Big festivals not your thing? Couldn’t afford a ticket? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one who won’t be partying under the electric sky. But you can still make the weekend of June 19-21 one to remember. Hit up these events to maximize your fun and minimize your #FOMO. And the best part is that you won’t have to deal with tens of thousands of shoulders bumping into you because everybody else will be at the festival.
At Whist Stove & Spirits, you can party for a good cause at a charity mixer for Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, June 18. While your friends are tirelessly prepping their spirit hoods for Day 1 of the fest, you can enjoy a select appetizer and cocktail menu from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Half of the proceeds go back to the charity, so drink up! (In the District at Green Valley Ranch., 5:30-7:30 p.m., WhistStove.com.)
SKAM Artist DJ Skratchy spins at Commonwealth on June 19. The Los Angeles native recently had breakfast with DJ Five and Eric D-Lux, so maybe he’ll bring the two with him to turn the night into an all-star extravaganza. (525 Fremont St., 10 p.m., CommonwealthLV.com.)
Say happy birthday to Mark Knight on June 20! The Grammy-nominated house producer kicks off another year of life at TRU Afterhours. (That’s right, this party won’t take place at a megaclub.) Hear songs such as “Ironing Man” and “Sun To Me” in a more intimate venue before he takes them to the speedway. (1700 E. Flamingo Rd., 2 a.m., Facebook.com/TRUAfterhours.)
Speaking of birthdays, on the same day, Bay Area rapper Sage the Gemini celebrates his 23rd at The Bank. You probably know him for his club bangers “Gas Pedal” or “Red Nose,” which both appeared on Billboard’s Top 100 charts. His California sun-soaked tunes are a far cry from the blaring EDM on the festival grounds, so it’ll be a nice change of pace. (In Bellagio, 10:30 p.m., TheBankLasVegas.com.)
Thankfully, Day 2 of EDC falls on the third Saturday in June (the 20th), so that means the Chicken Shack will be in full effect at the Bunkhouse. This monthly celebration fully embodies the phrase “love, peace and chicken grease,” so dance to classic soul, funk and old-school records and grub on free(!) fried chicken. Take our word for this: It’ll be much more fun than partying with that group of sweaty, drunk frat bros who only care to see Calvin Harris. (124 S. 11th St., 9 p.m., BunkhouseDowntown.com.)
If you’re like some of us, you just want to stay away from EDM and DJs altogether and experience good ol’ live music. If so, venture to House of Blues on June 20 where Los Angeles glam-rock supergroup Steel Panther will deliver one of the raunchy, over-the-top sets its known for. The facetious quartet has yet to confirm whether or not it’s a parody group, but judging by the lyrics in “Pussywhipped” and the kick-ass solo in “Gloryhole”—you know what, we don’t even want to ask. Long live rock ’n’ roll! (In Mandalay Bay, 9 p.m., HouseOfBlues.com.)
Day 3 of EDC happens to fall on Father’s Day, so take Dad to Brooklyn Bowl for a night of nostalgia and sing-alongs. As part of the In Its Entirety concert series, a tribute band will play The Eagles, Their Greatest Hits from cover to cover. He’ll thank you for taking him out, and you’ll thank yourself for avoiding the headache of festival traffic. (At the Linq Promenade, 7 p.m., Vegas.BrooklynBowl.com.)