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

Writing this week’s post from the UK, where I’m about to dive head first into the Farr Festival, three days of quality sounds deep in the woods near London. Kicking things off this week with the latest edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, a solid mix of deep tech house from local Steve Kirn:

 

You can catch Steve next at Blueprint at Jimmy Valentine’s next week on July 22.

Exciting times on the underground scene here in DC, with so much going on, I can barely keep up. The big news announced in the past week was Flash and Prescription‘s summer festival The Sidewalk Ends, taking place next week on July 24. An amazing lineup of quality underground artists including Catz’n’DogzWolf + LambCamea,  Marques Wyatt and Detroit’s Keith Worthy, along with top tier local talent, including NavboxDJ Lisa FrankJuan ZapataBenoitHot Coffee and Yola.

The sidewalk ends

Full details and advanced tickets available from the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/302623696747410/.  More evidence that DC is doing it right!

Sidewalk Ends Tickets: http://www.thesidewalkends.com/

So what about this weekend? Thursday night sees the Cadence crew teaming up with The Spreadlove Project to bring MJ Cole to Flash. Over to Jett Chandon from The Spreadlove Project to say a few words about the event:

“During the 90’s, there was a sound that was new and exciting across all various platforms of dance music. This new sound made an everlasting impact on the underground dance music scene, but lasted only about 5 years. Within those 5 years, MJ Cole made his influence on the UK Garage and 2-Step sound. It was so profound that we identify with it, even till this day. This classically trained musician, writer, and producer, created one of the earliest Garage records to hit the UK Top 40 in the early 2000’s. “Sincere” defined the movement and growth of Garage and took it into a direction that made this special sound emotional, romantic, and sexy. He has also remixed top recording artists such as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Amy Winehouse and has collaborated with several artists across the musical spectrum such as Katy B, Dizzee Rascal, and grime pioneer Wiley. He continues to leave his mark DJing international festivals and touring the globe. On July 14th, 2016, MJ Cole marks his first date of his mini North American tour right here in Washington, DC. Cadence and The SpreadLove Project teams up to give you an experience you will never forget at one of the biggest clubs in the city, Flash. Not to mention, a stacked local lineup of some of the best talent DC has to offer that include, Ken Lazee, DJ Nav, drip, Drone, & Psykofly + MC Concept will want to witness a night of these historic sounds of Garage and 2-Step.”

 

Cadence and Spreadrove Project presents MJ Cole with DJ Nav, Ken Lazee at Flash, with drip, Drone & Psykofly with MC Concept in the Flash Bar

Cadence and Spreadrove Project presents MJ Cole with DJ Nav, Ken Lazee at Flash, with drip, Drone & Psykofly with MC Concept in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/241775416192863/

That very same night, Playlist and Eighteenth Street Lounge team up to present Dubfire (yeah, you heard that right) on the patio at ESL. An amazing opportunity to catch a DJ more accustomed to headlining festivals playing open to close in the intimate surroundings of the ESL patio. It will be just like old times for those of you who can remember catching Deep Dish in the back room of State of the Union back in the day.

Playlist presents Dubfire at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Other highlights for the weekend include Petworth Park Summer Jam Part II with Sam Burns, Sol Power All Stars, Juan Zapata and Chris Nitti at Petworth Rec Center. If you attended the first Petworth Park Summer Jam, you know what’s up. Part II promises to take it to the next level! If you haven’t contributed already, please donate what you can to the Petworth Park Summer Jam fundraiser. While the events are free, sound systems and security cost money, and it’s not right to leave the organizers picking up the tab. Throw in what you can, and throw some shapes in the park on Saturday afternoon.

Petworth Park Summer Jam Fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/285dhvek

Petworth Park Summer Jam Part II with Sam Burns, Sol Power All Stars, Juan Zapata and Chris Nitti at Petworth Rec Center

Also worth mentioning that this week is Artscape in Baltimore, bringing with it a whole range of amazing after parties. Highlights include 4 Hours of Funk Artscape 2016 with Graham & Fleg & Trevski at The Windup Space and Vague Output Artscape Afterparty with HI$TO and Ben Jenkins at Club 1722 on Friday and Artscape Afterhours with Anthony Collins, Dim Neon Sum, Sarah Myers and Ypset at a secret warehouse location on Saturday. Quality talent all round!

Last, but by no means least, Sundays Rooftop celebrates its six year anniversary on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Sunday with Lazare Hoche (Concrete ,Paris), Dansman B2B Throe & Benoit. Underground line ups don’t get much better than that.

I’m not even there to enjoy things this weekend, so I’ll have to count on you all to do things right. I’m sure I’ll manage to make do over here at Farr 🙂 I’m planning on taking a week off from the Weekend Round Up next week (it’s about time!), but normal service will be resumed the following week.

Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, full listings with flyers and event page links follow below. Have fun!

Thursday Picks

Cadence and Spreadrove Project presents MJ Cole with DJ Nav, Ken Lazee at Flash, with drip, Drone & Psykofly with MC Concept in the Flash Bar

Playlist presents Dubfire at Eighteenth Street Lounge

NightFlight with Philco at Cafe Saint-Ex

Friday Picks

Josh Wink [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with Dance Party Chronicles featuring Mr Bonkerz, Martín Miguel & Heights in the Flash Bar

Magda with Navbox at U Street Music Hall

1432R : Fringe Arts Bar Courtyard Jams at Capital Fringe

The Supperclub featuring Grody, Jacq Jill, & Jandro at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Cross:Fade with Juan Zapata, Felipe “Pepe” Rivera, Derek J and DeepCutta at Dirty Martini

Vague Output Artscape Afterparty with HI$TO and Ben Jenkins at Club 1722, Baltimore

Saturday Picks

Petworth Park Summer Jam Part II with Sam Burns, Sol Power All Stars, Juan Zapata and Chris Nitti at Petworth Rec Center

Prosumer, Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with Assembly featuring M. Vaughan and Chris Kennedy in the Flash Bar

Bump ‘n Grind with Panch, Rob, Tara, Neil and David at Zeba Bar

Artscape Afterhours with Anthony Collins, Dim Neon Sum, Sarah Myers and Ypset at Secret Warehouse Location, Baltimore

Rev909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute & Indie Dance Classics with Will Eastman & Ozker at U Street Music Hall

Subdistrict! July 2016 at Backbar

Sunday Picks

ESL Sunday with 6 Years Of Sunday’s Rooftop with Lazare Hoche(Concrete,Paris), Dansman B2B Throe & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunglass Sundays V ft. ELI & FUR, Lisa Frank, Rosenberg & Philco at Public Bar

Those are my picks for the weekend; here’s the full listings with flyer images and event links for all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC this weekend.

Thursday July 14

Cadence and Spreadrove Project presents MJ Cole with DJ Nav, Ken Lazee at Flash, with drip, Drone & Psykofly with MC Concept in the Flash Bar

Cadence and Spreadrove Project presents MJ Cole with DJ Nav, Ken Lazee at Flash, with drip, Drone & Psykofly with MC Concept in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/241775416192863/

Playlist presents Dubfire at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist presents Dubfire at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1607466212916961/

Preview with Ciconte at Flash

Preview with Ciconte at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1707786379486182/

NightFlight with Philco at Cafe Saint-Ex

NightFlight with Philco at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/592078254300420/

Gorgon City (DJ Set) with Trev-ski at U Street Music Hall

Gorgon City (DJ Set) with Trev-ski at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/247739202275871/

Caribbean Sunset Vibe with DJ Dromme at Sky Bar at the Beacon Hotel

Caribbean Sunset Vibe with DJ Dromme at Sky Bar at the Beacon Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1109917462414163/

Paul Oakenfold at Soundcheck

Paul Oakenfold at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/692421890897974/

FoSho Presents: BlackGummy at Eden Lounge

FoSho Presents: BlackGummy at Eden Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569449753349187/

Friday July 15

WTF?!? Radio Show with Corduroy Mavericks & Kochi on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?!? Radio Show with Corduroy Mavericks & Kochi on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/502920819903938/

Josh Wink [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with Dance Party Chronicles featuring Mr Bonkerz, Martín Miguel & Heights in the Flash Bar

Josh Wink [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with Dance Party Chronicles featuring Mr Bonkerz, Martín Miguel & Heights in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/288912218108477/

Magda with Navbox at U Street Music Hall

Magda with Navbox at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1279005545462157/

1432R : Fringe Arts Bar Courtyard Jams at Capital Fringe

1432R courtyard jams

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1729328664007403/

The Supperclub featuring Grody, Jacq Jill, & Jandro at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

The Supperclub featuring Grody, Jacq Jill, & Jandro at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/143129682777863/

Cross:Fade with Juan Zapata, Felipe “Pepe” Rivera, Derek J and DeepCutta at Dirty Martini

Cross:Fade with Juan Zapata, Felipe "Pepe" Rivera, Derek J and DeepCutta at Dirty Martini

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1003918496324779/

ESL Friday with The Metaphysical, Playin’Fields, Harry Hotter, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with The Metaphysical, Playin’Fields, Harry Hotter, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

House Music with Arthur J, V Coch, Dromm & Paul Howard at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

House Music with Arthur J, V Coch, Dromm & Paul Howard at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1003918496324779/

Element presents: Jordan Suckley at L8 Lounge

Element presents: Jordan Suckley at L8 Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1130094210344515/

4 Hours of Funk Artscape 2016 with Graham & Fleg & Trevski at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours of Funk Artscape 2016 with Graham & Fleg & Trevski at The Windup Space, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1573515212950618/

Artscape Afterparty with Raven Knight, Elation, DJ TEC & Keyboard Comrade at Reverb, Baltimore

Artscape Afterparty with Raven Knight, Elation, DJ TEC & Keyboard Comrade at Reverb, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/594834917349664/

Vague Output Artscape Afterparty with HI$TO and Ben Jenkins at Club 1722, Baltimore

Vague Output Artscape Afterparty with HI$TO and Ben Jenkins at Club 1722, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/274308359604621/

Pulse Fridays with special guest DJ Mark Moultrie at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with special guest DJ Mark Moultrie at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/105710959866439/

Saturday July 16

Petworth Park Summer Jam Part II with Sam Burns, Sol Power All Stars, Juan Zapata and Chris Nitti at Petworth Rec Center

Petworth Park Summer Jam Part II with Sam Burns, Sol Power All Stars, Juan Zapata and Chris Nitti at Petworth Rec Center

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1229343090430196/

Songbyrd Soul Brunch With Keenan Orr at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Songbyrd Soul Brunch With Keenan Orr at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/841177552693554/

Prosumer, Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with Assembly featuring M. Vaughan and Chris Kennedy in the Flash Bar

Prosumer, Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with Assembly featuring M. Vaughan and Chris Kennedy in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/601258076704365/

Bump ‘n Grind with Panch, Rob, Tara, Neil and David at Zeba Bar

Bump 'n Grind with Panch, Rob, Tara, Neil and David at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1325570144137716/

ESL Saturday with Mason Jar Social featuring Jahsonic & Kat, Funk Train with Michael the Lion & Lil’ Dave, Philip Goyette, Stylus Chris and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Mason Jar Social featuring Jahsonic & Kat, Funk Train with Michael the Lion & Lil’ Dave, Philip Goyette, Stylus Chris and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/509696339227082/

Subdistrick! July 2016 at Backbar

Subdistrict! July 2016 at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1094482210645554/

Drinks, Beats and Eats with DJ Octane at Sky Bar Rooftop

Drinks, Beats and Eats with DJ Octane at Sky Bar Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/757288017707874/

Rev909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute & Indie Dance Classics with Will Eastman & Ozker at U Street Music Hall

Rev909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute & Indie Dance Classics with Will Eastman & Ozker at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720336781578067/

Artscape Afterhours with Anthony Collins, Dim Neon Sum, Sarah Myers and Ypset at Secret Warehouse Location, Baltimore

Artscape Afterhours with Anthony Collins, Dim Neon Sum, Sarah Myers and Ypset at Secret Warehouse Location, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763493517244139/

Mass Transit 34 Presents Marten Horger at The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax

Mass Transit 34 Presents Marten Horger at The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/172566523146369/

Sunday July 17

ESL Sunday with 6 Years Of Sunday’s Rooftop with Lazare Hoche(Concrete,Paris), Dansman B2B Throe & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with 6 Years Of Sunday's Rooftop with Lazare Hoche(Concrete,Paris), Dansman B2B Throe & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/593482957491808/

Sunglass Sundays V ft. ELI & FUR, Lisa Frank, Rosenberg & Philco at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays V ft. ELI & FUR, Lisa Frank, Rosenberg & Philco at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/151694088573987/

Mojùgbá: A Sunday Afternoon Daytime Dance Party at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

Mojùgbá: A Sunday Afternoon Daytime Dance Party at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/487670651436261/

Guti at Soundcheck

guti at soundcheck

More details: http://soundcheckdc.com/event/guti/

The Art of House at The Motor House, Baltimore

The Art of House at The Motor House, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/283133508702441/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 7 to July 10

Diving head first into the third year of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up with another solid weekend of underground events to get you throwing them shapes on the dance floor. Before I get into my picks for the weekend, just a quick reminder that we’ll be celebrating the two year anniversary of the Weekend Round Up at Body Werk on Saturday night from 10.30pm to 2.30am in the wonderfully air conditioned surroundings of DC9 Nightclub. We’re super excited to be showcasing the debut of local duo Good Touch⚡️Bad Touch in the main room, with [capsaicin] providing the visuals, while Martín Miguel (Dance Party Chronicles / ESL) brings the heat in the rooftop bar. If you find the Weekend Round Up useful, show your support by celebrating with us at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday! Proper underground grooves open to close, and only $2 before midnight, $5 after.

Body Werk: DCHG Weekend Round Up Turns 2 with Good Touch / Bad Touch, Martín Miguel and [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/678887288925038/

Now, in addition to publishing this blog, I also do a bit of DJing here and there. Things have been a bit quiet for me on the DJing front lately; it’s been nice to take a break, but I’m ready to get back behind the decks. With that in mind, I’m excited to announce that Midnight Project will be making a comeback celebrating it’s very own 2 year anniversary on July 30 with headliner Norm Talley and support from myself, Hot Coffee and Benoit Benoit.  Reeeeel Rite! Midnight Project has consistently been the top underground party here in DC for the past two years, booking the finest headliners and local talent, so I’m super excited to be involved in its 2 year anniversary event. Huge thanks to the Midnight Project crew for believing in me! Watch this space for further details.

midnight project 2 years

Then, hot on the heels of Midnight Project, I’ll be making my debut at NightFlight at Cafe Saint-Ex on August 4, then on August 6 I’ll have the honor of opening proceedings at Back 2 Basics featuring Chez Damier and Dinky at Flash. Can’t wait!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1734271590180015/

Check out my mixes here. If you’d like to book me for an event, please send me a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page.

Enough of the self promotion already. How about a few mixes before I get into this week’s picks? First up, here’s the 35th edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, a solid techno mix from DC local Daasnomem:

 

If you’d rather a delicious slice of eclectic house music, check out the latest Extended Family mix from 1432R Recordings, Spaceship Clementine from Sleepy G:

 

And last, but not least for this week, check out Jett Chandon‘s latest mix for TransitFM. Mixes from Ms Chandon are always full of pleasant surprises!

Right, down to business with this week’s picks. Highlights for me this weekend are NightFlight with Grody & Mark Funk at Café Saint-Ex on Thursday night, One Love Massive Happy Hour featuring Symmetrical at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe and Barac, Navbox, Benoit Benoit & Feroun at a secret location in Baltimore on Friday, our 2 year anniversary party at Body Werk at DC9 Nightclub followed by Converge with Chris Nitti, Benoit Benoit, Dansman and Dj Nav at The DC Eagle on Saturday, and then wrapping things up on Sunday with the Soundwaves Boat Party with Canson & Raffi followed by bouncing between Sunglass Sundays V featuring Nhan Solo, Chris Nitti, Steve Amoroso and Itzjack at Public Bar and ESL Sundays with Sam “The Man” Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Good Buddies with Philco & Caleb L’Etoile featuring Navbox, Philip Goyette, Philco & Caleb L’Etoile at Eighteenth Street Lounge. That’s not even half of my picks for the weekend, though… check out the full list:

Thursday Picks

NightFlight with Grody & Mark Funk at Café Saint-Ex

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Transmission 4|4 w/ Martín Miguel & Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

Re:Fresh with Davidson Ospina, Sequoia, Synz and V:Shal Kanwar at Liaison Capitol Hill

Tortured Soul, Amadou Kouyate and Sol Power All Stars at Tropicalia

Friday Picks

A One Love Massive Happy Hour featuring Symmetrical at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

Barac, Navbox, Benoit Benoit & Feroun at Secret Location, Baltimore

Martin Buttrich, DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Fundamentalist, Jandro and Meegs in the Flash Bar

Frequency with Seany Ranks, Vanniety Kills, Philco and Kochi at Zeba Bar

Petworth Funk with Zem Su Yung, Sami and Dj Freeze at The Looking Glass Lounge

Saturday Picks

Body Werk: DCHG Weekend Round Up Turns 2 with Good Touch⚡️Bad Touch, Martín Miguel and [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

Navbox & Friends with Navbox & Philip Goyette at Flash, with Tortoise & the Snare featuring Pacific Fur Company, Upset & Grody in the Flash Bar

Converge with Chris Nitti, Benoit Benoit, Dansman, Dj Nav at The DC Eagle

Dive & Lie Wrecked featuring Tanc & Tiernan, Robert Manos and Charles Martin at Zeba Bar

Sunday Picks

Soundwaves Boat Party with Canson & Raffi

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Nhan Solo [Mother Recordings | Ber], Chris Nitti, Steve Amoroso and Itzjack at Public Bar

ESL Sundays with Sam “The Man” Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Good Buddies with Philco & Caleb L’Etoile featuring Navbox, Philip Goyette, Philco & Caleb L’Etoile at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Reggae pon di Waterfront at Nick’s Riverside Grill

…and here are the full listings for this weekend with flyers and event links. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday July 7

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1788937474655429

Re:Fresh with Davidson Ospina, Sequoia, Synz and V:Shal Kanwar at Liaison Capitol Hill

Re:Fresh with Davidson Ospina, Sequoia, Synz and V:Shal Kanwar at Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/192735017790830/

Transmission 4|4 w/ Martín Miguel & Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

Transmission 4|4 w/ Martín Miguel & Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1060116154074761/

Tortured Soul, Amadou Kouyate and Sol Power All Stars at Tropicalia

Tortured Soul, Amadou Kouyate and Sol Power All Stars at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1731263983823854/

NightFlight with Grody & Mark Funk at Café Saint-Ex

NightFlight with Grody & Mark Funk at Café Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/719229924884676/

Arthur Russell Dance Party with Graham Hatke at The Crown, Baltimore

Arthur Russell Dance Party with Graham Hatke at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/276060709415342/

The Acid House with Tony B, Digital Mischief, Sinestro and JonnyC at The Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg

The Acid House with Tony B, Digital Mischief, Sinestro and JonnyC at The Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/936301439828849/

Friday July 8

A One Love Massive Happy Hour featuring Symmetrical at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

A One Love Massive Happy Hour featuring Symmetrical at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/846220928854654/

Martin Buttrich, DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Fundamentalist, Jandro and Meegs in the Flash Bar

Martin Buttrich, DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Fundamentalist, Jandro and Meegs in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738785389701844/

Barac, Navbox, Benoit Benoit & Feroun at Secret Location, Baltimore

Barac, Navbox, Benoit Benoit & Feroun at Secret Location, Baltimore

More details: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?851281

Frequency with Seany Ranks, Vanniety Kills, Philco and Kochi at Zeba Bar

Frequency with Seany Ranks, Vanniety Kills, Philco and Kochi at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/631524190336510/

Petworth Funk with Zem Su Yung, Sami and Dj Freeze at The Looking Glass Lounge

Petworth Funk with Zem Su Yung, Sami and Dj Freeze at The Looking Glass Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1079168332157039/

ESL Friday with DJ Day, Chris Brooks, John Jaxx and DJ Dust Cover at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with DJ Day, Chris Brooks, John Jaxx and DJ Dust Cover at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Juice with Alex DB, Ayes Cold, Jacq Jill, Jett Chandon and Mane Squeeze at U Street Music Hall

Juice at u all

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1186805238030638/

Classical Trax x Guestlist x LENG: Locals Only with College Hill, Duolo, Houhai and Benbo at Backbar

Classical Trax x Guestlist x LENG: Locals Only with College Hill, Duolo, Houhai and Benbo at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748122195466788/

FoSho Present Lo’99 with DC Campbell and Tony Smooth at Eden Nightclub

FoSho Present Lo'99 with DC Campbell and Tony Smooth at Eden Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/254021794977920/

Bear Happy Hour with Dean Douglas Sullivan and Maegan Wood at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with Dean Douglas Sullivan and Maegan Wood at Rock'n'Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1218648898169848/

DJ Rekha , Ayes Cold & Horsepower at Tropicalia

DJ Rekha , Ayes Cold & Horsepower at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/571018139743457

Pulse Fridays with special guest KW Griff at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with special guest KW Griff at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710205155895381/

Saturday July 9

Body Werk: DCHG Weekend Round Up Turns 2 with Good Touch⚡️Bad Touch, Martín Miguel and [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/678887288925038/

Navbox & Friends with Navbox & Philip Goyette at Flash, with Tortoise & the Snare featuring Pacific Fur Company, Upset & Grody in the Flash Bar

Navbox & Friends with Navbox & Philip Goyette at Flash, with Tortoise & the Snare featuring Pacific Fur Company, Upset & Grody in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739899212949914/

Converge with Chris Nitti, Benoit Benoit, Dansman, Dj Nav at The DC Eagle

Converge with Chris Nitti, Benoit Benoit, Dansman, Dj Nav at Secret Location

More details: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?850400

Dubathonic at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Dubathonic at Dr Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1073103972781197/

Dive & Lie Wrecked featuring Tanc & Tiernan, Robert Manos and Charles Martin at Zeba Bar

Dive & Lie Wrecked featuring Tanc & Tiernan, Robert Manos and Charles Martin at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/283885721959619/

ESL Saturday with DJ ADM, Mr Bonkerz & John Bowen at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with DJ ADM, Mr Bonkerz & John Bowen at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions featuring Blinkhorn & Rewak with Live Art by Calisma at DC9 Nightclub

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions featuring Blinkhorn & Rewak with Live Art by Calisma at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2052299078327543/

Burning Down Babylon with Shaft XXL, 13 Ruble, Bob, Gogo Craig and DJ St. James at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Burning Down Babylon with Shaft XXL, 13 Ruble, Bob, Gogo Craig and DJ St. James at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/240147926377600/

Housing in the Park, Hanlon Park, Baltimore

Housing in the Park, Hanlon Park, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1612651162383063/

Sunday July 10

Soundwaves Boat Party with Canson & Raffi

Soundwaves Boat Party with Canson & Raffi

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/209819336079392/

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Nhan Solo [Mother Recordings | Ber], Chris Nitti, Steve Amoroso and Itzjack at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Nhan Solo [Mother Recordings | Ber], Chris Nitti, Steve Amoroso and Itzjack at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1719642531637077/

ESL Sundays with Sam “The Man” Burns, Mr Bonkersz and Good Buddies with Philco & Caleb L’Etoile featuring Navbox, Philip Goyette, Philco & Caleb L’Etoile at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sundays with Sam “The Man” Burns, Mr Bonkersz and Good Buddies with Philco & Caleb L'Etoile featuring Navbox, Philip Goyette, Philco & Caleb L’Etoile at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2022887884603528/

Reggae pon di Waterfront at Nick’s Riverside Grill

Reggae pon di Waterfront at Nick’s Riverside Grill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1157871914252417/

Sander Kleinenberg at SoundCheck

Sander Kleinenberg at SoundCheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/759215857551779/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up July 4th Two Year Anniversary Edition

Has it really been two years since the first edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up? I write the damn thing, and I’m having a hard time believing it myself. I’ve never exactly been the most disciplined person; I don’t think I’ve stuck to anything for this long in my life (apart from DJing, perhaps), but it would appear that every week for the past two years, I’ve sat down and documented all the best underground house, drum and bass, garage and other underground electronic music events in DC and Baltimore that are worth knowing about, and I’m 99% sure I haven’t missed a week. Sure, there’s been the occasional abbreviated post at times when life has got in the way, but I’ve still had something relatively useful posted come Thursday morning. Almost every week I swear I’m done with it, but then I run into someone out and about who tells me how they were new to DC and found their way to the underground scene and their people through DC House Grooves, and it reminds me why I do it. So… I guess we need to do something to celebrate, right? Well it just so happens that we’ll be celebrating two years of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up at Body Werk at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday July 9, with a brand new local DJ duo Good Touch⚡️ Bad Touch making their debut in the main room open to close, while Martín Miguel (Dance Party ChroniclesESL) lays down the grooves upstairs in the open air rooftop bar all night long. As always for Body Werk events, there’s low cover, proper vibes. If you’ve found DC House Grooves useful over the past two years, show your support by joining us to celebrate at DC9 Nightclub on July 9.

Body Werk: DCHG Weekend Round Up Turns 2 with Good Touch⚡️ Bad Touch, Martín Miguel and [capsaicin]

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/678887288925038/

Full flyer coming soon!

So what was going on in DC over July 4th weekend two years ago? Just take a look at the first Weekend Round Up post: it was a major weekend for the nascent ROAM DJs, with Chris NittiLisa Frank and Sami Y holding things down at Nomad‘s gone-but-not-forgotten weekend party Lost on Thurdays at Lost Society, followed by ROAM IV on the Saturday with LisaChrisSamiNavboxJuan ZapataRaffiJett Chandon and Dawit... all names familiar to regular readers! We also had DC House Grooves radio shows from Chris Nitti and Lisa Frank, starting the tradition of regular mixes from the hottest local DJs. On July 4, there was a locals only edition of Loop‘s Soundwaves Boat Party with JubileeJuan Zapata and Raffi, while at Flash there was Flash of July with ChadwickJuan Zapata and DJ Meegs. On Sunday, the highlight was another gone-but-not-forgotten party, Vanniety Kills’ The House That U Built on the rooftop at Dirty Bar, featuring Keenan OrrC.Hillthe TNX DJs and Vanniety Kills, while across the street, ESL Sundays featured resident Sam “The Man” BurnsFarid and Juan Zapata. Happy to say ESL Sundays is still going strong with Sam at the helm, while The House that U Built is sorely missed. Here’s hoping it will see the light of day again! In summary, the underground scene here in DC was killing it on all fronts when I wrote that first round up, and it continues to go from strength to strength to this day. Huge respect to all the promoters, venue owners, DJs, producers and dancers who make the magic happen week in, week out, and huge thanks to my wonderful partner Katrina for supporting me in all my DC House Grooves endeavors and putting up with all my bullshit. Let’s all keep pushing things forward!

A few mixes before I get into this weekend. First up is the first #BODYFEEL Sessions mix featuring the #BODYFEEL DJs Dansman and Throe going back to back live in the Flash Bar. Great selection and vibe to this one, and bonus points for dropping Rasoul‘s True Science, one of my go to tracks permanently in my record box.

 

You can catch Dansman this weekend at Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez, and you can catch Throe behind the decks with PHILCO at Alive and Well at Velvet Lounge on Saturday. Proper underground sounds on the menu at both events. Speaking of Playlist, here’s Jubilee‘s recent DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast. Yeah, I know I posted it last week, but it deserves another posting. Have a listen, and I’ll see you on the dance floor on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday.

 

One more mix this week, this time from our friends over at Tortoise and the Snare, who feature AVERVGE in the 9th edition of their guest mix series.

 

You can catch AVERVGE at Wavvvy at Backbar on Saturday night. All my picks for the weekend are listed below. Top highlights this weekend are the aforementioned Playlist with JubileeRamirez and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Damian LazarusSarah Myers and Mazi R at Flash with Sticky Fingers Collective featuring Hot CoffeeSparks and Mark in the Dark in the Flash Bar on Friday, Deep Space 9 with Katrina and Tim Humphrey at DC9 NightclubFlash and Desert Hearts presents City Hearts: The Endless Summer Tour at Flash with Foot Therapy featuring DJ Freez and DJ Sleepy G in the Flash Bar, and of course Alive & Well featuring Philco & Throe at Velvet Lounge on Saturday, ESL Sunday with Stacy Kidd, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr, Dave Nada & Stylus Chris and Sunday’s Workshop with Jusnowhere, Hot Coffee and Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Sunday, then DMV House Music Fest with Chose the Househead, Cameron Da DJ, DJ Kevy Kev and DJ Oji at Malcolm X Park on Monday July 4.

Some truly amazing events there, and that’s just the highlights! If you get the opportunity, please make an effort to go support Katrina and my old Discogs pal Tim Humphrey at Deep Space 9 at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday. Tim is an old school head with an impressive record collection and musical knowledge to match, and Katrina‘s musical selections are always on point. The place to be for the heads for happy hour on Saturday.

Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, and you’ll find full listings with event flyers below. Here’s to another year of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up!

Thursday Picks

Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

NightFlight with Omar and Jasmine Walton at Cafe Saint-Ex

Preview with DJ Meegs at Flash

Friday Picks

WTF?! Radio Show with Kochi, Ramirez n CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

Damian Lazarus, Sarah Myers and Mazi R at Flash, with Sticky Fingers Collective featuring Hot Coffee, Sparks and Mark in the Dark in the Flash Bar

ESL Friday with Qdup, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg and DJ Raw & Anoosh at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Saturday Picks

Deep Space 9 with Katrina (DC House Grooves) and Tim Humphrey at DC9 Nightclub

Flash and Desert Hearts pres. City Hearts: The Endless Summer Tour at Flash with Foot Therapy featuring DJ Freez and DJ Sleepy G in the Flash Bar

Alive & Well featuring Philco & Throe at Velvet Lounge

The OMG Experience Part 2 with DJ Osiruss, DJ Luminescent Should & DJ Andrew Hogans at Zeba Bar

Wavvvy with JonsonB and Avervge at Backbar

UK Garage Social with Aphreaq, Tarik Evolve, Kenny 99 and MC Twisty at The Depot, Baltimore

Sunday Picks

ESL Sunday with Stacy Kidd, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr, Dave Nada Stylus Chris and Sunday’s Workshop with Jusnowhere, Hot Coffee and Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Daylight with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

The Big Boom with The Golden Pony, Fort Knox Five feat. Qdup, Dirty Looks & Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

Daylight with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

July 4th Picks

DMV House Music Fest with Chosen the Househead, Cameron Da DJ, DJ Kevy Kev and DJ Oji at Malcolm X Park

That’s it for this week’s picks. Here’s the full listings:

Thursday June 30

Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1762151987332485/

NightFlight with Omar and Jasmine Walton at Cafe Saint-Ex

NightFlight with Omar and Jasmine Walton at Cafe Saint-ExMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1852821451657275/

Preview with DJ Meegs at Flash

Preview with DJ Meegs at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753097564974871/

Re:Fresh with Danny House and Boss Ross at The Liaison Capitol Hill

Re:Fresh with Danny House and Boss Ross at The Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695355604059755/

Tube & Berger with Bella & J Tek at Flash, with Feel the Love, Live in the Flash Bar

Tube & Berger with Bella & J Tek at Flash, with Feel the Love, Live in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1088552144538719/

FoSho Presents: The Prototypes at Eden Lounge

FoSho Presents: The Prototypes at Eden LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/209461922782099/

Friday July 1

WTF?! Radio Show with Kochi, Ramirez n CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack RecordingsMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/256566684713032

Damian Lazarus, Sarah Myers and Mazi R at Flash, with Sticky Fingers Collective featuring Hot Coffee, Sparks and Mark in the Dark in the Flash Bar

Damian Lazarus, Sarah Myers and Mazi R at Flash, with Sticky Fingers Collective featuring Hot Coffee, Sparks and Mark in the Dark in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1082878635118444/

ESL Friday with Qdup, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg and DJ Raw & Anoosh at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Qdup, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg and DJ Raw & Anoosh at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Family Night: Billy the Gent, Proper Villains, Spinser Tracy, Ayes Cold, Rex Riot, Basecamp & Jacq Jill at U Street Music Hall

Family Night: Billy the Gent, Proper Villains, Spinser Tracy, Ayes Cold, Rex Riot, Basecamp & Jacq Jill at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596006297396628/

Warmbodies: Jacq Jill and Alex DB at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Warmbodies: Jacq Jill and Alex DB at Rock’n’Roll HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/486578164870581/

Pulse Fridays! with special guest DJ Karizma at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1191331474251180/

Saturday July 2

Deep Space 9 with Katrina (DC House Grooves) and Tim Humphrey at DC9 Nightclub

Deep Space 9 with Katrina (DC House Grooves) and Tim Humphrey at DC9 NightclubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/272673586411144/

Flash and Desert Hearts pres. City Hearts: The Endless Summer Tour at Flash with Foot Therapy featuring DJ Freez and DJ Sleepy G in the Flash Bar

Flash and Desert Hearts pres. City Hearts: The Endless Summer Tour at Flash with Foot Therapy featuring DJ Freez and DJ Sleepy G in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1225743294103258/

Alive & Well featuring Philco & Throe at Velvet Lounge

Alive & Well featuring Philco & Throe at Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/498339143700429/

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Double A and Mr. Bonkerz at Eigtheenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Double A and Mr. Bonkerz at Eigtheenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

DJ Diaspora with DJ Mate Masie July 2nd BDAY Edition at Bossa Bistro and Lounge

DJ Diaspora with DJ Mate Masie July 2nd BDAY Edition at Bossa Bistro and LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/258227401207766/

The OMG Experience Part 2 with DJ Osiruss, DJ Luminescent Should & DJ Andrew Hogans at Zeba Bar

The OMG Experience Part 2 with DJ Osiruss, DJ Luminescent Should & DJ Andrew Hogans at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1543637655943830/

Wavvvy with JonsonB and Avervge at Backbar

Wavvvy with JonsonB and Avervge at BackbarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/192103181191266/

Double DOWN with Mark Funk, Omar Martinez & Zamkov at Russia House

Double DOWN with Mark Funk, Omar Martinez & Zamkov at Russia HouseMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1133438593375228/

Red, White and Bruh: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, RawleNightLong, Basecamp and special guests at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Red, White and Bruh: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, RawleNightLong, Basecamp and special guests at Rock’n’Roll HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1780394032191968/

Anamanaguchi (DJ Set) & Skylar Spence with Carpainter at U Street Music Hall

Anamanaguchi (DJ Set) & Skylar Spence with Carpainter at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735943396618483/

Phase 3 : Infusion at Secret Location, Hyattsville

Phase 3 : Infusion at Secret Location, HyattsvilleMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/247144122312109/

UK Garage Social with Aphreaq, Tarik Evolve, Kenny 99 and MC Twisty at The Depot, Baltimore

UK Garage Social with Aphreaq, Tarik Evolve, Kenny 99 and MC Twisty at The Depot, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1070739392993678

Sunday July 3

ESL Sunday with Stacy Kidd, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr, Dave Nada Stylus Chris and Sunday’s Workshop with Jusnowhere, Hot Coffee and Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Stacy Kidd, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr, Dave Nada Stylus Chris and Sunday’s Workshop with Jusnowhere, Hot Coffee and Benoit at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1030250797010636/

The Big Boom with The Golden Pony, Fort Knox Five feat. Qdup, Dirty Looks & Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

The Big Boom with The Golden Pony, Fort Knox Five feat. Qdup, Dirty Looks & Juan Zapata at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/555587334641445/

Daylight with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

Daylight with DJ Divine at The 201 BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1728159730764949

Red, White and Bruh: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, Bete Noire, The Lothario, Chris Kennedy and Special Guests at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Red, White and Bruh: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, RawleNightLong, Basecamp and special guests at Rock’n’Roll HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1780394032191968/

Flashy Sundays Fourth of July Weekend with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at Flash

Flashy Sundays Fourth of July Weekend with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/847360682034494/

Chocolate Puma with Watermat at Soundcheck

Chocolate Puma with Watermat at SoundcheckMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005881846125523/

Bringing the Heat!! The 4th of July Session with DJ Biskit at Club 347, Baltimore

Bringing the Heat!! The 4th of July Session with DJ Biskit at Club 347, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/541767449344513/

Monday July 4

DMV House Music Fest with Chosen the Househead, Cameron Da DJ, DJ Kevy Kev and DJ Oji at Malcolm X Park

DMV House Music Fest with Chose The Household, Cameron Da DJ, DJ Kevy Kev and DJ Oji at Malcolm X ParkMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610412045937197/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 23 to June 26

Short and sweet this week…rushing to get this week’s post bashed out before I head out to see The Cure at Merriweather. Kudos to Chris Burns and the ROAM team for Petworth Park Summer Jam. Amazing summer vibes at the Petworth Recreation Center, and great to see such a diverse crowd brought together by the love of house music. Looking forward to Petworth Park Summer Jam Part II with Sam BurnsThe Sol Power All-StarsJuan Zapata and Chris Nitti on July 16. If you enjoyed yourself in the park on Saturday, or are planning on enjoying yourself at future events in the series, please consider making a donation to the Petworth Park Summer Jam fundraiser. DJ fees, sound systems, security guards, permits and the like don’t come cheap, so please chip in to help spread the cost.

Donate to Petworth Park Summer Jam

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the latest edition of Daytime Discotèque with thatmanmonkzJoe LMartín Miguel and Hot Coffee, but I heard nothing but good things about it. Keep an eye out for forthcoming events from The Sticky Fingers Collection and Dance Party Chronicles crews. Always on point.

OK… kicking things off from this weekend with a new Meet the Locals Podcast from local heavy hitter Jubilee, recorded live at his weekly party Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge on May 26. I’ve been hoping to get a mix from Jubilee for some time, so really excited to bring this to you:

 

Catch Jubilee this weekend at Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Saturday at Flash playing an extended set in support of Shlomi Aber.

See below for my picks for the coming weekend, followed by full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC from Thursday to Sunday. Highlights for me this weekend are Playlist on Thursday with JubileeRamirez and NavboxDPC x Rush Plus & Acid People on Friday night, Bump’n’Grind with Alex Gardel, Boss Ross and Carlos followed by Deep Sugar at The Paradox on Saturday, then rounding it off with the Soundwaves Boat Party and Groovetop with Danny “Buddah” Morales and Boss Ross on Sunday. Hopefully more time for a proper post next week!

Thursday Picks

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RE:Fresh with Davidson Ospina, Sequoia, Synz V:shall Kanwar at Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel

NightFlight with Mark Funk and Omar at Cafe Saint-Ex

Friday Picks

Stranger Than Paradise: Eli Verveine, DoubtingThomas LiVE and Navbox at Flash, with SpreadLove Project in the Flash Bar with Dan Gee, Jett Chandon and DJ Nav in the Flash Bar

DPC x Rush Plus at Backbar

Acid People with Alex Gardel, Ron Jackson and Juana at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doktor D and Darius Twin at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Saturday Picks

Deep Sugar Presents Lisa Moody’s “Under the Cherry Moon” Costume Ball & Birthday Bash at The Paradox, Baltimore

Shlomi Aber & Jubilee at Flash, with Dusk featuring DJ Soul & Martín Miguel in the Flash Bar

Bump ‘n Grind with Alex Gardel, Boss Ross, Carlos Lopez (Symmetrical) and David at Zeba Bar

Left of Center with Trev-ski, Adrian Collazo and Neil at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Party on the Potomac 13: The House Disco with J Paul Getto and Meegsco

DC9s rooftop presents Deep Space 9 featuring Benoit at DC9 Nightclub

Bang the Box with Grody, Philco, Neutral & Retro Future at Backbar

Sunday Picks

Soundwaves Boat Party with Lauren Ritter and Edo

ESL Sunday with Groovetop with Danny “Buddah” Morales and Boss Ross, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Saeed Younan, Leonardo Lee and DJ Gorgani at Public Bar

That’s it for this week’s picks. Here are the full listings for Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday June 23

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1168277276526647/

*** POSTPONED *** RE:Fresh with Davidson Ospina, Sequoia, Synz V:shall Kanwar at Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel *** POSTPONED ***

EVENT POSTPONED TO JULY 7

RE:Fresh with Davidson Ospina, Sequoia, Synz V:shall Kanwar at Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/192735017790830/

Preview with EZGrüüv & Marco Geatti at Flash

Preview with EZGrüüv & Marco Geatti at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818988018329271/

ESL Friday with DJ Center, Jahsonic, John Jazz and Honestlee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with DJ Center, Jahsonic, John Jazz and Honestlee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Nosaj Thing with Sami at U Street Music Hall

Nosaj Thing with Sami at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044197098992428/

NightFlight with Mark Funk and Omar at Cafe Saint-Ex

NightFlight with Mark Funk and Omar at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/707915086015357/

Friday June 24

Bear Happy Hour with ChakaQuan and Tommy Cornelis at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with ChakaQuan and Tommy Cornelis at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/298596550477717/

J Paul Getto: Happy Hour Sunset Performance at Nick’s Riverside Grill

J Paul Getto: Happy Hour Sunset Performance at Nick’s Riverside Grill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/599773046867349/

A One Love Massive Happy Hour featuring zacheser at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

A One Love Massive Happy Hour featuring zacheser at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1817753771779648/

Stranger Than Paradise: Eli Verveine, DoubtingThomas LiVE and Navbox at Flash, with SpreadLove Project in the Flash Bar with Dan Gee, Jett Chandon and DJ Nav in the Flash Bar

Stranger Than Paradise: Eli Verveine, DoubtingThomas LiVE and Navbox at Flash, with SpreadLove Project in the Flash Bar with Dan Gee, Jett Chandon and DJ Nav in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142193892506859/

DPC x Rush Plus at Backbar

DPC x Rush Plus at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/537460799788430/

Acid People with Alex Gardel, Ron Jackson and Juana at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Acid People with Alex Gardel, Ron Jackson and Juana at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1633527040203171/

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doktor D and Darius Twin at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doctor D and Darius Twin at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/299412053732651/

Jerry Folk with Kry Wolf, alexNOIZE at U Street Music Hall

Jerry Folk with Kry Wolf, alexNOIZE at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/628914237257257/

Pulse Fridays!! With Special Guest Sam The Man Burns at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays!! With Special Guest Sam The Man Burns at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/752079158267666/

Resurrection with Bad Company UK, Audio, Luzcid & more at the Paradox

Resurrection with Bad Company UK, Audio, Luzcid & more at the ParadoxMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/800198180117296/

Saturday June 25

Deep Sugar Presents Lisa Moody’s “Under the Cherry Moon” Costume Ball & Birthday Bash at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar Presents Lisa Moody’s “Under the Cherry Moon” Costume Ball & Birthday Bash at The Paradox, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/177739535956736/

Party on the Potomac 13: The House Disco with J Paul Getto and Meegsco

Party on the Potomac 13: The House Disco with J Paul Getto and MeegscoMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1770897266474987/

DC9s rooftop presents Deep Space 9 featuring Benoit and Tony Smooth at DC9 Nightclub

DC9s rooftop presents Deep Space 9 featuring Benoit at DC9 NightclubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1048074351946181/

Good Buddies with Caleb L’Etoile & Philco ft. Grody & Jacq Jill at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Good Buddies with Caleb L'Etoile & Philco ft. Grody & Jacq Jill at Rock’n’Roll HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696923727224185/

Shlomi Aber & Jubilee at Flash, with Dusk featuring DJ Soul & Martín Miguel in the Flash Bar

Shlomi Aber & Jubilee at Flash, with Dusk featuring DJ Soul & Martín Miguel in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/511633015686810/

Bump ‘n Grind with Alex Gardel, Boss Ross, Carlos Lopez (Symmetrical) and David at Zeba Bar

Bump 'n GrindMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1076707575700382/

Left of Center with Trev-ski, Adrian Collazo and Neil at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

left of centerMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/242572686135080/

Bang the Box with Grody, Philco, Neutral & Retro Future at Backbar

Bang the Box with Grody, Philco, Neutral & Retro Future at BackbarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/278512472481563/

ESL Saturday with Mr. Bonkerz, Chris Brooks, Philip Goyette and Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Mr. Bonkerz, Chris Brooks, Philip Goyette and Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Brodinski, Shlohmo, and Ryan Hemsworth at A.i.

Brodinski, Shlohmo, and Ryan Hemsworth at A.i.More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/968403636609897/

Element presents: Solid Stone – Open to Close at U Street Music Hall

Element presents: Solid Stone - Open to Close at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1785164848377939/

Sunday June 26

Soundwaves Boat Party with Lauren Ritter and Edo

Soundwaves Boat Party with Lauren Ritter and EdoMore details: http://www.facebook.com/events/1709388639314790/

ESL Sunday with Groovetop with Danny “Buddah” Morales and Boss Ross, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Groovetop with Danny "Buddah" Morales and Boss Ross, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/547437675458055/

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Saeed Younan, Leonardo Lee and DJ Gorgani at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Saeed Younan, Leonardo Lee and DJ Gorgani at Public BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/509501799238669/

Overeasy Tea Dance June with abs0lutelyfabul0us (fka DJ Abichula), DJ Rosie and Vanniety Kills at Dodge City

Overeasy Tea Dance June with abs0lutelyfabul0us (fka DJ Abichula), DJ Rosie and Vanniety Kills at Dodge CityMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/589038401256177/

Sharam at Soundcheck

Sharam at SoundcheckMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/319580355048730/

Sunday School of House with Tony Daniels, Utopia and Darrel Lewis at Savannah Island Bar & Grill, Baltimore

Sunday School of House with Tony Daniels, Utopia and Darrel Lewis at Savannah Island Bar & Grill, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1611589549154988/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 16 to June 19

Diving into this week’s post with the intention of getting through this quickly, but I’m sure I’ll fail miserably. Huge thanks to everyone at Flash for allowing us to host another fun edition of Body Werk in the Flash Bar on Friday, and thanks to everyone who grooved with me, Ramirez and special guest Katrina. It was tough to compete with the rooftop bar on such a nice evening, but we all had fun nonetheless. Thanks also to everyone who came out to Body Werk Sticky Fingers Collective Showcase at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday, to all the staff at DC9, to [capsaicin] for the amazing visuals and to all the talented DJs from the Sticky Fingers Collective. Another fun Body Werk night at DC9! Between those two events and Kochi‘s Keep it Moving at Jimmy Valentine’s, I was kept busy, but I did manage to head over the road to U Street Music Hall for a few minutes to catch Gaye Marvine at DJ Lisa Frank and The NeedleXchange‘s Pride 2016 party. And what a party it was! I wasn’t there for long, but seeing so many happy smiling faces werkin’ it on the dance floor really gave me the warm and fuzzies. Then on Sunday, I stopped in to Tortoise and the Snare and Good Buddies new venture We Can Work it Out at a new spot up in north east, and I was not disappointed. Great space, nice crowd, and boss grooves from the likes of Zem Su YungEdo and Juan Zapata on a Sunday afternoon, all broadcast live on the Internets. Definitely a promising start.. looking forward to the next one already… I’m thinking at least one all vinyl set would be a great idea 😉

Like everyone reading this, I’m sure, I was shocked and upset beyond words on Sunday morning hearing the news from Orlando, particularly after my experiences on Saturday night. I’m still trying to process it, to be honest, and I still don’t have the words. The only thing I can bring myself to say on the matter is this: we must never let anger, hate and fear win the day. Love is always the answer. We should be vigilant, stay alert and be aware of our surroundings, but we must all keep on doing what we do. Anything less, and we are letting the forces of anger, hate and fear win. The best thing we can do to honor the memory of those 49 beautiful souls whose lives were cut short celebrating love and life is to continue celebrating love and life through the music we all love.

OK.. big news! Not only have I got another edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast for you from DJ Swink of Shipfaced Boat Party fame, I’ve also got another Meet the Locals Podcast lined up for next week from a real heavy hitter on the DC underground scene. No clues… you’ll have to come back next week to find out! In the meantime, check out DJ Swink‘s bangin’ mix of techno and tech house:

 

You can catch DJ Swink this Saturday on the Shipfaced Season 2 Boat Party, departing from Georgetown at 2.45pm sharp on Saturday.

Speaking of bangin’, check out DJ Lisa Frank‘s contribution to Honcho‘s podcast series, one hour of ass kicking techno grooves, with tracks from the likes of Anthony ParasoleTerrence FixmerDonato DozzyChris Liebing, and local boys Rush Plus. A proper spanking from Ms. Frank, make no mistake.

 

Another amazing lineup of quality events on the cards for this weekend. I’ve included all my top picks and full listings below, but wanted to highlight a few events that deserve a special mention. Thursday night, by some weird coincidence, Flash brings together two acts that I have previously had the honor of opening for at U Street Music HallWaze & Odyssey and Jonas Rathsman, playing back to back open to close. An interesting combination playing back to back, and I’m curious as to the results. Definitely worth checking out!

Jonas Rathsman b2b Waze & Odyssey [Open-To-Close] at Flash

Then on Friday, Kowli Records brings KANN Giegling‘s Map.ache to a secret warehouse location in Baltimore, supported by Benoit BenoitDanny Elder and Sassan. This is the hot ticket for Friday night… for more info and advanced tickets, email deepsidebaltimore@gmail.com.

map.ache kowli

Looks like Saturday is going to be beautiful weather, not too hot and sunny skies all round, and there’s a couple of cheeky looking daytime offerings that promise quality grooves. For poolside grooves on Saturday afternoon, look no further than the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party with Jandro, Malphunktion, Sam “The Man” Burns & Vince Christopher B2B Tony Smooth at Embassy Row Hotel. The rooftop pool terrace at The Embassy Row Hotel is a great spot, and with this line up, you can’t go too far wrong. The beats kick off at 12pm and go until 6pm, so you’ve got the whole afternoon covered! Advanced tickets are $15, $20 on the door.

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party with Jandro, Malphunktion, Sam “The Man” Burns & Vince Christopher B2B Tony Smooth at Embassy Row Hotel

The next amazing daytime offering on Saturday is Petworth Park Summer Jam at the Petworth Recreation Center with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Burns & Trev-ski bringing the heat from 5.00pm to 9.30pm. The event is free (although please consider making a donation) and all ages are welcome! I’m certainly planning on dragging my kids along to educate them with some great music 🙂 Hope to see you there.

Petworth Park Summer Jam with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Burns & Trev-ski at Petworth Recreation CenterLady Acid Experience featuring Melanie and the Funky Motherfuckers in the Flash Bar is worth a look too. Local artists performing electronic music live? Yes please! Check it out from 8pm, then stick around for #Bodyfeel featuring Heather FemiaDansman and Throe and Francis Harris open to close upstairs in the main room. Another solid night at Flash.

Lady Acid Experience feat. Melanie and the Funky Motherfuckers at Flash

Francis Harris [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with #Bodyfeel featuring Heather Femia & Dansman B2B Throe in the Flash Bar

Sunday brings another edition of the always excellent Daytime Discotèque parties, this time featuring a personal favorite thatmanmonkz with support from one of my favorite locals Joe L along with Martín Miguel and Hot Coffee. A seriously hot lineup promising perfect sunny Sunday afternoon grooves, and if you act fast, you can grab your advanced tickets for only $10. Don’t sleep!

Daytime Discotèque advanced tickets: http://bit.ly/dchgdtdisco

Daytime Discothèque featuring thatmanmonkz with Joe L, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Secret Location

The move to wrap up your weekend is ESL Sunday, with Sunday’s Rooftop featuring Cevin FisherTony SmoothTV Lounge‘s Mister Joshooa and Benoit, while Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical round out the musical treats in the Gold Room and Main Room respectively.

ESL Sunday with Sunday's Rooftop featuring Cevin Fisher, Tony Smooth & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

That’s all I’ve got time to write up this week, but that’s not even half my top picks for the weekend! Here are all my picks… all superb events in their own right, and I seriously doubt you could have anything less than an amazing time at any of them! Check ’em out, then peruse the full listings with event flyers and event links below.

*** Thursday Picks ***

Jonas Rathsman b2b Waze & Odyssey [Open-To-Close] at Flash

RE:Fresh with Sam “The Man” Burns and Team Zapata at The Liaison Capitol Hill

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Solomon Sanchez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

The Business End with Caleb L’Etoile & Philco featuting Yomimbi at The Velvet Lounge

*** Friday Picks ***

Kowli presents Map.ache (KANN, Giegling/Germany), Benoit Benoit, Danny Elder, Sassan at Secret Warehouse Location, Baltimore

Focus: Zenker Brothers & Rush Plus at Flash, with Good Buddies featuring PHILCO & Wave Age in the Flash Bar

Saeed Younan with Rez Ekbatan at U Street Music Hall

BaltoTroit with Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and ItzJack at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

4 Hours of Funk 7 Year Anniversary with Graham Hatke and DJ Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

*** Saturday Picks ***

Daybreaker DC  Saturdaybreaker ft. DJ Lisa Frank at Penn Social

Petworth Park Summer Jam with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Burns & Trev-ski at Petworth Recreation Center

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party with Jandro, Malphunktion, Sam “The Man” Burns & Vince Christopher B2B Tony Smooth at Embassy Row Hotel

Lady Acid Experience feat. Melanie and the Funky Motherfuckers at Flash

Francis Harris [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with #Bodyfeel featuring Heather Femia & Dansman B2B Throe in the Flash Bar

ESL Saturday with Aaron Dae, Joe L., Team Zapata, Double A and Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

The NeedlExchange Residents Night with Tommy Cornelis, Bill Tod & Baronhawk at Zeba Bar

Late Night Boogie: Groove Control with Sean Rowlands, Dj Provoke, Fulano, Trev-ski & Martín Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Shipfaced Boat Party with Nick Flynn & Jon Swink

Vague Output presents Oliver Ho, Broken English Club, R&S Records Label Boss & Jordan at Club 1722

*** Sunday Picks ***

Daytime Discothèque featuring thatmanmonkz with Joe L, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Secret Location

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop featuring Cevin Fisher, Tony Smooth, Mister Joshooa & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunglass Sundays with Mind Control, Oliver Caine, D.J. T.E.C and Sean Morris at Public Bar

Reggae Pon Di Waterfront with Yola at Nick’s Riverside Grill

So many great options! Here’s my full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. Don’t forget to check back next week for more of the same 🙂

Thursday June 16

Preview with Dreadbang (Vinyl Night) at Flash

Preview with Dreadbang (Vinyl Night) at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1733725626889816/

Jonas Rathsman b2b Waze & Odyssey [Open-To-Close] at Flash

Jonas Rathsman b2b Waze & Odyssey [Open-To-Close] at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590281461301205/

RE:Fresh with Sam “The Man” Burns and Team Zapata at The Liaison Capitol Hill

RE:Fresh with Sam “The Man” Burns and Team Zapata at The Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/500752413452532/

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Solomon Sanchez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Solomon Sanchez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680433775554346/

The Business End with Caleb L’Etoile & Philco featuting Yomimbi at The Velvet Lounge

The Business End with Caleb L'Etoile & Philco featuting Yomimbi at The Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1736403603245014/

The Nexus DJ Showcase at BBQ Joint

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1188671967856016/

Friday June 17

Kowli presents Map.ache (KANN, Giegling/Germany), Benoit Benoit, Danny Elder, Sassan at Secret Warehouse Location, Baltimore

Kowli presents Map.ache (KANN, Giegling/Germany), Benoit Benoit, Danny Elder, Sassan at Secret Warehouse Location, Baltimore

More details: mailto: deepsidebaltimore@gmail.com

Focus: Zenker Brothers & Rush Plus at Flash, with Good Buddies featuring PHILCO & Wave Age in the Flash Bar

Focus: Zenker Brothers & Rush Plus at Flash, with Good Buddies featuring PHILCO & Wave Age in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1361235597227367

Saeed Younan with Rez Ekbatan at U Street Music Hall

Saeed Younan with Rez Ekbatan at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723515634582914/

BaltoTroit with Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and ItzJack at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

BaltoTroit with Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and ItzJack at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1605871506392671/

ESL Friday with Jose Marquez, Gabe Flores, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Stylus Chris and Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Jose Marquez, Gabe Flores, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Stylus Chris and Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

MOdERN CLASS with DJ Provoke, Fulano & Trev-ski at Haydees

MOdERN CLASS with DJ Provoke, Fulanoo & Trev-ski at Haydees

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1223205167700567/

Reggae Pon Di Rooftop at Ivy City SmokeHouse Tavern & Market

Reggae Pon Di Rooftop at Ivy City SmokeHouse Tavern & Market

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/249767505399880/

Reflections with EZGrüüv, Berto and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Reflections with EZGrüüv, Berto and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/960582094064281/

The Supperclub feat. Ozker & DJ Geena Marie at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

The Supperclub feat. Ozker & DJ Geena Marie at Rock'n'Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1353047431391391/

FoSho Presents: Crankdat with Bortz and Ninjasaurus at Eden Lounge DC

FoSho Presents: Crankdat with Bortz and Ninjasaurus at Eden Lounge DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1188719014502406/

4 Hours of Funk 7 Year Anniversary with Graham Hatke and DJ Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours of Funk 7 Year Anniversary with Graham Hatke and DJ Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2042303209329053

Saturday June 18

Daybreaker DC  Saturdaybreaker ft. DJ Lisa Frank at Penn Social

Daybreaker DC Saturdaybreaker ft. DJ Lisa Frank at Penn Social

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/232195597164490

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party with Jandro, Malphunktion, Sam “The Man” Burns & Vince Christopher B2B Tony Smooth at Embassy Row Hotel

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party with Jandro, Malphunktion, Sam “The Man” Burns & Vince Christopher B2B Tony Smooth at Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/244751902565858/

Petworth Park Summer Jam with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Burns & Trev-ski at Petworth Recreation Center

Petworth Park Summer Jam with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Burns & Trev-ski at Petworth Recreation Center

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/147045762377967/

Lady Acid Experience feat. Melanie and the Funky Motherfuckers at Flash

Lady Acid Experience feat. Melanie and the Funky Motherfuckers at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1075941509137861/

Francis Harris [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with #Bodyfeel featuring Heather Femia & Dansman B2B Throe in the Flash Bar

Francis Harris [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with #Bodyfeel featuring Heather Femia & Dansman B2B Throe in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1042780645792185/

ESL Saturday with Aaron Dae, Joe L., Team Zapata, Double A and Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Aaron Dae, Joe L., Team Zapata, Double A and Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

 

The NeedlExchange Residents Night with Tommy Cornelis, Bill Tod & Baronhawk at Zeba Bar

The NeedlExchange Residents Night with Tommy Cornelis, Bill Tod & Baronhawk at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738390083112418/

Late Night Boogie: Groove Control with Sean Rowlands, Dj Provoke, Fulano, Trev-ski & Martín Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/566211690226306

Houseology with DJ Clark & A.Plane at Local 16

Houseology with DJ Clark & A.Plane at Local 16

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/514358102089874/

Shipfaced Boat Party with Nick Flynn & Jon Swink

Shipfaced Boat Party with Nick Flynn & Jon Swink

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/673989116072314/

Jump up Jamaica feat. Yola of Grand Ancestor at Colony Club

Jump up Jamaica feat. Yola of Grand Ancestor at Colony Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810914549123402/

4 Hours Of Funk Block Party at Ynot Lot, Baltimore

4 hours of funk block party

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/248221898884577/

DC9s Rooftop presents Deep Space9 with Will Eastman at DC9 Nightclub

DC9s rooftop presents Deep Space9 with Will Eastman at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553106768317850/

REZZ with Basscamp at U Street Music Hall

REZZ with Basscamp at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/111130862624587/

Vague Output presents Oliver Ho, Broken English Club, R&S Records Label Boss & Jordan at Club 1722

Vague Output presents Oliver Ho, Broken English Club, R&S Records Label Boss & Jordan at Club 1722

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1272501762767826/

Sunday June 19

Daytime Discothèque featuring thatmanmonkz with Joe L, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Secret Location

Daytime Discothèque featuring thatmanmonkz with Joe L, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1588201344825079/

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop featuring Cevin Fisher, Tony Smooth, Mister Joshooa & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sunday's Rooftop featuring Cevin Fisher, Tony Smooth & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sunday's Rooftop featuring Cevin Fisher, Tony Smooth & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1049046665181499/

Sunglass Sundays with Mind Control, Oliver Caine, D.J. T.E.C and Sean Morris at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays with Mind Control, Oliver Caine, D.J. T.E.C and Sean Morris at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1192489524108102/

MOJÙGBÁ: Daytime Dance with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

MOJÙGBÁ Daytime Dance w/ Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record CafeMOJÙGBÁ Daytime Dance w/ Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515876111760781/

TechnOceans House & Techno All White Boat Party & DJ Bella’s Bday Bash with Bella, J-Tek & Deepcutta

TechnOceans House & Techno All White Boat Party & DJ Bella's Bday Bash with Bella, J-Tek & Deepcutta

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/910590262420031/

Reggae Pon Di Waterfront with Yola at Nick’s Riverside Grill

Reggae Pon Di Waterfront with Yola at Nick’s Riverside Grill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1022069451213173/

Prok & Fitch at Soundcheck

Prok & Fitch at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1726659870916231/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 9 to June 12

DC is doing it right! I wasn’t there to experience it, but from what I hear De:tour with Andrès was a major success. Not going to dwell on it, though, because a) I couldn’t go bah humbug and b) there’s just too much shit to get through for this weekend, so no time to dwell on the past!  The big news this weekend in DC is Pride 2016, which brings with it a whole host of amazing underground events, many of which you’ll find in this here Weekend Round Up. However, for the real scoop, DC House Grooves has a post dedicated to Pride Underground 2016, expertly drafted by our queer correspondent Tommy Cornelis. Check it out, then head back here, because I ain’t done yet!

Pride Underground 2016

A few more things to cover before we get into the good stuff. First up, local producer & DJ Chris Burns has partnered with our good friends ROAM on a series of summer day parties for all the family at the Petworth Rec Center, the Petworth Park Summer Jam. Such an awesome concept! The first event on June 18th features our very own local super star Ultra NatéLisa MoodyDJ Lisa Frank, Chris Burns and Trev-ski, the second event on July 16th features Sam BurnsSol Power All-StarsJuan Zapata and Chris Nitti and the third event on August 20th features Beautiful Swimmers and the 1432R DJs. Basically the cream of DC’s underground DJ talent, and all for free! Since these are free events, the organizers have set up a Gofundme to help cover costs. Contribute $30 or more for a limited edition Petworth Summer Jam t-shirt! Please consider contributing what you can. Events like this are the lifeblood of our vibrant underground scene here in DC, and if everyone chips in, the organizers won’t be left out of pocket, so will be able to throw more awesome events 🙂 Check out the flyer and event page below for full details.

Petworth Park Summer Jam!

Petworth Park Summer Jam!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/147045762377967/

Gofundme Fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/285dhvek

OK, on to this weekend. Besides Pride 2016, the big news this weekend is Motel Flash, a four day celebration of Flash nightclub’s third anniversary. I can’t believe it has been three years already since Flash first opened their doors and changed the DC underground scene for the better, providing an amazing club space in the heart of the U Street Corridor, with a booking policy that not only brings the best underground talent from around the world right here to our doorstep, but also provides opportunities for local DJs to showcase their talents. DC House Grooves has been proud to hold a regular residency in the Flash Bar, and I truly appreciate all the hard work the team at Flash puts in to make the underground scene here in DC a better place. So what does Flash have on the menu for the Motel Flash celebrations? Well just look at the amazing flyer art below. Thursday night is Guy J with support from Rosenberg, Friday night Lee BurridgeChris Nitti and Edo take over the main room, while Ramirez and me (Andy Grant) bring you the finest deep underground house in the bar open to close. Then, at 4am, the Verve After Hours takes control of the main room with sDot and Eddie Elias keeping things jumping into Saturday morning. On Saturday night, Pride 2016 comes to Flash, with Honey DijonK-Hand and Sean Morris in the main room, a fundraiser for HIPS with Dean Sullivan and Keenan Orr  on the rooftop, and Triotech with DJ OctaneJanella Abidar and Jandro in the bar. There’s no rest for the wicked, though, because at 3.30am the Official Capital Pride After Hours kicks off with DJ Alex Acosta and X Gonzalez keeping things moving until the sun rises. Not a bad way to celebrate three years in business! DC House Grooves is honored to play a small role in the Motel Flash celebration, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. Here’s to many more years of success.

Motel Flash

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Guy J and Rosenberg, with Preview featuring DJ Genna in the Flash Bar

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Lee Burridge, Chris Nitti & Edo at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant & Ramirez in the Flash BarFlash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Honey Dijon, K-Hand and Sean Morris at Flash with Triotech featuring DJ Octane, Janella Abider and Jandro in the Flash BarYou’ll find full details of all the Motel Flash events in the listings below. Whatever you do this weekend, make sure you stop by and take part in at least some of the celebrations.

OK, so what else? Oh yeah… DC House Grooves is involved with a couple of great events you should know about. On Saturday night, we’re partnering with one of the crews behind last week’s De:tour with Andrès party and the Daytime Discotèque events, The Sticky Fingers Collective, to bring you Body Werk: Sticky Fingers Collective Takeover at DC9 Nightclub, featuring an amazing lineup of talent across both floors of DC9. In the main room, Philip GoyettePHILCO and Jame Moorfield will be laying down the underground grooves with the usual amazing visuals by [capsaicin], while Gerald Norton and HOT COFFEE work their magic upstairs in the open air rooftop bar. All the DJs performing on Saturday have contributed to The Sticky Fingers Artist Compilaton Vol. 1, which you can check out below on Soundcloud. Small cover, proper vibes!

 

Body Werk: Sticky Fingers Collective Takeover with Philip Goyette, PHILCO, Jame Moorfield, Gerald Norton & HOT COFFEE at DC9 NighAnother event we’re involved with on Saturday night is DJ Kochi‘s Keep It Moving event at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, with Andy GrantKochiJubileeRamirez and Corduroy Mavericks laying down the thick grooves all night long. There’s no cover, so if you want to get away from the crowd and get down in a spot with a friends and family vibe, come join us at Jimmy Valentine’s. With no cover, so the price is right!

Keep It Moving feat. Corduroy Mavericks, Ramirez, Jubilee, Andy Grant and Kochi at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Right… some music before diving into this week’s picks. If you haven’t heard it already, here are the clips from local duo Rush Plus‘s first release on their own label, and it’s a straight up banger! Quality techno from local boys Jus’ Nowhere and Jackson Ryland.

 

Only 100 copies have been pressed. If you want to grab your own copy, you can buy direct from Rush Plus‘s Bandcamp page. Support your local artists!

No Meet The Locals Podcast this week… I’ve been slacking off from harassing local DJs to send me mixes, but I promise I’ll be more persistent in the weeks to come. Working on delivering some new podcasts from top local DJs soon! In the meantime, here’s a couple of great mixes.. the latest in the 1432R Extended Family series featuring eclectic soulful house sounds from DJ Freez, and Jett Chandon‘s recent Transit.FM show featuring 90 minutes of garage and 2-step. Choose your soundtrack, then I can get on with this week’s picks.

 

 

So, onto this week’s picks. Just too much good stuff going on this weekend, and I feel like I don’t have time to do them all justice. I’ve listed out all my picks for the weekend below (and there are a lot of them!), but I want to give a special mention to a few events, besides those I’ve already mentioned above. On Saturday, if the Pride 2016 celebrations aren’t your thing, head to Mason District Park in Annandale for the LENG Takeover with an amazing lineup including Team ZapataDJ Nav & Jett ChandonBoss RossVicunyah and the LENG DJs. Hopefully the weather will hold and it won’t get rained off this time! Still, make sure you keep an eye on the event page for updates.  Also worth a mention on Saturday is Nomads Only by Day, with Berlin’s Oskar Offermann playing a six hour extended set at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday afternoon. The other big news on Saturday is DJ Lisa Frank and The NeedlExchange taking over U Street Music Hall for the third year in a row to celebrate Pride 2016, and this year their headliner is legendary Detroit DJ Gay Marvine. This one is going to be an extra special night on the dance floor at U Hall. If I wasn’t working on Saturday night, this is where I would want to be! Head over to our friends at Tortoise and the Snare for the chance to win a pair of tickets.

Only time to give a shout to one more event for the coming weekend, We Can Make It Work 001 on Sunday, a collaboration between Tortoise and the Snare and Good Buddies. The first event features a smoking hot all-local lineup with Juan Zapata, Zem Su Yung, Edo, Grody, PHILCO and Yomimbi all bringing their A-games to a secret location in DC. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 on the door, but if you can’t make it in person, they’ll be streaming the whole thing. Love the concept!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?838163
Live Stream: http://wecanmakeitwork.co/

That’s it! My writing time is up for this week. See below for my full list of picks for the weekend, and then check the full listings below.

*** Thursday Picks ***

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Guy J and Rosenberg, with Preview featuring DJ Genna in the Flash Bar

NightFlight with Sam Burns & Heather Femia at Cafe Saint-Ex

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Hugo Zapata at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Cadence presents Halogenix, Patrick Currier & Seany Ranks at Tropicalia

Green Velvet with Steve Kirn at U Street Music Hall

My 2 Dads & Mother, Too! with Poppy Burns at Trade

RE:Fresh: DJ Stylus, Adrian Loving & Keenan Orr at Liaison Capitol Hill

*** Friday Picks ***

WTF?! w/ Corduroy Mavericks N Kochi on Sugar Shack Recordings

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Lee Burridge, Chris Nitti & Edo at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant & Ramirez in the Flash Bar

Sunshine Jones (live set) & Charles Feelgood with Ken Lazee at U Street Music Hall

Classical Trax x Guestlist: Bassbear with Panch & The Borrowers at Backbar

*** Saturday Picks ***

Body Werk: Sticky Fingers Collective Takeover with Philip Goyette, PHILCO, Jame Moorfield, Gerald Norton & HOT COFFEE at DC9 Nightclub

Keep It Moving feat. Corduroy Mavericks, Ramirez, Jubilee, Andy Grant and Kochi at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Honey Dijon, K-Hand and Sean Morris at Flash with Triotech featuring DJ Octane, Janella Abider and Jandro in the Flash Bar

Pride ’16: Gay Marvine, DJ Lisa Frank & The NeedlExchange at U Street Music Hall

ESL Saturdays with Nomads Only by Day featuring Oskar Offermann, Natasha Diggs, Trev-ski, Farid and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

LENG Takeover with Team Zapata, DJ Nav & Jett Chandon, Boss Ross, Vicunyah and L.E.N.G DJs at Mason District Park

Massive Market Block Party at DC Pavilion

Deep Space 9 Happy Hour with Dansman, ArthurJ & Dromme at DC9

1st Annual Dance & Music Festival at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

*** Sunday Picks ***

We Can Make It Work 001 with Juan Zapata, Zem Su Yung, Edo, Grody, PHILCO and Yomimbi at Secret Location

ESL Sundays with Sam the Man Burns, Mr Bonkerz & Groovetop with Funkdamentalist, Dj Meegs and Jandro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunglass Sundays V with Oscar G, RNS & Steve Kirn at Public Bar

Amalgamation with Cosmic Trg, Kellen303 b2b Tsurugi and Jett Chandon b2b Refugee at Zeba Bar

Those are my picks for the weekend, and here are the full listings with flyers and Facebook event links. I’ll be back next week with another edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday June 9

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Guy J and Rosenberg, with Preview featuring DJ Genna in the Flash Bar

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Guy J and Rosenberg, with Preview featuring DJ Genna in the Flash Bar

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/483238251869185/

NightFlight with Sam Burns & Heather Femia at Cafe Saint-Ex

NightFlight with Sam Burns & Heather Femia at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/180726978992009/

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Hugo Zapata at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Hugo Zapata at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1020480591392236/

Cadence presents Halogenix, Patrick Currier & Seany Ranks at Tropicalia

Cadence presents Halogenix, Patrick Currier & Seany Ranks at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/533863200147282/

Green Velvet with Steve Kirn at U Street Music Hall

Green Velvet with Steve Kirn at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/100785410330845/

My 2 Dads & Mother, Too! with Poppy Burns aka Tommy Cornelis at Trade

My 2 Dads & Mother, Too! with Poppy Burns aka Tommy Cornelis at Trade

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/586881354826022/

RE:Fresh: DJ Stylus, Adrian Loving & Keenan Orr at Liaison Capitol Hill

RE:Fresh: DJ Stylus, Adrian Loving & Keenan Orr at Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/902128686581330/

Joris Voorn at Soundcheck 

Joris Voorn at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/457457991111427/

Vague Output presents: Too Many Wires with Hom, Chaperon, C10, Bastet & Aphreaq at The Crown, Baltimore

Vague Output presents: Too Many Wires with Hom, Chaperon, C10, Bastet & Aphreaq at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1037319203022637/

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1086264424777973/

Friday June 10

WTF?! w/ Corduroy Mavericks N Kochi on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723272974556031/

Bear Happy Hour at the Rock & Roll Hotel – PRIDE 2016

Bear Happy Hour at the Rock & Roll Hotel - PRIDE 2016

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001321969983341/

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Lee Burridge, Chris Nitti & Edo at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant & Ramirez in the Flash Bar

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Lee Burridge, Chris Nitti & Edo at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant & Ramirez in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1732851273623964/

Verve DC Pride Edition After Party with sDot & Eddie Elias at Flash

Verve DC Pride Edition After Party with sDot & Eddie Elias at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1007560819280584/

Sunshine Jones (live set) & Charles Feelgood with Ken Lazee at U Street Music Hall

Sunshine Jones (live set) & Charles Feelgood with Ken Lazee at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/940586389392986/

Classical Trax x Guestlist: Bassbear with Panch & The Borrowers at Backbar

Classical Trax x Guestlist: Bassbear with Panch & The Borrowers at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/242915899416516/

ESL Friday with Pablo Sanchez, Martín Miguel, Jahsonic, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg and Gudo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Pablo Sanchez, Martín Miguel, Jahsonic, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg and Gudo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Capital Pride & BYT Present: HEX – The Abracadabulous Opening Party at Dock 5 & Union Market

Capital Pride & BYT Present: HEX - The Abracadabulous Opening Party at Dock 5 & Union Market

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/791177344315817/

Sonic Cinema presents DC is Burning with Vjuan Allure & Chris Burns at Bossa Bistro & Lounge

Sonic Cinema presents DC is Burning with Vjuan Allure & Chris Burns at Bossa Bistro & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/235755996794955/
Salutations: Live DJ Sessions with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Calabash Tea & Tonic

Salutations: Live DJ Sessions with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Calabash Tea & Tonic

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1270314082986335/

Deep House Roots Steam Punk and Victorian EDM Party at 2226 18th Street NW

Deep House Roots Steam Punk and Victorian EDM Party at 2226 18th Street NW

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1736265593294482/

Saturday June 11

Body Werk: Sticky Fingers Collective Takeover with Philip Goyette, PHILCO, Jame Moorfield, Gerald Norton & HOT COFFEE at DC9 Nightclub

Body Werk: Sticky Fingers Collective Takeover with Philip Goyette, PHILCO, Jame Moorfield, Gerald Norton & HOT COFFEE at DC9 Nigh

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1119594748063309/

Keep It Moving feat. Corduroy Mavericks, Ramirez, Jubilee, Andy Grant and Kochi at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Keep It Moving feat. Corduroy Mavericks, Ramirez, Jubilee, Andy Grant and Kochi at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/174282052968389/

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Honey Dijon, K-Hand and Sean Morris at Flash with Triotech featuring DJ Octane, Janella Abider and Jandro in the Flash Bar

Flash 3 Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Honey Dijon, K-Hand and Sean Morris at Flash with Triotech featuring DJ Octane, Janella Abider and Jandro in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/574408469406900/

Pride ’16: Gay Marvine, DJ Lisa Frank & The NeedlExchange at U Street Music Hall

Pride ’16: Gay Marvine, DJ Lisa Frank & The NeedlExchange at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/101655660251587/

ESL Saturdays with Nomads Only by Day featuring Oskar Offermann, Natasha Diggs, Trev-ski, Farid and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturdays with Nomads Only by Day featuring Oskar Offermann, Natasha Diggs, Trev-ski, Farid and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/283728768641263/

LENG Takeover with Team Zapata, DJ Nav & Jett Chandon, Boss Ross, Vicunyah and L.E.N.G DJs at Mason District Park

LENG Takeover with Team Zapata, DJ Nav & Jett Chandon, Boss Ross, Vicunyah and L.E.N.G DJs at Mason District Park

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/501592993358187/

Deep Space 9 Happy Hour with Dansman, ArthurJ & Dromme at DC9 Nightclub

Deep Space 9 Happy Hour with Dansman, ArthurJ & Dromme at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/991192301000315/

1st Annual Dance & Music Festival at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

1st Annual Dance & Music Festival at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1790991807790888/

Massive Market Block Party at DC Pavilion

Massive Market Block Party at DC Pavilion

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/274238082925949/

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats presents: Summer Lovin’with M Dot, V:Shal Kanware, Mattabbana & Beatrix at Zeba Bar

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats presents: Summer Lovin’with M Dot, V:Shal Kanware, Mattabbana & Beatrix at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1273802669313972/

Dubathonic LIVE house at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Dubathonic LIVE house at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/511050812435619/

Rooftop After Party at Public Bar

Rooftop After Party at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/872458072881992/

Sunday June 12

We Can Make It Work 001 with Juan Zapata, Zem Su Yung, Edo, Grody, PHILCO and Yomimbi at Secret Location

We Can Make It Work 001 with Juan Zapata, Zem Su Yung, Edo, Grody, PHILCO and Yomimbi at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1886121518281438/

ESL Sundays with Sam the Man Burns, Mr Bonkerz & Groovetop with Funkdamentalist, Dj Meegs and Jandro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sundays with Sam the Man Burns, Mr Bonkerz & Groovetop with Funkdamentalist, Dj Meegs and Jandro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/136503223425167/

Sunglass Sundays V with Oscar G at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays V with Oscar G at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1015353655200602/

Amalgamation with Cosmic Trg, Kellen303 b2b Tsurugi and Jett Chandon b2b Refugee at Zeba Bar

Amalgamation with Cosmic Trg, Kellen303 b2b Tsurugi and Jett Chandon b2b Refugee at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/837932059667409/

Nicole Moudaber at Soundcheck

Nicole Moudaber at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599875083668832/

Pride Underground 2016

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Tommy Cornelis, DC House Grooves’ queer correspondent here, signing in for another edition of the Pride Underground!

Last year at this time, I challenged the larger dance music community and the queer underground to come together and find common ground on the dance floor. Whether you were listening to me or not, that result has certainly happened! ROAM and TNX teamed up to a throw day rager at a gay bathhouse. The DC Eagle just hosted Sticky Fingers Collective for an all night throw down. Mixed crowds share poppers at every DJ night and the many after-hours and day time warehouse spaces that have emerged in the past year. Even national headlines are being made like NPR’s “Reclaiming The Queer Dance Floor” and Resident Advisor’s “America’s Gay Techno Underground.” It’s clear our communities have never been closer, and it’s certainly a result of so many different crews bringing in quality programming seemingly every single weekend to both DC and Baltimore. So this year- no call to arms. Let’s just keep it up and make sure all are welcome at our events!

This year’s listings are certainly the biggest we’ve had, a testament to the many crews stepping up their games for Pride this year. We’re seeing awesome bookings like Gay Marvine, Vjuan Allure, Honey Dijon, K-Hand, and Lisa Moody to name a few. So without further ado, here are the listings for the Pride Underground 2016:

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 8TH


BJK: The Officially Unofficial Pride Humpday Disco
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FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1082212858518521/
DJ: Jacq Jill
Location: Colony Club
411: Over the winter, DJ Jacq Jill hosted cozy DJ nights on Tuesdays called Hot Toddy at Petworth’s Colony Club. For Pride, Jacq Jill (real name Lauren Wright) will be ditching the hot drinks, invoking Billy Jean King, and heading outside on Colony Club’s lovely back patio. If you’ve never been, Colony Club is primarily a day-time coffee shop, but has a really great beer list, hosts cute and chill queer parties at night, and even has a ping pong table upstairs. Jacq Jill owns deep house and regularly works alongside the Blisspop and Philco party crews!


