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 C, M.A.N.D.Y. [Philipp Jung & Patrick Bodmer], Matthew Dear & punisher. 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.
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 Kochi, Katrina Mir, Ramirez 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.
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!
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!
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 NeedleXchange, The 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.
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
Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Preview Happy Hour with Sarah Myers at Flash
Cadence presents Makoto, Technimatic & Rubble at Flash with Beatrix, Rob-One and Tommy Cornelis in the Green Room
House Music Happy Hour with DJ Suspense at Bravo Bravo
Big Ugly Truck Dance Party with DJ Ones, DJ Miss H.E.R & DJ Aphrosoul at Studio Ga Ga
Friday December 15
All vinyl WTF?! Radio show with Kochi, Andy Grant, Katrina Mir & DJ Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings
Reflections with Charles Martin. Dj Nav, Joe L and Trev-Ski at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
Christopher Rau, Afriqua & Navbox at Flash, with Edo & Jus Nowhere in the Green Room and Philco & Baronhawk in the Flash Bar
Sharam (open-to-close set) at U Street Music Hall
ESL Friday with Lil’Dave, Chris Brooks & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge
El Techo Fridays with Jubilee & Ramirez at El Techo
MoCo Boogie with Kenny M & 5-D at Kaldi’s Social House, Silver Spring
4 Hours of Funk with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space
Saturday December 16
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
Mischief presents: Naughty Snowball 9 – Sleigh Runner at The DC Eagle
Bassline Business with N-Type & Joe Nice at Warehouse Location
ESL Saturday with Ursula 1000, Double A, Thomas Blondet & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Rev909: Daft Punk French House Tribute and Indie Dance Classics with Will Eastman & Ozker at U Street Music Hall
Deep Tech XVII with Dromme, Mr Wright, Pershan & SarasBróðir at Old Engine 12
J Swink, JP Jed, RODD & Tim Glusko at El Techo
COMPACTOR, Bastet, ThetaFlux, ExtendedRelease, Aphreaq & More at The Graffiti Warehouse, Baltimore
Black Lotus Party with Booda Monk & Graham Hatke at The Crown
Sunday December 17
ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge & Sundays Rooftop with Martinez & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge