Just gonna have to let the list speak for itself this week Make sure you take a close look… there’s some real treats lined up in DC and Baltimore this week. Speaking of Baltimore, the latest edition of the Meet the Locals Podcast features Obsidian‘s Nathan Gorey, with a quality hour of tech house grooves:
You can catch Nathan Gorey at the latest edition of Obsidian presents Housework at . Factory 17 in Baltimore on Saturday. See the flyer below for the full line up.
In fact, Baltimore’s got some amazing options this Saturday, with LoveGrove at Diskobar, Megafunk II at The Crown, and Evan Baggs and Andrew Grant at the Darkroom. To avoid any confusion, I’m not playing at Darkroom on Saturday; it’s the other guy, you know, the one who likes to call himself the OG. Anyway, I’m sure it will be an amazing night all round. Always a good time at the Darkroom.
Here’s my full list of Top Picks for this weekend. No gigs for me or Katrina Mir, but you can catch me playing a special guest set on the WTF?!? Radio Show with my main man DJ Kochi on Friday night.
Other than that, not sure of plans, but hoping to swing by Flash to catch Love Notes from Brooklyn‘s Nathaniel Jay, Tape Hiss and DJ Nav in the Green Room for the latest edition of Uptown House Experience, then head up to Ten Tigers Parlour to catch hometown heroes Beautiful Swimmers working their magic on their home turf. That’s just scratching the surface of what looks like another incredible weekend in the District. Everything you need to know is listed below, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday November 16
Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Alex Eljaiek at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Doc Martin with Juan Zapata at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring Nathaniel Jay, Tape Hiss & DJ Nav in the Green Room, and Sol Power Sound Clash with Marc Meistro & DJ Stylus in the Flash Bar
After a couple of weeks on the road, I’m happy to be back in Washington DC, with no plans for more travel… well, at least for a few more weeks. I’m still trying to process last weekend in Berlin, where I had the honor of playing the closing set at DJ Jus-Ed‘s monthly party Zuflucht, on a lineup including Jus-Ed, Jenifa Mayanja, the migthy Danilo Plessow aka Motor City Drum Ensemble, and my good friend Jim Little aka DJ Jimmy Bubbles. Seriously, one of the best parties I’ve been to in a long while; amazing crowd, incredible vibe, and exquisite musical selections all round. I only hope my set was half as good as what came before! The whole night was recorded, and I’ll post up the sets as they are published. As of now, DJ Jimmy Bubbles‘ beautiful tear-jerker of an opening set is now available on the edjrecords MixCloudpage. Follow the page for notifications as the other mixes from the night get posted. My eternal thanks to brother Jus-Ed and his wife Jenifa Mayanja for their generous hospitality. A weekend I won’t be forgetting any time soon!
Back closer to home, I’ve got a new DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast for you. This edition is by our very own Katrina Mir, delivering a solid hour long mix of retro vocal grooves, a set originally delivered at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club‘s legendary annual Halloween party a couple of week’s ago. This one’s a right belter! Don’t sleep!
You can catch Katrina Mir Thursday night at Part 2 of Playlist‘s second anniversary celebrations at Eighteenth Street Lounge alongside Solomon Sanchez and residents Jubilee & Ramirez, then on Friday she’ll be throwing down at the Solar Beatz stage at Catharsis on the Mall at 10.30pm, and on Saturday, you can catch her alongside me and Ramirez on another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio.
For quality free grooves this weekend, I highly recommend checking out Catharsis on the Mall A Vigil for Healing on Friday or Saturday, where you’ll find a long list of talented local favorites spinning at the various stages: Sarah Myers, Tim Jackson, Lovegrove, DJ Meegs, Katrina Mir, Mina, Ayes Cold, Sami, Marko Peli, Vanniety Kills, Jacq Jill, Zem SuYung, Symmetricaland many more. Check out the links below for the full schedule.
Here’s my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. As always, plenty of amazing events to keep you grooving through the weekend. Make sure you RSVP to let everyone know what you’re up to, and come back next week for info on all the best underground parties in and around Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday November 9
Playlist 2 Year Anniversary Part 2 with Katrina Mir, Solomon Sanchez, Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
November Sky with Ray 7, Graham Hatke, Adam Ross, Bastet, Scott Edmonds, EZGrüüv, Marco Geatti, Kenny99, Brother Pinch, Mike Lambert, Gavin Stewart, Daed Digital, Adam Hyjek & DJ Omnibud at Graffitti Warehouse, Baltimore
Seems like every week I write that I’ve no time to write a decent post, but this week I really mean it! Just back from Romania, heading to Berlin tonight, so I’m gonna have to make this quick. Wish I had more time to give all the cool stuff the coverage it deserves, but this week you’ll just have to make so with my Top Picks list. Having said that, please make an effort to head to Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday to wish the Playlist crew a very happy second anniversary. Two years of quality deep vibes on the patio at ESL from my brothers Jubilee & Ramirez. This Thursday, Kochi and Neko Narko will be joining them to celebrate, and I strongly recommend you do too!
Friday night, you’re spoiled for choice, with Derrick Carter at Flash and Eddie C at Eighteenth Street Lounge, but the really big news on Friday is ROAM XIV, with the ROAM crew celebrating their 4 year anniversary with Detroit legend Robert Hood (Underground Resistance / Floorplan) and local legend Buster, with support from residents DJ Lisa Frank & Sami. You heard that right: Robert Hood, after hours, warehouse. It has been amazing watching ROAM grow in just four years from a small house party to Washington DC’s premier warehouse event, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings. This could well be the best ROAM yet, possibly the party of the year here in DC. All the smart kids have grabbed their tix already, but third release are still up for grabs for $25. Space will be limited, so if you want to celebrate 4 years of ROAM on Friday night, plan ahead and grab your tickets now!
