The passing of the summer solstice also throws open the doors of festival season. Some primers have already taken place (Coachella, MerleFest, EDC Las Vegas, Bonnaroo) but the real cream – curated events that aren’t necessarily branded according to a major corporate agenda – comes in the middle of the scorching heat. Big What? is coming up this weekend, Hopscotch should be on everyone’s calendar, Mantrabash toward the end of summer, and of course any handful of the national ones like Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, and the Gathering. As if an overarching horoscope: Plan accordingly and budget wisely.

Dance From Above at the Crown Room is celebrating its one-year anniversary with Marley Carroll and Body Games. It’s only appropriate Marley Carroll returns, given his appearance at the kick-off last year, and alongside Body Games no less. For the $10 ticket you’ll also see Alvin Shavers, Darklove., Fiftyfootshadows, Gray Area and Prez. Show runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., and keep your ear tuned for after parties.

The Blacklight District at Limelight just announced Run DMT as the July 17 headliner. Make no mistake about it, Run DMT is not for the faint of heart. You think you like heavy bass now? Get a preview of Run DMT on Soundcloud to get right. It’s definitely an acquired taste with drum and bass influences, unmistakable parallels between metal, and of course, the bass frequencies you feel. Bring your earplugs just in case.

Something else to keep on your radar for July is DSB 19, a producer battle held at Blind Tiger by Ed E. Ruger and Iconoclast. Speaking of Ruger, the Music for Meals 2 event last weekend looks like it turned out to be a success with food donations going to Out of the Garden Project, a Guilford County food assistance non-profit organization. DSB 19 winner receives a $400 gift certificate to Guitar Center, second place gets $100, and both receive free entry into DSB 20.

In national news, despite the “Drugs and dance music: It’s time to talk” conference held at the EDMBiz conference in Las Vegas, conveniently the same weekend as Electric Daisy Carnival, it was reported that one attendee at the massive event passed away. The three-day festival sold more than 130,000 tickets and Las Vegas Metropolitan police reported nearly 1,000 medical calls over the course of the weekend. This is just a friendly reminder to party safe, drink lots of water, and never be scared to ask for help. !