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

Welcome to another edition of the DC House Grooves round up! We’re still smiling here at DC House Grooves after some amazing gigs last week. First up, we had Body Werk in the Flash Bar as part of the Subdistrick 3rd birthday and Translation Records 10th anniversary, with Andy Grant and Joe L laying down the grooves open to close. The night was a big success, and the great news is that we recorded everything… at least we did down in the bar. You can check it out on SoundCloud here:

The perfect soundtrack for checking out this week’s listings! Next up, on Friday night Andy headed down to Kochi‘s studio for the WTF?! Radio Show with Kochi and Ramirez. Three of DC’s best throwing down one spectacular live show on Sugar Shack Recordings. Again, it was all recorded, and you can listen to the full show here:

And then on Saturday, we had the latest edition of Body Werk at DC9 Nightclub, with Andy and Aaron Sparks in the main room, and Kochi up on the rooftop. Quite possible the best Body Werk yet; fantastic music, great crowd, and smiling faces all round. Unfortunately we didn’t managed to record all the music in the main room due to some SD Card issues, but we’re hoping we’ll be able to post at least some of it soon. The great news is Kochi recorded his entire set from the rooftop, which you can check out here:

So much great music from just one weekend! Body Werk will be back in the Flash Bar on January 2 with Andy Grant and Mazi R, and we’ll be back at DC9 Nightclub on January 3 with arguably DC’s finest selector Juan Zapata throwing down the tunes open to close. More details coming soon.

Right, lets get stuck into this week’s picks. It has been especially difficult to choose events for the picks this week; there’s just so much on. We think we’ve picked out the best of the best, but make sure you check out the full listings below, as we’ve probably overlooked something completely awesome. If you plan on attending an event, please click through to the event page and click Join to let the promoters know you’re coming, then share with your friends so they all know to join you!

Thursday Picks

Dj Earic Patten’s Elektrik Metro House Vibes Mix Sessions w/ Special Guest Thomas Blondet

We kick off Thursday with a drive time radio pick. This week on DJ Earic Patten‘s Elektrik Metro House Vibes Mix Sessions, special guest Thomas Blondet (Rhythm & Culture / ESL) will be joining Earic in the studio to select some fine house music for your listening pleasure. The show kicks off at 5pm ET and runs to 7pm ET. You can tune in using the following link:

http://tunein.com/radio/Elektrik-Metro-Radio-s214890/

Alternatively, you can download the Tune In Radio app and search for Elektrik Metro Radio.

https://www.facebook.com/events/415166111970576/

Lost on Thursdays with Andy Grant B2B Benoit Benoit at Lost Society

Our top pick for Thursday night is Lost on Thursdays December to Remember with our very own Andy Grant back to back with Benoit Benoit (Deep Secrets / Midnight Project) open to close. Two of DC’s finest joining forces to select the thickest underground house grooves all night long. The last time these two played back to back down the Rave Basement there were tears on the dance floor as they worked to outdo each other with every track, so expect something a little bit special on the Lost Society rooftop come Thursday night. As usual, there’s a free glass of champagne for the ladies before midnight, and all the regular drinks specials. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/820900381302625/

Fort Knox Holiday Party & Rusty B Birthday Bash at Tropicalia

Our next pick is downstairs at Tropicalia, as Fort Knox Five celebrate the holidays and Rusty B‘s birthday in style, with an amazing lineup including All Good Funk Alliance, Empresarios, Natty Riddim and Qdup. Promises to be a lot of fun with that lineup, and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of celebratory shenanigans. If you’re planning to go to Lost, definitely worth running downstairs for a bit to throw a few shapes at Tropicalia and wish Rusty a happy 29th birthday ;) No cover, 21+

https://www.facebook.com/events/780164538697061

Kickin’ Off (Episode II) with Shahid Buttar and special guest Paul Geddes at Zeba Bar

Over in Columbia Heights, Zeba Bar is the venue for episode two of Kickin’ Off with Shahid Buttar and special guest Paul Geddes, founding member of Burning Man sound camp Distrikt. Expect quality deep tech house sounds all night long. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/326233270912198/

Fusion Thursdays: Dance Floor Meltdown with Corcyra, DJ Wizdom, and DJ Daryl Northrop at Treehouse Lounge

Next pick for Thursday is Fusion Thursdays: Dance Floor Meltdown over at Treehouse Lounge in North East, which promises progressive and funky house and breaks from Corcyra, DJ Wizdom and DJ Daryl Northtrop. A good choice if you’re looking for something a bit different, off the beaten path, without the need to spend hours finding a parking space. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/342939482556970/

Gryphon After Dark: Live Music, No Cover: Neo Soul, Trip Hop, Soul & Jazz at The Gryphon

Our final pick for Thursday is the one for you if you’ve got that big date and want something a bit more laid back and classy, Gryphon After Dark. This week’s edition features Born I Music and up and coming star Cat Janice. Would love to hear some reviews of this event if you go check it out, so please let us know. We’re hoping to make it one of these days!

https://www.facebook.com/events/376126839231470/

Friday Picks

Technetium – a Musical, Monthly Happy Hour! at Zeba Bar

We kick off our picks for Friday with the Technetium Happy Hour at Zeba Bar, with DJs Synz, Sequoia and DJ Meegs. The happy hour runs from 6pm to 10pm, and is a great way to kick off your Friday night enjoying some quality tunes in the neighborhood. The food at Zeba is great too, so a good place to fuel up before heading out on the town.  For a taste of what to expect musically, check out Meegs‘ recent contribution to the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast:

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/403109056515208/

Oscar G. with Farid, Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

Top pick for Friday is Oscar G. at U Street Music Hall, with support from Farid (ESL) and Juan Zapata. As one half of legendary production duo Murk, Liberty City and Funky Green Dogs from Outer Space, Oscar G. needs no introduction. This is your chance to catch someone who played a pivotal role in house music history right here at U Hall. Throw in support from a couple of DC’s best house DJs, and you’ve got the recipe for a great night out. Even better, its free before 12pm for 21+, $10 after.

https://www.facebook.com/events/396185770529778

The Battle of the Sexes Vol.2 : Holiday Edition at BackBar

Our next pick for Friday is The Battle of the Sexes Vol. 2: Holiday Edition at Backbar. This looks like a really fun concept, with a lineup of boy / girl teams going back to back to determine who drops the best tunes. Expect tunes from every dance music genre, as Vanniety Kills goes back to back with Erictronica, Resonance dukes it out with Encryption, Jett Chandon faces up against Refugee and Djoser, Lush & Panch get it on in a musical three way! Who knows who will come out on top? You’ll have to head down to Backbar to find out. Holiday costumes positively encouraged. $5 cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1548058375434479

Uneasy Hiding Places with Pacific Fur Company x Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Over in Adams Morgan, for an evening of quality underground house and techno, head over to Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar for another edition of Uneasy Hiding Places with Pacific Fur Company and Ron Jackson. We’ve been impressed with the musical selections from these guys; they really know their stuff. There’s no cover and no dress code, so this is a great bet if you want to hear quality tunes from DJs passionate about their craft in an intimate venue with a bunch of like-minded heads.

https://www.facebook.com/events/475898929216053

Wonderland! w/Jubilee at Midtown Penthouse Level

Next up for Friday is Wonderland! with our good friend Jubilee at Midtown. The promotion of this party is kinda weird in our opinion, with a dated looking promotional image featuring a scantily clad model, and billing as “the sexiest holiday party of the year”. Not sure that’s really the best way to attract a good crowd to a party featuring one of the best underground talents in town, but what do we know? Anyway, worth stopping by to hear some quality underground sounds from Jubilee. No cover, and lots of specials.

https://www.facebook.com/events/949216438439847/

Kowli presents: Silvie Loto (Bpitch control|Berlin) at the Dark Room, Baltimore

Our final pick for Friday is Kowli presents: Silvie Loto (Bpitch control|Berlin) at the Dark Room in Baltimore. This is the first outing for Kowli’s new Dark Room space, and it promises to be a party of epic proportions for real heads. Supporting Silvie Loto is a great local lineup of DC and Baltimore’s best DJs, including Feroun (Kowli Records), Navbox (Stranger than Paradise), Novak (Kowli Records), Benoit Benoit (Deep Secrets) and Tom Kraak. We really wish we could make it to this one, but looks like it won’t happen this time. Really looking forward to checking out a party at the Dark Room some time soon. Check the Facebook event page for details.

https://www.facebook.com/events/779687595420083/

Saturday Picks

Bump N Grind: Grand Opening Weekend! at Bump’n’Grind

The big news for all lovers of electronic music culture (and coffee) this week is the grand opening of Bump N Grind coffee shop in Silver Spring. It has been a long time coming, but word from the soft opening this week is that David Fogel and Joe Liehr have done an amazing job creating a unique space where friends can gather to enjoy fine coffee and buy the latest vinyl cuts from around the world. The DC region has been sorely missing any place to buy new vinyl since the closure of DJ Hut a number of years ago, so Bump N Grind is a welcome addition to the DC scene. They will be open from 10am to 9pm on Saturday, with music from Jason Berto, Frank Cueto, DJ Lovegrove and Chris Burns, along with a bunch of events featuring local partners. Check the event page for full details.

https://www.facebook.com/events/960378823990130/

Route 94 with Andy Grant & Cosby at U Street Music

Our top pick for Saturday is Route 94 at U Street Music Hall with Andy Grant & Cosby. While we’re not too familar with Route 94, we’ve been checking out a few of his mixes lately, and we’ve been liking what we’ve been hearing. The highlight here for us, though, is our Andy finally getting a good time slot and really getting a chance to work the U Hall crowd. Best of all, its free before 12pm for 21+, and only $10 after. Andy should be starting his set around 11.30pm. We hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/629468340495308/

Josh Wink, Charles Martin at Flash, with Ladies of the Underground with Katie Elder, Maegan Sauvage and Sarah Myers at in Flash Bar

Next up for Saturday is the the legendary Josh Wink supported by Charles Martin over at Flash, with Vanniety Kills’ Ladies of the Underground down in the Flash Bar. This time the ladies have a great lineup including the wonderful Katie Elder, Maegan Sauvage and ever talented Sarah Myers. We’d be there in a heartbeat if we weren’t otherwise engaged over at U Hall. It will definitely be a case of the U Street Shuffle on Saturday night! $10 tickets are still available on Ticketfly, but they won’t last long. More on the door. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/532944743507738/

ESL Saturdays with Oscar P., DJ Soul, Mr Bonkerz and Graham Hatke at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Over at ESL, Oscar P  is heading down from New York City to headline the Gold Room with support from DJ Soul. We’ve been loving DJ Soul’s Dusk events in the Flash Bar, and we just know he’ll be bringing some of that energy to the Gold Room on Saturday to provide a great lead in to Oscar P’s set. The super talented Graham Hatke will be holding things down in the main room, with Mr Bonkerz at the controls on the Patio from open to close. As always at ESL, there’s something for everyone, all under one roof.

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

Hands On Deck with Andrew Hogans & Earnest Fountain: A Pre-Holiday Dance Party at Zeba Bar

Our pick for the best soulful and classic house in town on Saturday night is Hands on Deck with two of DC’s finest Andrew Hogans & Earnest Fountain. This pre-holiday dance party at one of the best small venues in town promises to be a real treat. Expect baby powder on the dance floor and smiling faces all round, and be prepared to sweat! No cover.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1392807937679147/

Locals Takeover The Waterfront 2 W/ Chris Nitti, Marko Peli, Yaco And Daniel Terrazas at Malmaison

And last, but not least for Saturday, is the second edition of Locals Take Over the Waterfront at Malmaison, with a great local lineup including Chris Nitti, Marko Peli, Yaco and Daniel Terrazas. We’re huge fans of events featuring all local lineups, and this is a well curated lineup that promises to deliver some serious grooves. We haven’t yet made it to one of these events, but hope to be at the next one. The party kicks off at 10pm and runs until 3pm. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/581576991976109/

Sunday Picks

Bump N Grind: Grand Opening Weekend! at Bump’n’Grind

Day 2 of the Bump N Grind Opening Weekend kicks off at 8am and runs to 6pm, and features a great musical lineup including DJ Crown Vic, Dawit Eklund & Jane from 1432R Records and Gabriel Galang, along with more tasting events with local partners. If you can’t make it up there on Saturday, head over there on Sunday to show some support! Full details over on the event page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/960378823990130/

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution & The Metaphysical

Our top pick for Sunday evening is Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution at Eighteenth Street Lounge. This really is the only place to be on Sunday night, as local legend Sam takes you on a musical journey with the finest house selections in the Gold Room, like only he can. Meanwhile, in the Main Room, The Metaphysical will be working his magic. Whether you want to wind down after a long weekend, or just get another dance in before heading back to work on Monday, make sure you stop by ESL!

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

So that’s it for this week’s picks. Below are our full listings of all the best underground deep house and electronic music events in Washington DC from Wednesday to Sunday. Remember to click through to the Facebook event pages for more details, and don’t forget to click Join and invite your friends if you plan on attending.

Thursday December 18

Dj Earic Patten’s Elektrik Metro House Vibes Mix Sessions w/ Special Guest Thomas Blondet

Dj Earic Patten's Elektrik Metro House Vibes Mix Sessions w/ Special Guest Thomas BlondetMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/415166111970576/

Lost on Thursdays with Andy Grant B2B Benoit Benoit at Lost Society

Lost on Thursdays with Andy Grant B2B Benoit Benoit at Lost SocietyMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/820900381302625/

Fort Knox Holiday Party & Rusty B Birthday Bash at Tropicalia

Fort Knox Holiday Party & Rusty B Birthday Bash at TropicaliaMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/780164538697061

Goldroom (DJ Set) with Moullinex (DJ set) & Smudge at U Street Music Hall

Goldroom (DJ Set) with Moullinex (DJ set) & Smudge at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/739592199460648/

Steez Promo Presents Amtrac at Flash

Steez Promo Presents Amtrac at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631707210390006/

Fusion Thursdays: Dance Floor Meltdown with Corcyra, DJ Wizdom, and DJ Daryl Northrop at Treehouse Lounge

Fusion Thursdays: Dance floor meltdown with Corcyra, DJ Wizdom, and DJ Daryl Northrop at Treehouse LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/342939482556970/

Kickin’ Off (Episode II) with Shahid Buttar and special guest Paul Geddes at Zeba Bar

Kickin' Off (Episode II) at Bossa Bistro & LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/326233270912198/

Gryphon After Dark: Live Music, No Cover: Neo Soul, Trip Hop, Soul & Jazz at The Gryphon

Gryphon After Dark: Live Music, No Cover: Neo Soul, Trip Hop, Soul & Jazz at The GryphonMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/376126839231470/

Friday December 19

Technetium — a Musical, Monthly Happy Hour! at Zeba Bar

Technetium -- a Musical, Monthly Happy Hour! at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/403109056515208/

Oscar G. with Farid, Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

Oscar G. with Farid, Juan Zapata at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/396185770529778

Quarterly Residency Series: Butane, Chris Burns, #BodyFeel vs. SIM at Flash

Quarterly Residency Series: Butane, Chris Burns, #BodyFeel vs. SIM at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/777941912245103/

ESL Fridays with DJ Apt One, The Metaphysical, Man & Woman, Caleb L’Etoile & Mr Bonkerz

ESL FridayMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Wonderland! w/Jubilee at Midtown Penthouse Level

Wonderland! w/Jubilee at Midtown Penthouse LevelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/949216438439847/

The Battle of the Sexes Vol.2 : Holiday Edition at BackBar

The Battle of the Sexes Vol.2 : Holiday Edition at BackBarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548058375434479

Uneasy Hiding Places with Pacific Fur Company x Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Uneasy Hiding Places with Pacific Fur Company & Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/475898929216053

4 Hours Of Funk Feat Rich Medina at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours Of Funk Feat Rich Medina at The Windup Space, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/758377697548718

Kowli presents: Silvie Loto(Bpitch control|Berlin) at the Dark Room, Baltimore

Kowli presents: Silvie Loto(Bpitch control|Berlin) at the Dark Room, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/779687595420083/

Saturday December 20

Bump N Grind: Grand Opening Weekend! at Bump’n’Grind

Bump N Grind: Grand Opening Weekend! at Bump'n'GrindMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/960378823990130/

Route 94 with Andy Grant & Cosby at U Street Music

Route 94 with Andy Grant & Cosby at U Street MusicMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/629468340495308/

Josh Wink, Charles Martin at Flash, with Ladies of the Underground with Katie Elder, Maegan Sauvage and Sarah Myers at in Flash Bar

Josh Wink, Charles Martin at Flash, with Ladies of the Underground with Katie Elder, Maegan Sauvage and Sarah Myers at in Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/532944743507738/

ESL Saturdays with Oscar P., DJ Soul, Mr Bonkerz and Graham Hatke at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL SaturdaysMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Locals Takeover The Waterfront 2 W/ Chris Nitti, Marko Peli, Yaco And Daniel Terrazas at Malmaison

Locals Takeover The Waterfront 2 W/ Chris Nitti, Marko Peli, Yaco And Daniel Terrazas at MalmaisonMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/581576991976109/

Hands On Deck with Andrew Hogans & Earnest Fountain: A Pre-Holiday Dance Party at Zeba Bar

Hands On Deck with Andrew Hogans & Earnest Fountain: A Pre-Holiday Dance Party at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1392807937679147/

Sao Funky Saturday – Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation & Fort Knox Five DJ sets at Tropicalia

Sao Funky Saturday - Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation & Fort Knox Five DJ sets at TropicaliaMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508894032705062/

Tundra with Mnemonica, Jackson Ryland & Remote Ctrl at BackBar

Tundra with Mnemonica, Jackson Ryland & Remote Ctrl at BackBarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/748807505156754

We R Sound 2nd Installment at St. Mary’s Restaurant & Bar, Baltimore

We R Sound 2nd Installment at St. Mary’s Restaurant & Bar, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1510149539244121

Sunday December 21

Bump N Grind: Grand Opening Weekend! at Bump’n’Grind

Bump N Grind: Grand Opening Weekend! at Bump'n'GrindMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/960378823990130/

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution & The Metaphysical

ESL SundayMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Modern Class with Fulano & DJ Provoke at Showtime Bar

Modern Class with Fulano & DJ Provoke at Showtime BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548056275439267/

That’s it for this week’s listings. If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered. Also, we’d welcome your constructive feedback on the DC House Grooves round up. If you’ve got an comments or suggestions, please send us a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant

DC House Grooves Meet The Locals Podcast #6: DJ Meegs

https://soundcloud.com/dchousegrooves/dc-house-grooves-meet-the-locals-podcast-6-dj-meegs

 

Well we said some time ago that the next mix in the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast would be from one of the many talented female DJs in Washington DC, and we’ve been waiting patiently for one of the ladies to step up to the plate. We’re pleased to bring you this great mix from DJ Meegs, a familiar face on the DC underground scene. Over to Meegs to tell us a bit about herself and her mix:

“Growing up in a large, loud & musically inclined Irish-American family I guess you could say my interests have revolved around social gatherings fueled by music & dancing since birth. My parents enrolled me in Irish dancing when I was four & shortly thereafter we began hosting weekly Irish music lessons at our house for over a decade. My first instruments were the tin whistle & the bodhran (Irish drum) so I danced & played competitively while performing up & down the East Coast until college when, finally and gratefully, I was introduced to electronic music.

After graduation I moved to the West Coast (LA) where, alas, I heard the sweet, sweet sounds of Deep House music. I became a local fixture at Marques Wyatt’s ‘DEEP’ parties & since then my love affair with deep, soulful, melodic music with thumping bass lines has been one of the few constants in my life. Over the next 10 years I submerged myself in the scene as a dancer, promoter, percussionist, event producer & after Burning Man 2006, a DJ. After leaving LA I spent a year in New Zealand hosting a show on Radio Ponsonby before coming home to DC.

These last couple of years have brought about a lot of great change or evolution in the music industry from the type of technological gear that is available, to the fusion & birth of new genres. I try to embrace the technology which has done me well considering I was hard-pressed differentiating an RCA cable with an extension chord when I first considered becoming a DJ! And of course my “record bag” consists of more than just the deep, soulful, tribal house that initially had me smitten. However, tracks with a driving beat, walking bass-lines, melody and lyrics with emotional content that THUMP will always get heavy rotation, as you will hear in this mix.

As a recent convert to Traktor which offers a seemingly limitless amount of options for getting creative with the music, I used Traktor Pro 2 software, Kontrol Z1 w/a built-in soundcard for my mixer, Kontrol X1 for sound FX & loops, 2 standard decks & 2 remix decks. Most of the mix incorporates all 4 decks, It ain’t perfect, but it sure is fun!! Hope you enjoy!”

 

DJ Meegs Info:

Bio and Booking Info: onelovemassive.com/dj-meegs-epk
SoundCloud: @djmeegs
Mixcloud: mixcloud.com/djmeegs
Artist Collective: Meso Creso: www.facebook.com/mesocreso
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/djmeegs/89867552049

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

Well we’re just back from the DanceSafe DC Happy Hour at U Street Music Hall, and have about an hour to bash out this week’s Weekend Round Up, so we’ll need to make this quick! It was great to see so many people out contributing to a great cause, and we hope a good bit of money was raised for DanceSafe, along with raising awareness amongst the good people on the DC scene. If you didn’t make it out tonight, you can donate to DanceSafe using the link below. It’s a worthy cause, so please donate if you can. 100% of contributions go towards raising awareness and reducing harm.

http://www.dancesafe.org/donate/

Not much to report on from last weekend. We did make it out to The Lodge at Red Rocks for Double 07 & Cire Marcos on Friday night, our first time at the venue. We’re pleased to say that it’s a great venue with a banging sound system, and we’re hoping to check out more quality house music events there in future… and always great to catch Double 07 doing his thing. Judging by what we’ve seen on Facebook, the high point of the weekend was the Naughty Snowball and its after party. Sounds like a great time was had by all, with some describing them as the parties of the year. Guess we’ll need to make an effort to check it out next year. Maybe we can bring a bit of Body Werk to the party ;)

So what’s coming up this week? Well, DC House Grooves presents  a couple of great nights of quality underground house music this week in DC. First up, on Thursday December 11 we’ll be in the Flash Bar as part of the SubDistrick 3 Year Anniversary + Translation Recordings 10 Year Anniversary featuring LOXYAndy Grant and Joe L (Push / Bump’n’Grind | DC) will be werkin’ the Flash Bar from open to close, while LoxyBass Avengers and Lyceum lay down the drum & bass up on the main floor.

SubDistrick 3 Year Anniversary + Translation Recordings 10 Year Anniversary featuring Loxyhttps://www.facebook.com/events/756116571120629

Then, coming up on Saturday December 13, we’ve got our next Body Werk event at DC9 Nightclub, with Aaron Sparks (Push | DC) and Andy Grant going back to back  serving up nothing but the deepest underground house cuts fresh from the vinyl, while Kochi (iNK House / Sugar Shack Recordings | DC) werks the rooftop open to close. Anyone who came to our last event at DC9 with R&B knows all about the amazing Void Acoustics sound system. It really is a bit special, and you’ll no doubt want to check it out for yourself. Body Werk: the best underground house from the best local DJs. No cover, no bullshit.

BODY WERK with Aaron Sparks, Andy Grant and Kochihttps://www.facebook.com/events/1570546689830001/

We hope to see you at one or both of our Body Werk events this week! No excuses, please :)

Carlo_lioOur final bit of news for this week is that we recently did a Q&A with Carlo Lio ahead of his appearance at U Street Music Hall this coming Friday, and we’re also giving away two free tickets to the event. You can check out the Q&A and get details of how to enter the free ticket giveaway here:

Carlo Lio Q&A and Free Ticket Giveaway

OK, so let’s move swiftly on to this week’s picks. If you plan on attending an event, click through to the Facebook event page, click Join to let the promoters know you’re in, then click Invite and invite your friends.

Thursday Picks

SubDistrick 3 Year Anniversary + Translation Recordings 10 Year Anniversary featuring Loxy + Body Werk in the Flash Bar with Andy Grant & Joe L

Our top pick for Thursday is the SubDistrick 3 Year Anniversary and the Translation Records 10 Year anniversary at Flash, with special guest Loxy, and Body Werk in the Flash Bar. Flash is on a roll with the drum and bass events recently, and this one is going to be something else as Loxy, the Bass Avengers and Lyceum put the Funktion Ones through their paces up on the Main Floor. For a break from the relentless beats upstairs, head down to the Flash Bar, where Body Werk selectors Andy Grant and Joe L will be bringing you the finest underground house grooves open to close. Limited $8 tickets are available from Ticketfly, $10 on the door. However, if you just want to get down to some quality house music, there is NO COVER for Body Werk in the Flash Bar. Thursday nights are always the best at Flash, so make an effort to head over there. You won’t regret it!

https://www.facebook.com/events/756116571120629

Lost on Thursdays: All together in December feat. Wahi (Spy Bar / Chicago) at Lost Society

Next up for Thursday is Lost on Thursdays at Lost Society. This week’s guest is Wahi (Spy Bar / Chicago) playing open to close. Lost on Thursdays is always featured in our picks because they always book great visiting and local guests, the Thursday crowd always makes for a great vibe, the drink specials are great, and there’s no cover. It can get a little crowded in the summer, but during the winter months there’s plenty of room to throw major shapes on the dance floor with the smiling crowd.  Definitely worth stopping by!

https://www.facebook.com/events/565323273599477/

Gryphon After Dark: Live Music, No Cover: Neo Soul, Trip Hop, Soul & Jazz at The Gryphon

And if Thursday is date night and you’re looking for something with a bit more class, Gryphon After Dark is the place to take that special man or lady in your life for a more sophisticated night out. There’s a rotating talent roster, so if you go every week, you’ll never get the same show!

https://www.facebook.com/events/323670554483703/

Friday Picks

WTF?! with Kochi, Dj Ramirez and Andy Grant on Sugar Shack Recordings

Kicking off Friday with a radio pick for your drive time commute. Andy Grant, DJ Ramirez and Kochi will be holding things down on the WTF!? Radio Show, bringing you the finest underground sounds from 5pm to 9pm ET. Tune in at http://www.sugarshackrecordings.com, and join us in the video chat room if you’re at your desktop. For a taster, check out Kochi and Andy on the WTF?! show a few weeks back:

 

Full details available at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/408885785935789/

U Street Music Hall & Nomad pres. Carlo Lio with Schubert & Oliver Caine

Our top pick for Friday is Toronto’s Carlo Lio at U Street Music Hall, supported by locals Schubert and Oliver Caine. Expect a night of quality chunky beats as Carlo and two of the best local selectors take you on a musical journey, getting you moving on the dance floor. $10 on the door, but free before 12pm for 21+. If you don’t feel like rushing out to get there early, DC House Grooves is giving away two free tickets. Click here to enter the draw.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1577608559126188/

Petworth Funk with Special Guests DJ Fleg, DJ Nav & Boss Ross at The Looking Glass Lounge

Next pick for Friday night is Trev-ski‘s monthly Petworth Funk night at The Looking Glass Lounge in Petworth. This month’s guests are DJ Fleg of 4 Hours of Funk fame, along with local producer and selector DJ Nav and the always reliable Boss Ross. For an eclectic musical selection away from the U Street crowds, Petworth Funk is always worth checking out, and as always, there’s no cover.

https://www.facebook.com/events/700859983339636

Grown Folk Fridays Over the Bridge at Uniontown Bar & Grill

For the best in soulful house and disco this Friday, we recommend you check out a new night at the first upscale dance club that we know of east of the Anacostia river. Grown Folk Fridays is at Uniontown Bar & Grill, and features the First Responders of House DJs playing the best soulful house and disco cuts. 8pm to 2am, $10 cover. Please note, the flyer mentions a strict dress code, so maybe check with the venue before you head over there.

https://www.facebook.com/events/362260413955786

Stacey Pullen at Flash

Back down on the U Street corridor, Stacey Pullen is back in DC playing at Flash. Stacey Pullen plays in town so often that it doesn’t feel like such a big event any more, but he always delivers, and this one is definitely worth your time if you can face the Friday crowds at Flash. On support duties on the main floor are Alejandro Sab and Jus Nowhere, and down in the Flash Bar, THVMPR and Caleb L’Etoile will be doing their thing. Advanced tickets are $8 from Ticketfly, more on the door.

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

Eden Underground by DeepCutta Feat. DJ Lisa Frank at Eden

Another one that we recommend if you’re downtown is DeepCutta‘s Eden Underground party at Eden, which this week features DJ Lisa Frank. Lisa, who was recently voted in the top 10 best DJs in Washington DC, is always worth your time, and this is a great opportunity to hear her headlining. Free entry with RSVP on Facebook. Mention Deepcutta at the door!  For a preview of what to expect from Lisa, check out the great mix she recently did for the FORWARD 2015 Infinity mix series:


https://www.facebook.com/events/372813949552758

 Vague Output After Party with Max Mcferren, Nick Klein, Ben Jenkins, Alexis ’91 & BWO at Secret Location, Baltimore

And finally for Friday, if you’re up in Baltimore, or if you fancy making the trip up for a proper underground after party, head to the Vague Output after party. We haven’t checked one of these out yet, but they sound right up our street. Would love to hear a report back from a Vague Output party. Details on the Facebook event page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1579688792250587

Saturday Picks

Body Werk with Aaron Sparks, Andy Grant and Kochi at DC9 Nightclub

Strap yourselves in, people, because Saturday is looking crazy. So much on in one evening, so you’ll have to pick wisely. Top pick for Saturday, naturally, is Body Werk at DC9 Nightclub, with DJs Andy Grant and Aaron Sparks werking the main room, and DJ Kochi playing open to close up on the rooftop. Yeah we are biased because it is our party, but this is genuinely where we want to be this coming Saturday, getting down to the quality underground house on DC9’s amazing Void Accoustics sound system with the great Body Werk crowd. If you haven’t checked it out yet, swing by on Saturday. There’s no cover, so you’ve nothing to lose. When we wrap up at DC9, we’ll be heading down to the Midnight Project after party to get down with Jubilee, Ramirez and Keith Worthy. Can’t post the details here, but ask a friendly Body Werker for details :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1570546689830001

J. Phlip with Monty Luke & DJ Lisa Frank at U Street Music Hall

Next up for Saturday over at U Hall is J.Phlip with Monty Luke and Lisa Frank. J.Phlip is a big favorite amongst the heads in DC, so expect a big crowd at U Hall on Saturday. We suggest you get there early to take advantage of free entry before 12am, and also to catch Lisa’s opening set. If you don’t make it in before midnight, its $10 on the door for 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1395494657363827/

ESL Saturdays with Whiskey Barons, Mr. Bonkerz, Ozker, Remote Ctrl, Joe L., Benoit Benoit and Tommy Cornelis at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Our next pick for Saturday if you’re in the mood for a varied selection all under one roof is ESL Saturdays over at Eighteenth Street Lounge, with Whiskey Barons and Mr. Bonkerz out on the patio, Ozker & Remote Ctrl in the Main Room, Tommy Cornelis up in the Jazz Room and two of our favorite DJs Joe L and Benoit Benoit holding things down it the Gold Room. If we could make it, we’d be staking our claim to a spot in the Gold Room and staying there all night! Definitely worth stopping in if you’re in the neighborhood.

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

The UKG Social One Year Anniversary at The BackBar Part 2

If you’re over on the U Street Corridor and you’re a fan of all things UK Garage and 2-step, make sure you stop by BackBar for part two of the UKG Social One Year Anniversary, with selectors Jett Chandon, Brother Pinch, Masskat and DJ Nav. A great lineup in an intimate venue with a crazy sound system for its size. We’re still reeling from the amazing session with Jett and Nav down the Rave Basement a few weeks back. The recording is in the bag, and we’ll be posting it soon! The event kicks off at 11pm, 21+, $5 cover.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1543625105872187/

Deep Sugar featuring Girl Squad & Residents and Live Performance from Duane Harden at The Paradox, Baltimore

And we’ve saved the best for last, because this Saturday it’s Deep Sugar at The Paradox in Baltimore, with the Girl Squad Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody at the controls in the main room and a live PA from Duane Harden, famous for the vocals on  Armand Van Helden‘s classic You Don’t Know Me, and Louie Vega‘s Never Stop. But that’s not all, because in The Chamber, residents The Elders and Mookie “Wizzo” Brock will be joined by DC’s hardest working DJ Vanniety Kills, making her Deep Sugar debut. We headed up to November’s Deep Sugar a little bit too late, and by the time we arrived it had emptied out a bit, so if you want the full Deep Sugar experience, we recommend you get there earlier and not show up at 4am! Having said that, any time spent at Deep Sugar is time well spent, so if you’re in Baltimore, or feel like a short road trip from DC, it is well worth your time. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/281509118725182/

Sunday Picks

Church a Sunday Affair w/ Oliver Caine & Friends at Public Bar

Top pick for Sunday this week is Church at Public Bar with Oliver Caine, Simon Pattee, Virulent and Steve Kirn. For quality techno and tech house beats, this is the place to be this Sunday. We don’t have any details re: cover etc., but check the Facebook page for more info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/313795925477166/

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution with Teddy Douglas & Mr. Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

For the best in soulful house and disco, check out Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns’ regular Underground Soul Solution night, this week with special guest Teddy Douglas from the Basement Boys. As always at ESL Sundays, there’s $5 drinks specials from 9pm to 11pm, and there’ll be the usual Underground Soul Solution family vibe.

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

That’s it for for our picks for this week, so let’s take a look at the full listings of all the best underground deep house and electronic music events in Washington DC from Wednesday to Sunday. While we’ve picked out the events we think are best, that’s just our opinion. There are lots more events to choose from, so scroll through the full list to make sure you find everything that might be of interest to you. Remember to click through to the Facebook event pages for more details, and don’t forget to click Join and invite your friends if you plan on attending.

Thursday December 11

SubDistrick 3 Year Anniversary + Translation Recordings 10 Year Anniversary featuring Loxy + Body Werk in the Flash Bar with Andy Grant & Joe L

SubDistrick 3 Year Anniversary + Translation Recordings 10 Year Anniversary featuring LoxyMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/756116571120629

Lost on Thursdays: All together in December feat. Wahi (Spy Bar / Chicago) at Lost Society

Lost on Thursdays: All together in December feat. Wahi (Spy Bar / Chicago) at Lost Society

https://www.facebook.com/events/565323273599477/

The Business End at The Velvet Lounge

The Business End at The Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535287253355345

Gryphon After Dark: Live Music, No Cover: Neo Soul, Trip Hop, Soul & Jazz at The Gryphon

Gryphon After Dark: Live Music, No Cover: Neo Soul, Trip Hop, Soul & Jazz at The GryphonMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/323670554483703/

The UKG Social One Year Anniversary at Spirit, Baltimore

The UKG Social One Year Anniversary at Spirit, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1519310111614320/

Boldwela Sawol at Beatnik Bar & Restaurant, Baltimore

Boldwela Sawol at Beatnik Bar & Restaurant, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/344399072398544/

Friday December 12

WTF?! with Kochi, Dj Ramirez and Andy Grant on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! with Kochi on Sugar Shack Recordingshttps://www.facebook.com/events/408885785935789/

Stacey Pullen at Flash

Stacey Pullen at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/

U Street Music Hall & Nomad pres. Carlo Lio with Schubert & Oliver Caine

U Street Music Hall & Nomad pres. Carlo Lio with Schubert & Oliver Caine

U Street Music Hall & Nomad pres. Carlo Lio with Schubert & Oliver Caine

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577608559126188/

ESL Fridays with DJ Chicus, Juan Zapata, The Metaphysical and Graham Hatke at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday December 12https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Petworth Funk with Special Guests DJ Fleg, DJ Nav & Boss Ross at The Looking Glass Lounge

Petworth FunkMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/700859983339636

Eden Underground by DeepCutta Feat. DJ Lisa Frank at Eden

Eden Underground by DeepCutta Feat. DJ Lisa Frank at EdenMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/372813949552758

Grown Folk Fridays Over the Bridge at Uniontown Bar & Grill

Grown Folk Fridays Over the Bridge at Uniontown Bar & GrillMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/362260413955786

Resonance with Doktor D and DJ Juana at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Resonance with Doktor D and DJ Juana at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504326116496079

 Vague Output After Party with Max Mcferren, Nick Klein, Ben Jenkins, Alexis ’91 & BWO at Secret Location, Baltimore

 Vague Output After Party with Max Mcferren, Nick Klein, Ben Jenkins, Alexis ’91 & BWO at Secret Location, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1579688792250587

Saturday December 13

BODY WERK with Aaron Sparks, Andy Grant and Kochi at DC9 Nightclub

BODY WERK with Aaron Sparks, Andy Grant and Kochi at DC9 NightclubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570546689830001

J. Phlip with Monty Luke & DJ Lisa Frank at U Street Music Hall

J. Phlip with Monty Luke & DJ Lisa Frank at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1395494657363827/

ESL Saturdays with Whiskey Barons, Mr. Bonkerz, Ozker, Remote Ctrl, Joe L., Benoit Benoit and Tommy Cornelis at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL SaturdaysMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Chaim (LiVE), Dance Spirit (LiVE) & Sarah Myers at Flash

Chaim (LiVE), Dance Spirit (LiVE) & Sarah Myers at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/397653750387147

Deep Sugar featuring Girl Squad & Residents, Live Performance from Duane Harden, The Elders & Vanniety Kills at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar featuring Girl Squad & Residents and Live Performance from Duane Harden at The Paradox, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/281509118725182/

The UKG Social One Year Anniversary at The BackBar Part 2

The UKG Social ~One Year Anniversary~ at The BackBar Part 2More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1543625105872187/

Second Saturdays at Dr. Clock’s

Second Saturdays at Dr. Clock'sMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/744023405686638/

Meso Creso Presents: 1001 Beats – Bowlers and Bow Ties Edition at Zeba Bar

Meso Creso Presents: 1001 Beats - Bowlers and Bow Ties Edition at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1528033627455089

Tony Smooth, DJ Octane, Janella Abidar and Jorge K at Jimmy Valentines Lonely Hearts Club

Tony Smooth, DJ Octane, Janella Abidar and Jorge K at Jimmy Valentines Lonely Hearts ClubSunday December 14

Church a Sunday Affair w/ Oliver Caine & Friends at Public Bar

CHURCH a Sunday Affair w/ OLIVER CAINE & FRIENDShttps://www.facebook.com/events/313795925477166/

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution with Teddy Douglas & Mr. Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL SundaysMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

The NeedlExchange at The Velvet Lounge

The NeedlExchange at The Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/860646440622300/

And that wraps up another great week of events in DC! Don’t forget, for your pre- and post- game sound track, tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered. Also, we’d welcome your constructive feedback on the DC House Grooves round up. If you’ve got an comments or suggestions, please send us a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant

Carlo Lio Q&A and Free Ticket Giveaway

Carlo_lioToronto’s Carlo Lio (Rawthentic Music, Toronto & SCI + TEC, USA) is coming to DC next Friday, December 12 for a gig at U Street Music Hall, supported by locals Ron Schubert and Oliver Caine. DC House Grooves is giving away two free tickets to this event. Read on to learn how to enter the draw for a chance to win.  In anticipation of Carlo’s visit to DC, we took the opportunity to catch up with him for a quick Q & A:

Carlo Lio – a well-known name in your hometown of Toronto – how did your career start as a DJ and develop into the sound you produce today?

The Toronto rave scene is where I really learned about this new underground world. We had great local talent in Toronto and it was partially because of these guys that I wanted to become a DJ I would go listen to the local DJ’s just as much as I would go see a headliner from another country. The foundation of my sound was developed a lot from the homegrown talent. I managed to start getting a few bookings here and there, and if you know Toronto, you will know that we have the best loyal fans ever. I quickly became one of the main DJs in the city and continued to grow from there. Toronto has always had my back!

Who/what are your biggest influences?

I find it almost impossible to name just one. But guys like Dubfire and Carl Cox have always been at the top of my list, and I think they are for many others out there. Musically and personally they are people I look up to, and want to be like, in the hope that I ever get the opportunity to get to their position.

So can you define your sound for us in just 3 words?

PHAT – HYPNOTIC – GROOVY

What do you think is the recipe for the best club night or set?

Great sound system for sure – that includes the sound and monitors in the booth too. It’s so much better when you can hear what the crowd can to a certain extent. You can really get into what you’re playing. The crowds and fans of course, are the main draw, and without them there is no atmosphere. I am lucky enough to get to play regularly with my friends too, a night playing B2B with your hometown friends is so much fun.

What have been some defining moments of your career?

The one main moment that sticks out for me and really gave me the boost to the next level was after I released a track called “Breakfast in Bag” on Paul Ritch’s label QUARTZ. This was the defining track in my career that turned a lot of heads in my direction and took notice to who I was. It was played by literally every DJ I can think of. It was the stepping-stone to getting signed to an agency, and to start touring.

What’s next on your schedule in terms of gigs as well as musically? Anything in particular we should be looking out for?

Gigs, I have a lot of stuff going on now in North and South America, as well as Canada and back in my hometown of Toronto for UNION on New Years Eve which is always fun. Next year we start to head back to Europe, so looking forward to that as there is always some great festivals. Musically – I have  a EP coming out early next year on Nicole Moudaber’s label MOOD called ‘’DeeBUG’’. Coming out before the end of this year I also have a remix of an Audion track called ‘’Motormouth’’ on Spectral Sound and my next EP will be out on Carl Cox’s label – INTEC, called ‘’Escobar Season’’.

Check out the following links for more Carlo Lio info:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carloliodj
Website: www.djcarlolio.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/carlolio
Twitter: www.twitter.com/carlolio

You can catch Carlo at U Street Music Hall on December 11, supported by locals Ron Schubert and Oliver Caine. For full details, please check the event page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1577608559126188/

And if you can’t wait until Friday, you can check out a great mix from Carlo here:

 

We’re giving away two tickets to the event to one lucky winner. To enter the draw please click the link below and provide your name and email address.

http://bit.ly/carlo-lio-dec-12

We’ll be picking the winner at 12pm on Friday December 12.  Good luck, and we’ll see you on the dance floor.

Author: Andy Grant

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC December 4 – December 7

OK lots to cover this week before we dive in to our picks and listings for the week, so we’re going to skip the round up of all the extended Thanksgiving Weekend activities. Lets just say there was plenty of untz untz, and more than a little boots and pants, and everyone had a great time! First up is a reminder that on Wednesday next week at U Street Music Hall there’s the DanceSafe DC Happy Hour.

cropped-10429819_10101737273247838_6422619241724435859_n.jpgIf you haven’t joined the event yet, please head over to the event page for the full details, and click Join! There’s a $5 donation at the door, 100% of which goes towards DanceSafe, and after the happy hour you’ll get free entry to Tube & Berger with The EldersOzker. This event has the full support of DC House Grooves, and we hope to see you all there! If you’re unfamiliar with what DanceSafe does, or what your donation will be funding, this explains it all:

Donate to Dance SafeFor more info http://www.dancesafe.org/.

