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.
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 Barnt, Teddy Douglas at 4 Hours of Funk, Gigi 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 Nidam, JulieMarghilano, Miss Jools, Brawther, Ian Pooley,DnB legend / former James Bond villainGoldie & 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.
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 Meegs & Katrina Mir 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
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 Kirn, Samantha 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 Steve, Samantha 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!
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!
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 Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Byron and 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 Symmetrical, Sid Waters, Nick Flynn & Keenan Orr in the 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
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.
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.