DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC September 22 to September 25

Welcome back! You know, last weekend was a tough one. So many amazing events, ROAM x TNXAtlas District DiscoK:atou at The DC Eagle, all the sunrise shenanigans in Tyler Park, the Soundwaves Boat Party, ESL SundaySunglass Sundays to mention a few…. and we missed them all, making do with pics on Facebook of everyone having an amazing time. We enjoyed quality time with our family, but were yearning for quality time with our house music family! Still, at least I made it out for a bit to spin a set for Beatbox DC at the H Street Festival.  You know, I’ve always wanted to spin disco on the street in a cowboy hat under a giant octopus, and on Saturday that dream came true.

andy-under-the-roctopus

Huge thanks to Vanniety Kills and the Beatbox DC crew for inviting me to be a part of your magical stage. Pure vibes all round. Unfortunately I was snapped straight back to reality after my set by my unimpressed offspring… one day I hope they’ll actually dance when I spin! Sadly I won’t be able to take part in any of this weekend’s fun and games either due to “day job” travel… gonna be a few weeks before I’m out and about again 🙁

A major highlight this weekend is another quality all night underground joint form the Sticky Fingers Collective at the DC Eagle on Friday night featuring an epic line up of seriously high caliber imported and local talent: Tartelet x Money $ex Records featuring Berlin’s Max GraefGlenn AstroMuff DeepJuan ZapataMartín Miguel and Hot Coffee. Don’t let it put you off that you haven’t heard some of these names. Take it from me that this is an impeccable lineup, and if you like the idea of grooving to expertly selected underground jams in an intimate space with like minded heads until sunrise and beyond, this is where you need to be this Friday night. Luckily for you, DC House Grooves has an exclusive 25% discount off the $20 advanced ticket price. Just click the link below to buy your ticket with a 25% discount:

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 Sticky Fingers Collection Presents Max Graef, Glenn Astro, Muff Deep, Juan Zapata, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Cigar Bar at the DC Eagle

Another huge highlight for vinyl lovers this weekend is the grand reopening of Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring. Joe’s Record Paradise is a local institution, and its reopening is fantastic news for all of us who appreciate the simple pleasure of digging through crates of vinyl in a physical record store. Please show your support by stopping by this Saturday, and if you can’t make it Saturday, please make an effort to stop by and spend some money with them in the near future. Full details of the grand reopening here.

…and on Sunday, in a huge, stop the press coup for the Cadence crew, drum and bass legend Goldie comes to town to spin a 3 hour set on the Funktion Ones at Flash, with support from Seany RanksVanniety Kills, with Keenan OrrOso Fresh and Slant in the bar. A huge booking to celebrate Cadence’s third birthday! Advanced tickets are $25 from Ticketfly… grab yours now before the price goes up.

cadence-goldie

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1012184975565737/

Before I get on to the full rundown for the weekend, I wanted to give a quick mention to the Soundwaves Boat Party Closing event with local heroes Kevin Yost and Navbox on Sunday October 9. Last Sunday’s Soundwaves with YokoO and Jus Nowhere was pure vibes all round, and the closing party promises to be one for the books. Early bird tickets are already gone, but if you move fast you can still grab $20 first release tickets. Don’t sleep on this one, people! Gonna be special.

soundwaves-boat-party-closing

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1588899068072351/

No Meet the Locals podcast this week, but the good news is I’ve got some exciting contributions in the pipeline, so hopefully our recent podcast drought will be a thing of the past soon. Since I don’t have a new one, I’m picking a classic from the Meet the Locals podcast archive from Team Zapata, recorded live at Body Werk at DC9 Nightclub on January 3 2015.

 

OK… other highlights for this weekend? Thursday night is a toss up between Playlist with JubileeRamirez and Ragab or Nighflight with Meegs Grody. Both excellent all local choices. If you really must, Pete Tong is at Soundcheck, but in my opinion you’re better off saving your money and getting down with the locals. Friday night’s top pick is Sticky Fingers Collection Presents Max Graef, Glenn Astro, Muff Deep, Juan Zapata, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Cigar Bar at the DC Eagle, although if you’re looking for something harder, The Acid People Crew will be getting down at Jimmy Valentine’s with a smoking hot line up featuring Boss RossBen Jenkins and Ron JacksonFlash also has a serious line up on Friday, with Nico Stojan, Chris Nitti and Edo in the main room, and with Cider House Mules featuring Adrian Loving, Heather Femia and DJ Meegs in the bar. Whatever you plan on doing Friday, kick off your evening at Blues Alley with vibes legend Roy Ayers, an inspiration for more house tracks than I can list right here.

My top pick for Saturday night is The NeedlExchange  with special guest Juana at Zeba BarTNX parties are always off the hook with quality sounds and an amazing atmosphere, and I just know Juana is going to give that room a real workout. Definitely worth the trip to Columbia Heights!

The NeedlExchange with Juana at Zeba BarThe NeedlExchange with Juana at Zeba Bar

Another solid choice for Saturday night is Flash with D’Julz, Steve Rachmad and Navbox in the main room, while the Baltotroit boys, Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and Itzjack hold things down in the bar.

Sunday’s top pick for quality house music is ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop with Keith Worthy, Jandro & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street LoungeKeith Worthy always delivers the goods, and with solid support from the ever reliable Benoit and Jandro, you can’t go wrong. Sunglass Sundays with Vintage CultureLeonardo Lee and more TBA also promises another amazing evening of quality beats in the open air… make sure it’s on your list!

Here’s my full list of top picks for the weekend, followed by full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC this weekend:

Thursday Picks

Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Ragab at Eighteenth Street Lounge

NightFlight with Meegs & Grody at Cafe Saint-Ex

Preview with Just Sea (Vinyl Night) at Flash

All Gone Pete Tong at Soundcheck

Friday Picks

Sticky Fingers Collection Presents Max Graef, Glenn Astro, Muff Deep, Juan Zapata, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Cigar Bar at the DC Eagle

Acid People with Boss Ross, Ben Jenkins, Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Nico Stojan, Chris Nitti and Edo at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Adrian Loving, Heather Femia and DJ Meegs in the Flash Bar

Roy Ayers at Blues Alley

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

WTF?! w/ Kochi and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

Saturday Picks

Joe’s Record Paradise Grand Reopening

The NeedlExchange with Juana at Zeba Bar

D’Julz, Steve Rachmad and Navbox at Flash, with BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and Itzjack in the Flash Bar

End of the Summer Yacht Cruise with Josh Milan, Dj Oji & V-Coch

Chosen & DJ Oji Bday After Party with DJ Paul Howard, DJ A Plane, DJ Henry Da Man and DJ Oji at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Sunday Picks

Cadence Turns 3 with Goldie (3 hour set), Seany Ranks & Vanniety Kills at Flash, with Keenan Orr, Oso Fresh & Slant in the Flash Bar

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop with Keith Worthy, Jandro & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Vintage Culture & Leonardo Lee at Public Bar

Those are my picks, and here are the full listings. See you next week for all the best info on what’s good on the underground dance floors of Washington DC.

Thursday September 22

Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Ragab at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Ragab at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1243207245730232/

Preview with Just Sea (Vinyl Night) at Flash

Preview with Just Sea (Vinyl Night) at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1193406160743988/

Thursday People with Andres, Farid, Caseo & N:I at Flash

Thursday People with Andres, Farid, Caseo & N:I at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/181783682225198/

NightFlight with Meegs & Grody at Cafe Saint-Ex

NightFlight with Meegs & Grody at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/296061127428502/

All Gone Pete Tong at Soundcheck

All Gone Pete Tong at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735575856692541/

Friday September 23

Sticky Fingers Collection Presents Max Graef, Glenn Astro, Muff Deep, Juan Zapata, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Cigar Bar at the DC Eagle

 Sticky Fingers Collection Presents Max Graef, Glenn Astro, Muff Deep, Juan Zapata, Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee at Cigar Bar at the DC Eagle

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/298883930489698/

Acid People with Boss Ross, Ben Jenkins, Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Acid People with Boss Ross, Ben Jenkins, Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1145375618869939/

Nico Stojan, Chris Nitti and Edo at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Adrian Loving, Heather Femia and DJ Meegs in the Flash Bar

Nico Stojan, Chris Nitti and Edo at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Adrian Loving, Heather Femia and DJ Meegs in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/554678054721095/

WTF?! w/ Kochi and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/174762076297747/

ESL Friday with DJMoma, Mr Bonkerz, Chris Brooks & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with DJMoma, Mr Bonkerz, Chris Brooks & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Roy Ayers at Blues Alley

Roy Ayers at Blues Alley

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744468602472074/

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

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/102307956899813/

Bear Happy Hour with ChadKid (PGH) at Rock and Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with ChadKid (PGH) at Rock and Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1420816734599245/

One Love Massive Happy Hour feat: C-Dubz at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

One Love Massive Happy Hour feat: C-Dubz at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655781448069337/

Shipfaced Closing Party with Mr. Wright and DJ Swink

Shipfaced Closing Party with Mr. Wright and DJ Swink

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/172044936564080/

Will Atkinson Open to Close at U Street Music Hall

Will Atkinson Open to Close at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1130023497049298/

Amtrac at Soundcheck 

Amtrac at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/479955495537353/

Pulse Friday With Special Guest DJ Greg Lewis at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Friday With Special Guest DJ Greg Lewis at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1225384937502732/

Saturday September 24

Joe’s Record Paradise Grand Reopening

Joe's Record Paradise Grand Reopening

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/313078789055337/

D’Julz, Steve Rachmad and Navbox at Flash, with BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and Itzjack in the Flash Bar

 D'Julz, Steve Rachmad and Navbox at Flash, with BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and Itzjack in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068924163145142/

The NeedlExchange with Juana at Zeba Bar

The NeedlExchange with Juana at Zeba BarThe NeedlExchange with Juana at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/115610955563964/

ESL Saturday with DJ Cash Money, Jahsonic, Mr Bonkerz and Deeznotes at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with DJ Cash Money, Jahsonic, Mr Bonkerz and Deeznotes at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Get Your Phil: The Phil Squared Project at Rock and Roll Hotel

Get Your Phil: The Phil Squared Project at Rock and Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1100347090042672/

Sunset Sessions Happy Hour with Dj MiGGL, DROMME & DJ K-NAN at DC9 Nightclub

Sunset Sessions Happy Hour with Dj MiGGL, DROMME & DJ K-NAN at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/142970482824150/

End of the Summer Yacht Cruise with Josh Milan, Dj Oji & V-Coch

End of the Summer Yacht Cruise with Josh Milan, Dj Oji & V-Coch

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1260771393933623/

Chosen & DJ Oji Bday Afterparty with DJ Paul Howard, DJ A Plane, DJ Henry Da Man and DJ Oji at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1098065530240781/

Sunday September 25

Cadence Turns 3 with Goldie (3 hour set), Seany Ranks & Vanniety Kills at Flash, with Keenan Orr, Oso Fresh & Slant in the Flash Bar

cadence-goldie

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1012184975565737/

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop with Keith Worthy, Jandro & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sunday's Rooftop with Keith Worthy, Jandro & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/106739729788672/

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Vintage Culture & Leonardo Lee at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Vintage Culture & Leonardo Lee at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1576973275662066/

Deep and Tech House Brunch with Hellegant, Mr Wright, Persian and Nick Flynn at Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant

Deep and Tech House Brunch with Hellegant, Mr Wright, Persian and Nick Flynn at Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720124724979692/

The UKG Social Brunch with William Hicks, Bart Shiflett, Kyczar & Kenny99 at Baltimore Free Farm, Baltimore

The UKG Social Brunch with William Hicks, Bart Shiflett, Kyczar & Kenny99 at Baltimore Free Farm, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/304380653260019/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC September 15 to September 18

Filing this week’s Round Up from a hotel room somewhere in Missouri. Not much time to get through this, so need to make it snappy. Super fun times last weekend at Frequency with Katrina MirAaron Sparks and Corduroy Mavericks at Zeba Bar. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support, and kudos to Kochi not only for hosting the event, but for live streaming it on Facebook. Good times all round! After Frequency we headed down with great anticipation to Sequence.909 at the DC Eagle. Unfortunately for us, Katrina was wearing flips flops, and unbeknownst to us the DC Eagle dress code prohibits entry to anyone wearing them. We headed home to seek out footwear that might be acceptable to DC Eagle security, but by the time we reached home it was 4.30am, and we didn’t make it back out again. With so many great events taking place at the DC Eagle these days, I raise this as a warning to anyone planning on heading to an event happening there: make sure you don’t wear flip flops, and check with the venue as to what constitutes acceptable footwear. Somewhat frustrating to trek all the way over to NE DC only to be turned away. Footwear issues aside, I did poke my head round the door and take a look inside, and the party was jumping. Just a shame we were denied the full experience because of what one of us was wearing.

Speaking of the DC Eagle, Kowli‘s event this Saturday with k.Atou, Feroun, Mazi R and Hakob has now relocated from Baltimore to The DC Eagle. This event is top of my list for quality after hours underground vibes this Saturday. Just make sure you don’t wear flip flops! Advanced tickets are only $10. Use the following link to send $10 via PayPal to secure your ticket, making sure you you enter your name and the name of the event in the notes field.

https://www.paypal.me/feroun

Check the Resident Advisor event page for more details:

https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?873315

k.Atou, Feroun, Mazi R and Hakob at Secret Warehouse Location

OK, before I dive into the highlights for this weekend, here’s the 41st edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, a delightful mix of soulful and afro house from Richmond-based Omar Faison:

 

If you’re a local working DJ spinning underground house, disco, drum and bass, techno or bass music, and you’d like your exclusive mix featured in the Meet the Locals Podcast, send me a message at the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. Your mix should be over 60 minutes long, 320Kbps MP3, exclusive to DC House Grooves, and you should also include a promo pic, a paragraph describing the mix along with links to your social media presence (Facebook, SoundCloud etc.) and details of any upcoming gigs.

It’s the H Street Festival this weekend, and with it comes plenty of opportunities for getting down in the sunshine on Saturday afternoon. You can catch me on the line up for BeatBox DC Presents: House Royalty – H St Festival 2016 with Kochi, Keenan Orr, Frank Cueto, Andy Grant, Mookie Wizzo, Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis and DJ Vanniety Kills. You can find us at 600 H Street NE, performing out of the back of a converted ambulance known as the Jambulance. Last year was vibes all round, and with Baltimore house legend Wayne Davis and Mookie Wizzo from The Paradox on the line up, you know things are going to get heated! Set times are as follows:

12-1pm: DJ Kochi
1-2pm: Keenan Orr
2-3pm: Frank Cueto (All Good Funk Alliance | E1sbar)
3-4pm: Andy Grant
4-5pm: Mookie Wizzo
5-6pm: Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis
6-7pm: DJ Vanniety Kills

Other great events worth checking out at the H Street Festival are Blisspop Presents: Atlas District Disco at Rock and Roll Hotel with Juan Zapata, Hot Coffee, Martín Miguel, Trev-ski, DJ Provoke & OzkerBlisspop Presents: SLICE at the Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop with Ayes Cold, Outputmessage, Ozker, Philco, Chris Kennedy, Blinkhorn, Zacheser, Jacq Jill & Rewak and the Off H Street Festival: Block Party with DJ Luna Zul, DJ Meegs, Adrian Loving & Jahsonic at Capital Fringe.  While not quite part of the H Street Festival, another major “must attend” event on Saturday afternoon is ROAM x TNX pt. II with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, TNX DJs and Special Guest TBA at Glorious Health Club. Word has it that the special guest is a Panoramabar resident (I wonder which Panoramabar resident is in town on Saturday? hmmmm), so you might just want to show up to this one! Advanced tickets are strongly encouraged. All the early birds are gone, but you can still grab $20 advanced tickets from Resident Advisor. Only a 5 minute cab ride from the H Street Festival, so plan on heading up there after you’ve had your fill of the fest.

Advanced tix to ROAM x TNX pt. IIhttps://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?873105

ROAM x TNX pt. II with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, TNX DJs and Special Guest TBA at Glorious Health Club

Not bad for a Saturday afternoon, huh? DC doing things right, as always. That’s not all, though. Plenty of other highlights this weekend! On Thursday night, the always reliable Jubilee and Ramirez lay down the deep vibes on the Eighteenth Street Lounge patio at their weekly residency, Playlist, while over at Flash, the evening kicks off with Preview featuring Rosenberg, followed by a celebration of three years of DC’s reliably high quality techno night Focus, featuring Chris Liebing and our October Body Werk headliner DJ Lisa Frank.  Friday night’s highlight in DC is Heidi with Sarah MyersGeorge K, with Grody‘s birthday bash in the Flash Bar, while up in Baltimore 4 Hours of Funk features serious heat in the form of special guest Jamie 3:26 alongside residents Graham Hatke and DJ Fleg. Not to be missed!

Saturday night’s highlight is Flash‘s new Lights Out concept, with Panoramabar resident Efdemin, Solomon Sanchez and Dansman at Flash, with Assembly featuring M Vaughan and Chris Kennedy in the Flash Bar. Minimal lighting, maximal dancing. Sounds like the perfect recipe to me, and the Efdemin / Sanchez / Dansman combo promises proper underground vibes. Do it! On Sunday afternoon, the Soundwaves Boat Party with Yoko and Jus Nowhere is a great way to spend your early evening hours before heading up to Sunglass Sundays with Camelphat, Steve Kirn and more at Public Bar and ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge & Hold Tight featuring Juan Zapata, Joe L, Mr Bonkerz, Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Between them, something for everyone.

Here are my full picks for the weekend; this week I’ve carved out a separate section with my picks for the H Street Festival, and as always you’ll find full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC after the picks. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday Picks

ESL Thursday with Harry Hotter & Playlist featuring Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Preview with Rosenberg at Flash

3 Years of Focus: Chris Liebing and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash

NightFlight with Adrian Collazo at Cafe Saint Ex

Choice Sounds with DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Friday Picks

Heidi, Sarah Myers and George K at Flash with Tortoise & The Snare presents Grody’s Birthday Bash with DJ Lisa Frank, Ian N, Philco & Plus More in the Flash Bar

ESL Friday with Aaron DRM, Martín Miguel, Playin’Fields, Qdup & Dust Cover at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Ritmos Raros: Africa Tumbao Vol.2: Sol Power Allstars “Djidjo Vide” Release Party feat Cultures of Soul & Sir Ramases at Zeba Bar

4 Hours Of Funk with Jamie 3:26, Graham Hatke & Dj Fleg at The Windup Space

Pulse Fridays With Special Guest DJ Kasper Burnstein at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Saturday: H Street Festival Picks

BeatBox DC Presents: House Royalty – H St Festival 2016 with Kochi, Keenan Orr, Frank Cueto, Andy Grant, Mookie Wizzo, Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis and DJ Vanniety Kills at 600 H St NE

ROAM x TNX pt. II with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, TNX DJs and Special Guest TBA at Glorious Health Club

Blisspop Presents: SLICE at the Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop

Blisspop Presents: Atlas District Disco at Rock and Roll Hotel

Off H Street Festival: Block Party with DJ Luna Zul, DJ Meegs, Adrian Loving & Jahsonic at Capital Fringe

OutInDC presents: DC Sound Clash at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar

 Saturday Picks

Lights Out: Efdemin, Solomon Sanchez and Dansman at Flash, with Assembly featuring M Vaughan and Chris Kennedy in the Flash Bar

Mont.age Presents The Sam Burns Boat Party Part 2! feat A.Plane LIVE ART by JoJo LIVE performance by Soundproof Genie and food by Chef Ali

Reggae Pon di Waterfront at Nick’s Riverside Grill

The Omg Experience with guest DJ Baby at Zeba Bar

Will Eastman (open to close) with special guests at U Street Music Hall

Sunday Picks

3rd Annual Dance & Music Festival with DJ Jordan Pope, DJ Kool Flash & DJ Ameer at Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring

Soundwaves Boat Party with Yoko and Jus Nowhere

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge & Hold Tight featuring Juan Zapata, Joe L, Mr Bonkerz, Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Camelphat, Steve Kirn and more at Public Bar

…and here’s the full listings Thursday through Sunday. Enjoy!

Thursday September 15

ESL Thursday with Harry Hotter & Playlist featuring Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Harry Hotter & Playlist featuring Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/287217874997353/

Preview with Rosenberg at Flash

Preview with Rosenberg at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/778582968911572/

3 Years of Focus: Chris Liebing and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash

3 Years of Focus: Chris Liebing and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/132750833833856/

NightFlight with Adrian Collazo at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Adrian Collazo at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/131244453988494/

Choice Sounds with DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Choice Sounds with DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1611940519103497/

The Warm-Up Happy Hour with Caseo at Bonfire

The Warm-Up Happy Hour with Caseo at Bonfire

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1754423164819904/

Krewella – Sweatbox Tour at U Street Music Hall *** SOLD OUT ***

Krewella - Sweatbox Tour at U Street Music Hall *** SOLD OUT ***

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/270149669986752/

Friday September 16

Heidi, Sarah Myers and George K at Flash with Tortoise & The Snare presents Grody’s Birthday Bash with DJ Lisa Frank, Ian N, Philco & Plus More in the Flash Bar

Heidi, Sarah Myers and George K at Flash Tortoise & The Snare presents Grody’s Birthday Bash with DJ Lisa Frank, Ian N, Philco & Plus More in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/873192659470840/

Audion (live) with Outputmessage at U Street Music Hall

Audion (live) with Outputmessage at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/279901162383531/

Bloody Knives, J Reid, Stems, Chester Hawkins At Velvet Lounge

Bloody Knives, J Reid, Stems, Chester Hawkins At Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/287964104906805/

ESL Friday with Aaron DRM, Martín Miguel, Playin’Fields, Qdup & Dust Cover at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Aaron DRM, Martín Miguel, Playin’Fields, Qdup & Dust Cover at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Shiba San at Soundcheck

Shiba San at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/602741149894063/

Ritmos Raros: Africa Tumbao Vol.2: Sol Power Allstars “Djidjo Vide” Release Party feat Cultures of Soul & Sir Ramases at Zeba Bar

Ritmos Raros: Africa Tumbao Vol.2: Sol Power Allstars “Djidjo Vide” Release Party feat Cultures of Soul & Sir Ramases at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/603893593116296/

