Top Winter Music Conference 2012 Parties For Saturday, March 17

It's Winter Music Conference.

So for the last 24 hours, we here at Crossfade have been raving and raging with a gang of incurable beat freaks, hardcore partiers, Junior Boys, sun junkies, and Miami nightlife legends.

But we've taken a 45-minute nap on the dance floor, slugged a Red Bull smoothie, and choked down a fistful of pep pills. Which means, "Party time, motherfuckers."

Just check the cut for today's top WMC 2012 parties.

Half Seas Over Cruise. With Jay Haze, Inxec, Ray Okpara, Fuckpony, Robbie Akbal, and others, presented by Un_Mute and Aqua Elite Events. 5 p.m., Tikki Beach, boarding at 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $60 to $65 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Drop three beans and $65 to go uhntz-uhntz-ing aboard the Tikki Beach till 5 a.m. while raiding the open bar and beat-freaking in a cabana bed with the Un_Mute crew, Aqua Elite Events, and 15 hot 'n' ready jocks. See Crossfade's list of the eight best WMC 2012 cruises.

Chus + Ceballos. With Abel Ramos, David Penn, Patrick M, Robert Gaez, The Cube Guys, and others. 10 p.m., Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; Tickets cost $30 to $40 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Just three hours ago, Señors Chus L. Esteban and Pablo Ceballos landed in the MIA for Winter Music Conference, screaming, "Hola Miami, nos vemos esta noche en Space POR FIN!" Translation: "Party time, motherfuckers."

Derrick Carter. With Jonathan Cowan and Hector Romero. 10 p.m., Shine at the Shelborne Beach Resort, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-341-1455; Tickets cost $20 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Old-school Chi-Town house head Derrick Carter's gonna hold down the afterdark action at the Shelborne tonight with backup from the beach resort's resident truthteller, Jonathan Cowan, who ain't afraid to say that Swedish House Mafia is a bunch of "bullshit."

Mi Casa, Su Casa. With Julius the Mad Thinker, Jeremy Sole, Keith Evan, DJ Spinna, Ed Dunn Jr., and others. 10 p.m., The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami Beach; 305-379-0508; Tickets cost $10 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Slip on some shades and break out the domes. It's time for a downtown gang bang with dance music master chemist Julius the Mad Thinker and Miami's favorite filthy party girl, Back Door Bamby.

Yoshitoshi's Sharam. With Paul Ritch. 11 p.m., Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-8411; Tickets cost $35 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. If his latest Facebook updates are any indication, Yoshitoshi Recordings boss, Sharam, is getting psyched for tonight's SoBe gig by guzzling java ("Hail to the coffee again! WMC prep is futile without it!") while vibing out to a dance remix of Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman."

Again ... Can you say, "Party time, motherfuckers"?

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