DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up July 24 – July 27

Another weekend gone by in DC, and as always it surpassed expectations. A big thanks to everyone who came out to Lost on Thursdays and created such an amazing atmosphere. I had a blast jamming with Jubilee and Ramirez, and I look forward to doing it again soon. We didn’t make it out on Friday night, but we hear that Red Fridays at U Street Music Hall with Charles Feelgood, Lovegrove and Tim Jackson was a great night. On Saturday, fun times were to be had at the new What Had Happened Was… night at Jimmy Valentine’s, and we’re looking forward to the next one. We also hit up Flash on Saturday, and threw a few shapes on the dance floor with Saeed Younan at the controls. While we always have a great time at Flash, the place was jam packed on Saturday, and the air conditioning was somewhat lacking. Indeed, at times it felt like the dance floor was being blasted with hot air. Hopefully they will get that looked at, because it wasn’t exactly comfortable. Despite our best intentions, we never made it to Elektrik Events’ Elev8 night at Lima Lounge, but we hear it was a huge success with a full house, dancing till 4am, voguing, happiness and a beautiful mixed crowd. You can check out recordings and videos over on the Facebook event page and judge for yourself. The next one is this coming Saturday, so if you missed last week, make sure you check it out. As for Sunday, word has it that The House That U Built on the Dirty Bar rooftop with Kevin Yost, InkHouse, Double 07 and Juan Zapata was a great party. We couldn’t make it for this one, but looking forward to future parties on the Dirty Bar rooftop.

So what’s DC got lined up for us next weekend? Here’s your weekly roundup of underground house and electronic music events for the coming weekend. Please share with your friends and get the word out!

Thursday July 24

Lost on Thursdays

Lost on ThursdaysOur top pick for your deep house fix Thursday night is Lost on Thursdays on the Lost Society rooftop. You’ll always find a great crowd at Lost on Thursdays, and it is always so nice on the rooftop in the summer. This week the special guests are locals Taiga & Hakob, bringing a Nomad showcase to the Lost rooftop. As always, there is no cover, and there’s a free glass of champagne for the ladies before midnight. The best time to get there is around 11pm, after the good music has cleared out the suits.

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

Cadence presents Bachelors of Science & The Insiders

THU July 24 Cadence presents Bachelors of Science & The InsidersTop pick for those wanting a break from deep house on Thursday night is the monthly Cadence drum and bass gathering at Flash. This month’s edition brings The Insiders and Bachelors of Science to the main floor at Flash, with support from Jungle Jessi and the hardest working, multi-genre DJ in town, Vanniety Kills. Keeping things jumping in the Flash Bar are the Deep Sessions crew, with Encryption, Instagib, Refugee and MC Twisty. All the drum and bass heads will be out for this one, and you won’t find a better venue to hear some quality drum and bass on a sound system this good. Advanced tickets are available from $10 from Eventbrite, more on the door. The proceedings kick off at 8pm. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/266445820209272

Friday July 25

Red Fridays with LEE BURRIDGE, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti

LEE BURRIDGE, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris NittiOur #1 recommendation for Friday night is long running house night Red Fridays at U Street Music Hall. This week’s headliner is the man behind the huge All Day I Dream parties, Lee Burridge, with support from recent guests on the DC House Grooves radio show, ROAM DJs DJ Lisa Frank and Chris Nitti. The last time Lee played at U Hall, the line went all the way back to 11th St and beyond, so get there early to book your spot on the dance floor and hear Chris and Lisa’s sets. What’s more, it is free before 11pm for 21+, so getting there early really is a no brainer! $12 cover after 11pm. You can check out Chris and DJ Lisa Frank’s sessions on the DC House Grooves show below.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1387773504798114

DC House Grooves Sundays Rooftop Edition with Andy Grant and Chris Nitti:

DC House Grooves Soundwaves Edition, With Andy Grant, Raffi And DJ Lisa Frank Part Two

Flash presents: Chus + Ceballos (Stereo Productions)

FRI July 25 Flash presents: Chus + Ceballos (Stereo Productions)Next up for Friday, just a few blocks away Flash have Spanish producers Chus & Ceballos supported by local duo RNS. We’ve been fans of Chus & Ceballos for years, buying their records since the late 90′s, and we predict that they’ll be delivering something a little bit special to the Flash main room. Unfortunately all the advanced tickets are now sold out, but there’ll likely be some on the door. Chus & Ceballos are kind of a big deal, and the cover charge reflects that.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/680821588621160

ESL Fridays

Eighteenth Street Lounge FridayOver at Eighteenth Street Lounge, ESL Fridays has Fort Knox Five vs. Thunderball and Chris Brooks in the main room, Enea in the Gold Room and Ed Metaphysical out on the patio. With three dance floors, and Jazz upstairs in the Jazz Room, this is your one stop shop if you want an eclectic mix under one roof. No cover, 21+.

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

A/jus/ted, Man & Woman, Yomimbi & friends @ Little Miss Whiskey’s 

A/jus/ted, Man & Woman, Yomimbi & friends @ Little Miss Whiskey'sFor those of you looking for something a little bit off the beaten path, both musically and geographically, head over to Little Miss Whiskey‘s on H Street for A/jus/ted, Man & Woman, Yomimbi & friends. We haven’t checked this night out yet, but it promises quality synth inspired dance music and nu-disco flavors, so if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate and eclectic, this is our pick for your Friday night.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444852715785795

Saturday July 26

TechnOceans Boat Party with Schubert [SCI+TEC], Oliver Caine & DeepCuttaSo on to Saturday afternoon, and if you’re looking for quality techno on a pirate ship, then the TechnOceans boat party is the way to spend your afternoon. The party features Schubert supported by Oliver Caine and Deepcutta going back to back. The parties on the Boomerang pirate ship are always a lot of fun, but make sure you get your advanced tickets, and get to the dock on time! The boat leaves the dock at 2.30pm, so get there early. You don’t want to (literally) miss the boat. Advanced tickets are $25, and are available at https://bitly.com/TechnoTime. Use the coupon code “DeepCutta” and you might even get a discount . 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/699167760154364

5 Years Of Deep Secrets (part 1) w/ NORM TALLEY *

* 7.26 I 5 Years Of Deep Secrets (part 1) w/ NORM TALLEY *

And so on the first leg of the main event for this weekend. Over the past few years, Deep Secrets have thrown some of the best underground parties in town, bringing the best underground DJ talent from around the world to DC, to some of the most exciting and innovative venues. Well this weekend Deep Secrets, in association with two of our other favorite crews, 88 and Nomad, are celebrating their fifth birthday with a series of parties under the banner Five Years of Deep Secrets. First up is Five Years of Deep Secrets (Part 1) with Detroit legend Norm Talley, supported by local favorites Mazi (Stranger than Paradise) and Jubilee (Deep Secrets), at newly opened venue Hierarchy in Adams Morgan. We’ve seen the venue, and it’s a great basement space in a great location. This is THE party to go to this weekend for the best underground sounds with a friends and family vibe. Advanced tickets are $10 from Resident Advisor, more on the door. Make sure you get your tickets in advance… this one WILL sell out.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/701619283244958/

Also, make sure you check out Norm Talley’s contribution to Sarah Myers’ Hooked Podcast:


Bump ‘n Grind w/ Chris Burns, Anish, Joe L & David

Bump 'n Grind w/ Chris Burns, Anish, Joe L & DavidOver at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights, 88 and the Forward crew have the next installment of Bump’n’Grind, with local DJ and producer Chris Burns, with support from Anish and Bump’n’Grind residents Joe L and David, all playing nothing but vinyl, which makes this a 100% DC House Grooves approved party! There is even word of a very special out of town surprise guest. The Bump’n’Grind parties have all been amazing, and there is something about that dance floor at Zeba that makes for a special night. To celebrate a month of construction on the forthcoming Bump’n’Grind coffee shop / record store, they will be giving away two bags of Bump’n’Grind coffee and a hat. Yeah, you heard that right. A free hat! All you need to do for a chance to win is show up. What’s more, the event is free! Our recommendation is that you plan on going to both Bump’n’Grind and 5 Years of Deep Secrets (Part one). The venues aren’t too far apart, and you don’t want to miss either one. Whatever you decide, keep your ears to the ground. Something tells me there will be something pretty special lined up for afters.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/781423215212941

Flash presents Trus’me (Prime Numbers) + Mass Prod (Circoloco / DC10), Solomon Sanchez

SAT July 26th Flash presents Trus'me (Prime Numbers) + Mass Prod (Circoloco / DC10), Solomon SanchezDown on the U Street corridor, Trus’me (Prime Numbers) makes his Flash debut, alongside Mass Prod (Circo Loco / DC10), supported by Solomon Sanchez.  You are guaranteed a packed dance floor, and you know you’re going to have a good time.  Get there early to avoid the inevitable Saturday night line, and to catch Solomon’s set. Advanced tickets are $8 on Ticketfly, more on the door.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/256550077878102

Elev8 - A Grown & Sexy Night of House Music

Elev8 - A Grown & Sexy Night of House Music | July 26Over at Lima Lounge on Saturday night is the second installment of Elev8, with DJ Earic Patten, supported by  two-time DC House Grooves show guest LeonFelipe and Darius Twin. LeonFelipe was booked off the back of his amazing set on the DC House Grooves show last week, and we are really happy to see him reach a wider audience. Get there early for his set, even if you’re planning on heading to one of Saturday’s other parties. This time they will be taking over the underground main level of Lima. Last week’s Elev8 was a huge success, and this promises to be even better. Definitely one to check out! The party starts at 10pm, and goes until the dancing stops. No cover before midnight if you join the event or show your Elev8 membership card. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/560007747364805

Check out LeonFelipe’s DC House Grooves show:


BLISS: Will Eastman & Keenan Orr

BLISS: Will Eastman & Keenan OrrU Street Music Hall hosts the monthly Bliss party on Saturday, with local’s Will Eastman and Keenan Orr at the controls. The Bliss parties are always a lot of fun, and this promises to be no exception. Cover is $10, although if you get there early it is free before 11pm for 21+. A portion of the proceeds goes to the U Street Music Foundation, so you’ll be partying for a good cause.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/676000632454508

ESL Saturdays

ESL SaturdaysOver at the Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday, you’ll find Rob Paine and Willyum bringing a taste of their Philly based party The Shakedown to the Gold Room at ESL, where they have a bimonthly residency. We’ve heard great reports about The Shakedown, and word has it they were amazing at Forquarters Collective’s Yours Truly party last week in Baltimore. Out on the patio, Baltimore’s Graham Hatke will be holding things down, with Smudge at the controls in the Main Room. As always, there will be live jazz and DJs in the Jazz Room. No cover, 21+.

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

Sunday July 27

5 Years Of Deep Secrets (part 2) w/ VINCENZO *

* 7.27 I 5 Years Of Deep Secrets (part 2) w/ VINCENZO *You’ve made it to Sunday. As you spill out of whatever afters you ended up at in the early hours of Sunday morning, your first stop has to be the Sundays Rooftop installment of the Five Years of Deep Secrets weekend at Dirty Bar, with Vincenzo (Poker Flat, Mobilee) supported by R & B (Deep Secrets) and House That You Built and Cadence supremo Vanniety Kills. This year’s season on the Dirty Bar rooftop has been incredible so far, and with quality sounds pumping from that Dynacord sound system, you can’t help but dance. Advanced tickets are $10 from Resident Advisor, more on the door. The party kicks off at 2pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/541878545934242

SUNGLASS SUNDAYS | w/ BREITEN [Germany]  4 Hour Set | LOUIE LOCO’s BDAY Daytime Rooftop Charity Event

SUNGLASS SUNDAYS | w/ BREITEN [Germany]  4 Hour Set | LOUIE LOCO's BDAY Daytime Rooftop Charity EventAcross the street on the Public rooftop, there is another edition of Sunglass Sundays, with headliner Breiten (rheinrhythmik), supported by Lynod, Leonardo Lee, Will Johnston, Navbox and Chris Nitti. Sunday’s edition is also the Rito Loco co-founder Louis Loco’s birthday celebration, so expect a festive atmosphere! As usual, they’ll have the bottomless mimosas from 2pm to 5pm, along with all the usual drinks specials, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the One Sight charity. Free before 5pm, $10 after, although if you show you have liked / followed Sunglass Sundays on social media, they will give you a $5 discount.  We recommend you spend at least part of your Sunday at Sunglass Sundays, and if you can, check out Navbox and Chris Nitti’s sets. The party kicks off at 2pm and runs to 2am.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/702061503199896/

ESL Sundays

ESL SundaysStaying at the top of Eighteenth Street, ESL Sundays has Sam Burns’ legendary Underground Soul Solution in the Gold Room, Mr Bonkerz in the Main Room, and The Metaphysical out on the patio, with special guest Baronhawk Poitier. For a sophisticated crowd of true house heads, the Gold Room at ESL is the place to be on Sunday. $5 drink specials from 9pm to 11pm. No cover, 21+.

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

* 7.27 Are You Still Down? (Afters for the rooftop) *

* 7.27 Are You Still Down? (Afters for the rooftop) *If you’re planning to go the distance with the Deep Secrets crew celebrating their five year anniversary, then you won’t want to miss the after party for Sundays Rooftop,  Are You Still Down? at Tropicalia.with Ramirez (Roots & Spirits) and Chris Burns (Deep Secrets). These are two of our favorite local DJs, and the event is free, so we’re giving this a strong recommendation.  If you’ve been partying with the Deep Secrets crew all weekend, then you’ll want to wrap things up right with some quality tunes on Tropicalia’s great sound system. Besides, there’s a cute kitten on the flyer, so that means you HAVE to go. The party kicks off at 11pm and runs to 2am.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1512837122261626

Zeba Sunday Sessions Episode 26 | DJ Genna

SUN 7/27 - Zeba Sunday Sessions Episode 26 | DJ GennaFinally, if the rooftop scene isn’t your thing, and you’re looking for a more laid back neighborhood affair, head over to Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights for Stylo and Christauff‘s regular Sunday Sessions event. This Sunday is their 26th edition, with special guest DJ Genna from Baltimore. As always, there’s no cover, and the music plays from 6pm to 10pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487754754775188

And that wraps things up for another 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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We’re off on our summer vacation next week, so we will be taking a break from the weekend roundup. However, normal service will resume the following week. 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



DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up July 17 – July 20

Well last weekend was nothing short of amazing out there on the DC underground scene. The  high points for us were getting down to The Metaphysical on the patio at ESL on Friday, followed by Flash with the Blkmarket Membership crew, then Navbox’s birthday party at Flash on Saturday , where Juan Zapata’s set was a major highlight. On Sunday, both the Sunglass  Sundays and Sunday’s Rooftop parties were amazing, and it was hard work deciding how to split our time between those rockin’ dance floors. As always, we were filled with regret for not making it to Deep Sugar, and as always we are promising ourselves that we will make the pilgrimage to the Paradox for their next monthly party! I guess the low point for the weekend was the U Street Music Hall security denying us entry to their party with Hector on Friday around 1.30am for no apparent reason. Very disappointing.

Anyway, without further ado, it’s time again to round up all the best underground house and electronic music events in the Washington, DC area for the coming weekend. As always, there is plenty going on this weekend, so check out the events below, get your ass out on one or more of these dance floors and support your local scene!

Thursday July 17

Fly in July at Lost on Thursdays with Jubilee, Andy Grant and RamirezThe #1 recommendation for your Thursday night is DC House Grooves favorite Lost on Thursdays. This week it’s Fly In July, with locals Andy Grant (yeah, that’s me), Jubilee and Ramirez. The three of us jammed together on a recent DC House Grooves show and had a blast, so we’re bringing it to the Lost rooftop on Thursday. As always, there is no cover, and there’s a free glass of champagne for the ladies before midnight. The Lost rooftop is the best place to be on a hot summer night, and we will be laying on the finest deep tunes to start your weekend off right.

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

Andy, Jubilee and Ramirez in the mix:


THU July 17 Flash presents: Henry Saiz (Natura Sonoris, Bedrock | Madrid), Fort FairmontIf you’re looking for a great crowd with the best sound system in town on Thursday night, head down to Flash for Henry Saiz (Natura Sonoris, Bedrock), ably supported by local DC House Grooves favorite Christauff. I recommend getting there early for Christauff’s set. Advanced tickets are $7 from Ticketfly, likely a bit more on the door, and happy hour goes until midnight.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463435100561452/

1932269_1443731799221757_3137808353487990410_nIf you’re looking for something a little bit different away from the U Street corridor on Thursday, why not check out Fusion Thursdays at the New Zanzibar. We haven’t checked out this event or venue before, but it promises house music all night from a lineup including J. Creation, Rick Next Door, Cybin Quest, Mike Sutra and Statik Skye. The event kicks off at 8pm, 21+, no cover, and they’ve got $5 Fireball shots & Beer bucket specials all night. If you check it out, let us know your thoughts!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1491183054452439

Friday July 17

DC House Grooves cover imageSo much on this Friday night I don’t know where to start. Well, that’s not entirely true, because Friday kicks off with the DC House Grooves radio show with me, Andy Grant and special guest LeonFelipe. Wherever you decide to go on Friday, make sure you tune in to DC House Grooves Radio from 9pm ET. We’ve got you covered for your pre-game sounds.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1503627263188445

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Eighteenth Street Lounge FridayFirst up out on the town this Friday, we recommend ESL Fridays at Eighteenth Street Lounge, where you’ll find Jason Qdup and Rusty B (filling in for Fort Knox Five) with Chris Brooks in the Main Room, Enea in the Gold Room and The Metaphysical out on the patio. ESL is always your best bet if you’re looking for a bunch of musical styles under one roof. We had a blast dancing on the patio last Friday. Definitely worth a look.

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

Charles Feelgood w/ LoveGrove, Tim JacksonOver on U Street at Red Fridays at U Street Music Hall you’ll find a lineup of local legends, with Charles Feelgood headlining with support from LoveGrove and Tim Jackson. Between them these cats have over 60 years of DJing experience, so if you want to hear some master craftsmen work the dance floor on an incredible sound system, get yourself down to U Hall. I recommend getting yourself down there early to hear Tim Jackson’s set. You’ll also save on cover, as it is free entry before 12am for 21+. After that cover is $10.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437747139809092

FRI July 18th Flash Quarterly Residency Series featuring ButaneFurther along U Street at Flash, they’ve got Butane‘s quarterly residency, along with local DC label Silence in Metropolis‘ label night, with friends of DC House Grooves Sam Kosh, Jus Nowhere and Jackson Ryland. We’re hoping to get these guys down to the Rave Basement for a show soon, but you can check ‘em out on Friday on Flash’s close to perfect Funktion One sound system.  Advanced tickets are $7 on Ticketfly, more on the door.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1395981703957568/

4 HOURS OF FUNK :: FRI JULY 18th :: ARTSCAPE EDITION!!!If you’re looking to escape the DC bubble on Friday night, you could do a lot worse than head up 95 North to Baltimore, where there are a bunch of great events celebrating Artscape weekend to keep you dancing. First up is 4 Hours of Funk Artscape Edition at the Windup Space with residents Graham & Fleg, with DJ Sean J and Landis Expandis. We’ve never made it to one of the 4 Hours of Funk events, but we’ve heard nothing but good things, so this one comes with a strong recommendation. Free before 11pm, $5 after. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/783173691726669

Yours Truly, ROB PAINE & WILLYUM | Fri July 18Next up in Charm City on Friday night, our good friends Forquarters Collective present Yours Truly at the Red Maple with the legendary Shakedown and Worship crew Rob Paine and Willyum.This party promises the best of the Baltimore and Philly underground scenes under one roof, and we’ve never had a bad time at any party where the Forquarters crew are involved. Definitely worth the trip up 95!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/677602335626759/

Artscape Afterparty///10pm-5am///BYOBAnd finally for Friday, regardless of whether you are out in DC or Baltimore, you’ll want to get your ass to Baltimore for the Artscape After Party at 1722 N. Charles St. with DJs Jena Paradies, Feroun, Navbox, Mister K and Simon Ferdinand.  The party goes until 5am, so if you want to dance till sunrise, this is the place to be! BYOB if you want to drink.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/839364759408639/

Saturday July 19

First Responders of House!Saturday kicks off at 10am with local soulful house DJ K’Ture on the First Responders of House radio show on Cyberjamz, with Dee Clark and Tommy Wickens. This Saturday’s show coincides with the 1st ever house music flash mob. Promises to be interesting!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/783297115044290

ElektrikEventz™ presents: Elev8 - A Grown & Sexy Night of House MusicFirst up for Saturday night is a new night at Lima Lounge from ElektrikEventz™, run by former Tracks DC resident DJ Earic Patten. The night is called Elev8, and it promises to be a Grown & Sexy night of house music, with DJs Ross Mt. Park, Darius Twin and DJ Earic Patten himself. The dress code is smart casual, and there is no cover. I have to admit to being a little hesitant whenever I see a flyer telling me how to dress, and I made a personal promise never to return to Lima Lounge after their door staff made a big fuss of very publicly refusing me entry for wearing the wrong kind of shoes to their club a few years back, but I am assured by the ElektrikEventz crew that this won’t be happening at Elev8. If you have any problems with the door staff, I recommend asking for a member of the ElektrikEventz team, who will help resolve any issues. We’re happy to see someone trying a new concept in a different venue, and we hope this new night will be a huge success. No cover, 21+. Email Erika@ElektrikEventz.com for list.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/692669814159921/

ESL Saturday July 19Next up for Saturday is Eighteenth Street Lounge, and yet again they’ve got everything you could want under one roof, with Will Eastman and Ozker on the patio, DC House Grooves favorites Philip Goyette and Chris Burns in the Gold Room and Mr Bonkerz in the main room. With All That Jazz… up on the second floor, they’ve truly got something for everyone.

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

What Had Happened Was.......Our next recommendation for your Saturday night is two of our favorite DJs playing at one of our favorite venues: What Had Happened Was… at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club is a new night celebrating the big room sounds of days gone by. Think Nation circa 2000 and you’ll be on the right track. Tim Jackson and Juan Zapata will be your dance floor guides on Saturday, spinning those tunes to remind you that newer isn’t necessarily better. There’s no cover, but don’t forget Jimmys is an all cash bar, so leave your credit cards at home.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/760372467358978/

SAT July 19 Flash presents: Saeed Younan, Jaceo (Younan Music Showcase & 10 Year Anv. Event)Our final recommendation for Saturday is Flash with Saeed Younan, supported by Jaceo. It is sure to be a road block on the dance floor, but with local legend Saeed working that sound system, it will be worth it! Advanced tickets at $8 on Ticketfly, more on the door.

Full details: https://www.facebook.com/events/323588021123678

Sunday July 20

Sun 7/20: The House That U Built ft Kevin Yost (I records, CIRCOLOCO), Double07, iNK House, Juan ZapataOur #1 recommendation for Sunday is The House That U Built on the Dirty Bar rooftop, which this week has a local line up to die for, and I use the term local loosely, because this week they’ve got international recording artist Kevin Yost (iRecords, Circoloco) headlining. Kevin has spent most of the summer so far jumping from one Balearic island to the next performing his superb live show, but this weekend he is back in DC and playing our favorite rooftop. Supporting Kevin on the incredible Dynacord sound system from Jackson Pro Audio will be DC House Grooves favorites Ink House, Double 07 and Juan Zapata. You won’t find a better line up this weekend. Festivities kick off at 4pm, and it is free before 5pm, $5 after. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/257450961122475

Zeba Sunday Sessions 25 | Earic PattenThe Zeba Sunday Sessions up at Zeba Bar deservedly always gets a mention in the weekly round up, and this week they’ve got former Tracks DC resident Earic Patten, supported by residents Stylo and Christauff. Well worth checking out if you’re looking for something more intimate in the neighborhood. Random fact: that’s my Strictly Rhythm slip mat on the flyer!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444648809123037

ESL Sundays July 20And last, but not least for Sunday is ESL Sundays at Eighteenth Street Lounge, with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution in the Gold Room, Bil Todd on the patio and The Metaphysical in the main room. Always one for the heads on Sunday night. 21+, no cover, and $5 drink specials 9-11pm. If you’re looking to dance late on Sunday, ESL is the place to be.

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

And that wraps it up for the weekend… but for those of you that can’t quite accept that the weekend is over, we’ve got just the thing for you on Monday night:

Monday July 21

Motown on MondaysAs mentioned last week, Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves on 14th Street (right around the corner from Lost Society) is rapidly becoming the place to be for the heads to catch up and compare notes on their weekend adventures, to a sound track of original Motown classics and remixes from DJs Jayclue and Rusty B. No cover, 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/650040735089751/

And with that, we’re done with this week’s round up. For your pre- and post- game sound track, don’t forget to tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant


DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up July 10 – 13

Last week’s holiday weekend antics were something else. Now you’ve had a few days to recover, you’ll be starting to think about the coming weekend, and yet again DC has you covered with some incredible events. Here are the DC House Grooves recommendations for doing your weekend right.

Thursday July 10

THU July 10th Flash presents: CLAPTONE [Exploited | Berlin], Marko Peli, Leonardo Lee, Alex Eljaiek | Masquerade BallFlash kick off their weekend with a Masquerade Ball, with special guest Claptone, ably supported by locals Marko Pelo and Sunglass Sundays’ Leonardo Lee. Thursday nights at Flash are always quality, and this one promises to be interesting! Wear a mask, and you’ll receive a free cocktail on entry. First release tickets are all sold out, but you can get the second release for $10 from Ticketfly: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/597607

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/677679698969922/

07.10: FLY IN JULY feat. Maksim Batyunin (MNMLKTCHN)

Further up U Street at Lost Society, you’ll find FLY IN JULY at Lost on Thursdays feat. Maksim Batyunin (MNMLKTCHN). At Lost on Thursdays, you are pretty much guaranteed quality music and a packed dance floor, and on a hot summer night, the roof terrace is where you want to be. I heard Maksim on the Dirty Bar rooftop last year and he absolutely killed it. A strong recommendation for Thursday night.

Free glass of champagne for the ladies all night.
$3 Miller Lites
$6 Vodka Mixes
$5 Flavored Absolut Shots

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403405126568279/

Thursday July 10th :: FOUNDATION featuring DIMITRI MAX, JUAN ZAPATA, JOE L and RAY CASILDownstairs from Lost Society at Tropicalia is Foundation, featuring Dimitri Max, Juan Zapata, Joe L and Ray Casil. These cats are some of the best local producers and DJs in town, and if you’re looking for some dance floor mayhem powered by Tropicalia’s great sound system, this will be a great choice! $5 cover all night, 21+

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/662909070470601

THU July 10 Marx Cafe presents: ChristauffFinally for Thursday, if you’re looking for something a little more intimate, check out Christauff’s monthly residency at the Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant. This month his special guest is James Maber. Not much of a dance floor, but a great bet if you’re looking to enjoy some drinks with some great music.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/739236606140578

 Friday July 11

FORWARD and Urban Artistry Present: Electronic MovementFor something a little bit different for your pre-game on Friday, Forward and Urban Artistry present Electronic Movement at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Sprint. This is the first in a series of shows featuring Electronic Music paired with choreographed dance and visuals in a theater setting. The night will feature exclusive mixes focused on interpreting 3 specific genres of electronic music curated by Internationally recognized artists. The Forward team are always pushing the boundaries to celebrate electronic music culture and promote it to a wider audience, and this promises to be a very special event, providing a new perspective on the music we all love. A bit of culture before heading out to the club on Friday! Pre-sale tickets are $15, and are available here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/electronic-movement-tickets-12048961769.

If you can’t make the Friday show, Electronic Movement is on Saturday too.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1436930649903158/

HECTOR, Adam Collins (House On Mute), Cry Baby (House On Mute) After Electronic movement, get yourself down to U Street Music Hall for headliner Hector (Desolat), supported by Adam Collins (House on Mute) and Cry Baby (House on Mute). A regular visitor to Washington DC, Hector is always worth going out for. I was lucky enough to open for him at Lost on Thursdays last year, and he rocked the place. Hector + the U Street Music Hall sound system will be something special. Cover is $10, but if you get there before 12am, its free for 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1458694957703197

FRI July 11 Flash & The BLKMarket Membership present Taimur & FahadFinally for Friday, Flash has Taimur & Fahad from Blkmarket Membership playing an open to close set.  I’ve heard Taimur rocking the Flash system before, and all I can say is… GO! As long as you can handle the Flash Friday night crowds, you’ll be dancing your ass off all night long. Free before 11pm, $10 after.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/763318507047171

Saturday July 12

If you didn’t make it to Electronic Movement on Friday night, you’ve got another chance to check it out on Saturday night, so get yourself up to Silver Spring before you head out on the town.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/878980535462904

SAT July 12 Flash presents Navbox & Friends (DJ Lisa Frank, Juan Zapata)

A strong recommendation for Saturday night is Navbox’s birthday celebration at Flash, with locals Juan Zapata, DJ Lisa Frank and Navbox himself. Juan and Lisa have both guested on the DC House Grooves radio show before, and they never disappoint, and Navbox always delivers. Definitely worth checking out if you’re planning on heading to U Street for your Saturday night. No cover before 11pm, $12 after.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/676470765771010

M+M Mix Productions & ESL Present John Morales Club Motown Tour...

