DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House & Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Christmas Weekend December 21 to December 24

The results are in, and I’m happy to announce that Andrew Strain is the winner of Round 2 of the DC House Grooves Flash free ticket giveaway for New Year’s Eve at Flash with  Archie HamiltonChez DamierEddie CM.A.N.D.Y. [Philipp Jung & Patrick Bodmer],  Matthew Dearpunisher and many more. Please check your Facebook messages for details on how to collect your prize. If you’re reading this and you’ve missed out in Round 1 and Round 2, you’ve got one more chance to win a pair of free tickets worth $120. For round 3, I’m going back to the tried and tested prize draw approach from Round 1. Just click the link below, fill out your full name and email address, and we’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, December 27 at 7pm. Please make sure you use the name on your ID and a real email address, as the winner will be notified by email.

I want a chance to win a pair of tickets to FLASH NYE 2018

If you’re planning on going to Flash on New Year’s Eve and don’t have your tickets already, I recommend you grab yours now rather than leave it to chance. $50 tickets are still available which is a great deal for 26 hours of serious vibes from some of the best in the business.

Lots of great parties being announced as we approach New Year’s Eve. I’ll be posting everything up on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page as I hear about them, and I’ll be including them all in a very special New Year’s Eve edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks next week. Always a good move to get your tickets well in advance for New Year’s Eve, as many events will sell out.

Still waiting on a few Meet the Locals podcasts that have been promised to me, so you’ll just have to make do with the recording from last Friday’s all vinyl WTF?! Show with me,  Kochi Katrina Mir. Five hours of quality grooves served up fresh from the wax.

 

Fairly quiet out there this weekend, what with people leaving town for the holidays and all, but there’s still some good stuff going down. If you’re into music production, I recommend heading to Headroom at Flash on Thursday to hear what local producers have been up to, then head upstairs to catch the Transit crew taking over Preview Happy Hour up in the Green Room. Later on Thursday, the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge is the place to be for Playlist with Jubilee Ramirez.

Another amazing Friday night line up at Flash, with Halo Varga, Nu Zau & Sepp & Jubilee in the main room, Alan Nieves, Wade Hammes, Zamkov & O. Martinez in the Green Room and Hugo Zapata, Samantha Francesca & HOT COFFEE in the Flash Bar. Well worth your time. Before heading to Flash, make sure you stop by El Techo across the street for a drink and a bite to eat while Markinthedark and Sarah Myers keep things warm and toasty behind the decks.

Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on a very special festive edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, with me, RamirezKatrina Mir. Not exactly sure what’ll be so festive about it. Maybe I’ll wear a Santa hat or something. I can guarantee quality, deep, underground vibes to either get your Saturday night off to a great start or close out your Saturday night if you’re staying in.  Out on the town in DC, the  Beautiful Swimmers‘ holiday party at Ten Tigers Parlour looks like your best bet, with our hometown heroes at the musical controls open to close.

Beautiful Swimmers All Night Long at Ten Tigers Parlour

For those who know, word has it there’s some quality afters action to be found, but it’s all hush hush and off the record. The really big news on Saturday, however, is Deep Sugar‘s Dance for Peace Holiday Party at Baltimore Sound Stage with all your Deep Sugar favorites Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne Davis, The Elders & a very special guest appearance by Kenny Bobien. If you’ve been missing your Deep Sugar fix, this is your chance to get down with the crew at what promises to be a memorable Christmas shindig. Don’t plan on going late, DC style; the party starts at 6pm and goes until 2am. You’ve got to be fashionably early for this one!

Deep Sugar "Dance For Peace" Christmas Party with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Kenny Bobien at Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore

With Eighteenth Street Lounge taking Sunday off due to Christmas Eve, all roads lead to Public Bar for Christmas Eve shenanigans at Sintimate Rooftop Sessions with Joeski B2B Saeed Younan and opening sets from  Sabeel Chohan & Fred Mas.

Wherever you end up this weekend, have a very Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you back here next week for our New Year’s Eve special. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday December 21

DC House Grooves Top PickHeadroom 02.03 at Flash

headroom

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/127165304627981/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Happy Hour Transit Takeover at Flash

Preview Happy Hour Transit Takeover at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142720759163695/

DC House Grooves Top PickPlaylist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse Music Happy Hour with Tim Eure at Bravo Bravo

House Music Happy Hour with Tim Eure at Bravo Bravo

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404366212943930/

Friday December 22

DC House Grooves Top PickHalo Varga, Nu Zau & Sepp, Jubilee at Flash, with Alan Nieves, Wade Hammes, Zamkov & O. Martinez in the Green Room and Hugo Zapata, Samantha Francesca & HOT COFFEE in the Flash Bar

Halo Varga, Nu Zau & Sepp, Jubilee at Flash, with Alan Nieves, Wade Hammes, Zamkov & O. Martinez in the Green Room and Hugo Zapata, Samantha Francesca & HOT COFFEE in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/133525507267691/

DC House Grooves Top PickTecho Tekno with Markinthedark & Sarah Myers at El Techo

J Swink, JP Jed, RODD & Tim Glusko at El Techo

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/4352185508252986/

DC House Grooves Top PickLongest & Darkest Friday with Mikhail Pruidze, Steve Kirn, Jandro & Ba Gha at Studio Ga Ga

Longest & Darkest Friday with Mikhail Pruidze, Steve Kirn, Jandro & Ba Gha at Studio Ga Ga

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1870869283223638/

DC House Grooves Top PickTim Cook and Will Johnston at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Tim Cook and Will Johnston at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/514830812233529/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with Empresarios Sound System, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Jerome Baker at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Empresarios Sound System, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Jerome Baker at Eighteenth Street LoungeInfo: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Saturday December 23

DC House Grooves Top PickDC House Grooves Show #15 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio

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RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/173945226534034/

DC House Grooves Top PickBeautiful Swimmers All Night Long at Ten Tigers Parlour

Beautiful Swimmers All Night Long at Ten Tigers Parlour

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/385219988602541/

DC House Grooves Top PickBehrouz with Ragab at Flash, with Brad Piff & Umarov in the Green Room and Dean Samars, Tim Cook & JP Jed in the Flash Bar

Behrouz with Ragab at Flash, with Brad Piff & Umarov in the Green Room and Dean Samars, Tim Cook & JP Jed in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1972005116413202/

DC House Grooves Top PickDeep Sugar “Dance For Peace” Christmas Party with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Kenny Bobien at Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore

Deep Sugar "Dance For Peace" Christmas Party with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Kenny Bobien at Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1704621636223038/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Saturday with Thomas Blondet, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkers at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Thomas Blondet, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkers at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickArtLure at Mellow Mushroom (Winter Solstice Edition) with Derreuq, Joel Blumenthal, Blinkhorn, Symmetrical, Ydentiti Crisis at Mellow Mushroom

ArtLure at Mellow Mushroom (Winter Solstice Edition) with Derreuq, Joel Blumenthal, Blinkhorn, Symmetrical, Ydentiti Crisis at Mellow Mushroom

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/393223191107924/

DC House Grooves Top PickHeavy Rotation: Holiday Edition with Adrian Collazo, Steven Swann & Kenny M at The Black Cat

Heavy Rotation: Holiday Edition with Adrian Collazo, Steven Swann & Kenny M

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/969639656523544/

DC House Grooves Top PickObsidian presents: Housework at Factory 17, Baltimore

Obsidian presents: Housework at Factory 17, Baltimore

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1370811993028254/

Sunday December 24 Christmas Eve

DC House Grooves Top PickYounan Music Presents Sintimate Rooftop Sessions with Joeski B2B Saeed Younan, Sabeel Chohan & Fred Mas at Public Bar

Younan Music Presents Sintimate Rooftop Sessions with Joeski B2B Saeed Younan, Sabel Chohan & Fred Was at Public Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/135383290501077/

DC House Grooves Top PickJingles & Dreidels Holiday Dance Party at Sticky Rice DC

Jingles & Dreidels Holiday Dance Party at Sticky Rice DC

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423544267758173/

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House & Electronic Music Events in Washington DC December 14 to December 17

Huge thanks to everyone who took part in Round 1 of our free ticket giveaway for Flash‘s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. We’re happy to announce the lucky winner of the first pair of tickets worth $120 is JT Christensen. Check your email JT for details on how to claim your prize.  The big news this week is the first phase of line up announcements for the 26 hour marathon: Archie Hamilton, house legend Chez Damier, everyone’s favorite Canadian Eddie CM.A.N.D.Y. [Philipp Jung & Patrick Bodmer],  Matthew Dearpunisher. And that’s just  for starters! Chez and Eddie in particular are big, big favorites here at DC House Grooves, so we can’t recommend this line up enough! We’ll be bringing you more details of the line up as they become available, and of course we have two more pairs of tickets to give away as New Year’s Eve approaches. Speaking of which, Round 2 of the free ticket giveaway launches on the DC House Grooves Facebook page tomorrow morning, Thursday December 14. Check the page Thursday morning for details on how to enter. Trying something a little bit different for Round 2. Just follow the simple instructions in the Facebook post for a chance to win. If you don’t feel like rolling the dice and want to grab your tickets before they sell out, $50 advanced tickets are available here. That’s a bargain for such a ridiculous line up, and if you plan on staying the distance, works out as less than $2 an hour.

