Spooky. Halloween is here again, and our favorite city has a whole bunch of groovy events going on for all you ghouls and ghosts wanting to get freaky on the dance floor. Before we get into things, a quick announcement about DC House Grooves’ next Body Werk event.
Yes, that’s right, Body Werk is back on November 8 at DC9 Night Club, and this time we’ve got everyone’s favorite DJ duo R&B playing open to close in the main room, with one of the most diverse DJs in town Joe L holding things down up on the rooftop. We can’t wait to hear these guys showing us what they can do with a whole night to play with. And that’s not all; the sound system at DC9 has just been upgraded with a new Void Acoustics system, so the sound is going to be bangin’! And to top it all, its the same night as the next Deep Sugar, so join us at Body Werk to get warmed up, then head up to The Paradox with us for afters. Gonna be a crazy night!
And so on with this week’s picks. Lots to choose from this Halloween weekend! If you plan on attending an event, click through to the Facebook event page, click Join to let the promoters know you’re in, then click Invite and invite your friends.
We kick off Thursday with Dj Earic Patten’s Elektrik Metro House Vibes Mix Sessions Special Mercury Room After Hours Showcase w/ Ross Mt. Park, Mercury Mike & DSLV. This week’s edition is a very special four hour showcase, live from Pensacola, Florida. Tune in using the links below, and you can find full details on the Facebook page.
Mobile Device: http://tunein.com/radio/Elektrik-Metro-Radio-s214890/
Our top pick for Thursday night is Lost on Thursdays: Leather & Fur 3rd Annual Lost Halloween Bash at Lost Society, with Chris Nitti and Lisa Frank back to back from open to close. Two of our favorite DJs rocking our favorite rooftop dance floor. Who could ask for more? This one is going to be a road block, so get there early, and make sure you put some effort into your costume! The theme is leather and fur, so don your best S&M gear and get ready for spankings. As always, there is no cover, all the usual drinks specials will be on offer, and there’s a glass of free champagne for the ladies before midnight. 21+
Our next pick for Thursday wins its place purely off the back of the best flyer we’ve seen this weekend, and indeed since we’ve been writing this blog. Uneasy Hiding Places – Devil’s Nacht at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar with Ron Jackson promises a night of quality house and techno for the discerning listener, and is well worth checking out if you’re out in Adams Morgan. No cover, no dress code, and the music plays from 9.30pm to 2am. Keep your wits about you, though. The twisted imagination behind such a freaky flyer may have more surprises in store!
If live music is more your thing, then our final pick for Thursdays is Tortured Soul Halloween Show with Sol Power All Stars at Tropicalia. We haven’t had the chance to catch Tortured Soul yet, but people we know and trust rave about them. Thursday offers another chance to catch them in DC at Tropicalia, with support from Sol Power All Stars. Tickets are still available for $18 from Brown Paper Tickets.
So what is our top pick for Halloween, you ask? Well it should come as no surprise that we’re picking The Last House on the Left at Tropicalia as our top pick. DC House Grooves is partnering with Slope Traxx and Deep Secrets to bring you the best after party in town, with a local line up to die for. Our very own Andy Grant will be kicking things off at 3am, with Ramirez, Jubilee, R&B, Chris Nitti and Lisa Frank all having their turns behind the decks as we party through the morning until 12pm. You heard that right: we’ll be taking you right through to Saturday afternoon. Make sure you wear a great costume, as there’ll be a prize of $100 and a gift bag for the best outfit. And if that wasn’t enough, it is all for a good cause, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to Martha’s Table. Make sure you pick up your advanced tickets from Eventbrite, as there will be limited tickets on the door. Our tip: make sure you get there promptly at 3am to catch Andy’s set.
Well that’s your after party sorted. So what are you going to do to get warmed up? Well we suggest you get yourself advanced tickets for Jimmy Valentine’s Halloween Fright Night with Joe L, Team Zapata, R&B, Beatrix & v:shal Kanwar. Halloween at Jimmy’s is always one of the best parties in town, and their $70 open bar option really is the best deal if you’re planning on celebrating in style. Make sure you get your advanced tickets, though, as this party sells out every year. Costumes are 100% mandatory! No costume, no entry.
Our final pick for Halloween is Flash & Loop present Halloween in Lucifer’s Forest w/ Tom Trago, Farid, Solomon Sanchez, Raffi, Navbox at Flash. Flash and the Loop crew are teaming up to turn the main floor at Flash into Lucifer’s Forest, and the Flash Bar into the Boogie Jungle. Tom Trago (Rush Hour | Amsterdam) will be headlining the main room with support from locals Raffi, Solomon Sanchez and Navbox, while down in the Flash Bar, Farid, Ozker and Martin Miguel will be holding things down. All this and a Best Photo Booth contest too! Like most parties this Halloween, this is likely to be a sell out, so make sure you pick up your advanced tickets.
So when you stumble out of Last House on the Left on Saturday afternoon, what’s next? Well after you’ve had a rest and grabbed something to eat, our top pick for Saturday is Meso Creso presents: Down the Rabbit Hole – A Trip Through Wonderland! This party looks amazing, and we’ve heard great things about past Meso Creso events, so we suggest you try and make this if you can. All the advanced tickets sold out in a very short space of time, which goes to show what a hot ticket this one is. We are reliably informed that a limited number of tickets will be available on the door depending on capacity, so get the early or get there late if you want to get in. Head over to the event page and RSVP for event location.
If that all sounds too complicated, then get yourself down to U Street Music Hall for Derrick Carter with Juan Zapata and Joe L. The legendary Derrick Carter, supported by local dream team Juan and Joe? Yes please! Free before 11pm for 21+, $12 after.
Our final pick for Saturday night is the EDEC Showcase with DJ Qu, Andrew Grant (Circoloco) and Feroun at Flash. DJ Qu is a huge favorite here at DC House Grooves, and this is a great chance to catch him playing on the amazing Flash sound system. Also playing is Andrew Grant (Circoloco). No relation to our very own Andy Grant, although surely we’ve got to get those two playing back to back some day? Feroun completes the lineup on opening duties. Advanced tickets are $8 on Ticketfly, more on the door.
If you make it to Sunday and you’re still standing, then we congratulate you! That’s quite an achievement on such a busy weekend. Our top pick for Sunday is the soft opening of Sunglass Sundays’ winter counterpart, Church. For this season’s first outing, they’ve got a great lineup including Justin Schumacher, Boss Ross, Pepe Rivera & Illegal Lizard. Church is hosted at Public Bar, and its free entry before 6pm, $10 after. No dress code, no drama.
Our next and final pick for Sunday is Bang’n Down the House at Flash, which promises a night of real house music as New Jersey takes over the lower level at Flash. With a lineup including Johnny Dangerous, Duce Martinez, Ernest Fountain and Baltimore’s Inner Corner Band, you’ll have no choice but to get down and work up a sweat! $10 advanced tickets, $15 on the door.
So there you have our picks for a super groovy Halloween weekend, so let’s move on to the full listings of all the best underground deep house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC from Thursday to Sunday. Remember to click through to the Facebook event pages for more details, and don’t forget to click Join and invite your friends if you plan on attending.
Thursday October 30
Dj Earic Patten’s Elektrik Metro House Vibes Mix Sessions Special Mercury Room After Hours Showcase w/ Ross Mt. Park, Mercury Mike & DSLV
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/349136175248135/
Lost on Thursdays: Leather & Fur 3rd Annual Lost Halloween Bash at Lost Society
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1559878247559719/
Uneasy Hiding Places – Devil’s Nacht at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/546990128766410/
Tortured Soul Halloween Show with Sol Power All Stars at Tropicalia
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/356487977843068/
Distrikt Pre-Halloween: Simon Shackleton, DJ Everyday, DJ Kramer, Paul Geddes, Marko Peli, DJ Meegs, Coby Jones at Flash
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1480706135522462/
Friday October 31
Flash & Loop present Halloween in Lucifer’s Forest w/ Tom Trago, Farid, Solomon Sanchez, Raffi, Navbox at Flash
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/771050592960338/
U Hell Halloween party with BrEaCh and Jus Nowhere B2B Philip Goyette
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/920726317941922/
Last House On The Left at Tropicalia
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504491709820340/
More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge
Jimmy Valentine’s Halloween Fright Night
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/714321091993158/
Select DC Presents Maskennacht with Veiled, Gordon Ashworth, Work/Death, Anduin at Secret Location
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/285504758309165/
Pure Evil at Black Whiskey – Ghouls Night Out Debut
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/713794452024857/
Free Halloween at Backbar
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/498607756946911
The Purge @ Eden by DeepCutta & Oliver Caine
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499977480263823
Chris Schweizer at Phonic
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/647415368710252/
Saturday November 1
EDEC Showcase with DJ Qu, Andrew Grant (Circoloco), Feroun at Flash
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/374331606065651/
Derrick Carter with Juan Zapata, Joe L. at U Street Music Hall
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1471506269802099/
More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge
Meso Creso presents: Down the Rabbit Hole – A Trip Through Wonderland!
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/343793932460100/
Halloween Hangover at Jimmy Valentines
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/725346900868187/
The OMG Affair at Zeba Bar
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1520977661481861/
Houseology: Ring the Alarm with Guests Djk Ture & Tommy Wickens at St. Marys Restaurant & Bar, Baltimore
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/755296374537158/
Hellawicked 3 at the Paradox, Baltimore
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1519310284977955/
Sunday November 2
Church a Sunday Affair w/ Justin Schumacher, Boss Ross, Pepe Rivera & Illegal Lizard at Public Bar
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/647112068721463/
More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge
Bang’n Down the House at Flash
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/289656621224423
Sunday DNB Sessions a The Wonderland Ballroom
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1467192953556370
And that wraps it up for this very special Halloween edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. Well done for making it this far! 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:
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. Also, we’d welcome your constructive feedback on the DC House Grooves round up. If you’ve got any comments or suggestions, please send us a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page.
See you on the dance floor!
Author: Andy Grant