DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 28 – August 31

We’re back with another DC House Grooves weekend round up. We’ve been out of town, so missed out on last weekend’s festivities, but we heard there were some really good times to be had. Reports came in that Mr Scruff at U Street Music Hall was one of the best nights out in DC for a while, with all the heads representing, grooving to a spectacular sound track. Lost on Thursday’s was the usual family affair, as Francis Harris rocked the decks open to close, and down at Flash, Nick Warren and Christauff worked some dance floor magic. As expected, ROAM V brought more U Hall dance floor mayhem on Friday, and ESL with special guest Jkriv was the place to be on Saturday. Judging by our Facebook news feeds, our top pick Sunglass Sundays with special guest Blond:ish was off the charts crazy, the crowd grooving into the early hours of Monday morning. DC House Grooves’ very own Andy Grant is playing Sunglass Sundays on September 14, so mark that in your calendars!

And so on to the coming weekend, August 28 to August 31. Since we’ve been out of town all week, this week’s edition of the weekend round up provides listings of all the best events in and around DC without the usual commentary. Review the list, click through to the Facebook pages for event details and take your pick. We’ll be out and about representing DC House Grooves this weekend, and our top picks are as follows:

Thursday picks:

For quality house music, head to Lost on Thursdays for Sophia Valence with R&B, but make sure you carve out some town to head downstairs to Tropicalia for Foundation with DJ Pope & DJ Oji, DJ Nav and Ray Casil. For your drum and bass fix on Thursday, look no further than Cadence at Flash with Adam F.

Friday picks:

Top pick for Friday is hands down Beautiful Swimmers at U Street Music Hall. Support your local artists! We’ll be representing DC House Grooves on the dance floor. If you need a change of scenery, though, head down the Flash for Fur Coat, Golf Clap and Greg Eversoul. An amazing lineup for Flash’s Friday night, and we’re sure there’ll be no parking on the dance floor.

Saturday picks:

We’ll be heading to ESL on Saturday night to hear Philip Goyette and Ray Casil doing some dance floor damage in the Gold Room, but we recommend also checking out Disco Made Me Do It at Zeba Bar. If you want to hear some proper techno on Saturday night, though, head down to Back Bar and get down with the Composite crew.

Sunday picks: 

Washington DC is spoiled for choice this Sunday, and with no work on Monday there’s extended opening hours at many venues. Andy Grant from DC House Grooves is playing at Sundays Rooftop at Dirty Bar, alongside Birdsmakingmachine, Chris Nitti, Collins, Yaco and R&B. Birdsmakingmachine’s releases have been on regular rotation on the turntables down the DC House Grooves Rave Basement, so this is our top pick for Sunday. However, Sunglass Sundays with Miguel Campbell also looks to be a good one, so we recommend putting that on your list. Finally, if you’re in Baltimore, or fancy the trip, we strongly recommend Collective Minds Festival in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, particularly if you’ve got kids and want some family friendly house music fun. We used to go to Collective Minds every year when the kiddies were young, and it was always a good time.

And so on to the listings for this week. Take your time to review the list, and choose wisely, grasshopper. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday August 28

Lost on Thursdays: Brooklyn vs. DC with Sophia Valence and R & B

Lost on Thursdays: Brooklyn vs. DC with Sophia Valence and R & B More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/309176515927611/

Foundation ft. DJ Pope + Oji, DJ Nav and Ray Casil

Thurs August 28th :: FOUNDATION ft. DJ Pope + Oji, DJ Nav and Ray CasilMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/699499623472792/

Cadence presents Adam F at Flash

THU Aug 28 | Cadence presents Adam F at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/485607048241560/

Public Movement at Public Bar featuring Osman, Tony Smooth, Cesar Sanchez, and Danny House

Public Movement at Public Bar featuring Osman, Tony Smooth, Cesar Sanchez, and Danny HouseMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/440756432730876/

Friday August 29

Beautiful Swimmers w/ with Steve Summers (live), 1432R DJs (aLamont and Jane Junior)

Beautiful Swimmers w/ with Steve Summers (live), 1432R DJs (aLamont and Jane Junior)More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/679278042140904/

Fur Coat, Golf Clap & Greg Eversoul at Flash

FRI Aug 29 | Fur Coat, Golf Clap & Greg Eversoul at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/502042169929935/

ESL Friday

Eighteenth Street Lounge FridayNote: Rusty B from All Good Funk Alliance will be holding things down in the Main Room this Friday.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

DJ WHO + LoveGrove @ Red Maple

DJ WHO + LoveGrove @ Red Maple 8.29More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/744173252295013/

Saturday August 30

lan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Melito, Edo at Flash

SAT Aug 30th | Alan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Melito, Edo at FlashSAT Aug 30th | Alan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Melito, Edo at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/504197859725860/

Juan MacLean (DJ Set) w/ Chris Burns

Juan MacLean (DJ Set) w/ Chris BurnsMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508279436057093/

ESL Saturdays: Rhythm & Culture Presents at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturdays: Rhythm & Culture Presents at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Disco Made Me Do It Edition IV

DISCO MADE ME DO IT EDITION IVMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/261028064093226

Composite at Backbar with Symmetrical Live

Composite at Backbar with Symmetrical Live!More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/529671947132465/

Vague Output One Year Anniversary

VAGUE OUTPUT ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARYMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/759585400769745/

A Night at the Doxbury

A NIGHT AT THE DOXBURYMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/251712361704001/

Sunday August 31

Sundays Rooftop with Birdsmakingmachine (live + dj set) / Chris Nitti / Andy Grant / Collins / Yaco / R&B

* SUN 8/31 Labor Day Marathon ● BIRDSMAKINGMACHINE (live + dj set) / Chris Nitti / Andy Grant / Collins / Yaco / R&B *More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/656083187820326/

Andy Grant in action on the new DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast:

 

Sunglass Sundays w/ Miguel Campbell & Greg Eversoul

SUNGLASS SUNDAYS  w/ MIGUEL CAMPBELL & GREG EVERSOUL | LABOR DAY WEEKEND extended hours | Daytime Rooftop Charity EventMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/349914151830356

Collective Minds Outdoor Festival

8.31 COLLECTIVE MINDS OUTDOOR FESTIVAL : BALTIMORE MDMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1482855271944893/

Party on the Potomac Vol. 6: Farewell to Summer

Party on the Potomac Vol. 6: Farewell to SummerMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/844139492292723/

ESL Sundays

ESL Sundays Labor DayMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Fort Fairmont @ Tropicalia

Fort Fairmont @ TropicaliaMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455660084710215/

Labor Day at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Labor Day at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/314936658689191/

OMG Experience! Labor Day Sunday After Party

OMG Experience! Labor Day Sunday After PartyMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/746631578729221/

Optical with Slant, Julez, Ken Lazee

Optical with Slant, Julez, Ken LazeeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/336587573184497/

Flashy Sundays Labor Day Weekend

Flashy Sundays Labor Day Weekend!More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1452210411710469/

Don’t forget, for your pre- and post- game sound track, tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant

DC House Grooves Meet The Locals Podcast #1: Andy Grant – Sunday Rooftop Vibes

 

DJ Andy Grant from DC House GroovesDJ Andy Grant from DC House Grooves

Photo credit: Jason Guidry

DC House Grooves is launching a new podcast series to showcase the talents of local underground house and electronic music DJs in Washington DC. To kick things off, here’s a new all-vinyl mix from the founder of DC House Grooves, Andy Grant. In his own words “The Sunday rooftop season in Washington DC is my favorite time of year, and I’m never more at home than when I’m playing records to a crowd of dancers on the rooftop in the sunshine. When your crowd has been out all weekend, they are at their most receptive to music, so you can get creative, building tension with deep, underground tracks, then releasing it with tracks more familiar to the crowd. This mix captures the the type of set I would play on the rooftop. Something there for everyone!”

You can catch Andy Grant playing at Sundays Rooftop on the Dirty Bar rooftop in Washington, DC on August 31, alongside Birdsmakingmachine, Chris Nitti, R & B, Collins & Yaco.

Andy Grant bio: www.residentadvisor.net/dj/andygrant

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DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 21 – August 24

Well, we made it through another weekend of quality events. On Thursday night the high point was DJ EZ at Flash, described by some as the best night at Flash in recent memory. Green Velvet at U Street Music Hall was a big highlight on Friday, then on Saturday, Vincent Lemieux delivered the goods at Bump’n’Grind at Tropicalia, while the Dusk crew kept things jumping in the Flash bar. Sunday’s highlight was The House That U Built, which despite a slow start really got going during Lovegrove‘s set, delivering the friends and family vibe we have come to expect on the Dirty Bar rooftop. While we didn’t make it up to the Gryphon for Sunday Confessions with Double 07 and Lisa Moody, we heard good things.  Definitely one to watch. Truth be told, crowds have been fairly light during August, and with so many great events being thrown, it can be tough to reach that critical mass of dancers to make for a great party. The best thing we can all do to help maintain such a great choice of parties is to get up off the couch and out there to support the scene!

So what’s on offer this coming weekend? Just because some of our friends are heading out west to burn effigies in the desert, there’s no reason for those of us left behind to stay home, and DC’s got plenty of events to keep us busy. Check out the round up for this weekend, get out there, support and enjoy!

Thursday August 21

Mr. Scruff at U Street Music Hall (Open to Close Set!)

Mr. Scruff (Open to Close Set!)Top pick for Thursday night is Mr. Scruff at U Street Music Hall, hosted by the infamous Graham Jackson. In only his second visit to Washington DC, Mr. Scruff will be playing a 4 hour DJ set, open to close. If you want to step out of the deep house bubble and hear some true turntable artistry, this is the place to be on Thursday night. We predict the heads will be out in force! Doors open at10pm, $10, 18+. Advanced tickets: http://bit.ly/Scruff0821

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/485063228295378

Superlost feat. Francis Harris All Night

Superlost feat. Francis Harris All NightIf Mr. Scruff isn’t your thing, and you’re looking for quality deep house with no cover charge, then Superlost with Francis Harris at Lost Society is your best bet. A regular visitor to DC, Francis will be doing his thing behind the decks all night long. Lost on Thursdays is our favorite weekly night in DC, and hot summer nights on the Lost Society rooftop always make for a good time. No cover, 21+, and all the usual drinks specials.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1540138276205475/

Flash presents: Nick Warren (Hope Recordings | UK), Christauff, Fort Fairmont

THU Aug 21 Flash presents: Nick Warren (Hope Recordings | UK), Christauff, Fort FairmontOver at Flash on Thursday, Nick Warren from Bristol, UK will be stopping by as part of his US tour, ably supported by DC local Christauff, with Fort Fairmont in the Flash bar. We’ve not been keeping up with Nick Warren’s musical output recently, but based on past experience we predict his sound will be perfect for Flash’s amazing sound system, so expect a good work out on that dance floor. Doors open at 9pm. 21+. Advanced tickets available for $8 here, more on the door. Get there early for Christauff’s set.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/745758468809868/

Fusion Thursdays: Soulful House Edition

Fusion Thursdays: Soulful House EditionFor fine soulful house and classics this Thursday, check out Fusion Thursdays Soulful House Edition at The New Zanzibar. This week they’ve got local house legend Andrew Hogans headlining, along with 1SmoothDj Marv, DJ Christopher and Daryl Northrop.  The night kicks off at 7pm and runs until 2am. No cover, 21+, lots of drinks specials.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1452406645020823/

Ypset B2B Philco

YPSET B2B PHILCOFor some quality deep house in the neighborhood, head to Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights for Ypset b2b with Philco, with an opening set by <Zero. Worth checking out if you’re local, looking for deep house, and don’t feel like making the trek down town. 21+, no cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/349904551841074/

Friday August 22

ROAM V

ROAM VTop pick for Friday night is ROAM V at U Street Music Hall, with an all star line up of local DJs including DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Sami Y, DJ Nav and Taiga. DC House Grooves 100% supports events focusing on local DJs, and we’re happy to see the ROAM parties make the move to U Street Music Hall so we can hear locals do their thing on a proper sound system. Whatever you do on Friday, please make a point of stopping by U Street Music Hall to show your support. Free entry all night w/ RSVP (for 21+) http://bit.ly/ROAMV822. Locals do it better!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522013828017875/

Sian, Philip Goyette, Rosario at Flash

FRI Aug 22 | Sian, Philip Goyette, Rosario at FlashOver at Flash, Sian (Octopus Recordings) is headlining, supported by Philip Goyette and Rosario. Hopefully Rosario has recovered from his recent injury enough to hold things down in the DJ booth! Definitely worth getting there early for Rosario and Philip’s sets. Bar opens at 8pm, club level at 10pm. 21+. $12 all night, with a complimentary drink with entry before 11pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/479181708852138/

ESL Fridays

Eighteenth Street Lounge FridayOver at Eighteenth Street Lounge, you’ll find their regular Friday night lineup, with Fort Knox Five vs. Thunderball and Chris Brooks in the main room, Enea in the gold room and The Metaphysical out on the patio, with All That Jazz in the jazz room. Always a great bet for a varied musical selection under one roof. 21+, No cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Safehouse with Ron Jackson and Pacific Fur Company

Safehouse with Ron Jackson and Pacific Fur CompanyUp in Adams Morgan, Ron Jackson and Pacific Fur Company will be throwing down the house, techno and disco as the good doctor himself serves up the stiff drinks. We’re loving the flyers these guys are putting out, but have yet to make it to one of their events. Hoping to change that soon!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/269424406576721

Kowli Records Release Party w/ Doc Martin, Joeski & Feroun @ Red Maple/// Afterhours w/ Kevin Yost, Lomez, & Jena Paradies

Kowli Records Release Party w/ DOC MARTIN, JOESKI, & FEROUN @ Red Maple/// Afterhours w/ Kevin Yost, Lomez, & Jena ParadiesFor a spectacular all star on Friday night, get your ass up to the Red Maple in Baltimore for the Kowli Records Release Party, with special guests Doc Martin (Sublevel Music) and Joeski (Maya Records, Desolat), supported by Feroun from Kowli Records. Not only will you get this amazing line up, but you’ll get a pass for the after party with Kevin Yost (Circoloco/ I Records), Lomez (Better on Foot) and Jena Paradies (Kowli Records). You’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the Kowli Records debut release KOWLI001 at the party. The flagship release is a four track EP featuring tracks from Doc Martin, Joeski, Feroun, Sound Gypsy, & Simon Ferdinand. Sounds like a night to remember! For the folks in Baltimore, your attendance is required. For those of you in DC who’ve been thinking about a night out in Baltimore, this could be the one!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/709338362465545/

