Weekend Round Up Memorial Day Edition: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC over Memorial Day Holiday Weekend 2016

By my most likely suspect calculations, this is the 100th edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up, making this the 100th time I’ve sat down and manually compiled a list of all the house, techno and other related electronic music events in DC and Baltimore, then written up a bunch of words to go with it. While I said to myself I had to be disciplined if I was going to do this, I never thought for a minute I’d make it this far. No idea if anyone really reads it or finds it useful. I guess the site gets about 500 unique visitors each week, which suggests people are stopping by, and every time I’m out and about, readers come up and tell me that they find my weekly posts useful. The stories that really resonate with me are those from readers new to DC who found their way to the underground scene through DC House Grooves. Those are the stories that really keep me going! Only a month to go until the two year anniversary of the Weekend Round Up. At this point I think I’ll probably make it. Guess we should have a party or something….. 🙂

So how about ROAM x TNX last weekend? I had tickets and was ready to cut loose with the squad, but a change in schedule, family time with my kids took priority. Family comes first, but the yearning to be getting down with my house music family for such a special event was palpable. Judging by the pics and videos on Facebook, an amazing time was had by all, and I got the warm and fuzzies seeing all the happy smiling faces. I really knew the party had been a success, though, when I ran into the wonderful Tommy Cornelis of TNX outside Flash on Saturday night, in a break from grooving to 95 North in the Flash Bar. The smile on his face told me everything I needed to know, as he told me, grinning from ear to ear, that ROAM x TNX had been the best event he’s ever been involved with. That’s quite an endorsement! The ROAM x TNX crews represent everything that’s right with our scene here in DC, and I can’t wait for their next event, family schedule permitting. For a detailed review of the event from someone who was actually there, check out the ROAM x TNX Show Review over on Tortoise and the Snare. Your next chance to catch TNX along with ROAM‘s DJ Lisa Frank is on June 11 at U Street Music Hall for Pride ’16: Gay Marvine, DJ Lisa Frank & The NeedlExchange. Look out for details of that, and a full review of all the best Pride 2016 events in Tommy‘s Pride 2016 Preview, coming soon on DC House Grooves.

OK heads up: not to be missed warehouse afters alert!  Just check out the flyer before for Detour, a collaboration between the Sticky FingersPrescriptionDance Party Chronicles and Void Archive crews coming up on June 4 in a new warehouse location. Kudos to everyone involved for curating such an amazing line up, with AndrésDJ Aakmael supported by local house legends Sam “The Man” BurnsTommy Cornelis and Team Zapata in the main room, and local super stars Rush PlusDJ Lisa FrankRon Jackson and Adam Ross in the techno room. Two rooms of musical bliss… this right here is DC doing it right. Tickets are available now on Resident Advisor. Early birds are gone, but your standard advanced are only $15:

Detour Advanced tickets: http://bit.ly/Detour-Andres

detour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/265292083822661/

No Meet the Locals Podcast this week, but I’ve got something special in it’s place: the recording of Anthony Mansfield‘s set from FORWARD x DC House Grooves Presents Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield from this year’s FORWARD Festival. Check it out!

 

And so we get to Memorial Day Weekend, the weekend when many of our house music family make their annual pilgrimage to Hart Plaza in Detroit for Movement and all it’s associated after parties. While the cats are away, though, the mice must play, and there’s no let up in either quality or quantity when it comes to events right here in DC. I’ve included all my picks below, but my top picks are as follows:

Thursday night, head to Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge with JubileeRamirez and yours truly, Andy Grant. We’ll be going deep, with quality underground tunes from open to close. Each of us plays a different style of deep, underground house, and when we get together, we work together to deliver a unique house music experience. Not to be missed! I for one have a record bag packed with seriously fresh heat that I’ve not yet had a chance to play out, and I really can’t wait!

Friday night, my top pick would be Four Tet and Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall, but since that’s sold out (yeah, I slept on that one!), I recommend heading over to Eighteenth Street Lounge to catch All Good Funk Alliance working the patio. If I know my man Rusty B, you won’t be able to sit down until he’s done with you. Nothing but heat all night long.

Top pick for Saturday night is another example of quality programming from the team at Flash, with Joe Claussell headlining the main room with perfectly matched local support from Ramirez and Martín Miguel. For anyone not going to Detroit this weekend, this is the spot for Saturday night. If you didn’t catch Ramirez when he opened for Kerri Chandler recently, now’s your chance to make up for it… and don’t sleep on Martín Miguel, either. Warm up on Saturday will be seriously on point. Serious talent, serious passion. Down in the bar, Sarah Myers goes back to back with Mazi, with opening support from two time Meet the Locals Podcast contributor C-Dubz. I’ve had the pleasure of playing back to back with both Sarah and Mazi, and they both deliver the goods…expect a great night of music in the Flash Bar on Saturday night.  Oh, and did I mention that Flash has extended bar hours to 4am to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend? Result!

My other top pick for Saturday is Deep Sugar The Demolition Series Part 1 at The Paradox, with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Mookie Brock. That’s right! Deep Sugar at The Dox isn’t quite done yet, so whatever you are doing this weekend, make sure you end up at The Paradox. Only a few more chances left!