Market Crash – Special DC Pride Edition & 2 year Anniversary
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FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/258677261157282
Location: The Big Board
DJs: Kevo and Dezo
Drag Performance: Emma Vixen
411: For the past 2 years, Andrew Dimpfl (the man behind that insanely awesome artwork for the ROAM x TNX party) and Michael Richardson have been hosting Wednesday Hump Day gay parties with DJs and drag performances at The Big Board on H Street NE. Market Crash has been diversifying its sound as of late, booking underground DJs such as George D’adhemar (Honcho, PGH), Dean Sullivan (DILF, BHH @ RNR) and myself to name a few. The drag performances are always on point here too. Plus being one of the only gay parties on the east side of town, and certainly the only weekday gay party in NE, you get to see some different trade here. I hear the burgers are top notch too!

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Kink 101
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1130609583665997/
Location: TrickBox
DJ: none!
411: While this is not a music event, I had to include this because it celebrates the underground kink & fetish communities. Located at the leather and gear shop TrickBox, DC Leather Pride is hosting lessons and demonstrations on kink subjects from 8-10PM.

THURSDAY – JUNE 9TH


My 2 Dads.. and Mother Too!
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FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/586881354826022/
Location: Trade
DJs: DJ Lisa Frank, Bil Todd & Poppy Burns (Tommy Cornelis)
411: One of the best pick-ups for the queer community in 2016, in my opinion, has been the addition of Trade on 14th street. It’s really served as a much-needed, everyday gay bar, with quality DJ bookings on the weekends from underground stalwarts such as TNX, Dean Sullivan, DJ Lemz, Wess the DJ, Keenan Orr & more. DJ Lisa Frank and Bil Todd experimented with their My 2 Dads night a couple months ago- playing everything from house, techno, disco to freestyle. It’s back again for a special pride edition, with the addition of me DJing through my drag alter-ego Poppy Burns!

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Schadenfreude Neubauten
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/281205252227356/
Location: Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar
DJs: Wolfblister & Dianamatic
411: I’m really happy to see that Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar is back after a short hiccup as DC’s de-facto incubator space for weirdo, experimental parties and that Schadenfreude Neubauten is back as well- where DJs Wolfblister (Kwasi) and Dianamatic play an eclectic mix of coldwave, post punk, minimal synth, goth and near goth stuff.

BEST ABOVE GROUND:
La Fiesta: 10th DC Latino Pride
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171378232892440/
Location: Town Danceboutique

FRIDAY – JUNE 10TH


BHH: Rock & Roll Hotel – PRIDE 2016 – feat Juana
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FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001321969983341/
Location: Rock N Roll Hotel
DJs: Juana (One Love Massive), Tommy Cornelis B2B Dean Sullivan
411: Last summer, Rock N Roll added DJs on their rooftop every Friday and Saturday, leaving the Bear Nonsense Happy Hour, which happens every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, in need of a good music marriage to their already thriving event. I decided to step in with my disco Disco Sunset concept, bringing in queer DJs and some fresh meat to DC’s alternative bear happy hour event and playing daytime-vibe disco, funk, boogie and house. This summer, Dean Sullivan has been added as a resident and the marriage has evolved even more. The mix of alterna-bears, RnR regs, the TNX party crew and a diverse cast of queer DJs, always makes for a raucous start to the weekend. For Pride, Dean and I are starting with a B2B set before letting Juana from One Love Massive take over the decks. Expect Paradise Garage-era classics and maybe even a little techno later on.


Booty Rex Pride Party
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FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722169854674388/
Location: The Black Cat
DJs: NATTY BOOM (Anthology of Booty), DJ rAt (Anthology of Booty), MOTHERSHEISTER (Anthology of Booty), DJ INDANILE (Anthology of Booty), JUNEBULLET (She Rex), DJ C.RUSH (She Rex), ALEX DB (Bodywork)
411: I think it’s safe to say that this is officially a pride staple event every year now, where the Anthology of Booty DJ collective and the (now sadly defunct) party crew She.Rex join forces to take over both floors of The Cat on Pride Friday. It’s a guaranteed good time, shit show, where the ladies come out in full force (but people of all genders are certainly welcome). I’m especially excited to see Natty Boom and Alex DB back in town from NOLA for this one!

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Sonic Cinema presents DC is Burning!
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/235755996794955/
Location: Bossa Bistro + Lounge
DJs: Vjuan Allure & Chris Burns
411: I have to say- this is one of the best bookings of Pride 2016! On Friday- legendary ballroom scene DJ Vjuan Allure plus DC’s Chris Burns will be DJing to the back drop of Paris is Burning playing on a big screen. Seriously- what more do you want for Pride? Marcus Webb is the brainchild behind Sonic Cinema- a monthly event pairing DJs with film.

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Otter Crossing PRIDE 16 // with Bright Light Bright Light (DJ Set) & CTRL
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/643556575794410/
Location: Green Lantern
DJs: Bright Light Bright Light & CTRL
411: Fuzzy pride hits peak celebration at the consistently fun party Otter Crossing this Friday. Back again from last year to do a DJ set, is indie-pop favorite Bright Light Bright Light, joined by the boys of CTRL, a monthly indie-dance party at Town.

BEST ABOVE GROUND:
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Cap Pride & BYT Present: HEX – The Abracadabulous Opening Party!
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/791177344315817/
Location: Dock 5 & Union Market
411: I normally don’t give write-ups for the official events, but I gotta give it up for BYT. They consistently go big for Pride, but this year they really stepped up their booking game by bringing in DJ Lisa Moody from Baltimore’s legendary Deep Sugar and Girl Squad crew. Kudos, BYT! Add in awesome live act Mundy and fierce drag queens Chi Chi DeVayne and Thorgy Thor- this should be their best pride party yet.

SATURDAY – JUNE 11TH

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Flash & CPA present HIPS fundraiser w/ Dean Sullivan, Keenan Orr
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/595183360638925/
Ticket: https://hips.nationbuilder.com/pride
Location: Flash
DJs: Dean Sullivan & Keenan Orr
411: Flash is hosting an awesome fundraising event Saturday during from 6-9:30 to support HIPS– a really important community organization here in the district. About HIPS: “HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency. We believe that those engaged in sex work, sex trade, and drug use should be able to live healthy, self-determined, and self-sufficient lives free from stigma, violence, criminalization or oppression. We will achieve this through engaging sex workers, drug users and our communities in challenging structural barriers to health, safety, and prosperity.”
Plus with DJs Dean Sullivan and Keenan Orr, this is going to be the perfect post-parade, pre-night time turn up event!

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PRIDE ’16: GAY MARVINE, DJ Lisa Frank & The NeedlExchange
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/101655660251587/
Location: U Street Music Hall
DJs: Gay Marvine (Bath House Etiquette), DJ Lisa Frank, The NeedlExchange (Bil Todd, Baronhawk & Tommy Cornelis)
411: U Street Music Hall, TNX & Lisa Frank are teaming up again for their 3rd consecutive Pride party. In the past, we’ve brought you Honey Dijon, Honey Soundsystem, Nancy Whang, and Kim Ann Foxman, and they’re not disappointing this year either. Gay Marvine, real name Chuck Hampton, earned his chops DJing in Detroit in the 90s alongside greats such as Derrick May, Juan Atkins, DWynn, Stacey Pullen, and many noted others. He absolutely tore up Movement this year, playing at the Opportunity Detroit Stage at the festival, the queer underground after party Club Toilet, and the Bunker after-party at Tangent too. His sets are based in Detroit house and techno classics, working in his own amazing disco edits along the way. He’s making his DC debut this year alongside the uhall pride crew for what is undoubtedly the top pick for pride weekend. You can even win free tickets through Tortoise and The Snare!

And check out Gay Marvine’s preview mix on the TNX SoundCloud Page!

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3-Year Anniversary: Motel Flash with Honey Dijon, K-Hand, Sean Morris; TrioTech
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/574408469406900/
Location: Flash
DJs: Honey Dijon, K-Hand, Sean Morris
Flash is hosting a whole slate of quality events for its 3-year Anniversary this week, under the moniker “Motel Flash”, and my favorite among them is their Saturday pride event anchored by Chicago native & NYC resident Honey Dijon and Detroit’s K-Hand. These ladies are gonna turn you out with quality house, disco, techno and more. I gotta say- it’s pretty awesome having a trans woman headline one of the biggest bookings of Pride weekend 2016! If you’ve never seen Honey Dijon, add this to your party stops Saturday night. And check out this interview Blisspop did with K-Hand to learn more.

Bare – Pride Month
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/519331751579050/
Location: Cobalt
DJs: DJ Rosie and Keenan
411: The Ladies of LURe are bringing in two of DC’s hardest working DJs in the game for their Pride event this year- DJ Rosie and Keenan Orr at Cobalt.

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Saturday! Furball DC: Pride! W. Jeremy + Tedd Patterson
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/293737760960043/
Location: Black Cat
DJs: W. Jeremy + Tedd Patterson
411: NYC-based men’s party Furball made its DC debut back during MAL alongside Pittsburgh’s Honcho DJs at The Black Cat, and Furball is returning again for Pride, this time bringing in NYC DJs W. Jeremy + Tedd Patterson. W. Jeremy is the co-owner of Get Up Recordings, which boasts Honey Dijon, Kim Ann Foxman, Discodromo and Vin Sol on its roster. I’m slightly worried the music may skew a bit tribal/circuity to the crowd, but these DJs certainly have the chops to bang it out.

BEST ABOVE GROUND
Pride Parade presented by Marriott Rewards®™©
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1164572310228004/
I love our pride parade. We’re one of the only cities to do a Saturday parade instead of a Sunday one. Pro-tip- don’t get too drunk though. Far too many rookies blow their wad during the day and don’t make it out to the many, quality events happening Saturday night. Pride is a marathon, not a race! Here’s the route: http://www.capitalpride.org/celebration-2016/parade-map/.

FUSE: Capital Pride Women’s Main Event
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/464948523629888/
Location: Howard Theatre
DJs: Jacq Jill, DJ Jai Syncere, DJ Tezrah

Mixtape Pride Party
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1319453714735911/
Location: 9:30 Club
DJs: Shea Van Horn & Matt Bailer

SUNDAY – JUNE 12TH

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We Can Make It Work 001
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1886121518281438/
Location: Warehouse Location TBA
DJs: Juan Zapata, Zem Su Yung, Edo, Grody, Philco, Yomimbi
411: This is not a queer event, per say, but in the past year, the connection between the queer underground and the larger head community has never been stronger, and it’s been most evident at the many after-hours and day time warehouse parties popping up all over the city, where mixed crowds have allowed these events to thrive. These DJ vets all have large queer followings too, including Zem Su Yung who was one of TNX’s first guests when we made the move to Zeba Bar.

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Smokeshow – PRIDE Closing Party!
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1269531176409442/
Location: Old Engine 12 Firehouse
DJs: Vodkatrina and Tezrah
411: Featuring women’s party honchos Vodkatrina & Tezrah (who is insanely busy this pride season!), this closing party features free entry if you attend Saturday’s #PrettyBoiPride pre-parade party at the Bier Baron!

BEST ABOVE GROUND:
Pride Festival Presented by Live! Casino®™©
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/697580810345263/
Location: Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd and 7th Streets NW
411: Megan Trainer (I’m not even bothering to look up if I’m spelling her name correctly) headlines the concert portion of the Street Fest this year, so if you head down there, the DuPont Tent is the place to be. Here’s the lineup:

12-1 DJ Jill Jack
1-2 DJ Sean Morris
2-3 DJ Nick Ayler
3-4 DJ Sidekick
4-5 DJ Tim Jackson
5-6 DJ Keenan Orr
6-7 DJ Madscience

That’s a wrap! If I missed your event, hit me up on FB and I’ll be happy to add it- assuming you don’t play circuit music there 😜