Saturday August 23

Rhythm & Culture Presents: JKRIV

Rhythm & Culture Presents: JKRIV ***Exclusive DC Appearance***Top pick for Saturday night is ESL Saturdays, who have JKRIV (Razor’n’Tape) making an exclusive DC appearance in the Gold Room, supported by Mr Bonkerz, Castro in the Main Room, and Philip Goyette out on the patio, with support from Bil Todd. We’re big fans of Razor’n’Tape here at DC House Grooves, so this is the one for us on Saturday. As always, ESL has something for everyone, all under one roof. 21+, free before 10.30pm, $10 after.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/719659378105063/

DJ Lovegrove, Juan Zapata & Vanniety Kills at The Lodge at Redrocks

DJ LOVEGROVE, JUAN ZAPATA & VANNIETY KILLS at THE LODGE AT REDROCKSOver in North East on Saturday night there’s the The Rooftop Jumpoff at The Lodge at Red Rocks, with DJs Lovegrove, Juan Zapata and Vanniety Kills. We haven’t checked out this venue yet, but we’ve heard good things, and with such a great lineup of local DJs, this comes with a strong recommendation from DC House Grooves. Lovegrove and Vanniety Kills both played amazing sets at The House That U Built last Sunday, and Juan Zapata always delivers the goods. Saturday could be the night to go check out The Lodge at Red Rocks. 9pm, 21+, No cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449797185292342/

David Waxman & Chadwick at Flash

SAT Aug 23 | David Waxman & Chadwick at FlashOver at Flash on Saturday, head honcho of Ultra Records, Dave Waxman tops the bill, with support from Flash resident Chadwick. This promises to be a great night of underground New York house music on one of the best sound systems in town. $15 all night, with a complimentary drink with entry before 11pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/704713026260855/

Chocolate Music and Friends featuring Ray Casil, Groovino, Slant, Juan Zapata, Sam Kosh, and Joe LSaturday, August 23rd :: Chocolate Music and Friends featuring Ray Casil, Groovino, Slant, Juan Zapata, Sam Kosh, and Joe LIf you’re wanting something a bit more intimate, then head over to Backbar for Chocolate Music and Friends, with Ray Casil, Groovino, Slant, Juan ZapataSam Kosh and Joe L. One of the best local lineups we’ve seen in a while, with many of our favorites all playing in the coziest club in town. This one will have a great friends and family vibe, so definitely worth a stop if you’re doing the U Street Shuffle. 21+, $5 all night.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/790613537625557/

All Things Go Presents: Furniteur, Brett, PLOY & Chris Burns

All Things Go Presents: Furniteur, Brett, PLOY & Chris BurnsWe were wondering when we were going to be writing up a party happening on the Dunya rooftop. We’ve passed it many times on our way down U Street, but haven’t yet checked it out. This Saturday All Things Go present a live set from Furniteur, with DJ support from Brett, Ploy and Chris Burns. Could be a good choice if you want to check out something new. Promises to be a “very vibey rooftop party”. 21+  Free w/ RSVP: info@furniteur.com.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447653855497838/

BLISS: option4 + Will Eastman

BLISS: option4 + Will EastmanOver at U Street Music Hall on Saturday night is the monthly Bliss party with Option4 supported by Will Eastman. Option 4 describes himself as house than tech, more deep than disco, which sounds right up our street. Definitely worth a look, and what’s more it is free w/ RSVP for 21+ – http://bit.ly/BLISSRSVP. Ages 18-20 entry by advance ticket only. Tickets: http://bit.ly/BLISS823.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/277147675822869/

Sunday August 24

Sunglass Sundays  w/ Blond:ish

SUNGLASS SUNDAYS  w/ BLOND:ISH |  4 Hour Minimum Set | Daytime Rooftop Charity EventAnd so on to Sunday, and this week our top pick for Sunday is Sunglass Sundays on the Public Bar rooftop, with Blond:ish performing a 5 hour sunset set, supported by DJ Jackie O, Edo and Leonardo Lee. The season may be winding down, but Sunglass Sundays is going out with a bang, with a month of closing parties to see out the summer. This season Sunglass Sundays has been regularly packing the Public rooftop, so you’re sure to find a great crowd and a great vibe, and with a portion of the proceeds going to the One Sight charity (http://www.onesight.org/na/donate/donate_eyewear/), it is all for a good cause.  Free until 4PM, $10 after 4PM, $20 after 6PM.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/842523682432527/

The House That U Built ft Sam Burns, Navbox, Philip Goyette, Ray Casil, Vanniety Kills

Sun Aug 24: The House That U Built ft Sam Burns, Navbox, Philip Goyette, Ray Casil, Vanniety KillsAcross the street on the Dirty Bar rooftop, The House That U Built is back again with another incredible local lineup, with Sam Burns, Philip GoyetteNavbox, Ray Casil and Vanniety Kills. We had a blast at last week’s edition, and this week promises to be another amazing evening on the rooftop. A great option if you want an evening of talented local DJs with no cover charge. We wholeheartedly encourage you to get there early for Vanniety Kills’ opening set. We loved what we heard her play last week. Perfect Sunday afternoon grooves! 4pm – 12pm, no cover, lots of drinks specials.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/528594880574298/