Two top picks for Sunday, too, but luckily they are right next door to each other! Sunglass Sundays at Public Bar sees the return of Steve Bug, with local support from JubileeJandro and Leonardo Lee. A great line up for another crazy celebration on the rooftop with SGS. I stopped in to the last event with Livio and Robi, and it was something else. Total dance floor mayhem! Word of warning: only stop in if you’re planning to go the distance. Once you climb those stairs and cross that threshold, you won’t be able to leave! I literally had to tear myself away to avoid Monday morning regrets, but of course that’s not an issue this weekend. I know where I’ll be getting my dance floor fix this Sunday 🙂

Right next door to PublicEighteenth Street Lounge celebrates Memorial Day and Sam “The Man” Burns‘ birthday by bringing disco and deep house legend Francois K to the Gold Room. If that wasn’t enough, The Metaphysical and Keenan Orr will be working it in the Main Room, while Groovetop take over the patio with a lineup featuring MkniHakob and Caspian. Whichever you choose, a serious dance floor workout is guaranteed!

Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend. I’m supposed to be narrowing things down with my picks, but with so many great events, it’s hard to choose. Figure it’s best to just list out all the good stuff… don’t want to leave anything out!

*** Thursday Picks ***

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Andy Grant (DC House Grooves), Harry Hotter and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

WTF?! radio show with Kochi, CMAVS and Jason on Sugar Shack Recordings

Preview with Tim Cook (Christauff’s Birthday) at Flash

Monkey Safari, DJ Lisa Frank and Leonardo Lee at Flash with Feel the Love, Live in the Flash Bar

Amalgamation with Las & Mikael, Etch and Malleus B2B Djoser at Tropicalia

Nightflight with Tova, Heather Femia, Mark Funk and Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

Sleeper Cell Productions presents Casa with Ozker at Velvet Lounge

*** Friday Picks ***

*** SOLD OUT *** Four Tet & Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall

ESL Friday with All Good Funk Alliance, The Metaphysical and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Chus & Ceballos & Omar Karim at Flash, with Philip Goyette and Edo in the Flash Bar

MOdERN CLASS with Brian Ellis (live) & Hotthobo at Haydees Restaurant, Mount Pleasant

*** Saturday Picks ***

Joe Claussell with Ramirez and Martín Miguel at Flash, with Sarah Myers B2B Mazi and C-Dubz in the Flash Bar

Deep Sugar The Demolition Series Part 1 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Mookie Brock at The Paradox, Baltimore

Three Generations of Go-Go Crankin! Memorial Day Block Party at 300 Morse Street

Good Buddies with Caleb L’Etoile & Philco ft. Baronhawk Poitier at Rock’n’Roll Hotel Rooftop

Deep Space 9 Saturday Happy Hour with Willie Dutch, Danny House and DJ Jazzy Jazz at DC9 Rooftop

*** Sunday Picks ***

Sunglass Sundays with Steve Bug, Jubilee, Jandro and Leonardo Lee at Public Bar

ESL Sunday Memorial Day Edition with Francois K, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Keenan Orr and Groovetop with Mkni, Hakob and Caspian at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Daylight Tenth Year Anniversary with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

Those are my picks for Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s the full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC over Memorial Day Weekend. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday May 26

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Andy Grant (DC House Grooves), Harry Hotter and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Andy Grant (DC House Grooves) at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1728454500771199/

WTF?! radio show with Kochi, CMAVS and Jason on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/883186421793668/

Preview with Tim Cook (Christauff’s Birthday) at Flash

Preview with Tim Cook (Christauff's Birthday) at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1131650913522642/

Monkey Safari, DJ Lisa Frank and Leonardo Lee at Flash with Feel the Love, Live in the Flash Bar

Monkey Safari, DJ Lisa Frank and Leonardo Lee at Flash with Feel the Love, Live in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/243159606031895/

Amalgamation with Las & Mikael, Etch and Malleus B2B Djoser at Tropicalia

Amalgamation with Las & Mikael, Etch and Malleus B2B Djoser at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/216950131985997/

Nightflight with Tova, Heather Femia, Mark Funk and Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

Nightflight with Tova, Heather Femia, Mark Funk and Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1719937858278407/

Sleeper Cell Productions presents Casa with Ozker at Velvet Lounge

Sleeper Cell Productions presents Casa with Ozker at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/252859708436406/

House Rituals with Retro Future at Masa 14

House Rituals with Retro Future at Masa 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/236306513407881/

SOLD OUT: TroyBoi with GypZ at U Street Music Hall

SOLD OUT: TroyBoi with GypZ at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/952817061421212/

Andrew Rayel at Soundcheck

Andrew Rayel at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716886381927507/

Vacanthaus on the Corner #005 at Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar, Baltimore

Vacanthaus on the Corner

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/977224759051895/

Friday May 27

Bear Happy Hour with Dean Douglas Sullivan and Wolfblister at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with Dean Douglas Sullivan and Wolfblister at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/523000417891438/

*** SOLD OUT *** Four Tet & Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall

Four Tet & Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/982655595144710/

ESL Friday with All Good Funk Alliance, The Metaphysical and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with All Good Funk Alliance, The Metaphysical and Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Chus & Ceballos & Omar Karim at Flash, with Philip Goyette and Edo in the Flash Bar

Chus & Ceballos & Omar Karim at Flash, with Philip Goyette and Edo in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/829317437214365/

Silicon Based Lifeform with Darius Twin and Currier at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Silicon Based Lifeform with Darius Twin and Currier at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1756177351293622/

MOdERN CLASS with Brian Ellis (live) & Hotthobo at Haydees Restaurant, Mount Pleasant

MOdERN CLASS with Brian Ellis (live) & Hotthobo at Haydees Restaurant, Mount Pleasant

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1749808605265719/

QuadTech feat. Octane, Harold Figueroa, Verrillo & Noise Theory at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

QuadTech feat. Octane, Harold Figueroa, Verrillo & Noise Theory at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/483443815177921/

Last Friday in the Dunya w/ V-Coch and DJ PaulHoward at Dunya

A Night out with V-Coch at Dunya

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696272247307479/

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752728071640970/

Saturday May 28

Joe Claussell with Ramirez and Martín Miguel at Flash, with Sarah Myers B2B Mazi and C-Dubz in the Flash Bar

Joe Claussell with Ramirez and Martín Miguel at Flash, with Sarah Myers B2B Mazi and C-Dubz in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1035758433127984/

Deep Sugar The Demolition Series Part 1 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Mookie Brock at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar The Demolition Series Part 1 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Mookie Brock at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/229317864109784/

Deep Space 9 Saturday Happy Hour with Willie Dutch, Danny House and DJ Jazzy Jazz at DC9 Rooftop

Deep Space 9 Saturday Happy Hour with Willie Dutch, Danny House and DJ Jazzy Jazz at DC9 Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1592334401064264/

Three Generations of Go-Go Crankin! Memorial Day Block Party at 300 Morse Street

Three Generations of Go-Go Crankin! Memorial Day Block Party at 300 Morse Street

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1035204816573186/

Good Buddies with Caleb L’Etoile & Philco ft. Baronhawk Poitier at Rock’n’Roll Hotel Rooftop

Good Buddies with Caleb L'Etoile & Philco ft. Baronhawk Poitier at Rock’n’Roll Hotel Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1757930157784579/

 Left of Center with Trev-ski and Adrian Collazzo at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

left of center

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/245630322468102/

ESL Saturday with Fort Knox Five, Mr Bonkerz and Smudge at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Fort Knox Five, Mr Bonkerz and Smudge at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Underground featuring Elite Force & 2Rip at U Street Music Hall

Underground featuring Elite Force & 2Rip at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/762578170509740/

Party on the Potomac 12: Sunshine Feels So Good with Lizzie Curious, Daryl Northrop, Pat Premier and Wayne Wright

Party on the Potomac 12: Sunshine Feels So Good with Lizzie Curious, Daryl Northrop, Pat Premier and Wayne Wright

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/261482360856901/

Wizdom Entertainment presents Lizzie Curious at Sugar

Wizdom Entertainment presents Lizzie Curious at Sugar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/727964967346509/

Cignel New Way(ve) Reunion at Ottobar, Baltimore

Cignel New Way(ve) Reunion at Ottobar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/774270519371254/

Soulful Saturdays with DJ Pope at Club 347, Baltimore

Soulful Saturdays with DJ Pope at Club 347, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1184542861565355/

Sunday May 29

Sunglass Sundays with Steve Bug, Jubilee, Jandro and Leonardo Lee at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays with Steve Bug at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/625409210939751/

ESL Sunday Memorial Day Edition with Francois K, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Keenan Orr and Groovetop with Mkni, Hakob and Caspian at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday Memorial Day Edition with Francois K, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Keenan Orr and Groovetop with Mkni, Hakob and Caspian at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1575781872752468/

Daylight Tenth Year Anniversary with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

Daylight Tenth Year Anniversary with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1783606838535826/

Flashy Sundays Memorial Day Weekend with DJ Sean Morris and DJ TWiN at Flash

Flashy Sundays Memorial Day Weekend with DJ Sean Morris and DJ TWiN at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/600677143434289/

Nic Fanciulli at Soundcheck

Nic Fanciulli at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1576340719361926/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 19 to May 22

Well that’s a wrap on the ninth annual FORWARD Festival! Huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported us at FORWARD x DC House Grooves presents Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield at Zeba Bar on Saturday, and to everyone who supported all the other FORWARD Festival events from Wednesday to Sunday. I realize you have many events to choose from here in DC, so I truly appreciate everyone who came out. It was a big shame that the weather let us all down on Saturday for FORWARD on the Mall, but at least we managed to get down with the FORWARD crew in Constitution Gardens on Sunday.

FORWARD on the Mall

Buster at FORWARD on the Mall

Just another year to go until the 10th annual FORWARD Festival, and rumor has it that it will be the biggest one yet! Watch this space for details as they become available. Full support from DC House Grooves!

Huge thanks also to everyone who came out to our other event on Saturday night, Body Werk with Joe L, Chris Burns & Kochi at DC9, particularly those of you who came to both Disco Knights and Body Werk. You guys rock! We didn’t make it down to DC9 until the end of the night, but JoeChris and Kochi were definitely doing it right! Major props to Kochi for braving the cold night air and pushing through dropping tunes on the rooftop. Not the best night for it!

Some music for you before I get into the picks for this weekend. First up, here’s the recording of my back to back all vinyl set with Katrina from Disco Knights on Saturday. This is the first time we’ve ever gone back to back behind the decks in public, or in private for that matter, and we had a great time vibing off each other’s selections. Two hours of laid back disco grooves to get the night started off right.

 

I’ve also got another edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast from One Love Massive‘s C-Dubz, recorded live earlier this year at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, his second contribution to our podcast series. Just over an hour of deep, dubby tech house for your listening pleasure.

 

I’m always looking for new mixes to feature in the Meet the Locals Podcast, so if you’ve got an exclusive mix that you haven’t published elsewhere, please send it my way, even if you’ve already had a mix featured.

Right, onto this week’s picks. I’m taking a weekend off from the crazy this week (other than popping out for a bit on Saturday to see my old college buddy Dicky Trisco spin at Eighteenth Street Lounge), so I’m just going to list out my picks this week and let you figure it out for yourselves.

Having said that, I’ve gotta give a shout out to Cadence presents Klute, Makoto, Robert Manos and Kinetiks MC at Flash with DJ Kochi, Tim Jackson & The Elders in the Flash Bar, aka Jen Jackson‘s and Vanniety Kills birthday epic celebration. It’s going to be a wild celebration of drum and bass on the main floor and house music in the bar… everything you need for a proper Thursday night on the dance floor.

Cadence presents Klute, Mankato, & Robert Manos at Flash with DJ Kochi, Tim Jackson & The Elders in the Flash Bar

I have to also give a big shout out to ROAM x TNX on Saturday. I strongly recommend you grab an advanced ticket to this one and join the ROAM and TNX crews for a Saturday afternoon filled with lovely people and wonderful music in an exciting new spot in DC. I’m seriously regretting that I can’t make this one, but that means I need YOU to go for me and report back 🙂

Advanced tickets to ROAM x TNX: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?825678

ROAM x TNX at Secret Location

Another event you should seriously consider on Saturday is Mood II Swing with Juan Zapata and DJ Soul at Flash, with DJ Nav‘s Uptown House Experience featuring Ramirez and 95 North in the Flash Bar. Two house legends on two floors, not to be missed.

mood ii swing at Flash

That’s all I’m writing up this week. Here’s the list of my picks for the weekend, and you’ll find full listings below the picks. Choose wisely!

*** Thursday Picks ***

A Fundraiser for Joe’s Record Paradise at The Tavern at Fire Station 1, Silver Spring

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Navbox at 18th St Lounge

Cadence presents Klute, Makoto, Robert Manos and Kinetiks MC at Flash with DJ Kochi, Tim Jackson & The Elders in the Flash Bar

Eats Everything with Lauren Lane at U Street Music Hall

Night Flight with Mark Funk, DFMO and special guest DJ Al at Cafe Saint-Ex

Choice Sounds Vinyl with DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Partial Magic Radio Show with special guests Cory O’Brien & Shorow on Radio CPR 101.7 FM

 The Business End w. Caleb L’Etoile & Philco ft. Pacific Fur Company at The Velvet Lounge

*** Friday Picks ***

Kevin Saunderson, Dansman and Jus Nowhere at Flash, with Baltotroit featuring Erphun, Steve Kirn and Boss Ross at Flash

We Love House Presents Bang the Drum with Jihad Muhammed, DJ Citykid and DJ Soulful Silk at Safari Restaurant and Lounge, Network

Maxxi Soundsystem with Jimmy B at U Street Music Hall

Bump’n’Grind at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

Vague Output Resident Night – Craig Crouse (aka Aphreaq) at Club 1722, Baltimore

*** Saturday Picks ***

ROAM x TNX at Secret Location

Back 2 Basics: Mood II Swing, Juan Zapata and DJ Soul at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Nav, Ramirez and Doug Smith (95 North) at Flash

ESL Saturday with Dicky Trisco, Remote Ctrl, Philip Goyette and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Deeply Rooted with DJ Oji, N’Dinga Gaba, Tony Smooth & Willie Dutch at Zeba Bar

Groove Control Late Night Boogie with Martín Miguel, DJ Provoke, Fulano and Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

The UKG Social AfterHours with Preditah at Secret Location, Baltimore

*** Sunday Picks ***

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Sunday’s Rooftop with Sergio Santos, Vanniety Kills & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

LENG Takeover Transit.FM with LUSH, FKA Posers & Kouhai on transit.fm

Those are my picks for this weekend. Make sure you check back next week for my picks of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC over Memorial Day Weekend.

Here’s this week’s full listings:

Thursday May 19

A Fundraiser for Joe’s Record Paradise at The Tavern at Fire Station 1, Silver Spring

A Fundraiser for Joe's Record Paradise at The Tavern at Fire Station 1, Silver Spring

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/127667657637982/

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Navbox at 18th St Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Navbox at 18th St Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1221221474584872/

Night Flight with Mark Funk, DFMO and special guest DJ Al at Cafe Saint-Ex

Night Flight with Mark Funk, DFMO and special guest DJ Al at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044166892327477/

 Partial Magic Radio Show with special guests Cory O’Brien & Shorow on Radio CPR 101.7 FM

Partial Magic Radio Show with special guests Cory O'Brien & Shorow on Radio CPR 101.7 FMMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/753242458111648/

Preview with 2Groove (Tony Smooth & Vince Christopher) at Flash

Preview with 2Groove (Tony Smooth & Vince Christopher) at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/240755422958263/

Cadence presents Klute, Makoto, Robert Manos and Kinetiks MC at Flash with DJ Kochi, Tim Jackson & The Elders in the Flash Bar

Cadence presents Klute, Mankato, & Robert Manos at Flash with DJ Kochi, Tim Jackson & The Elders in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1098027670229334/

Eats Everything with Lauren Lane at U Street Music Hall

Eats Everything with Lauren Lane at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/489582171233774/

The Business End w. Caleb L’Etoile & Philco ft. Pacific Fur Company at The Velvet Lounge

The Business End w. Caleb L'Etoile & Philco ft. Pacific Fur Company at The Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1115511068490134/

Choice Sounds Vinyl with DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Choice Sounds Vinyl with DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/613672882122996/

House Rituals with Retro Future at Masa 14

House Rituals with Retro Future at Masa 14More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1104274946261271/

Atomic Bomb – Classic Synth music from around the world at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Atomic Bomb - Classic Synth music from around the world at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/107966139619375/

Friday May 20

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack RecordingsMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1139968642737520/

Kevin Saunderson, Dansman and Jus Nowhere at Flash, with Baltotroit featuring Erphun, Steve Kirn and Boss Ross at Flash

Kevin Saunderson, Dansman and Jus Nowhere at Flash, with Baltotroit featuring Erphun, Steve Kirn and Boss Ross at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1165441906823520/

We Love House Presents Bang the Drum with Jihad Muhammed, DJ Citykid and DJ Soulful Silk at Safari Restaurant and Lounge, Network

We Love House Presents Bang the Drum with Jihad Muhammed, DJ Citywide and DJ Soulful Silk at Safari Restaurant and Lounge, NetworkMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/490776381131687/

Maxxi Soundsystem with Jimmy B at U Street Music Hall

Maxxi Soundsystem with Jimmy B at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818818268341720/

Bump’n’Grind at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

Bump 'n Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/279117672426449/

ESL Friday with Ahmed Hashim, Meistro, Trev-Ski Stylus Chris and Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Ahmed Hashim, Meistro, Trev-Ski Stylus Chris and Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Untitled 003 with DJ Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Untitled 003 with DJ Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/787681784664933/

Vague Output Resident Night – Craig Crouse (aka Aphreaq) at Club 1722, Baltimore

Vague Output Resident Night - Craig Crouse (aka Aphreaq) at Club 1722, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1550778625223760/

4 Hours of Funk Prince Tribute For U! with DJ’s Graham Hatke & Flegn at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours of Funk Prince Tribute For U! with DJ’s Graham Hatke & Flegn at The Windup Space, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/459303924279100/

Saturday May 21

ROAM x TNX at Secret Location

ROAM x TNX at Secret LocationMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1113051128747122/

Back 2 Basics: Mood II Swing, Juan Zapata and DJ Soul at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Nav, Ramirez and 95 North at Flash

mood ii swing at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1258931300800882/

ESL Saturday with Dicky Trisco, Remote Ctrl, Philip Goyette and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Dicky Trisco, Remote Ctrl, Philip Goyette and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Deeply Rooted with DJ Oji, N’Dinga Gaba, Tony Smooth & Willie Dutch at Zeba Bar

Deeply Rooted with DJ Oji, N’Dinga Gaba, Tony Smooth & Willie Dutch at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1734571046787144/

Groove Control Late Night Boogie with Martín Miguel, DJ Provoke, Fulano and Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Groove Control Late Night Boogie with Martín Miguel, DJ Provoke, Fulano and Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record CafeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1311921808836842/

Red Room with Sequoia, Paul Geddes, Synz, and special guest Dustin at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Red Room with Sequoia, Paul Geddes, Synz, and special guest Dustin at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/510265225826170/

Pow Wow DC Opening Celebration with Basecamp, Vanniety Kills and Ayes Cold at 1st and L Streets NE

Pow Wow DC Opening Celebration with Basecamp, Vanniety Kills and Ayes Cold at 1st and L Streets NEMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1192314890808911/

Jump Up Jamaica with Teddy Garcia at Colony Club

Jump Up Jamaica with Teddy Garcia at Colony ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/222255521493114/

The UKG Social AfterHours with Preditah at Secret Location, Baltimore

The UKG Social AfterHours w/ Preditah at Secret Location, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/999935920094808/

Sunday May 22

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Sunday’s Rooftop with Sergio Santos, Vanniety Kills & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Sunday's Rooftop with Sergio Santos, Vanniety Kills & Benoit at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1006663152756559/

LENG Takeover Transit.FM with LUSH, FKA Posers & Kouhai on transit.fm

LENG Takeover Transit.FM with LUSH, FKA Posts & Kouhai on transit.fmMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735921543355898/

Overeasy Tea Dance with Vanniety Kills, Deejay India and Kwasi at Dodge City DC

Overeasy Tea Dance with Vanniety Kills, Deejay India and Kwasi at Dodge City DCMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/111577245915676/

 Alan Fitzpatrick with Oliver Caine at Soundcheck

 Alan Fitzpatrick with Oliver Caine at Soundcheck


More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/917702384995172/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 12 to May 15

Looks like we’re getting into busy season, for me at least. This weeked sees a huge ramp up in the sheer number of events happening around our fine city, particularly on Saturday and Sunday, now the boat parties are setting sail and rooftop party season is in full swing. More work for me, but more awesome parties for all of us, so can’t complain. This week’s big news is FORWARD Festival 2016, which started on Wednesday. All FORWARD 2016 events are included in this week’s post, all the FORWARD 2016 events are in this week’s picks, and if you want to see them all in one place without distractions, you can check out the DC House Grooves FORWARD 2016 Preview here:

FORWARD 2016 Preview

All FORWARD 2016 events in this week’s post are highlighted in RED to make them easier to spot. You can buy tickets for FORWARD 2016 events individually (see event pages for details), or you can buy a FORWARD Pass for only $40, which gets you access to all the events, plus a FORWARD 2016 t-shirt and a free cup of coffee at Bump’n’Grind in Silver Spring.

A couple of mixes before we get into things. First up is an exclusive mix by Anthony Mansfield for the Bump’n’Grind mix series, providing an hour of wonderfully laid back house grooves.

 

If you like what you hear, you can catch Anthony Mansfield down at the National Mall at FORWARD on the Mall on Saturday afternoon, then Saturday night at Zeba Bar at FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield. Both events highly recommended!

Another great mix worth checking out is Basement Bounce from local favorite DJ Meegs:

 

Catch Meegs on Friday night at her regular Cider House Mules party in the Flash Bar, celebrating PHILCO‘s birthday with a killer local lineup including Jon Weller, Meegs, PHILCO, Philip Goyette, Yomimbi and Vanniety Kills, finally back behind the decks after a long hiatus. Yesssss!

I’m not even going to attempt to write up all my picks for this weekend. There’s just too many great events, and I just don’t have time to do them all justice. Naturally, all the FORWARD 2016 events are my top picks, and you should go to all of them! As for other events, if you twist my arm for my top picks, on Thursday I recommend checking out Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge with JubileeRamirez and Jesse Saunders, or Night Flight at Cafe Saint-Ex with Mark Funk, Heather Femia, 13 Ruble, Ben Ogden and Omar Martinez.

Friday night, kick off your evening right with the Cornerstone Happy Hour with HOT COFFEE and Sparks at a new spot on T Street, then cross the road for Matthew DekayChris Kennedy and the previously mentioned Cider House MulesPHILCO‘s Birthday Bash at Flash.  A couple of great all-local events also deserve a mention on Friday: Freaky Friday with Throe and Jandro at Jimmy V‘s and Technofist Label Night at Dr. Clock’s. For those of you in Baltimore, Tribetronix & Groove Factory present Analog Soul, Alex Gardel, Tony Smooth, Boss Ross & Vince Christopher at a Secret Location is the hot ticket.

Saturday night is all about FORWARD on the Mall and FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba Bar, but if you feel like sticking around the U Street area, Body Werk with Chris Burns, Joe L. and Kochi with Visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub promises to be another amazing episode of our Body Werk party, with three seasoned locals doing some serious dancefloor damage…and with cover only $2 before midnight, you can’t go wrong. Over at Flash, the main room is getting Perlonized, as Zip, Navbox and DJ Lisa Frank take over all night, while down in the bar there’s another edition of DUSK with DJ Soul and Leonardo Lee. Then, for real deep house afters action, all roads lead to Return Of The Deep with Trinidadian Deep, Adrian Loving and Andrew Hogans at Dance Loft on 14. A year since his first visit to DC, Trinidadian Deep is back, this time with the party continuing until sunrise! We’ll certainly be heading up there after we wrap up at Zeba BarDC House Grooves has an exclusive 15% discount off advanced tickets to Return of the Deep, but hurry, this offer only last until midnight Thursday May 12. Grab yours now!

15% off Advanced Tickets to Return of the Deep with Trinidadian Deep
(Discount valid until midnight on Thursday May 12)

If you’re still standing on Sunday, FORWARD on the Mall with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody followed by FORWARD Meltdown with Rosario & Benoit at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café are my top recommendations, but I’ve got to give a shout to Let’s Save Paradise at The Black Cat, a fundraiser by local vinyl DJs for Joe’s Record Paradise.  Not much in the way of house or electronic music on the line up, but anything that contributes towards helping Joe’s reopen gets my support. Sunday afternoon also sees the Daytime Discotèque crew bringing more strong talent to DC, with a celebration of Cahoots Records featuring Vin Sol, local boys Jus Nowhere and Jackson Ryland along with Wreal. Sunday’s event is in a new spot limited to just 70 people, and with no door sales you’ll need to make  sure you grab advanced tickets. Luckily for you, we’ve got an exclusive discount for DC House Grooves readers. Click the link below for a 20% discount:

I want a 20% discount off advanced tix for Daytime Discotèque featuring Vin Sol

If all that’s not enough for you this Sunday, Sunglass Sundays Season V kicks into full swing with Livio and Robi and what can only be described as the DC all star dream team of Navbox, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti and MarkintheDark completing the line up, while next door at Eighteenth Street LoungeGroovetop takes over the patio with Sparks, Jon Weller and Symmetrical, while inside Sam “The Man” Burns delivers his weekly Underground Soul Solution and Mr Bonkerz drops disco science. Straight fire… all of it!

And that’s me not writing everything up! Summer’s looking good here in DC… now we just need the damn sun to come out.

Here’s my full list of picks for this weekend, full listings below. See you all on the dance floor this weekend!

*** Thursday Picks ***

FORWARD x Amalgamation x LENG present SULLY – UK & COPOUT – NYC at Zeba Bar

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Jesse Saunders at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Night Flight with Mark Funk, Heather Femia, 13 Ruble, Ben Ogden and Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

Preview with DJ Bella & DJ Tek at Flash

Technasia, Bella & J Tek at Flash

Claude VonStroke with Julius Jetson at U Street Music Hall

*** Friday Picks ***

FORWARD x Computa Age present Mungo’s Hi Fi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

The Cornerstone (Happy Hour) with Hot Coffee & Sparks at 631 T St NW

WTF?! radio show with Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

Matthew Dekay, Chris Kennedy at Flash with Cider House Mules and PHILCO’s Birthday Bash featuring Vanniety Kills, Jon Weller, Meegs, PHILCO, Philip Goyette and Yomimbi in the Flash Bar

Freaky Friday with Throe & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

TechnoFist Label Night with Damon Bradley, Ron Jackson and Doctor D at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

ESL Friday with Rafael Cancian, Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Sonny Cheeba and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Saõ Funky Friday Edition with Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

Tribetronix & Groove Factory present Analog Soul, Alex Gardel, Tony Smooth, Boss Ross & Vince Christopher at Secret Location, Baltimore

*** Saturday Picks ***

FORWARD on the Mall with Anthony Mansfield and David Rosenberg

FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba Bar

Body Werk with Chris Burns, Joe L. and Kochi with Visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

Return Of The Deep with Trinidadian Deep, Adrian Loving and Andrew Hogans at Dance Loft on 14

Zip (Perlon), Navbox and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with Dusk in featuring DJ Soul and Leonardo Lee in the Flash Bar

House Call with Dubathonic at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

*** Sunday Picks ***

FORWARD on the Mall with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody

FORWARD Meltdown with Rosario & Benoit at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

Let’s Save Paradise at The Black Cat

Sunglass Sundays with Livio & Roby, Navbox, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti and MarkintheDark at Public Bar

Daytime Discothèque featuring Vin Sol with Jus Nowhere, Jackson Ryland, & Wreal at Secret Warehouse Location

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Groovetop with Sparks, Jon Weller and Symmetrical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

MOJÙGBÁ: Daytime Dance with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

That’s this week’s picks for you… should be enough to keep you busy, but there’s a whole lot more to choose from this week. Check out the full listings with flyer images below, and make sure you check back next week for my picks and full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC.

Thursday May 12

FORWARD x Amalgamation x LENG present SULLY – UK & COPOUT – NYC at Zeba Bar

FORWARD x Amalgamation x LENG present SULLY - UK & COPOUT - NYC at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/226206594405113/

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Jesse Saunders at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Jesse Saunders at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/552989681529864/

Night Flight with Mark Funk, Heather Femia, 13 Ruble, Ben Ogden and Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

Night Flight with Mark Funk, Heather Femia, 13 Ruble, Ben Ogden and Omar Martinez at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125805434130302/

Sweet ‘n Lo Happy Hour w/ DJ Martin Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Sweet 'n Lo Happy Hour w/ DJ Martin Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/460127127518823/

Preview with DJ Bella & DJ Tek at Flash

Preview with DJ Bella & DJ Tek at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/231853930518365/

Technasia, Bella & J Tek at Flash

Technasia, Bella & J Tek at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1270953049634946/

Claude VonStroke with Julius Jetson at U Street Music Hall

Claude VonStroke with Julius Jetson at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725541134399836/

Feel the Love, Live feat. Adam E Project hosted by Juda & Aye Yo Smiley with Sounds by Bunx at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Feel the Love, Live feat. Adam E Project hosted by Juda & Aye Yo Smiley with Sounds by Bunx at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1717128791906206/

Cirez D at Soundcheck

Cirez D at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716161841985784/

Friday May 13

FORWARD x Computa Age present Mungo’s Hi Fi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

FORWARD x Computa Age present Mungo's Hi Fi at Songbyrd Music House and Record CaféMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/526481354221073/

Bear Happy Hour with Keenan Orr at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with Keenan Orr at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1580735272237203/

The Cornerstone (Happy Hour) with Hot Coffee & Sparks at 631 T St NW

The Cornerstone (Happy Hour) with Hot Coffee & Sparks at 631 T St NW

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/254321124920294/

WTF?! radio show with Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1002594853149867/

Matthew Dekay, Chris Kennedy at Flash with Cider House Mules and PHILCO’s Birthday Bash featuring Vanniety Kills, Jon Weller, Meegs, PHILCO, Philip Goyette and Yomimbi in the Flash Bar

Matthew Dekay, Chris Kennedy at Flash with Cider House Mules and PHILCO’s Birthday Bash featuring Vanniety Kills, Jon Weller, Meegs, PHILCO, Philip Goyette and Yomimbi in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/445738885617237/

Freaky Friday with Throe & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Freaky Friday with Throe & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/210368916014745/

TechnoFist Label Night with Damon Bradley, Ron Jackson and Doctor D at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

TechnoFist Label Night with Damon Bradley, Ron Jackson and Doctor D at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/107167606363819/

ESL Friday with Rafael Cancian, Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Sonny Cheeba and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Rafael Cancian, Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Sonny Cheeba and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Saõ Funky Friday Edition with Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

sao funky friday edition

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1768639753352609/

Tribetronix & Groove Factory present Analog Soul, Alex Gardel, Tony Smooth, Boss Ross & Vince Christopher at Secret Location, Baltimore

Tribetronix & Groove Factory present Analog Soul, Alex Gardel, Tony Smooth, Boss Ross & Vince Christopher at Secret Location, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/494765014046275/

Rudimental DJ Set with HOT COFFEE at U Street Music Hall

Rudimental DJ Set at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1073321046047814/

4U Social with DJ Mate Masie & Sly Wonder at The Black Cat

4U Social with DJ Mate Masie & Sly Wonder at The Black Cat

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597823090538543/

The Divine Movement D.C. Pre-Party with Gina Turner at Flash

The Divine Movement D.C. Pre-Party with Gina Turner at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/223292394706867

Classical Trax x Guestlist with Grrl, The Borrowers and Panch at Backbar

Classical Trax x Guestlist with Grrl, The Borrowers and Panch at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/561671380673354/

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/230402967337600/

Saturday May 14

FORWARD on the Mall with Anthony Mansfield and David Rosenberg

FORWARD on the Mall with Anthony Mansfield and David Rosenberg

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234096023619033/

FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba Bar

FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679281688990320/

Body Werk with Chris Burns, Joe L. and Kochi with Visuals by [capsaicin] at DC9 Nightclub

Body Werk

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/574641519380094/

Return Of The Deep with Trinidadian Deep, Adrian Loving and Andrew Hogans at Dance Loft on 14

Return Of The Deep with Trinidadian Deep, Adrian Loving and Andrew Hogans at Dance Loft on 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/229195394111097/

Zip (Perlon), Navbox and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with Dusk in featuring DJ Soul and Leonardo Lee in the Flash Bar

Zip (Perlon), Navbox and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with Dusk in featuring DJ Soul and Leonardo Lee in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1667405376833635/

House Call with Dubathonic at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

House Call with Dubathonic at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1713622798888132/

ESL Saturday with Tommy Bones, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Deeznotes at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Tommy Bones, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Deeznotes at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

SOLD OUT: Breakbot with De Lux, Martín Miguel at U Street Music Hall

SOLD OUT: Breakbot with De Lux, Martín Miguel at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/167265953648842/

Depeche Mode Dance Party 15 Year Anniversary Celebration at The Black Cat

Depeche Mode Dance Party 15 Year Anniversary Celebration at The Black Cat

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/165181333864794/

Gina Turner with Mina & Sparks at AI

Gina Turner with Mina & Sparks at AI

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/271909276480996/

House Sessions with Marcos Carnival at Masa 14

House Sessions with Marcos Carnival at Masa 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/215398265512630/

Xtreme House Nation Masquerade Day Party at 5Spot, Baltimore

Xtreme House Nation Masquerade Day Party at 5Spot, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1529985587309470/

Nasty 3 Featuring Designer Drugs & Architekt at Bambou Venue, Baltimore

Nasty 3 Featuring Designer Drugs & Architekt at Bambou Venue

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1147884961896452/

The Official Nasty 3 Afterparty Featuring Agent Orange at Subterra, Baltimore

The Official Nasty 3 Afterparty Featuring Agent Orange at Subterra, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/198050360563031/

Sunday May 15

FORWARD on the Mall with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody

FORWARD on the Mall with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234096023619033/

FORWARD Meltdown with Rosario & Benoit at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

FORWARD Meltdown with Rosario & Benoit at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/228131467555077/

Let’s Save Paradise at The Black Cat

Let’s Save Paradise at The Black Cat

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/759314997501480/

Sunglass Sundays with Livio & Roby, Navbox, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti and MarkintheDark at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays with Livio & Roby, Navbox, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti and MarkintheDark at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1662250707368758/

Daytime Discothèque featuring Vin Sol with Jus Nowhere, Jackson Ryland, & Wreal at Secret Warehouse Location

Daytime Discothèque featuring Vin Sol with Jus Nowhere, Jackson Ryland, & Wreal at Secret Warehouse Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/743429085772319/

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Groovetop with Sparks, Jon Weller and Symmetrical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

esl sunday

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404347836539450/

MOJÙGBÁ: Daytime Dance with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

MOJÙGBÁ Daytime Dance w/ Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record CafeMOJÙGBÁ Daytime Dance w/ Aphrosoul Lukumi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/542148232632784/

Elm Imprint Presents: Mixed Up with Bill & Ed, Darius Twin & Currier on the Boomerang Pirate Ship

Elm Imprint Presents: Mixed Up with Bill & Ed, Darius Twin & Currier on the Boomerang Pirate Ship

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/850251061764349/

TechnOceans Grand Opening Boat Party with Bella, J-Tek and Deepcutta

TechnOceans Grand Opening Boat Party with Bella, J-Tek and Deepcutta

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/572057656283095/

Ibiza Sound Sunday with Mr. Wright, Jako, Nazariff and Nick Flynn at Red Rocks

Ibiza Sound Sunday with Mr. Wright, Jako, Nazariff and Nick Flynn at Red Rocks

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/457787101078353/

Aftermath Sundays featuring MLEM at Masa 14

Aftermath sundays

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2047524295472194/

FoSho Presents: Boom Jinx No Answers In Luck Tour at Eden

FoSho Presents: Boom Jinx No Answers In Luck Tour at Eden

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1762883707273943/

Soulful Sunday with DJ John Johnson and Ron Tinsley at St. Mary’s Restaurant and Lounge, Baltimore

Soulful Sunday with DJ John Johnson and Ron Tinsley at St. Mary’s Restaurant and Lounge, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/204943363225355/

 

FORWARD Festival 2016 Preview

The ninth annual FORWARD Festival, celebrating electronic music and culture, starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday, bringing an amazing lineup of events from an eclectic mix of electronic genres, and it is not to be missed! The theme of this year’s festival is duality.

FORWARD 2016

Highlights of this year’s festival include FORWARD and DC House Grooves presents Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk on Saturday May 14, and of course the free FORWARD on the National Mall events on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, featuring Anthony Mansfield and The Girl Squad Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody. For the best deal, pick up a FORWARD Pass for only $40, or you can buy tickets for individual events by visiting the individual event page, which I’ve listed in the preview below. A FORWARD Pass gets you entry to every event, plus a limited edition FORWARD 2016 t-shirt and a FREE cup of coffee from Bump’n’Grind.

forward 2016 t shirt

FORWARD 2016 T-Shirt

Not a bad deal! If you are feeling generous and want to donate to the festival, you can do so by sending a PayPal payment to david@eightyeightdc.com. Please contribute whatever you can afford if you value this annual celebration of electronic music and culture.

Buy FORWARD 2016 Passes

Naturally, all FORWARD 2016 events are DC House Grooves picks, and you can be sure of thick vibes with great people. We especially hope to see you all at the DC House Grooves co-sponsored event, FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba Bar on Saturday!

Wednesday May 11

FORWARD presents Geng (Purple Tape Pedigree) at Bump’n’Grind

FORWARD presents Geng (Purple Tape Pedigree) at Bump’n’GrindMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1612978972277294/

Thursday May 12

FORWARD x Amalgamation x LENG present SULLY – UK & COPOUT – NYC at Zeba Bar

FORWARD x Amalgamation x LENG present SULLY - UK & COPOUT - NYC at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/226206594405113/

Friday May 13

FORWARD x Computa Age present Mungo’s Hi Fi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

FORWARD x Computa Age present Mungo's Hi Fi at Songbyrd Music House and Record CaféMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/526481354221073/

Saturday May 14

FORWARD on the Mall with Anthony Mansfield and David Rosenberg

FORWARD on the Mall with Anthony Mansfield and David Rosenberg

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234096023619033/

FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba Bar

FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679281688990320/

Sunday May 15

FORWARD on the Mall with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody

FORWARD on the Mall with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234096023619033/

FORWARD Meltdown with Rosario & Benoit at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

FORWARD Meltdown with Rosario & Benoit at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/228131467555077/