FoSho Presents: tyDi with Tony Smooth at Eden Lounge DC

FoSho Presents: tyDi with Tony Smooth at Eden Lounge DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1080746282038802/

4 Hours Of Funk W. Jamie 3:26 Graham Hatke & Dj Fleg at The Windup Space

4 Hours Of Funk W. Jamie 3:26 Graham Hatke & Dj Fleg at The Windup Space

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1728300114087748/

Pulse Fridays With Special Guest DJ Kasper Burnstein at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays With Special Guest DJ Kasper Burnstein at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1243260812370938/

Saturday September 17 – H Street Festival

BeatBox DC Presents: House Royalty – H St Festival 2016 with Kochi, Keenan Orr, Frank Cueto, Andy Grant, Mookie Wizzo, Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis and DJ Vanniety Kills at 600 H St NE

BeatBox DC Presents: House Royalty - H St Festival 2016 with Kochi, Keenan Orr, Frank Cueto, Andy Grant, Mookie Wizzo, Wayne “Bog Poppa” Davis and DJ Vanniety Kills at 600 H St NE

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1232761220088966/

ROAM x TNX pt. II with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, TNX DJs and Special Guest TBA at Glorious Health Club

ROAM x TNX pt. II with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, TNX DJs and Special Guest TBA at Glorious Health Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1265593450127095/

 

Blisspop Presents: SLICE at the Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop

Blisspop Presents: SLICE at the Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/132658773850083/

Blisspop Presents: Atlas District Disco at Rock and Roll Hotel

Blisspop Presents: Atlas District Disco at Rock and Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1077763618969358/

Off H Street Festival: Block Party with DJ Luna Zul, DJ Meegs, Adrian Loving & Jahsonic at Capital Fringe

Off H Street Festival: Block Party with DJ Luna Zul, DJ Meegs, Adrian Loving & Jahsonic at Capital Fringe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/683434281821183/

H Street Fest at Sticky Rice with Rich Medina

H Street Fest at Sticky Rice with Rich Medina

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/298912387154541/

 

OutInDC presents: DC Sound Clash at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar

OutInDC presents: DC Sound Clash at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/335960130075500/

Saturday September 17

k.Atou, Feroun, Mazi R and Hakob at the DC Eagle

k.Atou, Feroun, Mazi R and Hakob at Secret Warehouse Location

More details: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?873315

Lights Out: Efdemin, Solomon Sanchez and Dansman at Flash, with Assembly featuring M Vaughan and Chris Kennedy in the Flash Bar

Lights Out: Efdemin, Solomon Sanchez and Dansman at Flash, with Assembly featuring M Vaughan and Chris Kennedy in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/333649213633855/

 

The Omg Experience with guest DJ Baby at Zeba Bar

The Omg Experience with guest DJ Baby at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/707453682764526/

ESL Saturday with Impresarios Sound System, John Bowen & Javier Miranda, Philip Goyette & John Jazz at Eighteent Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Impresarios Sound System, John Bowen & Javier Miranda, Philip Goyette & John Jazz at Eighteent Street Lounge

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

Mont.age Presents The Sam Burns Boat Party Part 2 feat A.Plane LIVE ART by JoJo LIVE performance by Soundproof Genie and food by Chef Ali

Mont.age Presents The Sam Burns Boat Party Part 2 featuring A.Plane LIVE ART by JoJo LIVE performance by Soundproof Genie and food by Chef Ali

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1583291105298242/r

Sunset Sessions with Tony Smooth & Black Irish NV (Las Vegas) at DC9 Rooftop

Sunset Sessions with Tony Smooth & Black Irish NV (Las Vegas) at DC9 Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/575416315979410/

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/1142912482453546/

Will Eastman (open to close) with special guests at U Street Music Hall

Will Eastman (open to close) with special guests at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1761478657442753/

Synergy (Baltimore Rave) at Bambou Venue, Baltimore

Synergy (Baltimore Rave) at Bambou Venue, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/511371475732297/

Sunday September 18

3rd Annual Dance & Music Festival with DJ Jordan Pope, DJ Kool Flash & DJ Ameer at Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring

3rd Annual Dance & Music Festival with DJ Jordan Pope, DJ Kool Flash & DJ Ameer at Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741428092775187/

Soundwaves Boat Party with Yoko and Jus Nowhere

Soundwaves Boat Party with Yoko and Jus Nowhere

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/320722888277164/

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge & Hold Tight featuring Juan Zapata, Joe L, Mr Bonkerz, Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge & Hold Tight featuring Juan Zapata, Joe L, Mr Bonkerz, Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1086441041391024/

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Camelphat, Steve Kirn and more at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays V featuring Camelphat, Steve Kirn and more at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802173890040040/

Set it off Sunday with DJ Phil and DJ Valentine at DC Safari Club

Set it off Sunday with DJ Phil and DJ Valentine at DC Safari Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/938184896310705/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC September 8 to September 11

Fun times last weekend! Huge thanks to everyone who came out and grooved with us at our monthly Body Werk party at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday. Graham Hatke  and Trev-ski were bringing the heat all night long in the main room, and the vibes upstairs from Katrina Mir and myself on the rooftop weren’t so bad either. Don’t take my word for it, though. Check out the review of Saturday’s Body Werk over on Tortoise and the Snare. We really appreciate them taking the time to stop by our little monthly party and writing up a review. With so much going on in our city, it means a lot. Thank you! Body Werk will be back at DC9 Nightclub for our second birthday party on Saturday October 8, and to celebrate we’ve got everyone’s favorite local, DJ Lisa Frank, bringing the heat in the main room open to close! Looking forward to a musical journey to remember! Mark it in your calendars, and we’ll see you on the dance floor

body werk lisa frank

Sunday night at Eighteenth Street Lounge was also a blast. I had an amazing time going back to back with Benoit in the Jazz Room all night long for Sunday’s Rooftop. We played for six hours straight, but the time flew by, such was the enthusiasm of all those who joined us on the dance floor. Huge thanks to Benoit and the team at ESL  for inviting me to play. Looking forward to the next time!

Unfortunately no new podcast this week. Come on, DJs of DC! Get busy and send me some new material. Let’s get the podcast to number 50 by the end of the year. Since I don’t have a new podcast for you, here’s an old mix of mine from four years ago that popped up in my Facebook feed, originally broadcast on Sarah Myers‘ show on deradio.ca. I remember digging deep in the collection for this one, and it’s definitely worth another spin, with tracks from Kenny Hawkes, Mood II Swing, Norm Talley, Mike Huckaby, Kerri Chandler, Fresh and Low, Rasoul & Mcarthy, Kenlou, Omar-S, Theo Parrish, Jus Ed, Carl Craig, Moodymann, Tazz, Joshua, Blake Baxter, Soulphiction, D’Pac with Terrance FM and more! Serious business all the way.

 

Now that the soundtrack to this week’s post is locked and loaded, what’s on deck for the weekend? Big excitement for techno fans this Friday, as Friday is 9/09. If you’re reading this blog and you don’t know the significance of the number 909, then you’d better do your homework. So in a move that is almost pure poetry, the Void Archive, TechnoFist and Select DC crews have teamed up to deliver a proper techno after hours warehouse party this Friday: Sequence.909, featuring Detroit’s BMG (Interdimensional Transmissions, Ectomorph, No Way Back), along with an all star local lineup including Ben Jenkins, Boss Ross and Juana. Room 2 features ambient vibes from Jackson Lee and Ron Jackson, along with audio/visual live sets from Jax Deluca and Shorow.

Sequence.909_ BMG (Interdimensional Transmissions, Ectomorph, No Way Back) at Secret Location

This is the place to be for all techno fans this Friday, and advanced tickets are strongly encouraged. First release tickets are already sold out, but $15 second release tickets are still available:

Advanced tickets for Sequence.909: http://tinylurl.com/sequence909

Other than that, my highlights for this weekend are  NightFlight w/ Baronhawk & Zamkov at Cafe Saint ExPlaylist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Life on Planets at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Claptone: Golden Summer Tour with Marko Peli at Flash on Thursday. Anyone who reads this column regularly knows that I’m not exactly a fan of Claptone, but the masked producer is inexplicably popular. Throwing this in the highlights for Marko Peli‘s extended opening set. If you’re planning on going Thursday, make sure you get there early to support Marko. I’ve already mentioned Sequence.909 on Friday night, but fans of house music should check out Kochi‘s Frequency party at Zeba Bar, featuring Body Werk‘s Katrina MirAaron Sparks and Corduroy Mavericks. Quality house music open to close from three seriously good selectors. I’ll be hitting that up before heading over to Sequence.909 to finish up the night, and I recommend you do the same! On Saturday, I recommend hitting up Forever Summer Rooftop Pool Party with Gun$ Garcia, Jacq Jill and Meegs at Embassy Row Hotel  for one last poolside summer fling, then heading over to ESL for 6 Degrees (Welcome Party) with Sergio Santos (LA) + Aldridge Brothers (LA). Saturday night’s highlight is Nick Curly, Edo and Chadwick at Flash, with Dusk featuring DJ Soul and Markinthedark in the Flash Bar. Top selectors on both floors! Sunday night, I’ll be joining Trev-skiKatrina Mir to spin some tunes in honor of Omar Martinez‘ birthday at Cafe Saint-Ex. It’s going to be a intimate night of quality music; a great place to wind down after a weekend on the dance floor.. and as always, Eighteenth Street Lounge is highly recommended for Sunday, with Good Buddies featuring Edo, Ypset and Philco, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical all under one roof. Something for everyone!

Here’s my full listing of picks for the weekend, and don’t forget to stick around after the picks for full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC this weekend, along with flyers and event links. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday Picks

NightFlight w/ Baronhawk & Zamkov at Cafe Saint Ex

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Life on Planets at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Claptone: Golden Summer Tour with Marko Peli at Flash

Friday Picks

Frequency with Corduroy Mavericks, Aaron Sparks and Katrina Mir at Zeba Bar

Sequence.909_ BMG (Interdimensional Transmissions, Ectomorph, No Way Back) at Secret Location

Francesca Lombardo, Snad, 2-G’s at Flash, with Better Listen Sessions feauring Meistro, Heights & Martín Miguel in the Flash Bar

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Classical Trax x Guestlist Present: Callosum, Vicunyah, The Borrowers, and Panch at Backbar

Saturday Picks

6 Degrees (Welcome Party) with Sergio Santos (LA) + Aldridge Brothers (LA) at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Nick Curly, Edo and Chadwick at Flash, with Duskfeaturing  DJ Soul and Markinthedark in the Flash Bar

Forever Summer Rooftop Pool Party with Gun$ Garcia, Jacq Jill and Meegs at Embassy Row Hotel

Heavy Rotation w/ Sean Lovelace, Steven Swann & Martín Miguel at The Black Cat

Live House with Dubathonic at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

QUE at the ZOO at The Maryland Zoo, Baltimore

DJ Oscar G, Ypset, Feroun & Shawn Q at Factory 17, Baltimore

Sunday Picks

Omar’s Birthday Party with Trev-ski, Andy Grant and Katrina Mir at Cafe Saint Ex

ESL Sunday with Good Buddies featuring Edo, Ypset and Philco, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Those are my picks for the weekend… here are the full listings. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday September 8

NightFlight with Baronhawk & Zamkov at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Baronhawk & Zamkov at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1300214976687682/

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Life on Planets at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Andy and Benoit at ESL.MP3

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/128863770901102/

Preview with N:L at Flash

Preview with N:L at Flash

Preview with N:L at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2114390762120333/

Claptone: Golden Summer Tour with Marko Peli at Flash

Claptone: Golden Summer Tour with Marko Peli at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/114596892325605/

BT at Soundcheck

BT at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/311298205874075/
Schadenfreude Neubauten at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

schadenfreude

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/964444320333688/

Friday September 9

Frequency with Corduroy Mavericks, Aaron Sparks and Katrina Mir at Zeba Bar

Frequency with Corduroy Mavericks, Aaron Sparks and Katrina Mir at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1031917370259871/

Sequence.909_ BMG (Interdimensional Transmissions, Ectomorph, No Way Back) at Secret Location

Sequence.909_ BMG (Interdimensional Transmissions, Ectomorph, No Way Back) at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/232742123791791/

Francesca Lombardo, Snad, 2-G’s at Flash, with Better Listen Sessions feauring Meistro, Heights & Martín Miguel in the Flash Bar

Francesca Lombardo, Snad, 2-G's at Flash, with Better Listen Sessions feauring Meistro, Heights & Martín Migual in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1012155565545348/

ESL Friday with Mr. Moustache, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Mr Bonkerz and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Mr. Moustache, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Mr Bonkerz and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Classical Trax x Guestlist Present: Callosum, Vicunyah, The Borrowers, and Panch at Backbar

Classical Trax x Guestlist Present: Callosum, Vicunyah, The Borrowers, and Panch at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/331066380562774/

Bear Happy Hour with The Metaphysical at Rock and Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with The Metaphysical at Rock and Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1166285373438581/

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/673269612832120/

TrioTech Feat: DJ Octane, Verillo & Harold Figueroa at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

TrioTech Feat: DJ Octane, Verillo & Harold Figueroa at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/705338762951483/

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/1175745462507607/

Saturday September 10

6 Degrees (Welcome Party) with Sergio Santos (LA) + Aldridge Brothers (LA) at Eighteenth Street Lounge

6 Degrees (Welcome Party) with Sergio Santos (LA) + Aldridge Brothers (LA) at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1227892043897553/

ESL Saturday with DJ Chicus, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with DJ Chicus, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Nick Curly, Edo and Chadwick at Flash, with Dusk featuring DJ Soul and Markinthedark in the Flash Bar

Nick Curly, Edo and Chadwick at Flash, with Dusk with DJ Soul and Markinthedark in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1300843119948699/

Forever Summer Rooftop Pool Party with Gun$ Garcia, Jacq Jill and Meegs at Embassy Row Hotel

Forever Summer Rooftop Pool Party with Gun$ Garcia, Jacq Jill and Meegs at Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/193152141103065/

Live House with Dubathonic at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Live House with Dubathonic at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1175868735814113/

Mischief presents: Dust Off! A Bee-Compression Party at Zeba Bar

Mischief presents: Dust Off! A Bee-Compression Party at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/940925792696175/

Heavy Rotation w/ Sean Lovelace, Steven Swann & Martín Miguel at The Black Cat

Heavy Rotation w/ Sean Lovelace, Steven Swann & Martín Miguel at The Black Cat

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1780068335611656/

Sunset Sessions featuring C-Dubz at DC9 Nightclub

sunset sessions

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/538056539722359/

QUE at the ZOO at The Maryland Zoo, Baltimore

https://www.facebook.com/events/787595498044116

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/787595498044116

DJ Oscar G, Ypset, Feroun & Shawn Q at Factory 17, Baltimore

Dj Oscar G, Ypset, Feroun & Shawn Q at Factory 17, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/336665373340099/

Sunday September 11

ESL Sunday with Good Buddies featuring Edo, Ypset and Philco, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Good Buddies featuring Edo, Ypset and Philco, Sam “The Man” Burins and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/291964741162679/

Omar’s Birthday Party with Trev-ski, Andy Grant and Katrina Mir at Cafe Saint Ex

Cafe saint ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/179535779125811/

The UKG Social Brunch (Taco Sunday) with Trickysnipe, Grimer, DJ Stretch and Nception at Baltimore Free Farm, Baltimore

The UKG Social Brunch (Taco Sunday) with Trickysnipe, Grimer, DJ Stretch and Nception at Baltimore Free Farm, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142752512429773/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up Labor Day Weekend Special September 1 to September 5

Well that was fun. Just spent the last few hours wrestling with technology after the DC House Grooves website reverted to a six month old version on an old web host. Not really what I needed when sitting down to write this week’s post. Managed to get everything under control with only a bit of work lost. I think I got most of this week’s listings recovered. Apologies in advance if I’ve missed anything!

So… since I’ve now got no time to write anything of substance (not that I’d ever claim anything I write here is of substance!), I’ll need to keep things brief. No new podcasts this week, so I’m going to give Katrina Mir‘s excellent entry to the Meet the Locals Podcast from last week another spin. The feedback on this one has been amazing, so it definitely deserves another go round. If you haven’t listened to it yet, do yourself a favor and hit play!

 

You can catch Katrina Mir spinning alongside yours truly this Satuday at Body Werk with Graham Hatke, Trevor Keen, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir with visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub, then the following weekend at Frequency with Corduroy Mavericks, Aaron Sparks and Katrina Mir. Please come out and show your support for a great new DC talent!

Body Werk with Graham Hatke, Trevor Keen, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir with visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

frequency

Another mix worth checking out this week is PHILCO‘s new mix on Our Deep Movement, a nice hour of  tech house grooves:

 

Catch PHILCO this weekend at Velvet Lounge on Saturday for Alive & Well w. Philco ft. Philip Goyette.

Some great outdoor events this weekend for Labor Day, the annual Collective Minds Festival in Baltimore on Sunday and DMV House Music Fest in Malcolm X Park in Washington DC on Labor Day Monday being the pick of the bunch. As for the clubs, the highlights for me this weekend are Playlist wth Jubilee, Ramirez and Malik Lomax at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Andrea Oliva, Jubilee at Flash, with Charles Martin’s Birthday Bash with Vanniety Kills and Charles Martin in the Flash Bar on Friday, Body Werk with Graham Hatke, Trevor Keen, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir with visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday, and ESL Sunday Labor Day Edition with Sam “The Man” Burns, Ian Friday, The Metaphysical, Keenan Orr, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkerz, and Sundays Rooftop with Andy Grant B2B Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Looking forward to going back to back with my man Benoit open to close at ESL! One of those nights that I just know is going to be really special, and with Sam Burns and Ian Friday in the Gold Room, The Metaphysical and Keenan Orr in the Main Room and Stylus Chris Mr Bonkerz out on the patio, there really is something for everyone! Also worth a mention on Sunday night is Reflections with Rush Plus, Dj Nav, Hot Coffee, Sparks and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. That’s a serious local lineup, and I just know Jimmy Vs will be jumping all night long. If I weren’t busy at ESL, I’d be heading over to Jimmy Vs for sure.

Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend:

Thursday Picks

Playlist wth Jubilee, Ramirez and Malik Lomax at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Transmission 4|4 with Dansman & Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

NightFlight with Mark Funk & Zamkov at Cafe Saint Ex

Preview with DredBang at Flash

Way Out West, Christauff, Spatten at Flash

Friday Picks

Andrea Oliva, Jubilee at Flash, with Charles Martin’s Birthday Bash with Vanniety Kills and Charles Martin

ESL Friday with 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg, John Jazz & Jahsonic at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Bit Funk with Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

Saturday Picks

Body Werk with Graham Hatke, Trevor Keen, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir with visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

Wild Pitch Party with DJ Erc, DJ Kture, Chosen, John Johnson and DC A.Plane at Zeba Bar

Justin Martin, Rawle Night Long at Flash, with Foot Therapy in the Flash Bar

Kraftwerk 3-D Concert at Strathmore (SOLD OUT)

Alive & Well w. Philco ft. Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Mr Bonkerz and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunday Picks

ESL Sunday Labor Day Edition with Sam “The Man” Burns, Ian Friday, The Metaphysical, Keenan Orr, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkerz, and Sundays Rooftop with Andy Grant B2B Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party Labor Day Edition with Benoit, Meegs and Kareem ‘Reemz’ & 2Groove aka Vince Christopher and Tony Smooth at The Rooftop at Embassy Row

Reflections with Rush Plus, Dj Nav, Hot Coffee, Sparks and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Groove Control Dance Party Labor Day Special with Martín Miguel, Philanomics, Sean Peoples & Trevski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

MK at Soundcheck

Collective Minds Festival with DJ Kasper Bernstein, DJ Cel, Neal Conway, DJ Biskit, Tommy Davis & Ultra Naté at Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore

Bringing the Heat!! Collective Minds After Party with DJ Biskit and DJ Oji at Club 347, Baltimore

Labor Day Picks

DMV House Music Fest with Chosen, Cameron Da DJ, Tee Alford and DJ Oji at Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill)

That’s not all, though! Still plenty more to choose from. Here’s my full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC over Labor Day Weekend. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday Sept 1

Playlist wth Jubilee, Ramirez and Malik Lomax at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist wth Jubilee, Ramirez and Malik Lomax at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/558545237667218/

NightFlight with Mark Funk & Zamkov at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Mark Funk & Zamkov at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1114497215298862/

Transmission 4|4 with Dansman & Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

Transmission 4|4 with Dansman & Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/496740173862995/

Choice Sounds w/ DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd

Choice Sounds w/ DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/851559028311742/

Preview with DredBang at Flash

 Preview with DredBang at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/552003188325324/

Way Out West, Christauff, Spatten at Flash

Way Out West, Christauff, Spatten at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/871678842961166/

 

Tiger Lily at Soundcheck

Tiger Lily at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/304915963230826/

Friday Sept 2

Andrea Oliva, Jubilee at Flash, with Charles Martin’s Birthday Bash with Vanniety Kills and Charles Martin

Andrea Oliva, Jubilee at Flash, with Charles Martin's Bday Bash in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1611774835799391/

ESL Friday with 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg, John Jazz & Jahsonic at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg, John Jazz & Jahsonic at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Bit Funk with Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

Bit Funk with Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/168067966954242/

Zacheser at Uproar Lounge

Zacheser at Uproar Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1651600698489207/

Saturday Sept 3

Body Werk with Graham Hatke, Trevor Keen, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir with visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

Body Werk with Graham Hatke, Trevor Keen, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir with visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/821209308016655/

Wild Pitch Party with DJ Erv, DJ Kture, Chosen, John Johnson and DC A.Plane at Zeba Bar

Wild Pitch Party with DJ Erv, DJ Kture, Chosen, John Johnson and DC A.Plane at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/880761342032956/

Justin Martin, Rawle Night Long at Flash, with Foot Therapy in the Flash Bar

Justin Martin, Rawle Night Long at Flash, with Foot Therapy in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1009325732514850/

Kraftwerk 3-D Concert at Strathmore (SOLD OUT)

Kraftwerk 3-D Concert at Strathmore (SOLD OUT)

