The Rock & Roll Hotel is a bit off the beaten path — it’s on H Street near Jimmy Valentine’s. I’ve always liked it for the food, the beer selection, and their summer afternoon DJs. This summer, it’s Blinkhorn’s In The Deep.
It’s an eclectic mix of tracks tailored to the audience. Since it was a lovely day that gave us a break from the July heat, there was a large group there when I arrived — lively, dancing all over the roof. They wanted a more mainstream selection, so they mostly got it. Plus the occasional Eats Everything track thrown in just to keep it interesting.
After the group left, Blinkhorn and his copilot Rewak took it more underground. I enjoyed it all as a backdrop for my late lunch/early dinner and a warmup for the night to come.
No playlist this time, I can see that they aren’t being listened to. Here’s just a couple tracks that I enjoyed from the set:
Another hot weekend in the District, and, as always, DC House Grooves has done the hard work for you picking out all the best events featuring quality underground house and electronic music, Thursday through Sunday. No gigs for me this weekend, but you can catch my good lady wife Katrina Mir on Thursday at Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge, then again at Daytime Discothèque with Reggie Dokes, Pacific Fur Company, Katrina Mir and Samantha Francesca. Really excited to hear Katrina Mir spin at both these events, and I highly recommend you join us.There’s no cover for Playlist on Thursday, and DC House Grooves has a special 15% discount off Daytime Discothèque. Early birds are still available right now, so move fast! Advanced tickets are required, so you might as well grab them now. Gonna be an amazing vibe at the spot this Sunday, so don’t sleep!
Also on Sunday is the Deep Secrets / Sound Waves collaboration, the SoundwavesBoat Party with Daniel Bell and Benoit. If you’re up for quality underground grooves cruising down the Potomac on Sunday afternoon, the grab the DC House Grooves 15% discount:
Looking ahead to August 5, and DC House Grooves has an exclusive $10 discount off tickets to the next Sam Burns Boat Party, #HOTWMD & Mont.age present the “Tale of Two Sam’s” Boat Ride with Sam Burns & Sammy Rock. Always a good time when Sam Burns is captaining the boat, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of this tasty offer and secure your place on the dance floor now!
OK, back to this weekend! On Sunday evening, the Good Buddies crew takes over the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge, and this time around residents Philco and Jandro are joined by Funkdamentalist and Soul Sway from local label Silence in Metropolis. In anticipation of Sunday’s Good Buddies, episode #56 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast features the latest mix from Soul Sway, a one hour deep groover, the highlights of which include a Soul Sway original plus a DJ Aakmael remix on Silence in Metropolis. Head over to the DC House Grooves SoundCloudpage for the full track list.
Also, in case you missed it, here’s episode #55 of the Meet the Locals Podcast by yours truly. Two hours of quality minimal and underground grooves recorded for my road trip last weekend.
OK, here’s my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday, quality events one and all. I’m particularly looking forward to Grand Ancestor’s One Year Anniversaryon Saturday! Grand Ancestor parties are always worth your time. I’ll be back next week with my picks of all the best events in and around DC. Look out for the post on Thursday mornings, and if you don’t want to miss it, just enter your email address in the Subscribe by Email box in the side bar, click Subscribe, and you’ll get DC House Grooves goodness delivered right to your inbox each week. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday July 27
Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Katrina Mir at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Katrina Mir and I are heading out of town for a gig this weekend, so I was planning on making good on my decision to take a break for a few weekends and not post anything. Indeed, as recently as last night, I made a start on compiling a Top Picks only post, but when I realized how many amazing events were happening this weekend, it was just too much, so I gave up and told myself it just wasn’t happening this week. Fast forward to today, and despite my decision not to do anything this weekend, it just kinda happened. So much goodness, I just couldn’t let it go undocumented! I mean, take a look at the list below. This is just my Top Picks of all the best events happening this weekend, and there’s more than enough to keep anyone busy! Highlights include Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Nightflight with Symmetricalon Thursday, then Sequence with Perc, Katie Rex, Damon Bradley and Steve Kirn on Friday. On Saturday, things get crazy!
Saturday afternoon, Detroit descends on DC, with The Detroit Connect at Flash featuring Norm Talley, Keith Worthy, Daniel Andres and Benoit, while over at The Glorious Health Club patio, The NeedleXchange crew host longtime DC House Grooves favorite Octo Octa for an evening of glorious underground sounds. Saturday also brings another edition of Jandro‘s Reflections at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, featuring another super solid all-local lineup: Juana, Edo, Throe and Jandro himself. The last Reflections was a super fun time, so this comes highly recommended. For afters, all roads lead to Uncle Benny’s Afterhours Express, featuring very special guests from Detroit alongside Sticky Fingers Collective‘s Samantha Francesca and Benoit. Seek and you will find! If you’re planning on staying in on Saturday but still want to hear some great tunes, tune in to the DC House GroovesShow #05 on Underground Quality Radio .This week’s show will feature myself, Andy Grant, and Katrina Mir, and will be broadcast live from an event in Indianapolis. Two hours of quality underground grooves for the discerning listener. This week’s show kicks off an hour later than usual at 11pm ET.
Sunday brings another edition of Sunday Love in the Green Room at Flash, featuring Guti live with support from Mina b2b Alex Eljaiek and Gilléad-Gaari, then all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns’ weekly residency and Sundays RooftopDetroit All Starsedition featuring Keith Worthy, Daniel Andres and Benoit. Make sure you wish Benoita big happy birthday! While it sucks that Katrina and I will be missing most of the good stuff this weekend, we’re going to beast it back from Indianapolis and head straight to ESL to close out the weekend with the Sundays Rooftop crew! Whatever you do, wherever you go, have an amazing time, stay hydrated, and let the promoters and DJs know DC House Grooves sent you 🙂
Oh, and before I sign off, here’s episode #55 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, a 2 hour mix I recorded for my road trip this weekend. An all vinyl mix featuring mostly new cuts not available on digital from artists including Ada Kaleh, Traumer, Varhat, Janeret, Joey Anderson, Adam Strömstedt, Octo Octa, Lowris, Molly, Hostom, Dixia Sirong, The Black Pony Orchestra, Patrice Scott and Terrence Parker, which really showcases my style well, taking you on a two hour journey through a range of vibes. You may find some tracks challenging and inaccessible at first, but stick with it and you will be rewarded 🙂
Thursday July 20
ESL Thursday with Adrian Collazo & Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
A hot summer night. A great lineup of local DC ladies. The lovely, comfortable Ten Tigers. Say no more.
I’ve mostly gone to Ten Tigers for their Thursday night Regrets Only party, but the last few have been lightly attended. Which had me a bit concerned because I like the place and I often end up staying later than I intended to — the hallmark of a great location, IMO. This Friday night started out slow but picked up well around midnight and turned into a good dance floor as the music developed from easy grooves to bangers.
Vanniety Kills started the night out smooth and mellow. Katrina Mir followed that up and built slowly as the audience began to trickle in.
Seemed like everyone I talked to that night had had a bad week, myself included. We all needed to get some dancing in, and we were in the right place for that.
Meegs brought some soul into the mix, as she’d promised me before her set. That got the floor moving and the energy kept climbing. Jett Chandon hit the ground running and got a bit techno — though she did ease up now and then.
It made for an excellent night and I won’t be limiting myself to Thursdays at Ten Tigers anymore!
I know y’all don’t usually listen to the playlists, but this one is especially good: