February saw First Ave bursting at the seams with all the party people who came out for Bassgasm, techno chieftain Woody McBride's mash note to Twin Cities dance fans. For an evening, petty infighting was drowned out by low-end throbbing from speakers stacked 12 feet high, while a few thousand sneakers danced on the grave of anything that didn't look like a good time. Now, as with all blockbusters, the sequel is upon us, making us wonder if anything can stand up to the first installment. Mr. McBride is once again bringing us a mix of notable locals, up-and-coming DJs, and old-school rave heavies like remixer-to-the-stars Tommie Sunshine (pictured) and acid king Terry Mullan, a combo that's sure to bring in another massive crowd. But will it have that same special quality, the sense that the event is somehow bigger than the sum of its parts? Here's to Part Two cultivating the same unforgettable vibe—but with double the explosions this time. With Hulk, HeavyGrinder, Mike G, and more. 18+.
Fri., July 23, 5 p.m., 2010