DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up July 4th Two Year Anniversary Edition

Has it really been two years since the first edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up? I write the damn thing, and I’m having a hard time believing it myself. I’ve never exactly been the most disciplined person; I don’t think I’ve stuck to anything for this long in my life (apart from DJing, perhaps), but it would appear that every week for the past two years, I’ve sat down and documented all the best underground house, drum and bass, garage and other underground electronic music events in DC and Baltimore that are worth knowing about, and I’m 99% sure I haven’t missed a week. Sure, there’s been the occasional abbreviated post at times when life has got in the way, but I’ve still had something relatively useful posted come Thursday morning. Almost every week I swear I’m done with it, but then I run into someone out and about who tells me how they were new to DC and found their way to the underground scene and their people through DC House Grooves, and it reminds me why I do it. So… I guess we need to do something to celebrate, right? Well it just so happens that we’ll be celebrating two years of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up at Body Werk at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday July 9, with a brand new local DJ duo Good Touch⚡️ Bad Touch making their debut in the main room open to close, while Martín Miguel (Dance Party ChroniclesESL) lays down the grooves upstairs in the open air rooftop bar all night long. As always for Body Werk events, there’s low cover, proper vibes. If you’ve found DC House Grooves useful over the past two years, show your support by joining us to celebrate at DC9 Nightclub on July 9.

Body Werk: DCHG Weekend Round Up Turns 2 with Good Touch⚡️ Bad Touch, Martín Miguel and [capsaicin]

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/678887288925038/

Full flyer coming soon!

So what was going on in DC over July 4th weekend two years ago? Just take a look at the first Weekend Round Up post: it was a major weekend for the nascent ROAM DJs, with Chris NittiLisa Frank and Sami Y holding things down at Nomad‘s gone-but-not-forgotten weekend party Lost on Thurdays at Lost Society, followed by ROAM IV on the Saturday with LisaChrisSamiNavboxJuan ZapataRaffiJett Chandon and Dawit... all names familiar to regular readers! We also had DC House Grooves radio shows from Chris Nitti and Lisa Frank, starting the tradition of regular mixes from the hottest local DJs. On July 4, there was a locals only edition of Loop‘s Soundwaves Boat Party with JubileeJuan Zapata and Raffi, while at Flash there was Flash of July with ChadwickJuan Zapata and DJ Meegs. On Sunday, the highlight was another gone-but-not-forgotten party, Vanniety Kills’ The House That U Built on the rooftop at Dirty Bar, featuring Keenan OrrC.Hillthe TNX DJs and Vanniety Kills, while across the street, ESL Sundays featured resident Sam “The Man” BurnsFarid and Juan Zapata. Happy to say ESL Sundays is still going strong with Sam at the helm, while The House that U Built is sorely missed. Here’s hoping it will see the light of day again! In summary, the underground scene here in DC was killing it on all fronts when I wrote that first round up, and it continues to go from strength to strength to this day. Huge respect to all the promoters, venue owners, DJs, producers and dancers who make the magic happen week in, week out, and huge thanks to my wonderful partner Katrina for supporting me in all my DC House Grooves endeavors and putting up with all my bullshit. Let’s all keep pushing things forward!

A few mixes before I get into this weekend. First up is the first #BODYFEEL Sessions mix featuring the #BODYFEEL DJs Dansman and Throe going back to back live in the Flash Bar. Great selection and vibe to this one, and bonus points for dropping Rasoul‘s True Science, one of my go to tracks permanently in my record box.

 

You can catch Dansman this weekend at Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez, and you can catch Throe behind the decks with PHILCO at Alive and Well at Velvet Lounge on Saturday. Proper underground sounds on the menu at both events. Speaking of Playlist, here’s Jubilee‘s recent DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast. Yeah, I know I posted it last week, but it deserves another posting. Have a listen, and I’ll see you on the dance floor on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday.

 

One more mix this week, this time from our friends over at Tortoise and the Snare, who feature AVERVGE in the 9th edition of their guest mix series.

 

You can catch AVERVGE at Wavvvy at Backbar on Saturday night. All my picks for the weekend are listed below. Top highlights this weekend are the aforementioned Playlist with JubileeRamirez and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Damian LazarusSarah Myers and Mazi R at Flash with Sticky Fingers Collective featuring Hot CoffeeSparks and Mark in the Dark in the Flash Bar on Friday, Deep Space 9 with Katrina and Tim Humphrey at DC9 NightclubFlash and Desert Hearts presents City Hearts: The Endless Summer Tour at Flash with Foot Therapy featuring DJ Freez and DJ Sleepy G in the Flash Bar, and of course Alive & Well featuring Philco & Throe at Velvet Lounge on Saturday, ESL Sunday with Stacy Kidd, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr, Dave Nada & Stylus Chris and Sunday’s Workshop with Jusnowhere, Hot Coffee and Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Sunday, then DMV House Music Fest with Chose the Househead, Cameron Da DJ, DJ Kevy Kev and DJ Oji at Malcolm X Park on Monday July 4.

Some truly amazing events there, and that’s just the highlights! If you get the opportunity, please make an effort to go support Katrina and my old Discogs pal Tim Humphrey at Deep Space 9 at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday. Tim is an old school head with an impressive record collection and musical knowledge to match, and Katrina‘s musical selections are always on point. The place to be for the heads for happy hour on Saturday.

Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, and you’ll find full listings with event flyers below. Here’s to another year of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up!

Thursday Picks

Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

NightFlight with Omar and Jasmine Walton at Cafe Saint-Ex

Preview with DJ Meegs at Flash

Friday Picks

WTF?! Radio Show with Kochi, Ramirez n CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

Damian Lazarus, Sarah Myers and Mazi R at Flash, with Sticky Fingers Collective featuring Hot Coffee, Sparks and Mark in the Dark in the Flash Bar

ESL Friday with Qdup, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg and DJ Raw & Anoosh at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Saturday Picks

Deep Space 9 with Katrina (DC House Grooves) and Tim Humphrey at DC9 Nightclub

Flash and Desert Hearts pres. City Hearts: The Endless Summer Tour at Flash with Foot Therapy featuring DJ Freez and DJ Sleepy G in the Flash Bar

Alive & Well featuring Philco & Throe at Velvet Lounge

The OMG Experience Part 2 with DJ Osiruss, DJ Luminescent Should & DJ Andrew Hogans at Zeba Bar

Wavvvy with JonsonB and Avervge at Backbar

UK Garage Social with Aphreaq, Tarik Evolve, Kenny 99 and MC Twisty at The Depot, Baltimore

Sunday Picks

ESL Sunday with Stacy Kidd, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr, Dave Nada Stylus Chris and Sunday’s Workshop with Jusnowhere, Hot Coffee and Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Daylight with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

The Big Boom with The Golden Pony, Fort Knox Five feat. Qdup, Dirty Looks & Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

Daylight with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

July 4th Picks

DMV House Music Fest with Chosen the Househead, Cameron Da DJ, DJ Kevy Kev and DJ Oji at Malcolm X Park

That’s it for this week’s picks. Here’s the full listings:

Thursday June 30

Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1762151987332485/

NightFlight with Omar and Jasmine Walton at Cafe Saint-Ex

NightFlight with Omar and Jasmine Walton at Cafe Saint-ExMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1852821451657275/

Preview with DJ Meegs at Flash

Preview with DJ Meegs at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753097564974871/

Re:Fresh with Danny House and Boss Ross at The Liaison Capitol Hill

Re:Fresh with Danny House and Boss Ross at The Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695355604059755/

Tube & Berger with Bella & J Tek at Flash, with Feel the Love, Live in the Flash Bar

Tube & Berger with Bella & J Tek at Flash, with Feel the Love, Live in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1088552144538719/

FoSho Presents: The Prototypes at Eden Lounge

FoSho Presents: The Prototypes at Eden LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/209461922782099/

Friday July 1

WTF?! Radio Show with Kochi, Ramirez n CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack RecordingsMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/256566684713032

Damian Lazarus, Sarah Myers and Mazi R at Flash, with Sticky Fingers Collective featuring Hot Coffee, Sparks and Mark in the Dark in the Flash Bar

Damian Lazarus, Sarah Myers and Mazi R at Flash, with Sticky Fingers Collective featuring Hot Coffee, Sparks and Mark in the Dark in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1082878635118444/

ESL Friday with Qdup, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg and DJ Raw & Anoosh at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Qdup, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham & Fleg and DJ Raw & Anoosh at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Family Night: Billy the Gent, Proper Villains, Spinser Tracy, Ayes Cold, Rex Riot, Basecamp & Jacq Jill at U Street Music Hall

Family Night: Billy the Gent, Proper Villains, Spinser Tracy, Ayes Cold, Rex Riot, Basecamp & Jacq Jill at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596006297396628/

Warmbodies: Jacq Jill and Alex DB at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Warmbodies: Jacq Jill and Alex DB at Rock’n’Roll HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/486578164870581/

Pulse Fridays! with special guest DJ Karizma at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1191331474251180/

Saturday July 2

Deep Space 9 with Katrina (DC House Grooves) and Tim Humphrey at DC9 Nightclub

Deep Space 9 with Katrina (DC House Grooves) and Tim Humphrey at DC9 NightclubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/272673586411144/

Flash and Desert Hearts pres. City Hearts: The Endless Summer Tour at Flash with Foot Therapy featuring DJ Freez and DJ Sleepy G in the Flash Bar

Flash and Desert Hearts pres. City Hearts: The Endless Summer Tour at Flash with Foot Therapy featuring DJ Freez and DJ Sleepy G in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1225743294103258/

Alive & Well featuring Philco & Throe at Velvet Lounge

Alive & Well featuring Philco & Throe at Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/498339143700429/

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Double A and Mr. Bonkerz at Eigtheenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Double A and Mr. Bonkerz at Eigtheenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

DJ Diaspora with DJ Mate Masie July 2nd BDAY Edition at Bossa Bistro and Lounge

DJ Diaspora with DJ Mate Masie July 2nd BDAY Edition at Bossa Bistro and LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/258227401207766/

The OMG Experience Part 2 with DJ Osiruss, DJ Luminescent Should & DJ Andrew Hogans at Zeba Bar

The OMG Experience Part 2 with DJ Osiruss, DJ Luminescent Should & DJ Andrew Hogans at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1543637655943830/

Wavvvy with JonsonB and Avervge at Backbar

Wavvvy with JonsonB and Avervge at BackbarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/192103181191266/

Double DOWN with Mark Funk, Omar Martinez & Zamkov at Russia House

Double DOWN with Mark Funk, Omar Martinez & Zamkov at Russia HouseMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1133438593375228/

Red, White and Bruh: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, RawleNightLong, Basecamp and special guests at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Red, White and Bruh: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, RawleNightLong, Basecamp and special guests at Rock’n’Roll HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1780394032191968/

Anamanaguchi (DJ Set) & Skylar Spence with Carpainter at U Street Music Hall

Anamanaguchi (DJ Set) & Skylar Spence with Carpainter at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735943396618483/

Phase 3 : Infusion at Secret Location, Hyattsville

Phase 3 : Infusion at Secret Location, HyattsvilleMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/247144122312109/

UK Garage Social with Aphreaq, Tarik Evolve, Kenny 99 and MC Twisty at The Depot, Baltimore

UK Garage Social with Aphreaq, Tarik Evolve, Kenny 99 and MC Twisty at The Depot, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1070739392993678

Sunday July 3

ESL Sunday with Stacy Kidd, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr, Dave Nada Stylus Chris and Sunday’s Workshop with Jusnowhere, Hot Coffee and Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Stacy Kidd, Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical & Keenan Orr, Dave Nada Stylus Chris and Sunday’s Workshop with Jusnowhere, Hot Coffee and Benoit at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1030250797010636/

The Big Boom with The Golden Pony, Fort Knox Five feat. Qdup, Dirty Looks & Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

The Big Boom with The Golden Pony, Fort Knox Five feat. Qdup, Dirty Looks & Juan Zapata at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/555587334641445/

Daylight with DJ Divine at The 201 Bar

Daylight with DJ Divine at The 201 BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1728159730764949

Red, White and Bruh: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, Bete Noire, The Lothario, Chris Kennedy and Special Guests at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Red, White and Bruh: A #HouseArrest Adventure with Zacheser, RawleNightLong, Basecamp and special guests at Rock’n’Roll HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1780394032191968/

Flashy Sundays Fourth of July Weekend with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at Flash

Flashy Sundays Fourth of July Weekend with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/847360682034494/

Chocolate Puma with Watermat at Soundcheck

Chocolate Puma with Watermat at SoundcheckMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005881846125523/

Bringing the Heat!! The 4th of July Session with DJ Biskit at Club 347, Baltimore

Bringing the Heat!! The 4th of July Session with DJ Biskit at Club 347, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/541767449344513/

Monday July 4

DMV House Music Fest with Chosen the Househead, Cameron Da DJ, DJ Kevy Kev and DJ Oji at Malcolm X Park

DMV House Music Fest with Chose The Household, Cameron Da DJ, DJ Kevy Kev and DJ Oji at Malcolm X ParkMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610412045937197/

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