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1580729765588843/

Alive & Well w. Philco ft. Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

Alive & Well w. Philco ft. Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765137723763124/

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Mr Bonkerz and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Mr Bonkerz and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour featuring PUSH at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour featuring PUSH at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/636601006499944/

Labruh Day: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, tessera and Rvcca at Rock and Roll Hotem

Labruh Day: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, tessera and Rvcca at Rock and Roll Hotem

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/309813692706722/

Family Night with Jerome Baker III, Rex Riot, Lean Quatifah, Mista Selecta, Kristy La Rat and Brad Piff at U Street Music Hall

Family Night with Jerome Baker III, Rex Riot, Lean Quatifah, Mista Selecta, Kristy La Rat and Brad Piff at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1637943843162245/

The Biggest 50th Botswana & Lesotho Independence Day Celebration at Safari Restaurant and Lounge

The Biggest 50th Botswana & Lesotho Independence Day Celebration

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1036722569779947/

Soulful Saturdays Presents The 11Th Annual All White Party with DJ Pope. Dj Beloved and Love Goddess at Club 347, Baltimore

Soulful Saturdays Presents The 11Th Annual All White Party with DJ Pope. Dj Beloved and Love Goddess at Club 347, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/624476344376116/

Sunday Sept 4

ESL Sunday Labor Day Edition with Sam “The Man” Burns, Ian Friday, The Metaphysical, Keenan Orr, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkerz, and Sundays Rooftop with Andy Grant B2B Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday Labor Day Edition with Sam “The Man” Burns, Ian Friday, The Metaphysical, Keenan Orr, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkerz, and Sundays Rooftop with Andy Grant B2B Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party Labor Day Edition with Benoit, Meegs and Kareem ‘Reemz’ & 2Groove aka Vince Christopher and Tony Smooth at The Rooftop at Embassy Row

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party Labor Day Edition with Benoit, Meegs and Kareem ‘Reemz’ & 2Groove aka Vince Christopher and Tony Smooth at The Rooftop at Embassy Row

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1816599148573946/

Reflections with Rush Plus, Dj Nav, Hot Coffee, Sparks and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Reflections w/ Rush Plus, Dj Nav, Hot Coffee, Sparks and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/825706257529531/

Groove Control Dance Party Labor Day Special with Martín Miguel, Philanomics, Sean Peoples & Trevski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Groove Control Dance Party Labor Day Special with Martín Miguel, Philanomics, Sean Peoples & Trevski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479847472042518/

Labruh Day: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, Jett Chandon, Jacq Jill, Vio & Special Guests at Rock and Roll Hotel

Labruh Day: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, tessera and Rvcca at Rock and Roll Hotem

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/309813692706722/

MK at Soundcheck

MK at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748148542092264/

The Divine Movement Pool Party w/ Gina Turner at The Liaison Capitol Hill 

The Divine Movement Pool Party w/ Gina Turner at The Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1740863282845254/

Collective Minds Festival with DJ Kasper Bernstein, DJ Cel, Neal Conway, DJ Biskit, Tommy Davis & Ultra Naté at Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore

Collective Minds Festival with DJ Kasper Bernstein, DJ Cel, Neal Conway, DJ Biskit, Tommy Davis & Ultra Naté at Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1363665566983277/

Bringing the Heat!! Collective Minds After Party with DJ Biskit and DJ Oji at Club 347, Baltimore

Bringing the Heat!! Collective Minds After Party with DJ Biskit and DJ Oji at Club 347, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/908206422618546/

Tropixxx Labor Day Party at Velvet Lounge

Tropixxx Labor Day Party at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/186529598432052/

Flashy Sundays Labor Day Weekend with DJ Sean Morris and DJ TWiN at Flash

Flashy Sundays Labor Day Weekend with DJ Sean Morris and DJ TWiN at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/146828675760567/

Labor Day Monday September 5

DMV House Music Fest with Chosen, Cameron Da DJ, Tee Alford and DJ Oji at Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill)

DMV House Music Fest

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/107622613011260/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 25 to August 28

It’s that time of year again when many of our good friends head off for a life changing experience in the dust, and the rest of us are left back in the real world, trying to make the best of it. We here at DC House Grooves wish all our friends headed for the Playa a safe journey and an incredible experience, and we look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. So how about last weekend? The third and final Petworth Park Summer Jam of the summer was another magical gathering in the park, with amazing tunes from the 1432R DJs and Beautiful Swimmers.

petworth park

Petworth Park Summer Jam

If you enjoyed any of the Petworth Park Summer Jam series this summer, please make an effort to donate to the fundraiser. These events were paid for by the organizers, and all the artists donated their time for free. Let’s not leave anyone out of pocket… we want more events like this next summer, right?

Donate to Petworth Park Summer Jam Fundraiser 

I had plans for a big night out on Saturday night after the park for the all locals nights at FlashU Street Music Hall and Pezzner with Sam Kosh and Jus Nowhere, but life conspired against me and I was unable to make any of them. I heard great reports from all of them… just wish I could have made it!

Before diving into things for the weekend, here’s episode #40 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, an all vinyl groover from our very own Katrina Mir, co-founder and resident of Body Werk:

 

You can catch Katrina Mir alongside Sarah Myers on Thursday night at Ladies Night at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge, then again next weekend at Body Werk with Graham HatkeTrevor KeenAndy Grant and Katrina Mir at DC9 Nightclub on September 3.

WTF?! w/ Kochi and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

body werk

While I’m on the subject of the Meet the Locals Podcast, I’m happy to announce the podcast is now available on iTunes. Just click the link below, subscribe, and you’ll get each podcast delivered to your preferred device when published:

DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast on iTunes

If Katrina Mir‘s mix wasn’t enough for you, I’ve got another great mix for you this week! If, like me, you were unable to make it to Flash on Saturday, here’s a little something to make up for it: Heather Femia‘s opening set from the main room. Enjoy!

 

So what’s on deck for this weekend? Keeping things short this weekend. I’ve listed all my top picks below,  but for me the highlights are ESL Thursday with Ladies Night at Playlist featuring special guests Sarah Myers and Katrina Mir, and residents Jubilee & Ramirez, plus Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Deetron, Dansman b2b Throe at Flash (I hear Dansman‘s packing some serious heat in his bag from his recent trip to Europe), with Sarah Myers & Friends with Sarah Myers, Markinthedark and C-Dubz in the Flash Bar on Friday, Deep Sugar Demolition Party 4 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Mookie Wizzo, The Elders & Wayne Davis at The Paradox, Baltimore on Saturday, then rounding out the weekend at ESL Sunday featuring Sunday’s Rooftop with Max Jacobson, Ari Frank, Feroun & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Not a bad weekend schedule!

I strongly encourage everyone who truly loves house music to head to The Paradox on Saturday for Deep Sugar Demolition Party 4. This is it, folks. This is the last dance at The Dox before the the demolition team moves in and builds a Hammerjacks in its place. I hope to see lots of friends and DC House Grooves readers present and correct on the dance floor to give The Paradox the send off it deserves. If for any reason you can’t make it to Deep Sugar on Saturday, be on the lookout for quality afters action in DC on Saturday. Word on the street is there’s some serious heat going down at a super secret afters spot. Keep your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground!

Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend:

Thursday Picks

ESL Thursday with Ladies Night at Playlist featuring special guests Sarah Myers and Katrina Mir and residents Jubilee & Ramirez, plus Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sweet n Lo Vinyl with Martin Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Preview with DFMO (Ben Ogden) at Flash

NightFlight with Ed “Metaphysical” & Mark Funk at Cafe SaintEx

Friday Picks

WTF?! w/ Kochi and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

Deetron, Dansman b2b Throe at Flash, with Sarah Myers & Friends with Sarah Myers, Markinthedark and C-Dubz in the Flash Bar

Silicon Based Lifeform 2 Year Anniversary with Ron Jackson, Darius Twin and Doktor D at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

ESL Friday wth Nappy G, The Metaphysical, Stylus Chris and Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Bear Happy Hour with Adrian Collazo at the Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Gathering with 4 Hours of Funk featuring Graham Hatke and Fleg at The Hollywood Diner, Baltimore

Apocalypse (Last Friday at Paradox) with DJ Pendulum, Frankie Bones, DJ SS, Bladerunner and more at The Paradox, Baltimore

Saturday Picks

Deep Sugar Demolition Party 4 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Mookie Wizzo, The Elders & Wayne Davis at The Paradox, Baltimore

David Waxman, Cali Lanauze & DJ Meegs at Flash with Retro Future and Anden in the Flash Bar

Endless Summer Massive with Regan Bombs, Congo Sanchez, and CMPTVR CLVB, Sarah Myers more at Secret Location

Sam Burns Tribute Party with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Double 07, DJ Paul Howard and Dromme at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

ESL Saturday with Chris Annibell, Philip Goyette, Smudge and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

SubDistrick! August 2016 with Nature Rage, v:shall kanwar, Julez & Plus Good at Backbar

Sunday Picks

ESL Sunday featuring Sunday’s Rooftop with Max Jacobson, Ari Frank, Feroun & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunglass Sundays V ft. Jan Blomqvist LIVE at Public Bar

SiP and DiP Pool Party with Heather Femia at The Liaison Capitol Hill

 

Those are my picks for the weekend. Here’s the full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC and Baltimore from August 25 to August 28. Make sure you bookmark http://dchousegrooves.com and come back next week for all the best information on what’s good in DC and Baltimore. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday August 25

ESL Thursday with Ladies Night at Playlist featuring special guests Sarah Myers and Katrina Mir and residents Jubilee & Ramirez, plus Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge

WTF?! w/ Kochi and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

Ladies night at Playlist with special guests Sarah Myers and Katrina Mir at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/596652370507533

Sweet n Lo Vinyl with Martin Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Sweet n Lo Vinyl with Martin Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068527326556641/

Preview with DFMO (Ben Ogden) at Flash

Preview with DFMO (Ben Ogden) at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1581954318774254/

NightFlight with Ed “Metaphysical” & Mark Funk at Cafe SaintEx

NightFlight with Ed "Metaphysical" & Mark Funk at Cafe SaintEx

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/289480018095355/

Fedde Le Grand at Soundcheck

Fedde Le Grand at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/558364437663387/

Friday August 26

WTF?! w/ Kochi and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1147687778624549/

Bear Happy Hour with Adrian Collazo at the Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with Adrian Collazo at the Rock’n’Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1102826493137571/

Deetron, Dansman b2b Throe at Flash, with Sarah Myers & Friends with Sarah Myers, Markinthedark and C-Dubz in the Flash Bar

Deetron, Dansman b2b Throe at Flash, with Sarah Myers & Friends with Sarah Myers, Markinthedark and C-Dubz in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1130295050345145/

Silicon Based Lifeform 2 Year Anniversary with Ron Jackson, Darius Twin and Doktor D at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Silicon Based Lifeform 2 Year Anniversary with Ron Jackson, Darius Twin and Doktor D at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/225970281134157/

ESL Friday wth Nappy G, The Metaphysical, Stylus Chris and Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday wth Nappy G, The Metaphysical, Stylus Chris and Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

JUICE with Ducky Dynamo, Kristy La Rat, Jacq Jill, The Lothario at U Street Music Hall

JUICE with Ducky Dynamo, Kristy La Rat, Jacq Jill, The Lothario at U Street Music Hall

