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/

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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/

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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.

jimmy vs

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 July 5 to July 8

Just got back from a few hours at the 628 Boys x ROAM Daytime BBQ, chilling to sets from Grand Ancestor‘s Yola and Hot Coffee delivered on the impeccable Grand Ancestor system, with Juan Zapata working the grill like he werks a set of decks. A perfect way to spend the afternoon this fine July 4, but I had to leave before I got too comfortable! Would have been all too easy to stay there late into the night, but sadly had to tear myself away to go get stuff done. After all, these posts don’t write themselves! Thanks to everyone who braved the heat last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Yuko Jikido! It wasn’t the best turn out we’ve had, but that makes us appreciate those who did show up all the more! You guys rock. Yuko really delivered the goods, and those who were there really made the most of it on the dance floor! Huge props also to RamirezKatrina Mir and Joe L for their amazing sets. Katrina in particular deserves a medal for delivering an epic three hour all vinyl set in that heat! Can’t wait until our next Beats Maneuver event on July 15 with Chicago’s DJ Heather and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be the best one yet! Here’s hoping the temperature is just a few degrees lower.

RSVP & Info: Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather & Team Zapata

Look out for the flyer, coming soon! Speaking of Beats Maneuver, here’s my set opening for Miles Maeda at Public Bar on June 17. One of my signature all vinyl sets for getting those feet tappin’ on the dance floor, featuring tracks from the likes of Seafoam, Alton Miller, Inner City, Crakazat, DJ Romain, Mr Fingers, Telfort, Norm Talley, Adesse Versions, Ben Rau, Javontte, Mike Huckaby, Stacy Kidd, LoSoul, Slam and more. Headphones on and press play!

 

Busy weekend coming up for us here at DC House Grooves. Friday night, we’ll be jamming live on the Internets on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality. Myself,  Katrina Mir and Ramirez throwing down the very best in underground house music for a few hours, kicking off at 10pm ET.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/188184328701713/

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On Saturday night we’ll be hosting part 2 of our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations in the Flash Bar, throwing back a few drinks and spinning a few records to commemorate 4 years of weekly DC House Grooves Top Picks posts, just one part of an incredible Saturday lineup at Flash, including Giles Smith and James Priestly  from  Secretsundaze on the club level, and Benoit and a very special guest in the Green Room. If you read DC House Grooves on the regular, if you’ve ever connected with your dance floor through these posts, stop by for a drink and a dance with us as Flash on Saturday. There’s no cover for the bar, just walk right in and start grooving! Make sure you stop by the booth and say hi.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1121392
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207392003407892/

secretsundaze at flash

Then on Sunday, I’ll be joining local DJ heroes Vanniety Kills, Juana (Discwoman) and StrikeStone! for another edition of The House that U Built at DC’s go-to rooftop spot El Techo. Just looking at the image below brings back incredible memories of the . legendary The House that U Built parties at The Brixton and Dirty Bar in years gone by. Captures the vibe perfectly! Surprisingly, this will be my debut at El Techo, and I really can’t wait. The House that U Built is always a good time, and I’m honored to be on the line up. No cover and the food and drinks are top notch.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/720655994992531/

The House that U Built

Many amazing events to choose from this weekend. As usual, I’ve shared everything worth checking out on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. Just click the handy links below to see the list for each day over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday July 5

Top Picks Friday July 6

Top Picks Saturday July 7

Top Picks Sunday July 8

No time to do them all justice, but Pan-Pot with Oliver Caine at Flash  is a great choice for techno this Thursday, and the Sleaze crew are at it at Wonderland again this Thursday with Our Country ‘Tis of Sleaze. Friday night’s line up at Flash looks smoking, too, with Poker Flat‘s Steve Bug supported by Jandro on the club level, Zamkov and Hot Coffee in the Green Room, and Juana and Mike Harvey in the Flash Bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1710921
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/196990841126589/

Of course, if you don’t feel like going out on Friday, you can always tune into the DC House Grooves Show 🙂

Saturday afternoon, I recommend heading over the Anacostia Skate Park for the first  Skate Fever, featuring the finest soul, funk, house, disco and R&B on roller skates, with music from  ChosenDJ SoulDJ OjiH’dm and DJ Housecat. Family friendly, and best of all, it’s free! Our very own Katrina Mir is playing at the nest Skate Fever on July 15, and we can’t wait to check it out this Saturday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641720175926847/

skate fever

Saturday night, you’ll be joining us at Flash for our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations, right? For after hours moves this Saturday, head to everyone’s favorite sweat box for LENG x Club Cuttlefish present Tygapaw & DJ Technics with support from BaronhawkDjoser b2b Benbo and Sleepy G b2b Dj Freez. Quality through and through, all delivered on the epic Grand Ancestor sound system. Bring a fan!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1124044
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/307178853150144/

tygapaw dj technics

Also on Saturday, if you’re visiting us at Flash, make sure you make time to pop into El Techo for Art Lure with SymmetricalCharles Martin and Meszenjah. Quality tunes all afternoon and into the night.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1574560559339572/

art lure

Sunday night after The House that U Built at El Techo, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns weekly residency, and Sundays’ Rooftop  with  Detroit’s Patrice Scott & resident Benoit. Quality vibes to deliver you into Monday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967289099957014/

sundays rooftop patrice scott

That’s it for this week. Hope to see you out and about over the weekend. If you run into me, make sure you say hi. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with all the best info on what’s what on the dance floor in Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 5 to April 8

Another week, another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. I didn’t make it out much last weekend, although I did make an appearance at Playlist on Thursday to catch my brothers JubileeRamirez and special guest Sarah Myers on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Amazing music and amazing vibe all night! If you’re looking for quality, deep, underground grooves on a Thursday night, you can’t go far wrong with Playlist.

Here are the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Another serious line up of amazing events to keep you dancing all weekend:

Top Picks Thursday April 5

Top Picks Friday April 6

Top Picks Saturday April 7

Top Picks Sunday April 8

You can catch me and Katrina Mir this Friday back in the Green Room at Flash alongside  Sarah Myers and special guest George:ev as part of an epic Friday night line up that includes Francesca Lombardo and Jus Nowhere on the club level, and another edition of MoDERN CLASS bringing the boogie down in the in the bar with Sean RowlandsHazGraham Hatke Trev-ski. Gonna be a really special night! Advanced tickets are just $12. Grab yours now!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1089951
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2031395830437771/

francesca lombardo

Another great option for quality locals action this Friday is Slammin’ All Night with Beautiful Swimmers’ Max DJackson Ryland and Joe L over at Jimmy Valentine’s. Proper underground grooves all night, no cover.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593615900707743/

slammin all night

Then for afters on Friday, it’s another edition of Late Night MischiefEarly Morning Love, featuring Fred Everything with Team Zapata and Aaron Sparks. Serious Grooves,  Grand Ancestor Sound. ‘Nuff said! Advanced tickets just $15.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1088896
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597866030331908/

late night mischief

Saturday night, DC House Grooves‘ Katrina Mir joins Vanniety Kills Sabeel Chohan for Ladies of the Underground at El Techo. Quality underground beats with fine Mexican eats; wherever you’re headed this Saturday, make sure you stop by El Techo for a drink and a groove with the ladies. You know they’ll be bringing the heat!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989810927939781/

ladies of the underground

Saturday night also brings the first edition of a new party concept from Select DC  and  SequenceAftermarket featuring Toronto’s Ciel, JuanaSleepy GBil Todd and  Tommy Cornelis. An incredible line up delivering the goods on the impeccably tuned  Grand Ancestor Sound System; all the ingredients for an epic undergrounder! Advanced tickets are recommended, only $17 over on Resident Advisor. Worth every penny!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1082552
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/501443736919408/

aftermarket ciel

Sunday brings another edition of Sunday Love at Flash, featuring CansonSarah Myers  Philco. Pro tip: there’s no cover if you RSVP here 

Also on Sunday, Eighteenth Street Lounge closes out the weekend with Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Keenan Orr, and Hold Tight with Tilman and Martín Miguel. Always a great way to close out your weekend!

ESL Sunday

That’s everything for this week. I’ll be back next week with another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. See you back here, same time, same place!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 29 to April 1

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us in the Green Room at Flash last Friday. You were an amazing crowd! It was great to see a bunch of students from Georgetown University coming out to support DC House Grooves. You guys were on the dance floor pretty much open to close, really helping inspire us, making for a very special night! Major thanks to Flash for hosting us, and an extra special thanks to everyone on the Flash team for looking after us and making sure the night ran smoothly. It really makes a difference. Here’s the full recording of the night, over 5.5 hours of underground goodness:

 

You can catch the DC House Grooves crew again this Saturday on the DC House Grooves show on Underground Quality Radio. Tune in from 10pm ET on the  Underground Quality Radio Facebook Page, or the Underground Quality website.

Tune in video: https://www.facebook.com/UQRADIOSHOW/
Tune in audio only: http://bit.ly/UQRadio

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Ok, here are the links to all my Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to view the list over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday March 29

Top Picks Friday March 30

Top Picks Saturday March 31

Top Picks Sunday April 1

Highlights for this weekend: Thursday night, head to Playlist with JubileeRamirez & special guest Sarah Myers at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Always the best place for proper deep grooves from talented local DJs on a Thursday night!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/786985264840715

playlist with jubilee ramirez sarah myers

On Friday, head to Flash for the legendary Dixon supported by Solomon Sanchez. Also at Flash on Friday, Mazi R Jus Nowhere bring the heat in the Green Room, while in the bar Jive 100 features Mike HarveyEli CashJames CC dropping the underground joints open to close. I won’t tell a lie, door tax is going to be steep with Dixon on the line up, but you can always groove for free in the bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1070315
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/160627141254490/

Flash friday dixon

Saturday night, there’s so much good stuff, I don’t even know where to start. I guess I’ll kick things back at Flash, where it’s another edition of our favorite of Flash‘s club nights,  Resident Nights. Why is it our favorite? Because Flash hands things over to an all local line up, giving our talented local DJs an opportunity to shine on that amazing Funktion One system. On the club level, Charles Martin and Samantha Francesca return alongside  Jacq Jill for what’s sure to be an amazing night of music, while in the Green Room, Tim GluskoDJ Meegs and Andrew Garcia keep things jumping all night long. In the bar, it’s another edition of Vortex featuring Taylor HawksLyceum and Daasnomem. All locals on all floors!

Advanced tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2I6kySF
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/823932151140481/

flash resident nights

Down the street at U Street Music Hall, local super stars Ultra Naté Lisa Moody once again bring that  Deep Sugar magic to DC, fresh off their recent trip to Miami. You can be sure they’ll be packing that Miami heat for what’s sure to be another amazing night on the U Hall dance floor!

Advanced tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2DPyPVm
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/424062034680235/

deep sugar dc saturday

For those looking for something minimal, underground after hours action, seek out  Traces with Herodot (Unanim / Sunrise / Toi Toi) and locals JubileeJus Nowhere at a secret location in DC. This one’s going to be really special, so grab your tickets now!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1073544
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1642137719165263/

traces herodot

For quality house music this Sunday, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, and a very special Sundays Rooftop bringing together the Sunday residents BenoitPhilcoMartín Miguel for night of serious deep grooves on the patio.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2160259730875130/

sundays residents

For the very best in tech house and techno this Sunday, head next door to the rooftop at   Public Bar for Younan Music presents Rooftop Sessions with Stefano Noferini, local hero Saeed Younan and an opening set from Mina. Advanced tickets at just $10, so grab yours now!

Advanced tickets: http://bit.ly/PublicbarApril
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1094895070653538/

younan rooftop sessions public

That’s everything for this week. Make sure you check all the Top Pick links above. As always, so much going on this week, I don’t have time to do it justice. Wherever you end up, have an amazing time, and you never know, I may well see you on the dance floor.