DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC January 12 to January 15

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the cold and came out last Saturday to SecretSundaze at Flash, particularly those who joined me in the main room for my opening set. It was nice to have company, and it’s always magical watching the dance floor take shape. Huge thanks also the team at Flash for booking me and looking after me. It’s always a privilege to spend time in that booth working that sound system. You can check out the first couple of hours of my set here:

 

OK, down to business. It’s official… this weekend is going to be nuts! Besides all the usual mayhem, this weekend is Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend, and this year the underground events over the weekend feature some top class acts that deserve your attention, whether or not you’re into leather. I’ve featured many of the underground events in this post, but for more in depth coverage, check out our #MALGroupPlay 2017: Buckle Up! post from DC House Grooves‘ queer correspondent Tommy Cornelis (The NeedleXchange).

One of high points this year is Horse Meat Disco: MAL Saturday with The NeedleXchange and DJ Lisa Frank at 300 Morse Street.

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The Horse Meat Disco team always deliver the goods, and with local super star dream team The NeedleXchange and DJ Lisa Frank on supporting duties, this one promises to be one for the books! All are welcome; you don’t have to be into leather to party, and you don’t have to identify as gay to attend. This one is for everyone… just come with an open mind and get down until sunrise with heads of all persuasions. Exactly how it should be! If you’re feeling lucky, DC House Grooves has a pair of tickets to give away for Horse Meat Disco: MAL Saturday to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, just click the link below and fill out the form. The winner will be selected at random on Saturday afternoon. Please make sure you enter your real name and email address; we’ll need your email address to let you know you’ve one, and you’ll need to show your ID to claim your prize. Good luck!

Horse Meat Disco Free Ticket Giveaway 

Advanced tickets are also available for $15, and there’s be tickets at the door too. Cash only box office and bar.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/217225055391887/

After your all-nighter with the Horse Meat Disco boys, what better way to chill on Sunday afternoon than another edition of DC’s favorite daytime family affair, Daytime Discothèque. That’s right, the daytime disco is back for its one year anniversary celebration, and this time they’ve assembled another stellar lineup featuring Roman Rauch (Secret Crunch / Philpot) with local support from DC favorites Jus Nowhere, Martín Miguel & Samantha Francesca.

Daytime Discothèque 1 year with Roman Rauch, Jus Nowhere, Martín Miguel & Samantha Francesca at Secret Location

If that’s not enough to persuade you, then how about this? Nascent DC label Better Listen Records is giving 1st Release ticket buyers the chance to win a pre-release copy of their second release BLR002: Ponty Mython – House for Sale EP as well as a test pressing for their first EP BLR001: The Last Trip To Gandahar. For a chance to win, just purchase one on the few remaining “1st Release” tickets via this exclusive 20% discount link:

Daytime Discothèque 20% Discount 

If you miss out on one of the first release tickets, don’t worry! The 20% discount still applies.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1907323452829046/

Once the Daytime Discothèque wraps up at 8pm, the party continues over at everyone’s favorite dive bar Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club at the Daytime Discothèque 1 Year Afterparty with Team Zapata & Hot Coffee. Remember, it’s a long weekend with Monday being MLK Day, so you can dance through the night guilt free (unless you have to work Monday, in which case I recommend calling in sick :0)

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266635623402663/

Quick heads up for you underground techno lovers. DC’s hottest underground techno shindig Sequence is back at a secret warehouse location on Saturday January 21 for Sequence.121: Discwoman, featuring an all XX line up of serious heavy hitters including Volvox and Umfang, with local support from JuanaClaire and Jett Chandon. First and second release tickets are sold out, but DC House Grooves has an exclusive 15% discount off third release tickets. Just click the link below and grab one while you still can! This one will sell out… don’t be left out in the cold!

15% discount off Sequence.121: Discwoman

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1201807663246179/

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One last thing before this week’s picks. The latest Better on Foot  podcast features DC’s very own Jubilee (Slope Traxx / Flash / Playlist). Some really nice tunes to brighten up your day.

