Yes, Soundset is one of the biggest multi-stage hip-hop concerts in the country—check out our Breakdown on how to tackle the festival proper, a lot of good info in that. But even more, Soundset is an entire weekend of fun, with the adjacent parties almost more fun than the fest itself. We’re definitely heading to check out CO Exhibitions showcase of paintings, prints, and more from legendary graffiti artist RISK. There’s also the super fun official Soundset pre- and post-parties in the First Ave Mainroom, each would be one of the biggest shows of the week outside of the festival—The Klituation rocks the lead-in with a massive lineup of ladies (including legendary DJ Spinderella) and the come down includes many of the Soundset DJs heading downtown to play sets along with Los Angeles’ “Ambassador of Boogie Funk,” Dãm-Funk. Huge. Friday-Sunday. Various times.Betty M.J. Stacks

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