The Best Nightlife Events in January
DJ Roya’s Magical Unicorn & Rainbow Birthday Party
Channel your inner tween while dancing your butt off to DJ Roya’s favorite indie, ‘80s and ‘90s music at her Lisa Frank-themed birthday party! If you like dancing unicorns, double rainbows, baby kittens, balloon animals and lots of stickers, then this event is for you. There will be free popcorn, cupcakes, candy, condoms, stuffed animals, and plenty of other fun Lisa Frank-inspired props, decorations and party favors for everyone to enjoy.
Apollo’s Lounge, 5749 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.277.9373, facebook.com/APOLLOSLOUNGE, January 3, 9 p.m., free, $5 after 9 p.m.
Uptown feat. DJ Organic
If you’ve ever been to the Blunt Club, then you know who Adam Dumper, aka Dumperfoo, is. The DJ and local artist is set to perform at Uptown, a spin-off of the Blunt Club Thursday event. With a range of music including everything from Motown to EDM to classic hip-hop hits and a guest DJ spot being filled by the talented DJ Organic, this event is a the ideal place for the hip-hop crowd who usually has to suffer through the Top 40 cornucopia of hits at any other club.
Rips Ales & Cocktails, 3045 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, 602.266.0015, ripsbar.weebly.com, 10 p.m., free
As one of the most popular DJs in the world, one might expect John Digweed to live up to the typical DJ stereotype: inflated ego and crazy hair. Luckily for fans, he has neither. Humble and determined, Digweed’s sets never fail to get the crowd on their feet and dancing. Driven to give the fans a show to remember, he is always searching for new mixes and remixes that he can lay down with his ingenuity.
Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, relentlessbeats.com, 602.456.1991, 9 p.m., $25
The Love Festival
Featuring two stages and carnival rides and attractions, this 18 and older event is definitely going to be a hit. Although this event has 16 years behind it, this is the first time it is coming to Phoenix. The Pressroom in Downtown Phoenix hosts this carnival of a concert where headlining artists include Sultan & Nedshepard, DJ Dan, Eddie Amador, DJ Reza, Chris Garcia, Bakman and Tranzit.
The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix, relentlessbeats.com, 602.396,7136, 6 p.m., $40
Tejano Thursday featuring DJ Stixx
Time to get your groove on to some of the best Tejano hits out right now. If you’re not sure what “Tejano” means, think modern-day Selena. DJ Stixx is stopping by Karamba Nightclub to play the best salsa, cumbia, Tex-Mex, conjunto and norteño music to get you boogying on the dance floor. With great drink specials and an exciting environment, this is a great way to mix up your usual nightlife routine.
Karamba, 1724 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 602.254.0231, karambanightclub.com, 9 p.m., free
Lil Jon will be returning to Maya Day + Nightclub for a performance January 23. Best known for his hits “Snap Yo Fingers”, “Shots” and “Turn Down for What”, Lil Jon has spent the majority of his life rapping and recording music. His recent move to electronic dance music is a perfect fit for Maya, which has hosts the best EDM tourist talent. Get ready to dance and party the night away, because, really, turn down for what?
Maya Day + Nightclub, 333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, mayaclubaz.com, 9 p.m., $15-$30
DJ Tiesto at Maya Day + Nightclub
Super Bowl weekend is almost upon us and DJ Tiesto is ready to knock your socks off. Tiesto has made a name for himself in the electronic dance music scene, being named the “No. 1 DJ in the World” for three straight years, completing 12 studio albums and headlining at festivals around the world such as Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival. With high-profile collaborations with artists like Katy Perry, Kanye West and Coldplay, Tiesto’s music appeals to music fans across genres.
Maya Day + Nightclub, 333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, mayaclubaz.com, 9 p.m., $70-$90