In The Deep @ Rock & Roll Hotel

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:

DC House Grooves Top Picks July 27 to July 30

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 CompanyKatrina 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!

15% discount off Daytime Discothèque with Reggie Dokes

Daytime Discothèque with Reggie Dokes, Katrina Mir, Pacific Fur Company & Samantha Francesca at Secret Location

Also on Sunday is the Deep Secrets / Sound Waves collaboration, the Soundwaves Boat 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:

15% discount off Sound Waves Boat Party with Daniel Bell 

Soundwaves Boat Party with Daniel Bell & Benoit

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!

$10  Discount off Sam Burns Boat Party with Sam Burns & Sammy Rock
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/862020560616381/

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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 SoundCloud page for the full track list.

 

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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 Anniversary on 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

DC House Grooves Top PickPlaylist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Katrina Mir at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Katrina Mir at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1973441566259518/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. DJ Octane & Janella Abidar at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. DJ Octane & Janella Abidar at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1919850314900319/

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse Music Happy Hour with CHOSEN, DJ V Coch, Arthur J , DJ Paul Howard & DJ Dromme  at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380054182082213/

Friday July 28

DC House Grooves Top PickAnthea with Jubilee & Taiga at Flash, with Philip Goyette, Enamour & Jon Weller in the Green Room and Wade Hammes, Zamkov & Kundalini in the Flash Bar

Anthea with Jubilee & Taiga at Flash, with Philip Goyette, Enamour & Jon Weller in the Green Room and Wade Hammes, Zamkov & Kundalini in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/792061700962371/

DC House Grooves Top PickH-CUE with Narko, KayLaSoul & markinthedark at Parlay Sports Bar & Lounge

H-CUE with Narko, KayLaSoul & Markinthedark at Parlay Sports Bar & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/106171973400263/

DC House Grooves Top PickFree Range: Will Eastman b2b Ayes Cold with Visuals by Robin Bell at U Street Music Hall

Free Range: Will Eastman b2b Ayes Cold with Visuals by Robin Bell at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/474152066260374/

DC House Grooves Top PickSao Funky Fridays with Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

Sao Funky Fridays with Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/323293828108427

DC House Grooves Top PickSilicon Based Lifeform with Doktor D at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doktor D at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/134559873728300/

DC House Grooves Top PickFree Fringe DJ Series: Dreamcast at Capital Fringe

Free Fringe DJ Series: Dreamcast at Capital Fringe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/322561941531045/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with Meistro, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Stylus Chris & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Meistro, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Stylus Chris & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Saturday July 29

DC House Grooves Top PickGrand Ancestor 1 Year Anniversary with Subatomic Sound System, DC Sound Clash, Rozi, Boof, Pupa Fogel, Tewks & Grand Ancestor at 626 W St NE

Grand Ancestor 1 Year Anniversary with Subatomic Sound System, DC Sound Clash, Rozi, Boof, Pupa Fogel, Tewks & Grand Ancestor at 626 W St NE

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/158200774727880/

DC House Grooves Top PickAnywho featuring Max D & Sami at Ten Tigers Parlour

Anywho featuring Max D & Sami at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/104316530246464

DC House Grooves Top PickDavid Waxman with Alex Aljaiek at Flash, with Edo and Ajhenda in the Green Room and Juice with Jacq Jill in the Flash Bar

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/194081821122822/

DC House Grooves Top PickHeavy Rotation with Trev-ski, Adrian Collazo & Kenny M at Black Cat DC

Heavy Rotation with Trev-ski, Adrian Collazo & Kenny M at Black Cat DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234263927082020

DC House Grooves Top PickSubDistrick Summer Surprise with Bornintofault, D.A, Plus Good, Julez + Bean5k at Backbar

SubDistrick Summer Surprise with Bornintofault, D.A, Plus Good, Julez + Bean5k at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/337469880018750/

Sunday July 30

DC House Grooves Top PickDaytime Discothèque with Reggie Dokes, Katrina Mir, Pacific Fur Company & Samantha Francesca at Secret Location

Daytime Discothèque with Reggie Dokes, Katrina Mir, Pacific Fur Company & Samantha Francesca at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/253465675151764

DC House Grooves Top PickSoundwaves Boat Party with Daniel Bell & Benoit

Soundwaves Boat Party with Daniel Bell & Benoit

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/157256131511856

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love: Catz ‘N Dogz with Mazi R, DJ Meets & Philco at Flash

Sunday Love: Catz 'N Dogz with Mazi R, DJ Meets & Philco at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1962877583996820/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam The Man Burns, Keenan Orr & Good Buddies with Silence In Metropolis featuring Fundamentalist, Soul Sway, Jandro & Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam The Man Burns, Keenan Orr & Good Buddies with Silence In Metropolis featuring Fundamentalist, Soul Sway, Jandro & Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1408344149202338/

DC House Grooves Top PickSilver Spring Record Fair with Bobby Bobson, León City Sonds, Kenny M, Adrian Collazo, Vicente Gutierrez, Mikie Love & Trev-ski at Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring

Silver Spring Record Fair with Bobby Bobson, León City Sonds, Kenny M, Adrian Collazo, Vicente Gutierrez, Mikie Love & Trev-ski at Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/103503173614612/

DC House Grooves Top PickRinse (Sunday Sessions) The Insiders with Collette Warren, Subdistrick Crew, Mastaflex, Mojo T *& Darius Twin at Public Bar

Rinse (Sunday Sessions) The Insiders with Collette Warren, Subdistrick Crew, Mastaflex, Mojo T *& Darius Twin at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/220625505080866/

DC House Grooves Top PickVague Output presents: Too Many Wires III with MX Silkman, Unikove, Extended Release, Bastet & LK at The Crown, Baltimore

