"The scene" isn't some self-sustaining organism; it's built on the time, sweat, and wallets of a handful of individuals. They're the ones making the parties happen, putting in the work to get artists into town, and constantly keeping an eye out for new local talent. They're a pretty tireless bunch, so there's always something going on. Over the next few days, there are some direct ways to show your support for some of Seattle's nightlife heroes. But remember, these are still parties first and foremost, not merely occasions for hero worship.

Heading out Friday, June 1, you'd do well to split your attentions between the VIP Room and CHAC's Lower Level. At the VIP Room, promoter/DJ newbie/man-about-town Fortune Kiki is celebrating his birthday with Keekfest 2007, this year's edition of his now-annual shindig, the Keek Out Freak Out. If you don't know Kiki... wait, you must know Kiki. He's everywhere. Indie nights, house nights, mashup nights, zydeco nights, Kiki is probably going to be there. He could show up to your birthday party and know more people there than you do. In the wake of the multiyear run of the Gettin' ____ house night at the War Room, Kiki is finally taking a break from promoting (sort of). He's got about a dozen DJs lined up for the night, so the music should be all over the place.

Over at the Lower Level, Electric Avenue has Abstract Soul, the techno duo comprising Nordic Soul and Jerry Abstract. By day, Nordic Soul is Sean Horton, founder and director of the Decibel Festival. Jerry Abstract is Decibel's artistic director. Together they form like Voltron to put together sets that easily top what they do separately, which is saying a lot. When they played the inaugural Broken Disco, I was convinced that their dynamic consisted of Jerry Abstract pushing to go harder, with Nordic Soul bringing things back down. After Nordic Soul's bangin' set at the last Broken Disco, however, I'm not sure that's how it works at all. I just know it works extremely well.

If you're looking for more spectacle, you'll want to head over to Neumo's on Saturday, June 2, for Breaks & Freaks. A product of the Infinite Connections crew, Breaks & Freaks has been going on for two years strong—an admirable feat, especially considering how much is involved with each night. Sure, they've got the requisite music, but then they top that with a whole psychedelic circus vibe—clowns, acrobats, and fire performers doing their thing. It's a bit overwhelming, but since when is the occasional bout of sensory overload a bad thing?

There's a never-ending war against boredom, and these are some of the people in the trenches fighting the good fight. Now get out there and support your troops.

The Keek Out Freak Out is Fri June 1 at the VIP Room, 9 pm–2 am, free. Abstract Soul play Fri June 1 at CHAC Lower Level, 9 pm–2 am, free. Breaks & Freaks is Sat June 2 at Neumo's, 9 pm–2 am, $15.

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In anticipation of the next Global Underground release, Adam Freeland, one of the kings of the breaks scene, is touring North America. Freeland shows off his eclecticism on this CD, featuring Mylo, James Holden, and Gui Boratto, kicking things off with a Carl Craig remix. With the night being more breaks-centric, it'll be interesting to see how adventurous Freeland chooses to be. Last Supper Club, 124 S Washington St, 748-9975, free before 11 pm/$10 after, 21+.



With all the overlap between sets, it feels like the party-circuit DJs who play nights like Sing Sing all share the same master play list. Tussle sidesteps that whole issue by combining the live band and dance music worlds, creating beat-driven tunes obviously meant for head-nodding and ass-shaking. Let's hope the audience can forgive the departure from the usual Ritalin-deprived mixing. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 10 pm–2 am, $6, 21+.


If you find yourself at a Bad Boy Bill show, be ready for house music (of the harder variety) presented with a hiphop-size ego, mixed with a heavy dose of turntable wizardry. BBB definitely has skills and he knows it. In case you have short-term-memory issues, don't worry, you'll be reminded every three minutes or so that "you are watching Bad Boy Bill!," which will either get you pumped or drive you out of your fucking mind. Last Supper Club, 124 S Washington St, 748-9975, 9 pm–2 am, $10, 21+.



Flammable is partnering with Hot Mess to bring Detroit's DJ Minx out. Techno tends to get most of the attention, but Detroit's house scene (which blurs the house/techno line anyway) is also renowned, with labels like Minx's Women on Wax focusing on the deeper sides of house, influenced by Detroit's soul/R&B legacy. Minx has been through Seattle before, but this visit hopefully won't fall prey to the ills of underpromotion or underattendance like her others have. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873, cover, 9 pm–2 am, 21+.