DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC January 21 to January 24

Update: Starting to see cancellations / postponements coming in for the weekend. I’ll keep the post updated to reflect current status

OK, so I was home doing the parenting thing last weekend, so I missed out on most of the fun. I did make it out on Thursday night for Playlist with Jubilee and yours truly at Eighteenth Street Lounge, and what a night it was! Huge thanks to Jubilee for inviting me to join him behind the decks, and to the management and staff at Eighteenth Street Lounge for their hospitality and assitance throughout the night, and thanks to everyone who came out and made it such a special evening. Playlist is rapidly becoming the go-to event for quality underground sounds on Thursday night in the District, and looking at the caliber of DJs Jubilee is bringing in in the coming weeks, it is only going to get better! I’m happy to say I recorded the whole night last Thursday, and hope to be posting it up soon on the DC House Grooves SoundCloud page. Watch this space for details!

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to From Dusk Til Dawn with Timmy RegisfordDJ SoulSarah Myers and R&B, but from what I’ve heard I missed a good one. Looking forward to the next party from the Soul Theory crew… which provides the perfect segue to the latest edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, which this time around features an exclusive mix from Soul Theory‘s DJ Soul. A great soundtrack as you figure out your plan for the coming weekend:

 

Before we get on to this weekend’s events, to celebrate yesterday’s National DJ Day our friends at One Love Massive are running a poll for the Favorite Local DJ. It’s just a bit of fun, but make sure you place your vote for your favorite local DJ. You can vote as many times as you like, so take a few minutes and show your appreciation for your favorite locals. Contrary to popular belief, we all have very fragile egos, so we’ll take all the love we can get! The poll runs until the end of the week, so you’ve got plenty of time to cast your vote.

Vote for your favorite local DJ on One Love Massive

So what’s on deck for this weekend? I’m sure you’ve all been hearing all the dire predictions about Snowmageddon II on Friday and Saturday, but don’t let that put you off. While some events might end up being canceled, snow days are when the heads in DC come out in force and do things right. Make sure you keep an eye on Facebook to make sure the events you are interested in are happening, but rest assured that you will be able to get your dance floor fix this weekend, and you might just find it’s the most fun you’ve had in a while. Last year’s snow day at Flash was a Thursday night to remember. Sure, Joseph Capriati didn’t show, but the last minute all locals line up brought the heat to the main room, rewarding the crowd of heads who had made the effort. Even if everywhere else shuts down, you can be sure that Flash will be there for you despite the snow. I’ll certainly be there on Saturday, handling duties behind the decks alongside Edo, while Mike HuckabyAnthony Naples and Team Zapata give the main room a workout upstairs. Thursday night at Flash with Scuba and Jandro and Friday night with Butch and Philip Goyette back to back with Dansman also promise to be very special.

So assuming you can make it out, what else is worth checking out this weekend? As I mentioned earlier, Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge just keeps getting better. Jubilee‘s guest this week is Mark in the Dark. If proper underground sounds are your thing, plan on heading to ESL on Thursday. My top pick for Friday night is Anywho #1 featuring Bradley Zero, Max D and the 1432R DJs at Bossa in Adams Morgan. I’ve been following Bradley Zero since randomly meeting him at The Boiler Room in London a couple of years back. Still kicking myself that I didn’t make it to his Rhythm Section party that weekend, but hoping to make up for it by catching him at Bossa on Friday. Throw in local DC heroes Max D and the 1432R DJs in the intimate surroundings of Bossa, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a proper knees up, and with door tax only $5, it’s a right bargain. Another great pick for Friday night is house legend Mark Farina with Joe L and Hugo Zapata at U Street Music Hall. Never mind Mark Farina, the supporting local line up is worth the price of admission alone. Expect a great night out at U Hall.

As mentioned earlier, my top pick for Saturday is Mike Huckaby with Anthony Naples and Team Zapata at Flash, with myself and Edo in the Flash Bar. That’s one serious line up, and I’ll be there even if I have to drag my record bag to Flash on foot. Another great bet on Saturday night is Jandro’s Dirtyfourth Birthday Bash at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts ClubJandro has assembled a huge line up of top local DJs going back to back all night, and I’m sure they’ll be in the party mood. The first time I ever went to Jimmy’s was for Push with Team Zapata and Joe L. back when Hurricane Irene hammered DC in 2011, so I can testify that it’s a great place to be during a severe weather event! A good bet for the grime fans on Saturday is Amalgamation with Sir Spyro, MC Twisty and MC Jumanji at Zeba Bar. The Amalgamation parties have a loyal following of heads, and I can’t see a few inches of snow holding them back.

On Sunday, top pick for the house heads is Eighteenth Street Lounge, with residents Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical working their magic in the gold room and main room respectively, while the Groovetop crew return with their hometown heroes series, featuring DJ Nav and Keenan. Techno heads should make their way to Soundcheck on Sunday night for Drumcode‘s Alan Fitzpatrick, ably supported by local favorite Oliver Caine.

Here’s the full list of picks for the weekend:

Thursday Picks

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee & Mark in the Dark, Kristy La Rat & Mafe and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

***CANCELLED*** Scuba with Jandro at Flash, with Triotech featuring Meynard Macol, DJ Octane and Janella Abidar in the Flash Bar ***CANCELLED***

The Business End with Wave Age & Philco ft. Throe at Velvet Lounge

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

Skylite DC presents House Rituals featuring Jandro at Masa 14

Friday Picks

***CANCELLED*** Anywho #1 featuring Bradley Zero, Max D and the 1432R DJs ***CANCELLED***

***POSTPONED*** Mark Farina with Joe L. and Hugo Zapata at U Street Music Hall ***POSTPONED***

*** CANCELLED *** Butch, Philip Goyette b2b Dansman at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Meegs, Sequoia and Hot Coffee in the Flash Bar *** CANCELLED ***

Saturday Picks

***CANCELLED***  Mike Huckaby, Anthony Naples, Team Zapata at Flash, with Edo and Andy Grant in the Flash Bar ***CANCELLED***

Jandro’s Dirtyfourth Birthday Bash with Martín Miguel B2B Jandro, DJ Nav B2B Boss Ross, Itzjack & Doctor D, Philco & Wave Age, Gamble & Puff and Steve Kirn B2B Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Amalgamation with Sir Spyro, MC Twisty and MC Jumanji at Zeba Bar

Brookland HiFi with Joe L. & Trevor Richards at Steel Plate

Sunday

ESL Sunday with Groovetop featuring Dj Nav & Keenan, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

***CANCELLED*** Alan Fitzpatrick with Oliver Caine at Soundcheck ***CANCELLED***

See below for the full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC over the weekend. Make sure you check the event page before you head out to make sure the event is still on. If the snow is as bad as the forecast suggests, I’m sure some events may be canceled or postponed. Whatever you end up doing, be safe and stay toasty. See you back here next week for more quality info on what’s good on the underground house music scene here in DC.

Thursday January 21

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee & Mark in the Dark, Kristy La Rat & Mafe and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Mark in the Dark at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/484655791741153/

Preview with Dainbramage at Flash

Preview with Dainbramage at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/179624542394696/

***CANCELLED***  Scuba with Jandro at Flash, with Triotech featuring Meynard Macol, DJ Octane and Janella Abidar in the Flash Bar ***CANCELLED***

Scuba with Sandro at Flash, with Triotech featuring Meynard Macol, DJ Octane and Tanella Abidar in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/484402785065138/

The Business End with Wave Age & Philco ft. Throe at Velvet Lounge

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/166888783670546/

Skylite DC presents House Rituals featuring Jandro at Masa 14

Skylite DC presents House Rituals featuring Jandro at Masa 14

Choice Sounds with Trev-ski a Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

Choice sounds

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1653930751522884/

Tom size and Willy Joy at U Street Music Hall

Tom size feat Willy Joy at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/945646882190999/

Spirit & PRISM Present: Alchemy ft Fractal, Bunk Buddha, Space Bear and more at The Crown, Baltimore

Alchemy at the crown

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/944259695656320/

Friday January 22

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1493569837618319/

***CANCELLED***  Anywho #1 featuring Bradley Zero, Max D and the 1432R DJs ***CANCELLED***

Anywho #1 featuring Bradley Zero, Max D and the 1432R DJs at Bossa

***POSTPONED*** Mark Farina with Joe L. and Hugo Zapata at U Street Music Hall ***POSTPONED***

Mark Farina with Joe L. and Hugo Zapata at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742991109257777/

*** CANCELLED *** Butch, Philip Goyette b2b Dansman at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Meegs, Sequoia and Hot Coffee in the Flash Bar *** CANCELLED ***

Butch, Philip Goyette b2b Dansman at Flash, with Cider House Mules featuring Meegs, Sequoia and Hot Coffee in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/864026880361736/

*** CANCELLED *** ESL Friday with Greenwood Rhythm Coalition, Jahsonic & Stylus Chris at Eighteenth Street Lounge *** CANCELLED ***

ESL Friday

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

A Night Out with V-Coch at Dunya

a night with v-coch

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1162956797065324/

Friday Night Sessions with Childsplay, Rodd Sim and Cheryl Tutt at Cloak & Dagger

Friday Night Sessions with Childsplay, Rodd Sim and Cheryl Tutt at Cloak & Dagger

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1275441429140125/

QuadTech feat. Octane, Janella Abidar, Noise Theory & Harold Figueroa at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

QuadTech feat. Octane, Janella Abidar, Noise Theory & Harold Figueroa at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1962543083971657/

***CANCELLED*** 4U Social One Year Anniversary with Mate Masie and Sly Wonder at Black Cat Backstage ***CANCELLED***

4U Social One Year Anniversary with Mate Masie and Sly Wonder at Black Cat Backstage

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1081193105247419/

The Birthday Club with Dromme & Dj Paul Howard at Bravo Bar

The Birthday Club with Dromme & Dj Paul Howard at Bravo Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/940161722733659/

Glitter with DJ Deedub Tezrah at Zeba Bar

Glitter with DJ Deedub Tezrah at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/508126809365595/

Square wave with DJ Lucas King at The Crown, Baltimore

Square wave with DJ Lucas King at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1025040524223942/

Saturday January 23

***CANCELLED***  Mike Huckaby, Anthony Naples, Team Zapata at Flash, with Edo and Andy Grant in the Flash Bar ***CANCELLED***

Mike Huckaby, Anthony Naples, Team Zapata at Flash, with Edo and Andy Grant in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/500533286794397/

Jandro’s Dirtyfourth Birthday Bash with Martín Miguel B2B Jandro, DJ Nav B2B Boss Ross, Itzjack & Doctor D, Philco & Wave Age, Gamble & Puff and Steve Kirn B2B Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

jandroMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1310403018986258/

Amalgamation with Sir Spyro, MC Twisty and MC Jumanji at Zeba Bar

amalgamation

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/416982408493587/

ESL Saturday with Natasha Diggs, DJ Provoke, Philip Goyette & Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday

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

The Milk Chocolate City Collectiv Radio Show on www.cyberjamz.com

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1312139628812126/

***POSTPONED*** Technasia with Shaded, Alex Eljaiek at U Street Music Hall ***POSTPONED***

Technasia with Shaded, Alex Eljaiek at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1647245538850741/

Brookland HiFi with Joe L. & Trevor Richards at Steel Plate

Brookland HiFi with Joe L. & Trevor Richards at Steel Plate

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/545767742266936/

***POSTPONED*** Cotton Candy Universe at The Paradox, Baltimore ***POSTPONED***

Cotton Candy Universe at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1643914269184184/

Sunday January 24

Industry Brunch w/ CMPTVR CLVB at Philos

 Industry Brunch w/ CMPTVR CLVB at Philos

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1737803306441321/

ESL Sunday with Groovetop featuring Dj Nav & Keenan, Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Groovetop w/ Dj Nav & Keenan at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/936668886369818/

***Cancelled*** Alan Fitzpatrick with Oliver Caine at Soundcheck ***Cancelled***

Alan Fitzpatrick with Oliver Caine at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005346899523874/

*** POSTPONED *** Miami Horror with MOTHXR, Foreign Air at 9:30 Club *** POSTPONED ***

Miami Horror with MOTHXR, Foreign Air at 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508460222814147/

Keenan & Smudge present Satellite Sundays at The Satellite Room

Keenan & Smudge present Satellite Sundays at The Satellite RoomMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720354444862125/

Wax & Wane II with Curse & Aphreaq at Ottobar, Baltimore

Wax & Wane II with Curse & Aphreaq at Ottobar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/505556742979911/

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