Across town at Eighteenth Street Lounge, you’ll find disco and house legend John Morales in the Gold Room, supported by ESL regular Philip Goyette, with Mr. Bonkerz on the patio and Smudge in the Main Room. Something for everyone if you’re looking for variety under one roof.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/597091667076522

Napoleons presents JUBILEE and YACO. Opening sounds by DJ Daniel Terrazas

If you’re up in Adams Morgan, my recommendation is that you head to Napoleon Bistro for locals Jubilee and Yaco, with support from Daniel Terrazas. Napoleon is an intimate venue with a great vibe, and Jubilee, who recently guested on the DC House Grooves radio show, has been killing it with his productions lately. Look out for releases coming soon on his Slope Traxx label. Definitely one for the heads. No cover, no dress code. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/328645220632939

PUSH with Rusty B, DJ Nav and Joe L

Next up for Saturday night is Joe L’s monthly night PUSH at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club up on Bladensburg Road in north east. If you want to escape the crazy Saturday night crowds and get down with the real heads, this is the place to  be. I can guarantee the music will blow you away with this ridiculous local line up. DJ Nav, another recent guest on the DC House Grooves show, has some amazing productions under his belt recently, and I’m sure he’ll be breaking out his best tunes. Joe L and Rusty B always kill it. Not to be missed! No event page for this one, but it kicks off at 10pm up at Jimmy Valentine’s. No cover. 21+.

Jimmy Valentine’s: https://www.facebook.com/JVLHC


And last, but by no means least, finish your Saturday night off right with the Deep Sugar after hours at the legendary Paradox in Baltimore with Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards, Lil Ray, The Elders and Mookie Brock. Described as the best house night on the East Coast, it is well worth the trip up from DC for the best tunes and a real family vibe. When the club closes in DC, get yourself up to Baltimore and dance until sunrise at Deep Sugar. $12 members, $15 general admission.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/566612496777200

Sunday July 13

SUNGLASS SUNDAYS | w/ The SCUMFROG | 4 hour set | Rooftop Charity EventSo if you’ve made it to Sunday and you’re looking to dance on a rooftop in the sunshine, DC’s got you covered with two fantastic rooftop parties. Leonardo Lee’s regular party Sunglass Sundays is over on the Public Bar rooftop, and this Sunday they’s got a spectacular lineup including Kochi, DJ Meegs, Leonardo Lee, Darius Twin, Paul Geddes and special guest Scumfrog. This is going to be a road block, so get there early! Free until 5pm, then $10 after, although if you can show that you have liked the Sunglass Sundays Facebook page, they’ll give you a $5 discount. Check it out for a friends and family vibe.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/655746747841445

World Cup Finals Party feat. Jubilee Vs. Ramirez, Raffi Vs. Lisa Frank, Gabucci Vs. HakobAcross the street from Sunglass Sundays on the Dirty Bar rooftop you’ll find the Sunday’s Rooftop World Cup Final Edition, with locals Gabucci vs. Hakob, Raffi vs. DJ Lisa Frank and Jubilee vs. Ramirez.  If you’re looking for quality tunes on the rooftop, but don’t want to miss the World Cup Finals, this is your best best. They will be screening the match above the DJ booth, and they’ll have the TVs running inside. Make sure you get there for Jubilee vs. Ramirez for some of the best deep tunes you’ll hear all weekend.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/241243309419948

You can check out the DC House Grooves show I did with Jubilee and Ramirez here:


If you’re up in Columbia Heights, check out Zeba Bar for Episode 24 of Christauff and Stylo’s Zeba Sunday Sessions. Quality tunes in the neighborhood from 6pm to 10 pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1514294428799565

And finally for Sunday, check out the regular ESL Sundays night over at Eighteenth Street Lounge. As always, local legend Sam Burns will be at the controls in the Gold Room, with Mr Bonkerz playing disco classics in the Main Room, and The Metaphysical holding things down on the patio. No event page for this, but check out the Eighteenth Street Lounge Facebook page for more info.

And that just about wraps it up for this edition of the DC House Grooves weekend roundup… just one more bonus recommendation:

Monday July 14

Motown on MondaysLooking to decompress after your weekend, but can’t quite bring yourself to stay in? Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves on H Street is rapidly becoming the place to be for the heads to catch up and compare notes on their weekend adventures, to a sound track of original Motown classics and remixes from DJs D-Mac, Jayclue, and Rusty B. No cover, 21+/

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/650040735089751

And that really does wrap it up for this week’s round up! For your pre- and post- game sound track, don’t forget to tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant


DC House Grooves Weekend Event Round Up July 4 Holiday Weekend Edition

If you’re staying in Washington DC for the holiday weekend, and if you’re looking for quality underground deep house music, there’s no shortage of amazing events to keep you grooving. The Washington DC underground scene is on fire lately, with so many quality events with both big name DJs and super-talented local DJs that it can be hard to keep up. To help you decide, we have pulled together a list of the best local events over the holiday weekend. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday July 3

Wet Hot American Summer at Lost Society on July 3Wet Hot American Summer at Lost Society with the ROAM DJs Chris Nitti, DJ Lisa Frank and Sami Y is the hot ticket for Thursday, and best of all there’s no cover! Lost on Thursdays is always a good bet for a great dance floor vibe, and with this line up you can’t go wrong.

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1526807107532079

For a taster, check out the DC House Grooves sessions with Chris Nitti and DJ Lisa Frank here:

Beats on Repeat with Philip Goyette and Ian PlaceNext up for Thursday night is Beats on Repeat with Philip Goyette and local producer Ian Place at the Velvet Lounge on U Street. This regular monthly night is always worth checking out for the house music connoisseur, and this Thursday looks like it will be something special. Firmly on the DC House Grooves radar.

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/660676457351455/

Distrikt at Flash July 3Heading further down U Street to Flash for the last recommendation for Thursday night, where you’ll find Distrikt presents: DJ Kramer, Paul Geddes, Ben Seagren. We’re huge fans of Flash here at DC House Grooves, and Thursday nights are usually the best for enjoying their amazing sound system without the weekend crowds… although with no work on Friday, it will likely be a road block on the dance floor!

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1465012160403494

Friday July 4

Sound Waves Boat Party July 4

First up for Independence Day is the Soundwaves Boat Party on the Boomerang pirate ship, with local DJs Raffi, Juan Zapata and Jubilee. The Soundwaves boat parties are always crazy affairs.. nothing like grooving out to underground sounds while you drift past Washington DCs monuments as the sun sets. Tickets for this event are completely sold out, but if you check the event page you might find a spare up for grabs.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/861765720505130

Flash of July with Chadwick, Juan Zapata and DJ MeegsOnce the boat docks, we will be heading up to Flash for Flash of July, with resident DJ Chadwick and a stellar line up of local talent, including Juan Zapata, DJ Meegs, Rusty B, Vanniety Kills and iLlogic. Chadwick is well known for putting a lot of effort into the decor for his parties at Flash, so this one is not to be missed! Advanced tickets are $8, available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/611251.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/241295759394526

Back in the Day July 4And if that wasn’t enough, our final recommendation for July 4 is local legend Ray Casil’s Back in the Day party at U Street Music Hall, featuring DJ WHO, Slant, Simon & Sinestro, and Ray Casil. A proper old school reunion, laying down the beats the way we used to do it. Free before 11pm for 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416325431970030

Saturday July 5

ROAM IVIf you’ve made it this far, you’re doing well, but there are still plenty more essential events to round out your weekend.  First up on Saturday is ROAM IV at a super secret location, with an incredible local lineup, including DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Sami Y, Navbox, Juan Zapata, Raffi, Jett Chandon and Dawit Eklund. ROAM IV runs from 12pm until 4am, and there is no cover! The ROAM parties are always a family affair, and it is a pet-friendly environment until 10pm, so bring your faithful friend!

RSVP for location info – http://bit.ly/ROAMIV

Flash with Matthew Dekay, Bedouin and Sarah Myers Also on Saturday,  Flash presents Matthew Dekay (All Day I Dream, Innervisions | Berlin), Bedouin, Sarah Myers, and Conscious Contact. Definitely worth checking out if you’re sticking around the U Street corridor.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/690189847684869/

Sunday July 6

The House That U Built July 7So you’ve made it to Sunday, but DC isn’t done with you yet. Sunday kicks off with The House That U Built on the Dirty Bar rooftop near Dupont Circle, with a local lineup featuring Keenan Orr, the TNX DJs, C. Hill and Vanniety Kills. The party starts at 3pm and runs to 11pm. The Dirty Bar rooftop is our favorite rooftop venue this summer, and the Dynacord sound system from Jackson Pro Audio is something else. Always a good crowd at The House That U Built!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/661126180635927

Zeba Sunday SessionsNext up on Sunday is episode 23 of the Zeba Sunday Sessions at Zeba Bar across town in Columbia Heights, with residents Stylo, Christauff and guest DJ Looseleaf. Sunday Sessions runs from 6pm to 10pm, and there’s no cover. If you want to groove away your Sunday evening with some quality jackin deep tech soulful house, get yourself over Zeba bar.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499960630216115

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns, Farid and Juan ZapataAnd last, but by no means least, check out the legendary ESL Sundays with Sam “The Man” Burns, Farid and Juan Zapata. We predict all the heads will be there to close out their weekend with some of the finest local DJs in the business. Full details in the flyer.

And that rounds out our recommendations for quality house music over the July 4 weekend in Washington DC. You certainly can’t complain there is nothing to do! And if you’re looking for some music for your pre-game or after party, don’t forget that you can tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant