Contra Dancing in Brooklyn

Good news is, if you’re motivated to head outside, just follow my music suggestions and by the end of the weekend you’ll have a tall blonde in your bed — boy or girl, take your pick — your eyesight will improve and you will know how to dance like a Texan.

Or you can always doze off in an easy chair.

Here’s the how what and where for the go-getters among us.

Let’s start with getting you that blonde.

Swedes know how to do winter. You can catch a pack of them at Baby’s All Right tonight, when Swedish pop, hip-hop and dance tunes will be performed by big stars from that country.

Sabina Ddumba

Sabina DdumbaNadia TehranWOE, and ishi vu perform. The night is bound to attract a diverse crowd, and challenge the stereotype of Sweden as a blonde mono-culture.

So strike my previous comment about the blondes. Let’s just guarantee that you’ll end up meeting someone hot.

It’s all free with RSVP.

Tonight also brings us hip-hop soul remix legend Nightmares on Wax DJ’ing at Output, and Tee Pee Records doing a label showcase at St. Vitus, with Worshipper and Mirror Queen in the lineup.

If you decide to stay home tonight it won’t be a total loss, as Tee Pee is streaming the whole show live from the club.

Finally, those seeking holiday cheer tonight can check out the Oh Hellos at Music Hall of Williamsburg. This folk band from Austin has been making a stir nationally. They will be performing songs from their new Christmas album.

Here is one of their non-Christmas songs.

Dance music producer A-Trak just released an album compilation of his renowned re-mixes, and he’s at Halcyon on Friday to show them off. Incredibly, the event is free with RSVP. Start time is 6 PM. Or you can catch him late-night tonight at Output.

And speaking of dance, it’s a bit far afield, but there’s a bizarre opportunity to learn contra dancing this Friday in Park Slope. That’s a really obscure dance that’s big in rural Texas, it’s kind of like a cross between swing and country line dancing.

The G train goes right there. Just get off at the 7th Avenue stop, get there by 7:30 PM for the introductory lesson, and bring soft-soled shoes. Yes you have a pair, just look through your summer shoe collection.

Another opportunity for dancing, albeit one tinged with sadness, is Cubana Social‘s final weekend of existence. Expect salsa, timba and tropical offerings from live bands and DJ’s from tonight through Saturday. Schedule and details can be found here.

To round out the rest of the weekend, I’m recommending The Struts rockers at Warsaw on Saturday if you can find tickets on the secondary market, and bar band veterans NRBQ at The Hall at MP on Sunday.

The Hall at MP also has the Rebirth Brass Band playing tonight through Saturday.

If you think brass bands are all about old timey music here’s some schooling from Rebirth.

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