DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House & Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 12 to October 15

Super fun times at Church of Secrets with Alton Miller last Friday! Playing in a former church was definitely a first for me, and I had a blast getting things warmed up on the dance floor. Despite some minor imperial entanglements, a good time was had by all, with the enthusiastic crowd grooving well into Saturday. I hear there may be another opportunity to worship in the Church of Secrets in the not too distant future. I’ll bring you the details as soon as I know more.

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Uncle Benny, Casey & Uncle Ebi at Church of Secrets
Photo credit: Casey

In case you didn’t make it, here’s the recording of my opening set. Two hours of quality grooves to get the night started off right. Click through to SoundCloud for the track list.

 

OK, before getting into this week’s events, news of a couple of upcoming events you need to know about. On Saturday October 21, I’ll be joining Charles Martin and Alex Eljaiek for a locals take over of the Club Level at Flash for another edition of Resident Nights, while the always reliable Taiga and Throe join forces for the latest installment of Arts & Sciences. As I’m always saying, locals do it better, and I can’t thank Flash enough for supporting local talent, allowing us to take the reins for the night. Can’t wait to give that amazing Funktion One sound system a proper workout alongside two of DC’s finest. Hope to see you on the floor!

Advanced tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2xWcz7M
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/304193423321483/

Desert Hearts presents: City Hearts Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs & Porkchop at Flash, with Sarah Myers & Philip Goyette in the Green Room & Team Zapata in the Flash Bar

The following Saturday, October 28, there’s a whole host of Halloween themed parties to choose from, but the pick of the bunch for quality tunes and the best costumes in town is Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Halloween Bash, with a smoking hot line up including  Kochi, our very own Katrina MirLyssaDJ RamirezTim Jackson and Jandro. If you’ve not done Jimmy‘s for Halloween before, you need to know that costumes are required, and let me tell you, people make a real effort each year! General admission tickets are $15, or for just $70 you can get top shelf open bar all night long! It doesn’t get much better than that. This party sells out every year, often well in advance, so if you’re planning on going, don’t waste any time. Grab your tickets now!

Advanced tickets to Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Halloween Bash
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121577798530892/

Jimmy Valentine's Annual Halloween Bash

OK, back to more pressing matters. What’s on deck to get your feet tappin’ this weekend? As usual, an amazing line up of Top Picks, which you’ll find listed below. Of special interest this weekend, my old friend Marc Cotterell, head honcho of the amazing house and garage label Plastik People Records flies into town this weekend for a couple of gigs and a radio show. I first got to know Marc when we were both residents of the soulful house radio station Planetsoul Network in the early 2000s, back when I was based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Marc was based in southwest England. Indeed, the flyer below from October 13 2005 is perhaps the last time Marc and I shared the same billing, just after I moved from Scotland to Washington, DC, and on Friday night, October 13, we’ll be at it again, exactly 12 years to the day from our last radio show. It must be a sign!

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Marc will be joining me and Katrina Mir Friday night for Body Werk in the Flash Bar, as part of Focus  with with Tobias.Ryan ElliotMoscoman TNX‘s Bil Todd. Another amazing line up at Flash for what’s sure to be an amazing Friday night, and remember, there’s no cover to join us in the Flash Bar.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571814496214213

Focus: with Tobias. & Ryan Elliott at Flash, with Moscoman & Bil Todd in the Green Room and Body Werk featuring Marc Cotterell, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

Then on Saturday night, Marc joins me Katrina Mir and Ramirez as our first special guest on the DC House Grooves Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio. The show kicks off at 10pm ET, and whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the perfect sound track for your Saturday night.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune In Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/183401065540321

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Sunday night, Marc wraps up his DC weekender joining Benoit on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sundays Rooftop, as part of an amazing lineup for ESL on Sunday, which also includes the man, the legend Sam “The Man” Burns with special guest  Vanniety Kills, with Smudge rounding out the line up in the main room.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1993723077509347/

ESL Sunday with Sam Burns, Vanniety Kills, Smudge & Sundays Rooftop featuring Marc Cotterell & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Other highlights for this weekend include my weekly pick Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Nocturnal Emissions with Tummettott, Hakob, markintheDark & Jubilee at a secret warehouse location on Friday, then on Saturday,  Prescription & Kowli celebrate Ebi‘s birthday with an amazing line up including Detroit legend Rick Wade and local support from BaronhawkFeroun and Jus Nowhere.

Info & tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1019373

Kowli & Prescription present: Rick Wade with Baronhawk, Feroun & Jus Nowhere at Warehouse Location

Also on Saturday night, Martín Miguel‘s excellent record label Better Listen Records  celebrates one year of operation and their latest release Feels Trip to the District by thatmanmonkz on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge, with Martín and   thatmanmonkz providing the sound track. Highly recommended!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1964666887125618

ESL Saturday with John Jazz, Mr Bonkerz, Adrian Collazo & Better Listen Records Feels Trip To The District Release Party featuring thatmanmonkz & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Another big highlight for Saturday is the final edition of Pacific Fur Company‘s Natural Resources before Eli heads west at Studio Ga Ga. Joining PFC for this final bash is an illustrious list of local talent, including Philip GoyetteThroeDJ Eli CashJames CCMike Harvey. I’m sure there’ll be tears of joy and sadness on the dance floor as Natural Resources bids a fond farewell to the District.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121293081851235/

Natural Resources Bye Bye Edition with Throe, Philip Goyette, DJ Eli Cash, James CC, Mike Harvey & Pacific Fur Company at Studio Ga Ga

One more event I want to highlight before getting into my full list of Top Picks for the weekend. On Sunday, local legend Saeed Younan kicks off a new series of events on the rooftop at Public BarSintimate Rooftop Sessions, showcasing Younan Music talent. Sunday’s line up features PirupaSaeed Younan, with support from Mina Darius Twin. With a great crowd and quality music, the rooftop at Public is always a blast, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Saeed has lined up for the future. Door tax is $15, with $10 early birds available.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1981253115455021/

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Congratulations if you’ve made it this far! Here are all my Top Picks of the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC Thursday through Sunday.  Having a few issues with formatting the Top Pick logo since a recent WordPress update, but rest assured, everything in the list below is a DC House Grooves Top Pick! Hope to see you out and about!

DC House Grooves Top Pick

Thursday October 12

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/179218195987783/

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Jon Deke at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Jon Deke at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1903218439999139/

Big Ugly Truck Presents: Boogie Night with Martín Miguel, Kenny M & Trev-ski at 14th & U

Big Ugly Truck Presents: Boogie Night with Martín Miguel, Kenny M & Trev-ski at 14th & U

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2035376310015511/

House Music Happy Hour with Sparse Cholesky at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

House Music Happy Hour with Sparse Cholesky at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

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

Friday October 13

Focus: with Tobias. & Ryan Elliott at Flash, with Moscoman & Bil Todd in the Green Room and Body Werk featuring Marc Cotterell, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

Focus: with Tobias. & Ryan Elliott at Flash, with Moscoman & Bil Todd in the Green Room and Body Werk featuring Marc Cotterell, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571814496214213

Nocturnal Emissions with Tummettott, Hakob, markintheDark & Jubilee at Warehouse Location

Nocturnal Emissions with Tummettott, Hakob, markintheDark & Jubilee at Warehouse Location

Advanced tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1018697
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/118423895512112

Private Joy with Trev-ski & Fulano at Studio Ga Ga

Private Joy with Trev-ski & Fulano at Studio Ga Ga

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/350801928706256/

ESL Friday with Meistro, Jerome Baker, Philip Goyette & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Meistro, Jerome Baker, Philip Goyette & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

LENG Resident Night 001 with Jett Chandon, Duolo, Lush, Kouhai & Benbo at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

LENG Resident Night 001 with Jett Chandon, Duolo, Lush, Kouhai & Benbo at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/164334370810974/

Rinse Saturday Sessions with Ka Lu, Eddie Trax, Hoju Pockets & Bass Windu at Ten Tigers Parlour

Rinse Saturday Sessions with Ka Lu, Eddie Trax, Hoju Pockets & Bass Windu at Ten Tigers ParlourRinse Saturday Sessions with Ka Lu, Eddie Trax, Hoju Pockets & Bass Windu at Ten Tigers Parlour

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1567005996721139

Saturday October 14

DC House Grooves Show #11 with Andy Grant, Ramirez, Katrina Mir & Special Guest Marc Cotterell on Underground Quality Radio

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Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune In Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/183401065540321

Kowli & Prescription present: Rick Wade with Baronhawk, Feroun & Jus Nowhere at Warehouse Location

Kowli & Prescription present: Rick Wade with Baronhawk, Feroun & Jus Nowhere at Warehouse Location

