Wow! That was my reaction last Thursday night seeing the crowd on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist. What an amazing vibe! Huge thanks to everyone who came out to groove with us on the patio, to the team at ESL for helping everything run smoothly, and, of course, to my brothers Jubilee & Ramirez for inviting me to throw down with them. It was awesome running into a few DC House Grooves readers in the crowd, too! Great to meet you all, and hope to see you again soon. I don’t think I’m exaggerating saying Playlist is currently the best weekly event in DC featuring local talent. Congratulations to the Slope Traxx boys for what they’ve built over the last couple of years. Here’s to many more amazing nights on the patio! They will, of course, be at it again Thursday night, and for this week’s edition, Flash‘s Navbox joins Jubilee & Ramirez for another excursion through all things deep. Not to be missed!
Saturday night we were at it again on another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Fun times in the Rave Basement with two of the best DJs I know, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. See below for the video recording of last week’s show, and we’ll be back at it again on October 14 with Plastik People‘s Marc Cotterell joining us as our special guest. Check out next week’s post for details.
OK OK OK what’s up with this weekend? You’re spoiled for choice on Thursday, with Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while across town at Flash the Preview crew are going late night with an all start local line up including Christauff, Dreadbang, Jon_MFD, Meegs, Rich Thomas, Rosenberg & Thursday People, and it’s all for a very worthy cause as all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Looks like another great night on the rooftop at Flash!
Also on Thursday, U Street Music Hall kicks off their new series of events at Ten Tigers Parlour with the mighty Ben UFO headlining with local support from the 1432R crew. Advanced tickets are just $15, which is a bargain for such high caliber talent. U Street Music Hall has already announced Denis Ferrer at Ten Tigers Parlour on December 1, and I can’t wait to see who else they’ve got lined up for this exciting event series.
Friday night is all about Church of Secrets with Detroit legend Alton Miller supported by Andy Grant (that’s me if you didn’t realize), Benoit & HOT COFFEE at a super secret location. Hours of worship are Midnight until the early hours of Saturday, and I can guarantee we’ll be raising our hands to the heavens and singing Hallelujah many times before the night is out. Early bird tickets are just $10, so grab yours now before the price goes up! Gonna be a really special night at the Church of Secrets.
Saturday night brings another edition of ROAM vs TNX, with a stellar line up featuring Dekmantel‘s Palms Trax & Honey Sound System with local support from ROAM and TNX residents Sami, Lisa Frank, Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd & Baronhawk, making the magic happen through Team Zapata‘s most excellent Martin Audio sound system in another amazing warehouse location.
For a taste of what to expect, check out Palms Trax‘s recently announced release on Giles Smith and James Priestley‘s Secretsundaze imprint, which premiered on Mixmag‘s SoundCloud page just yesterday:
If you’re up for something a bit more intimate without a cover charge on Saturday, then head over to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Alive & Well with Sarah Myers, Philip Goyette, C Felinski & Philco. A fantastic local lineup at everyone’s favorite dive bar with a Martin Audio sound system. If this crew doesn’t get you grooving, I don’t know what will.
For Sunday afternoon grooves, look no further than the Sunday Love closing party at Flash with Bedouin, Edo, Marko Peli, Meegs, Narko & Navbox. Sad to see Sunday Love wrap its first season, especially as I didn’t get a chance to play there this year, but already looking forward to next season. Make sure you head to Flash on Sunday afternoon to catch the season closer. Advanced tickets are all sold out, but there should be some available on the door as capacity allows.
Also happening early evening on Sunday is the inaugural Headroom Sunday Party at Ten Tigers Parlour, featuring a line up of talented artists who have showcased their sounds at Chadwicks‘s monthly Headroom event at Flash. The event kicks off at 5pm with a line up including Analog Tara, Darius Twin, District & Circle, DJ Winterman, JP Jed, Nebo, Sid Waters & Symmetrical. There’s no cover, but donations at the door are strongly encouraged. Starving artists gotta eat! Please make the effort to come out and support DC’s thriving community of electronic music artists. These cats are gonna go far!
Sunday night wraps up with perhaps the highlight of the weekend, with Deep Secrets & The Stars in association with Lil Soso Productions presents Let Me Show You Love, a fundraiser for the Hurricane Maria relief effort featuring New York disco legend Danny Krivit, with local support from Adrian Loving and TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis. A long list of local crews are partnering to bring you this event: DC House Grooves, Good Buddies, Prescription, Nomads Only, Chosen, Mont.age, Loop, Sticky Fingers Collective, Deep Sugar & Kowli. With such an amazing list of party crews involved, you know this one’s going to be really special! Early bird tickets are still available for $10, so move fast before the price goes up. I couldn’t think of a better way to close out the weekend while raising funds for a great cause. Proceeds will be donated to Unicef‘s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, with 90% of every dollar raised going directly to children.
UPDATE : Let me Show You Love has been cancelled
Enough chat for this week. I’m exhausted writing about it, and now I gotta go out and do it! When I look out at the dance floor from the booth at Church of Secrets on Friday, I hope to see your smiling faces present and correct on the dance floor. Make sure you come and say hi! Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, along with flyers and info links. Come back next week for the lowdown on all the good shit going down in DC. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday October 5
Preview Late Night: Jon_MFD’s Birthday Party & LLS Fundraiser with Christauff, Dreadbang, Jon_Mfd, Meegs, Rich Thomas, Rosenberg & Thursday People at Flash
Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge
U Street Music Hall presents Ben UFO with 1432R DJs at Ten Tigers Parlour
Late Night Mischief with Juan Zapata and Samantha Francesca at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
Friday October 6
Church of Secrets with Alton Miller, Andy Grant, HOT COFFEE & Benoit at Secret Location
Info & Tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1020513
Focus: FJAAK, Julia Govor & Rush Plus at Flash, with MoDERN CLASS featuring Trev-ski, Graham Hatke & Fulano in the Green Room & Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company in the Flash Bar
Classical Trax Drum House: Akito + Vjuan Allure at Ten Tigers Parlour
Transplants with Mark in the Dark, Steve Kirn, Boss Ross & Doctor D at Studio Ga Ga
ESL Friday with All Good Funk Alliance, Chris Brooks, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Wax Nostalgic with DJ LoveGrove at Diskobar, Baltimore
Saturday October 7
ROAM x TNX present: Palms Trax + Honey Soundsystem with Sami, DJ Lisa Frank, Bil Todd, Tommy Cornelis & Baronhawk at Warehouse Location
Vince Watson at Flash, with Urulu & Jus Nowhere in the Green Room & Samantha Francesca in the Flash Bar
Pop Life – A Night of Classics with Ernest Fountain & Naeem Johnson at Ten Tigers Parlour
The OMG Experience with Dem Omgboys & DJ Darrel Lewis at Zeba Bar
Alive & Well with Sarah Myers, Philip Goyette, C Felinski, & Philco at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
ESL Saturday with Thomas Blondet, DJ Oso Fresh, Mr Bonkerz & Graham Hatke at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Vinyl Purist Radio Episode 015 – Locks of Intellect on Vinyl Purist Radio
Get Lifted with Tyler Schmith at Diskobar, Baltimore
Sunday October 8
***Canceled*** Deep Secrets & The Stars present Let Me Show U Love with Danny Krivit, Adrian Loving & Tommy Cornelis at U Street Music Hall ***Cancelled***
Headroom Sunday Party with Analog Tara, Darius Twin, District & Circle, DJ Winterman, JP Jed, Nebo, Sid Waters & Symmetrical at Ten Tigers Parlour
Sunday Love Closing: Bedouin with Edo, Marko Peli, Meegs, Narko & Navbox at Flash
ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Kevin Hedge, Farid, Chris Styles, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr at Eighteenth Street Lounge