More details: http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/1282027-juice-washington/

Gathering with 4 Hours of Funk featuring Graham Hatke and Fleg at The Hollywood Diner, Baltimore

Gathering with 4 Hours of Funk featuring Graham Hatke and Fleg at The Hollywood Diner, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/911579222301907/

Pulse Friday’s Present The Collective Minds Fundraiser with DJ Biskit, DJ Pope & DJ Househead at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Friday's Present The Collective Minds Fundraiser with DJ Biskit, DJ Pope & DJ Househead at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1003905439727323/

Apocalypse (Last Friday at Paradox) with DJ Pendulum, Frankie Bones, DJ SS, Bladerunner and more at The Paradox, Baltimore

Apocalypse (Last Friday at Paradox) with DJ Pendulum, Frankie Bones, DJ SS, Bladerunner and more at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1102902323115075/

Saturday August 27

Deep Sugar Demolition Party 4 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Mookie Wizzo, The Elders & Wayne Davis at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar Demolition Party 4 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Mookie Wizzo, The Elders & Wayne Davis at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1016767018440983/

Endless Summer Massive with Regan Bombs, Congo Sanchez, and CMPTVR CLVB at Secret Location

Endless Summer Massive with Regan Bombs, Congo Sanchez, and CMPTVR CLVB at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/156904108077698/

David Waxman, Cali Lanauze & DJ Meegs at Flash with Retro Future and Anden in the Flash Bar

David Waxman, Cali Lanauze & DJ Meegs at Flash with Retro Future and Anden in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1064374796949510/

Sam Burns Tribute Party with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Double 07, DJ Paul Howard and Dromme at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Sam Burns Tribute Party with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Double 07, DJ Paul Howard and Dromme at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1073890902706466/

Pacific Fur Company, Philco: Rock & Roll Rooftop Happy Hour at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Pacific Fur Company, Philco: Rock & Roll Rooftop Happy Hour at Rock'n'Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/920398334731865/

 

ESL Saturday with Chris Annibell, Philip Goyette, Smudge and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Chris Annibell, Philip Goyette, Smudge and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Mirage Featuring D-Unity, Shaft XXL, Hellegant & JaxxParrow at Zeba Bar

Mirage Featuring D-Unity, Shaft XXL, Hellegant & JaxxParrow at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1632041747123454/

Sunset Sessions with A.Plane at DC9 Nightclub

Sunset Sessions with A.Plane at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/221524644915635/

Party on the Potomac 15 Summer Closing Party with J-Tek & Bella and Jandro

Party on the Potomac 15 Summer Closing Party with J-Tek & Bella and Jandro

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1573202272981979/

Buku + P0gman at U Street Music Hall

Buku + P0gman at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/646907682144156/

SubDistrick! August 2016 with Nature Rage, v:shall kanwar, Julez & Plus Good at Backbar

SubDistrick! August 2016 with Nature Rage, v:shall kanwar, Julez & Plus Good at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1139582176081141/

Day Party & Afterparty – House on the Harbor, Spirit Cruises, Baltimore

Day Party & Afterparty - House on the Harbor, Spirit Cruises, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/858595650917772/

Sunday August 28

ESL Sunday featuring Sunday’s Rooftop with Max Jacobson, Ari Frank, Feroun & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday featuring Sunday's Rooftop with Max Jacobson, Ari Frank, Feroun & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday featuring Sunday's Rooftop with Max Jacobson, Ari Frank, Feroun & Benoit, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/177323369345097/

Sunglass Sundays V ft. Jan Blomqvist LIVE at Public Bar

Sundays rooftop with jan blomqvist

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/307539009592737/

SiP and DiP Pool Party with Heather Femia at The Liaison Capitol Hill

SiP and DiP Pool Party with Heather Femia at The Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/317938768551322/

Overeasy Summertime Tea Dance with Ayes Cold, Jacq Jill & Mothersheister at Dodge City

Overeasy Summertime Tea Dance with Ayes Cold, Jacq Jill & Mothersheister at Dodge City

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1239389869413869/

Hernan Cattaneo at Soundcheck

Hernan Cattaneo at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/249257395440961/

Baltimore Record Bazaar with DJ Booman, DJ Kool Breez, Graham Hatke, Chris Bulla & Sam Balagan Hopkins at The Windup Space

Baltimore record bazaar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1065188626884367/

The UKG Social Brunch with K-Rai, Dreadway B2B Kyczar, Dan G and Brother Pince at Baltimore Free Farm

The UKG Social Brunch with K-Rai, Dreadway B2B Kyczar, Dan G and Brother Pince at Baltimore Free Farm

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1041050855977769/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 18 to August 21

Had a fairly quiet weekend last weekend. Lots going on, but I only ventured out on Friday night for Body Werk at Flash, playing open to close with Katrina Mir. Sadly, we were no match for Mr Scruff or Sequence.000, so it was a relatively quiet night. Would have liked to have seen a few more friendly faces on the dance floor, but you can’t win them all. Still, no complaints from me at the opportunity to play records all night at my favorite spot, and the sound system in the bar was sounding sweet as with my analog rotary rig. Huge thanks to all you DC House Grooves readers who stopped by and said hello! Thank you for making the effort. Looking forward to the next one! Body Werk will be back at DC9 Nightclub on September 3, with Graham Hatke and Trevor Keen werking the main room open to close with the usual incredible visuals by [capsaicin], and myself and Katrina Mir in the rooftop bar. The last Body Werk at DC9 was family vibes all night. Join us on September 3 and let’s take it to the next level!

I also made it out briefly on Sunday night at Sunday’s Rooftop with Ricardo Miranda at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Kudos to ESL for the large fans in operation on the patio. They were most appreciated! While it was super hot on the dance floor, Ricardo Miranda‘s soulful sounds provided the perfect soundtrack to close out the weekend. Ricardo was so inspired by the Sunday’s Rooftop crowd that he recorded a mix as soon as he got home. DC House Grooves, in association with Deep Secrets and Sunday’s Rooftop, is proud to bring you his exclusive mix for your listening pleasure while you plan your weekend dance floor strategy. Enjoy!

Speaking of Deep Secrets, their annual collaboration with Loop for the Soundwaves Boat Party is this Sunday, and they are bringing in the always amazing Frank & Tony to join R&B behind the decks for a sunset cruise down the Potomac. Frank & Tony always provide amazing vibe son the boat, so this comes highly recommended. Make sure you grab advanced tickets, though. Soundwaves parties always sell out, and you don’t want to be left standing on the dock while all your friends are on the boat! Some $25 tickets second release tickets still available.

Advanced tickets to Soundwaves: http://bit.ly/swavesdchg

Soundwaves Boat Party with Frank & Tony and R&B

Another highly recommended event this weekend which is also worth grabbing advanced tickets for is Sticky Fingers and Silence in Metropolis present Pezzner with Sam Kosh, Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee at the Cigar Bar at the DC Eagle. An amazing line up for an all night shindig, vibes guaranteed… and if you move fast, you may still catch a $10 early bird ticket!

Advanced tickets for Pezzner: http://bit.ly/pezzdchg

Pezzner with Sam Kosh, Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee at Secret Location

Ok, so what other highlights are there this weekend? Saturday afternoon brings the third installment of Petworth Park Summer Jam at the Petworth Recreation Center, featuring the 1432R DJs and The Beautiful Swimmers. The last two summer jams have been amazing, despite a bit of bad weather last time around, but Saturday promises to be the best one yet! Entry is free, as always, but I encourage you to donate to the Petworth Park Summer Jam Fundraiser if you can. These events cost money, and your donation will help ensure there are more quality events like this in future from Chris Burns and the ROAM team. If you donate $30 or more, you’ll get the sought after fashion accessory of the summer, a Petworth Park Summer Jam t-shirt, while supplies last.

Donate to Petworth Park Summer Jam

Petworth Park Summer Jam Part III with The Beautiful Swimmers and the 1432R DJs at Petworth Recreation Center

Another great way to contribute to Petworth Park Summer Jam is to head to U Street Music Hall on Saturday night, where Lisa FrankRush Plus and Jett Chandon will be throwing down all night, bringing some serious all local action to the dance floor. Door tax is $5 before midnight, $10 after, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the  Petworth Park Summer Jam fund. Everybody wins!

DJ Lisa Frank, Rush Plus and Jett Chandon at U Street Music Hall

Speaking of all locals action,  Flash also has an all local lineup Saturday night for the latest edition of its Resident’s Nights series, with local favorites Sarah MyersJuan ZapataFeroun and Heather Femia at the controls in the main room, and Mark Funk and Dino in the bar. I can’t remember any time before where Flash and U Hall have both had all local lineups on a Saturday night…a rare occasion indeed! I encourage everyone who values our local scene and our local DJs to show your support by attending one or both of these events. If we show promoters that they don’t need big name headliners from out of town to fill the dance floor, we’ll get more such events, and believe me: local DJs do it just as good, if not better, than those big names. Support your local scene and help put DC on the map! We’ve got so much great DJ talent in this town… let’s show our support and make these events a big success. I for one plan on doing the U Street Shuffle™ Saturday night, bouncing between Flash and U Hall to try and catch the best of each event, and then I’ll be heading over to the DC Eagle for Pezzner for afters. No gigs on Saturday, so I plan to dance my ass off! I hope to see lots of DC House Grooves readers on the dance floor…no excuses

Resident Nights: Sarah Myers, Juan Zapata, Feroun and Heather Femia at Flash with Mark Funk and

OK… so those are some highlights for this week, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Thursday has Preview with JubileeRamirez and DJ Meegs at ESLPreview with Stylo and Rush Plus followed by Ben UFO open to close at Flash and, for the drum and bass heads, Alix Perez & Lenzman at U Street Music Hall, then on Friday you’ve got Nico Stojan, Marcus Marr and Andy Warren at Flash, with Anywho featuring Berlin’s PLO Man, Max D of the Beautiful Swimmers and 1432R DJs in the Flash Bar… that’s a serious lineup for the Flash Bar alone! For quality music from local heads, there’s BaltoTroit Aug 2016 with Jandro, Itzjack, Steve Kirn & Boss Ross at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar (when do I get an invite, fellas?), techno open to close from Ron Jackson at Untitled 004 at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, and funk, soul, disco and boogie bliss at MOdERN CLASS with DJ Provoke, Trev-ski and Fulano at Haydee’s Restaurant.

I’ve covered almost all the good stuff for Saturday in the highlights above, but also worth checking out is ESL Saturday with Fouk, Jahsonic, Chris Brooks & Heights at Eighteenth Street LoungeFouk from Heist Recordings is a great booking by ESL that may have slipped under the radar for those of you not paying attention. Worth checking out if you can. Then on Sunday, after the Soundwaves Boat PartySunglass Sundays with Detroit’s Stacey PullenSteve KirnAdam Ross and Oliver Caine promises to be off the hook… make sure you dress to sweat! A great way to close out the weekend. For something a bit more laid back, ESL Sunday next door also has a stellar lineup, with Hold Tight featuring Private Panther, Martín Miguel & Sparks, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at the controls across ESL‘s three rooms. Something for everyone, all under one roof.