Sunday Confessions [Extended Sessions] w/ Darius Twin and Rodd Sim

https://www.facebook.com/events/593197970788872/Just up the street at The Gryphon is another edition of Elektrik Eventz‘ regular Sunday session Sunday Confessions, featuring DJs Darius Twin (DAMM Str8 | Auricle Recordings | HEAVY) and Rodd Simm (Kool Katz Recordings | Prime Studios | Auricle Recordings – Proton Label Group), and visuals by [capsaicin]. While we haven’t been able to attend a Sunday Confessions yet, we have heard great things, and we love the concept. [capsaicin]‘s visuals are always a sight to behold, and that alone is enough to recommend it. Doors open at 8pm. Free entry before 9pm, $5 cover after, with a free drink to welcome you. Not a bad deal!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/593197970788872/

Between Heaven & Earth (The Mission ~ The Music ~ The Movement)

Between Heaven & Earth (The Mission ~ The Music ~ The Movement)Over near Meridian Hill park, there’s a new soulful house night Between Heaven & Earth at the JBPC Mansion with resident DJs K’Ture & Oji, with guest DJ Clark. The party runs from 5pm to 10pm. $10 cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/567172980058197/

ESL Sundays

ESL SundaysESL Sundays has the regular lineup of Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution in the Gold Room, The Metaphysical with Keenan Orr on the patio and Mr Bonkerz playing disco classics in the Main Room. Always a great bet if you want to go late on a Sunday night. No cover, 21+, $5 drinks specials between 9pm and 11pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

The NeedlExchange

The NeedlExchangeDown at the Velvet Lounge on U Street, Bil Todd, Baronhawk Poitier Williams & Tommy Cornelis from the NeedlExchange will be doing their thing. In their own words, “TNX is an artists & DJ crew rooted in queer dance floor culture. Being crazy isn’t enough”. Definitely worth a look if you’re on U Street on Sunday night.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/263639443829831/

Monday August 25

Motown on Mondays

Motown on MondaysHere’s the place to decompress after a long Monday at work: Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves, where DJ’s Dmac, Jayclue, and Rusty B. along with special guests will be spinning “originals, close relatives and exclusive remixes of your favorite Motown and soul songs”. A perfect place to meet up and swap stories from the weekend.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/650040735089751

As so we’re done with another edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Roundup. Heads up that next week’s edition will be an abbreviated version since we’re heading out of town, but normal service will be resumed the following week.  Don’t forget, for your pre- and post- game sound track, tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 14 – August 17

Well last weekend was nothing short of amazing. So many great events in and around DC! On Friday we started out our evening at U Street Music Hall for DJ Pierre with R&B, although it was just B this time, since R couldn’t make it due to an injury (Get well soon, Rosario!). Benoit got the crowd warmed up just right, but despite a strong start, DJ Pierre didn’t hold our attention for long. We went in with high hopes, but it just didn’t do it for us. We then headed down to Flash to check out Vanniety Kills‘ new night Ladies of the Underground in the Flash Bar. The ladies didn’t disappoint! We’re hoping this becomes a regular platform for local female DJs to showcase their talents. The big surprise of the night was Just Be (Bushwacka!) upstairs in the main room at Flash. We went in with low expectations, but danced our asses off until the lights went on. It helped that Flash was not filled to capacity, and there was plenty of room to throw shapes on the dancefloor without elbowing someone in the face. A really great night. We were back at Flash on Saturday for Secretsundaze with Giles Smith and James Priestley. As expected, their tunes were on point. Indeed, I would go as far as to say that Giles’ set was some of the best house music I have heard on the Flash sound system. Looking forward to seeing them again at Flash soon. Despite best laid plans, we never made it up to Jimmy Valentines for Joe L.‘s long running monthly Push, but we heard it was a great night.

On Sunday we headed up to the Dirty Bar rooftop for Sundays Rooftop with house legend Jovonn, and as always there was a great vibe. It’s a shame more people didn’t come out to hear Jovonn, because he really delivered the goods. We also checked out Sunglass Sundays for Jay Tripwire‘s set, and we liked what we heard! There was a great crowd of happy, smiling faces, and we’re looking forward to more this season. Unfortunately we didn’t make it up to The Gryphon for Sunday Confessions, but we hope to check it out soon. This coming Sunday they have Lisa Moody from Deep Sugar behind the decks, with one of our favorite local DJs, DJ Double 07. Check it out if you can.

And so on to the round up for the weekend August 14 to August 17, and as always DC has so much to offer. Andy Grant from DC House Grooves will be playing at Dusk in the Flash Bar on Saturday, and at The House That U Built on the Dirty Bar rooftop on Sunday. We hope to see some DC House Grooves fans coming out to support! Also, we’re doing another free ticket giveaway this week, this time for Green Velvet w/ Bordello and Outputmessage at U Street Music Hall this coming Friday. Check the DC House Grooves Facebook page for details of how to enter.

