Tech Yes at Dr. Clock’s

I’ve heard live house sets of a few different flavors, here in DC. Occasionally there have been live ambient/experimental sets. Live techno has proven to be the rarest. I didn’t expect to find it on a random Wednesday night — I was there because I’ve seen LeDroit and Theta Flux spin with big DC names. But it was Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar, so you never know.

On a quiet night like that, things can really cut loose. LeDroit and Theta took the opportunity to cover a wide range of techno, from chilly mechanical to funk-infused to deep and dark. It was all carried on solid beats and maybe there were only a few of us on the floor, but we enjoyed it. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more.

DC House Grooves Top Picks September 14 to September 17

Keeping it short and sweet this week. Lots going on as always, what with the H Street Festival and all the quality music surrounding it, ROAM and Meso Creso‘s warehouse collaboration Crescent Dream with BarntTeddy Douglas at 4 Hours of FunkGigi Testa at House-N-U, my old college pal Dicky Trisco and Kevin Yost at Eighteenth Street Lounge, plus all the quality guests at Flash over the weekend, including  Dorian Paic, Maayan NidamJulie Marghilano, Miss JoolsBrawtherIan Pooley,DnB legend / former James Bond villain  Goldie Paradox hero Wayne Davis. You’ll find my full list of Top Picks below, complete with links to Facebook event pages so you can RSVP.

For some quality DC House Grooves action this weekend, head over to Flash on Friday, where Katrina Mir joins DJ Meegs behind the decks open to close in the Flash Bar for another edition of  Cider House Mules. Let me tell you, these ladies mean business, so wear comfortable shoes and get ready to sweat! And they’re just part of another huge Friday night line up at Flash, including Dorian Paic, Maayan Nidam, Throe, Taiga, Julie Marghilano & Miss Jools. There’s no cover for the bar, and upstairs is free with RSVP before 11pm.

RSVP for Dorian PaicMaayan Nidam at Flash

Apert:re with Dorian Paic, Maayan Nidam, Throe & Taiga at Flash, with SOL Asylum Showcase featuring Julie Marghilano & Miss Jools in the Green Room & Cider House Mules with DJ Megs & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

On Saturday night, tune in to the next installment of the DC House Grooves Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio featuring myself, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. We’ll be keeping things deep from 10pm ET.  Tune in to the audio stream, or check Facebook for the video feed. The perfect pre-game sound track for your Saturday night out!

Tune in: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/288045175007467/

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That’s enough chit chat. Here’s my full list of Top Picks for the weekend. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday September 14

DC House Grooves Top PickPlaylist with Max Jacobson & Jubilee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Max Jacobson & Jubilee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1257418294362287

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Rooftop Happy Hour with Itzjack at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Itzjack at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/350175872089166/

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse Music Happy Hour with Sunny T at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

House Music Happy Hour with Sunny T at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404366212943930/

DC House Grooves Top PickChoice Sounds of 87-91 with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

Choice Sounds of 87-91 with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/388366491580104

DC House Grooves Top PickMr Bonkerz (DJ Set) at MilkBoy ArtHouse, College Park

Mr Bonkerz (DJ Set at MilkBoy ArtHouse, College Park

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1495731793850129

Friday September 15

DC House Grooves Top PickFoundation Fridays feat. Yola (Grand Ancestor) at Flash

Foundation Fridays feat. Yola (Grand Ancestor) at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/113425082662474

DC House Grooves Top PickApert:re with Dorian Paic, Maayan Nidam, Throe & Taiga at Flash, with SOL Asylum Showcase featuring Julie Marghilano & Miss Jools in the Green Room & Cider House Mules with DJ Meegs & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

Apert:re with Dorian Paic, Maayan Nidam, Throe & Taiga at Flash, with SOL Asylum Showcase featuring Julie Marghilano & Miss Jools in the Green Room & Cider House Mules with DJ Megs & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/523499161315980

DC House Grooves Top PickROAM & Meso Creso present Crescent Dream with Barnt, DJ Lisa Frank, Sami, V:Shal Kanware & Mattabbana at Warehouse Location

ROAM & Meso Creso present Crescent Dream with Barnt, DJ Lisa Frank, Sami, V:Shal Kanware & Mattabbana at Warehouse Location

Advanced tickets: http://bit.do/CRESCENTDREAM
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1452614778165564

DC House Grooves Top Pick4 Hours of Funk with Teddy Douglas, Davon & Graham Hatke at The Windup Space

