DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington January 18 to January 21

Just about recovered from an epic weekend last week. Saturday night, in particular, was nuts,  bouncing between Flash and U Street Music Hall, catching up with so many people I haven’t seen in forever, and getting to hear quality grooves from DJ KochiThroeDJ NavJus NowhereJackson RylandDimitri MaxJoe L and Markinthedark. Yeah, it was that kinda night. Sadly didn’t make it over to the warehouse for Horse Meat DiscoTNX, but by all accounts that was off the charts! It’s nights like that that remind me what an amazing underground electronic musc community we have here in Washington DC.

DC House Grooves Top PickSo about this weekend… like last week, I’ve gone down the lazy route and just posted everything to the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. Just click these links to see my full list of picks for each day, Thursday through Sunday.

Top Picks Thursday January 18

Top Picks Friday January 19

Top Picks Saturday January 20

Top Picks Sunday January 21

A few things that deserve a special mention this week. First up, DC’s premiere drum and bass crew Cadence were kind enough to invite me and Katrina Mir to drop science in the Green Room at Flash on Thursday with local legends Simon Sinestro, while Dub Phizix & Strategy bring the drums and the bass on the club level with support from  Refugee Encryption. Advanced tickets are just $12… grab yours now!

Advanced Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1621681
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/308919969599446/

cadence Dub Phizix & Strategy

Friday night, Uncle BennyThe Sticky Fingers Collective are on board for another epic journey on the After Hours Express, this time with Scissor & Thread‘s Francis Harris, Hot Coffee & Benoit.  Always a good time with Uncle Benny! Advanced tickets & info over on Resident Advisor.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1053326

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Saturday night, we’re at it again with the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Tune in from 10pm ET for quality underground grooves from me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the right vibe for your Saturday night.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/459085311155953/

If you’re not sure what we’re about, here’s the video feed from our last show as it happened:


Later on Saturday night, early Sunday, the Sticky Fingers CollectiveBetter Listen RecordsGood Buddies and Kowli Records are joining forces for an epic afters at a secret location in Baltimore. I’ve already said too much; let’s just say you’ll want to be there.

somewhere else_ info: deepsidebaltimore@gmail.com

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That’s it for this week! Stay grooving, and I hope to see you out there on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washinton DC MLK Holiday Weekend January 11 to January 14

Happy 2018! Took a week off last week, but couldn’t stay away too long. Back again with a new format that will hopefully provide the same useful guide to what’s good on the dance floors of DC, but take far less time to compile. I’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut with DC House Grooves for a while now, spending up to 12 hours each week compiling the post, getting frustrated at not having any time for other creative pursuits, but at the same time getting positive feedback from readers who I don’t want to let down. So for 2018, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. I’ll be posting all the best events in DC’s thriving underground dance music community up on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page, so make sure you Like the page, Follow it, and subscribe to notifications so you don’t miss out on any updates. Then, every week at the usual time, I’ll post right here links to Facebook listing all the events for each day. Same useful listings, different format, far easier for me to compile! For example, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks:

Top Picks Thursday January 11

Top Picks Friday January 12

Top Picks Saturday January 13

Top Picks MLK Sunday January 14 

DC House Grooves Top Pick

See how easy that was? Just click the link for my full list of picks, then click through to the events you’re interested in for full info. Same useful guide, but takes me a quarter of the time. Hope you find it just as useful. Please let me know what you think!

The big news in DC this weekend is Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend, and as in previous years, our queer correspondent Tommy Cornelis of The NeedleXchange has done an amazing job compiling an unofficial guide to the MAL underground. You can check out Tommy‘s #MALLORY2018‘s guide  right here on DC House Grooves. Huge thanks to Tommy for all his efforts putting this together.

Last, but by no means least, here’s Episode #64 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, a quality deep, funky house excursion from Heavy Rotation‘s Kenny M.


We’re always looking for submissions from local DJs for the Meet the Locals podcast, so if you’ve got time to put together a mix for DC House Grooves, send it over! The only thing we ask is that the mix be exclusive to DC House Grooves, and not published anywhere else.

That’s it for this week. I hope the new format works for you, and I’ll see you out there on the dancefloor!

Andy Grant



#MALLORY2018: An Unofficial Guide to MAL

Artwork by Michael Moraine. Glenn O’Brien’s Schott Perfecto jacket personalized by Jean-Michel Basquiat #KnowYourHerstory

The past 2 years, I’ve done these huge, lengthy write-ups here on DC House Grooves previewing cool alternative events happening during Mid-Atlantic Leather (MAL) weekend and other suggestions for how to navigate DC’s signature leather and fetish event. But, thankfully, I think the time for hand holding is over. DC and so many other cities across North America are featuring thriving queer underground communities now, and the growth of good shit to do during MAL is a reflection of that. #MALLORY2018 is the best schedule of underground events to date for MAL, and I’m pretty sure everyone gets what we’re doing and why by now.

So it’s really quite simple this year. These are the main moves to achieve maximum MAL impact (but I’ll list even more good shit to do down below):

There’s really no right or wrong way to do MAL. This weekend is really all about letting your inner kink demon out. So these listings and the following advice are just my 2 cents:

  • Buy advanced tickets and thank the party planners. Tickets are selling out and will be more expensive at the door, so plan ahead and save coins. And also please be polite to the party planners about guest lists and information seeking. These events are expensive AF with the talent we’re bringing in and are a lot of hard work to produce. We’re investing in you to make this community better, but we’re also understanding of procrastination and differing income levels. Offer to pay reduced price or whatever you’re comfortable with. Look at event pages for the information you’re seeking before texting the DJ and be patient with response times.
  • Don’t get stuck in the hotel for too long. Have all the fun at the hotel and exhibition hall and be safe in whatever way that means to you. But definitely get out and enjoy DC too. I’m obviously focusing on nightlife in this post but the museums, restaurants, and sights-to-see here are all top notch.
  • Pace yourself and be safe. Even with having Monday off for the MLK holiday, this weekend is still very draining. Sleep when you can. Eat well. Drink water. Look out for one another. Take uber/lyft/via with friends.
  • Avoid circuit music. Music is obviously subjective, but seriously.. circuit music is really, really bad, you guys. I could get into the toxic, masc, homogeneous culture of it all or the bad drugs in the circuit scene, but, at the end of the day, MAL has something for everyone, and we’re just offering something different with #MALLORY2018. Do what you want. There’s plenty of fun to be had by all in whatever scene floats your boat.
  • Grab a drink at TRADE. Having Trade as a quality, everyday gay bar the past 2 years has been so crucial to the growth of our community. The drag queens and DJs there have complete freedom to be themselves, and it is so refreshing. Their lineup this weekend is super good: (Alex DB on Friday, Mark O’Brien (our buddy from Polyglamorous in SF!!) on Saturday, and Church on Sunday with Outputmessage, Wess the DJ, Rev. Jesse Jackson and drag performances by Jaxknife, Jane Saw and Pussy Noir!
  • Check out The DC Eagle. People complain about how far it is, but DC is a pretty small city, and the Eagle is definitely worth a visit. The place is huge! 3 floors with something for everybody. They’ve also provided a crucial 24-hour space for many different music scenes, including good house and techno parties we frequent like Sequence.

I already listed the main moves for the weekend but here are my full listings of good queer parties to check out this weekend:


Sleaze (Keenan Orr, DJ Lemz) w/ The Carry Nation (NYC) at Wonderland Ballroom

Petworth Social Club – January Happy Hour (MAL Kickoff Edition) w/ Outputmessage at Homestead

Schadenfreude Neubauten w/ DJ Spookster at Safari DC


Honcho MAL: Mike Servito & Justin Cudmore

DJ Alex DB at Trade

Furball DC MAL Weekend


TNX Leather Weekend: Horse Meat Disco

Mark O’Brien (Polyglamorous, SF) at Trade


Last Chance Tea Dance feat. Sfire + StrikeStone: MAL Sunday

Church presents Holy Glory!

Oh.. and there are also rumors of a word-of-mouth, no social-media-posting after party Sunday night featuring DJ Still Standing (any of the many queer DJs both locally and in town who are still on their feet). Inquire within.

And Happy #MALLORY2018!

DC House Grooves Show #16 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir

DC House Grooves show residents Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir are back for their first show of 2018 at 10pm ET / 4am CET. You know what to expect: quality underground dance music, live from DC House Grooves HQ in Washington DC.

For audio only, tune in at http://bit.ly/UQRadio

Tune in to the DC House Grooves Show every other Saturday on Underground Quality Radio.

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