Thursday August 14

Cadence + Forward present: DJ EZ at Flash

THU Aug 14 | Cadence + Forward present: DJ EZ at FlashOur top pick for Thursday night is something pretty special. The Cadence and Forward crews have joined forces to bring UK garage legend DJ EZ to main room at Flash, with support from local DJ / producer DJ Nav and Jett Chandon. If that isn’t enough, downstairs in the Flash Bar you’ll find Refugee, Yola, Bashee, Vanniety Kills & Metaphysical. A veritable explosion of garage goodness, the like of which you probably won’t find again in DC for some time. We’ll also be celebrating local legend Graham Jackson‘s birthday, so expect the unexpected.  Absolutely 100% essential! Advanced tickets are available for $12 from Eventbrite, more on the door. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/668579849899245/

Foundation ft. DJ Kostas, Double 07 and David Gandy at Tropicalia

Thurs August 14th :: FOUNDATION ft. DJ Kostas, Double 07 and  David Gandy at TropicaliaIf garage isn’t your thing, and you’re in the mood for some proper house music, head to Foundation at Tropicalia for DJ Kostas, DJ Double 07 and David Gandy. Between them, these cats have more than 50 years experience behind the decks, and they’ll be bringing it to Tropicalia’s great sound system on Thursday night. Make sure you get there early for David Gandy and DJ Double 07′s sets. $5 cover, 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/816955438317490/

DJ Double 07′s set on the DC House Grooves radio show earlier this year was one of our favorites. Check it out below for a taste of what to expect on Thursday:

 

Lost on Thursdays with S & M (Sarah Myers and Lisa Frank)

Lost on Thursdays with S & M (Sarah Myers and Lisa Frank)Heading upstairs to Lost Society, you’ll find S&M at the controls, otherwise known as Sarah Myers & Lisa Frank. Individually, these two know how to rock a dance floor, so them joining forces is kind of a big deal! Add the regular Lost on Thursdays crowd to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for a good time. No cover, 21+, and all the usual drinks specials.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-on-Thursdays/199385430166806

Public Movement with Tony Smooth, David Rosenburg, Marat Leon & Osman

ublic Movement with Tony Smooth, David Rosenburg, Marat Leon & OsmanOver near Dupont Circle on the Public rooftop, a new bi-weekly Thursday rooftop party Public Movement is kicking off with DJs Tony Smooth, David Rosenberg, Marat Leon and Osman. This looks to be a great event, and we’re hoping for a huge success. We recommend getting there for David Rosenberg’s set. Rumor has it he blew the crowd away closing out Sunglass Sundays earlier in the season, and we’re sure he’s got some great tunes lined up for Thursday.  DC House Grooves’ very own Andy Grant is lined up for a future date at Public Movement, so let’s make sure this is a big success :) No cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1448360642094318

The Business End – A Nite of House & Nudisco w/ Philco

"THE BUSINESS END" - A NITE OF HOUSE & NUDISCO W/ PHILCOIf you’re looking for something a little more intimate on Thursday night, DC’s got a few more events lined up for you. First up, at Velvet Lounge is The Business End with Philco, which promises a night of House and New Disco. Well worth checking out on your way from Tropicalia / Lost Society to Flash or vice versa. 21+, no cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/314371305404774

Marx Cafe presents: DJ Genna & Christauff

THU Aug 14 Marx Cafe presents: DJ Genna & ChristauffUp in Mount Pleasant, DJ Christauff‘s monthly residency at Marx Cafe brings Baltimore’s DJ Genna to the DJ booth. A great option for some quality house music over a few beers.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463400747247561/

Fusion Thursdays - Progressive and Electro House edition

Fusion Thursdays - Progressive and Electro House editionFinally for Thursday, over at The New Zanzibar, Fusion Thursdays have their Progressive and Electro House edition, with DJ Daryl Northrop, Confetti and Atlas & P-Body. Progressive house and electro don’t get much of a look in on the DC scene, so if this is your thing, get yourself down to The New Zanzibar on Thursday night. The party kicks off at 7pm. 21+, no cover & lots of drinks specials.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1543434399211522/

Friday August 15

Green Velvet w/ Bordello, Outputmessage

Green Velvet w/ Bordello, OutputmessageIf you made it through Thursday night and a full day of work on Friday and you’re up for more, then there’s plenty to choose from. Our top pick for Friday night is Chicago house legend Green Velvet with support from Bordello and local producer Outputmessage at U Street Music Hall. A regular visitor to U Street Music Hall, Green Velvet is sure to give that sound system a work out. DC House Grooves is giving away two free tickets to this event to one lucky winner. For details of how to enter, head over to the DC House Grooves Facebook page. If you’re not the lucky winner, don’t worry. Cover is $12, but it is free before 11pm for 21+. Ages 18-20 entry by advanced ticket only.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1498283190389968/

FOCUS: Steve Rachmad, Boss Ross, Oliver Caine + Composite at Flash

FOCUS: Steve Rachmad, Boss Ross, Oliver Caine + Composite at FlashHeading down U Street to Flash you’ll find their regular techno night Focus with Steve Rachmad (Get Physical, Rejected) aka Sterac, supported by Boss Ross and Oliver Caine, so expect some proper techno. Down in the Flash Bar, the Composite crew will be doing their thing, with SimonTzeech and Jenndevious holding things down. Cover is $12, with a complimentary drink if you get there before 11pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/647853668625866

