Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events, including inauguration celebrations and balls, at www.goingoutguide.com.
Beat Society came on the scene in the days before hip-hop producers added tags to their songs to grab some of the spotlight from rappers and before anyone other than the big three (Dr. Dre, RZA and DJ Premier) were getting shine for their beatcraft. The original Beat Society was an online woodshed where producers could trade tips, polish their craft and even sell their wares, and then it spawned the first significant live showcase for the artists behind the boards crafting the soundscapes of hip-hop. More than a decade after it began, Beat Society is back at Liv with beat-makers !LLMIND, Judah, Hezekiah and IMakemadbeats laying down tracks for Skyzoo, Wes Felton and other performers.
Wednesday at 8 p.m. Liv, 2001 11th St. NW. beatsocietydc.eventbrite.com. $15 in advance; $10 for students.
We miss the weekly Rock Creek Social Club dance parties at Recess, which were some of the most musically and culturally diverse throwdowns in the city. The team behind RCSC has been taking the show on the road, with DJs Spinser Tracy and Jerome Baker III taking over Josephine and Heist, among other clubs, for special events. For an early inauguration celebration, the fashion-and-music-obsessed bunch is setting up at Policy. Doors open at 9 p.m., and there’s free Don Julio tequila for all from 10 to 11 p.m.
Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Policy, 1904 14th St. NW. 202-387-7654. www.rockcreeksocialclub.com. Free.
Hometown hero Thievery Corporation is having another sold-out stand at the 9:30 Club from Thursday through Saturday. But if you don’t have tickets, you can still celebrate with the popular dub/reggae/lounge/electronica act at its official after-party at the Brixton on Thursday night. The free party is based around a performance by local reggae band the Arkives, which will be joined for the night by Thievery Corporation vocalist Ras Puma.
Thursday at 10 p.m. The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 202- 560-5045. www.brixtondc.com. Free.
After eight years of providing indie rock, Britpop and electronic music, DC9’s weekly Liberation Dance Party is coming to an end. Founding DJ/VJ Bill Spieler says he has been growing frustrated that many new songs he enjoys “don’t translate well to the dance floor” without a remix, so he’s winding up Liberation and planning to unveil a different party in late spring. This last hurrah features Spieler and Shannon Stewart spinning their favorite songs and videos, and the usual open bar from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Because it’s inauguration weekend, DC9 can stay open until 4 a.m., giving patrons plenty of time to get in one more spin on the dance floor.
Friday at 9 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $7.