Here we go again… another week, and another list of quality events lovingly compiled by DC House Grooves to meet your weekend dancing needs. Before I dive in to this week’s Top Picks, have you checked out the annual DC House Grooves Halloween Preview? Each year, we publish a list of the best Halloween parties a week early; these parties often sell out early, you’re best picking your parties and buying your tickets as soon as possible. A great list of events this year, so make sure you check it out, buy your tickets, and get to work on that costume!
Ok… a few highlights before getting to the list. First up, my good lady wife Katrina Mir celebrates her birthday Thursday night at premier rooftop happy hour Preview‘s second birthday celebration at Flash. Katrina will be throwing down alongside Flash‘s very own underground selector Throe, at what’s sure to be a seriously fun night. With Headroom listening sessions down in the main room, followed by Dusky & Philip Goyette, its all going down at Flash on Thursady!
Also worth checking out on Thursday is Jett Chandon‘s new all locals party Forecast at Ten Tigers Parlour. With no constraints on genre, this one promises to keep things interesting. Line up for the opening night includes a diverse bunch of talented selectors: Jett Chandon, Vanniety Kills, Associate & Encryption. Expect the unexpected, and dress to sweat, that’s all I can say! For a taste of what’s in store, check out Jett‘s recent contribution to Berlin’s Upperberry Vibrations podcast.
Saturday night brings another edition of Resident Nights at Flash, and I’m honored to be joining an incredible line up as locals take over the decks on all three floors. On the Club Level, I’ll be joining seasoned selectors Charles Martin, Alex Eljaiek & Oliver Caine, and we’ve got series vibes lined up to keep you grooving all night long. In the Green Room, Throe and Taiga take the reins for another edition of Arts & Sciences, while the ever reliable Jandro and Hakob bring the heat in the Flash Bar. Who needs a big name from out of town? These are the really special nights at Flash, where our local talent show DC what they can do. Support your locals by getting there early and making a night of it at Flash!
As we approach Halloween weekend, here’s the traditional DC House Groovespreview of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington over Halloween weekend. Since many of these events will sell out way before Halloween, you’d be well advised to pick up your tickets now so you’re not left out in the cold with the ghouls and ghosts. Indeed, if you’re planning on hitting up Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Halloween Bash, I suggest you buy your tickets ASAP. Don’t leave it until the last minute, as it always sells out every year! So many amazing events this year, and it’s not going to be an easy choice, particularly on Saturday, when you’ll want to be at them all! Here’s the list, Friday October 27 through Sunday October 29. Choose wisely, grab your tickets, and get to work on that costume!
Friday October 27
†Church of Freaks† Halloween Party with Philip Goyette, Chris Burns, Navbox, Philco, Samantha Francesca, Hot Coffee & Benoit at the Church of Secrets
Super fun times at Church of Secrets with Alton Miller last Friday! Playing in a former church was definitely a first for me, and I had a blast getting things warmed up on the dance floor. Despite some minor imperial entanglements, a good time was had by all, with the enthusiastic crowd grooving well into Saturday. I hear there may be another opportunity to worship in the Church of Secrets in the not too distant future. I’ll bring you the details as soon as I know more.
Uncle Benny, Casey & Uncle Ebi at Church of Secrets Photo credit: Casey
OK, before getting into this week’s events, news of a couple of upcoming events you need to know about. On Saturday October 21, I’ll be joining Charles Martin and Alex Eljaiek for a locals take over of the Club Level at Flash for another edition of Resident Nights, while the always reliable Taiga and Throe join forces for the latest installment of Arts & Sciences. As I’m always saying, locals do it better, and I can’t thank Flash enough for supporting local talent, allowing us to take the reins for the night. Can’t wait to give that amazing Funktion One sound system a proper workout alongside two of DC’s finest. Hope to see you on the floor!
The following Saturday, October 28, there’s a whole host of Halloween themed parties to choose from, but the pick of the bunch for quality tunes and the best costumes in town is Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Halloween Bash, with a smoking hot line up including Kochi, our very own Katrina Mir, Lyssa, DJ Ramirez, Tim Jackson and Jandro. If you’ve not done Jimmy‘s for Halloween before, you need to know that costumes are required, and let me tell you, people make a real effort each year! General admission tickets are $15, or for just $70 you can get top shelf open bar all night long! It doesn’t get much better than that. This party sells out every year, often well in advance, so if you’re planning on going, don’t waste any time. Grab your tickets now!
OK, back to more pressing matters. What’s on deck to get your feet tappin’ this weekend? As usual, an amazing line up of Top Picks, which you’ll find listed below. Of special interest this weekend, my old friend Marc Cotterell, head honcho of the amazing house and garage label Plastik People Records flies into town this weekend for a couple of gigs and a radio show. I first got to know Marc when we were both residents of the soulful house radio station Planetsoul Network in the early 2000s, back when I was based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Marc was based in southwest England. Indeed, the flyer below from October 13 2005 is perhaps the last time Marc and I shared the same billing, just after I moved from Scotland to Washington, DC, and on Friday night, October 13, we’ll be at it again, exactly 12 years to the day from our last radio show. It must be a sign!
Marc will be joining me and Katrina Mir Friday night for Body Werk in the Flash Bar, as part of Focus with with Tobias., Ryan Elliot, Moscoman & TNX‘s Bil Todd. Another amazing line up at Flash for what’s sure to be an amazing Friday night, and remember, there’s no cover to join us in the Flash Bar.
Then on Saturday night, Marc joins me Katrina Mir and Ramirez as our first special guest on the DC House Grooves Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio. The show kicks off at 10pm ET, and whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the perfect sound track for your Saturday night.
Sunday night, Marc wraps up his DC weekender joining Benoit on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sundays Rooftop, as part of an amazing lineup forESL on Sunday, which also includes the man, the legend Sam “The Man” Burns with special guest Vanniety Kills, with Smudge rounding out the line up in the main room.
Other highlights for this weekend include my weekly pick Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Nocturnal Emissions with Tummettott, Hakob, markintheDark & Jubilee ata secret warehouse location on Friday, then on Saturday, Prescription &Kowli celebrate Ebi‘s birthday with an amazing line up including Detroit legend Rick Wade and local support from Baronhawk, Feroun and Jus Nowhere.
Also on Saturday night, Martín Miguel‘s excellent record label Better Listen Records celebrates one year of operation and their latest release Feels Trip to the District by thatmanmonkz on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge, with Martín and thatmanmonkz providing the sound track. Highly recommended!
Another big highlight for Saturday is the final edition of Pacific Fur Company‘s Natural Resources before Eli heads west at Studio Ga Ga. Joining PFC for this final bash is an illustrious list of local talent, including Philip Goyette, Throe, DJ Eli Cash, James CC & Mike Harvey. I’m sure there’ll be tears of joy and sadness on the dance floor as Natural Resources bids a fond farewell to the District.
One more event I want to highlight before getting into my full list of Top Picks for the weekend. On Sunday, local legend Saeed Younan kicks off a new series of events on the rooftop at Public Bar, Sintimate Rooftop Sessions, showcasing Younan Music talent. Sunday’s line up features Pirupa & Saeed Younan, with support from Mina & Darius Twin. With a great crowd and quality music, the rooftop at Public is always a blast, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Saeed has lined up for the future. Door tax is $15, with $10 early birds available.
Congratulations if you’ve made it this far! Here are all my Top Picks of the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC Thursday through Sunday. Having a few issues with formatting the Top Pick logo since a recent WordPress update, but rest assured, everything in the list below is a DC House Grooves Top Pick! Hope to see you out and about!
Thursday October 12
Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
I’m a regular at the Headroom workshops held on Flash’s main floor once a month. It’s a chance for local producers to play their works-in-progress on an excellent sound system and get feedback from their peers. I don’t produce or DJ, but I like to hear what’s new and it’s a good place to network. This party was a chance for Headroom producers to show off their chops, and damn it was fun.
I was late getting out the door and parking on a Sunday was trickier than expected, so I missed a chunk of DJ Winterman‘s set. When I came in, he was running smooth and energetic. Later he hit us with breaks and drum & bass.
The night was a sampler pack of styles, just as the Headroom workshops are. The audience came and went over the course of the night, but it was a great assortment of DC producers and DJs.
District & Circle laid down just good old house music, including some samples from classic Cypress Hill. Nebo slowed down the pace with a live set of contemplative piano, live guitar, and vocals. Lovely set. It was the calm before the storm.
Symmetrical hit his custom rig for a live set and kept on hitting it, he said later, because parts kept fritzing out. His sets are always lively but this one was the wildest mad-scientist techno I’ve heard him crank out. And he was deep in it, too, riding the storm.
Darius Twin took over next and piloted us out with smooth, hard techno. It was almost relaxing. JP Jed continued the techno grind, dropping one of his own tracks quite perfectly into the mix. And then Sid Waters smoothed us all down with some heavy trance. An excellent way to end the night, and it fulfilled my recurring “problem” with Ten Tigers: I always end up staying later than I meant to.
It was a long show, and on a Sunday, but no regrets. Here’s to hoping this becomes a tradition.