4 Hours of Funk with Teddy Douglas, Davon & Graham Hatke at The Windup Space

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/108483773226074/

DC House Grooves Top PickTransplants (Blueprint Takeover Impromptu Party) at Studio Gaga

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RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608291782575281

DC House Grooves Top PickSafari DC Presents: An ArtLure Pop-Up Show with Oamr, Symmetrical & Zamkov at Safari DC Restaurant and Lounge

Safari DC Presents: An ArtLure Pop-Up Show with Oamr, Symmetrical & Zamkov at Safari DC Restaurant and Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1940508106271706

Blinkhorn, Blumenthal, MaxMalady, Rewak at Backbar

Blinkhorn, Blumenthal, MaxMalady, Rewak at Backbar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/190565428151248/

Saturday September 16

DC House Grooves Show #09 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio

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Tune in: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/288045175007467/

DC House Grooves Top PickBrawther & Benoit at Flash, with Better Listen Sessions featuring Martín Miguel, Heights & Eric Schwab in the Green Room and Deep Tech 1 Year Anniversary featuring Jon Swink, Nick Flynn, Tim Glusko, Pershan & Mr Wright in the Flash Bar

Brawther & Benoit at Flash, with Better Listen Sessions featuring Martín Miguel, Heights & Eric Schwab in the Green Room and Deep Tech 1 Year Anniversary featuring Jon Swink, Nick Flynn, Tim Glusko, Pershan & Mr Wright in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1996121173963956/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Saturday with Dicky Trisco, John Jazz, Thomas Blondet & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Dicky Trisco, John Jazz, Thomas Blondet & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickBeatBox DC Presents: House Royalty with DJ LoveGrove, DJ Meets, Mookie Wizzo, Sam “The Man” Burns, Tim Jackson & Vanniety Kills at the H Street Festival

BeatBox DC Presents: House Royalty with DJ LoveGrove, DJ Meets, Mookie Wizzo, Sam “The Man” Burns, Tim Jackson & Vanniety Kills at the H Street Festival

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/299929640481552/

DC House Grooves Top PickOne Love Massive Live at H Street Festival with Symmetrical Kitty’s Saloon

One Love Massive Live at H Street Festival with Symmetrical Kitty's Saloon

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2005798269655124/

DC House Grooves Top Pick2017 H Street Festival

2017 H Street Festival

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/844297415734717/

DC House Grooves Top PickElevate Rooftop Pool Party with DJ Genna, Benoit, Andrey Bazza & Tony Smooth at The Embassy Row Hotel

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party with DJ Genna, Benoit, Andrey Bazza & Tony Smooth at The Embassy Row Hotel

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/279007909266776

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse-N- U with Gigi Testa & Derrick “D-Train” Coleman at Ten Tigers Parlour

House-N- U with Gigi Testa & Derrick “D-Train” Coleman at Ten Tigers Parlour

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/163646307526691

DC House Grooves Top PickPhunked UP! 0with Adrian Collazo, DJ Say What?, and StrikeStone! At Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Phunked UP! 0with Adrian Collazo, DJ Say What?, and StrikeStone! At Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/111661476202216

DC House Grooves Top PickFeed Me Disco featuring Eau Claire and Ozker at U Street Music Hall

Feed Me Disco featuring Eau Claire and Ozker at U Street Music Hall

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/131355610803074/

DC House Grooves Top PickFathom Experiment #4: Venus is Venus is Venus at Dupont Underground

Fathom Experiment #4: Venus is Venus is Venus at Dupont Underground

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/266523090506927/

DC House Grooves Top PickClassical Trax Drum House: Suda with Panch, Benbo & L’Enfant at Backbar

Classical Trax Drum House: Suda with Panch, Benbo & L’Enfant at Backbar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1907059809544662

Sunday August 17

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love with Ian Pooley, Samantha Francesca, Marko Peli, Tony Smooth and DJ Bazza at Flash

Sunday Love with Ian Pooley, Samantha Francesca, Marko Peli, Tony Smooth and DJ Bazza at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/287460195066657

DC House Grooves Top PickCadence Turns 4 with Goldie, Subversions & Vanniety Kills at Flash, with Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis and Buster in the Green Room at Flash

Cadence Turns 4 with Goldie, Subversions & Vanniety Kills at Flash, with Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis and Buster in the Green Room at Flash

Advanced Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1516772
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121249051810046/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Harry Hotter & Good Buddies featuring Kevin Yost with Philco & Jandro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Harry Hotter & Good Buddies featuring Kevin Yost with Philco & Jandro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1888180454764117/

DC House Grooves Top Pick4th Annual Dance & Music Festival at Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring

4th Annual Dance & Music Festival at Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/456892634681458/

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks September 7 to September 10

Fun times over Labor Day Weekend! The DC House Grooves crew had a quality session on Underground Quality Radio on Saturday night, then on Sunday night we headed to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Reflections with  Baronhawk, Jandro, Steve KirnSamantha Francesca and our very own Katrina Mir. Sadly I arrived too late to catch Jandro and the mighty Baronhawk‘s sets, arriving when Steve Kirn took to the decks, but i heard mighty fine sets from SteveSamantha Francesca and Katrina Mir. As I’m always saying, locals do it better! Keep an eye out for the next Reflections event. Always a good time!

Before getting into this weekend’s shenanigans, a couple of things to put on your to do list. First up, on Sunday September 17, local drum and bass crew Cadence celebrate their 4th birthday (has it really been 4 years!) by bringing DnB don Goldie to headline the main room at Flash  with support from Buster, Dj amp, Deinfamous & MC Twisty. But that’s not all! The godfather of Baltimore house music, Paradox legend Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis will be bringing the heat up in the Green Room while Goldie works his magic downstairs. If that wasn’t enough for you, to show their appreciation, Cadence are offering anyone who purchases advanced tickets FREE entry to Sunday Love with Ian Pooley in the Green Room at Flash earlier that same day. If you move fast, that’s a whole bunch of legendary DJs for just $25!

Advanced tix to Cadence with Goldie + Sunday Love with Ian Pooley

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/121249051810046/

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Next up, friends of the scene Rito Loco have the grand opening of their new rooftop bar El Techo this Friday, just across Florida Avenue from Flash. Almost three years in the making, the 1100 square foot rooftop will be serving hand crafted cocktails, latin driven tapas and entrees, all served to a soundtrack of quality local DJs. Check out Washington City Paper‘s write up for full details. Congrats to the Rito Loco team for persisting through all the red tape and getting it done! Looking forward to having good times and making good memories at El Techo!

El Techo Info: https://ritoloco.com/el-techo/

Some new Meet the Locals Podcast heat before getting into this weekend’s Top Picks. Episode #58 of the Meet the Locals Podcast features one half of enigmatic duo Pacific Fur Company delivering over two hours of quality sounds from across the electronic music spectrum. DJs take note: this is what we want to hear at DC House Grooves! Proper musical journeys lasting more than 60 minutes, taking us places we don’t expect while keeping that vibe strong. Get to it! Catch Pacific Fur Company this Saturday at Allyworld @ Airshow, Takoma Park for Lobby Floor, Protect-U, James CC & Pacific Fur Company.

 

Here’s this week’s picks of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. If you were thinking of checking out Richie Hawtin at Flash Thursday night, sadly the event is completely sold out. Rumor has it that there might be a few limited tickets available at the door, but don’t hold your breath. Don’t sleep next time! Too many other highlights to mention, but the standouts of the bunch, both on Saturday night, are Deep Sugar 14th Anniversary with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyDJ Byron and Mookie Wizzo at U Street Music Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/101386997218332/

Deep Sugar 14th Anniversary with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Byron & Mookie Wizzo at U Street Music Hall

….and Anthony Parasole in the main room at Flash open to close, while my old mate from the old country Marc Cotterell (Plastik People Recordings) joins brother DJ Nav in the Green Room for another edition of Uptown House Experience and the USB crew get down with SymmetricalSid WatersNick Flynn Keenan Orr in the bar.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1240632362713693/

FOCUS with Anthony Parasole [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring Marc Cotterell & DJ Nav in the Green Room and USB featuring Sid Waters, Nick Flynn, Keenan Orr & Symmetrical in the Flash Bar

Both solid options for Saturday night! See below for the full list, and make sure you come back next week for full deets on all the good stuff!

Thursday September 7

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Rooftop Happy Hour with Dredbang at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Dredbang at Flash

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/137785943498290/

DC House Grooves Top Pick[SOLD OUT] Richie Hawtin with Oliver Caine and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash [SOLD OUT]

Richie Hawtin with Oliver Caine and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648121481925188

DC House Grooves Top PickTrev on Safari at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Trev on Safari at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/375896446183104/

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

Playlist with Jubilee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickSleaze with Outputmessage & BratWorst at Wonderland Ballroom

Sleaze with Outputmessage & BratWorst at Wonderland Ballroom

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/490119478008986/

DC House Grooves Top PickSpeakeasy Disco with Dee Clark & Chris Lewis at Cafe Saint Ex

Speakeasy Disco with Dee Clark & Chris Lewis at Cafe Saint Ex

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/202581733607695/

Friday September 8

DC House Grooves Top PickKenny Glasgow, Jade & Sarah Myers at Flash, with Barbara Preisinger & Navbox in the Green Room and Nocturnal Emissions with Markinthedark & Benoit in the Flash Bar

Kenny Glasgow, Jade & Sarah Myers at Flash, with Barbara Preisinger & Navbox in the Green Room and Nocturnal Emissions with Markinthedark & Benoit in the Flash Bar

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/164331997469286

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with Aroop Roy, Double A, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Aroop Roy, Double A, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickBrain Freeze with DJ Sharon White & DJ Foxxy at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Brain Freeze with DJ Sharon White & DJ Foxxy at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422413744462647/

Saturday September 9

DC House Grooves Top PickDeep Sugar 14th Anniversary with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Byron & Mookie Wizzo at U Street Music Hall

Deep Sugar 14th Anniversary with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Byron & Mookie Wizzo at U Street Music Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/101386997218332/

DC House Grooves Top PickFOCUS with Anthony Parasole [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring Marc Cotterell & DJ Nav in the Green Room and USB featuring Sid Waters, Nick Flynn, Keenan Orr & Symmetrical in the Flash Bar

FOCUS with Anthony Parasole [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring Marc Cotterell & DJ Nav in the Green Room and USB featuring Sid Waters, Nick Flynn, Keenan Orr & Symmetrical in the Flash Bar

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1240632362713693/

DC House Grooves Top PickLocal Nomads Only w. Jubilee, Edo, Tom + Special Guests at The Garage DC

Local Nomads Only w. Jubilee, Edo, Tom + Special Guests at The Garage DC

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/352159095239166

DC House Grooves Top PickHideout: Martín Miguel, Hot Coffee, Heights, Samantha Francesca at Ten Tigers Parlour

Hideout: Martín Miguel, Hot Coffee, Heights, Samantha Francesca at Ten Tigers Parlour

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/161065934448902/

DC House Grooves Top PickLobby Floor, Protect-U, James CC & Pacific Fur Company at Allyworld @ Airshow, Takoma Park

Lobby Floor, Protect-U, James CC & Pacific Fur Company at Allyworld @ Airshow, Takoma Park

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1431374663566147/

DC House Grooves Top PickNINE OH NINE – Techno, Friendship, & Matrimony with Juana, Todd & Damon Bradley at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

NINE OH NINE - Techno, Friendship, & Matrimony with Juana, Todd & Damon Bradley at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/172900109934384/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Saturday with Thomas Blondet, DJ M Dot, Mr Bonkerz & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Thomas Blondet, DJ M Dot, Mr Bonkerz & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Sunday September 10

DC House Grooves Top PickOne Love Massive Adams Morgan Day with Symmetrical at Mellow Mushroom

One Love Massive Adams Morgan Day with Symmetrical at Mellow Mushroom

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2002525023315447

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns & Hold Tight featuring Folamour & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns & Hold Tight featuring Folamour & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/154124251835022/

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love with Satori, Power, Solomon Sanchez & Conscious Contact at Flash

Sunday Love with Satori, Power, Solomon Sanchez & Conscious Contact at Flash

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/681016192095834/

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Chub Rub at Flash

For summer’s official end, Flash laid out a buffet of hot local DJs and a dozen flavors of music. It was a good mix of a couple new names and those I hadn’t seen spin in a while, so my Saturday night was an easy choice. The entire night was excellent, but I’d like to point out the new crew in town.

Resident Nights: Philip Goyette, markinthedark & DJ Meegs at Flash, with Uchi & Edo in the Green Room and Zacheser, Racarbed & Dripping Wet in the Flash Bar

In the bar, zacheser‘s Chub Rub crew made their debut. Last summer, zacheser was a regular on the rooftop patio of the Rock & Roll Hotel. Hadn’t seen him since then, though. In contrast to those summer-disco sets, Chub Rub laid down a much more energetic Baltimore house groove. Dripping Wet got the dance floor jumping right from the get-go with tracks like “Gully” by Spank Rock.

Racecarbed was slated to play also — a name I’ve seen around for years. I was upstairs and missed a good chunk of the night, but when I came back down hours later the bar was still jumping and heading into after-hours. That speaks for itself, I think.