DC House Grooves Andy Grant’s Birthday Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 28 to May 1

Took most of last weekend off, so not much to report. The one exception was a quick visit to Zeba Bar on Saturday night to see Katrina Mir spinning an all vinyl set for Bump’n’Grind.

Katrina Mir at Bump'n'Grind

Katrina Mir at Bump’n’Grind Photo credit: Carlos Lopez

She’s come a long way in a short time! I hope to see her playing out more regularly in the future. She’s got a unique style and a great ear for tracks that make you want to dance, and it’s great to see someone start their DJijng journey playing vinyl. You can catch Katrina next this Friday at Body Werk Summer Sessions: Andy Grant’s B-Day Weekend Kickoff! with Andy Grant, Benoit Benoit and Katrina Mir at Rock and Roll Hotel, the kick of to my birthday celebrations this weekend.

Body Werk Summer Sessions: Andy Grant's B-Day Weekend Kickoff! with Andy Grant, Benoit Benoit and Katrina Mir at Rock and Roll Hotel

OK, so if you’re a regular reader, you’ll no doubt be fed up with me banging on about not having a new edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast for the past few weeks. Well, the good news is, I’ve got one for you this week! The latest edition is 60 minutes of tasty deep house from Tortoise and the Snare founder Grody. Check it out:

 

If you’re not familiar with Tortoise and the Snare, it’s a blog covering the electronic music scene here in Washington DC, with interview, mixes and playlists from local DJs, show reviews and other articles covering all the good shit we’ve got going on in our city. Kinda what I’d like to do with DC House Grooves if I had the time and the web design skills 😉 Indeed, they recently interviewed me… you can check out my assorted ramblings on about music, DJing and the DC music scene here:

Tortoise and the Snare Interview with Andy Grant

I also did a 2.5 hour mix for them, which you can listen to here:

 

And so on to this weekend. The big news on the underground house music scene this weekend, other than Shea meeting Loveena‘s very strict dad for the first time (the outcome of which the DC House Grooves crew is nervously awaiting… we’re rooting for you, buddy!), and The Paradox‘s big closing weekender, and the season opener of the SoundWaves Boat Party, and, of course, the Official Sunglass Sundays Season V Opening Party … well, apart from those, the big news this weekend is it’s my birthday weekend! I’ll be celebrating being 45 years young, kicking things off at Body Werk Summer Sessions: Andy Grant’s B-Day Weekend Kickoff! with Andy Grant, Benoit Benoit and Katrina Mir at Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday night, after which we’ll be heading down to Resident Nights: Fundraiser for Ecuador at Flash, with Solomon Sanchez, Chadwick and Thursday People handling selection duties in the main room, while DJ Kochi and Tim Jackson take care of business at Vibe in the Flash Bar. That’s a whole lot of quality locals action to celebrate my birthday with!

My main birthday bash is on Saturday night at Flash, where I’ll be playing an all vinyl opening set for former Ostgut resident André Galluzzi in the main room. It’s going to be all vinyl, all night in the main room. Not sure if that has happened before at Flash. I’m really looking forward to warming up that dance floor and getting things jumping, before hitting the dance floor and throwing some shapes to André‘s all vinyl set. Down in the Flash Bar PHILCO and Jame Moorfield go back to back with support from Tortoise and the Snare‘s Grody.

André Galluzzi and Andy Grant at Flash with PHILCO B2B Jame Moorfield and Grody in the Flash Bar - Andy Grant’s Birthday Bash

After we wrap up at Flash, the plan is to hit the road for The Paradox for the The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang closing weekender and celebrate with our Baltimore family.

On Sunday, hopefully after a bit of rest, we’ll be on the boat for the Soundwaves Boat Party Opening with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi. I couldn’t think of a better way to decompress after Saturday than cruising down the Potomac with friends and family to the sounds of Lisa and Raffi. Unfortunately tickets for the boat are sold out, but if you didn’t manage to grab one, don’t give up hope! Keep an eye on Resident Advisor for resales…you might just get lucky! Once the boat docks, we’ll be bouncing between ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop featuring Jandro and Rush Plus at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Sunglass Sundays Season 5 Official Opening Party with Doctor Dru, DJ Nav, Steve Kirn, Leonardo Lee and iTzjack at Public Bar. Two seriously awesome events featuring amazing local talent.

Well that’s my packed schedule for the weekend! I wish I could be in a few more places, as there’s a whole lot more going on in and around DC this weekend. Here’s the full list of my picks for this weekend, and don’t forget to check the full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events the the DC region from April 28 to May 1.

***Thursday Picks***

Preview with Damon Bradley of #TechnoFist

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Jandro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Danny House at Masa 14

Night Flight with Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

***Friday Picks***

Body Werk Summer Sessions: Andy Grant’s B-Day Weekend Kickoff! with Andy Grant, Benoit Benoit and Katrina Mir at Rock and Roll Hotel

Resident Nights: Fundraiser for Ecuador ft. Solomon Sanchez, Chadwick and Thursday People at Flash with DJ Kochi presents Vibe featuring Tim Jackson in the Flash Bar

Paradox Weekender “The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang”! The Finale with DJ Spen, Tommy David, Jerome Hicks, KW Griff, DJ Tanz, Mark Moultrie, Maysa & Sheila Ford at The Paradox, Baltimore

The NeedlExchange with Vicki Powell (Deep South ATL) at Zeba Bar

Hudson Mohawke at U Street Music Hall

ESL Friday with Greenwood Rhythm Coalition, Team Zapata, Mr Bonkerz and Gudo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Acid People with Tsurugi, Damon Bradley, Ron Jackson and Juana at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

WORK ft. Ypset, Hot Coffee, & Philco at Backbar

ForQuarters & Red Maple present Party Time with Jmack, DJ Nav and Guillermo Giraldo at The Red Maple, Baltimore

***Saturday Picks***

André Galluzzi and Andy Grant at Flash with PHILCO B2B Jame Moorfield and Grody in the Flash Bar – Andy Grant’s Birthday Bash

Paradox Weekender “The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang”! The Finale with Wayne Davis, Teddy Douglas, Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards, Mookie Wizzo, DJ Oji, The Elders, DJ Biskit and Monique Bingham at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sessions presents Thelem with Encryption, Istagib cs Djoser and MC Twisty at Backbar

***Sunday Picks***

***SOLD OUT*** Soundwaves Boat Party Opening with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi ***SOLD OUT***

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop featuring Jandro, Rush Plus and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunglass Sundays Season 5 Official Opening Party with Doctor Dru, DJ Nav, Steve Kirn, Leonardo Lee and iTzjack at Public Bar

Those are my picks for the weekend. Here’s the full listings:

Thursday April 28

Preview with Damon Bradley of #TechnoFist

Preview with Damon Bradley of #TechnoFist

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544663895833634/

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Jandro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Jandro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051297524945081/

House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Danny House at Masa 14

House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Danny House at Masa 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/271975043137732/275094416159128/

Night Flight with Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

Night Flight with Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/602021753286776/

Vacanthaus on the Corner #004 with Special Guest Graham Hatke at Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar, Baltimore

Vacanthaus on the Corner #004 with Special Guest Graham Hatke at Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1692585490995674/

Friday April 29

Body Werk Summer Sessions: Andy Grant’s B-Day Weekend Kickoff! with Andy Grant, Benoit Benoit and Katrina Mir at Rock and Roll Hotel

Body Werk Summer Sessions: Andy Grant's B-Day Weekend Kickoff! with Andy Grant, Benoit Benoit and Katrina Mir at Rock and Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1708465256060533/

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

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1711316822415155/

Resident Nights: Fundraiser for Ecuador ft. Solomon Sanchez, Chadwick and Thursday People at Flash with DJ Kochi presents Vibe featuring Tim Jackson in the Flash Bar

Resident Nights: Fundraiser for Ecuador ft. Solomon Sanchez, Chadwick and Thursday People at Flash with DJ Kochi presents Vibe featuring Tim Jackson in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/222816024756459/

Paradox Weekender “The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang”! The Finale with DJ Spen, Tommy David, Jerome Hicks, KW Griff, DJ Tanz, Mark Moultrie, Maysa & Sheila Ford at The Paradox, Baltimore

Paradox Weekender "The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang"! The Finale with DJ Spen, Tommy David, Jerome Hicks, KW Griff, DJ Tanz, Mark Moultrie, Maysa & Sheila Ford at The Paradox, Baltimore

Paradox Weekender "The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang"! The Finale with DJ Spen, Tommy David, Jerome Hicks, KW Griff, DJ Tanz, Mark Moultrie, Maysa & Sheila Ford at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/486748484853605/

The NeedlExchange with Vicki Powell (Deep South ATL) at Zeba Bar

The NeedlExchange with Vicki Powell (Deep South ATL) at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/566911536816002/

ESL Friday with Greenwood Rhythm Coalition, Team Zapata, Mr Bonkerz and Gudo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Greenwood Rhythm Coalition, Team Zapata, Mr Bonkerz and Gudo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Acid People with Tsurugi, Damon Bradley, Ron Jackson and Juana at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Acid People with Tsurugi, Damon Bradley, Ron Jackson and Juana at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595517697440919/

WORK ft. Ypset, Hot Coffee, & Philco at Backbar

WORK ft. Ypset, Hot Coffee, & Philco at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/671579289649021/

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

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1603248576633225/

Hudson Mohawke at U Street Music Hall

Hudson Mohawke at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/951056988318722/

U Street Music Hall presents Miami Horror with Beacon, Will Eastman at 9:30 Club

U Street Music Hall presents Miami Horror with Beacon, Will Eastman at 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508460222814147

Matoma at AI

Matoma at AI

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1072346322816967/

ForQuarters & Red Maple present Party Time with Jmack, DJ Nav and Guillermo Giraldo at The Red Maple

party time at the red maple

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/919213004862535/

House And Classics with Booda Monk and Graham Hatke at The Crown, Baltimore

House And Classics with Booda Monk and Graham Hatke at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1591792911133831/

Saturday April 30

André Galluzzi and Andy Grant at Flash with PHILCO B2B Jame Moorfield and Grody in the Flash Bar – Andy Grant’s Birthday Bash

André Galluzzi and Andy Grant at Flash with PHILCO B2B Jame Moorfield and Grody in the Flash Bar - Andy Grant’s Birthday Bash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1732567783640032/

Award Ceremony for Wayne Davis at Odell’s, Baltimore

Award Ceremony for Wayne Davis at Odell's, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050262998393398/

Paradox Weekender “The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang”! The Finale with Wayne Davis, Teddy Douglas, Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards, Mookie Wizzo, DJ Oji, The Elders, DJ Biskit and Monique Bingham at The Paradox, Baltimore

Paradox Weekender "The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang"! The Finale with Wayne Davis, Teddy Douglas, Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards, Mooki Wizzo, DJ Oji, The Elders, DJ Biskit and Monique Bingham at The Paradox, Baltimore

Paradox Weekender "The Big Muthaf@<#!ng Bang"! The Finale with Wayne Davis, Teddy Douglas, Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards, Mooki Wizzo, DJ Oji, The Elders, DJ Biskit and Monique Bingham at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/486748484853605/

All Nite Dance Party: Groove Control vs. (Former) Fatback Crew at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

All Nite Dance Party: Groove Control vs. (Former) Fatback Crew at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/524181817707030/

ESL Saturday with DJ Cash Money, Farid, Double A and Remote Ctrl at Eighteenth Street Lounge

 

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

Deep Sessions presents Thelem with Encryption, Istagib cs Djoser and MC Twisty at Backbar

Deep Sessions presents Thelem with Encryption, Istagib cs Djoser and MC Twisty at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/927910763982706/

Stacked Vibrations with Malphunktion, 13Ruble, Sparks and DFMO at Zeba Bar

Stacked Vibrations with Malphunktion, 13Ruble, Sparks and DFMO at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/956184551168020/

Soul Funk Selection with Butterfingers and Nick Flynn at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Soul Funk Selection with Butterfingers and Nick Flynn at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/603409609810913/

Left of Center with DJ Trevor Richards at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Left of Center with DJ Trevor Richards at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1122075374481471/

Big Wild with Chet Porter and Lean Quatifah at U Street Music Hall

Big Wild with Chet Porter and Lean Quatifah at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029604467112888/

Sunday May 1

***SOLD OUT*** Soundwaves Boat Party Opening with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi ***SOLD OUT***

Soundwaves Boat Party Opening with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/482485905290211/

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop featuring Jandro, Rush Plus and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop featuring Jandro and Rush Plus at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop featuring Jandro and Rush Plus at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1201247389894798/

Sunglass Sundays Season 5 Official Opening Party with Doctor Dru, DJ Nav, Steve Kirn, Leonardo Lee and iTzjack at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays with Doctor Dru

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1529822773992546/

Heroes x Villains at Soundcheck 

Heroes x Villains at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1785469498342963/

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

Before I get into things this week, I just wanted to let you know about a GoFundMe fundraiser that means a lot to me. Joe’s Record Paradise, one of our region’s few remaining record stores, a true local institution, has run into hard times. After a recent move following the end of their lease, they are having trouble re-opening due to permit issues, and their future is at risk due to the lost income. Not only that, but a huge tax bill has come due at the worst possible time. To help them through these troubled times, the management have set up a GoFundMe Campaign to raise $30,000. In just 6 days the campaign has raised nearly $8,000, a testament to how highly valued Joe‘s is in our community. However, they still have a long way to go, and every little bit helps. I know many of us are feeling crowdfunding fatigue lately, with seemingly everyone holding fundraisers, but this one is important for anyone who values digging for vinyl. Please contribute what you can, and help get Joe’s Record Paradise back open as soon as possible.

Help Save Joe’s Record Paradise!

OK.. back on topic. After last Saturday night, I can safely say that DC is doing it right. Of course, we’ve all known that for some time now, but Saturday really was something special. After kicking off our evening at Denis Bejan‘s annual CODE13 party at Eighteenth Street Lounge, we headed down to Flash to hear  Ramirez‘s extended opening set for Kerri Chandler at Flash, and we were not disappointed! We’ve heard Ramirez regularly recently jamming in the Rave Basement and down at Kochi‘s studio, but hearing him do his thing on the Funktion Ones at Flash was something else. This wasn’t just your average set; this was something special, with Ramirez clearly pouring his heart and soul into it, owning his unique sound. Just watching the man work was a true pleasure. You can catch Ramirez playing weekly on Thursdays at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge, and at events around town. I’ll be sure to highlight them for you in future editions of the Weekend Round Up. Kudos to the management at Flash for giving talented locals the opportunity to shine in the main room.

Ramirez at Flash

Ramirez at Flash

After Ramirez’s set, we needed a change of scenery, so after a quick dance in the bar with DJ Soul we headed down to U Street Music Hall to catch DJ Tennis, immediately walking into complete mayhem, the dance floor going wild to Tennis‘s signature mind melting sound, tearing up the Martin Audio system. The atmosphere was electric, the excitement was real… like a peak after hours warehouse party right there at U Hall. After an hour or so in the thick of the melee at U Hall, we headed back to Flash to finish up the night, and neither Kerri Chandler nor the Flash crowd disappointed. Quite honestly it was the best crowd I’ve ever seen at Flash, with a diverse mixture of happy smiling faces, black and white, gay and straight, young and old, all getting down as a true master threw down.

Kerri Chandler at Flash

Kerri Chandler at Flash

After such an energizing night out on Saturday, Sunday wasn’t exactly a let down either, with Daytime Discotèque providing the perfect venue to decompress. We only managed the early part of the proceedings, with Gamble and Puff spinning classic after classic, but it was wonderful to swap tales of Saturday night with friends while getting down, albeit lethargically, on Sunday afternoon. Sadly tax day deadlines and other such mundane realities pulled us back into the real world, but I heard that the party only got better after we left, with some describing it as the best party of the spring so far! Personally gutted to miss Aaron Spark‘s set, but there’ll be a next time. Look out for future Daytime Discotèque parties this summer. 100% legit.

gamble and puff

Gamble and Puff at Daytime Discotèque

The crazy thing is, that was just my experience of Saturday night, but there were so many other great DJs and events that I didn’t get the chance to go to; Eric Kupper at Eighteenth Street LoungeSarah Myers at Hearts Collective, the after hours with Lisa Frank and Chris NittiGroovetop with DJ Nav and HOT COFFEE. I could go on. DC is definitely doing it right!

So another week has gone by, and still no more submissions for the Meet the Locals Podcast. Even if you’ve already had a mix featured, feel free to send me another one. I had a pretty good pipeline going for a minute there, but it’s all dried up. A few have been promised (you know who you are!), but recently none have materialized. Oh well.. hopefully I’ll be able to bring you some more soon. In the meantime, how about an extra special treat: the recordings of every set from the recent, super secret squirrel ROAM Outlier warehouse party, featuring sets from the ROAM residents DJ Lisa FrankChris Nitti and Sami Y.

 

 

 

 

How’s that for a special treat? The next ROAM event is ROAM x TNX on May 21, featuring the ROAM and TNX crews getting together for a daytime soundclash, great music and proper vibes guaranteed. ROAM parties always sell out, so make sure you pick up your advanced tickets as soon as possible. Early birds sold out in minutes, but you can still pick up general admission tickets. I’ve already got mine, so you’ve got no excuse!

ROAM x TNX Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1113051128747122/
ROAM x TNX Advanced Tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?825678

roam + TNX

OK, here’s what you’re really here for. Here’s my picks for this weekend, followed by full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events from Thursday to Sunday. Some amazing looking events, to be sure, highlights being Meegsco‘s debut in the main room at Flash opening for wAFF of Hot Creations (free before 11!) on Thursday, SteffiMartyn and DJ Lisa Frank at U Street Music HallFoot Therapy with Ben MasonSami Y and DJ Freez at Little Miss Whiskeys, and of course, a truly massive edition of Vague Output featuring Florian Kupfer & Willie Burns at Club 1722 in Baltimore on Friday. Saturday night, it’s all vinyl, all night at Bump’n’Grind at Zeba Bar, with Hugo and our very own Katrina handling the selections. Another highlight is W4DA Part 2 over at Jimmy Valentine’s, which promises more vinyl goodness, with Boss RossBen Mason and Ben Jenkins spinning electro ghetto booty bass all night long. Then on Sunday, Sunglass Sundays Season V kicks off, with NikitiGamble & PuffTeam Zapata and Mark in the Dark at Public Bar, and over at Eighteenth Street Lounge, Sundays Rooftop returns with Giegling‘s Leafar Legov performing live with support from ROAM‘s Chris Nitti. And those are just the highlights. Here’s the full list:

*** Thursday Picks ***

Playlist with Navbox, Jubilee, Ramirez and Mark in the Dark at Eighteenth Street Lounge

House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Heather Femia at Masa 14

wAFF (Hot Creations)with Meegsco [Meegs b2b Philco] at Flash

The Business End with Caleb L’Etoile & Philco featuring Chadwick at Velvet Lounge

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

*** Friday Picks ***

WTF?! radio show w/ Kochi N CMavs on Sugar Shack Recordings

Bruno Pronsato LiVE, André Lodemann and Rosenberg with Tech Beats featuring Jorge Rodriguez, Bella and J Tek in the Flash Bar

3024 presents Steffi, Martyn and DJ Lisa Frank at U Street Music Hall

Foot Therapy with DJs Ben Mason, Sami Y and DJ Freez at Little Miss Whiskeys

Vague Output presents Florian Kupfer & Willie Burns with BWO at Club 1722, Baltimore

*** Saturday Picks ***

Bump ‘n Grind with Hugo and Katrina at Zeba Bar

George FitzGerald, Throe and Ben Mason at Flash, with Retro Future and You&Me in the Flash Bar

W4DA – Part 2 with Ben Jenkins, Ben Mason and Adam Ross at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

UNTITLED 002 with Ron Jackson and Pacific Fur Company at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

My 2 Dads with Bil Todd and DJ Lisa Frank at Trade

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Trev-ski, Chris Brooks, Mr. Bonkerz and Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Tortoise & The Snare with KLM and Zacheser at Backbar

*** Sunday Picks ***

Sunglass Sundays Season V Soft Opening featuring Nikita, Gamble & Puff, Team Zapata and Mark in the Dark at Public Bar

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop featuring Leafar Legov [live] and Chris Nitti, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Saeed Younan Open to Close at Soundcheck

Those are my picks for this weekend. Here are the full listings:

Thursday April 21

Playlist with Navbox, Jubilee, Ramirez and Mark in the Dark at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Navbox, Jubilee, Ramirez and Mark in the Dark at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597078393945623/

House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Heather Femia at Masa 14

House Rituals with Sam "The Man" Burns and Heather Femia at Masa 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/271975043137732/

Preview with Dennis P at Flash

Preview

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/492304904287926/

wAFF (Hot Creations)with Meegsco [Meegs b2b Philco] at Flash

wAFF (Hot Creations)with Meegsco [Meegs b2b Philco] at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1002446346470161/

The Business End with Caleb L’Etoile & Philco featuring Chadwick at Velvet Lounge

The Business End with Caleb L'Etoile & Philco featuring Chadwick at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/611062812379653/

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

Choice Sounds w/ DJ Trev Ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1693086640955149/

Michael Woods at Soundcheck

michael woods at soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/154310944963750/

Friday April 22

WTF?! radio show w/ Kochi N CMavs on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi & Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/263920847276961/

Bear Happy Hour featuring DJs Alex Funk & Tommy Cornelis at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour featuring DJs Alex Funk & Tommy Cornelis at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/642538182566735/

Bruno Pronsato LiVE, André Lodemann and Rosenberg with Tech Beats featuring Jorge Rodriguez, Bella and J Tek in the Flash Bar

Bruno Pronsato LiVE, André Lodemann and Rosenberg with Tech Beats featuring Jorge Rodriguez, Bella and J Tek in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/548417575321451/

3024 presents Steffi, Martyn and DJ Lisa Frank at U Street Music Hall

3024 presents Steffi, Martyn and DJ Lisa Frank at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/557629921084877/

Foot Therapy with DJs Ben Mason, Sami Y and DJ Freez at Little Miss Whiskeys

Foot Therapy with DJs Ben Mason, Sami Y and DJ Freez at Little Miss Whiskeys

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/223924321299075/

Tech Support Returns at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Tech Support Returns at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/489133824621739/

Vague Output presents Florian Kupfer & Willie Burns with BWO at Club 1722, Baltimore

Vague Output presents Florian Kupfer & Willie Burns with BWO at Club 1722, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/613312705511933/

The Gathering Season Kick Off with Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody at Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore

The Gathering Season Kick Off with Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody at Baltimore Museum of Industry

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/570961516393359/

ESL Friday with Jahsonic, John Jazz, Stylus Chris and Bil Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Jahsonic, John Jazz, Stylus Chris and Bil Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Sinister Sound Crew 2016 Reunion with Jason Kap, Dj Ragz, MK Skillz and Jim Bonds at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Sinister Sound Crew 2016 Reunion with Jason Kap, Dj Ragz, MK Skillz and Jim Bonds at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/484655845068427/

The V DC Presents glittHER: GO Magazine Relaunch Party Edition with DJ Tezrah at Zeba Bar

The V DC Presents glittHER: GO Magazine Relaunch Party Edition with DJ Tezrah at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/453587448184811/

Bass Tribe Baltimore A Pumpkin Tribute with Marko Peli, Eddie Watson and Scotty Doo at Torrent, Towson

Bass Tribe Baltimore A Pumpkin Tribute with Marko Peli, Eddie Watson and Scotty Doo at Torrent, Towson

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1698336963746677/

Saturday April 23

2016 DMC Washington DC DJ Battle at U Street Music Hall

2016 DMC Washington DC DJ Battle at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1785544081674290/

George FitzGerald, Throe and Ben Mason at Flash, with Retro Future and You&Me in the Flash Bar

George FitzGerald, Throe and Ben Mason at Flash, with Retro Future and You&Me in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/964488963588207/

Bump ‘n Grind with Hugo and Katrina at Zeba Bar

Bump 'n Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/937096119741346/

W4DA – Part 2 with Ben Jenkins, Ben Mason and Adam Ross at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

W4DA - Part 2 with Ben Jenkins, Ben Mason and Adam Ross at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143459682339032/

UNTITLED 002 with Ron Jackson and Pacific Fur Company at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

UNTITLED 002 with Ron Jackson and Pacific Fur Company at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/982812801756542/

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Trev-ski, Chris Brooks, Mr. Bonkerz and Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Trev-ski, Chris Brooks, Mr. Bonkerz and Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

My 2 Dads with Bil Todd and DJ Lisa Frank at Trade

my2dads

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/247705765580868/

Tortoise & The Snare with KLM and Zacheser at Backbar

Tortoise & The Snare with KLM and Zacheser at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1688529894760300/

Gent & Jawns with The Banditz at U Street Music Hall

Gent & Jawns with The Banditz at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1567676716878603/

Down the Rabbit Hole w/ DJ Isaac Escalante at Flash

Down the Rabbit Hole w/ DJ Isaac Escalante at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701019520187216/