Vague Output presents: Too Many Wires III with MX Silkman, Unikove, Extended Release, Bastet & LK at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/671501649710449

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DC House Grooves Top Picks July 20 to July 23

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 Symmetrical on Thursday, then Sequence with PercKatie 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, EdoThroe 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 Grooves Show #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 Rooftop Detroit All Starsedition featuring  Keith WorthyDaniel 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

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Thursday with Adrian Collazo & Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1629030973773740/

DC House Grooves Top PickHeadroom Listening Sessions #010 at Flash

Headroom Listening Sessions #010 at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/869696623184490/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview with DFMO at Flash

Preview with DFMO at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1713737572262746/

DC House Grooves Top PickCadence with Skeptical, Adred, Tanc & Tiernan at Flash, with Juana, Mathias & Refugee in the Flash Bar

Cadence with Skeptical, Adred, Tanc & Tiernan at Flash, with Juana, Mathias & Refugee in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/809818722521378/

 

DC House Grooves Top PickNightflight with Symmetrical at Cafe Saint Ex

Nightflight with Symmetrical at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2233401603550967

DC House Grooves Top PickLeft To Right with Philco at Velvet Lounge

Left To Right with Philco at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/672127592985096/

DC House Grooves Top PickFree Fringe DJ Series: Keenan Orr at Capital Fringe

Free Fringe DJ Series: Keenan Orr at Capital Fringe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/319608821803564/

Friday July 21

DC House Grooves Top PickSEQUENCE.899 with Perc, Katie Rex, Damon Bradley & Steve Kirn at Warehouse Location

SEQUENCE.899 with Perc, Katie Rex, Damon Bradley & Steve Kirn at Warehouse Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/240852996408844/

DC House Grooves Top Pick16 Bit Lolitas with Esther Silex & Trev-ski at Flash, with Hugo Zapata in the Green Room and Cider House Mules with Raha Wala, DJ Meets & the Barber Streisand in the Flash Bar

16 Bit Lolitas with Esther Silex & Trev-ski at Flash, with Hugo Zapata in the Green Room and Cider House Mules with Raha Wala, DJ Meets & the Barber Streisand in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1563676963704516/

DC House Grooves Top PickLENG presents Roska (UK) with Jessicunt, Jett Chandon, Panch & Benbo at Ten Tigers Parlor

LENG presents Roska (UK) with Jessicunt, Jett Chandon, Panch & Benbo at Ten Tigers Parlor

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1832108147053871/

DC House Grooves Top PickNatural Resources with Pacific Fur Company at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/741020996059229/

DC House Grooves Top PickDJ Dan with Proxxy & Lantern at U Street Music Hall

DJ Dan with Proxxy & Lantern at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499153886781519/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with JKriv, John Jazz, Jerome Baker & James Dell at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with JKriv, John Jazz, Jerome Baker & James Dell at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

DC House Grooves Top Pick4 Hours of Funk Artscape Edition with Graham Hatke and Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours of Funk Artscape Edition with Graham Hatke and Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/119586235321199/

DC House Grooves Top PickA R T S C A P E a f t e r h o u r s with Rudy Kardos, Jacob Herschel & Mazi R at Warehouse Location, Baltimore

A R T S C A P E a f t e r h o u r s with Rudy Kardos, Jacob Herschel & Mazi R at Warehouse Location, Baltimore

More details: deepsidebaltimore@gmail.com

Saturday July 22

DC House Grooves Top PickDC House Grooves Show #05 with Andy Grant & Katrina Mir

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/259598697869699/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Detroit Connect with Norm Talley, Keith Worthy, Daniel Andres & Benoit at Flash

The Detroit Connect with Norm Talley, Keith Worthy, Daniel Andres & Benoit at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/125379801389772/

DC House Grooves Top PickUncle Benny’s 34th Afterhour Express with Special Guests (Detroit), Samantha Francesca & Benoit at Secret Location

Uncle Benny's 34th Afterhour Express with Special Guests (Detroit), Samantha Francesca & Benoit at Secret Location

 

DC House Grooves Top PickA Glorious Evening with Octo Octa at The Glorious Patio

A Glorious Evening with Octo Octa at The Glorious Patio

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1259735457486912/

DC House Grooves Top PickReflections with Edo, Juana, Throe and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Reflections with Edo, Juana, Throe and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/446774822368356/

DC House Grooves Top PickElevate Rooftop Pool Party with Tony Smooth, DJ Nav, DJ Soul & Vince Christopher at The Embassy Row Hotel

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party with Tony Smooth, DJ Nav, DJ Soul & Vince Christopher at The Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/4240964065955496

DC House Grooves Top PickShaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and markinthedark at Flash, with Amir Javasoul & Jus Nowhere in the Green Room and Heather Femia & Oamr in the Flash Bar

Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and markinthedark at Flash, with Amir Javasoul & Jus Nowhere in the Green Room and Heather Femia & Oamr in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1218571851601655/

DC House Grooves Top PickDJ Rap at Zeba Bar

DJ Rap at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1556181787734556/

Sunday July 23

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge and Sunday’s Rooftop with Keith Worthy, Daniel Andres & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sunday's Rooftop with Keith Worthy, Daniel Andres & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/449307022120405

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love: Guti [LiVE], Mina b2b Alex Eljaiek, Gilléad-Gaari at Flash

Sunday Love: Guti [LiVE], Mina b2b Alex Eljaiek, Gilléad-Gaari at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/112385079367442/

 

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Ladies of the Underground @ Ten Tigers

A hot summer night. A great lineup of local DC ladies. The lovely, comfortable Ten Tigers. Say no more.

Ladies of the Underground with Jett Chandon, Katrina Mir, Meegs & Vanniety Kills at Ten Tigers Parlour

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: