DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC December 17 to December 20

All right, hand’s up who’s ready for the weekend? I’m back in the saddle after my day job trip to Romania, and ready to get back into things. First let me extend a huge thanks to the wonderful Katrina for holding the fort while I was away. She did an amazing job, and I’m encouraged to know I can leave this thing in her capable hands if I’m too busy (or too lazy) to do it in future. I don’t really have anything to cover from last weekend. I headed out to U Street Music Hall fresh off the plane from Europe to catch Ramirez opening for Dennis Ferrer, but didn’t last beyond his excellent opening set, and that was it for me for the weekend. Sometimes you’ve just got to take it easy. There are a few other things I’d like to bring to your attention, however, before I get into the picks, listings and all that jazz. First up, I wanted to let you know about our next edition of Body Werk at DC9 NightclubHouse for the Holidays on Saturday December 26, the day after Christmas Day (or Boxing Day as it’s known to us Brits). We’ve pulled together a line up of our favorite local heavy hitters to help you shake off that holiday food and drink coma with a proper werk out, while at the same time raising money for The Coalition for the Homeless. The line up includes R&BDJ NavMeegsSarah MyersRaffiRamirezJubilee, Andy Grant Katrina, along with live visuals from [capsaicin]. You don’t see an amazing all local line up like that very often, so make sure you stop by for a boogie and help make a difference. All DJ’s are donating their services, and all door proceeds will be donated to the charity. Hope to see you all there!

Body Werk: Home for the Holidays

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/749086585197399/

With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to start figuring out where to celebrate and grab your tickets before they sell out. If a proper all night undergrounder featuring three rooms of music from an incredible line up of international and local talent sounds go to you, then look no further than Dance LoftVine Midnight Project Present No Resolutions at The Dance Loft, featuring AybeeKevin YostJubileeRamirezR&BRaffiAndy GrantSarah MyersTeam Zapatav:shal KanwarRaha WalaRush Plus and more from 10pm to 10am on New Years Day. That’s 12 hours of solid dancing!

no resolutions

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/325846007539749/

Early Bird tickets for No Resolutions are already gone, but you can still grab second release if you move fast:

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?784487

Don’t sleep on grabbing your tix… this one will sell out, and it’s the one everyone will be talking about. Don’t miss out!

With those public service announcements out of the way, how about some tunes to listen to while you peruse the veritable smorgasbord of quality dance floor options available right here in DC this weekend? Here’s a podcast I recorded for the good people over at www.deephouselounge.com recently, an 2+ hour all vinyl mix of tunes that have been regulars in my record bag over the last couple of months. This one goes lots of different places, all the while keeping those feet tapping. If you like what you hear, then make sure you stop by the Flash Bar on Saturday December 19 for Body Werk with myself and Edo.

So how about this weekend, then? Well, truth of the matter is I’ve spent so much time rambling on about stuff that I don’t have much time to write it up. Thursday night I’m off to see some little sci-fi movie that’s just come out, so I’ll not be making an appearance on any dance floors, but Playlist at ESL with Jubilee aka Maurice playing an extended set is my top pick, with House Rituals at Masa 14 with Heather Femia and The Business End with Wave Age and Philco at Velvet Lounge being solid alternative options. There’s some serious options for the techno fans on Friday night, with FOCUS featuring Anthony Parasole, Silent Servant and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with #BODYFEEL ft. Girl Unit (Night Slugs), Throe & Dansman in the Flash Bar, while over at U Street Music Hall the As You Like It crew take over, with a solid line up featuring Matthew DearSassmouth and Matt Gushansky. My top pick for the deep heads and afters crowd is Midnight Project with regular DC visitors Frank & TonyJubilee and R&B at a secret location. Always a good time to be had at Midnight Project, just make sure you grab your advanced tickets, as there won’t be any available at the door. On Saturday night, I sure hope you’ll stop by Flash for D-Formation and Chadwick in the main room, and Body Werk with myself and Edo in the Flash Bar. I’ve been away from the decks for a while, so I’m bursting at the seams to play all the new records I’ve picked up recently. Always a great party at Body Werk in the Flash Bar! My other strong recommendation for Saturday night is Frank Booker‘s exclusive appearance at Eighteenth Street Lounge, closing out his world tour. My good friends at Autodisco in Dundee, Scotland hosted Frank Booker a couple of weeks back, and by all accounts it was an amazing night on the dance floor. This is your one chance to catch his unique blend of funky disco flavors before he heads back to New Zealand. For the best in soulful and classic house this Saturday night, Zeba Bar is the place to be for the final House-N-U event of the year, with resident Derrick Coleman and special guest Ian Friday. Expect Zeba to be packed and the dance floor jumping. And if all those aren’t enough this Saturday night, City Sound features Ralph Falcon of MURK fame spinning at Amsterdam Lounge with support from Tony SmoothCesar SanchezDromme. Plenty to choose from on Sunday too. While not within the usual remit of a blog covering underground house and electronic music, the DC Funk / Punk Revival at U Street Music Hall looks interesting. Definitely worth checking out if you either want to reminisce or learn what all the fuss was about. Sunday evening, take your pick between Guy J with RNS at FlashStacy Pullen at Soundcheck, or ESL Sunday with Solo MartinezSolomon SanchezBenoit BenoitSam The Man Burns and The Metaphysical. All great choices for quality dance floor action.

