DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Memorial Day Weekend May 24 to May 27

Before I get into it this week, I want to give a big shout to the Sequence crew for a legit party up at the warehouse spot last Friday with Juana, Aurora HalalTheta FluxDJ Stingray and Associate. While I couldn’t stay too long, I was there early in the evening, and they filled that place up real quick with true heads, and I could tell it was going to be a really special evening. If well curated techno is your thing, keep an eye out for Sequence events; legit warehouse vibes for lovers of the real shit. Make sure you like the Sequence Facebook Page to be kept up to date with news of future Sequence events.

On to this weekend, and it’s a fairly quiet one here in DC, as many of our friends make the annual pilgrimage to Detroit for the Movement festival and all the associated shenanigans. If, like me, you can’t make it this year, don’t worry, while it’s a little quieter than usual, there’s still plenty to keep you dancing Thursday through Sunday, right here in DC.

The big news for DC House Grooves this weekend is the launch of our new event in partnership with Roots & SpiritsVibe and Public BarBeats Maneuver. We’ve assembled an incredible line up for a 13 hour rooftop extravaganza from 3pm right through to 4am, featuring World Peace Music‘s Gigi Testa, with support from KayLaSoulAndrew HogansRamirezKochiAndy Grant (that’s me!) & Katrina Mir. There’s no work on Monday, so no excuses! The perfect opportunity to cut loose and groove out Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. Cover is just $5 from 3pm to 6pm, then just $10 after, and we’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds to Friends of Puerto Rico, so you’ll be getting down for a great cause. We’ve also got limited number of $5 early birds available over at Resident Advisor, so if you plan on coming late, but only want to pay $5, grab yours now!

To celebrate the launch of Beats ManeuverDC House Grooves is giving away three spots on the guest list to one lucky winner, so if you want to be on the list + 2 for Sunday, enter our free prize draw! Remember to leave your real name and email address, as we’ll need to contact you to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need to show your ID to claim your prize. When you fill out the form, you can also subscribe to the DC House Grooves  mailing list. We promise not to spam you; we’ll just send you the occasional email letting you know what’s coming up from DC House Grooves.

I want to be on the guest list +2 for Beats Maneuver with Gigi Testa

We hope you can join us on Sunday for what promises to be the start of something special. We’ve got dates scheduled through to the end of the summer, featuring great out of town and local talent, so join us on Sunday and be there from the start. To all DJs and promoters who I’ve supported over the years through DC House Grooves, why not return the favor and lend a bit of support to DC House Grooves? Would be great to hang out, have a few beers and get down to some quality house music!

Beats Maneuver with Gigi Testa tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/

beats maneuver

As I mentioned above, Sunday is just the beginning for Beats Maneuver. Our next date at Public Bar is June 3 with Trinidadian Deep working his magic on the rooftop. Check next week’s DC House Grooves for full line up details.

Beats Maneuver Trinidadian Deep

Ok here at this week’s Top Pick links. Click the link for each day to see my full list of Top Picks for that day over on Facebook. Easy access to all the best events!

Top Picks Thursday May 24

Top Picks Friday May 25

Top Picks Saturday May 26

Top Picks Sunday May 27

Plenty to choose from, but if I had to pick my highlights, D’Julz with Wade Hammes at Flash and Playlist with JubileeRamirez and special guest Rosenberg top the list for Thursday.

playlist

On Friday night, start your night off right with the WTF?! Radio Show Beats Maneuver Edition featuring two of our Beats Maneuver residents DJ Kochi and Katrina Mir, giving you a taste of what to expect on the rooftop this Sunday. Tune in from 5pm ET at www.sugarshackrecordings.com. Out and about on Friday, I recommend checking out U Sleaze with Keenan OrrLemzOutputmessage at U Street Music Hall, or head over to Backbar for The Speakeasy Disco with Dee ClarkeSparse Cholesky & Kenny M.

speakeasy disco

On Saturday night, we’ll be broadcasting on Underground Quality Radio live from DC House Grooves HQ with a very special Beats Maneuver Edition of the DC House Grooves Show, with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio,
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2171302872885958/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Out on the town, I recommend checking out JandroMike Harvey at El Techo on Saturday afternoon, then on Saturday night head to Flash for Bedrock legend John Digweed with DexxSteve KirnMike HarveyJake Clemens Randy Masiello.

John Digweed

For those of you reading this in Baltimore, look no further than Factory 17, where The Elders join forces with Guillermo Giraldo for a night of solid vibes open to close. $5 before 12, $10 after.

soul love with the elders

Plenty of great events to choose from to celebrate Memorial Day Sunday, what with Jimmy Valentine’s 11 Year AnniversarySunday Love at Flash, and The Clubhouse Reunion, but Beats Maneuver at Public Bar is where the party is gonna be at! See you on the dance floor!

beats maneuver

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 10 to May 13

Big news to kick off this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks: I’m proud to  announce that DC House Grooves, in partnership with Roots & SpiritsVibePublic Bar is launching a new Sunday rooftop event series this summer, Beats Maneuver Summer Sessions. Kicking off on Memorial Day Weekend with headliner Gigi Testa (World Peace Music), the series features a line up of top talent from around the world, supported by residents RamirezKochiAndy Grant Katrina Mir, along with some of Washington DC’s finest house selectors. Join us on Public Bar’s amazing rooftop deck every other Sunday from 3pm to 2am starting Memorial Day Weekend for Beats Maneuver, the finest in deep, soulful and underground house music. Remember to RSVP on the Facebook event page, and grab your tickets now! We’ve got a limited number of $5 early birds available, so if you want to reserve your spot on the dance floor, there’s no time like the present 🙂

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961

Beats Maneuver Gigi Testa

Beyond Memorial Day, we’ve secured a line up of quality international house music talent, many of whom will be making their debut in the nation’s capital. Just look at who we’ve got lined up May through July! Check DC House Grooves on the regular for more info on   Beats Maneuver, including info on advanced tickets and local support.

Beats Maneuver May July Line Up

OK, here are this week’s Top Picks links, listing all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the list. Pro-tip: the good people at El Techo have super talented local DJs every afternoon and evening through the weekend, so that’s always a good bet for quality tunes out in the sunshine.

Top Picks Thursday May 10

Top Picks Friday May 11

Top Picks Saturday May 12

Top Picks Sunday May 13

Thursday night’s highlight for quality, deep, underground house music is Playlist with  Jubilee Ramirez and special guest KayLaSoul at Eighteenth Street Lounge, although the Lobster Theramin 5 Year Anniversary Tour at Ten Tigers Parlour also looks tasty.

Friday night, Flash is the place to be for titans Brawther and Evan Baggs, ably supported on the club level by yours truly, Andy Grant. Get there early for the full experience; I’m gonna be packing some seriously interesting and eclectic records sourced from deep in my extensive record collection, expertly curated to get the best from the Funktion Ones in those early hours, teasing you on to the dance floor so you’re primed and ready when the headline talent takes over. With Marko Peli and John John in the Green Room and Jacq JillOutputmessage in the bar, you’ve got three levels of serious quality, all under one roof. I hope you can join us!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/367870813697295/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1100648

brawther evan baggs andy grant

Also on Friday night, perhaps my favorite DJ Eddie C is ruling the roost on the patio at  Eighteenth Street Lounge. Always on point, and always an educational experience, Eddie C is always worth your time.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/136171493806164/

Eddie c at ESL

If quality tunes and a friendly vibe away from all the crowds is more your thing on Friday, head over to Jimmy Valentine’s for the Jones Boys No cover, no fuss, just great tunes.

Saturday brings this year’s Funk Parade . It almost didn’t happen for 2018, but we’re glad they managed to work it out! As with the past 4 years, the highlight this year is Funky 4 U  at Velvet Lounge, brought to you by the same people behind the expertly curated local label Better Listen Records.This year’s edition features the finest funk, soul and whatever else they fancy from heavy hitters such as Tim ZawadaSol Power All StarsMartín MiguelTrev-skiGraham HatkeFlegKenny MAdrian Collazo and so on. See the flyer below for the full line up!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2275513155809451/

funky 4 u

Saturday night from 10pm we’ll be celebrating the one year anniversary of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio at DC House Grooves HQ. Hard to believe we’ve been at it for a full year! Tune in from 10pm using one of the links below for the finest in deep, underground and soulful house from me, Andy GrantKatrina MirRamirez.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613473862083418/
Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio

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Out on the town on Saturday, I recommend heading back to Flash for the amazing Move D, supported by former DC DJ, now MSP, Solomon Sanchez. In the Green Room, there’s another edition of DJ Nav‘s Uptown House Experience, with the man himself joined by Plastik People Records’ Marc Cotterell, flying all the way from Alberquerque, while  Jandro Keenan Orr keep things jumping in the bar.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1883545281716208/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1088958

move d solomon sanchez

This Sunday is all about Sunday Love LLS Fundraiser at Flash, featuring an amazing line up of local talent: J SwinkHeather FemiaMeegsRosenbergVanniety Kills. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so you’ll be partying for a great cause. You can also make a donation directly at www.SilvieLining.comSunday Love for LLS: you know it makes sense.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/366225373891440/
Donate: www.SilvieLining.com

Sunday love lls fundraiser

Sunday evening, also brings another chance to catch DJ Nav and Marc Cotterell opening things up for Saeed Younan and Anthony Attalla at Public Bar. Always a good time on Sundays at Public!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/212606729324630
Advanced Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/younan-music-presents-anthony-attalla-saeed-younan-marc-cotterell-dj-nav-b2b-tickets-45004221839

Of course, it goes without saying the Eighteenth Street Lounge is always worth your time on a Sunday. Each and every week!

That’s it for this week’s edition. I hope you can join me early at Flash this Friday…can’t wait to give those Funktion Ones and early work out. See you on the dance floor!