…but that’s not all! Here’s my full list of picks Thursday to Sunday… I just don’t have time to do them all justice. Don’t forget to check the full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events this weekend along with flyers and event links, which you’ll find after the picks. I’ll be back next week with all the good stuff… see you on the dance floor!

Thursday Picks

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and DJ Meegs at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Preview Latenight with DJ Stylo & Rush Plus at Flash

Ben UFO (Open-to-Close) at Flash

HD Sunrise, Nerftoss, Protect-U & 1432 R at Union Arts DC

Alix Perez & Lenzman at U Street Music Hall

NightFlight with Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint Ex

Choice Sounds Vinyl with DJ Trev Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Friday Picks

Nico Stojan, Marcus Marr and Andy Warren at Flash, with Anywho ft. PLO Man, Max D and 1432R DJs in the Flash Bar

BaltoTroit Aug 2016 with Jandro, Itzjack, Steve Kirn & Boss Ross at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Untitled 004 with Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

MOdERN CLASS with DJ Provoke, Trev-ski and Fulano at Haydee’s Restaurant

Pulse Fridays with special guest Ultra Nate at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

4 Hours Of Funk with Casey Macem, Graham & Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

Saturday Picks

Petworth Park Summer Jam Part III with The Beautiful Swimmers and the 1432R DJs at Petworth Recreation Center

Resident Nights: Sarah Myers, Juan Zapata, Feroun and Heather Femia at Flash with Mark Funk and Dino

DJ Lisa Frank, Rush Plus and Jett Chandon at U Street Music Hall

Pezzner with Sam Kosh, Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee at Secret Location

ESL Saturday with Fouk, Jahsonic, Chris Brooks & Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Deeply Rooted with DJ Stingray, Tony Smooth, DJ V-coch, and DJ Paul Howard at Zeba Bar

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour feat. Tim Humphrey & Jasmine Walton at DC9 Nightclub

Sunday Picks

Soundwaves Boat Party with Frank & Tony and R&B

Sunglass Sundays V ft Stacey Pullen [Blackflag Records], Steve Kirn, Oliver Caine and Boss Ross at Public Bar

ESL Sunday with Hold Tight with Private Panther, Martín Miguel & Sparks, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Those are my picks for the weekend, and here’s the full listings, Thursday to Sunday:

Thursday August 18

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and DJ Meegs at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and DJ Meegs at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/174713106283327/

Preview Latenight with DJ Stylo & Rush Plus at Flash

preview with stylo and rush plus

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/324396607902246/

Ben UFO (Open-to-Close) at Flash

Ben UFO (Open-to-Close) at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/258404031188928/

HD Sunrise, Nerftoss, Protect-U & 1432 R at Union Arts DC

HD Sunrise, Nerftoss, Protect-U & 1432 R at Union Arts DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/263344380713629/

Alix Perez & Lenzman at U Street Music Hall

Alix Perez & Lenzman at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755123694769183/

NightFlight with Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753448484867864/

Choice Sounds Vinyl with DJ Trev Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Choice Sounds Vinyl with DJ Trev Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/811681928931653/

FoSho Presents: Sikdope with Stratus at Eden Lounge DC

FoSho Presents: Sikdope with Stratus at Eden Lounge DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1800368036901196/

Dannic at Soundcheck

Dannic at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/184684478596390/

Friday August 19

Nico Stojan, Marcus Marr and Andy Warren at Flash, with Anywho ft. PLO Man, Max D and 1432R DJs in the Flash Bar

Nico Stojan, Marcus Marr and Andy Warren at Flash, with Anywho ft. PLO Man, Max D and 1432R DJs in the Flash Bar

anywho plo man

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/267727410243781/
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/275908452771844/

BaltoTroit Aug 2016 with Jandro, Itzjack, Steve Kirn & Boss Ross at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

BaltoTroit Aug 2016 with Jandro, Itzjack, Steve Kirn & Boss Ross at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/330747043979806/

Untitled 004 with Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Untitled 004 with Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1057159947731024/

MOdERN CLASS with DJ Provoke, Trev-ski and Fulano at Haydee’s Restaurant

MOdERN CLASS with DJ Provoke, Trev-ski and Fulano at Haydee’s Restaurant

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1773909326212169/

ESL Friday with Trotter, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Trotter, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

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

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1119549901425343/

Tides: A Boat Party on the Potomac with Grody, Eddie Watson and Nick Flynn

Tides: A Boat Party on the Potomac with Grody, Eddie Watson and Nick Flynn

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/619082318253348/

Element presents: Mark Sherry – Open to Close at U Street Music Hall

Element presents: Mark Sherry - Open to Close at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1128649630491016/

The Endup with DJ Kudjo Onyx at The DC Eagle

The Endup with DJ Kudjo Onyx at The DC Eagle

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1124050967666321/

Pulse Fridays with special guest Ultra Nate at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with special guest Ultra Nate at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1669440636715463/

4 Hours Of Funk with Casey Macem, Graham & Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours Of Funk with Casey Macem, Graham & Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1180057145370939/

The UKG Social with Scott Edmonds at The Depot, Baltimore

The UKG Social with Scott Edmonds at The Depot, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1568207090147833/

Alice In Bassland at Paradox, Baltimore

Alice In Bassland at Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/542665449276010/

Saturday August 20

Petworth Park Summer Jam Part III with The Beautiful Swimmers and the 1432R DJs at Petworth Recreation Center

Petworth Park Summer Jam Part III with The Beautiful Swimmers and the 1432R DJs at Petworth Recreation Center

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710204745896267/

Pezzner with Sam Kosh, Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee at Secret Location

Pezzner with Sam Kosh, Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755777094662713/

Resident Nights: Sarah Myers, Juan Zapata, Feroun and Heather Femia at Flash with Mark Funk and Dino

Resident Nights: Sarah Myers, Juan Zapata, Feroun and Heather Femia at Flash with Mark Funk and

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/190566004692966/

DJ Lisa Frank, Rush Plus and Jett Chandon at U Street Music Hall

DJ Lisa Frank, Rush Plus and Jett Chandon at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710004669261538/

 

ESL Saturday with Fouk, Jahsonic, Chris Brooks & Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Fouk, Jahsonic, Chris Brooks & Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

The Borrowers +1: Teknacolor Ninja at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

The Borrowers +1: Teknacolor Ninja at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/539464619571280/

Deeply Rooted with DJ Stingray, Tony Smooth, DJ V-coch, and DJ Paul Howard at Zeba Bar

Deeply Rooted with DJ Stingray, Tony Smooth, DJ V-coch, and DJ Paul Howard at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1769000760024071/

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour feat. Tim Humphrey & Jasmine Walton at DC9 Nightclub

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour feat. Tim Humphrey & Jasmine Walton at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/319118425090610/

Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bête Noire b2b Citizen Select at The Mellow Mushroom

Midsummer Night's Dream with Bête Noire b2b Citizen Select at The Mellow Mushroom

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/209618109436149/

Shipfaced Round 3 with DJ Swink

Shipfaced Round 3 with DJ Swink

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1676902592635797/

Sunday August 21

Soundwaves Boat Party with Frank & Tony and R&B

Soundwaves Boat Party with Frank & Tony and R&B

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1832077933686714/

Sunglass Sundays V ft Stacey Pullen [Blackflag Records], Steve Kirn, Oliver Caine and Boss Ross at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays V ft Stacey Pullen [Blackflag Records], Steve Kirn, Oliver Caine and Boss Ross at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/645252948965389/

ESL Sunday with Hold Tight with Private Panther, Martín Miguel & Sparks, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Hold Tight with Private Panther, Martín Miguel & Sparks, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571755429793100/

AfterGlow Presents Laid Back Luke at SoundCheck

AfterGlow Presents Laid Back Luke at SoundCheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1065423806876487/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 11 to August 14

You know, it’s no secret I love house music. I first heard house music in a club around 1988, and from that moment on I was hooked. 28 years later, it never ceases to amaze me how this music still has the power to suck me in, surprise me, and make me love it even more. It happened to me twice this past weekend. On Thursday night, I played at  NightFlight  at Café Saint Ex, playing an all vinyl set with Adrian Collazo. I wasn’t sure what to play, so I threw a bunch of random 90s deep house in the record bag along with a few classic anthems and other fun stuff. When I took over the turntables it was fairly quiet, but the drinks were flowing, so i focused at the job at hand and found my rhythm. When I next looked up, Tommy Cornelis and his crew had arrived, and when Tommy shows up with his crew, you know the party has really started! The next hour or so was pure house music bliss, the records selecting themselves. I only wish I had recorded it! I hadn’t been expecting to enjoy it so much, but I rediscovered a number of records, really getting into the zone, and it left me hungry for more. Huge thanks to Omar Martinez for booking me to play at NightFlight, and to everyone who grooved with me on Thursday night! This week at NightFlightGrody from Tortoise and the Snare opens up for local legend Sam “The Man” Burns. Check it out for great music in a nice, intimate basement space. I think we could be onto something here!

Fired up from Thursday night, I had the privilege of opening up the main room at Flash for Dinky and house music legend Chez Damier. Playing on the Funktion One sound system at Flash is always a dream come true, and despite the main room being quiet for the first hour or so, I got totally lost in the music, each record flowing to the next without me having to think about it. When I handed over to Dinky, the floor was full, the vibe was thick, and the night was well on it’s way. I didn’t know what to expect from Dinky, but she delivered an amazing set, really taking things to the next level. When she dropped the Cowley mix of I Feel Love, I knew she was my kind of DJ!  The real magic, however, arrived when Chez Damier took over the decks, delivering a masterclass in vibe. I’ve heard Chez play on numerous occasions, but this time he really blew me away. The final hour of his set was pure disco bliss, the master working the isolator to amazing effect, leading the entranced crowd through a roller coaster of emotions. I was personally exhausted by this time, but I couldn’t tear myself away. By the time the lights went up, its was smiles all round. For the second time in a weekend, I was reminded of the magical power of house music, and it left me wanting more! Fortunately, I get to do it all again this Friday at Body Werk in the Flash Bar, where I’ll be serving up fresh wax open to close with the hugely talented Katrina Mir, while the Honey Soundsystem and TNX crews work the dance floor magic in the main room upstairs. Huge thanks to the team at Flash for inviting me to play, and for everything they do to support quality underground music in our city. We are amazingly lucky to have such a passionate crew in our city dedicated to the underground. Next time you’re at Flash, show your appreciation to all the members of the Flash team, the bar staff, the door staff, the operational staff, the DJs, and of course the management. They work seriously hard to deliver good times for all of us, and they deserve our appreciation!

Honey Soundsystem (Bezier, Jackie House and Jason Kendig) and The NeedlExchange (Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd and Baronhawk) at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

OK… lots to cover this weekend, but before I dive in, here’s the latest edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast from long serving local Sinestro. We’ve had a number of quality tech house mixes recently on the Meet the Locals podcast, but now it’s time for some proper balls to the wall, take no prisoners, techno. Recorded live at his recent appearance at Big Dub, Sinestro‘s podcast grabs you by the short and curlies and doesn’t let go!

Make sure you check out Sinestro‘s new EP coming out towards the end of August under his Darik Wyldstar alias, and he’ll have another one out towards the end of September with remix from T-1000.