 

Catch Jubilee on Thursday night at his weekly residency Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge alongside Ramirez and Dansman, making one of his final appearances before moving out west.

As a mentioned earlier, there’s a ton of great stuff going on this weekend over an above everything I’ve covered above. Sadly no time to cover them all in detail, but don’t sleep on Regrets Only Vol 5 with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi at Ten Tigers, Playlist with JubileeRamirez and Dansman or Fam Night with Jeffrey Sfire, Poppy Burns & Kunj at Trade on Thursday.

Friday night, take your pick between Club Cuttlefish with Ali Berger, Zem SuYung, DJ Freez and Sleepy G at Ten TigersMind Against with EdoTeam Zapata and Baltotroit at Flash and 4U Social 2 Year Anniversary with DJ Mate Masie, Vjuan Allure, Sly Wonder and Ramirez at Zeba Bar, but wherever you go, make sure you find your way to Uncle Benny’s Affer Hours Express with Jackson RylandHakob and Benoit Benoit for afters. Although if you can’t find it, it’s not for you!

On Saturday night, it’s another ridiculous line up at Flash, with Soul People Music‘s Fred P, Oskar Offermann & Hot Coffee on the club level, Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Nav, Taiga and DC House Grooves’ very own Katrina Mir in the Green Room and Forecast with the 1432R DJs and Jett Chandon in the bar. Hot tip: make sure you catch Katrina Mir‘s set… this girl’s going to go far!  Another great option for Saturday is J. Phlip with Dansman at U Street Music Hall… whatever you choose, I don’t think you can go far wrong.

Sunday is all about the Daytime Discothèque double header, but Eighteenth Street Lounge also has an incredible line up for Sunday including Sam BurnsDJ Kool Flash, DJ JB, DJ Ameer, Smudge & Mr Bonkerz, Stylus Chris & Farid and another edition of Sundays Workshop with Chris Nitti and Benoit Benoit. Let’s just say you’ll be sleeping well on monday, whatever you choose!

Right..you know the drill. Here’s my full list of picks Thursday through Sunday, followed by full listings with flyers and event links for all the best underground and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. See you on the dance floor!

>>>>>>> Thursday Picks

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Regrets Only Vol. 5 with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi at Ten Tigers Parlour

Fam Night with Jeffrey Sfire, Poppy Burns & Kunj at Trade

Choice Sounds with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Dredbang at Flash

>>>>>>> Friday Picks

Club Cuttlefish with Ali Berger, Zem SuYung, DJ Freez and Sleepy G at Ten Tigers Parlour

Mind Against with Edo at Flash, with Team Zapata open to close in the Green Room and BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross, Itzjack and Steve Kirn in the Flash Bar

Uncle Benny’s Afterhours Express with Jackson Ryland, Hakob & Benoit Benoit at Secret Location

Furball DC: MAL 2017: Honcho & Vicki Powell at U Street Music Hall

4U Social 2 Year Anniversary with DJ Mate Masie, Vjuan Allure, Sly Wonder and Ramirez at Zeba Bar

TechnoFist Presents: Nocturnal Elements with Spin D, FadeFace, A.M.D & Damon Bradley at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

ESL Friday with Empresarios Sound System, John Jazz, Mr Bonkerz and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

>>>>>>> Saturday Picks

Horse Meat Disco: MAL Saturday with The NeedleXchange and DJ Lisa Frank at 300 Morse Street

Fred P, Oskar Offermann & Hot Coffee at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Nav, Taiga and Katrina Mir in the Green Room and Forecast with the 1432R DJs and Jett Chandon in the Flash Bar

J. Phlip with Dansman at U Street Music Hall

Live House with Dubathonic at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

J Mack with Guillermo Giraldo in the Basement at The Basement at Ryleigh’s, Baltimore

>>>>>>> Sunday Picks

Daytime Discothèque 1 year with Roman Rauch, Jus Nowhere, Martín Miguel & Samantha Francesca at Secret Location

Daytime Discothèque 1 year afterparty with Team Zapata & Hot Coffee at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Kool Flash, DJ JB, DJ Ameer, Smudge & Mr Bonkerz, Stylus Chris & Farid and Sunday’s Workshop (MLK Edition) with Chris Nitti & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Daylight MLK Weekend DJ Divine Birthday Celebration at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Bar

Oscar G (Made In Miami) with Vanie at Toro Toro DC

Here’s this week’s full listings, Thursday through Sunday:

Thursday January 12

Regrets Only Vol. 5 with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only Vol. 5 with DJ Lisa Frank and Raffi at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/676344462538778/

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Dansman at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1140645039390371/

NightFlight with Neutral at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1740802036181680/

Choice Sounds with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Choice Sounds with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/384187181932759/

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Dredbang at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Dredbang at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1875075672727128/

Fam Night with Jeffrey Sfire, Poppy Burns & Kunj at Trade

Fam Night with Jeffrey Sfire, Poppy Burns & Kunj at Trade

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/562320650630565/

Thursday People at Flash, with Shawn Cook’s 30th Memorial featuring Fred Das, DJ Octane and Janella Abidar in the Green Room

Thursday People at Flash, with Shawn Cook's 30th Memorial featuring Fred Das, DJ Octane and Janella Abidar in the Green Room

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1219731944762230/

NoSoftBeats By DeepCutta at Bonfire

NoSoftBeats By DeepCutta at Bonfire

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/356166851406511/

Qdup and Friends: Motown, Funk, & Soul at Villain & Saint

Qdup and Friends: Motown, Funk, & Soul at Villain & Saint

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1628606727442587/

Morgan Page at Soundcheck

Morgan Page at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1889690144592130/

Friday January 13

Club Cuttlefish with Ali Berger, Zem SuYung, DJ Freez and Sleepy G at Ten Tigers Parlour

Club Cuttlefish with Ali Berger, Zem SuYung, DJ Freez and Sleepy G at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234918706944156/

Mind Against with Edo at Flash, with Team Zapata open to close in the Green Room and BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross, Itzjack and Steve Kirn in the Flash Bar

Mind Against with Edo at Flash, with Team Zapata open to close in the Green Room and BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross, Itzjack and Steve Kirn in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/349399302092639/

Uncle Benny’s Afterhours Express with Jackson Ryland, Hakob & Benoit Benoit at Secret Location

Uncle Benny's Afterhours Express with Jackson Ryland, Hakob & Benoit Benoit at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1024383797668136/

Furball DC: MAL 2017: Honcho & Vicki Powell at U Street Music Hall

Furball DC: MAL 2017: Honcho & Vicki Powell at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/752086128276619/

4U Social 2 Year Anniversary with DJ Mate Masie, Vjuan Allure, Sly Wonder and Ramirez at Zeba Bar

4U Social 2 Year Anniversary with DJ Mate Masie, Vjuan Allure, Sly Wonder and Ramirez at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/298117663918744/

ESL Friday with Empresarios Sound System, John Jazz, Mr Bonkerz and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Empresarios Sound System, John Jazz, Mr Bonkerz and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

TechnoFist Presents: Nocturnal Elements with Spin D, FadeFace, A.M.D & Damon Bradley at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

TechnoFist Presents: Nocturnal Elements with Spin D, FadeFace, A.M.D & Damon Bradley at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/304227459972288

Classical Trax x Guestlist Present: Santa Muerte with The Borrowers and Panch at Backbar

Classical Trax x Guestlist Present: Santa Muerte with The Borrowers and Panch at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/352763861772218/

Umek with Jandro at Soundcheck

Umek with Jandro at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/364586807252315/

Family Affair with Jackie O at The Greene Turtle, Dulles

Family Affair with Jackie O at The Greene Turtle, Dulles

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1209645879150995/

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/228913604223013/

Saturday January 14

 

Horse Meat Disco: MAL Saturday with The NeedleXchange and DJ Lisa Frank at 300 Morse Street

Horse Meat Disco: MAL Saturday with The NeedleXchange and DJ Lisa Frank at 300 Morse Street

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/217225055391887/

Fred P, Oskar Offermann & Hot Coffee at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Nav, Taiga and Katrina Mir in the Green Room and Forecast with the 1432R DJs and Jett Chandon in the Flash Bar

Fred P, Oskar Offermann & Hot Coffee at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Nav, Taiga and Katrina Mir in the Green Room and Forecast with the 1432R DJs and Jett Chandon in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1102867876496972/

J. Phlip with Dansman at U Street Music Hall

J. Phlip with Dansman at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/710087795825811/

ESL Saturday with Uproot Andy, Jahsonic, Chris Brooks and James Dellastatious at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Uproot Andy, Jahsonic, Chris Brooks and James Dellastatious at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

MAL Group Play Happy Hour with Outputmessage at Trade

MAL Group Play Happy Hour with Outputmessage at Trade

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1719584101599888/

Live House with Dubathonic at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Live House with Dubathonic at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/802780263194361/

Playas featuring Tim Cook and Mojo D at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Playas featuring Tim Cook and Mojo D at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1199748946783226/

Mischief presents Cross Pollination with Fort Fairmont, Raptorstein, Zamkov, N:I, Mr Wright, DJ Special Sauce and DJ Total at Zeba Bar

Mischief presents Cross Pollination with Fort Fairmont, Raptorstein, Zamkov, N:I, Mr Wright, DJ Special Sauce and DJ Total at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/441933209264124/

J Mack with Guillermo Giraldo in the Basement at The Basement at Ryleigh’s, Baltimore

J Mack with Guillermo Giraldo in the Basement at The Basement at Ryleigh’s, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/212195775905233/

Megaton with Bare Noize, Rekoil (The Fallout Themed Rave) at Game, Baltimore

Megaton with Bare Noize, Rekoil (The Fallout Themed Rave) at Game, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/114337229035666/

Sunday January 15

Daytime Discothèque 1 year with Roman Rauch, Jus Nowhere, Martín Miguel & Samantha Francesca at Secret Location

Daytime Discothèque 1 year with Roman Rauch, Jus Nowhere, Martín Miguel & Samantha Francesca at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1907323452829046/

Daytime Discothèque 1 year afterparty with Team Zapata & Hot Coffee at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Daytime Discothèque 1 year afterparty with Team Zapata & Hot Coffee at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266635623402663/

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Kool Flash, DJ JB, DJ Ameer, Smudge & Mr Bonkerz, Stylus Chris & Farid and Sunday’s Workshop (MLK Edition) with Chris Nitti & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Kool Flash, DJ JB, DJ Ameer, Smudge & Mr Bonkerz, Stylus Chris & Farid and Sunday's Workshop (MLK Edition) with Chris Nitti & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1856372991274621/

Dark & Twisted: The MAL Weekend Closing Dance with Ultra Naté at 9:30 Club

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Kool Flash, DJ JB, DJ Ameer, Smudge & Mr Bonkerz, Stylus Chris & Farid and Sunday's Workshop (MLK Edition) with Chris Nitti & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1164459706978999/

Daylight MLK Weekend DJ Divine Birthday Celebration at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Bar

Daylight MLK Weekend DJ Divine Birthday Celebration at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1212072372217572/

Last Chance Tea Dance : MAL Sunday : DJ Mark Louque (FAGBASH) and StrikeStone at Town Dance Boutique

Last Chance Tea Dance : MAL Sunday : DJ Mark Louque (FAGBASH) and StrikeStone at Town Dance Boutique

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1881234912109521/

Oscar G (Made In Miami) with Vanie at Toro Toro DC

Oscar G (Made In Miami) with Vanie at Toro Toro DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1913649612188739/

Flashy Sundays MLK Weekend with Sean Morris and DJ TWiN at Flash

Flashy Sundays MLK Weekend with Sean Morris and DJ TWiN at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1805534616335549/

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