DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Memorial Day Weekend May 24 to May 27

Before I get into it this week, I want to give a big shout to the Sequence crew for a legit party up at the warehouse spot last Friday with Juana, Aurora HalalTheta FluxDJ Stingray and Associate. While I couldn’t stay too long, I was there early in the evening, and they filled that place up real quick with true heads, and I could tell it was going to be a really special evening. If well curated techno is your thing, keep an eye out for Sequence events; legit warehouse vibes for lovers of the real shit. Make sure you like the Sequence Facebook Page to be kept up to date with news of future Sequence events.

On to this weekend, and it’s a fairly quiet one here in DC, as many of our friends make the annual pilgrimage to Detroit for the Movement festival and all the associated shenanigans. If, like me, you can’t make it this year, don’t worry, while it’s a little quieter than usual, there’s still plenty to keep you dancing Thursday through Sunday, right here in DC.

The big news for DC House Grooves this weekend is the launch of our new event in partnership with Roots & SpiritsVibe and Public BarBeats Maneuver. We’ve assembled an incredible line up for a 13 hour rooftop extravaganza from 3pm right through to 4am, featuring World Peace Music‘s Gigi Testa, with support from KayLaSoulAndrew HogansRamirezKochiAndy Grant (that’s me!) & Katrina Mir. There’s no work on Monday, so no excuses! The perfect opportunity to cut loose and groove out Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. Cover is just $5 from 3pm to 6pm, then just $10 after, and we’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds to Friends of Puerto Rico, so you’ll be getting down for a great cause. We’ve also got limited number of $5 early birds available over at Resident Advisor, so if you plan on coming late, but only want to pay $5, grab yours now!

To celebrate the launch of Beats ManeuverDC House Grooves is giving away three spots on the guest list to one lucky winner, so if you want to be on the list + 2 for Sunday, enter our free prize draw! Remember to leave your real name and email address, as we’ll need to contact you to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need to show your ID to claim your prize. When you fill out the form, you can also subscribe to the DC House Grooves  mailing list. We promise not to spam you; we’ll just send you the occasional email letting you know what’s coming up from DC House Grooves.

I want to be on the guest list +2 for Beats Maneuver with Gigi Testa

We hope you can join us on Sunday for what promises to be the start of something special. We’ve got dates scheduled through to the end of the summer, featuring great out of town and local talent, so join us on Sunday and be there from the start. To all DJs and promoters who I’ve supported over the years through DC House Grooves, why not return the favor and lend a bit of support to DC House Grooves? Would be great to hang out, have a few beers and get down to some quality house music!

Beats Maneuver with Gigi Testa tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/

beats maneuver

As I mentioned above, Sunday is just the beginning for Beats Maneuver. Our next date at Public Bar is June 3 with Trinidadian Deep working his magic on the rooftop. Check next week’s DC House Grooves for full line up details.

Beats Maneuver Trinidadian Deep

Ok here at this week’s Top Pick links. Click the link for each day to see my full list of Top Picks for that day over on Facebook. Easy access to all the best events!

Top Picks Thursday May 24

Top Picks Friday May 25

Top Picks Saturday May 26

Top Picks Sunday May 27

Plenty to choose from, but if I had to pick my highlights, D’Julz with Wade Hammes at Flash and Playlist with JubileeRamirez and special guest Rosenberg top the list for Thursday.

playlist

On Friday night, start your night off right with the WTF?! Radio Show Beats Maneuver Edition featuring two of our Beats Maneuver residents DJ Kochi and Katrina Mir, giving you a taste of what to expect on the rooftop this Sunday. Tune in from 5pm ET at www.sugarshackrecordings.com. Out and about on Friday, I recommend checking out U Sleaze with Keenan OrrLemzOutputmessage at U Street Music Hall, or head over to Backbar for The Speakeasy Disco with Dee ClarkeSparse Cholesky & Kenny M.

speakeasy disco

On Saturday night, we’ll be broadcasting on Underground Quality Radio live from DC House Grooves HQ with a very special Beats Maneuver Edition of the DC House Grooves Show, with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio,
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2171302872885958/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Out on the town, I recommend checking out JandroMike Harvey at El Techo on Saturday afternoon, then on Saturday night head to Flash for Bedrock legend John Digweed with DexxSteve KirnMike HarveyJake Clemens Randy Masiello.

