DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 12 to July 15

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us in the Flash Bar on Saturday for the second part of our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebration. It’s always kinda slow in the bar, but as always the last hour or two was crazy! Let’s face it, with Patrice Scott and Benoit in the Green Room and Giles Smith & James Priestly  of  Secretsundaze on the club level, there was tough competition for dancers, so I don’t think we did too badly. A testament to the world class quality talent Flash is booking, week in, week out. Big thanks to the team at Flash for inviting us to play. Katrina and I truly appreciate it. Massive thanks also to  Vanniety Kills for inviting me to play at The House That U Built at El Techo on Sunday, to the whole team at El Techo, and to all the dancers who joined us on the rooftop. After an amazing set from Juana, I had a really special time breaking out the soulful house and disco as the sun set on a beautiful day! Thank you so much to everyone involved. Hoping to post the recording soon! Look out for the next The House That U Built with Vanniety KillsSam Burns and Kochi coming up in August.

The big news announced this week is the Blispop Disco Fest coming up on August 31 and September 1 at 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall, featuring a line up to die for, with Giorgio Moroder, ClaptoneHoly Ghost, Horsemeat DiscoUltra Naté, Nancy Whang, François KJuan MacleanJacques Renault and locals Eau ClaireCharles Feelgood, the Sleaze DJsOzker Will Eastman. How many legit legends on that line up?  A serious weekend of music right there! The only problem now is deciding whether to attend the 9:30 Club line up or the U Street Music Hall line up. Now, with line ups of that calibre, it ain’t going to be cheap, but if you move fast, you can grab discounted 2 day passes for both the 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall.

Blisspop Disco Fest 9:30 Club 2 Day Pass:  http://bit.ly/BDF930
Blisspop Disco Fest U Street Music Hall 2 Day pass: http://bit.ly/BDFUHALL

Better move fast, though! Discounted passes go off sale Thursday July 12 at 9am!

blisspop disco fest

Back to this weekend, and we here at DC House Grooves have some big news of our own. This Sunday we’re partnering with Roots & SpiritsVibe and Public Bar for another edition of Beats Maneuver, and this Sunday we’ve got an epic line up featuring Chicago’s DJ Heather with support from Team Zapata and residents Kochi Katrina Mir. This one’s shaping up to be the best one yet, and we couldn’t be more excited! Proper house music, rooftop vibes, and best of all, it’s completely FREE! That’s right, no cover all night long for a line up of top class talent. Doesn’t get much better! The needle drops at 6pm…see you there, bright and early, and let’s see in the new week on the dance floor!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/407928499720460/

Beats Maneuver dj heather

For a taste of what to expect on Sunday, tune in to the a DC House Grooves special edition of the WTF?! Radio Show on Friday from 5pm at www.sugarshackrecordings.com. Quality tunes from myself, Katrina MirRamirez and Kochi to get your Friday night started off right!

WTF?! Radio Show with DC House Grooves at 5pm on Friday

New Meet the Locals Podcast alert! Episode #71 features none other than DC’s favorite sound guy, Jackson Pro Audio‘s Tim Jackson aka Hightower with a quality hour long house groover. Perfect material to get you warmed up for the weekend.

 

Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks, as we’ve got some great podcasts lined up. Solid techno from Steve Kirn for episode #72, then something super special for #73. Can’t wait!

Right, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links. You know the drill, just click each link to see my Top Picks for that day over on Facebook. Worth taking the time, as there are some great events this weekend!

Top Picks Thursday July 12

Top Picks Friday July 13

Top Picks Saturday July 14

Top Picks Sunday July 15

Highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee Discuji at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, I recommend kicking things off with Sunset Chill 3: Return of the Chill at the Olde City Farm & Garden, then either checking out Todd Terry with Kundalini at U Street Music Hall, or heading up Ten Tigers Parlour to celebrate the release of Analog Tara‘s Fundamentals EP on 1432R Records. Expect a quality DJ set from label bosses Sami%SuYung, and a live set from Analog Tara. One for the heads!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802538633171591/

analog tara 1432r

Saturday afternoon, all the cool kids will be heading to the Anacostia Park Roller Skate Pavilion for the second edition of Skate Fever with music from and all-star local line up featuring BenoitHot CoffeeDJ Soul and DC House Grooves’ very own Katrina Mir. There’s no cover, skate rental is free with ID, and it is family friendly. The perfect way to spend a summer Saturday afternoon! See you there.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253687668511750/

skate fever

Saturday night’s highlight is an epic double header from FlashNomad featuring a serious line up of musical talent. Kicking things off at Flash, the V.sions Pre-Party features Berlin’s  Thomas MelchiorTaimur Agha headline the club level with support from Navbox, while Mazi RJubilee hold things down open to close in the Green Room and Steve Kirn & Juana keep the vibe locked in the bar.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1129101
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1829817800647243/

thomas melchior at flash

Then for afters, all roads lead to the warehouse for NomanDNT present V.sions with  MollyDJ MasdaNavboxTaiga & special guests delivering the goods on the banging Grand Ancestor Sound System until sunrise and possibly beyond. Always a good time at the warehouse! Serious business all round.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1131703
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2038373323080977

visions molly masda

For something a bit more intimate on Saturday night, check out DJ LoveGrove‘s birthday throwdown at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, featuring LoveGrove himself with support from Lexus King and Guillermo Giraldo. The perfect choice for quality tunes away from the crowds.