Time to talk about the weekend. So many great choices for quality dance floor action, it’s ridiculous. Friday, in particular, is just stupid, with 10 events in my picks! Of course, I’d love you all to join me and Katrina at Flash for Body Werk, but I’d rather you make an informed choice 🙂

I recommend kicking off your Thursday night by enjoying happy hour at Preview at Flash, with Grody at the controls. Drum and bass heads should stick it out at Flash for none other than DnB legend LTJ Bukem himself with support from Vanniety Kills and Locks of Intellect, brought to you courtesy of the Cadence crew , continuing to kill it with their bookings. JeyoneJoe L and Shawn Q round out the musical menu down in the bar. For quality deep and soulful house, check out NightFlight at Café Saint Ex with Sam The Man Burns and Grody, or Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge with Jubilee, Ramirez and Philco. Always a good time on the patio at ESL on Thursdays.

On to Friday night… what can I say? The obvious choice for the heads on Friday is Mr Scruff playing open to close at U Street Music Hall. A consummate DJ’s DJ, there are few other selectors that take their craft so seriously, taking great pains to make sure everything is setup and sound checked hours in advance to ensure the optimal experience. Scruff will take you on a musical journey, make no mistake. However, he’s far from the only game in town, with some really amazing events featuring strong local talent that deserve your attention. For example, SEQUENCE.000 promises a proper underground warehouse afters featuring techno for a change, with Milton Bradley, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson, Damon Bradley, Josh Levi, Ben Jenkins, Sarah Snider, Patrick James Cain and IGM. Then there’s Kochi‘s Frequency party at Zeba Bar featuring Kochi himself alongside the always amazing Juan Zapata and djmeegsPetworth Funk with heavy hitters DJ Nav, Boss Ross & Trevor Richards at The Looking Glass Lounge, Heavy Rotation with Ozker DC, Adrian Collazo & Martín Miguel at Black Cat DC, Locally Sourced with PHILCO, Steve Kirn and Jandro at Dr. Clock’s and of course Honey Soundsystem (Bezier, Jackie House and Jason Kendig) and The NeedlExchange (Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd and Baronhawk) at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar. And that’s not even all my picks for Friday! Whatever you plan on doing Friday, please make time to stop by and throw a few shapes with us in the Flash Bar. There’s no cover for the bar, and vibes will be thick all night, guaranteed 🙂

Saturday night, my top pick is Mike Huckaby with Beautiful Swimmers at Flash, with Philco b2b Chadwick in the Flash BarMike Huckaby always delivers the goods when it comes to quality underground house music, and local boys Beautiful Swimmers, fresh off their amazing afternoon performance at Dekmantel Festival, are guaranteed to rock the joint. With Philco and Chadwick going back to back in the bar, you’ve got all bases covered for a quality night out. For quality techno on Saturday, head up 95 to Vague Output at Club 1722 with Mick Wills and Boss Ross. Always a good time with the Vague Output crew. For something a little bit different on Saturday, a packed house is guaranteed at U Street Music Hall for the Moombahton Massive Reunion… a music genre created right here in Washington DC: experience it first hand at ground zero, the dance floor at U Hall! Last, and by no means least, for quality live house and techno away from the U Street crowds, check out Dubathonic at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar. Fresh off the plane from Berlin, I’m sure that new inspiration will be on display.

After the choice overload I’ve given you for Friday, you’ll be pleased to know I’m keeping things simple for Sunday. Just go to Eighteenth Street Lounge. On the patio, Sundays Rooftop brings you Chicago’s Ricardo Miranda with support from Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee, while in the Gold Room, Sam “The Man” Burns works his soulful magic at his weekly residency, while the always good value Smudge brings the heat in the main room. Your one stop shop for proper vibes to close out the weekend.

Phew! Made it through this week’s post. Figured it was going to be a long one. Here’s my full list of picks Thursday through Sunday, and you’ll find full listings with flyers and event links below. I’ll be back next week with information on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC… and with Petworth Park Summer Jam Part 3 coming up next weekend, you know it’s going to be a good one! See you on the dance floor.

Thusday Picks

Preview with Grody at Flash

Cadence presents LTJ Bukem, Vanniety Kills, Locks of Intellect at Flash, with Jeyone, Joe L and Shawn Q in the Flash Bar

NightFlight with Sam Burns & Grody at Cafe Saint Ex

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Friday Picks

Mr. Scruff (open to close) at U Street Music Hall

Honey Soundsystem (Bezier, Jackie House and Jason Kendig) and The NeedlExchange (Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd and Baronhawk) at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

SEQUENCE.000 with Milton Bradley, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson, Damon Bradley, Josh Levi, Ben Jenkins, Sarah Snider, Patrick James Cain and IGM at Secret Location

Celebration of Life for Chris The Blowout with Wayne Davis, Jerome Hicks, Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody, DJ Tanz, Michael Joyner and DJ Biskit at The Paradox, Baltimore

Frequency with Juan Zapata, DJMeegs and Kochi at Zeba Bar

Petworth Funk with DJ Nav, Boss Ross & Trevor Richards at The Looking Glass Lounge

Locally Sourced with Philco, Steve Kirn and Jandro at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Heavy Rotation with Ozker, Adrian Collazo & Martín Miguel at Black Cat DC

Protect-U: Fringe Music in the Library at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library

Saturday Picks

Mike Huckaby, Beautiful Swimmers at Flash, with Philco b2b Chadwick in the Flash Bar

Vague Output presents Mick Wills with Boss Ross at Club 1722, Baltimore

Fever Presents Family Affair at the Paradox

Moombahton Massive Reunion at U Street Music Hall

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats presents: Vamos a la playa with Marc Meistro, Anandroid, Raha Wala, Beatrix, V:Shal Kanwar & DJ Mulch at Zeba Bar

Dubathonic: The House Goes Live at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Sunday Picks

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop with Ricardo Miranda (Chicago), Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee, Sam “The Man” Burns and Smudge at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Mojùgbá: A Sunday Afternoon Daytime Dance Party with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Those are my picks for the weekend. Here’s the full listings, Thusday to Sunday. Same time, same place next week.. you know where to find us.

Thursday August 11

Preview with Grody at Flash

Preview with Grody at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1021493511239463/

Cadence presents LTJ Bukem, Vanniety Kills, Locks of Intellect at Flash, with Jeyone, Joe L and Shawn Q in the Flash Bar

Cadence presents LTJ Bukem, Vanniety Kills, Locks of Intellect at Flash, with Jeyone, Joe L and Shawn Q in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108065442599137

NightFlight with Sam Burns & Grody at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Sam Burns & Grody at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1708920286039667/

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Philco & The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Philco & The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/111002219346698/

 

Friday August 12

Protect-U: Fringe Music in the Library at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library

Protect-U: Fringe Music in the Library at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/256565461398490/

BHH: with Michael Romano, Tommy Cornelis and Dean Douglas Sullivan at The Rock’n’Roll Hotel

BHH: with Michael Romano, Tommy Cornelis and Dean Douglas Sullivan at The Rock’n’Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/101469003628154/

Honey Soundsystem (Bezier, Jackie House and Jason Kendig) and The NeedlExchange (Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd and Baronhawk) at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

Honey Soundsystem (Bezier, Jackie House and Jason Kendig) and The NeedlExchange (Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd and Baronhawk) at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1013543382056583/

Mr. Scruff (open to close) at U Street Music Hall

Mr. Scruff (open to close) at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/645974175554146/

Frequency with Juan Zapata, DJMeegs and Kochi at Zeba Bar

Frequency with Juan Zapata, DJMeegs and Kochi at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1284546871564751/

Petworth Funk with DJ Nav, Boss Ross & Trevor Richards at The Looking Glass Lounge

Petworth Funk with DJ Nav, Boss Ross & Trevor Richards at The Looking Glass Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/165920513829647/

SEQUENCE.000 with Milton Bradley, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson, Damon Bradley, Josh Levi, Ben Jenkins, Sarah Snider, Patrick James Cain and IGM at Secret Location

SEQUENCE.000 with Milton Bradley, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson, Damon Bradley, Josh Levi, Ben Jenkins, Sarah Snider, Patrick James Cain and IGM at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/564068273776138/

Locally Sourced with Philco, Steve Kirn and Jandro at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Locally Sourced with Philco, Steve Kirn and Jandro at Dr Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1838677449687768/

Heavy Rotation with Ozker, Adrian Collazo & Martín Miguel at Black Cat DC

Heavy Rotation with Ozker, Adrian Collazo & Martín Miguel at Black Cat DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1568908093415703/

ESL Friday with Will Eastman, Stylus Chris, John Jazz & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Will Eastman, Stylus Chris, John Jazz & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Brain Freeze – Adventures in Deep Tech House with DJ Sharon White and Jeff Hancock at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Brain Freeze - Adventures in Deep Tech House with DJ Sharon White and Jeff Hancock at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655570051427521/

Classical Trax x Guestlist Presents: Banginclude, Swan Meat, The Borrowers at Backbar

Classical Trax x Guestlist Presents: Banginclude, Swan Meat, The Borrowers at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/593287397497214/

Celebration of Life for Chris The Blowout with Wayne Davis, Jerome Hicks, Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody, DJ Tanz, Michael Joyner and DJ Biskit at The Paradox, Baltimore

Celebration of Life for Chris The Blowout with Wayne Davis, Jerome Hicks, Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody, DJ Tanz, Michael Joyner and DJ Biskit at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741718899444332/

Saturday August 13

Mike Huckaby, Beautiful Swimmers at Flash, with Philco b2b Chadwick in the Flash Bar

Mike Huckaby, Beautiful Swimmers at Flash, with Philco b2b Wave Age in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/571126759725606/

Vague Output presents Mick Wills with Boss Ross at Club 1722, Baltimore

Vague Output presents Mick Wills with Boss Ross at Club 1722, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1665666337088911/

ESL Saturday with Jahsonic, Kat, Uproot Andy, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Jahsonic, Kat, Uproot Andy, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Moombahton Massive Reunion at U Street Music Hall

Moombahton Massive Reunion at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/288622341481094/

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats presents: Vamos a la playa with Marc Meistro, Anandroid, Raha Wala, Beatrix, V:Shal Kanwar & DJ Mulch at Zeba Bar

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats presents: Vamos a la playa with Marc Meistro, Anandroid, Raha Wala, Beatrix, V:Shal Kanwar & DJ Mulch at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1225625840801875/

Dubathonic: The House Goes Live at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Dubathonic: The House Goes Live at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1727750460811959/

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/1709625882627778/

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour featuring C-Dubz at DC9 Nightclub

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour featuring C-Dubz at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/635808786578475/

Fever Presents Family Affair at the Paradox

Fever Presents Family Affair at the Paradox

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/273366723015858/

Sunday August 14

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop with Ricardo Miranda (Chicago), Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee, Sam “The Man” Burns and Smudge at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sunday's Rooftop with Ricardo Miranda (Chicago), Jus Nowhere & Hot Coffee, Sam “The Man” Burns and Smudge at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1759154891033725/

Mojùgbá: A Sunday Afternoon Daytime Dance Party with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793947160833966/

Fehrplay at Soundcheck

Fehrplay at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/918777588219749/

Soulful Sunday with John Johnson and Ron Tinsley at Vulcan Blazers, Baltimore

soulful sunday

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1736838123249516/