Well last weekend was nothing short of amazing. So many great events in and around DC! On Friday we started out our evening at U Street Music Hall for DJ Pierre with R&B, although it was just B this time, since R couldn’t make it due to an injury (Get well soon, Rosario!). Benoit got the crowd warmed up just right, but despite a strong start, DJ Pierre didn’t hold our attention for long. We went in with high hopes, but it just didn’t do it for us. We then headed down to Flash to check out Vanniety Kills‘ new night Ladies of the Underground in the Flash Bar. The ladies didn’t disappoint! We’re hoping this becomes a regular platform for local female DJs to showcase their talents. The big surprise of the night was Just Be (Bushwacka!) upstairs in the main room at Flash. We went in with low expectations, but danced our asses off until the lights went on. It helped that Flash was not filled to capacity, and there was plenty of room to throw shapes on the dancefloor without elbowing someone in the face. A really great night. We were back at Flash on Saturday for Secretsundaze with Giles Smith and James Priestley. As expected, their tunes were on point. Indeed, I would go as far as to say that Giles’ set was some of the best house music I have heard on the Flash sound system. Looking forward to seeing them again at Flash soon. Despite best laid plans, we never made it up to Jimmy Valentines for Joe L.‘s long running monthly Push, but we heard it was a great night.
On Sunday we headed up to the Dirty Bar rooftop for Sundays Rooftop with house legend Jovonn, and as always there was a great vibe. It’s a shame more people didn’t come out to hear Jovonn, because he really delivered the goods. We also checked out Sunglass Sundays for Jay Tripwire‘s set, and we liked what we heard! There was a great crowd of happy, smiling faces, and we’re looking forward to more this season. Unfortunately we didn’t make it up to The Gryphon for Sunday Confessions, but we hope to check it out soon. This coming Sunday they have Lisa Moody from Deep Sugar behind the decks, with one of our favorite local DJs, DJ Double 07. Check it out if you can.
And so on to the round up for the weekend August 14 to August 17, and as always DC has so much to offer. Andy Grant from DC House Grooves will be playing at Dusk in the Flash Bar on Saturday, and at The House That U Built on the Dirty Bar rooftop on Sunday. We hope to see some DC House Grooves fans coming out to support! Also, we’re doing another free ticket giveaway this week, this time for Green Velvet w/ Bordello and Outputmessage at U Street Music Hall this coming Friday. Check the DC House Grooves Facebook page for details of how to enter.
Thursday August 14
Cadence + Forward present: DJ EZ at Flash
Our top pick for Thursday night is something pretty special. The Cadence and Forward crews have joined forces to bring UK garage legend DJ EZ to main room at Flash, with support from local DJ / producer DJ Nav and Jett Chandon. If that isn’t enough, downstairs in the Flash Bar you’ll find Refugee, Yola, Bashee, Vanniety Kills & Metaphysical. A veritable explosion of garage goodness, the like of which you probably won’t find again in DC for some time. We’ll also be celebrating local legend Graham Jackson‘s birthday, so expect the unexpected. Absolutely 100% essential! Advanced tickets are available for $12 from Eventbrite, more on the door. 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/668579849899245/
Foundation ft. DJ Kostas, Double 07 and David Gandy at Tropicalia
If garage isn’t your thing, and you’re in the mood for some proper house music, head to Foundation at Tropicalia for DJ Kostas, DJ Double 07 and David Gandy. Between them, these cats have more than 50 years experience behind the decks, and they’ll be bringing it to Tropicalia’s great sound system on Thursday night. Make sure you get there early for David Gandy and DJ Double 07′s sets. $5 cover, 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/816955438317490/
DJ Double 07′s set on the DC House Grooves radio show earlier this year was one of our favorites. Check it out below for a taste of what to expect on Thursday:
Lost on Thursdays with S & M (Sarah Myers and Lisa Frank)
Heading upstairs to Lost Society, you’ll find S&M at the controls, otherwise known as Sarah Myers & Lisa Frank. Individually, these two know how to rock a dance floor, so them joining forces is kind of a big deal! Add the regular Lost on Thursdays crowd to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for a good time. No cover, 21+, and all the usual drinks specials.
Public Movement with Tony Smooth, David Rosenburg, Marat Leon & Osman
Over near Dupont Circle on the Public rooftop, a new bi-weekly Thursday rooftop party Public Movement is kicking off with DJs Tony Smooth, David Rosenberg, Marat Leon and Osman. This looks to be a great event, and we’re hoping for a huge success. We recommend getting there for David Rosenberg’s set. Rumor has it he blew the crowd away closing out Sunglass Sundays earlier in the season, and we’re sure he’s got some great tunes lined up for Thursday. DC House Grooves’ very own Andy Grant is lined up for a future date at Public Movement, so let’s make sure this is a big success No cover.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1448360642094318
The Business End – A Nite of House & Nudisco w/ Philco
If you’re looking for something a little more intimate on Thursday night, DC’s got a few more events lined up for you. First up, at Velvet Lounge is The Business End with Philco, which promises a night of House and New Disco. Well worth checking out on your way from Tropicalia / Lost Society to Flash or vice versa. 21+, no cover.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/314371305404774
Marx Cafe presents: DJ Genna & Christauff
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463400747247561/
Fusion Thursdays - Progressive and Electro House edition
Finally for Thursday, over at The New Zanzibar, Fusion Thursdays have their Progressive and Electro House edition, with DJ Daryl Northrop, Confetti and Atlas & P-Body. Progressive house and electro don’t get much of a look in on the DC scene, so if this is your thing, get yourself down to The New Zanzibar on Thursday night. The party kicks off at 7pm. 21+, no cover & lots of drinks specials.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1543434399211522/
Friday August 15
Green Velvet w/ Bordello, Outputmessage
If you made it through Thursday night and a full day of work on Friday and you’re up for more, then there’s plenty to choose from. Our top pick for Friday night is Chicago house legend Green Velvet with support from Bordello and local producer Outputmessage at U Street Music Hall. A regular visitor to U Street Music Hall, Green Velvet is sure to give that sound system a work out. DC House Grooves is giving away two free tickets to this event to one lucky winner. For details of how to enter, head over to the DC House Grooves Facebook page. If you’re not the lucky winner, don’t worry. Cover is $12, but it is free before 11pm for 21+. Ages 18-20 entry by advanced ticket only.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1498283190389968/
FOCUS: Steve Rachmad, Boss Ross, Oliver Caine + Composite at Flash
Heading down U Street to Flash you’ll find their regular techno night Focus with Steve Rachmad (Get Physical, Rejected) aka Sterac, supported by Boss Ross and Oliver Caine, so expect some proper techno. Down in the Flash Bar, the Composite crew will be doing their thing, with Simon, Tzeech and Jenndevious holding things down. Cover is $12, with a complimentary drink if you get there before 11pm.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/647853668625866
Over at Eighteenth Street Lounge, you’ll find their regular Friday night lineup, with Fort Knox Five vs. Thunderball and Chris Brooks in the main room, Enea in the gold room and The Metaphysical out on the patio, with All That Jazz in the jazz room. Always a great bet for a varied musical selection under one roof. No cover.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge
4 Hours of Funk Ft. Cosmo Baker
If you’re up in Baltimore and you feel like 4 hours of funk, disco, boogie and all that good stuff, be sure to check out 4 Hours of Funk at The Windup Space. This time around their guest is Cosmo Baker (The Rub, NYC / Philly), with support from residents Graham and Fleg. Free until 10.30pm, $5 after. 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/683033818444490/
Saturday August 16
Bump ‘n Grind at Tropicalia w/ Special Guest VINCENT LEMIEUX & Joe L
And so on to Saturday, where our top pick is Bump’n’Grind at Tropicalia with special guest Vincent Lemieux (Musique Risquee, Mutek) supported by Bump’n’Grind resident Joe L. For those that don’t know, Bump’n’Grind is a forthcoming coffee shop / record shop in Silver Spring, and in anticipation of the opening, the Bump’n’Grind crew have been throwing a series of all vinyl parties this year, with amazing guests such as Eddie C and Amir Alexander, amongst others. These have been some of the best parties we’ve been to this year, and this looks to be no exception. While we’re not familiar with Vincent Lemieux, if the Bump’n’Grind crew are booking him, you’re in for a treat. We also rate Joe L as one of the most versatile and talented local DJs, so we highly recommend getting there early for his set. If that’s not enough incentive, there’s a free Captain Morgan White Rum cocktail waiting for the first 100 people through the door. $5, 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/608152952634375/
