Aurean opening for Paul van Dyk at Echostage

I was going to see Paul van Dyk but I wasn’t planning on reviewing the show — I want to keep these reviews focused on local DJs. I wasn’t even going to show up until eleven or midnight. But then I heard that Aurean had snagged the opening set at 9pm so I had to be there.

Aurean is a duo: Nick and Jake. They were both part of Tortoise and the Snare so I never reviewed them to avoid any semblance of conflict of interest even though they’ve been a growing presence in DC. About time I did that, then.

I got to Echostage just as the doors were opening so I caught their whole set — only an hour, but it was great. Solid trance, which was exactly what I wanted. The early audience was a little thin of course but they were enjoying it. A random person even asked if I knew who they were because she wanted to follow up on them, so I was glad to fill her in.

Here’s the sample playlist, chock full of low-hit tracks that deserve some love:

 

After having my appetite for trance whetted so well, the rest of the night was unfortunately disappointing. Things turned over into what will probably be hot on the festival circuit this summer and while there’s nothing wrong with that… I felt like it was a bit of bait-and-switch. Even when Paul van Dyk finally came on, he stuck to a pretty hard-edged version of trance and didn’t play any of his classic tracks. All I got was a few heavily remixed bars of “Time of our Lives.”

So I left well reminded of why I only go to Echostage a few times a year. That, and my bar tab. Yikes.

Stimming [Live] & Jandro at Flash

Thursday nights start early at Flash with Preview on the rooftop — I always want to shout out to those because the happy hour specials are good and the food has been great. It was perfect weather for the rooftop, too.

On the main floor, Jandro opened with a two hour set that started out deep and comfy to ease us all into the night. The pace and the audience picked up smoothly until we were all moving on the dance floor, which is exactly what Jandro excels at doing. Such a seamless transition that you never quite remember when you started dancing.

Sample playlist:

 

Stimming took over for his live set at about 1am and the easy groove continued. A perfect Flash audience was out that night, not too crowded, good energy, and before I knew it closing time was upon us. Since it was a live set, Shazam had some trouble catching tracks but I was glad to get three of my favorites for the playlist:

 

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 27 to April 30

Wow! Almost lost for words after last Saturday’s Kowli & Midnight Project presents Eddie C and Joe Claussell in Baltimore! Definitely up there amongst the best parties I’ve been to in recent memory. Everyone was on form, and the vibes were thick. Things got off to a great start with Hot Coffee and Joe L going back to back, starting things off with just the right vibe and providing the perfect lead in to Eddie C‘s set, which really took things to the next level. By the time Joe Claussell took over for his epic six hour set, the place was really jumping, and boy did Joe take us places with a spiritual journey through house, techno, funk, soul, disco and beyond. As always, the crowd was on point, dancing as one until sunrise. House legend Ron Trent even showed up at one point, coming tantalizingly close to joining Joe behind the decks. Upstairs in the second room, Jus Nowhere  DJ Nav brought the garage heat, making it real hard to decide between rooms. An amazing night that I won’t soon forget. Kudos to Kowli Midnight Project for making it all happen! On Sunday I had the honor of warming up the floor for Detroit’s Ob Ignitt for Sundays Rooftop at Eighteenth Street Lounge. It was great to see so many familiar faces from Midnight Project closing out their Sunday with us at ESL, the music was on point all night. Here’s the recording of my set from Sundays Rooftop, the latest edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast: an all vinyl two hour journey, heavily inspired by my Midnight Project experience, featuring tracks from the likes of Crackazat, Lord of the Isles, Blake Baxter, Sub-Culture featuring Marcus, Lil Louis, DJ Wild, Mateo & Matos, Romanthony, Janeret, DJ Aakmael, Oshana, Glenn Underground, Ion Ludwig, Terrence Parker and more.

 

OK, looking ahead to next weekend, on May 6, Prescription and Sticky Fingers Collection present Be What You Feel with YouandewanFred Everything & Reggie Dokes, with support from residents Team Zapata and HOT COFFEE at a secret warehouse location. DC House Grooves has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. Just click through and fill out the form below for a chance to win. Please make sure you enter your real name and a valid email address. We’ll need your email to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need to show your ID to claim your prize. We’ll pick the lucky winner at 5pm on the day of the event.

I want to win a pair of tickets to Be What You Feel with Youandewan, Fred Everything & Reggie Dokes

Of course, with an epic line up like that, why roll the dice on a free ticket giveaway? If you know what’s good for you, you’ll go ahead and pick up advanced tickets right now for just $20.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?956382

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/662388430625635/

be what you feel

Next weekend also sees the first Soundwaves Boat Party of the season, with Jubilee & Taiga at the controls as you cruise down the Potomac with a likeminded crowd of heads. Early bird tickets sold out within hours of the party being announced, so I recommend you move fast to grab $20 first release tix while you still can.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?963449

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/645215019003864/

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Moving on to this weekend, and yet again Thursday through Sunday are packed with goodness. The big news for this weekend is this year’s first edition of ROAM x TNX with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd & Baronhawk. Proper afternoon vibes at an expertly curated location; the perfect way to spend a spring Saturday afternoon! Advanced tickets are available on RA for $15, more on the door.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?957751

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1439803466041406/

ROAM x TNX with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Tommy Cornelis, Big Todd & Baronhawk at Location TBA

The other big news this weekend is the Sunday Love: LLS Fundraiser at Flash on Sunday, featuring local heavyweights Juan Zapata, Chris Nitti, Rosenberg & Heather Femia. The event is free, but for a donation of $20 or more you will receive a drink ticket, Also, a donation of the bar proceeds with be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A great way to have a good time while also raising money for a great cause. If you’d like to make an additional donation for LLS, you can do so here: www.sherthelove.com. Kudos to everyone involved for organized such a great event for a worthy cause.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/230002267405062/

Sunday Love: LLS Fundraiser with Juan Zapata, Chris Nitti, Rosenburg & Heather Femia at Flash

Here are the full listings for this weekend Thursday through Sunday, including all my DC House Grooves Top Picks. Every one a winner! Have an amazing time on the dance floor, and if you can’t be good, be careful. See you back here, same time, same place next week details of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC next weekend.

Thursday April 27

DC House Grooves Top PickNightFlight  1 Year Anniversary Party with Oamr, DJ Heather Femia, Zamkov and Wade Hammes at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight 1 Year Anniversary Party with Omar, DJ Heather Femia, Zamkov and Wade Hammes at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1352061118188628/

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

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Kaylasoul at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/289080331537649/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Late Night Happy Hour with Thursday People at Flash

Preview Latenight Rooftop Happy Hour with Thursday People

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027307667402702/

DC House Grooves Top PickStimming [LiVE] with Jandro at Flash

Preview Latenight Rooftop Happy Hour with Thursday People

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1261159037308513/

DC House Grooves Top PickRegrets Only Vol. 20 with Alex Eljaiek & Mina at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only Vol. 20 with Alex Eljaiek & Mina at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1076291062470450/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Gaslamp Killer at U Street Music Hall

The Gaslamp Killer at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/286883845077886/

House Music Happy Hour with Chosen, DJ V-Coch, Arthur J, DJ Paul Howard & Dromme at Mythology Restaurant & Lore Lounge

House Music Happy Hour with Chosen, DJ V-Coch, Arthur J, DJ Paul Howard & Dromme at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433845300255948/

Wolfgang Gartner at Soundcheck

Wolfgang Gartner at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885226101758558/

Friday April 28

DC House Grooves Top PickMatt Tolfrey, Lee Curtiss & Sarah Myers at Flash, with Bella & J Tek & Jorge Rodriguez in the Green Room, and Spreadlove Project with Jett Chandon, DJ Nav and Neil Kempin in the Flash Bar

Matt Tolfrey, Lee Curtiss & Sarah Myers at Flash, with Bella & J Ten & Jorge Rodriguez in the Green Room, and Spreadlove Project with Jett Chandon, DJ Nav and Neil Kempin in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880256858916542/

DC House Grooves Top PickSilicon Based Lifeform with Doktor D, K Jarboe & Darius Twin at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doktor D, K Jarboe & Darius Twin at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/421200954917155/

DC House Grooves Top PickBassline Business with Epoch & Kursk (Innamind Showcase), Yola, Jay Zero, Skankuh & MC Twisty at The DC Eagle

Bassline Business with Epoch & Kursk (Innamind Showcase), Yola, Jay Zero, Skankuh & MC Twisty at The DC Eagle

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/437583339918556/

Bear Happy Hour featuring Keenan Orr at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

bear happy hour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/541735232663724/

Saeed Younan at Soundcheck

Saeed Younan at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2230190717206818/

ESL Friday with DJ Eddy Plenty, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Chris Brooks & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with DJ Eddy Plenty, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Chris Brooks & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Brodinski with Dase & Riza at A.i.

Brodinski with Dase & Riza at A.i.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1218165788281538/

Identity Theft Dirty Bird Night at The 8×10, Baltimore

Identity Theft Dirty Bird Night at The 8x10, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1693832237576752/

Saturday April 29

DC House Grooves Top PickROAM x TNX with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd & Baronhawk at Location TBA

ROAM x TNX with DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Tommy Cornelis, Big Todd & Baronhawk at Location TBA

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1439803466041406/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe House That U Built: SOULarPowered: Tim Jackson, Seany Ranks & Vanniety Kills at 300 Morse Street Parking Lot

The House That U Built: SOULarPowered: Tim Jackson, Seany Ranks & Vanniety Kills at 300 Morse Street Parking Lot

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/607355962804131/

DC House Grooves Top PickDoc Martin & Charles Martin at Flash, with Mina B2B Alex Eljaiek in the Green Room and Dusk with DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

Doc Martin & Charles Marting at Flash, with Mina B2B Alex Eljaiek in the Green Room and Dusk with DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

 

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1875972542638800/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Summit in DC with DJ Doug Smith, Henry Da Man, DJ K Mixx, Chosen & DJ Sunny T at Zeba Bar

The Summit in DC with DJ Doug Smith, Henry Da Man, DJ K Mixx, Chosen & DJ Sunny T at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1812042929119112/

DC House Grooves Top PickThat’s House: True School Workshop and Jam Session with DJ Oji at Urban Artistry

That's House: True School Workshop and Jam Session with DJ Oji at Urban Artistry

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/415084458851055/

DC House Grooves Top PickPrivate Joy with Trev-ski & Fulano at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Private Joy with Trev-ski & Fulano at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234315977045735/

DC House Grooves Top PickOrioleTigerCub with Juana, Boss Ross & Steve Kirn at Ten Tigers Parlour

OrioleTigerCub with Juana, Boss Ross & Steve Kirn at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1782614628630117/

DC House Grooves Top PickSubDistrick! Special VINYL edition with Rogue State, Odj, Plus Good & Jules at Backbar

SubDistrick! Special VINYL edition with Rogue State, Odj, Plus Good & Jules at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1482382638501845/

ESL Saturday with DJ Mama, Stylus Chris, Mr Bonkerz and Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with DJ Mama, Stylus Chris, Mr Bonkerz and Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Foundation: DC with Tim Cook & Christauff at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Deeptech DC with Tim Cook & Christauff at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885447495005090/

Sün Down with Figgy, Bête Noire and Falzon at Flash (4pm to 9pm)

sundown with figgy

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/208716352962486/

Climate March Afterparty: Bit Funk & Treasure Fingers and Sammy Bananas at U Street Music Hall

Climate March Afterparty: Bit Funk & Treasure Fingers and Sammy Bananas at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1884727841740783/

Wonder-Full with DJ Spinna & Jahsonic at Redrocks

Wonder-Full with DJ Spinna & Jahsonic at Redrocks

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/436633113352145/

Saturday Night Grooves with John Johnson, Pistol Pete & DJ Meatball at Savannah’s, Baltimore

Saturday Night Grooves with John Johnson, Pistol Pete & DJ Meatball at Savannah’s, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/281536125604767/

Megafunk wth Landis Expands, Mikie Love and Graham Hate at The Crown, Baltimore

Megafunk wth Landis Expands, Mikie Love and Graham Hate at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/266933757099673/

Sunday April 30

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love: LLS Fundraiser with Juan Zapata, Chris Nitti, Rosenberg & Heather Femia at Flash

Sunday Love: LLS Fundraiser with Juan Zapata, Chris Nitti, Rosenburg & Heather Femia at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/230002267405062/

DC House Grooves Top PickRinse Sunday Sessions with Random Movement, Kjell, Ken Lazee, Deinfamous & Patrick Currier at Public Bar

Rinse Sunday Sessions with Random Movement, Kjell, Ken Lazee, Deinfamous & Patrick Currier at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/388369098200675/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge & Good Buddies featuring The Sticky Fingers Collective with Hot Coffee, Samantha Francesca, Jandro & Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge & Good Buddies featuring The Sticky Fingers Collective with Hot Coffee, Samantha Francesca, Jandro & Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/764279433734951/

OverEasy Tea Dance with DJ Vanniety Kills, DJ Alex DB & Krypt at Dodge City

OverEasy Tea Dance with DJ Vanniety Kills, DJ Alex DB & Krypt at Dodge City

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/152149088645386/

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Deep Tech Brunch with Nick Jannite at Old Engine 12

Deep Tech Brunch continues to evolve: this month, they adjusted the sound system, covered the windows to create a clubbier atmosphere, and invited DC Creators to offer body painting. If you haven’t been to Old Engine 12 yet, it’s a restaurant in a converted firehouse on North Capitol. The upstairs space is lovely, roomy, and has both plenty of dance floor and plenty of seating. Deep Tech Brunch runs all afternoon and into the evening, but not too late for those of us who have to work on Monday morning.

I arrived in time for the headliner, Nick Jannite, who laid down an interesting mix of tracks with a sultry groove. That kept the dance floor moving as the beat gradually grew heavier. DJ Swink took over and kept the pace up. Some body paint began to show up on the dance floor and a round of free shots came through as well. The dancers began to thin out as they went in search of dinner — their loss, since Pershan was next up to keep things rolling. I heard both Pershan and Swink at the USB party at Flash a few weeks ago and they both know their business. Our party host Mr. Wright ended the evening on a strong note.

Sample playlist:

 

Look for this monthly Brunch on Sundays through the summer — it’s your air-conditioned, sunburn-free alternative to the usual rooftop parties!