That’s all I’ve got time for this week. You know the drill; all my picks and full listings below. Really looking forward to breaking out the wax for the first time in weeks this Saturday in the Flash Bar. If you stop by, I’ll be that guy grinning ear to ear behind the decks, so make sure you say hello and introduce yourself. I’ll be back next week a day early with a very special Christmas edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. Check back Wednesday for the low down on all the good shit over the holiday week.

Thursday Picks

Flutterby: Stories About Sound at Bump’n’Grind

Flutterby: Stories About Sound at Bump'n'Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/926520374062919/

Playlist with Jubilee aka Maurice at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee aka Maurice at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/565262496962471/

Thievery Corporation at The 9:30 Club

Thievery Corporation at The 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068896309789175/

House Rituals with Heather Femia at Masa 14

House Rituals with Heather Femia at Masa 14Preview with Leonardo Lee and La Tingeria at Flash

Preview with Leonardo Lee and La Tingeria at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1172781156082673/

Hernan Cattaneo, Christauff at Flash, with Thursday People in the Flash Bar

Hernan Cattaneo, Christauff at Flash, with Thursday People in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/457062694481867/

The Business End w. Wave Age & Philco at Velvet Lounge

The Business End w. Wave Age & Philco at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/788909324567846/

Hot Since 82 with Omid S at Soundcheck 

Hot Since 82 with Omid S at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/454427424750303/

Friday Picks

FOCUS: Anthony Parasole, Silent Servant, DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with #BODYFEEL ft. Girl Unit (Night Slugs), Throe & Dansman in the Flash Bar

FOCUS: Anthony Parasole, Silent Servant, DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with #BODYFEEL ft. Girl Unit (Night Slugs), Throe & Dansman at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1642122142723227/

As You Like It with Matthew Dear with Sassmouth and Matt Gushansky at U Street Music Hall 

As You Like It with Matthew Dear with Sassmouth and Matt Gushansky at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1065648176803305/

Midnight Project with Frank & Tony, Jubilee and R&B at Secret Location

Midnight Project with Frank & Tony, Jubilee and R&B at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648171342129572/

ESL Friday with Michael the Lion, Elvin Tibideaux, Caleb L’Etoile, Philco & Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday

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

Brookline Hifi with Trev-ski, Trevor Richards and Adrian Collazzo at Steel Plate

Brookline Hifi with Trev-ski, Trevor Richards and Adrian Collazzo at Steel Plate

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/450071975177990/

Saturday Picks

The Milk Chocolate City Collectiv on www.cyberjamz.com

The Milk Chocolate City Collectiv on (www.cyberjamz.com)

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/842746875824293/ 

D-Formation and Chadwick at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant & Edo in the Flash Bar

D-Formation and Chadwick at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant & Edo in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/967322376666162/

HOUSE -N- U with Ian Friday and Derrick Coleman at Zeba Bar

HOUSE -N- U with Ian Friday and Derrick Coleman at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039815696069367/ 

ESL Saturday with  Frank Booker, Stylus Chris & Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Frank Booker, Stylus Chris & Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/452494594934548/

Ralph Falcon (MURK), Tony Smooth, Cesar Sanchez & Dromme at Amsterdam Lounge

Ralph Falcon (MURK), Tony Smooth, Cesar Sanchez & Dromme at Amsterdam Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1496754550626616/

Chris Lake with Will Eastman at U Street  Music Hall

Chris Lake with Will Eastman at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/661752587295112/

Sunday Picks

DC Funk/Punk Revival at U Street Music Hall

DC Funk/Punk Revival at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675464126009869/

Guy J with RNS at Flash, with Sandro & Philco in the Flash Bar

Guy J with RNS at Flash, with Sandro & Philco in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/514991438659580/

ESL Sunday with Solo Martinez, Solomon Sanchez, Benoit Benoit, Sam the Man Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday

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

Solo Martinez Extended Set Holiday Fiesta at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Solo Martinez Extended Set Holiday Fiesta at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/823225297786370/

Stacey Pullen with Hot Tub Eddie at Soundcheck

Stacey Pullen with Hot Tub Eddie at Soundcheck

More details:https://www.facebook.com/events/1680888095489482/

Sunday Night Grooves w/ Boogie Boyz at Jimmy Valentines

Sunday Night Grooves w/ Boogie Boyz at Jimmy Valentines

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680330305518786/

That’s it for this week’s picks. Full listings of everything else on my radar below.

Thursday December 17

Colin Jeske at Embassy Row Hotel

colin jeske at embassy row

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1643375239260134/

FKJ with Life on Planets at U Street Music Hall

FKJ with Life on Planets at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/520802724736530/

Elm Imprint Takeover with End User at Revolution Bar and Billiards, Centreville

Elm Imprint Takeover with End User at Revolution Bar and Billiards, Centreville

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/448187308721487/

Spirit & PRISM Present: Alchemy at the Crown, Baltimore

Spirit & PRISM Present: Alchemy at the Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/952689371444448/

Friday December 18

Sugar Shack Radio Holiday Showcase

Sugar Shack Radio Holiday Showcase

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/428211074050971/

Juana at Embassy Row Hotel

Juana at Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/573466302800837/

Guilty Pressure with Panch Da Poser at Bump’n’Grind

Guilty Pressure with Panch Da Poser at Bump’n’Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718760765025418/

Due North Holiday Mixer with Sinister Sound Set and Melanie Bell at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Due North Holiday Mixer with Sinister Sound Set and Melanie Bell at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625161857749152/

4 Hours of Funk with Breakbeat Lou, Graham Hatke & Fleg at The The Windup Space

4 Hours of Funk with Breakbeat Lou, Graham Hatke & Fleg at The The Windup Space

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/635391269931913/

Saturday December 19

Raw Silk: a disco dance party with DJ Soulvester, Giorgio Morose & DJ Sissyfit at Safari Restaurant & Lounge, Petworth

Raw Silk: a disco dance party with DJ Soulvester, Giorgio Morose & DJ Sissyfit at Safari Restaurant & Lounge, Petworth

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/429840100556957/

GLAS Mix Project’s – The Party Before Christmas II at Amsterdam Lounge

GLAS Mix Project's - The Party Before Christmas II at Amsterdam Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/575980122549400/

The freaks come out in lights with DJ Rodd Sim, Looseleaf & Micfreak at Sudhouse DC

the freaks come out in lights

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/864751696974217/

Holiday Silent Disco with DJ Sabeel Chohan, DJ JeNeSaisKwa and DJ BEATrix at The Hard Rock Cafe

Holiday Silent Disco with DJ Sabeel Chohan, DJJeNeSaisKwa and DJ BEATrix at The Hard Rock CafeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683532411925471/

Sunday December 20

Keenan & Smudge present Satellite Sundays at The Satellite Room

Keenan & Smudge present Satellite Sundays at The Satellite Room

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720354444862125/

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