If you’ve still got something left in the tank on Saturday, the welcome news is Prescription are back at it after a long hiatus, and this time around they’re doing it right with a quality all-local line up, including Yola(Grand Ancestor), Ron Jackson(Sequence), Solomon Sanchez (Flash), Jubilee(Playlist), and of course the mighty Juan Z(Prescription), all in a new location. The party kicks off at 10pm and carries on until sunrise and perhaps beyond. DC House Grooves readers can get a 15% discountusing this link, and if you move fast, $15 early bird tickets are still available. It’s gonna be a good one! As I’m always saying here on DC House Grooves, locals do it better!
Sunday, close out your weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge with Sam “The Man” Burns, Keenan Orr and Sundays Rooftop withBenoit and special guest, all the way from Paris, Varoslav (Rue De Plaisance). The perfect way to wrap another amazing weekend on the dance floor here in theDistrict.
Here’s my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the weekend. Sadly I won’t be here to enjoy it all with you, but I’m sure I’ll make do in Berlin 😉 Remember, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and if you can’t be good, be careful. See you back here next week, same time, same place, for full details on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday.
Thursday November 2
Playlist 2nd Anniversary with Solomon Sanchez, Neko Narko, Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Welcome to a very special Halloween edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks! Why so special, you ask? Well, it’s special because I’m filing this week’s edition from Cluj-Napoca, capital of Transylvania, which I’m visiting on day job biz. The fact that I’ve even found the time to do it when I’m not even going to be around for any of these events makes it kinda special! I’ve just got a few minutes for a quick post before I head out into the Transylvanian night (a lot less exciting than it sounds), so let’s make this count. If you read last week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks Halloween Preview 2017, then you already know about all the good stuff and have no doubt already bought your tickets, but this post right here also includes full details of all the other good stuff happening over Halloween weekend. Sadly, the planned Church of Freaks party on Friday night has been canceled due to events outside of the promoter’s control, but there’s still plenty more events to choose from to get your freak on this weekend. On Friday, I recommend checking out Foundation Fridays at Flash, then sticking around for Detroit Swindle with Martín Miguel, with The Ghost in the Green Room and Silicon Based Lifeform featuring Discwoman‘s Juana, Ron Jackson, Doctor D & Darius Twin in the Flash Bar. For afters, head to Nomads Only DC‘s warehouse event featuring Maxi Stores, Navbox, Edo & Taiga. Early bird tix are still available for just $10 if you move fast.
Also on Friday, for all you heads needing your Deep Sugar fix after last week’s Haunted Beach House event, there’s a Deep Sugar pop up after hours at Factory 17 in Baltimore on Friday with the girl squad Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody. You know it makes sense!
Saturday night, my Top Pick for a freaky fun time is to head to Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Halloween Bash with Kochi, DJ Ramirez, Lyssa, Katrina Mir, Tim Jackson & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. This annual costume mandatory party is always a crazy night… just make sure you’ve got your costume sorted! Advanced tickets are just $15, or if you’re up for a boozy do, it’s just $70 for top shelf open bar all night long! Best deal in town if you’re planning on really going for it!
If you’re up for a full on warehouse experience Saturday night, DC has you covered! Flash & Loop are celebrating Halloween with two of Detroit’s finest, Delano Smith & Stacey Pullen, with some of DC’s finest in support: Navbox, Solomon Sanchez, Alex Eljaiek & Mina. Anyone who’s been to one of Flash & Loop‘s Halloween extravangazas knows that they pull out all the stops for a fully themed experience. Proper sound, great vibes. If that sounds like your cup of tea, grab your tix using the link below.
Sequence are also celebrating Halloween on Saturday with Sequence.666 featuring Phase Fatale, Arthur Kimskii, Lyceum & Juana at a warehouse location. You know you’re in for a spooky good time with the Sequence crew, with all the true heads assembled. Advanced tickets strongly recommended…check the link below.
My last highlight for Saturday night is for those of you who can’t face the warehouse party crowds and want to get away from it all with some proper house party vibes. If that sounds like you, then seek out off the record Halloween with Luv Jam, Dj Nav & Samantha Francesca. I’d like to tell you more, but it’s, ya know, off the record. Seriously, though, Luv Jam! Nippy vibes until the sun comes up.
Sunday’s highlights include Sundays Rooftop with Detroit’s Punisher & Benoit, on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while Sam Burns and Baltimore legend Teddy Douglas hold things down in the gold room, and the second edition of Saeed Younan‘s new party at Public Bar, Sintimate Rooftop Sessions Halloween Edition with Cocodrills, Bell & J Tek & Sami%Suyung at Public Bar. Both great options for closing out an incredible Halloween weekend!
Below you’ll find my full list of DC House GroovesTop Picks for Halloween weekend, along with event flyers, event links and ticket links where appropriate. Before getting into that, though, here’s the full recording from last Saturday’s Resident Nights at Flash with Charles Martin, Andy Grant, Alex Eljaiek and Oliver Caine, which had to be one of the best nights I’ve ever had at Flash Huge thanks to everyone who came out, to Navid for inviting us to play, and to everyone on the team at Flash for making everything run smoothly on the night. You guys rock! Already looking forward to next time 🙂
OK, here’s all my Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Time to make some tough choices! Come back next week, same time, same place, for full info on all the best underground house and electronic music events Thursday through Sunday. DC House Grooves has all the good stuff!
Thursday October 26
ESL Thursday with John Jazz & Playlist with Lyssa, Ramirez & Kaylasoul at Eighteenth Street Lounge