ESL Fridays

Eighteenth Street Lounge FridayOver at Eighteenth Street Lounge, you’ll find their regular Friday night lineup, with Fort Knox Five vs. Thunderball and Chris Brooks in the main room, Enea in the gold room and The Metaphysical out on the patio, with All That Jazz in the jazz room. Always a great bet for a varied musical selection under one roof. No cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

4 Hours of Funk Ft. Cosmo Baker

4 HOURS OF FUNK :: FRI 8/15 :: FT. COSMO BAKERIf you’re up in Baltimore and you feel like 4 hours of funk, disco, boogie and all that good stuff, be sure to check out 4 Hours of Funk at The Windup Space. This time around their guest is Cosmo Baker (The Rub, NYC / Philly), with support from residents Graham and Fleg. Free until 10.30pm, $5 after. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/683033818444490/

Saturday August 16

Bump ‘n Grind at Tropicalia w/ Special Guest VINCENT LEMIEUX & Joe L

Bump 'n Grind at Tropicalia w/ Special Guest VINCENT LEMIEUX & Joe LAnd so on to Saturday, where our top pick is Bump’n’Grind at Tropicalia with special guest Vincent Lemieux (Musique Risquee, Mutek) supported by Bump’n’Grind resident Joe L. For those that don’t know, Bump’n’Grind is a forthcoming coffee shop / record shop in Silver Spring, and in anticipation of the opening, the Bump’n’Grind crew have been throwing a series of all vinyl parties this year, with amazing guests such as Eddie C and Amir Alexander, amongst others. These have been some of the best parties we’ve been to this year, and this looks to be no exception. While we’re not familiar with Vincent Lemieux, if the Bump’n’Grind crew are booking him, you’re in for a treat. We also rate Joe L as one of the most versatile and talented local DJs, so we highly recommend getting there early for his set. If that’s not enough incentive, there’s a free Captain Morgan White Rum cocktail waiting for the first 100 people through the door. $5, 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/608152952634375/

Nick Curly w/ Lovecraft at Flash

Nick Curly w/ Lovecraft at FlashSaturday night at Flash brings Nick Curly (Cocoon Ibiza, 8-bit Records / DE) to the main floor, supported by former DC local Lovecraft (No.19 / NYC). Expect them to give the Funktion One sound system and proper work out with some deep and tracky tech house. $15 all night, with a complimentary drink if you get there before 11pm. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/418045115000235/

Dusk in the Flash Bar

Dusk in the Flash BarDown in the Flash Bar there’s a new event, Dusk, promising quality house music with club classics from a lineup of locals including DJ ChristopherByron B-Note Brown, DJ Soul, and Andy Grant from DC House Grooves. We’re really excited about this one, and hope it becomes a regular event. Andy will be closing out the night in the bar, playing an all vinyl set of the finest house music, old and new. If you like what we’re doing with the weekend roundup, please come out and show your support for DC House Grooves! There is no cover for this event if you stay down in the Flash Bar.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/886851328011321/

Degenerate with Pacific Fur Company & Ron Jackson

Degenerate with Pacific Fur Company & Ron Jackson. 16 August 2014. Washington DC.Over at Jimmy Valentines in North East on Saturday night is Degenerate with Pacific Fur Company & Ron Jackson. This one is a bit of a mystery to us, but promises “underground house and techno for the degenerate”, which is a cause we can get behind 100%. The flyer is also seriously awesome. Jimmy Valentines’ location almost guarantees that the crowd will be 100% there for the music, so expect great music and a great vibe. We’re not going to be able to make it over there on Saturday, but we’d love to hear reports from this event. To anyone who attends, please be an honorary DC House Grooves correspondent and send us a review of the proceedings! No cover, 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/655139857895147/

Souled Out! feat. Meegs, Raha Wala, and Shahid Buttar

SOULED OUT! feat. Meegs, Raha Wala, and Shahid ButtarFor eclectic jazz, funk and soul inspired house music in the neighborhood, check out Souled Out! at Zeba Bar with DJ Meegs, Raha Wala & Shahid Buttar, with support from Avy Mallik on guitar and Ethan Raptorstein on percussion. With live musicians adding to the vibe, this sounds like a great option if you can’t face the U Street crowds, and what’s more, there’s no cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/351463601683716/

ESL SaturdaysAs usual, Eighteenth Street Lounge has a fantastic lineup on Saturday night, and is your one-stop shop if you want a choice of DJs all under one roof. Farid (Rhythm & Culture) will be joined by special guest Jask (Thaisoul) in the Gold Room, Philip Goyette will be going back to back with Mr. Bonkerz on the Patio, and Tommy Cornelis will be holding things down in the Main Room. Up on the second floor, you’ll find The Devonte McCoy Quintet Feat. Mavis Water, with a DJ set from Graham Hatke (4 Hours of Funk, Baltimore). Always a good bet for Saturday night! No cover, 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479560832290507/

