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
Our 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.
Cadence presents Bachelors of Science & The Insiders
Top 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
Our #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)
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
Over 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
For 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
So 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 *
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
Over 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
Down 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
Over 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
U 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
Over 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 *
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
Across 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/
Staying 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) *
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
Finally, 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:
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