The Sunday Blues Debut: Feb 7-13


The Sunday Blues can mean lots of things. It can symbolize your overwhelming sadness that the next day we’re going back to work or school. It can describe how we feel after an awesome party last night, which we wished had never ended (or wished we didn’t drink so much and get so hungover on Sunday)

The Sunday Blues is a new series here on Beirutnightlife.com. It has a singular purpose, and that is helping you choose where to go party every week. Our calendar, and yours of course, is always full and deciding where to go, when to go and with whom to go to each is a hassle sometimes. It can also be useful in reminding us what we’re so blue about, with a small recap of what happened the week before.

With the help of our humble expertise in all things nightlife, we’ll try to highlight the most prominent events and parties, and explain a bit more than what the poster or Facebook event has to say (rather, promote), to try and help you decide if that’s what you really want to spend your money on and night doing.

I’m happy to announce that this week of February 7-13 is indeed a week jam-packed with amazing and diverse events. St. Maroun’s feast day smack-dab in the middle of the week on February 9th, coupled with semester breaks in most Lebanese universities, has made this week ripe for the picking for many clubs and organizers.

Tuesday

There is no doubt whatsoever that the only place you should be is B018 at midnight sharp. Fady Ferraye is coming back to B018 for the second time, using the first coming’s momentum to fuel the bigger, better and much-anticipated second coming. Fady has promised his fans that his new “If You Don’t Come To Democracy, Democracy Will Come To You” will debut with a special version tailor-made for the night.

Fady’s genre is truly unique, with the label saying “progressive house” but the actual content is a veritable trip-inducing, goosebump-creating concoction of unnatural sounds in a surreal blend of underground, avantgarde music.

Set in B018, one of the world’s favorite clubs (entry at #68 on DJmag’s Top100 of 2010), the night is going to be one to remember and you’ll keep dancing well after the sun has risen.

Wednesday

Well, if I fully recover from Fady’s second coming by then, I’d choose to go to Chocolate Club. The RnB nights with DJ Base are proving to be extremely successful and every now and then, I do crave some urban lifestyle music. Chocolate’s capacity is large, and you’d be feeling the hype of a crowd, in the cozy quarters of a club. But there are several other places with RnB nights as well, such as the more intimate and tinier Maison Blanche. I’d go for Chocolate though, I think Base’s taste is superb and his blends are true floor-fillers.

Thursday

I can’t believe I’m saying that, but too much clubbing can be too much clubbing. So, on Thursday, I’ll be at USJ’s Theatre Beryte, watching Joe Kodeih’s new “Ana” one-man-performance which I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from. After “Ashrafieh” my faith in Joe’s comedy and satire has become unshakable, and I look forward to see what he has in store with Ana. Also, a little culture never hurt anyone, and Joe’s dose is a refreshing breath of crisp sarcasm aimed at the sometimes frustrating Lebanese situation!

Friday

This day marks an important milestone in Lebanese Underground Music, for it is my beloved Basement’s first reunion. Jade and Diamond Setter will be at the Art Lounge in Karantina, with The Basement’s loyalists already craving for the Tech-House fix (such as myself!). I have noticed that, unfortunately, many of you failed an important part of your lives, and never went, or never went enough to The Basement. Here’s why you’ve failed. Now that you know why you’ve failed, make sure you’re there on Friday to make up for lot time, and get a taste of what you’ve missed out on all those years, and what’s coming next really soon.

Saturday

French music is adored by thousands of Lebanese clubbers. After all, we are a francophone country and it is very likely most of us are French-educated. The classics we listened to, the ones our parents and grandparents grew up to, as well as the newer, rawer tracks, bring out a spirit of nostalgia and longing for the 80s that were the golden years for French music, and in fact most music in general.

The awesome guys at Poliakov realized that nights in the middle of the week were not giving the genre and theme the justice it deserved, and that something big was due in Beirut for Beirut’s French music-lovers. Hence, French Kiss Les Anne 80s, which will feature the biggest artists and DJs straight from France at the Warehouse Loft.

Now, even though I’m not a die-hard French music fan, I am very eager to see how this concept rolls out. The venue, lineup and theme seem perfect for a sophisticated French night, on a truly large scale, catered and managed by a team that has proven itself world-class in organizing grand events.

(click on the images to be directed to the calendar entries, for numbers/tickets/etc.)

Please let us know what you think. Was this helpful? Did it waste your time? Should it include something else? Is it great the way it is? Would you read it every Sunday?