SubDistrick!! ODJ, Encryption, Matos + Lovelace, Julez, Kinetics, MC

SubDistrick!! ODJ, ENCRYPTION, MATOS+LOVELACE, JULEZ, KINETIKS MCFinally, if you’re looking for some drum and bass on Saturday night, stop by Backbar under the 9:30 Club, where the Subdistrick crew will be havin’ it large with a lineup including ODJ, EncryptionMatos + Lovelace, Julez and Kinetics MC. $5, 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/356419517838820/

Sunday August 17

The House That U Built w/ LoveGrove, Andy Grant, C Dubz, Derick Atkins, Vanniety Kills

Sun Aug 17: The House That U Built w/ LoveGrove, Andy Grant, C Dubz, Derick Atkins, Vanniety KillsOn to Sunday, and our top pick is Vanniety Kills’ super awesome party The House That U Built on the Dirty Bar rooftop. This week features and amazing lineup of local DJs, including Vanniety Kills, Derick Atkins, C Dubz, Andy Grant from DC House Grooves, and LoveGrove. We couldn’t be more excited about this one, particularly the opportunity to hear LoveGrove close out the night on that fantastic Dynacord sound system. As always, Andy will be playing an all vinyl set of the finest house music, old and new, guaranteed to make your booty shake. If you appreciate what we are doing with the DC House Grooves blog, please come to the rooftop on Sunday and show your support. The party kicks off at 4pm, and there’s no cover all night!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/921491101199568/

Soundwaves Boat Party w/ Canson (live), Sarah Myers, Yaco | 8/17

Soundwaves Boat Party w/ Canson (live), Sarah Myers, Yaco | 8/17Also kicking off around 4pm is one of the last Soundwaves boat parties of the summer, with Canson (live), Sarah Myers and Yaco. If you’ve not checked out a Soundwaves party, get yourself a ticket and spend your Sunday afternoon sailing past DC’s monuments on the Boomerang Pirate Ship in the sunshine, grooving to quality sounds from Sounwaves’ fantastic lineup. Advanced tickets are available on Resident Advisor. There are still some $30 first release tickets available if you move fast. Make sure you get down to the dock in Georgetown with plenty of time to board. The boat leaves the dock at 4.30pm sharp.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508948996004671

Sunday Confessions [Extended Sessions] w/ Lisa Moody & Double07

SUNDAY CONFESSIONS [Extended Sessions] w/ LISA MOODY & DOUBLE07 8/17/14For some late night action on Sunday night, check out Elektrik Eventz new night Sunday Confessions at The Gryphon, where they have a very special lineup of Lisa Moody (Deep Sugar, Girl Squad / Baltimore) and DJ Double 07. If you didn’t catch Lisa Moody at Deep Sugar last weekend, now’s your chance to catch her right here in Washington DC! This is also a great chance to hear DJ Double 07 delivering his unique blend of deep house and debauchery. Live visuals by Capsaicin. Door open at 8pm, no cover until 9pm, then $5 after, including one free drink. Not a bad deal!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/480421692094910/

ESL Sundays

ESL Sundays 8-17This week at ESL Sundays you’ll find the regular lineup of Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution in the Gold Room, The Metaphysical on the patio and Mr Bonkerz playing disco classics in the Main Room. Always a great bet if you want to go late on a Sunday night. No cover, 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

2Tuff presents Metalheadz DC

2Tuff presents Metalheadz DCIf you’re looking for your drum & bass fix on Sunday night, then U Street Music Hall is the place to be, with the 2Tuff Crew presenting Metalheadz DC, with Doc Scott (31 Records / Metalheadz, UK), DJ Bailey (Metalheadz / Ministry of Sound Radio / Serato Icon, UK), T.R.A.C (Bassdrive / Liquid V / 2Tuff, NYC) & Slant (2Tuff, DC). $10 advance tickets are available from http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/646541-doc-scott-bailey-washington/, $15 on the door. 18+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455824954667029

Zeba Sunday Sessions

Zeba Sunday Sessions Episode 29 - James MaberAnd finally for Sunday, Stylo and Christauff will be throwing the 29th edition of Zeba Sunday Sessions over at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights, with special guest James Maber. Always a great option for quality underground deep techno, deep house, jackin’ house and more with a completely chillax vibe. No cover, happy hour from 5pm to 8pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/314222975421820/

Monday August 18

Motown on Mondays

Motown on MondaysIf you’ve made it through the weekend and you need somewhere to decompress after suffering through a tough Monday at work, check out Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves, where DJ’s Dmac, Jayclue, and Rusty B. along with special guests will be spinning “originals, close relatives and exclusive remixes of your favorite Motown and soul songs”. A perfect place to meet up and swap stories from the weekend.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/650040735089751

And that wraps things up for another edition of the DC House Grooves weekend roundup. So many options for getting your groove on in the city this weekend! Don’t forget, for your pre- and post- game sound track, tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

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If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant