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

Just about recovered from another amazing weekend on the dance floor right here in the District, excited for the next one! Katrina Mir and I had an amazing time at U Street Music Hall on Saturday with the Deep Sugar crew, throwing down a set of pure disco bliss to get the party started. Wayne DavisLisa Moody and our very own local super star Ultra Naté, fresh off the plane from Ibiza, all brought their A games; the energy in that room was incredible! We may not have The Paradox anymore, but the legendary Deep Sugar magic is still intact. The high point of the evening was a live PA from house diva Dawn Tallman, and wow, did she deliver! Don’t take my word for it, check out the video below.

Huge thanks to Ultra for inviting me and Katrina to open the night, and to the whole Deep Sugar crew for their warmth, energy and professionalism, contributing to an amazing night for everyone! The next Deep Sugar is Lisa Moody‘s birthday celebration at Baltimore Sound Stage on June 30, with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne DavisThe Elders (miss you guys!), Michael Joyner and a live performance from Michelle Weeks. Mark it in your calendar and get your ass to Baltimore on June 30!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744454295653635/

So what am I so excited about for this weekend? Well apart from all the amazing events happening Thursday through Saturday (more on those soon), we’ve got the third edition of our Sunday rooftop charity event Beats Maneuver this Sunday, featuring none other that former  Smartbar resident Miles Maeda with support from Beats Maneuver residents yours truly Andy GrantKochi and local special guest Aaron Sparks. The weather was not our friend for the last Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep at Public Bar, but the forecast for Sunday is looking like sunshine all day long, so join us on the rooftop at Public for a pure house music workout in the sunshine to close out your weekend. If you find DC House Grooves a useful resource, if I’ve supported your events on these here pages, why not return the favor and come out and support Beats Maneuver? As always, we’ll donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, so it’s a great time for a great cause. We’re only charging $5 cover for this one, a great deal for a line up of this caliber. Please RSVP on the event page, and we’ll see you on the rooftop this Sunday!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/

beats maneuver miles maeda

Right, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the full list over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday June 14

Top Picks Friday June 15

Top Picks Saturday June 16

Top Picks Sunday June 17

Highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee and special guest Sarah Myers at  Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, I recommend heading up to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Reflections with the homies DJ Nav, Joe LSteve Kirn and Jandro. With a line up like that, you can’t go far wrong.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2083749088319908/

reflections

If what you’ve got in mind for Friday is the opposite of an intimate music session at Jimmys, then I’ve got just the thing for you. While I don’t usually include event at Echostage on these page, because let’s face it, they hardly quality as underground, I’ll make an exception for this Friday, as none other that the man, the legend, Carl Cox will be gracing the stage for an extended set with support from local hero Saeed YounanCarl Cox was resident at the first club I attended regularly back in the late eighties, the Zap Club in Brighton, England, and it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. $40 advanced tickets are still available, grab yours now.

Advanced tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carl-cox-ages-18-tickets-46667906966
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/205826446676528/

carl cox echostage

Up in Baltimore this Friday, the 4 Hours of Funk crew will be celebrating their 9 year (!) anniversary at The Windup Space.  Congrats to Graham Hatke and Fleg for keeping it going so long! If you’re in the neighborhood, put this one down on your list.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/173259580029466/

4 hours of funk 9 years

Saturday night, I recommend you kick off your evening at Flash, which hosts Traumer with support form Jus Nowhere and KayLaSoul. Up in the Green Room, it’s the debut of We Dig Vinyl, a celebration of music in my favorite medium. The debut event features We Dig Vinyl founders Elliott Sloan and Wade Hammes, alongside Joss. Please show your support! Down in the bar, it’s another edition of Juice with Jacq Jill and StrikeStone!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1113555
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/227158394718024/

traumer at flash

For afters on Saturday, head to the warehouse for ROAM Triple Threat Lisa x Jett x Juana, featuring  ROAM residents  DJ Lisa Frank and Jett Chandon  with Discwoman‘s Juana going back to back to back all night long. Advanced tickets are only $5 for what promises to be a quality late night / early morning at the spot.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1122410
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/198348277476612/

roam triple threat

Now I know you’re all coming out to support us at Beats Maneuver with Miles Maeda at  Public Bar on Sunday, but if you just want to kick back and listen to tunes in a social media free setting, I recommend checking out U Street Music Hall‘s new regular Sunday listening event The Universal Listening Room. Tunes from all genres from Will Eastman and guest selectors, played in their entirety, all night long. A great concept, which I hope will be a great success.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/228826481037884/

the universal listening room

That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. See you on the Public Bar rooftop this Sunday! Failing that, you know where to find us, same time, same place next week, for all the best info on what’s going down on the dance floor in Washington DC.

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Pride Weekend June 7 to June 10

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the torrential rain last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep. Sadly, the weather was not in our favor, but we appreciate all you hardy souls who came out despite the rain and threw a few shapes with us on the dance floor. Here’s hoping the sun will shine on the next Beats Maneuver rooftop charity event at Public Bar with Miles MaedaKochi, Andy Grant  and Aaron Sparks on Sunday June 17.  Hope you can join us!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/

beats maneuver miles maeda

On to this weekend, and it’s that time of year when DC celebrates Pride, and by the looks of things it’s going to be a busy weekend! As is tradition, our queer correspondent, The NeedleXchange‘s Tommy Cornelis  has put together an amazing guide to DC Pride 2018, so if you’re in town for Pride, I recommend you check out Tommy‘s guide:

DC House Grooves’ Guide to DC Pride 2018

Below you’ll find my regular DC House Grooves Top Picks post, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC Thursday through Sunday, both regular and Pride events. Before i get into the good stuff happening this weekend, I want to give a special mention to an event Katrina Mir and I are spinning at this weekend, Deep Sugar DC Pride 2018 “La Cage aux Folles” at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, featuring a very special live performance by Dawn Tallman, plus DJ sets from Ultra Naté Lisa MoodyWayne DavisKatrina Mir and I will be kicking off the evening with a B2B DC House Grooves opening set, setting the scene for the evening with some disco numbers to get your feet tapping and put a smile on your face. I hope you can join us! Advanced tickets are just $10, so grab yours now, and we’ll see you on the dance floor. Deep Sugar parties always have an incredible vibe, and this one promises to be one for the books!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1685043
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121458198646993/

deep sugar pride 2018

Just one more thing before the links to this week’s pics: a bit of music for you! Here’s the latest edition of Lars Behrenroth‘s Deeper Shades of House show, featuring a guest mix from yours truly. The first hour is Lars’ show, followed by my mix in the second hour. It’s an all vinyl mix featuring tracks from Fred PLoSoulNorm TalleyIron CurtisSon of SoundDJ Jus EdWaajeedDJ Aakmael, Inner SenseFranck Roger and more. I hope you like it!

OK, here’s the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Click the link for each day to see the list of events.

Top Picks Thursday June 7

Top Picks Friday June 8

Top Picks Saturday June 9

Top Picks Sunday June 10

As for this weekend’s highlights, I recommend you head over to Jimmy Valentine‘s on Thurday for Uptown House Experience with DJ NavJoe LAssociateTrev-ski, which promises a night of fantastic music from a serious bunch of heads!

Uptown house experience

Friday night, we’ll be kicking things off with a rare Friday night edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Tune in from 10pm ET using the links below.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/225170218287141/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Out on the town, I recommend heading to U Street Music Hall for Honey Sound System, Octo Octa & Outputmessage. Line ups don’t get much better than that!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1668953
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1985310398451371/

Or if something more eclectic is more your thing, head to Ten Tigers Parlour for Galaxy with DJ Fleg and Graham Hatke playing the very best funk, disco, boogie, classic hop hop, r&b, afrobeat, house and more on Ten Tigers‘ amazing Martin Audio sound system. This looks like the start of something special!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/373450539834239/

galaxy graham and fleg

On Saturday night, we obviously hope to see you at Deep Sugar at U Street Music Hall, but if you want to get down away from the craziness of U Street on Pride weekend, I recommend Deeper with District Soul at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, which sees the legendary Johnson Lee dust off his headphones and get back into the DJ game, with the capable assistance of DJ Stereophonik, reminiscing to the halcyon days of the District Soul forums, once a thriving online hub of the Washington DC house music scene, where like minded individuals hung out, harmoniously discussing their shared love of house music. Those who were there know what I’m talking about 😉 There won’t be a microwave DJ in sight this Saturday at Jimmy’s, and with no cover, the price is right!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/138931613635664/

deeper jimmys

For proper queer Pride afters action on Saturday, all roads lead to TNX Presents Local Motion, featuring an all star line up of local LGBTQ DJs: The NeedleXchange residents Bil ToddTommy CornelisBaronhawk DJ Lisa Frank, an epic pairing of two of our favorites StrikeStone! B2B Vanniety KillsAlex DB B2B Wolfblister, plus live performances from Salvadora DaliMajic Dyke, all delivered over a banging sound system courtesy of the Zapata Brothers. Advanced tickets highly recommended, only $15 over on Resident Advisor.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109849
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/377783022740954/

TNX Pride local motion

On Sunday, I recommend you close out the weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge for  Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Smudge in the main room, and Sunday Rooftop out on the patio with BenoitMiss I, coming in all the way from Romania.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/461945304236084/

sundays rooftop miss i benoit

Whew! That’s all I’ve got time for this weekend. Too many amazing events, and not enough time to do them all justice. I hope between Tommy‘s DC Pride 2018 post and my post right here, we’ve given you enough ideas to keep you grooving through the weekend. I’ll be back next week with another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC PRIDE 2018

When I started doing these write-ups as DC House Groove’s Queer Correspondent, there was a real need for highlighting non-official, locally-sourced, music-forward events during MAL and Pride in our community. I’m not saying that’s no longer needed, but I don’t think I need to hold as many hands anymore. That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement, but so many scenes seem to be really thriving right now in DC and people just seem to GET IT! And there really is something for everyone. If you wanna live your circuit fantasy, grab a fan and clack off at the eagle all weekend. Go see your favorite drag queen perform (she’s probably in town). Brunch and day drink at the parade. Catch amazing queer musicians at a live show. Lose yourself on the dance-floor to some incredible DJs- both local and traveling in. We’re all Options Queens this pride!

One thing that I’ve been seeing happen organically this year that makes me very, very happy is that so many great events are reclaiming the name DC Pride. Because of this and because so many of you reached out about it, I’m back with the listings this year. But I’m ditching the long-winded rant and cutting right to the chase. I’m also ditching the “underground pride” name. Oh, and I’ve never been about that capital, hen. This is all about DC Pride, baby*


WEDNESDAY JUNE 6

¡Miércoles Gigante! con Alex DB @ Trade

Market Crash w/ StrikeStone! @ Big Board

Homosuperior, Fire Heads and Bottled Up at Slash Run


THURSDAY JUNE 7

Extended FAM Night w/ Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd & Barber Streisand @ Trade

Sleaze w/ Vicky Powell (Deep South, ATL) @ Wonderland Ballroom

Petworth Social Club w/ Outputmessage & Jacq Jill @ Homestead

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party w/ Salvadora Dali & Wess the DJ @ Trade


FRIDAY JUNE 8

Booty Rex Pride Party @ Rock N Roll Hotel

Honey Soundsystem, Octo Octa, Outputmessage @ U Street Music Hall

Rough House w/ Mouthfeel (Austin), Lemz, Barber Streisand @ Green Lantern

Mykki Blanco with Sissy Elliott at Rock & Roll Hotel

Trade Pride Friday w/ Diyanna Monet



SATURDAY JUNE 9 (6.9 hehehe)

Local Motion: TNX Pride w/ StrikeStone! B2B Vanniety Kills, Alex DB B2B Wolfblister, Performances by Majic Dyke & Salvadora Dali

Trade Pride Saturday w/ Devon Trotter, Jacq Jill & Kris Sutton

Mixtape Pride Party w/ Keenan Orr, Tezrah & Matt Bailer @ 9:30 Club

LE1F / Fabrizio / DJ Trillnatured at Songbyrd

Pride[uncovered] w/ The Barber Streisand, Lemz, JoAnn Fabrixx & Paris Trillton @ DC9


SUNDAY JUNE 10

Millennial Pink @ Dew Drop Inn

Church & Glam Box Present Sunday Best @ Trade

DistriktC w/ Devon Trotter, StrikeStone!, Nightflight DJs, Matt Bailer @ UltraBar

*Every year I forget some really good events that deserve inclusion here. Please reach out to me, and I will gladly update this!

Also here are some pro-tips: remember to pace yourself, drink lots of water, look out for one another, buy advanced tickets when possible, and don’t overdo it Saturday during the day and parade- there’s lots of important dancing to do, creatures of the night!

