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Deep South Dance: Mersiv Rocks Republic, Shpongle Returns, & Friendsgiving With Subtronics

November 18, 2019 | It’s time for another edition of Deep South Dance, your latest on everything dance music related in New Orleans. As we begin to settle into the holiday season, shows and events may slow down a bit. People spend more time traveling, visiting families, and avoiding the cold indoors. But in a city like ours, there’s always something happening. Here’s your latest bi-weekly roundup…

Bassik celebrated its nine-year anniversary with a special performance from Borgore and Kai Wachi at the Joy Theater. Louisiana-bred Mersiv returned to NOLA with a bass throw down at the Republic. River Beats reporter Caleb Beck covered the show and called it the “show of the year.”

This reporter scoped out the Thievery Corporation performance at the House of Blues this past weekend. While not technically labeled as dance music, the collective’s music has a heavy electronic influence, and the band has increased its EDM fan-base over the years.

In other news, the über popular electro-indie trio Rufus Du Sol announced they’re coming back to Nola next year. The Australian group played the Joy Theater earlier this spring, and are returning to the Orpheum in March. 

Here’s what’s coming up for us over the next two weeks. 


Upcoming Shows


We covered the Shpongle Bicycle Day show with Alex Grey at the Joy last year and had some mixed feelings. The music was great, but the cash grab for Grey’s “Chapel of Sacred Mirrors” felt a bit gauche. We’re excited to see the Psybient producer come back to the city this Saturday – this time on his own. After the Shpongle show, Republic is holding the official afterparty with Russ Liquid & Thriftworks.

23nov8:00 pm11:00 pmShpongle (Simon Posford Live Set) at Joy Theater

23nov(nov 23)10:00 pm24(nov 24)3:00 amRuss Liquid & Thriftworks at Republic NOLA

If “deep house with a shot of tequila” is more your style, Loud Luxury & Dzeko are playing the Metro on Sunday.

24nov(nov 24)9:00 pm25(nov 25)4:00 amLOUD LUXURY & DZEKO - Live at The Metropolitan New Orleans

Then, into next week, Gryffin is bringing his Gravity II tour to the Joy on a Tuesday night; but be forewarned, that’s the same night that The 1975 play the Lakefront Arena – I know I’ll have some big decisions to make. On Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving, you can get your Friendsgiving on with the annual Gobble Wobble. This year’s lineup hosts Subtronics, G-REX, and ZIA.

26nov7:00 pm11:00 pmGryffin presents Gravity II Tour at Joy Theater

27nov9:00 pm11:59 pmAnnual Gobble Wobble ft Subtronics, G-REX, ZIA

Get the full scoop on all these events are more on our New Orleans events calendar. But don’t worry, we’ll remind you of our regular weekend guides as well. 


Fresh Deep South Dance Releases


Every installment of Deep South Dance includes some of the latest releases from local, southern LA producers. Listen to what our swamp family has been up to below.

Greign gave us a melodic, future bass banger with “Bring Me Down.”

Dohm Collective residents BadDancerMusic released a full-length house and disco set titled Dance With Me Vol. 5.


And Bomb Factory released the catchy but glitchy track “spit:e.”


Contact sierra@riverbeats.life to be included in our upcoming Deep South Dance roundups.


Featured Image: BASSIK

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