Next up, we’ve got a couple of bits of news about our Body Werk party. Our next Body Werk event is on  Thursday December 11 in the Flash Bar as part of the SubDistrick 3 Year Anniversary + Translation Recordings 10 Year Anniversary featuring LOXYAndy Grant and Joe L (Push / Bump’n’Grind | DC) will be werkin’ the Flash Bar from open to close, while LoxyBass Avengers and Lyceum lay down the drum & bass up on the main floor.

https://www.facebook.com/events/756116571120629/

BODY WERK with Aaron Sparks, Andy Grant and KochiThen, coming up on Saturday December 13, we’ve got our next Body Werk event at DC9 Nightclub, with Aaron Sparks (Push | DC) and Andy Grant going back to back  serving up nothing but the freshest underground house cuts fresh from the vinyl, while Kochi (iNK House / Sugar Shack Recordings | DC) werks the rooftop open to close. Anyone who came to our last event at DC9 with R&B knows all about the amazing Void Acoustics sound system. It really is a bit special, and you’ll no doubt want to check it out for yourself. Body Werk: the best underground house from the best local DJs. No cover, no bullshit.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1570546689830001/

FORWARD 2015And finally before we get into the picks and listings for this week, the FORWARD DC crew have announced the dates and theme for DC’s premiere boutique electronic music festival, FORWARD 2015. The festival will run from May 13 to May 17 2015, and the theme for the festival is Infinity. The Forward festival is always a huge high point for electronic music in Washington DC each year, so we couldn’t be more excited. Make sure you like the FORWARD Facebook page for news and info about the festival:

https://www.facebook.com/ForwardDC

The FORWARD team also published the first in their mix series leading up to FORWARD 2015, inspired by the festival theme, Infinity. The first mix is from one of DC’s finest, DJ Lisa Frank, and it’s a great mix! Check it out while you’re reviewing this week’s picks and listings.

 

Right, with all that news out of the way, let’s dig in and take a look at this week’s picks. If you plan on attending an event, click through to the Facebook event page, click Join to let the promoters know you’re in, then click Invite and invite your friends.

Thursday Picks

Lost on Thurdays with Andy Grant (DC House Grooves), Jubilee (Slope Traxx) & Ramirez (Slope Traxx) at Lost Society

Our top pick for the best underground house on Thursday night is Lost on Thursdays at Lost Society. This week Lost’s guests are our very own Andy GrantJubilee (Slope Traxx) and Ramirez (Slope Traxx). The last time these three played at Lost was an amazing night of quality tunes, and you can expect this one to be no different. Always a great night on the Lost rooftop! No cover, and all the usual drinks specials.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-on-Thursdays/199385430166806

Cadence, 2Tuff & 88 present Lenzman at Flash

Our top pick for Thursday for those of you looking for the best drum and bass in town is Cadence at Flash, with Lenzman making his US debut, with support from Slant (2Tuff)Joanna O (Turnstyle RVA) and Illogic (Cadence). Downstairs in the Flash Bar, the Bump’n’Grind residents Joe L (Bump’n’Grind Push), Refugee (Bump’n’Grind, Deep Sessions, 88) and Dave (Bump’n’Grind, 88, Forward) laying down the grooves. This is a much anticipated US debut for Lenzman, and there’s a lot of buzz for this event! First release tickets are all sold out, but you can still grab advanced tickets for $12 from Ticketfly. Move fast though, as advanced tickets will sell out.

https://www.facebook.com/events/788069434568398/

If quality underground house and techno in a more intimate setting is more your thing, then our pick for you is Transmission 4/4 with Charles Martin (DC) and Philip Goyette (ESL | DC) at Velvet Lounge. Charles and Philip are both great DJs, and this is a great opportunity to hear them doing their thing open to close. No cover.

https://www.facebook.com/events/901267813217126

Fusion: Soulful House Edition at Treehouse Lounge

If a bit of soulful house off the beaten path is more your thing, then we recommend you check out Fusion: Soulful House Edition at Treehouse Lounge in North East. The selectors for this edition of Fusion are Keith Miller (The Ground)Shadrach and DJ Christopher. We have it on good authority that Keith Miller killed it at a recent gig in the Flash Bar, so definitely worth your time checking this one out for some fine soulful house vibes. 21+, no cover and plenty of street parking.

https://www.facebook.com/events/421651381322625

Last, but not least, for Thursday, for a more grown up affair, check out Gryphon After Dark at The Gryphon. Described as jazz singer, meets piano bar, meets cabaret, meets DC 2014, this new concept from our friends at One Love Massive is a great bet for quality entertainment if you’re wanting something a little more classy.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1495330877423140/

Friday Picks

Our top pick for Friday is Double 07 & Cire Marcos at The Lodge at Redrocks. Double 07 is one of our favorite local DJs, and he’ll be celebrating his birthday in style with Cire Marcos at H Street’s coolest new venue. We’re looking forward to stopping by to enjoy some quality deep house and debauchery, and we hope to see you there. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1516261451975587

Our next pick for Friday night is Max Cooper with Chris Nitti & Navbox at U Street Music Hall. We’re not too familiar with Max Cooper, but locals Chris and Navbox are always worth catching, particularly when they are working the U Hall sound system. Advanced tickets are $10, but it is free before 11pm for 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1486802044928291/

Next up for Friday is Baltotroit in the intimate setting of Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar, where Detroit and Baltimore will be joining forces to bring you quality techno all night long, with DJs Boss Ross and Steve Kirn. Top tunes, good friends, no cover.

https://www.facebook.com/events/897639916912856

Our final pick for Friday, and the best bet if you’re in Baltimore, is Red Maple Fridays presents Juan Zapata and DJ Lovegrove at The Red Maple. Lovegrove and Juan are two of the longest serving area DJs, and between them they’re bringing north of 40 years experience behind the decks. This is the place you want to be if you want to hear two of the Baltimore / Washington area’s best underground house DJs working a dance floor. 21+.

http://www.930redmaple.com/

Saturday Picks

So much on this Saturday, so pay close attention and choose wisely! We kick off Saturday with a radio pick, the Acrobeats Radio Show w/ Guest Dj Earic Patten on DelightRadioFM Greece. Former Tracks DC resident, Strictly Rhythm recording artist and DC local Earic Patten will be hitting the Internet airwaves for the first time from Greece, playing a very special set with a southern mediterranean vibe. The show kicks off at 1pm ET, and you can tune in at http://www.delightradio.fm/.

https://www.facebook.com/events/875564915817797

Our top pick for Saturday out on the town is Amalgamation with Wheez-ie Joe Nice along with local selectors Refugee B2B with PanchJett Chandon at our favorite neighborhood venue Zeba Bar. Amalgamation is a new concept from Refugee, bringing you a multi genre night where anything goes, as long as you can groove to it. With so many genre specific nights to choose from, this is probably the only place in town on Saturday where you’ll find a range of genres all under one roof. House, drum and bass, bass, breaks, garage, dubstep, two-step.. they’ve got something for everyone. We recently had Jett Chandon on the DC House Grooves radio show, and she blew us away, so we recommend you get there for her set. We’ve been slacking on posting the recording of that show, but we’ll be posting it soon. 21+, no cover.

https://www.facebook.com/events/949172331776513/

With deep house, garage, disco and eclectic sounds from a fine selection of local DJs across three dance floors, Eighteenth Street Lounge is a great choice for Saturday night. Out on the patio, P-Sol and Bil Todd will be selecting the tunes, with former DC House Grooves radio show guests Philip Goyette and DJ Nav doing it right in the Gold Room, and Caleb L’Etoile at the controls in the Main Room. Always a fun night at ESL!

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

For some proper dance floor mayhem on Saturday night, stop into Flash for an incredible lineup headlined by Detroit legend Kevin Saunderson returning to unleash mayhem on the Funktion Ones for a second time, with support from Silvie Loto and local Parker. Down in the Flash BarWizdom Entertainment will be providing the tunes, with a lineup including DinoAlozon Wainwright and Heather Femia. If you’ve not heard Kevin Saunderson before, this is your chance to catch a techno legend on one of the best sound systems in town. Advanced tickets are available for the bargain basement price of $10 from Ticketfly, more on the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1564378540458997

Our final pick for Saturday is strictly speaking a Sunday pick, since it kicks off at 3am and goes until whenever. There’s No Place Like )'(ome is the official after party for the sold out Naughty Snowball, hosted at the Dance Loft on 14th. We’re not down with the cool kids from Naughty Snowball, so we know very little about this, other than what looks like a tasty lineup including Paul Geddes (DISRIKT, DC), Marko Peli (PEX, Nomad, DC), Twinflame (Blackbird Squadron / The Athena Collective), Dan Rabbitt (Beemore / Garden of Heathens / Bmore), Zoologic (Misanthrope Inc, Sunday Sol; FOCO, SF), Synz (Mischief, Hiiive, DC), DJ Total (BCDC) and Seeds (Acoustic Combustion). There will be art installations, hookah lounges, chill out areas and all that good stuff. Looks like a great bet for some proper messy afters action for those of you who just refuse to call it a night. Advanced tickets are $15 from Flavorus, $20 on the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/851478284884147/

Sunday Picks

If you’re still standing by Sunday, for quality soulful house, get yourself over to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution in the Gold Room, with The Metaphysical in the Main Room. Always a great bet to see out the weekend to the soundtrack of fine house music from the local legend Sam Burns. $5 drinks specials from 9pm to 11pm. 21+.

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

Modern Class with Trev-Ski and DJ Provoke at Showtime Bar

Our final pick for the weekend is a new night from Trev-ski and DJ ProvokeModern Class at Showtime Bar. Trev and Provoke promise to deliver modern soul, boogie and cheese wave all night long, served fresh from the vinyl, the way it should be. A great bet if you want to expand your musical horizons and hear rarities you won’t find anywhere else.

https://www.facebook.com/events/852705621427370/

That’s it for his week’s picks, so let’s move on to the full listings of all the best underground deep house and electronic music events in Washington DC from Wednesday to Sunday. While we’ve picked out the events we think are best, that’s just our opinion. There are so many more events to choose from, so make sure you scroll through the full list. Remember to click through to the Facebook event pages for more details, and don’t forget to click Join and invite your friends if you plan on attending.

Thursday December 4

Lost on Thurdays with Andy Grant (DC House Grooves), Jubilee (Slope Traxx) & Ramirez (Slope Traxx) at Lost Society

Lost on Thurdays with Andy Grant (DC House Grooves), Jubilee (Slope Traxx) & Ramirez (Slope Traxx) at Lost SocietyMore details: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-on-Thursdays/199385430166806

Cadence, 2Tuff & 88 present Lenzman at Flash

Cadence, 2Tuff & 88 present Lenzman at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/788069434568398/

Transmission 4/4 w/ Charles Martin (DC) and Philip Goyette (ESL | DC) at Velvet Lounge

Transmission 4/4 w/ Charles Martin (DC) and Philip Goyette (ESL | DC) at Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/901267813217126

Pleasurekraft with RNS at U Street Music Hall

Pleasurekraft with RNS at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/703057349771711/

Fusion: Soulful House Edition at Treehouse Lounge

Fusion: Soulful House Edition at Treehouse LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/421651381322625/

Gryphon After Dark at The Gryphon

Gryphon After Dark at The GryphonMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1495330877423140/

Friday December 5

Double 07 & Cire Marcos at The Lodge at Redrocks

Double 07 & Cire Marcos at The Lodge at RedrocksMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1516261451975587

David Waxman & Alex Eljaiek at Flash

David Waxman & Alex Eljaiek at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485884705026445/

Max Cooper with Chris Nitti & Navbox at U Street Music Hall

Max Cooper with Chris Nitti & Navbox at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1486802044928291/

DJ Steve Kirn And Boss Ross Present Baltotroit @ Dr. Clocks Nowhere Bar

DJ Steve Kirn And Boss Ross Present Baltotroit @ Dr. Clocks Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/897639916912856

ESL Fridays with Superprince, Mr Bonkerz, Chris Brooks & The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Fridays with Superprince, Mr Bonkerz, Chris Brooks & The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Red Maple Fridays presents Juan Zapata and DJ Lovegrove at the Red Maple, Baltimore

Red Maple Fridays presents Juan Zapata and DJ Lovegrove at the Red Maple, BaltimoreMore details: http://www.930redmaple.com/

Eden Underground by DeepCutta Feat. Dave Martin & Schubert [SCI+TEC]

Eden Underground by DeepCutta Feat. Dave Martin & Schubert [SCI+TEC]More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561307234085684

Christos DC: The Long Road Excursion w/ special guest Mateo Monk & live dub mixing set by Dub Architect at Tropicalia

Christos DC: The Long Road Excursion w/ special guest Mateo Monk & live dub mixing set by Dub Architect at TropicaliaMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1541126779435735/

Mark Sherry and Tomas Heredia at Phonic 

Mark Sherry and Tomas Heredia at Phonic More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535030753381331/

Saturday December 6

Acrobeats Radio Show w/ Guest Dj Earic Patten Deep Vibes 4 The Mediterranean On DelightRadioFM Greece

Acrobeats Radio Show w/ Guest Dj Earic Patten Deep Vibes 4 The Mediterranean On DelightRadioFM GreeceMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/875564915817797/

Kevin Saunderson, Silvie Loto & Parker at Flash, with Wizdom Entertainment in the Flash Bar

Kevin Saunderson, Silvie Loto, Parker, Wizdom Entertainment at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1564378540458997

Amalgamation w/ Wheez-ie, Joe Nice, Refugeee B2B Panch & Jett Chandon @ Zeba Bar

Amalgamation w/ Wheez-ie, Joe Nice, Refugeee B2B Panch & Jett Chandon @ Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/949172331776513/

Orchard Lounge with Mr. Bonkerz at U Street Music Hall

Orchard Lounge with Mr. Bonkerz at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570159659879382/

ESL Saturdays with P-Sol, Bil Todd, Philip Goyette, DJ Nav & Caleb L’Etoile

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

Loco Dice w/ Pete Tong, Harvard Bass @ Echostage

Loco Dice w/ Pete Tong, Harvard Bass @ Echostage

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/668301219955178/

Mischief presents: Naughty Snowball 6: Blizzard of Oz at Rock’n’Roll Hotel (SOLD OUT)

Mischief presents: Naughty Snowball 6: Blizzard of Oz at Rock'n'Roll Hotel (SOLD OUT)

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/371931849633113/

There’s No Place Like )'(ome — the official Naughty Snowball after party at Dance Loft on 14

There's No Place Like )'(ome -- the official Naughty Snowball after party at Dance Loft on 14https://www.facebook.com/events/851478284884147/

SubDistrick!! Plus Good, Ransack, Resonance & Julez at Backbar

SubDistrick!! Plus Good, Ransack, Resonance & Julez at BackbarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/373157072847243/

Houseology: Bring the Bang at St. Mary’s Restaurant & Bar, Baltimore

Houseology: Bring the Bang at St. Mary’s Restaurant & Bar, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/402779316542583/

Sunday December 7

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution & The Metaphysical

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns' Underground Soul Solution & The MetaphysicalMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Modern Class with Trev-Ski and DJ Provoke at Showtime Bar Modern ClassMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/852705621427370/

Whew. Another incredible week of events in DC! Don’t forget, for your pre- and post- game sound track, tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered. Also, we’d welcome your constructive feedback on the DC House Grooves round up. If you’ve got an comments or suggestions, please send us a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC November 26 – November 30

Welcome back to a very special Thanksgiving edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. You’ll notice that our banner is a little bit different this week:DC House Grooves, along with many other crews in DC, is offering promotional support to the the DanceSafe DC Happy Hour at U Street Music Hall on December 10 with DJs Lisa Frank, Christian Dope and Seba Yuri. All proceeds from the party will go towards supporting the charity DanceSafe, a nonprofit, harm reduction organization promoting health, safety, and educational information on drugs. DC House Grooves fully supports this cause, and we hope our readers can make it to U Street Music Hall on December 10 to dance with us and raise some money. Cover is a $5 donation, which also gets you free entry to Tube & Berger at U Hall that same night. Donate more if you can!

Dance Safe DC Happy Hour Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1536903816548696

So what about last weekend? We stayed in Thursday night to save our energy for Friday, but we heard Tirzah made an impressive debut at Lost on Thursdays. Wish we could have made it! Definitely one to watch. We would have loved to have made it to Dubtribe Sound System at Flash on Friday to hear Chadwick and Juan Zapata doing their thing in the main room, but instead we headed up to Jimmy Valentine’s to check out Degenerate with Ron Jackson and Darius Twin. We got there early and the crowd was fairly light, but we heard some great sounds from Ron Jackson. Definitely another upcoming local to check out if you get the chance. Next stop was Midnight Project with Jan Krueger, which didn’t disappoint. R&B played yet another very special set, then Jan broke out the vinyl and did his thing. We really loved the underground vibe at the venue, although the place got uncomfortably full for a while there, and the sound system and lighting weren’t quite up to scratch. We love the concept, and we’re looking forward to more from the Midnight Project crew. Add some subs to the sound, make the lighting a little less static, add a cloak room and maybe don’t pack it so full, and you’ll have a close to perfect underground party.

Saturday night we were at Flash Resident’s Night with Navbox, Edo and Philip Goyette on the main floor, and our Body Werk party with Andy Grant and Raffi in the Flash Bar. There was a great crowd at Flash, and Andy and Raffi had the bar jumping all night long. The great news is that we recorded it: you can check it out here:

 

Our next Body Werk party is in the Flash Bar on Thurdsday December 11 with Andy Grant and Joe L (Bump’n’Grind / Push), then we follow it up on December 13 with our next monthly night at DC9 Night Club, with Andy Grant and Aaron Sparks (Push) in the main room, and Kochi (iNK House / Sugar Shack Recordings) up on the rooftop. Hope you can join us!

Our only regret on Saturday is that we didn’t make it up to the Paradox in Baltimore for Happy Birthday Teddy Douglas feat Crystal Waters and Jasper St. Co. and Basement Boys Reunion, but when we wrapped at Flash, we just couldn’t face the drive to Baltimore. This was a line up to die for, and those that did make it reported that it was an incredible night. Oh well, we can’t make it up to the Paradox every time, and we’re sure there will be many more sick line ups at the Paradox in future!

Ok, so time to dive into the picks for Thanksgiving weekend. Looking a little quiet this weekend, which is probably a good thing after all the craziness last weekend! If you plan on attending an event, click through to the Facebook event page, click Join to let the promoters know you’re in, then click Invite and invite your friends.

Wednesday Picks

Our top pick for Wednesday night is Flashgiving Eve at Flash with Guti (LiVE), Evan Baggs (Kurbits Records | Berlin/NYC), and Sarah Myers on the main floor, with the Cadence Local Showcase in the Flash Bar with DJ Rubble, DJ Illogic, Ramiro / RaveKilla, Rob-One and DJ Seven. Quality deep tech housey business on the main floor, with a killer line up of local drum and bass DJs in the Flash Bar. Sounds like a great combination to us! We recommend getting there early for Sarah Myers’ set. The bar opens at 8pm. Advanced tickets are available from Ticketfly , $10 first release, $15 second release. Still some first release tickets available if you move fast.

https://www.facebook.com/events/391083734378227/

If you’re looking for something a little more intimate with a great local line up, check out Anonymous Thanksgiving with Doktor D, Easy G., Pacific Fur Company, and Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar in Adams Morgan, which promises a night of house, techno and other electronic music. These guys are passionate about what they do, so expect a varied mix of beats to keep you moving. There’s no cover and no dress code. Come as you are and enjoy a night of deep grooves.

https://www.facebook.com/events/978835785476575/

Digital Harvest: An All Vinyl Funk/House evening at the 8×10, Baltimore

Our final pick for Thanksgiving Eve is Digital Harvest: an All Vinyl Funk / House Evening  in Baltimore, with Mikie Love, Paul Palumbo and Graham Hatke serving up fine funk and house classics fresh from the vinyl. Full support to any event promising all vinyl, all night! We’re not familiar with the full lineup, but Graham Hatke always delivers the goods. Advanced tickets at $10 from MissionTix.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1523530401228520

Thanksgiving Picks

So turns out Flash is open on Thanksgiving, offering us all a chance at escape after a day from the family and work of those Turkey Day calories ; and a great lineup they’ve got too, with Chus & Ceballos and Omar Karim in the main room, with David Merrill in the Flash Bar. Advanced tickets are available for $15 from Ticketfly.

https://www.facebook.com/events/704755599609108/

Friday Picks

So I’m sure after a couple of days with the family, you’ll be itching to get out there and cut loose. Our top pick for Friday  is Back in the Day featuring DJ Dan, Baggadonuts, Buster and Ray Casil at U Street Music Hall. This looks like a proper old school reunion, and promises classic house all night long. It’s free before 11pm for 21+, probably around $10 after. Entry for 18 to 20 with advanced ticket only. Grab your advanced tickets for $10 from Ticketfly. Ray Casil is always worth checking out, so we recommend getting there early.

https://www.facebook.com/events/271796963030274

If some proper soulful house is more to your taste, head up to Zeba Bar for A Musical Obsession pt 2 – The Black Friday Edition with Klubnut resident Ernest Fountain and special guest DJ Mark Moultrie. The Klubnut guys really know their house music, and there’s always a great atmosphere at Zeba.  Best of all, there’s no cover. Music starts at 10pm, and all black attire is requested.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1575936692626670/

Our final pick for Friday is Freaky Friday at Flash with Behrouz returning for his Flash residency, along with returning local boy Prab K and Marko Peli on the main floor, with the familiar sounding #BodyFeel (Coby Jones & Friends) in the Flash Bar. We’ve not heard Behrouz play before, but people seem to like him. We recommend getting there early for Marko and Prab. Advanced tickets are $10 from Ticketfly, more on the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/600223596766968

Saturday Picks

Top pick for Saturday is Benoit & Sergio (Live) at Flash supported by Solomon Sanchez, with DUSK in the Flash Bar, featuring DJ Soul, Mitch Jr. and Keith Miller. We’re not the biggest fans of  Benoit & Sergio’s “sexualized melodrama”, but Solomon Sanchez is always worth hearing, and the Dusk crew know their house music. Early bird advanced tickets are still available for $5 from Ticketfly, second release are $10, third release are $15, more on the door. The faster you move, the cheaper it is.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1568028773420473

Our next pick for Saturday is Eighteenth Street Lounge with Philip Goyette and Chris Nitti in the Gold Room, Caleb L’Etoile and Remote Ctrl in the Main Room and Disco Odyssey with Farid and Bonkerz out on the patio. Philip Goyette and Chris Nitti make for a great combination in the Gold Room, and with great things happening in the Main Room and on the Patio, you’ve got plenty to choose from all under one roof. Always a drinking crowd at ESL, so a great option if you’re getting your booze on on Saturday.

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

Our final, somewhat hesitant, pick for Saturday is Glow Presents Deep Dish supported by Rob Garza from Thievery Corporation at Echostage. We wouldn’t usually cover the sort of EDM nonsense that goes on at Echostage, but Deep Dish playing together again in their home town is kind of a big deal, albeit not particularly underground. We used to be the biggest fans of Deep Dish from the early days of their blockbuster remix of Hideaway by De’lacy through their releases on Deep Dish Recordings, Tribal and Yoshitoshi, right up to Stay Gold on Deconstruction, and in the mid to late nineties, we would regularly go see them in the back room of State of the Union on U Street. They lost us when they started remixing Madonna, Dido and the Rolling Stones and winning Grammys etc. We live in hope that they’ll return to their pure house roots, but sadly we’re guessing Ali and Sharam will likely deliver a mix of generic prog house and bland big room techno. Combine that with the soulless vacuum that is Echostage, and we predict a recipe for disappointment. Maybe worth it if you want the Echostage experience with something not quite so offensive as their usual musical line up. Advanced tickets are a steep $30 + fees from Wanttickets. 18+. If you decide to go, please send us a full report.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1502035410042934/

Sunday Picks

Wrapping up the weekend, our top pick for Sunday is Church a Sunday Affair on the Pubic Bar rooftop, the winter season rooftop party from the same crew that brings us Sunglass Sundays. This week they’ve got Malphunktion & DJ Amp playing a 4 hour set, with local support from LJ MTX, Juan Zapata and Ramiro. We had a lot of fun at Church a couple of weeks ago, and we expect this week’s edition to be no different. We always love a line up that features Juan Zapata closing out the night! Free until 6pm, $10 after, although you’ll get in for $5 if you can show you’ve liked Church and Sunglass Sundays on Facebook. Be there for Juan’s set; you won’t regret it.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1490534307896923/

For our last pick for Sunday, get yourself down to Eighteenth Street Lounge to close out your Thanksgiving Weekend with some proper soulful house at Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution in the Gold Room, with Bil Todd in the Main Room. They’ll have the usual $5 drinks specials from 9pm to 11pm, and a great crowd of heads closing out their weekend to Sam’s exceptional selections.

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

That wraps it up for our Thanksgiving Weekend picks, so let’s look at the full listings of all the best underground deep house and electronic music events in Washington DC from Wednesday to Sunday. While we’ve picked out the events we think are best, there are so many more events to choose from, so make sure you scroll through the full list. Remember to click through to the Facebook event pages for more details, and don’t forget to click Join and invite your friends if you plan on attending.

Wednesday November 26

Flashgiving Eve: Guti (LiVE), Evan Baggs (Kurbits Records | Berlin/NYC), Sarah Myers at Flash + Cadence Local Showcase in the Flash Bar

Flashgiving Eve: Guti (LiVE), Evan Baggs (Kurbits Records | Berlin/NYC), Sarah Myers at Flash + Cadence Local Showcase in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/391083734378227/

Rockers International at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Rockers International at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

POV – Beats Over the White House at the W Hotel

POV - Beats Over the White House at the W HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1500238190240998

Anonymous Thanksgiving | Doktor D, Easy G., Pacific Fur Company, Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Anonymous Thanksgiving | Doktor D, Easy G., Pacific Fur Company, Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/978835785476575/

Drumstix #6 w/ AK1200 at Redzone Nightlife Fairfax

Drumstix #6 w/ AK1200 at Redzone Nightlife FairfaxMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/808679359173988/

Prima Nocta – feat. Tanc, Tiernan, Charles Martin at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Prima Nocta - feat. Tanc, Tiernan, Charles Martin at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/814298358612258/

Nü Sessions Present – SNBRN, Jai Wolf, Jonah Baseball, Man & Women, Namsterdam at Malmaison

Nü Sessions Present - SNBRN, Jai Wolf, Jonah Baseball, Man & Women, Namsterdam at MalmaisonMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/305389806316730/

Thanksgiving Eve with Joemama, Phil Real and Smudge at Velvet Lounge 

Thanksgiving Eve Velvet Lounge with Joemama, Phil Real and Smudge

Moombahton Massive XL with Nadastrom, Sabo, Jen Lasher and Billy The Gent at U Street Music Hall

Moombahton Massive XL with Nadastrom, Sabo, Jen Lasher and Billy The Gent at U Street Music HallMore details: http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/716413-moombahton-massive-xl-washington/

Digital Harvest: An All Vinyl Funk/House evening at the 8×10, Baltimore

Digital Harvest: An All Vinyl Funk/House evening at the 8x10, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1523530401228520

Thursday November 27

Flashgiving Day: Chus & Ceballos, Omar Karim at Flash with David Merrill in the Flash Bar

Flashgiving Day: Chus & Ceballos, Omar Karim at Flash with David Merrill in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/704755599609108/

Friday November 28

Freaky Friday: Behrouz, Prab K, Marko Peli, #BodyFeel (Coby Jones & Friends)  at Flash

Freaky Friday: Behrouz, Prab K, Marko Peli, #BodyFeel (Coby Jones & Friends)  at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/600223596766968

Back in the Day featuring DJ Dan, Baggadonuts, Buster and Ray Casil at U Street Music Hall

Back in the Day featuring DJ Dan, Baggadonuts, Buster and Ray Casil at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/271796963030274

ESL Fridays with Fort Knox Five, Graham Hatke, Trev-ski and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL FridaysMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

A Musical Obsession pt 2 – The Black Friday Edition at Zeba Bar

A Musical Obsession pt 2 - The Black Friday Edition at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1575936692626670/

Saturday November 29

Benoit & Sergio (LiVE), Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with DUSK in the Flash Bar

Benoit & Sergio (LiVE), Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with DUSK in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1568028773420473

ESL Saturdays with Philip Goyette, Chris Nitti, Caleb L’Etoile, Remote Ctrl & Disco Odyssey with Farid and Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL SaturdaysMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Keenan Orr w/ Philco & Citizen Select at U Street Music Hall

Keenan Orr w/ Philco & Citizen Select at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/820144408048173/

Deep Dish – Washington D.C. @ Echostage

Deep Dish - Washington D.C. @ EchostageMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1502035410042934/

Sunday November 30

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution & Bill Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns' Underground Soul Solution at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Church a Sunday Affair w/ Malphunktion & Dj Amp at Public Bar

Church a Sunday Affair w/ Malphunktion & Dj Amp at Public BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1490534307896923/

The NeedlExchange with Baronhawk, Bil Todd and Tommy Cornelis at The Velvet Lounge

The NeedlExchange at Velvet LoungeThe NeedlExchange at Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/793356377403824/

And that’s it for our special Thanksgiving edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. Don’t forget, for your pre- and post- game sound track, tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered. Also, we’d welcome your constructive feedback on the DC House Grooves round up. If you’ve got an comments or suggestions, please send us a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC November 20 – November 23

Welcome back to another edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC for the coming weekend. We’re amazed that this is our 20th edition. Didn’t expect to get beyond one or two, but i guess it keeps us out of trouble. We keep hoping for a quiet weekend so there’s less work compiling the listings and writing it all up, but each week the clubs and promoters of DC keep upping the ante and piling on more amazing events, so doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. This weekend in particular is looking ridiculous. So much to do. With that in mind, we’re going to skip the usual summary of last weekend and dive straight into the picks for this weekend, followed by the full listings for Thursday through Sunday. Before we dive in though, here’s the recording of Christauff’s DeepTech.fm show featuring Andy Grant from last week; the official sound track to this week’s round up!

 

If you plan on attending an event, click through to the Facebook event page, click Join to let the promoters know you’re in, then click Invite and invite your friends.

Thursday Picks

Top pick for Thursday is our regular pick Lost on Thursdays, who continue their Movember November theme with another great party up on the rooftop at Lost Society. This week’s visiting guest is Mary Yuzovskaya, supported by locals Tirzah, making her Lost debut, and Alex Magdelano on live drums. Always a great crowd at Lost Society! Expect all the usual drinks specials. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/333193976866403/

Our next pick for Thursday is Fusion Thursdays at Treehouse Lounge. This time around, it’s a house and breaks edition, with DJ Daryl Northrop, DJ Rick Next Door and DJ Ramsey Neville. Should be a fun night with a varied musical selection. No cover, 21+, and there’s plenty of parking, so no worries there.

https://www.facebook.com/events/792280320810957

Another party that might be worth your time is Kickin’ Off at Bossa in Adams Morgan. It’s a new deep house night with Shahid Buttar and friends. This week’s guest is Keith Miller, and they’ll even have someone working the mic and a live VJ set thrown into the mix. Worth checking out if you’re in the area.

https://www.facebook.com/events/360150017476460/

Our final pick for Thursday is a little outside our remit, but deserves a mention. Gryphon After Dark hosted by Candice Mills is a new weekly night from our friends at One Love Massive, and is described as “Imagine jazz singer meets piano bar, meets cabaret, meets DC 2014″. So if you’re looking for something a little bit classy, or you want to grab a late dinner and check out some fine live entertainment, this is definitely worth a look. Believe me, with the weekend you’ve got coming, this sounds like the perfect way to start.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1562063257340558

Friday Picks

Friday is when things really start getting interesting. Our top pick for Friday is [CENSORED]. That’s all we can tell you. All we can say is keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground when you’re out on Friday, and hopefully you’ll find your way there. We’re really excited about this one, and we’ll be there throwing major shapes on the dance floor all night long.

“So, what else is on, besides this mystery party that you probably just made up to sound cool”, you ask? Well first up, we recommend you get your evening started at the Technetium happy hour at Zeba Bar from 6pm to 10pm, with DJs Synz, Sequoia and Meegs, who will be fresh from recording her forthcoming podcast for DC House Grooves.  There’s always a great vibe at Zeba, and with great tunes in the mix, it will be a great place to start your night.

https://www.facebook.com/events/747264598680337/

Next up, we recommend you get yourself down to Flash for the legendary Dubtribe Sound System, supported by the dream team local lineup of Juan Zapata and Chadwick. But that’s not all, because down in the Flash Bar, there’s another edition of Ladies of the Underground, with another great all-female local lineup curated by our good friend Vanniety Kills. This time the lineup includes Agent137, DJ Cassidy, Eau Claire, and of course Vanniety Kills herself. There’s no cover for entry to the Flash Bar,  and advanced tickets for the main floor at $12, more on the door. You can grab your advanced tickets on Ticketfly.

https://www.facebook.com/events/336549863189655/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1711516322407376

If you’re not in the mood for the Flash crowds on Friday, we recommend you check out Degenerate with Darius Twin and Ron Jackson. The party is at a secret location in North East, so you’ll need to head over to the event page and RSVP to get the low down. While we haven’t yet made it to one of their events, we can tell the Degenerate crew are passionate about what they do, and we continue to be impressed by the creativity of their flyers, so we encourage you to stop by on Friday and check it out.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1494080004200902

Our next pick for Friday night if you’re in Baltimore, or fancy a small road trip, is 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg at The Windup Space in Baltimore. These guys are true heads, so this is the place to be if you want to expand your musical horizons and hear vinyl rarities that you won’t hear anywhere else. Free before 11, $5 after. 18+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1499922300263221/

Before we move on to Saturday, just a couple of other quick drive by picks. There’s a new party promising some housey doings called 1/2Wayhouse at Safari Restaurant & Lounge in Petworth on Friday. We checked out the venue last week, and it shows some promise, so this could be a good bet if you want to stay in the neighborhood.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1570635863169625/

And last, but not least, if you’re down on the U Street corridor and want to party for a good cause, stop by Backbar for Stache Bash with Eau Claire, Amber Dyson, Caleb L’Etoile and Philco. Its $5 on the door for an intimate night of house and nu disco, with all proceeds being donated to the Movember Foundation. Get your groove on for a good cause!

Saturday Picks

So enough of the appetizers, let’s move on to the main course. Saturday brings a borderline stupid lineup of events, all of which deserve your attention. Our top pick for Saturday night is Flash Resident’s Night, where an amazing line up of locals will be taking over the main floor and the Flash Bar from open to close. Up on the main floor, Edo, Philip Goyette and Navbox will be at the controls. These guys really know how to rock a dance floor, and we’re really excited to hear them work the Funktion Ones all night long. Down in the Flash Bar, its a Body Werk takeover, with our very own Andy Grant and Raffi (Loop | DC) laying down thick deep house vibes all night long. We couldn’t be more excited about bringing our party to the Flash Bar, and we hope to see you all there! There is no cover for the Flash Bar, and advanced tickets for the main floor are $7, more on the door. You can grab your advanced tickets over on Ticketfly.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1556476817922348

Our next pick for Saturday is the Bump ‘n Grind 1 Year Anniversary & Thanksgiving Food Drive with Aaron Sparks, Boss Ross and David at Zeba Bar. We can’t believe it has been a year since the first Bump’n’Grind party, and this is a great local line up to celebrate their one year anniversary. The BnG parties at Zeba are always family affairs, with smiling dancers and baby powder on the dance floor, so this comes with our strong recommendation. While we’ll have our hands full at Flash, we’re hoping to at least make it up to Zeba for a little bit of family time. There’s no cover, but please bring canned food donations for the Bump’n’Grind canned food drive.

https://www.facebook.com/events/416448028503063/

Bliss: Will Eastman, Jus Nowhere & DJ Nav at U Street Music Hall

Over at U Street Music Hall, Saturday night brings another installment of Will Eastman‘s monthly Bliss party. This month, Will’s guests are local artist and DJ Jus Nowhere of local label Silence in Metropolis, and our good friend, DJ Nav, who has been on a roll recently with a string of great house releases. A solid bet if you’re planning on a night out on U Street. The party kicks off at 10pm, $10 cover, 18+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1563483807222042

Sarah Myers 5+ hour extended set at Lost Society

Another great pick if you’re in the U Street area is Lost Society, where local rising star Sarah Myers will be behind the decks open to close, doing some planning for her contribution to the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals podcast series :p. Well maybe not, but we really, really want a podcast from Sarah! This is a great opportunity to hear Sarah take you on a musical journey, all while celebrating her sister, Elizabeth’s birthday. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1506106616338688/

Happy Birthday Teddy Douglas feat Crystal Waters and Jasper St. Co. and Basement Boys Reunion at The Paradox, Baltimore

Our final pick for Saturday, and where we’ll all be heading once we wrap up at Flash, is Happy Birthday Teddy Douglas at The Paradox in Baltimore, with Crystal Waters, The Jasper Street Company and The Basement Boys reunion. Honestly, this is a dream line up of classic house artists, with music by Teddy DouglasDJ Spen, Karizma, Thommy David, DJ Tanz, DJ Bizkit, DJ Kenny K and the legendary Wayne Davis. This type of event doesn’t come along very often, so when something like this happens, you’ve got to jump on it! Individually, these DJs would be worth the price of admission alone… all of them on the same night? Damn! Advanced tickets are $20, more on the door. May sound steep, but your money will be well spent.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1486374434967921/

Sunday Picks

If you’re still standing after Saturday night, there are a few options for Sunday. Our top pick for Sunday is Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Sam is the one constant on DCs underground house scene, and you can always rely on Sunday nights at ESL for quality soulful house. The Metaphysical will be holding things down in the Main Room, and there’ll be all the usual $5 drinks specials from 9pm to 11pm.

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

Our next pick for Sunday is Groovetop ft Lauren Lane at Flash supported by a solid local line up of Benoit (of R&B fame), Yaco and Heather Femia. We’ve not yet made it to a Groovetop party, but we’ve heard good things. We’re really hoping this one takes off! The party kicks off at 6pm. Free before 8pm, the $10 after.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1496316967299411

And so on to our last pick for the weekend, The NeedlExchange at Velvet Lounge. A great bet if you want to get away from the big venues and enjoy an eclectic musical selection from the talented DJ crew of Baronhawk, Bil Todd and Tommy Cornelis. 7pm until close, no cover.

https://www.facebook.com/events/793356377403824/

That’s it for this week’s top picks, so let’s look at the full listings of all the best underground deep house and electronic music events in Washington DC from Thursday to Sunday. While we’ve picked out the events we think are best, there are so many more events to choose from, so worth your time scrolling through the full list. You don’t expect us to get it right, do you? Remember to click through to the Facebook event pages for more details, and don’t forget to click Join and invite your friends if you plan on attending.

Thursday November 20

Lost on Thursdays: Movember November with Mary Yuzovskaya, Tirzah & Alex Magdelano (live) at Lost Society

Lost on Thursdays: Movember November with Mary Yuzovskaya, Tirzah & Alex Magdelano (live) at Lost SocietyMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/333193976866403/

Fusion Thursdays: House and Breaks featuring DJ Daryl Northrop, DJ Rick Next Door and DJ Ramsey Neville at Treehouse Lounge

Fusion Thursdays: House and Breaks featuring DJ Daryl Northrop, DJ Rick Next Door and DJ Ramsey Neville at Treehouse LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/792280320810957

Thursday People’s First Year at Flash

Thursday People's First Year at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/600337633411577/

Kickin’ Off with Shahid Buttar and Keith Miller at Bossa Bistro & Lounge

Kickin' Off at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/360150017476460/

Gryphon After Dark at The Gryphon

Gryphon After Dark at The GryphonMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562063257340558

Friday November 21

Dubtribe Sound System, Juan Zapata, Chadwick at Flash

Dubtribe Sound System, Juan Zapata, Chadwick at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/336549863189655/

Ladies of the Underground ft Agent137, DJ Cassidy, Eau Claire, Vanniety Kills at Flash Bar

Ladies of the Underground ft Agent137, DJ Cassidy, Eau Claire, Vanniety Kills at Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1711516322407376

Danny Daze w/ Ken Lazee, Funkdamentalist at U Street Music Hall

Danny Daze w/ Ken Lazee, Funkdamentalist at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1490699587845279/

ESL Fridays at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Fridays at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Degenerate with Darius Twin & Ron Jackson at Secret Location

Degenerate with Darius Twin & Ron Jackson at Secret LocationMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1494080004200902

1/2Wayhouse at Safari Lounge

1/2Wayhouse at Safari LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570635863169625/

Stashe Bash: A Movember Moustache Party at Backbar

Stashe Bash: A Movember Moustache Party at BackbarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/349133911933999/

Technetium – a musical, monthly happy hour at Zeba Bar

Technetium - a musical, monthly happy hour at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/747264598680337/

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

4 HOURS OF FUNK :: FRI 11/21 :: w/ GRAHAM & FLEGMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499922300263221/

Kristina Sky at Phonic

Kristina Sky at PhonicMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505504256403232/

Saturday November 22

Flash Resident Nights: Navbox, Philip Goyette, Edo and Body Werk with Andy Grant and Raffi at Flash

Flash Resident Nights: Navbox, Philip Goyette, Edo and Body Werk with Andy Grant and Raffi at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1556476817922348

Bump ‘n Grind 1 Year Anniversary & Thanksgiving Food Drive with Aaron Sparks, Boss Ross and David at Zeba Bar

Bump 'n Grind 1 Year Anniv & Thanksgiving Food Drive with Aaron Sparks, Boss Ross and David at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/416448028503063/

Bliss: Will Eastman, Jus Nowhere & DJ Nav at U Street Music Hall

Bliss: Will Eastman, Jus Nowhere & DJ Nav at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1563483807222042

ESL Saturdays with Rob Paine and Willyum at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturdays with Rob Paine and Willyum at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/556995601068790/

Sarah Myers 5+ hour extended set at Lost Society

Sarah Myers 5+ hour extended set at Lost SocietyMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506106616338688/

Happy Birthday Teddy Douglas feat Crystal Waters and Jasper St. Co. and Basement Boys Reunion at The Paradox, Baltimore

Happy Birthday Teddy Douglas feat Crystal Waters and Jasper St. Co. and Basement Boys Reunion at The ParadoxMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1486374434967921/

Sweat: The Return with Juan Zapata, DJ Baby and DJ Derrick “D-Train” Coleman at Diego Restaurant

Sweat: The Return at Diego RestaurantMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/611424012301294

Marco Bailey Live #VERVE feat  Danny House At Toro Toro DC

Marco Bailey Live #VERVE feat  Danny House At Toro Toro DCMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587635331459301/

Select DC Presents VVAQRT | Profligate | Ben Jenkins at Union Arts DC

Select DC Presents VVAQRT | Profligate | Ben Jenkins at Union Arts DCMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1497330823878050

Deep Sessions presents Joe Nice, Resonance, MC Twisty at Backbar

Deep Sessions presents Joe Nice, Resonance, MC Twisty at BackbarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/675267742581326/

Armada presents Ben Gold with David Gravell at Phonic

Armada presents Ben Gold with David Gravell at PhonicMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1583094408586089/

Rise of the Scorpios – Birthday Celebration for Jen & Greg at 5127 Restaurant & Lounge, Centreville

Rise of the Scorpios - Birthday Celebration for Jen & Greg at 5127 Restaurant & Lounge, CentrevilleMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/741861579240157/

Sunday November 23

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns' Underground Soul Solution at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Groovetop ft Lauren Lane at Flash

Groovetop ft Lauren Lane at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1496316967299411

The NeedlExchange at Velvet Lounge

The NeedlExchange at Velvet LoungeThe NeedlExchange at Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/793356377403824/

And with that we wrap up the latest edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. Don’t forget, for your pre- and post- game sound track, tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

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If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered. Also, we’d welcome your constructive feedback on the DC House Grooves round up. If you’ve got an comments or suggestions, please send us a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant