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.
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!
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 Mir, Lyssa, DJ Ramirez, Tim 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!
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!
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 Elliot, Moscoman & 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.
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.
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.
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 Baronhawk, Feroun and Jus Nowhere.
Info & tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1019373
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!
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 Goyette, Throe, DJ Eli Cash, James CC & Mike 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.
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 Bar, Sintimate Rooftop Sessions, showcasing Younan Music talent. Sunday’s line up features Pirupa & Saeed 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.
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!
Thursday October 12
Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Jon Deke at Flash
Big Ugly Truck Presents: Boogie Night with Martín Miguel, Kenny M & Trev-ski at 14th & U
House Music Happy Hour with Sparse Cholesky at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge
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
Nocturnal Emissions with Tummettott, Hakob, markintheDark & Jubilee at Warehouse Location
Private Joy with Trev-ski & Fulano at Studio Ga Ga
ESL Friday with Meistro, Jerome Baker, Philip Goyette & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge
LENG Resident Night 001 with Jett Chandon, Duolo, Lush, Kouhai & Benbo at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
Rinse Saturday Sessions with Ka Lu, Eddie Trax, Hoju Pockets & Bass Windu at Ten Tigers Parlour
Saturday October 14
DC House Grooves Show #11 with Andy Grant, Ramirez, Katrina Mir & Special Guest Marc Cotterell on Underground Quality Radio
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
Natural Resources Bye Bye Edition with Throe, Philip Goyette, DJ Eli Cash, James CC, Mike Harvey & Pacific Fur Company at Studio Ga Ga
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
Reflections with Alex Eljaiek, Tony Smooth and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
The Underground Sunrise D.C with Thommy Davis & DJ Kmixx at Zeba Bar
LENG presents Slick Shoota with Fury, Lush, Panch & The Kufi Smacker at Location TBA
Vague Output Presents Schwefelgelb & Jake Reif at Factory 17, Baltimore
Sunday October 15
Younan Music presents Sintimate Rooftop Sessions featuring Pirupa with Saeed Younan, Mina & Darius Twin at Public Bar
ESL Sunday with Sam Burns, Vanniety Kills, Smudge & Sundays Rooftop featuring Marc Cotterell & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge