with his music. Since 1990, Larkin has cemented his name in the pages of dance music history along with fellow Detroit Techno music mates, Derrick May, Carl Craig and Kevin Saunderson. Larkin's thunderous return to techno has not stopped since, with Kenny touring the globe more than ever as part of the 25 years of Detroit Techno celebrations and releasing new records on Planet E, being remixed by Claude Von Stroke and Ben Klock and collaborating with Shlomi Aber on his Be As One Imprint.

Event: Petre Inspirescu
Venue: Public Works (Loft)
DJs: Petre Inspirescu
Music: house
Cover: $15-25
In his adoptive town, Bucharest, Pedro aka Petre Inspirescu has long been a pivotal figure alongside his frequent accomplices Rhadoo and Raresh. He started djing in 1999, in the long regretted Web Club. Four years ago he became resident at Circoloco, Dc10 Ibiza and since then, his way of feeling and understanding electronic music changed completely. In the last three years, his appearances throughout the whole world have brought his name to many listeners' lips, heightening interest in the fertile Romanian scene, an unexpected outpost of advanced electronic music. From the very beginning Pedro has been strongly affected by deep house tunes and the multitude variety of grooves – not only in electronic music. His DJ sets are as sonically baffling as they are irresistibly groovy; as a producer, his tracks are as unhinged as they are methodical.

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Event: AYLI with Prins Thomas
Venue: Public Works
DJs: Prins Thomas, Tama Sumo, Lakuti, Sassmouth, Dorisburg, Sassmouth b2b Mossmouth, Alison Swing, Petko Nikolov b2b CHVCK
Music: house, techno
Cover: $20
As You Like It is back, taking over Public Works this Saturday for a night of banging beats. AYLI is the collective brainchild of like-minded people who share a love for music and cutting-edge sounds. Prins Thomas takes a break from running the labels Full Pupp, Internasjonal, Rett I Fletta and Horisontal Mambo to rock the decks at PW. These labels, coupled with his production releases, have shaped the music scene in his home country of Norway. He doesn't stick to one genre, touching on pop, techno and anything else he feels like. Also performing are Tama Sumo and Lakuti, two talented house and techno DJs with a penchant for civil rights. Their philosophy of united we are stronger,' resonates not just in the Bay Area, but beyond. These are just a taste of those performing, but you have to attend to get the full list. (CQ)

Event: Lee Curtiss & Ryan Crosson
Venue: Halcyon
DJs: Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, Emanate
Music: tech-house, house
Cover: $10-25 presale
Master of the sensual synth, sensitive, pop-inflected songwriter, and all-round label visionary, Lee Curtiss knows how to straddle the dance industry's many contradictions, in the process releasing hits as exquisitely crafted and mentally twisted as they are in global demand. The musical engine room of Visionquest, the label pioneering the sexier, more carefree sound now trickling into the mainstream, Lee first made his mark as a producer with releases for Spectral, Get Physical, Supplement Facts, and Wolf & Lamb. Through DJ sets that mine the depths of dance music's history and live PAs that pave the way to its future. Ryan Crosson's musical output is shaped by pioneering artists like Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson and Moodymann in the US, in addition to European heavyweights like Pantytec, Ricardo Villalobos, and Thomas Brinkmann. Situated loosely between these two defining poles, alongside his partners in Visionquest: Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler and Lee Curtiss, Ryan delivers a obsessive attention to the constant progression of his sound and embodies a ceaseless energy that carries itself from the studio directly into his live set and DJ performances.

Event: Pink Reunion
Venue: Hawthorn
DJs: Franky Boissy, Lord JP, Lady LaStar, Stefanking
Music: house
Cover: $10-15
The legendary PINK returns to SF for one night only! Yes! The Pink crew is getting back together flying in from London, Paris and Montreal to serve up those house-fueled fun-loving times that were once held at the little venue on 16th St. known as Pink. Hosted by Gilles, Christophe and the infamous Thomas. Pink! In the name of Love!

Event: Victor Calderone
Venue: Audio
DJs: Victor Calderone, Ben Seagren, Dean Samaras
Music: house, techno
Cover: $10 presale
All it takes is one look at Victor Calderone's 20+year track record and the facts speak for themselves. From past collaborations with some of the biggest names in pop like Madonna, Sting and Beyoncé Knowles, to more recent collaborations with the likes of Adam Beyer, Richie Hawtin, Nicole Moudaber and Paco Osuna, Victor's constantly evolving approach and contributions to the worlds of house and techno music has earned him a place firmly at the top among the world's most prolific DJs and producers. Introduced to New York nightlife at only 15 years of age by his older brother Cesar, Victor quickly developed an intense passion for dance music that would form the foundation for the Brooklyn native's remarkable career.

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Event: Oakland Fire Relief Benefit w/ Moby (DJ Set)
Venue: Mezzanine
DJs: Moby, Richie Panic, DJ CZ, MPHD, and more
Music: house, techno
Cover: minimum $20 donation
Giving what you can will not bring back the loved ones and lost spaces that we lost on what is now a fateful Friday evening. Despite the sad facts, relieving the burdens of the families and those close to the deceased is important right now amidst the pain. Entertainment groups from across the Bay (Another Planet Entertainment, Dirtybird, EyeHeartSF, The Great Northern, etc…) and across genres are pulling together to create a singular memorial event featuring a donated set by the legendary artist Moby. His contribution shows just how much these bright souls and the bright lights that we lost were felt by a global music community. Spend time with him, your friends and community, and other local artists who are contributing their work to this evening to remember, to grieve, and to be together and appreciate the art that we know these lost souls would have wanted us to. (ML)

Event: Reindeer Games
Venue: Natoma Cabana
DJs: Tobin Ellsworth, e'Lish, Wes Charles, DGutti, Jonboy, Jeremy Rosebrook, Christopher Charles
Music: house, disco, techno
Cover: $8
With Christmas rapidly approaching, it's no surprise there's an event called, Reindeer Games. Taking over the Natoma Cabana, this event is more day party than anything else. Starting at 2pm, your favorite selectas will be throwing down bass-laden beats, in celebration for 2016's first holly jolly holiday cabana. Pink Mammoth's Tobin Ellsworth keeps the party moving and grooving with his banging track selection and high energy. e'Lish is also on deck, taking you on a musical journey with her chunky house beats. Wes Charles keeps things funky and fresh with his signature sound while DGutti will have the floor quaking and your booty shaking with his playful sound. Jonboy, Jeremy Rosebrook and Christopher Charles round out the lineup, so if you're looking for something to do on the earlier side, Reindeer Games is just for you. (CQ)

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The week as it was...

Housepitality @ F8

Sharam @ Halcyon

Afternoon Bliss @ Brix, Oakland

Light Vigil for Ghost Ship @ Lake Merritt - Oakland