Info & tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1019373

ESL Saturday with John Jazz, Mr Bonkerz, Adrian Collazo & Better Listen Records Feels Trip To The District Release Party featuring thatmanmonkz & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with John Jazz, Mr Bonkerz, Adrian Collazo & Better Listen Records Feels Trip To The District Release Party featuring thatmanmonkz & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1964666887125618

Natural Resources Bye Bye Edition with Throe, Philip Goyette, DJ Eli Cash, James CC, Mike Harvey & Pacific Fur Company at Studio Ga Ga

Natural Resources Bye Bye Edition with Throe, Philip Goyette, DJ Eli Cash, James CC, Mike Harvey & Pacific Fur Company at Studio Ga Ga

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121293081851235/

Desert Hearts presents: City Hearts Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs & Porkchop at Flash, with Sarah Myers & Philip Goyette in the Green Room & Team Zapata in the Flash Bar

Desert Hearts presents: City Hearts Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs & Porkchop at Flash, with Sarah Myers & Philip Goyette in the Green Room & Team Zapata in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/126280341332918

Reflections with Alex Eljaiek, Tony Smooth and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Reflections with Alex Eljaiek, Tony Smooth and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/302384146902587/

The Underground Sunrise D.C with Thommy Davis & DJ Kmixx at Zeba Bar

The Underground Sunrise D.C with Thommy Davis & DJ Kmixx at Zeba Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1488153171253563/

LENG presents Slick Shoota with Fury, Lush, Panch & The Kufi Smacker at Location TBA

LENG presents Slick Shoota with Fury, Lush, Panch & The Kufi Smacker at Location TBA

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/680424812167234/

Vague Output Presents Schwefelgelb & Jake Reif at Factory 17, Baltimore

Vague Output Presents Schwefelgelb & Jake Reif at Factory 17, Baltimore

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1102189429915688

Sunday October 15

Younan Music presents Sintimate Rooftop Sessions featuring Pirupa with Saeed Younan, Mina & Darius Twin at Public Bar

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RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1981253115455021/

ESL Sunday with Sam Burns, Vanniety Kills, Smudge & Sundays Rooftop featuring Marc Cotterell & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam Burns, Vanniety Kills, Smudge & Sundays Rooftop featuring Marc Cotterell & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1993723077509347/

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks August 3 to August 6

Not much time this week, so let’s dive in! Thursday night, I strongly urge you start your evening at Preview at Flash, where the uber talented Symmetrical will not only be DJing, but exhibiting his works of art. We have a Symmetrical original hanging in our basement, and I absolutely love his distinctive and unique works. This is a great opportunity for you to get familiar with a local talent with such raw energy, enthusiasm and positivity that I have no doubt he will go far. Trust me… you’ll be able to say you knew him before he was famous! Later on at Flash, the amazing DJ Tennis graces the decks in the main room with support from the equally amazing Solomon Sanchez, so it may just be worth you sticking around.

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Symmetrical at Flash

Friday night, Katrina Mir and I will be joined behind the decks in the Flash Bar by Deep Secrets’ Benoit. I’m still buzzing from Katrina Mir‘s amazing set at Daytime Discothèque opening for Detroit’s Reggie Dokes last Sunday, and it’s been a minute since I’ve gone a few rounds on the ones and twos with Uncle Benny, so this one’s going to be emotional! Join us ifrom 9pm for serious grooves, laughter, and perhaps even a few tears. Upstairs in Flash‘s main room, British techno duo Dense & Pika bring the heat with local support from Schubert, while in the Green Room, there’s a MoDERN CLASS reunion, with Trev-ski and Fulano reuniting with DJ Provoke for another night of disco, soul, funk and boogie.

Dense & Pika with Schubert at Flash, with MoDERN CLASS featuring Trev-ski, DJ Provoke & Fulano in the Green Room and Body Work with Andy Grant, Katrina Mir & Benoit in the Flash Bar

Another strong recommendation for Friday night is The Uptown House Experience with house legend Doug Smith of production duo 95 North, with support from DJ Nav B2B Joe L at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Proper house music for the heads.

The Uptown House Experience with Doug Smith (95 North) and DJ Nav B2B Joe L at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Saturday brings another edition of the Sam Burns Boat Party featuring Sam The Man himself and Sammy RockDC House Grooves has an exclusive $10 discount off tickets to the next Sam Burns Boat Party#HOTWMD & Mont.age present the “Tale of Two Sam’s” Boat Ride with Sam Burns & Sammy Rock. Always a good time when Sam Burns is captaining the boat, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of this tasty offer and secure your place on the dance floor now!

$10  Discount off Sam Burns Boat Party with Sam Burns & Sammy Rock

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Another great option for Saturday afternoon grooves is The Cookout with Sticky Fingers Collective & Good Buddies at The Embassy Row Hotel. Serious vibes in the sunshine as HOT COFFEE, Jandro Rod, Jacq Jill, PHILCO & Samantha Francesca throw down by the rooftop pool.

The Cookout with Sticky Fingers Collective & Good Buddies at The Embassy Row Hotel

For your Saturday night pre-game, tune in to episode #06 of the DC House Grooves Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio with me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez from 10pm, then take your pick from my Top Picks below for your Saturday night dance floor moves. Jay TripwireFranck Roger and Team Zapata at Flash looks seriously tasty, as does LENG Presents Batu (UK) with Max D, Jett Chandon, Djoser & Panch at Ten Tigers Parlour. Don’t sleep on Full Service Party presents MikeQ and Vjuan Allure with Uptown Nikko, Jack Inslee, Wreck Tech & Ayes Cold at U Street Music Hall, either. Tough decisions all round on Saturday night! A sure sign of a really healthy underground scene here in DC.

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Sunday afternoon, take your pick between Sunday Love with Brian Cid Life on Planets at Flash or Chasing Sundays Secret Disco Edition with Misha & Anton at Public Bar, but whatever you do, don’t miss Sundays Rooftop with Darand LandFeroun and Benoit. You may think you know deep house, but Darand Land is the man to take you to school and really show you what deep house can be. Serious deep grooves for those who know.

That’s it for this week. Just time to bring you another edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast featuring quality soulful grooves from Richmond’s Omar Faison. Catch Omar at his residency at Flow, 2nd Saturdays at Emilio’s in Richmond.

 

Here’s this week’s Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. See you next week, same time, same place, for all the best info on what’s good on the dance floor in Washington DC.

Thursday August 3

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Symmetrical at FlashDC House Grooves Top Pick

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Symmetrical at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/106668373335853

DC House Grooves Top PickDJ Tennis with Solomon Sanchez at Flash

DJ Tennis with Solomon Sanchez at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1889118374681020

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

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/249753378876198/

DC House Grooves Top PickSummer Sleaze wth Michael Romano, Keenan Orr & Lemz at Wonderland Ballroom

Summer Sleaze wth Michael Romano, Keenan Orr & Lemz at Wonderland Ballroom

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/555146827942488/

Transmission 4|4 with Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

Transmission 4|4 with Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/108145526538699

Friday August 4

DC House Grooves Top PickDense & Pika with Schubert at Flash, with MoDERN CLASS featuring Trev-ski, DJ Provoke & Fulano in the Green Room and Body Work with Andy Grant, Katrina Mir & Benoit in the Flash Bar

Dense & Pika with Schubert at Flash, with MoDERN CLASS featuring Trev-ski, DJ Provoke & Fulano in the Green Room and Body Work with Andy Grant, Katrina Mir & Benoit in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/191295304735020/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Uptown House Experience with Doug Smith (95 North) and DJ Nav B2B Joe L at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

The Uptown House Experience with Doug Smith (95 North) and DJ Nav B2B Joe L at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475183562562539/

DC House Grooves Top PickComisques with Steve Kirn & Baronhawk at Porrón by ANXO

Comisques with Steve Kirn & Baronhawk at Porrón by ANXO

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1863647703955451

DC House Grooves Top PickIn The Deep 009 with Blinkhorn & Ameer Dyson At Rock’n’Roll Hotel

In The Deep 009 with Blinkhorn & Ameer Dyson At Rock’n’Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/288723394936139/

DC House Grooves Top PickSubdistrick & Amalgamation presents Fixate with Rude Operator, Nature Rage, Refugee & Kinetiks MC at Ten Tigers Parlour

Subdistrick & Amalgamation presents Fixate with Rude Operator, Nature Rage, Refugee & Kinetiks MC at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/103112760273768

DC House Grooves Top PickMat.Joe with Philco and David Hamilton at U Street Music Hall

Mat.Joe with Philco and David Hamilton at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/267192293686609

DC House Grooves Top PickOtter Crossing with Tommy Cornelis & Devon Trotter at Green Lantern

Otter Crossing with Tommy Cornelis & Devon Trotter at Green Lantern

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/683911041798764

Saturday August 5

DC House Grooves Show #06 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/336171680128363

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Sam Burns Boat Party & friends feat. Soul Oasis (Cyberjamz)

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/862020560616381/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Cookout with Sticky Fingers Collective & Good Buddies at The Embassy Row Hotel

The Cookout with Sticky Fingers Collective & Good Buddies at The Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/772963672884160/

DC House Grooves Top PickJay Tripwire, Franck Roger & Team Zapata at Flash, with Surprise Guests in the Green Room and Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company & Samantha Francesca in the Flash Bar

Jay Tripwire, Franck Roger & Team Zapata at Flash, with Surprise Guests in the Green Room and Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company & Samantha Francesca in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/640816679463002

DC House Grooves Top PickLENG Presents Batu (UK) with Max D, Jett Chandon, Djoser & Panch at Ten Tigers Parlour

LENG Presents Batu (UK) with Max D, Jett Chandon, Djoser & Panch at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1980491245520965/

DC House Grooves Top PickFull Service Party Presents: MikeQ and Vjuan Allure with Uptown Nikko, Jack Inslee, Wreck Tech & Ayes Cold at U Street Music Hall

Full Service Party Presents: MikeQ and Vjuan Allure withUptown Nikko, Jack Inslee, Wreck Tech & Ayes Cold at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/121538551794566/

DC House Grooves Top PickPhunked UP with Adrian Collazo, DJ Say What!?, and StrikeStone! At Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Phunked UP with Adrian Collazo, DJ Say What!?, and StrikeStone! At Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/114941912469690/

DC House Grooves Top PickTransplants with Doktor D, Associate and Steve Kirn at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

Transplants with Doktor D, Associate and Steve Kirn at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/113380372629065/

Sunday August 6

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Harry Hotter & Sunday’s Rooftop with Darand Land, Feroun & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunday's Rooftop with Darand Land, Feroun & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/327291231064579

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love with Brian Cid and Life on Planets at Flash

Sunday Love with Brian Cid and Life on Planets at Flash

 

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1378467338856411/

DC House Grooves Top PickChasing Sundays Secret Disco Edition with Misha & Anton, DJ Octane & James Ruffin at Public Bar

Chasing Sundays Secret Disco Edition with Misha & Anton, DJ Octane & James Ruffin at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410856405673418/

 

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DC House Grooves Top Picks July 13 to July 16

Not quite back in the saddle just yet, so don’t get too excited. Some great events happening this weekend, so I figured I’d knock out a quick post highlighting the best of the bunch. Here’s a quick run down: Thursday night, I’ll be joining Katrina Mir behind the decks at Preview in the Green Room at Flash for some happy hour grooves. Looks like it’s going to be a scorcher, so join us from 6pm for some freshly made frosty adult beverages and quality grooves and watch the sun set over DC from the Flash rooftop. After we wrap at Flash, we’ll be heading over to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with JubileeRamirez and this week’s special guest Narko.

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On Friday night, Katrina Mir joins DJ MeegsJett Chandon and Vanniety Kills behind the decks for the latest edition of Ladies of the Underground at Ten Tigers Parlour. That’s one serious all XX lineup! proper grooves all night long on Ten Tigers’ quality Martin Audio sound system. Other great options on Friday night are Navbox‘s birthday celebrations at Flash, with another amazing Friday line up on all three floors: Alexi Delano joins Navbox in the main room, while in the Green Room Martín Miguel and Heights throw down for Better Listen Sessions, and in the bar M Vaughn joins Chris Kennedy for Assembly. Happy birthday Navid! Thank you for everything you do to support the local scene here in DC. Over at U Street Music Hall, it’s all locals all night long with another stellar showcase of homegrown talent featuring the uber-talented Rush Plus boys and the always outstanding 1432R DJs SamiSuYung Dawit. Great to see another all local line up at U Hall on a Friday night! Hope to see many more.

Over at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Saturday night, there’s a reunion of the Drivesafe Crew, featuring Dan SodaPat CasilRay Casil Sketti, back behind the decks together for the first time in god knows how long! It’s sure to be an emotional night full of laughs, smiles, perhaps a few tears, and of course quality beats. Best of all, there’s no cover all night. Saturday also brings return of Deep Sugar to U Street Music Hall. The Paradox may be gone, but Deep Sugar lives on, with residents Ultra Naté Lisa Moody  and guest opener Wayne Davis working that Deep Sugar magic all night long. With a bus of Deep Sugar regulars heading down from Baltimore, I can guarantee the vibe will be strong!

Sunday brings several great options to close out the weekend. The always excellent Sunday Love in the Green Room at Flash features Rodriguez Jr live, with support from residents Solomon Sanchez & Sarah Myers, plus Tony Smooth and DJ Bazza. Another great option for rooftop grooving is Chasing Sundays at Public Bar with local here Saeed Younan at the controls, with support from Fred MasAlex Haje and Pierre Reynolds. Last, but by no means least, ESL Sunday features Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, along with another edition of Hold Tight featuring HOT COFFEEMartín Miguel and Adrian Collazo. Not to be missed!

I’ve included flyers and event links for all these events below. There’s plenty more going on this weekend beyond my picks below, so keep your eyes and ears open. Also, it’s going to be scorcher, so make sure to rehydrate! Not sure when I’ll be back with the full Weekend Round Up, but I’ll do my best to bring you the highlights while I’m on my break. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday July 13

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Happy Hour fr. Andy Grant & Katrina Mir at Flash

Preview Happy Hour fr. Andy Grant & Katrina Mir at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/148266112411609

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

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Narko at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/120124288602411/

Friday July 14

Ladies of the Underground with Jett Chandon, Katrina Mir, Meegs & Vanniety Kills at Ten Tigers ParlourDC House Grooves Top Pick

Ladies of the Underground with Jett Chandon, Katrina Mir, Meegs & Vanniety Kills at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/471325773217690/

DC House Grooves Top PickAlexi Delano with Navbox at Flash, with Better Listen Sessions featuring Martín Miguel and Heights in the Green room with Assembly featuring Chris Kennedy and M.Vaughn in the Flash Bar

Alexi Delano with Navbox at Flash, with Better Listen Sessions featuring Martín Miguel and Heights in the Green room with Assembly featuring Chris Kennedy and M.Vaughn in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1995719063998633/

DC House Grooves Top PickRush Plus & 1432 R (Sami, SuYung, Dawit) at U Street Music Hall

Rush Plus & 1432 R (Sami, SuYung, Dawit) at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/435882336778654/

Saturday July 15

DC House Grooves Top PickDrive Safe Crew Reunion 2017 with Dan Soda, Pat Casil, Ray Casil & Sketti at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Drive Safe Crew Reunion 2017 with Dan Soda, Pat Casil, Ray Casil & Sketti at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/456545534690213

DC House Grooves Top PickDeep Sugar DC: Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody w/ guest opener Wayne Davis at U Street Music Hall

Deep Sugar DC: Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody w/ guest opener Wayne Davis at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/162562370946284/

Sunday July 16

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love: Rodriguez Jr [LiVE] with Solomon Sanchez, Sarah Myers, Tony Smooth and DJ Bazza at Flash

Sunday Love: Rodriguez Jr [LiVE] with Solomon Sanchez, Sarah Myers, Tony Smooth and DJ Bazza at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/815736625257824/

DC House Grooves Top PickChasing Sundays with Saeed Younan, Fred Mas, Alex Haje & Pierre Reynolds at Public Bar

Chasing Sundays with Saeed Younan, Fred Mas, Alex Haje & Pierre Reynolds at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440074512756111/

DC House Grooves Top PickHold Tight with Hot Coffee, Martín Miguel & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Hold Tight with Hot Coffee, Martín Miguel & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1873562459560301

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DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: Three Year Anniversary Edition June 29 to July 4

Never thought I’d be typing this, but welcome to the three year anniversary edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up, or post number 156! I can’t believe it has been three years since I started this weekly post listing out all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC, and it has been an honor and a privilege to have a ringside seat documenting the evolution of underground dance music culture here in the nation’s capital. To celebrate three years of the Weekend Round Up, we’re throwing a party in the Green Room at Flash on Saturday night, featuring the three residents of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio: Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. We’re just part of another fantastic Saturday night line up at Flash, featuring house music legend Chez Damier and local hero Solomon Sanchez in the main room and the USB crew in the bar. Check out the flyer below for the full line up! We’re looking forward to seeing you on the rooftop at Flash on Saturday night!

Advanced tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1491649

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542278972472366/

Back 2 Basics with Chez Damier & Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with DC House Grooves 3 Year Anniversary featuring Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir in the Green Room and USB featuring Noah Curtis, Nick Flynn, Tim Glusko B2B DJ Swink & Todd b2b JP Jed in the Flash Bar

When I started the Weekend Round Up, I told myself that, if I was going to do it, I had to commit to doing it every week, never missing a post, and for the past three years, I haven’t missed one. I’ve been late a couple of times, and there have been a few that have been a little light on content, but every Wednesday night or Thursday morning, I’ve been hitting that publish button! The format has evolved over time, but the core theme has remained the same: highlighting the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC each week, The thing is, compiling and writing up these events each week takes a lot of time, and I have to fit it in somewhere between my day job, family commitments and DJing. For the past three years, Monday through Wednesday nights after I get back form my day job have basically been dedicated to the Weekend Round Up, barely leaving me time to think about why I’m doing it and where I want to take it in future. With that in mind, I’m planning on taking some time off from publishing the Weekend Round Up to give me some time to think and plan for the future of DC House Grooves. I’m sure you’ll still see the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo cropping up in event pages here and there, and I plan on keeping the Meet the Locals Podcast going; I’m just going to take a break from this weekly post for a bit. The thing is, this has become such a routine by now, it’s going to be a hard habit to break! Curious to see how long I last.

Ok with that all out of the way, time to get into things for this weekend. With July 4 landing on Tuesday this year, this week’s post covers all the best events Thursday through Tuesday, including some tasty looking options for getting your groove on on Independence Day. What’s really interesting is seeing many of the same events and same names from the first ever Weekend Round Up, only bigger and better! That first edition featured ROAM IV, with an amazing all local line up, but on a much smaller scale than this Saturday’s ROAM XII: Randomer. There was also a July 4 Soundwaves Boat Party, and next Tuesday you can board the Soundwaves boat again for another Independence Day cruise down the Potomac. July 4 weekend in 2014 also featured a strong line up of events at Flash, but nothing compared to what they’ve got lined up for us this year! 6 days of quality underground events Thursday through Tuesday.

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Here’s the full listings Thursday June 29 through Independence Day, including all my Top Picks, plus everything else on my radar. If you’ve found DC House Grooves a useful resource over the past three years, I hope you can join me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir in the Green Room at Flash on Saturday to celebrate 3 years! Please keep DC House Grooves bookmarked,  and make sure you like the DC House Grooves Facebook Page to stay up to date with future developments. Not sure how long it will be until the next edition. Hope to see you all out and about this weekend!

Thursday June 29

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Thursday with Keenan Orr & Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Keenan Orr & Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Keenan Orr & Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/847820248700500/

DC House Grooves Top PickRegrets Only Vol 29 with Sami%SuYung at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only Vol 29 with Sami%SuYung at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/242864162878345/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Rooftop Happy Hour with Darius Twin at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Darius Twin at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1809060426076179/

DC House Grooves Top PickSaeed Younan in the Green Room at Flash

Saeed Younan in the Green Room at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1908054972816825

DC House Grooves Top PickNightFlight with Kundalini at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Kundalini at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/272745539814289

Dzeko at Soundcheck

Dzeko at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1280346205412569/

House Music Happy Hour at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

House Music Happy Hour at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380054182082213/

Friday June 30

DC House Grooves Top PickNick Höppner with Shanti Celeste and Samantha Francesca at Flash, with DJ Free & Sleepy G in the Green Room and River Bennett & Pacific Fur Company in the Flash Bar

Nick Höppner with Shanti Celeste and Samantha Francesca at Flash, with DJ Free & Sleepy G in the Green Room and River Bennett & Pacific Fur Company in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/293521477760249/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe NeedlExchange Residents Night with Bil Todd, Baronhawk, Tommy Cornelis & Dj Lisa Frank at Ten Tigers Parlour

The NeedlExchange Residents Night with Bil Todd, Baronhawk, Tommy Cornelis & Dj Lisa Frank at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846591598935460/

Sao Funky Friday with Fort Knox Five at Tropicalia

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/711516895722882

DC House Grooves Top PickSilicon Based Lifeform with Doktor Boss & Darius Twin at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doktor Boss & Darius Twin at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469218323099963/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with 4 Hours of Funk featuring Graham & Fleg, Philip Goyette and Stylus Chris at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with 4 Hours of Funk featuring Graham & Fleg, Philip Goyette and Stylus Chris at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

DC House Grooves Top PickKamalata Live at Tropicalia

Kamalata Live at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/440411263009667/

Erick Morillo at Soundcheck

Erick Morillo at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/196369510886775/

Electronic Music  with The Aux Send, Joel Blumenthal & TVNNR & DJ at Back Bar

Electronic Music  with The Aux Send, Joel Blumenthal & TVNNR & DJ at Back Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562507270467797/

DJ Ex Ex Ex & Discuji at Diskobar, Baltimore

DJ Ex Ex Ex & Discuji at Diskobar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755286284487459/

Brohug with Bortz, Rucca at A.i.

Brohug with Bortz, Rucca at A.i.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1687060248257641

Saturday July 1

DC House Grooves Top PickBack 2 Basics with Chez Damier & Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with DC House Grooves 3 Year Anniversary featuring Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir in the Green Room and USB featuring Noah Curtis, Nick Flynn, Tim Glusko B2B DJ Swink & Todd b2b JP Jed in the Flash Bar

Back 2 Basics with Chez Damier & Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with DC House Grooves 3 Year Anniversary featuring Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir in the Green Room and USB featuring Noah Curtis, Nick Flynn, Tim Glusko B2B DJ Swink & Todd b2b JP Jed in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542278972472366/

DC House Grooves Top PickROAM XII: Randomer, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Sami & Jett Chandon B2B Djoser at Warehouse Location

ROAM XII: Randomer, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Sami & Jett Chandon B2B Djoser at Warehouse Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/287950328324864

DC House Grooves Top PickElevate Rooftop Pool Party (Independence Day Edition) with Megs, Andrey Bazza, Tony Smooth & Vince Christopher at Embassy Row Hotel

 Elevate Rooftop Pool Party (Independence Day Edition) with Megs, Andrey Bazza, Tony Smooth & Vince Christopher at Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/478441949164738/

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse-N- U with Tyrone Francis & DJ A.Plane at Ten Tigers Parlour

House-N- U with Tyrone Francis & DJ A.Plane at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/302259676885709/

DC House Grooves Top PickBlack Lotus Party with Booda Monk & Graham Hatke at The Crown, Baltimore

Black Lotus Party with Booda Monk & Graham Hatke at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/427096081008836/

DC House Grooves Top PickFeed Me Disco with Eau Claire, Bête Noire b2b Fady D at U Street Music Hall

Feed Me Disco with Eau Claire, Bête Noire b2b Fady D at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1184417235020317/

ESL Saturday with Mr Bonkerz, Conscious Contact & John Jazz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Mr Bonkerz, Conscious Contact & John Jazz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

SunDown: Riza, MLEM, Makz at Flash

SunDown: Riza, MLEM, Makz at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/116003315665940/

Tunnel Vision DC with Sophie Meiers & Vide, Zotti & Samsin, Lean Quatifah and James P at Dupont Underground

Tunnel Vision DC with Sophie Meiers & Vide, Zotti & Samsin, Lean Quatifah and James P at Dupont UndergroundTunnel Vision DC with Sophie Meiers & Vide, Zotti & Samsin, Lean Quatifah and James P at Dupont Underground

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/392902851105655

Lucky Cloud with guest Calvin Garner & Resident Zik Jabar at Diskobar, Baltimore

Lucky Cloud with guest Calvin Garner & Resident Zik Jabar at Diskobar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1353880651360661/

Sunday July 2

DC House Grooves Top PickSuper Love: Atish, Mandar, Navbox, Edo & Throe B2B Jus Nowhere at Flash

Super Love: Atish, Mandar, Navbox, Edo & Throe B2B Jus Nowhere at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/388574104871974/

DC House Grooves Top PickChasing Sundays with Mind Control, Fred Mas & Alex Haje at Public Bar

Chasing Sundays with Mind Control, Fred Das & Alex Have at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/875661795915517/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Sam Burns Boat Party & friends feat. Dj Oji

The Sam Burns Boat Party & friends feat. Dj Oji

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1367730706607777

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Team Zapata, Conscious Contact, Harry Hotter and Sundays Workshop with Benoit & Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Team Zapata, Conscious Contact, Harry Hotter and Sundays Workshop with Benoit & Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1932500643686766/

Independence Day Weekend Boat Party with The Eskimo Brothers, Dromme & Remme Labeaux

Independence Day Weekend Boat Party with The Eskimo Brothers, Dromme & Remme Labeaux

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1866889006658289/

Monday July 3

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Big Boom with SkiiTour & Fort Knox Five at U Street Music Hall

The Big Boom with SkiiTour & FK5 at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1059492474150552

HouseArrest: zacheser, Riza, Saad Ashraf at Rock & Roll Hotel

HouseArrest: zacheser, Riza, Saad Ashraf at Rock & Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/245189299311774/

Flashy Monday for 4th of July with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at Flash

Flashy Monday for 4th of July with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/843542375803211/

Independence Day July 4

DC House Grooves Top PickSoundwaves Boat Party with Canson & Lisa Frank

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799957776982658

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