John Digweed

For those of you reading this in Baltimore, look no further than Factory 17, where The Elders join forces with Guillermo Giraldo for a night of solid vibes open to close. $5 before 12, $10 after.

soul love with the elders

Plenty of great events to choose from to celebrate Memorial Day Sunday, what with Jimmy Valentine’s 11 Year AnniversarySunday Love at Flash, and The Clubhouse Reunion, but Beats Maneuver at Public Bar is where the party is gonna be at! See you on the dance floor!

beats maneuver

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 17 to May 20

Kicking things off this week with a free ticket giveaway! On Saturday night, the ROAM crew celebrate their 17th event with perhaps their biggest one yet, with headliners Objekt, the mighty Helena Hauff and friend of the family, TV Lounge resident and all round great DJ Loren, supported by residents DJ Lisa FrankJett Chandon and Rush Plus. Throw in proper sound and a serious warehouse location, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an amazing night on the dance floor.  DC House Grooves has partnered with the ROAM crew to give away a pair of tickets worth $50 to one lucky winner. Just click the link below, fill out the form, and we’ll pick a winner at random on Saturday afternoon. Please make sure you enter your real full name and email address, as we’ll be contacting the winner by email, and you will need to show your ID on entry to receive your prize.

I want to win 2 free tickets to ROAM XVII with Objekt, Helena Hauff & Loren!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1999247396991056/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1087673

ROAM XVII

Ok, before I get into news about everything else this weekend, something to look forward to on Memorial Day weekend. I know many of you will be heading to Detroit for Movement Festival and all the associated shenanigans, but for those of you sticking around here in DC, how does 13 hours dancing in the sunshine with a line up of top house DJs on one of the best rooftops in town sound? Our new summer rooftop party series in association with Roots & Spirits and VibeBeats Maneuver, kicks off on Sunday May 27 with headliner Gigi Testa and local support from KayLaSoulAndrew Hogans, plus Beats Maneuver  residents RamirezKochi, myself (Andy Grant) and Katrina Mir. Quality house music, open to close! Advanced tickets are on sale now over on Resident Advisor, with a limited number of $5 early birds if you move fast. Please support this inaugural event, and help us set the stage for a fun summer on the rooftop! We’ll be bringing  some serious international and local talent to the Public Bar rooftop in the coming months, so join us at the start of something special!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961
Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/

Beats Maneuver Gigi Testa

No Meet the Locals Podcast this week, so for this week’s mix I’ve got the recording of the one year anniversary of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio  with me, Katrina Mir Ramirez, recorded at DC House Grooves HQ this past Saturday. If you want to hear what Beats Maneuver is all about, then check out this show by three of it’s residents. Quality underground house music all the way!

OK here are my DC House Grooves Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link to see a list of all the good stuff for each day.

Top Picks Thursday May 17

Top Picks Friday May 18

Top Picks Saturday May 19

Top Picks Sunday May 20

So much good stuff in there, it’s going to be tough to choose! Thursday night kicks off with the latest edition of Chadwick‘s Headroom Listening Sessions at Flash, where you can hear the latest productions from DC’s many talented producers showcased on  Flash‘s  Funktion One sound system. If you’re an aspiring producer yourself, it’s a great way to network with other local producers, and if you’re not, it’s a great way to hear amazing new tracks, hot off the press. Four tracks premiered at HEADROOM recently have charted on Beatport, including one that reach #1 in the techno chart and #4 in the sales chart, so get yourself down there to hear what’s going to be putting DC on the map in the coming months!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989495364707517/

headroom listening sessions

In terms of other highlights this weekend, Playlist with  Jubilee Ramirez  at Eighteenth Street Lounge is always a great bet for Thursday nights, then on Friday there’s so much to choose from, I don’t know where to start. At Flash, the man, the legend Danny Tenaglia makes his Flash debut with support from Navbox. It’s gonna be a packed house, make no mistake, so be sure you pick up advanced tickets if you want to reserve your spot on the dance floor. If proper techno in a warehouse with a banging sound system is more your cup o’tea, then put Sequence.313_DJ Stingray on your itinerary. The Sequence crew have assembled another incredible line up, featuring DJ StingrayAurora Halal, local hero & Discwoman member JuanaTheta FluxAssociate. This one’s an official Movement Festival pre-party, and with sound by Grand Ancestor, you know you’re gonna feel it!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/611832415818822/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1072594

sequence 313

Saturday night, all roads lead to ROAM XVII, but before that, I recommend hitting up either DeWalta with Jubilee at FlashThe NeedleXchange: 5 Years Wrong with Clark Price at Zeba Bar or An Evening with DJs LoveGrove, J Mack, & Guillermo Giraldo at Jimmy Valentine’s. All fantastic options to get yourself warmed up for the warehouse.

dewalta jubilee

On Sunday, another edition of Sunday Love at Flash brings Martin Buttrich to the rooftop, with support from Sarah MyersJubileeConscious Contact, while over at El TechoSticky Fingers‘ Hot Coffee joins TNX‘s Bil Todd for an afternoon of sunny underground grooves. As always, Eighteenth Street Lounge should be your final destination to close out the weekend, with Sam BurnsKeenan Orr and another edition of Sundays Rooftop with Francis Harris and Benoit.

sundays rooftop

That’s it for this week. I’ll be back, same time, same place next week with news on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 10 to May 13

Big news to kick off this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks: I’m proud to  announce that DC House Grooves, in partnership with Roots & SpiritsVibePublic Bar is launching a new Sunday rooftop event series this summer, Beats Maneuver Summer Sessions. Kicking off on Memorial Day Weekend with headliner Gigi Testa (World Peace Music), the series features a line up of top talent from around the world, supported by residents RamirezKochiAndy Grant Katrina Mir, along with some of Washington DC’s finest house selectors. Join us on Public Bar’s amazing rooftop deck every other Sunday from 3pm to 2am starting Memorial Day Weekend for Beats Maneuver, the finest in deep, soulful and underground house music. Remember to RSVP on the Facebook event page, and grab your tickets now! We’ve got a limited number of $5 early birds available, so if you want to reserve your spot on the dance floor, there’s no time like the present 🙂

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961

Beats Maneuver Gigi Testa

Beyond Memorial Day, we’ve secured a line up of quality international house music talent, many of whom will be making their debut in the nation’s capital. Just look at who we’ve got lined up May through July! Check DC House Grooves on the regular for more info on   Beats Maneuver, including info on advanced tickets and local support.

Beats Maneuver May July Line Up

OK, here are this week’s Top Picks links, listing all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the list. Pro-tip: the good people at El Techo have super talented local DJs every afternoon and evening through the weekend, so that’s always a good bet for quality tunes out in the sunshine.

Top Picks Thursday May 10

Top Picks Friday May 11

Top Picks Saturday May 12

Top Picks Sunday May 13

Thursday night’s highlight for quality, deep, underground house music is Playlist with  Jubilee Ramirez and special guest KayLaSoul at Eighteenth Street Lounge, although the Lobster Theramin 5 Year Anniversary Tour at Ten Tigers Parlour also looks tasty.

Friday night, Flash is the place to be for titans Brawther and Evan Baggs, ably supported on the club level by yours truly, Andy Grant. Get there early for the full experience; I’m gonna be packing some seriously interesting and eclectic records sourced from deep in my extensive record collection, expertly curated to get the best from the Funktion Ones in those early hours, teasing you on to the dance floor so you’re primed and ready when the headline talent takes over. With Marko Peli and John John in the Green Room and Jacq JillOutputmessage in the bar, you’ve got three levels of serious quality, all under one roof. I hope you can join us!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/367870813697295/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1100648

brawther evan baggs andy grant

Also on Friday night, perhaps my favorite DJ Eddie C is ruling the roost on the patio at  Eighteenth Street Lounge. Always on point, and always an educational experience, Eddie C is always worth your time.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/136171493806164/

Eddie c at ESL

If quality tunes and a friendly vibe away from all the crowds is more your thing on Friday, head over to Jimmy Valentine’s for the Jones Boys No cover, no fuss, just great tunes.

Saturday brings this year’s Funk Parade . It almost didn’t happen for 2018, but we’re glad they managed to work it out! As with the past 4 years, the highlight this year is Funky 4 U  at Velvet Lounge, brought to you by the same people behind the expertly curated local label Better Listen Records.This year’s edition features the finest funk, soul and whatever else they fancy from heavy hitters such as Tim ZawadaSol Power All StarsMartín MiguelTrev-skiGraham HatkeFlegKenny MAdrian Collazo and so on. See the flyer below for the full line up!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2275513155809451/

funky 4 u

Saturday night from 10pm we’ll be celebrating the one year anniversary of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio at DC House Grooves HQ. Hard to believe we’ve been at it for a full year! Tune in from 10pm using one of the links below for the finest in deep, underground and soulful house from me, Andy GrantKatrina MirRamirez.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613473862083418/
Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio

DChouseGrooves_UQ_SQUARE

Out on the town on Saturday, I recommend heading back to Flash for the amazing Move D, supported by former DC DJ, now MSP, Solomon Sanchez. In the Green Room, there’s another edition of DJ Nav‘s Uptown House Experience, with the man himself joined by Plastik People Records’ Marc Cotterell, flying all the way from Alberquerque, while  Jandro Keenan Orr keep things jumping in the bar.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1883545281716208/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1088958

move d solomon sanchez

This Sunday is all about Sunday Love LLS Fundraiser at Flash, featuring an amazing line up of local talent: J SwinkHeather FemiaMeegsRosenbergVanniety Kills. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so you’ll be partying for a great cause. You can also make a donation directly at www.SilvieLining.comSunday Love for LLS: you know it makes sense.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/366225373891440/
Donate: www.SilvieLining.com

Sunday love lls fundraiser

Sunday evening, also brings another chance to catch DJ Nav and Marc Cotterell opening things up for Saeed Younan and Anthony Attalla at Public Bar. Always a good time on Sundays at Public!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/212606729324630
Advanced Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/younan-music-presents-anthony-attalla-saeed-younan-marc-cotterell-dj-nav-b2b-tickets-45004221839

Of course, it goes without saying the Eighteenth Street Lounge is always worth your time on a Sunday. Each and every week!

That’s it for this week’s edition. I hope you can join me early at Flash this Friday…can’t wait to give those Funktion Ones and early work out. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 3 to May 6

Super fun time going B2B with my better half Katrina Mir in the Green Room at Flash on Friday. As usual, the rooftop was pretty much empty early on, but on the stroke of midnight the dance floor filled up and stayed that way until the music stopped. Huge thanks to the team at Flash for looking after us. We had a blast! You can check out the recording of the night over on the DC House Grooves SoundCloud Page. We stuck to the minimal grooves to start, but then things got interesting!

 

No gigs for me this weekend; I’ll be too busy on the dance floor celebrating my birthday! However, you can catch Katrina Mir spinning an all vinyl set at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, alongside resident Ramirez, performing a rare extended set.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/380873415760237/

playlist ramirez katrina mir

New Meet the Locals podcast this weekend, from relative newcomer to the DC electronic music community, Uzef. This one delivers 90 minutes of dreamy tech house groovers, taking some interesting turns along the way.

 

You can catch Uzef next at District Drop Inn on Friday May 11.

Ok, here’s my Top Picks for this weekend. Just click or tap the link for each day to see the full list of Top Picks for that day:

Top Picks Thursday May 3

Top Picks Friday May 4

Top Picks Saturday May 5

Top Picks Sunday May 6

Right… need to wrap this up quick so I can get on with the business of celebrating my birthday! Yeah, Happy Birthday to me. Way older that I care to admit, and struggling to rationalize my actual age with how old I feel. Definitely old enough to know better, but not prepared to grow up just yet. But I digress. Some big things happening this weekend, and I figured I’d give a shout out to the events where you might just catch me throwing a few shapes in defiance of middle age.

First up, DC’s current go-to rooftop El Techo will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo weekend and the opening up of their rooftop deck with DJs all weekend, Friday through Sunday. Reading like a who’s who of the local electronic music community, you can be sure of great music at El Techo all weekend long. Check the event page below for full details, and be prepared to wait in line for your spot on the rooftop.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1935600569806210

opening parties cinco de mayo el techo

Friday night, I’ll be kicking off the night at Flash supporting my brothers  Kochi  and  markinthedark at Vibe in the Flash Bar, and will be sure to make some moves on the club level with Rush Plus and the Green Room with Steve Kirn and Mike Harvey.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/574968519534682/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1097336

focus flash marcel dettman rush plus

Later on, I’ll be heading to everyone’s favorite secret location for Love Notes with Love Notes from Brooklyn label boss Nathaniel Jay celebrating the release of LVNO-14, Sidewinder by Derek Carr, with support from DJ Nav and Joe L, all delivering the goods on the mighty Grand Ancestor Sound System. With something like 50 years of DJ experience between them, these cats are guaranteed to make you move. I’m designating this my official birthday celebration, so if you want to celebrate with me, or maybe give me that super special birthday gift, you know where to find me!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067630300052644/

love notes

Saturday night, I’ll be scooping myself up off the couch to head back to the warehouse to support my brother from another mother RamirezTeam Zapata at Late Night MischiefEarly Morning Love. With these OGs at the controls, you know you’re gonna get a proper dance floor workout. Two nights of musical bliss with the Grand Ancestor Sound System! Can’t wait.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1229292427201964

late night mischief early morning love ramirez team zapata

Saturday night also brings another edition of Resident Nights at Flash, where the club is turned over, top to bottom, to our talented local DJs. On the club level, Sarah MyersMazi R and markinthedark will be at the controls, while Edo and Charles Martin work the Green Room, and down in the bar, Roukin and Friends features   RoukinDonnerstagThe Barber Streisand and Raptorstein. Quality on all three floors. Locals do it better!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/245129726227282/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1106491

resident nights sarah myers mazi r

Sadly I don’t think I’ll make it to Baltimore on Saturday, but I gotta give a shout to my Deep Sugar family, who are back at it with the after hours action at Factory 17, with a line up featuring Ultra NatéLisa Moody, and an opening set from Jordan Pope. If you’re in Baltimore, look no further for real house music and vibes for days!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675770772510367/

deep sugar after hours

Sunday, I’ll no doubt be taking it easy, but between The House that U Built at El TechoSunday Love with MonolinkDJ Meegs and Tim Glusko at Flash and ESL Sunday with Sam The Man BurnsThe Metaphysical and Hold Tight with Martín Miguel Heights, I’m sure you’ll find somewhere to lose yourself in the music.

That’s everything for this week. Don’t forget to check the Top Picks links… plenty of other great events that I just don’t have time to write about. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with news and info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!