This was my first visit to the new Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar location in the upstairs of Safari DC on Georgia Avenue, a few blocks north of Ten Tigers. “It’s A House Thing” brought together a group of DJs that I’ve known for… gee, it’s been years now — and who always deliver a good time.
Safari DC is a little off the beaten path but it’s not hard to find. Upstairs, there’s much more room than we were used to at Dr. Clock’s. On the street side, plenty of lounge seating to get comfortable in. Then a spacious dance floor and the bar. Out back, a patio for smoking. DJs have a bigger sound system to work with. In fact, I’m reduced to having to complain about the TP dispenser in the ladies’ room…which is a small price to pay!
But on to the night’s music. DJ Daryl Northrup opened and while I know him primarily as a breaks DJ, he stayed in the neighborhood of house music this time. Rick Next Door and DJ Los (not DC Los anymore) followed that up with more upbeat tracks, a dash of Latin, and a few heavier pieces like “Ape Machine” toward the end to gear up for Billy Basehead — who usually plays much heavier, IME, but tonight he was throwing down melodic interludes in between the beats. Lena Kovac was the newest-to-me DJ of the night and she finished the night with a solid party mix.
So here’s to future good times at Dr. Clock’s!