Oh, and straight people go out and celebrate pride too. Prove you respect DC’s incredible queer dance community with your dancing shoes. We’ve heard enough lip service on the internet.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 31 to June 3

Wow! Amazing times on the rooftop at Public Bar on Memorial Day Sunday at the first edition of Beats ManeuverGigi Testa threw down an amazing set of serious house vibes with classics a plenty, while supporting DJs KayLaSoulAndrew Hogans, RamirezKochiKatrina Mir and yours truly all brought their A games, keeping that dance floor jumping for 12 hours straight. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support this first collaboration between Roots & SpiritsVibeDC House Grooves and Public Bar, and a very special thanks to the team at Public Bar who worked hard throughout the event to make sure everything ran smoothly. If you couldn’t make it on Memorial Day Sunday, the great news is that we’re back at it this coming Sunday with our second edition of Beats Maneuver, this time featuring Trinidadian Deep (Prescription Future Vision), with support from Mate MasieNeko Berg and resident Ramirez, and for this one we’re only charging $5 cover on the door open to close! That’s right, a seriously hot lineup, a fantastic rooftop venue, and only $5 cover. We hope you can make it to Beats Maneuver at Public Bar this Sunday for what promises to be another amazing night on the rooftop! Doors open at 6pm.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1063985653760447/

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OK, shameless promotion of my shit out of the way, here are the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see my list of Top Picks for that day.

Top Picks Thursday May 31

Top Picks Friday June 1

Top Picks Saturday June 2

Top Picks Sunday June 3

As always, an amazing set of events to choose from. Thursday night’s highlights include  Playlist with Jubilee and special guest Mazi R at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while at Flash, the Cadence crew return with a spectacular line up headlined by drum and bass legend LTJ BukemRobert ManosT.R.A.C., with local support from Vanniety KillsTim Jackson and Blak Lotus. Up in the Green Room, Aaron SparksMikey Dubs and the mighty Team Zapata keep the house music vibes strong open to close. Sounds like a proper celebration for the birthday trifecta Jen JacksonAaron Sparks and Vanniety Kills! A very Happy Birthday to you all from DC House Grooves!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1674034
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075122922752461/

cadence ltj bukem

Firday night, Flash looks like a great bet, with Marsian LIVE (Marc Houle & Sian) in the main room,  Sarah Myers and Juan Zapata open to close in the Green Room, and funk, boogie, disco and soul from Trev-skiHaz of the MoDERN CLASS crew in the bar.

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KN1lGZ
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/170343593652184/

marsian live at flash

Saturday evening, I recommend checking out a new concept from Raptorstein, featuring chill music vibes and fire performances as the sun goes down, the Sunset & Chill Fire Jam & Dance Party with RaptorsteinAnandroidZamkov, plus performances from  Revolutionary Motion and Ardiente. Hosted at the Olde City Farm on Rhode Island Avenue, and only $5 cover all night, this promises to be a super chill way to get your Saturday night off to a great start.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418285918276046/

sunset & chill

Saturday evening,  Eighteenth Street Lounge looks hot, with my old college pal Dicky Trisco flying in all the way from Dundee, Scotland, to hold things down on the patio open to close.

ESL Saturday

Flash also looks like a great bet, with Amir JavasoulNavbox and Throe bringing the heat on the club level, while Zamkov Philco keep things jumping in the Green Room, and Jandro Hakob do their thing in the bar. Quality on all three floors, as always.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1110352 
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695240223928696/

amir javasoul at flash

For after hours action on Saturday, all roads lead to ROAM Barely Legal, which sees the ROAM crew celebrating their 18th event in style, with another world-class line up featuring Dr Rubinstein, local hero Max D of Beautiful SwimmersFuture Times  fame, TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis, Taiga & Oliver Caine. As always, there’ll be banging Martin Audio sound, zero tolerance for assholery and guaranteed vibes all round.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1097475
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1995995063761906

roam barely legal

On Sunday, I’d obviously love it if you came out to support us on the rooftop at Public Bar for the second edition of Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep, but there are a few other great options. If I wasn’t busy with Beats Maneuver, I’d be sure to check out The House That U Built at El Techo with a classic THTUB all-star line up, including Sam BurnsThe Elders and Vanniety Kills, and I’d be sorely tempted to get myself a ticket to the Soundwaves Boat Party with NDATL‘s Kai Alcé and Benoit B2B Edo. Always a magical time on the Soundwaves boat, and with Kai Alcé at the helm, you know you’re in good hands, Advanced tickets will sell out for this one, so be sure to grab one now to reserve your spot on deck.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1111631
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1883738061670156/

soundwaves boat party kai alce

If you end up on the boat, you’ll have plenty of time to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep after the boat docks at 9.30pm. The perfect way to close out an amazing weekend on the dance floor!

That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. I’ll be back, same time, same place next week with everything you need to know about what’s good on the dance floor right here in Washington DC.