Advanced TIckets to New Year’s Eve 2018 at Flash

Highlights on Thursday this week include the always amazing Jubilee Ramirez at  Playlist on the heated patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge, and Sarah Myers heating up happy hour at Preview in the green room at Flash. Stick around at Flash for Cadence with Makoto, Technimatic & Rubble in the main room, while Beatrix, Rob-One and the always amazing Tommy Cornelis take over the rooftop.

Friday night, get yourself warmed up for a night on the town by tuning in to the WTF?! Show on Sugar Shack Recordings with KochiKatrina MirRamirez and me (Andy Grant).This time around we’re doing an all vinyl session, which promises to be a lot of fun! We’ll be kicking things off at 5pm and going until 9pm, so join us for a quality soundtrack as you decompress from work and get yourself in the mood to head out the door. Some great choices out on the town on Friday now, but I reckon your best bet for quality vibes with the crew is Reflections with Charles Martin, DJ Nav, Joe L and Trev-Ski at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Friday night. Always a good time at Jimmy’s, and with this line up of local heavyweights, you can’t go far wrong.

Reflections with Charles Martin. Dj Nav, Joe L and Trev-Ski at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

Another great option for Friday is Flash, with Smallville Records‘ Christopher Rau, R&S Records‘ Afriqua & Navbox in the main room, with local favorites Edo & Jus Nowhere in the Green Room and Philco & Baronhawk (TNX) in the bar. Serious business on all three floors, and free before 12am with RSVP!

Christopher Rau, Afriqua & Navbox at Flash, with Edo & Jus Nowhere in the Green Room and Philco & Baronhawk in the Flash Bar

Back at Flash again for Saturday’s highlight, with Radio Slave ably supported by Mazi R in the main room, Sarah Myers holding things down open to close in the Green Room and Jive 100 with Mike Harvey, DJ Eli Cash & James CC in the Flash Bar. Something for everyone!

Radio Slave with Maxi R at Flash, with Sarah Myers in the Green Room and Jive 100 with Mike Harvey, DJ Eli Cash & James CC in the Flash Bar

If you like to get dressed up and go crazy, the Naughty Snowball 9 – Sleigh Runner at  The DC Eagle looks like a lot of fun on Saturday night. Too many DJs to list out here, but with crews like The NeedleXchangeThe Nightflight DJs and The Sticky Fingers Collective in the house, you know this one’s gonna get real.  This usually sells out each year, but with a bigger venue and more capacity this year, you can still grab $40 Tier 2 tix here.

Advanced Tickets to Naughty Snowball 9 – Sleigh Runner

naughty snowball 9

Sunday’s highlight, as always, is Eighteenth Street Lounge, with the mighty Sam The Man Burns holding court in the Gold Room, Smudge in the main room, and another edition of Sundays Rooftop out on the heated patio, with Martinez and Benoit. Always the best place to close out your weekend.

No Meet the Locals Pocast this week. Waiting on a few submissions, but none of them arrived in time. For this week’s musical entertainment, here’s the video of last Saturday’s DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Video is a little bit choppy, but audio is sweet as. Some really nice tunes in this edition! We’ll be back with Episode #15 of the DC House Grooves Show on Saturday December 23rd. Keep an eye out for the event page over the next couple of days.

Without further ado, here’s my full list of Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Make sure you click through and RSVP on the Facebook event pages. Always helps the promoters to know who’s coming. Also, don’t forget to check the DC House Grooves Facebook Page for details on how to enter round 2 of our Flash NYE 2018 free ticket giveaway to win a pair of tickets worth $120. Two more chances left to win a pair of tix!

Thursday December 14

DC House Grooves Top PickPlaylist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1930613240525249/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Happy Hour with Sarah Myers at Flash

Preview Happy Hour with Sarah Myers at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/898612640287934/

DC House Grooves Top PickCadence presents Makoto, Technimatic & Rubble at Flash with Beatrix, Rob-One and Tommy Cornelis in the Green Room

Cadence presents Makoto, Technimatic & Rubble at Flash with Beatrix, Rob-One and Tommy Cornelis in the Green Room

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/135569347091052/

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse Music Happy Hour with DJ Suspense at Bravo Bravo

House Music Happy Hour with DJ Suspense at Bravo Bravo

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404366212943930/

DC House Grooves Top PickBig Ugly Truck Dance Party with DJ Ones, DJ Miss H.E.R & DJ Aphrosoul at Studio Ga Ga

Big Ugly Truck Dance Party with DJ Ones, DJ Miss H.E.R & DJ Aphrosoul at Studio Ga Ga

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741469995865102/

Friday December 15

DC House Grooves Top PickAll vinyl WTF?! Radio show with Kochi, Andy Grant, Katrina Mir & DJ Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! with Kochi

Tune in: http://www.sugarshackrecordings.com
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/138328786878013/

DC House Grooves Top PickReflections with Charles Martin. Dj Nav, Joe L and Trev-Ski at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club