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Another great option for Saturday night is Summer Solstice Part 2 with Shelter‘s Mark Francis bringing the heat alongside Andrew Hogans  and Chosen at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Lounge. The party kicks off at 7pm and runs until 3am. Real house music for the heads.

Advance tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-solstice-part-2-tickets-47388970687
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2091461871101582/

summer solstice Part 2

Sunday, you know where to go. Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather Team Zapata is where its at! That’s it for this week’s post. I’ll be back next week with all the usual info on the best underground events in town. You know it makes sense! See you on the dance floor.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 31 to June 3

Wow! Amazing times on the rooftop at Public Bar on Memorial Day Sunday at the first edition of Beats ManeuverGigi Testa threw down an amazing set of serious house vibes with classics a plenty, while supporting DJs KayLaSoulAndrew Hogans, RamirezKochiKatrina Mir and yours truly all brought their A games, keeping that dance floor jumping for 12 hours straight. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support this first collaboration between Roots & SpiritsVibeDC House Grooves and Public Bar, and a very special thanks to the team at Public Bar who worked hard throughout the event to make sure everything ran smoothly. If you couldn’t make it on Memorial Day Sunday, the great news is that we’re back at it this coming Sunday with our second edition of Beats Maneuver, this time featuring Trinidadian Deep (Prescription Future Vision), with support from Mate MasieNeko Berg and resident Ramirez, and for this one we’re only charging $5 cover on the door open to close! That’s right, a seriously hot lineup, a fantastic rooftop venue, and only $5 cover. We hope you can make it to Beats Maneuver at Public Bar this Sunday for what promises to be another amazing night on the rooftop! Doors open at 6pm.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1063985653760447/

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OK, shameless promotion of my shit out of the way, here are the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring 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 my list of Top Picks for that day.

Top Picks Thursday May 31

Top Picks Friday June 1

Top Picks Saturday June 2

Top Picks Sunday June 3

As always, an amazing set of events to choose from. Thursday night’s highlights include  Playlist with Jubilee and special guest Mazi R at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while at Flash, the Cadence crew return with a spectacular line up headlined by drum and bass legend LTJ BukemRobert ManosT.R.A.C., with local support from Vanniety KillsTim Jackson and Blak Lotus. Up in the Green Room, Aaron SparksMikey Dubs and the mighty Team Zapata keep the house music vibes strong open to close. Sounds like a proper celebration for the birthday trifecta Jen JacksonAaron Sparks and Vanniety Kills! A very Happy Birthday to you all from DC House Grooves!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1674034
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075122922752461/

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Firday night, Flash looks like a great bet, with Marsian LIVE (Marc Houle & Sian) in the main room,  Sarah Myers and Juan Zapata open to close in the Green Room, and funk, boogie, disco and soul from Trev-skiHaz of the MoDERN CLASS crew in the bar.

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KN1lGZ
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/170343593652184/

marsian live at flash

Saturday evening, I recommend checking out a new concept from Raptorstein, featuring chill music vibes and fire performances as the sun goes down, the Sunset & Chill Fire Jam & Dance Party with RaptorsteinAnandroidZamkov, plus performances from  Revolutionary Motion and Ardiente. Hosted at the Olde City Farm on Rhode Island Avenue, and only $5 cover all night, this promises to be a super chill way to get your Saturday night off to a great start.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418285918276046/

sunset & chill

Saturday evening,  Eighteenth Street Lounge looks hot, with my old college pal Dicky Trisco flying in all the way from Dundee, Scotland, to hold things down on the patio open to close.

ESL Saturday

Flash also looks like a great bet, with Amir JavasoulNavbox and Throe bringing the heat on the club level, while Zamkov Philco keep things jumping in the Green Room, and Jandro Hakob do their thing in the bar. Quality on all three floors, as always.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1110352 
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695240223928696/

amir javasoul at flash

For after hours action on Saturday, all roads lead to ROAM Barely Legal, which sees the ROAM crew celebrating their 18th event in style, with another world-class line up featuring Dr Rubinstein, local hero Max D of Beautiful SwimmersFuture Times  fame, TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis, Taiga & Oliver Caine. As always, there’ll be banging Martin Audio sound, zero tolerance for assholery and guaranteed vibes all round.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1097475
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1995995063761906

roam barely legal

On Sunday, I’d obviously love it if you came out to support us on the rooftop at Public Bar for the second edition of Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep, but there are a few other great options. If I wasn’t busy with Beats Maneuver, I’d be sure to check out The House That U Built at El Techo with a classic THTUB all-star line up, including Sam BurnsThe Elders and Vanniety Kills, and I’d be sorely tempted to get myself a ticket to the Soundwaves Boat Party with NDATL‘s Kai Alcé and Benoit B2B Edo. Always a magical time on the Soundwaves boat, and with Kai Alcé at the helm, you know you’re in good hands, Advanced tickets will sell out for this one, so be sure to grab one now to reserve your spot on deck.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1111631
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1883738061670156/

soundwaves boat party kai alce

If you end up on the boat, you’ll have plenty of time to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep after the boat docks at 9.30pm. The perfect way to close out an amazing weekend on the dance floor!

That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. I’ll be back, same time, same place next week with everything you need to know about what’s good on the dance floor right here in Washington DC.

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

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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!