REV909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute and Indie Dance Classics Party with Will Eastman and Ozker at Ottobar, Baltimore

REV909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute and Indie Dance Classics Party with Will Eastman and Ozker at Ottobar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1047894725233522/

HISTORY presented by Symbiotic & Darkmatter at The Paradox, Baltimore

HISTORY presented by Symbiotic & Darkmatter at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1767981536754180/

Sunday April 24

Sunglass Sundays Season V Soft Opening featuring Nikita, Gamble & Puff, Team Zapata and Mark in the Dark at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays Season V Soft Opening featuring Nikita, Gamble & Puff, Team Zapata and Mark in the Dark at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1592671524393507/

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop featuring Leafar Legov [live] and Chris Nitti, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sunday's Rooftop featuring Leafar Legov [live] and Chris Nitti, Sam “The Man” Burns and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1043853859021159/

Saeed Younan Open to Close at Soundcheck

Saeed Younan Open to Close at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697874817119114/

Kingdom with DJ Cindel at Flash

Kingdom

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1573229216328082/

Soulful Sunday with John Johnson and Ron Tinsley at St. Marys Restaurant & Lounge, Baltimore

Soulful Sunday with John Johnson and Ron Tinsley at St. Marys Restaurant & Lounge, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/471047129771136/

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

I know there’s been some negative chatter about Flash recently, but I’ve got to say that I’ve been having some amazing times there recently. Friday night was just another example of a night at Flash where everything came together, with a great crowd, great music, great vibe, making for an amazing night out. I didn’t make it upstairs much for DVS1, only catching a bit of Rush Plus earlier on, but downstairs in the bar was probably the best night we’ve ever had in the bar, with a great crowd of familiar and not so familiar faces grooving all night long, pretty much from open until we closed at 3.45am. Huge thanks to Juan Zapata for joining me behind the decks. I particularly enjoyed the back to back session during the last few hours… I hope we can do it again some time soon! The night was bittersweet for me, as earlier on Friday I had received tragic news that an old friend of 30+ years had passed away that morning, someone who was part of my clubbing crew back in the late 80s and early 90s in London, someone who I’d discovered so much music with back in the day. Here’s the full recording from Body Werk in the Flash Bar with me, Andy Grant, and Juan Zapata in two parts. This recording is dedicated to the memory of Mike Stanton. May he rest in peace.

 

 

So another week without a Meet the Locals Podcast. Come on, DJ’s of DC, let’s hear some mixes! Even if you’ve already had a podcast featuring, feel free to submit another one. I just need an exclusive mix, 60 minutes to 120 minutes long, along with a paragraph describing the mix. That’s not much to ask, is it? Next time you’re jamming, just hit record! Instead of a Meet the Locals Podcast, here’s the latest edition of the Meegsco mix series, featuring Meet the Locals Podcast alumni PHILCO and DJ Meegs sharing the tracks they’re feeling right now.

 

If you like what you hear, don’t sleep on their debut appearance as Meegsco opening for  wAFF (Hot Creations) in the main room at Flash on April 21.

Before I get into the picks, DC House Grooves has an exclusive 20% discount to Sunday’s Daytime Discothèque party featuring Soul of Hex with Gamble & Puff and Aaron Sparks at a secret location in Northwest DC. The spot is an amazingly intimate location, the lineup is ridiculous, and vibes are guaranteed. Tickets are extremely limited for this event, they will sell out by the weekend, and there are no tickets on the door. If you want in, grab your tickets now:

Give me a 20% discount off tickets for Daytime Discotèque!

So what’s on deck this week? Some amazing stuff to choose from as always. Thursday night is just stupid, with Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge for quality deep shit from two of my favorite local DJs, House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Heather Femia at Masa 14 for the finest soulful house and classics at a party that’s getting better each week, dual headliner heat at Flash with Pan-Pot and Black Coffee behind the decks with Solomon Sanchez handling support duties while EdoThe Peligro Brothers and Philip Goyette take care of the business in the bar, and UK legend John Digweed at AI with support from Naveen G and up and coming local Jandro. Oh, and there’s also Mano Le Tough and The Drifter at U Street Music Hall. That’s a serious set of choices for a Thursday night! Personally, I think I’ll stick with the all local options and pay a visit to House Rituals and Playlist…quality vibes guaranteed, and no cover!

For the best selection of disco, funk, soul and house from DC’s finest selectors, Eighteenth Street Lounge is the spot on Friday night, with the always amazing Joe L headlining the patio with support from the equally amazing Martín Miguel, while DJ Raw and Anoosh hold things down in the Gold Room, Jahsonic handles the selections in the Main Room and Mr Bonkerz rinses the dub plates in the Jazz Room. Quality local action across four rooms. Over at Flash there’s another white hot lineup, with Cassy, Atish and MightyKat in the main room, and Good Buddies featuring PHILCO and Wave Age down in the bar. Up the road in Baltimore, I recommend you check out 4 Hours of Funk at the Windup Space with guest DJ Cornflake and residents Graham Hatke and Fleg. Always a great party!

Saturday offers an equally packed slate of options. Looks like another night of the U Street Shuffle™ to get the best of everything. Over at Flash, it’s another edition of Back 2 Basics with house legend Kerri Chandler, ably supported by the hugely talented Ramirez, while over at U Street Music HallDJ Tennis headlines with support from Remove Hyphen. I recommend getting to Flash early to catch Ramirez working that Funktion One system at Flash before the dance floor gets too packed. Other great options for Saturday night are ESL Saturday, with Eric Kupper supported by Remote Ctrl, while out on the patio Denis Bejan celebrates his birthday with the annual Code 13 party featuring IO/Mulen, Maxim and Bogdan Gabucci. Further afield, the Hearts Collective event at The Dance Loft looks like a fun mix of music and art, and with local favorite Sarah Myers heading an all local lineup featuring Rex Riot, Fort Fairmont, Tezrah, Mr Wright and Milk Chocolate City, you know you’re in good hands. Finally, for the bass heads there’s another edition of Subdistrick!! at Backbar, featuring Moody MooreSevenLyceum and Julez.

I’ve already mentioned my top pick for Sunday, Daytime Discotèque, but once that wraps up at 9pm, you’ll need somewhere else to go. Luckily for you, DC does not disappoint! The party continues over at Eighteenth Street Lounge, with HOT COFFEEDJ Nav and a mystery special guest taking over the patio, while Sam Burns works his magic in the gold room and The Metaphysical keeps things grooving in the main room.  Another great option for Sunday night is Half Life with the Sensory and Keep it Deep crews at Public Bar, featuring Justin Schumacher Kevin Yost, Jay Hill, Pepe Rivera & Illegal Lizard & Jaime Alvarenga. A super solid line up to keep you grooving into Monday!

Wow…another crazy weekend on the dance floors of DC! I’ve got a weekend off from DJing and am looking forward to throwing some serious shapes out there on the dance floor. I hope to see lots of familiar faces out and about! Here’s my full list of picks, and don’t forget to check the full listings with all the flyers below.

See you on the dance floor!

*** Thursday Picks ***

Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Heather Femia at Masa 14

Emancipation Day Holiday: Pan-Pot, Black Coffee, Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with Edo, Peligro Brothers & Philip Goyette in the Flash Bar

John Digweed with Naveen G and Jandro at AI

Maeve pres. Mano Le Tough with The Drifter at U Street Music Hall

*** Friday Picks ***

Flash & Listed pres. Play ft. Cassy, Atish, MightyKat at Flash, with Good Buddies featuring Philco and Wave Age in the Flash Bar

ESL Fridays with Joe L, Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Jahsonic and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Flash & Listed pres. Play ft. Cassy, Atish, MightyKat at Flash, with Good Buddies featuring Philco and Wave Age in the Flash Bar

4 Hours of Funk with DJ Cornflake, Graham and Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

*** Saturday Picks ***

Back 2 Basics with Kerri Chandler and Ramirez at Flash, with Dusk featuring DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

ESL Saturday with Eric Kupper, Remote Ctrl, Double A & CODE 13 Rooftop Featuring iO / Mulen, Maksim and Bogdan Gabucci at Eighteenth Street Lounge

DJ Tennis with Remove Hyphen at U Street Music Hall

Hearts Collective with Sarah Myers, Rex Riot, Fort Fairmont, Tezrah, Mr Wright and Milk Chocolate City at The Dance Loft

Subdistrick!! April 2016 with Moody Moore, Seven, Lyceum & Julez at Backbar

*** Sunday Picks ***

Daytime Discothèque featuring Soul of Hex with Gamble & Puff and Aaron Sparks at Secret Location

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop with Hot Coffee, Dj Nav, and ___________ at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sensory & Keep It Deep present: Half Life with Justin Schumacher, Kevin Yost, Jay Hill, Pepe Rivera & Illegal Lizard & Jaime Alvarenga at Public Bar

That’s it for my picks. Here’s the full listings for Thursday April 14 to Sunday April 17:

Thursday April 14

ESL Thursday with Smudge, Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/255920114751662/

Preview with Dave Cortex at Flash

Preview with Dave Cortex at Flash
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1650036341939219/

Emancipation Day Holiday: Pan-Pot, Black Coffee, Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with Edo, Peligro Brothers * Philip Goyette in the Flash Bar

Emancipation Day Holiday: Pan-Pot, Black Coffee, Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with Edo, Peligro Brothers * Philip Goyette in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/691624424311495/

John Digweed with Naveen G and Jandro at AI

john digweed at AIMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/450355881834490/

House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Heather Femia at Masa 14

 House Rituals with Sam “The Man” Burns and Heather Femia at Masa 14More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1082088938493883/

Maeve pres. Mano Le Tough with The Drifter at U Street Music Hall

Maeve pres. Mano Le Tough with The Drifter at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/170101716703872/

Crown Vic’s Weird World at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Maeve pres. Mano Le Tough with The Drifter at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/552407488252845/

Buena Deep with Butterfingers and DFMO at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Buena Deep with Butterfingers and DFMO at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587815624868638/

Friday April 15

 

Flash & Listed pres. Play ft. Cassy, Atish, MightyKat at Flash, with Good Buddies featuring Philco and Wave Age in the Flash Bar

Flash & Listed pres. Play ft. Cassy, Atish, MightyKat at Flash, with Good Buddies featuring Philco and Wave Age in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142401279126152/

ESL Fridays with Joe L, Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Jahsonic and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Fridays with Joe L, Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Jahsonic and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Gigamesh & Solidisco at U Street Music Hall

Gigamesh & Solidisco at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/978220808932441/

For the Love of House Lv.4 with Arthur J at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

For the Love of House Lv.4 with Arthur J at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/770703036389254/

Bump ‘n Grind Late Nite DJ Set at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Bump 'n GrindMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/486719428203291/

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

Salutations: Live DJ Sessions with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Calabash Tea & TonicMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/851741008287398/

4 Hours of Funk with DJ Cornflake, Graham and Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours of Funk with DJ Cornflake, Graham and Fleg at The Windup Space, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1737279296544830/

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/815327735264029/

Saturday April 16

One Love Massive presents: A Songbyrd Soul Brunch with Keenan Orr at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

One Love Massive presents: A Songbyrd Soul Brunch with Keenan Orr at Songbyrd Music House and Record CafeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/536441159867997/

Day Trip with Jon Swink and Nick Flynn at Sugar

Day Trip with Jon Swink and Nick Flynn at SugarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1090510920971110/

Back 2 Basics with Kerri Chandler and Ramirez at Flash, with Dusk featuring DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

Back 2 Basics with Kerri Chandler and Ramirez at Flash, with Dusk featuring DJ Soul in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/575689645917602/

ESL Saturday with Eric Kupper, Remote Ctrl, Double A & CODE 13 Rooftop Featuring iO / Mulen, Maksim and Bogdan Gabucci at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Eric Kupper, Remote Ctrl, Double A & CODE 13 Rooftop Featuring iO / Mulen, Maksim and Bogdan Gabucci at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125170417501535/

Hearts Collective with Sarah Myers, Rex Riot, Fort Fairmont, Tezrah, Mr Wright and Milk Chocolate City at The Dance Loft

Hearts Collective with Sarah Myers, Rex Riot, Fort Fairmont, Tezrah, Mr Wright and Milk Chocolate City at The Dance LoftMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/187784541592906/

DJ Tennis with Remove Hyphen at U Street Music Hall

 DJ Tennis with Remove Hyphen at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1089033457843296/

Subdistrick!! April 2016 with Moody Moore, Seven, Lyceum & Julez at Backbar

 Subdistrick!! April 2016 with Moody Moore, Seven, Lyceum & Julez at BackbarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/912061905573283/

Something Else in DC at 1223 Connecticut Avenue NW

Something Else in DC at 1223 Connecticut Avenue NW

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/262946860704365/

Raw Silk III with Jay Plus, DJ Giorgio Morose, DJ Sissy Fit and DJ Goldifox at Safari Restaurant and Lounge, Petworth

 Raw Silk III with Jay Plus, DJ Giorgio Moros, DJ Sissy Fit and DJ Goldifox at Safari Restaurant and Lounge, PetworthMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1566175487027674/

Burning Down Babylon with 13 Ruble, Blaze One and Bob at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

 Burning Down Babylon with 13 Ruble, Blaze One and Bob at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/572079739638801/

Jump Up Jamaica with León City Sounds at Colony Club

 Jump Up Jamaica with León City Sounds at Colony ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/504889163045614/

Sunday April 17

Daytime Discothèque featuring Soul of Hex with Gamble & Puff and Aaron Sparks at Secret Location

Daytime Discothèque featuring Soul of Hex with Gamble & Puff and Aaron Sparks at Secret LocationMore detail: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723481934530736/

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop with Hot Coffee, Dj Nav, and ___________ at Eighteenth Street Lounge

 ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop with Hot Coffee, Dj Nav, and ___________ at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/841276356016379/

Set It Off: Rooftop Party with RNS, DjCYD & MrPick4d at Public Bar

Set It Off: Rooftop Party with RNS, DjCYD & MrPick4d at Public BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/251803005164567/

Sensory & Keep It Deep present: Half Life with Justin Schumacher, Kevin Yost, Jay Hill, Pepe Rivera & Illegal Lizard & Jaime Alvarenga at Public Bar

 ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop with Hot Coffee, Dj Nav, and ___________ at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1128753587164217/

MOJÙGBÁ: Daytime Dance with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

MOJÙGBÁ Daytime Dance w/ Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record CafeMOJÙGBÁ Daytime Dance w/ Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577386622581154/

Steel Pulse with Special Guest Jah Works at The Howard Theatre

 Steel Pulse with Special Guest Jah Works at The Howard TheatreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570530833260924/

AfterGlow Presents Robbie Rivera at SoundCheck

AfterGlow Presents Robbie Rivera at SoundCheckMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/467097303493543/

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

Officially getting excited for the summer season now! This weekend will hopefully be winter’s last polar blast, then it’s fun and sunshine all the way. Sundays Rooftop is back to it’s summer time hours, Soundwaves just announced their opening Boat Party with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi at the controls, Sunglass Sundays season opener is just around the corner, and we’ve got another Body Werk Summer Sessions in the werks. Can’t wait!

Speaking of things that are just around the corner, this year’s FORWARD Festival, 88‘s renowned annual celebration of electronic music and culture,  is fast approaching, and DC House Grooves is proud to be partnering with FORWARD for the flagship Saturday night event with Disco Knights head honcho Anthony Mansfield, making his DC debut! We’re super excited to be involved in this year’s festival, and we’re looking forward to getting down with the FORWARD massive. Click through to the event page using the link below and click GOING, and watch this space for more info on FORWARD 2016. Advanced tickets available soon.

FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield

Forward 2016

Still no new Meet the Locals Podcasts this week. I’ve got a couple in the queue that I just haven’t had time to listen to, and I know there are a few out there in the works which I hope to bring to you soon. In the meantime, how about a house music master class from Team Zapata, recorded live at U Street Music Hall last Friday opening for Derrick Carter? Check it out below, and make sure you follow Team Zapata on SoundCloud to stay up to date with all their latest mixes and tracks.

 

I’m looking forward to sharing the decks with Juan Zapata in the Flash Bar this coming Friday. Should be a very special evening, and with DVS1 and Rush Plus upstairs, you’ll be getting the finest house music downstairs, and the finest techno upstairs. Pretty much the perfect combination for a great Friday night out. It’s a FOCUS night, so there’ll be no table service upstairs, and I’m assured by the management that the AC will be working, so there’ll be no repeat of last Friday’s overly sweaty dance floor. Hope to see all the heads out in force!

FOCUS: DVS1, Rush Plus at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Juan Zapata in the Flash Bar

Here’s my picks for this weekend. No time to write them up, but it’s such a solid list, it really doesn’t need any commentary. Saturday brings the last Deep Sugar at The Paradox, featuring the legendary Jungle Brothers performing live. If you’ve not yet experienced it for yourself, this is your last chance to do so at The Dox. While this is the last Deep Sugar at the legendary venue, we can’t wait to see what Ultra Naté and crew have up their sleeves for the future! Speaking of legends, Sasha headlines at Soundcheck on Sunday night. While I always felt his output was more on the cheesy / commercial side of the underground scene, Sunday offers a great chance to check a big name off your list if you are that way inclined. Hopefully the night won’t be plagued by the missteps of the Danny Tenaglia fiasco a few weeks back. To be honest, I’m more excited about hearing DC local Rosenberg working Soundcheck‘s system. If you plan on going, make sure you get there early to support. #localsdoitbetter

Here’s my picks, listings below. See you on the dance floor!

*** Thursday Picks ***

Preview with DJ Stylo (MGrooves Music) and J Tek at Flash

House Rituals with DJ Nav and Heather Femia at Masa 14

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

Ben Klock with Alex Gardel at U Street Music Hall

Transmission 4|4 with Philip Goyette & Pacific Fur Co. at Velvet Lounge

*** Friday Picks ***

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

FOCUS: DVS1, Rush Plus at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Juan Zapata in the Flash Bar

Cadence presents Marcus Intalex with Rubble, Des McMahon, Vanniety Kills and MC Concept at Zeba Bar

Vague Output PGH Takeover Edition with Shawn Rudiman, Naeem, Alex Price and Alex Gardel at Club 1722, Baltimore

*** Saturday Picks ***

*** CANCELLED*** LENG In The Park with Juan & Hugo (Team Zapata), DJ Nav & Jett Chandon, Boss Ross, Vicunyah, Panch & visuals by Capsaicin at Mason District Park, Annandale *** CANCELLED***

Deep Sugar Genesis with The Jungle Brothers Live, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, Jerry Haley, The Elders, Mookie Brock, Shawn Q, Norm Dillenburg, Vanity Kills, DJ B-Side and Cullen Enn at The Paradox, Baltimore

ESL Saturday with Dr. Dunks, Joe L., Chris Brooks, The Metaphysical and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Jennifer Cardini with Trus’me and Navbox at Flash, with Chris Kennedy & Blinkhorn in the Flash Bar

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats presents: A Long Way From Home with special guest Empresarios at Zeba Bar

*** Sunday Picks ***

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Sunday’s Rooftop w/ A.Arias, Benoit Benoit and Hakob at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sasha with Rosenberg at Soundcheck

That’s it for this week’s picks, but plenty more to choose from. Full listings below!

Thursday April 7

Preview with DJ Stylo (MGrooves Music) and J Tek at Flash

Preview with DJ Stylo (MGrooves Music) at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/103322960060805/

Choice Sounds w/ DJ Trev Ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

Choice Sounds w/ DJ Trev Ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675887869341012/

Ben Klock with Alex Gardel at U Street Music Hall

Ben Klock with Alex Gardel at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/969533016458271/

House Rituals with DJ Nav and Heather Femia at Masa 14

House Rituals with DJ Nav and Heather Femia at Masa 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1065201416863255/

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

Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/257783844566088/

Transmission 4|4 with Philip Goyette & Pacific Fur Co. at Velvet Lounge

Transmission 4|4 with Philip Goyette & Pacific Fur Co. at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1169252286427197/

Buena Deep with Pieraldi and DFMO at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Buena Deep with Pieraldi and DFMO at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/795998507199365/

Fun & Bass Childsplay’s Birthday Throwdown at Revolution Darts & Billiards, Centerville

Fun & Bass Childsplay’s Birthday Throwdown at Revolution Darts & Billiards, Centerville

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/504127363107457/

Friday April 8

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

WTF?! radio show with Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi & Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/219860521711397/

Bear Nonsense Bear Happy Hour featuring “Disco Sunset” with DJs Alex DB and Dean Sullivan at Rock & Roll Hotel

Bear Nonsense Bear Happy Hour featuring "Disco Sunset" with DJs Alex DB and Dean Sullivan at Rock & Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/674034402699108/

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

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1009959629074387/

FOCUS: DVS1, Rush Plus at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Juan Zapata in the Flash Bar

FOCUS: DVS1, Rush Plus at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Juan Zapata in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/587508978064031

Cadence presents Marcus Intalex with Rubble, Des McMahon, Vanniety Kills and MC Concept at Zeba Bar

Cadence presents Marcus Intalex with Rubble, Des McMahon, Vanniety Kills and MC Concept at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/181278985572703/

ESL Friday with Funk Train, Michael the Lion & Shawn Ryan, John Jaxx, Qdup and Bil Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Funk Train, Michael the Lion & Shawn Ryan, John Jaxx, Qdup and Bil Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

A Night Out with V-Coch at Dunya

A Night Out With V_COCH at Dunya

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061971303860053/

Element presents: Max Graham – Open to Close at U Street Music Hall

Element presents: Max Graham - Open to Close at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1251229291558865/

Vague Output PGH Takeover Edition with Shawn Rudiman, Naeem, Alex Price and Alex Gardel at Club 1722, Baltimore

Vague Output PGH Takeover Edition with Shawn Radioman, Naeem, Alex Price and Alex Gardel at Club 1722, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/230265867322104/

Classical Trax x GUESTLIST: Swisha vs Habibiboi, Panch and The Borrowers at Backbar

Classical Trax x GUESTLIST: Swisha vs Habibiboi, Panch and The Borrowers at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1709086879369936/

The Acid House at The Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg

The Acid House at The Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/594794084003388/

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/1009340049146981/

 

Saturday April 9

Soulful Brunch: All The Hearts w/ DJ Nitekrawler at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Soulful Brunch: All The Hearts w/ DJ Nitekrawler at SONGBYRD

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753855488180999/

*** CANCELLED*** LENG In The Park with Juan & Hugo (Team Zapata), DJ Nav & Jett Chandon, Boss Ross, Vicunyah, Panch & visuals by Capsaicin at Mason District Park, Annandale *** CANCELLED***

LENG In The Park with Juan & Hugo (Team Zapata), DJ Nav & Jett Chandon, Boss Ross, Vicunyah, Panch & visuals by Capsaicin at Mason District Park, Annandale

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1008656695855988/

Jennifer Cardini with Trus’me and Navbox at Flash, with Chris Kennedy & Blinkhorn in the Flash Bar

Jennifer Cardini with Trus'me and Navbox at Flash, with Chris Kennedy & Blinkhorn in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/191199441238143/

Deep Sugar Genesis with The Jungle Brothers Live, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, Jerry Haley, The Elders, Mookie Brock, Shawn Q, Norm Dillenburg, Vanity Kills, DJ B-Side and Cullen Enn at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar Genesis with The Jungle Brothers Live, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, Jerry Haley, The Elders, Mookie Brock, Shawn Q, Norm Dillenburg, Vanity Kills, DJ B-Side and Cullen Enn at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1031782166894521

ESL Saturday with Dr. Dunks, Joe L., Chris Brooks, The Metaphysical and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Dr. Dunks, Joe L., Chris Brooks, The Metaphysical and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Sao Funky Saturdays with Fort Knox Five and Qdup at Tropicalia

Sao Funky Saturdays with Fort Knox Five and Qdup at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/778383518930317/

Live house by dubathonic at Steel Plate

Live house by dubathonic at Steel Plate

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1703834466538615/

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats presents: A Long Way From Home with special guest Empresarios at Zeba Bar

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats presents: A Long Way From Home with special guest Empresarios at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/631096917044531/

Milk Chocolate City’s “Birthday Club” celebrating: DJ Quietboy at Backbar

Milk Chocolate City's "Birthday Club" celebrating: DJ Quietboy at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/766322570168265/

QuadTech feat. Octane, Figment, Verrillo & Jacob Van Lysick at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

QuadTech feat. Octane, Figment, Verrillo & Jacob Van Lysick at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/243660152652335/

Sunday April 10

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Sunday’s Rooftop w/ A.Arias, Benoit Benoit and Hakob at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam "The Man" Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Sunday's Rooftop w/ A.Arias, Benoit Benoit and Hakob at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1136422499713203/

Sasha with Rosenberg at Soundcheck

Sasha with Rosenberg at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/916679735114350/

Tropixxx 5 Year Anniversary at Velvet Lounge

Tropixxx 5 Year Anniversary at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/198632763860540/