Nick Curly w/ Lovecraft at Flash
Saturday night at Flash brings Nick Curly (Cocoon Ibiza, 8-bit Records / DE) to the main floor, supported by former DC local Lovecraft (No.19 / NYC). Expect them to give the Funktion One sound system and proper work out with some deep and tracky tech house. $15 all night, with a complimentary drink if you get there before 11pm. 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/418045115000235/
Dusk in the Flash Bar
Down in the Flash Bar there’s a new event, Dusk, promising quality house music with club classics from a lineup of locals including DJ Christopher, Byron B-Note Brown, DJ Soul, and Andy Grant from DC House Grooves. We’re really excited about this one, and hope it becomes a regular event. Andy will be closing out the night in the bar, playing an all vinyl set of the finest house music, old and new. If you like what we’re doing with the weekend roundup, please come out and show your support for DC House Grooves! There is no cover for this event if you stay down in the Flash Bar.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/886851328011321/
Degenerate with Pacific Fur Company & Ron Jackson
Over at Jimmy Valentines in North East on Saturday night is Degenerate with Pacific Fur Company & Ron Jackson. This one is a bit of a mystery to us, but promises “underground house and techno for the degenerate”, which is a cause we can get behind 100%. The flyer is also seriously awesome. Jimmy Valentines’ location almost guarantees that the crowd will be 100% there for the music, so expect great music and a great vibe. We’re not going to be able to make it over there on Saturday, but we’d love to hear reports from this event. To anyone who attends, please be an honorary DC House Grooves correspondent and send us a review of the proceedings! No cover, 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/655139857895147/
Souled Out! feat. Meegs, Raha Wala, and Shahid Buttar
For eclectic jazz, funk and soul inspired house music in the neighborhood, check out Souled Out! at Zeba Bar with DJ Meegs, Raha Wala & Shahid Buttar, with support from Avy Mallik on guitar and Ethan Raptorstein on percussion. With live musicians adding to the vibe, this sounds like a great option if you can’t face the U Street crowds, and what’s more, there’s no cover.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/351463601683716/
As usual, Eighteenth Street Lounge has a fantastic lineup on Saturday night, and is your one-stop shop if you want a choice of DJs all under one roof. Farid (Rhythm & Culture) will be joined by special guest Jask (Thaisoul) in the Gold Room, Philip Goyette will be going back to back with Mr. Bonkerz on the Patio, and Tommy Cornelis will be holding things down in the Main Room. Up on the second floor, you’ll find The Devonte McCoy Quintet Feat. Mavis Water, with a DJ set from Graham Hatke (4 Hours of Funk, Baltimore). Always a good bet for Saturday night! No cover, 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479560832290507/
SubDistrick!! ODJ, Encryption, Matos + Lovelace, Julez, Kinetics, MC
Finally, if you’re looking for some drum and bass on Saturday night, stop by Backbar under the 9:30 Club, where the Subdistrick crew will be havin’ it large with a lineup including ODJ, Encryption, Matos + Lovelace, Julez and Kinetics MC. $5, 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/356419517838820/
Sunday August 17
The House That U Built w/ LoveGrove, Andy Grant, C Dubz, Derick Atkins, Vanniety Kills
On to Sunday, and our top pick is Vanniety Kills’ super awesome party The House That U Built on the Dirty Bar rooftop. This week features and amazing lineup of local DJs, including Vanniety Kills, Derick Atkins, C Dubz, Andy Grant from DC House Grooves, and LoveGrove. We couldn’t be more excited about this one, particularly the opportunity to hear LoveGrove close out the night on that fantastic Dynacord sound system. As always, Andy will be playing an all vinyl set of the finest house music, old and new, guaranteed to make your booty shake. If you appreciate what we are doing with the DC House Grooves blog, please come to the rooftop on Sunday and show your support. The party kicks off at 4pm, and there’s no cover all night!
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/921491101199568/
Soundwaves Boat Party w/ Canson (live), Sarah Myers, Yaco | 8/17
Also kicking off around 4pm is one of the last Soundwaves boat parties of the summer, with Canson (live), Sarah Myers and Yaco. If you’ve not checked out a Soundwaves party, get yourself a ticket and spend your Sunday afternoon sailing past DC’s monuments on the Boomerang Pirate Ship in the sunshine, grooving to quality sounds from Sounwaves’ fantastic lineup. Advanced tickets are available on Resident Advisor. There are still some $30 first release tickets available if you move fast. Make sure you get down to the dock in Georgetown with plenty of time to board. The boat leaves the dock at 4.30pm sharp.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508948996004671
Sunday Confessions [Extended Sessions] w/ Lisa Moody & Double07
For some late night action on Sunday night, check out Elektrik Eventz new night Sunday Confessions at The Gryphon, where they have a very special lineup of Lisa Moody (Deep Sugar, Girl Squad / Baltimore) and DJ Double 07. If you didn’t catch Lisa Moody at Deep Sugar last weekend, now’s your chance to catch her right here in Washington DC! This is also a great chance to hear DJ Double 07 delivering his unique blend of deep house and debauchery. Live visuals by Capsaicin. Door open at 8pm, no cover until 9pm, then $5 after, including one free drink. Not a bad deal!
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/480421692094910/
This week at ESL Sundays you’ll find the regular lineup of Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution in the Gold Room, The Metaphysical on the patio and Mr Bonkerz playing disco classics in the Main Room. Always a great bet if you want to go late on a Sunday night. No cover, 21+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge
2Tuff presents Metalheadz DC
If you’re looking for your drum & bass fix on Sunday night, then U Street Music Hall is the place to be, with the 2Tuff Crew presenting Metalheadz DC, with Doc Scott (31 Records / Metalheadz, UK), DJ Bailey (Metalheadz / Ministry of Sound Radio / Serato Icon, UK), T.R.A.C (Bassdrive / Liquid V / 2Tuff, NYC) & Slant (2Tuff, DC). $10 advance tickets are available from http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/646541-doc-scott-bailey-washington/, $15 on the door. 18+.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455824954667029
Zeba Sunday Sessions
And finally for Sunday, Stylo and Christauff will be throwing the 29th edition of Zeba Sunday Sessions over at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights, with special guest James Maber. Always a great option for quality underground deep techno, deep house, jackin’ house and more with a completely chillax vibe. No cover, happy hour from 5pm to 8pm.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/314222975421820/
Monday August 18
Motown on Mondays
If you’ve made it through the weekend and you need somewhere to decompress after suffering through a tough Monday at work, check out Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves, where DJ’s Dmac, Jayclue, and Rusty B. along with special guests will be spinning “originals, close relatives and exclusive remixes of your favorite Motown and soul songs”. A perfect place to meet up and swap stories from the weekend.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/650040735089751
And that wraps things up for another edition of the DC House Grooves weekend roundup. So many options for getting your groove on in the city this weekend! 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:
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.
See you on the dance floor!
Author: Andy Grant