DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 14 to June 17

Just about recovered from another amazing weekend on the dance floor right here in the District, excited for the next one! Katrina Mir and I had an amazing time at U Street Music Hall on Saturday with the Deep Sugar crew, throwing down a set of pure disco bliss to get the party started. Wayne DavisLisa Moody and our very own local super star Ultra Naté, fresh off the plane from Ibiza, all brought their A games; the energy in that room was incredible! We may not have The Paradox anymore, but the legendary Deep Sugar magic is still intact. The high point of the evening was a live PA from house diva Dawn Tallman, and wow, did she deliver! Don’t take my word for it, check out the video below.

Huge thanks to Ultra for inviting me and Katrina to open the night, and to the whole Deep Sugar crew for their warmth, energy and professionalism, contributing to an amazing night for everyone! The next Deep Sugar is Lisa Moody‘s birthday celebration at Baltimore Sound Stage on June 30, with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne DavisThe Elders (miss you guys!), Michael Joyner and a live performance from Michelle Weeks. Mark it in your calendar and get your ass to Baltimore on June 30!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744454295653635/

So what am I so excited about for this weekend? Well apart from all the amazing events happening Thursday through Saturday (more on those soon), we’ve got the third edition of our Sunday rooftop charity event Beats Maneuver this Sunday, featuring none other that former  Smartbar resident Miles Maeda with support from Beats Maneuver residents yours truly Andy GrantKochi and local special guest Aaron Sparks. The weather was not our friend for the last Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep at Public Bar, but the forecast for Sunday is looking like sunshine all day long, so join us on the rooftop at Public for a pure house music workout in the sunshine to close out your weekend. If you find DC House Grooves a useful resource, if I’ve supported your events on these here pages, why not return the favor and come out and support Beats Maneuver? As always, we’ll donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, so it’s a great time for a great cause. We’re only charging $5 cover for this one, a great deal for a line up of this caliber. Please RSVP on the event page, and we’ll see you on the rooftop this Sunday!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/

beats maneuver miles maeda

Right, here are 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 the full list over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday June 14

Top Picks Friday June 15

Top Picks Saturday June 16

Top Picks Sunday June 17

Highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee and special guest Sarah Myers at  Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, I recommend heading up to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Reflections with the homies DJ Nav, Joe LSteve Kirn and Jandro. With a line up like that, you can’t go far wrong.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2083749088319908/

reflections

If what you’ve got in mind for Friday is the opposite of an intimate music session at Jimmys, then I’ve got just the thing for you. While I don’t usually include event at Echostage on these page, because let’s face it, they hardly quality as underground, I’ll make an exception for this Friday, as none other that the man, the legend, Carl Cox will be gracing the stage for an extended set with support from local hero Saeed YounanCarl Cox was resident at the first club I attended regularly back in the late eighties, the Zap Club in Brighton, England, and it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. $40 advanced tickets are still available, grab yours now.

Advanced tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carl-cox-ages-18-tickets-46667906966
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/205826446676528/

carl cox echostage

Up in Baltimore this Friday, the 4 Hours of Funk crew will be celebrating their 9 year (!) anniversary at The Windup Space.  Congrats to Graham Hatke and Fleg for keeping it going so long! If you’re in the neighborhood, put this one down on your list.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/173259580029466/

4 hours of funk 9 years

Saturday night, I recommend you kick off your evening at Flash, which hosts Traumer with support form Jus Nowhere and KayLaSoul. Up in the Green Room, it’s the debut of We Dig Vinyl, a celebration of music in my favorite medium. The debut event features We Dig Vinyl founders Elliott Sloan and Wade Hammes, alongside Joss. Please show your support! Down in the bar, it’s another edition of Juice with Jacq Jill and StrikeStone!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1113555
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/227158394718024/

traumer at flash

For afters on Saturday, head to the warehouse for ROAM Triple Threat Lisa x Jett x Juana, featuring  ROAM residents  DJ Lisa Frank and Jett Chandon  with Discwoman‘s Juana going back to back to back all night long. Advanced tickets are only $5 for what promises to be a quality late night / early morning at the spot.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1122410
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/198348277476612/

roam triple threat

Now I know you’re all coming out to support us at Beats Maneuver with Miles Maeda at  Public Bar on Sunday, but if you just want to kick back and listen to tunes in a social media free setting, I recommend checking out U Street Music Hall‘s new regular Sunday listening event The Universal Listening Room. Tunes from all genres from Will Eastman and guest selectors, played in their entirety, all night long. A great concept, which I hope will be a great success.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/228826481037884/

the universal listening room

That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. See you on the Public Bar rooftop this Sunday! Failing that, you know where to find us, same time, same place next week, for all the best info on what’s going down on the dance floor in Washington DC.

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Pride Weekend June 7 to June 10

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the torrential rain last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep. Sadly, the weather was not in our favor, but we appreciate all you hardy souls who came out despite the rain and threw a few shapes with us on the dance floor. Here’s hoping the sun will shine on the next Beats Maneuver rooftop charity event at Public Bar with Miles MaedaKochi, Andy Grant  and Aaron Sparks on Sunday June 17.  Hope you can join us!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/

beats maneuver miles maeda

On to this weekend, and it’s that time of year when DC celebrates Pride, and by the looks of things it’s going to be a busy weekend! As is tradition, our queer correspondent, The NeedleXchange‘s Tommy Cornelis  has put together an amazing guide to DC Pride 2018, so if you’re in town for Pride, I recommend you check out Tommy‘s guide:

DC House Grooves’ Guide to DC Pride 2018

Below you’ll find my regular DC House Grooves Top Picks post, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC Thursday through Sunday, both regular and Pride events. Before i get into the good stuff happening this weekend, I want to give a special mention to an event Katrina Mir and I are spinning at this weekend, Deep Sugar DC Pride 2018 “La Cage aux Folles” at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, featuring a very special live performance by Dawn Tallman, plus DJ sets from Ultra Naté Lisa MoodyWayne DavisKatrina Mir and I will be kicking off the evening with a B2B DC House Grooves opening set, setting the scene for the evening with some disco numbers to get your feet tapping and put a smile on your face. I hope you can join us! Advanced tickets are just $10, so grab yours now, and we’ll see you on the dance floor. Deep Sugar parties always have an incredible vibe, and this one promises to be one for the books!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1685043
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121458198646993/

deep sugar pride 2018

Just one more thing before the links to this week’s pics: a bit of music for you! Here’s the latest edition of Lars Behrenroth‘s Deeper Shades of House show, featuring a guest mix from yours truly. The first hour is Lars’ show, followed by my mix in the second hour. It’s an all vinyl mix featuring tracks from Fred PLoSoulNorm TalleyIron CurtisSon of SoundDJ Jus EdWaajeedDJ Aakmael, Inner SenseFranck Roger and more. I hope you like it!

OK, here’s the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Click the link for each day to see the list of events.

Top Picks Thursday June 7

Top Picks Friday June 8

Top Picks Saturday June 9

Top Picks Sunday June 10

As for this weekend’s highlights, I recommend you head over to Jimmy Valentine‘s on Thurday for Uptown House Experience with DJ NavJoe LAssociateTrev-ski, which promises a night of fantastic music from a serious bunch of heads!

Uptown house experience

Friday night, we’ll be kicking things off with a rare Friday night edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Tune in from 10pm ET using the links below.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/225170218287141/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Out on the town, I recommend heading to U Street Music Hall for Honey Sound System, Octo Octa & Outputmessage. Line ups don’t get much better than that!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1668953
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1985310398451371/

Or if something more eclectic is more your thing, head to Ten Tigers Parlour for Galaxy with DJ Fleg and Graham Hatke playing the very best funk, disco, boogie, classic hop hop, r&b, afrobeat, house and more on Ten Tigers‘ amazing Martin Audio sound system. This looks like the start of something special!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/373450539834239/

galaxy graham and fleg

On Saturday night, we obviously hope to see you at Deep Sugar at U Street Music Hall, but if you want to get down away from the craziness of U Street on Pride weekend, I recommend Deeper with District Soul at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, which sees the legendary Johnson Lee dust off his headphones and get back into the DJ game, with the capable assistance of DJ Stereophonik, reminiscing to the halcyon days of the District Soul forums, once a thriving online hub of the Washington DC house music scene, where like minded individuals hung out, harmoniously discussing their shared love of house music. Those who were there know what I’m talking about 😉 There won’t be a microwave DJ in sight this Saturday at Jimmy’s, and with no cover, the price is right!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/138931613635664/

deeper jimmys

For proper queer Pride afters action on Saturday, all roads lead to TNX Presents Local Motion, featuring an all star line up of local LGBTQ DJs: The NeedleXchange residents Bil ToddTommy CornelisBaronhawk DJ Lisa Frank, an epic pairing of two of our favorites StrikeStone! B2B Vanniety KillsAlex DB B2B Wolfblister, plus live performances from Salvadora DaliMajic Dyke, all delivered over a banging sound system courtesy of the Zapata Brothers. Advanced tickets highly recommended, only $15 over on Resident Advisor.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109849
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/377783022740954/

TNX Pride local motion

On Sunday, I recommend you close out the weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge for  Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Smudge in the main room, and Sunday Rooftop out on the patio with BenoitMiss I, coming in all the way from Romania.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/461945304236084/

sundays rooftop miss i benoit

Whew! That’s all I’ve got time for this weekend. Too many amazing events, and not enough time to do them all justice. I hope between Tommy‘s DC Pride 2018 post and my post right here, we’ve given you enough ideas to keep you grooving through the weekend. I’ll be back next week with 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. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 3 to May 6

Super fun time going B2B with my better half Katrina Mir in the Green Room at Flash on Friday. As usual, the rooftop was pretty much empty early on, but on the stroke of midnight the dance floor filled up and stayed that way until the music stopped. Huge thanks to the team at Flash for looking after us. We had a blast! You can check out the recording of the night over on the DC House Grooves SoundCloud Page. We stuck to the minimal grooves to start, but then things got interesting!

 

No gigs for me this weekend; I’ll be too busy on the dance floor celebrating my birthday! However, you can catch Katrina Mir spinning an all vinyl set at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, alongside resident Ramirez, performing a rare extended set.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/380873415760237/

playlist ramirez katrina mir

New Meet the Locals podcast this weekend, from relative newcomer to the DC electronic music community, Uzef. This one delivers 90 minutes of dreamy tech house groovers, taking some interesting turns along the way.

 

You can catch Uzef next at District Drop Inn on Friday May 11.

Ok, here’s my Top Picks for this weekend. Just click or tap the link for each day to see the full list of Top Picks for that day:

Top Picks Thursday May 3

Top Picks Friday May 4

Top Picks Saturday May 5

Top Picks Sunday May 6

Right… need to wrap this up quick so I can get on with the business of celebrating my birthday! Yeah, Happy Birthday to me. Way older that I care to admit, and struggling to rationalize my actual age with how old I feel. Definitely old enough to know better, but not prepared to grow up just yet. But I digress. Some big things happening this weekend, and I figured I’d give a shout out to the events where you might just catch me throwing a few shapes in defiance of middle age.

First up, DC’s current go-to rooftop El Techo will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo weekend and the opening up of their rooftop deck with DJs all weekend, Friday through Sunday. Reading like a who’s who of the local electronic music community, you can be sure of great music at El Techo all weekend long. Check the event page below for full details, and be prepared to wait in line for your spot on the rooftop.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1935600569806210

opening parties cinco de mayo el techo

Friday night, I’ll be kicking off the night at Flash supporting my brothers  Kochi  and  markinthedark at Vibe in the Flash Bar, and will be sure to make some moves on the club level with Rush Plus and the Green Room with Steve Kirn and Mike Harvey.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/574968519534682/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1097336

focus flash marcel dettman rush plus

Later on, I’ll be heading to everyone’s favorite secret location for Love Notes with Love Notes from Brooklyn label boss Nathaniel Jay celebrating the release of LVNO-14, Sidewinder by Derek Carr, with support from DJ Nav and Joe L, all delivering the goods on the mighty Grand Ancestor Sound System. With something like 50 years of DJ experience between them, these cats are guaranteed to make you move. I’m designating this my official birthday celebration, so if you want to celebrate with me, or maybe give me that super special birthday gift, you know where to find me!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067630300052644/

love notes

Saturday night, I’ll be scooping myself up off the couch to head back to the warehouse to support my brother from another mother RamirezTeam Zapata at Late Night MischiefEarly Morning Love. With these OGs at the controls, you know you’re gonna get a proper dance floor workout. Two nights of musical bliss with the Grand Ancestor Sound System! Can’t wait.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1229292427201964

late night mischief early morning love ramirez team zapata

Saturday night also brings another edition of Resident Nights at Flash, where the club is turned over, top to bottom, to our talented local DJs. On the club level, Sarah MyersMazi R and markinthedark will be at the controls, while Edo and Charles Martin work the Green Room, and down in the bar, Roukin and Friends features   RoukinDonnerstagThe Barber Streisand and Raptorstein. Quality on all three floors. Locals do it better!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/245129726227282/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1106491

resident nights sarah myers mazi r

Sadly I don’t think I’ll make it to Baltimore on Saturday, but I gotta give a shout to my Deep Sugar family, who are back at it with the after hours action at Factory 17, with a line up featuring Ultra NatéLisa Moody, and an opening set from Jordan Pope. If you’re in Baltimore, look no further for real house music and vibes for days!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675770772510367/

deep sugar after hours

Sunday, I’ll no doubt be taking it easy, but between The House that U Built at El TechoSunday Love with MonolinkDJ Meegs and Tim Glusko at Flash and ESL Sunday with Sam The Man BurnsThe Metaphysical and Hold Tight with Martín Miguel Heights, I’m sure you’ll find somewhere to lose yourself in the music.

That’s everything for this week. Don’t forget to check the Top Picks links… plenty of other great events that I just don’t have time to write about. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with news and info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 15 to March 18

Kicking off this week’s post with a new Meet the Locals Podcast from yours truly, Andy Grant, recorded live at a recent event in Washington DC:

 

So what about this weekend? Well, first of all, here are the links to this week’s Top Picks. You know the drill, clicking the link takes you to a Facebook search results page listing all my Top Picks for each day. Make sure you come back though! All my highlights listed below.

Top Picks Thursday March 15

DC House Grooves Top Pick

Top Picks Friday March 16

Top Picks Saturday March 17

Top Picks Sunday March 18

For DC House Grooves action this weekend, tune in to the DC House Grooves show on  Underground Quality Radio this Saturday from 10pm ET for quality underground grooves from me, Andy GrantKatrina Mir and DJ Ramirez. Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the right vibe for your Saturday night.

DC House Grooves Show Tune in Video
DC House Grooves Show Tune in Audio

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Then on Sunday night, in partnership with the good people at Public Bar, we’re kicking off a new event series, the DC House Grooves Local DJ Showcase. The inaugural event features three top local DJs, Katrina MirJubilee and DJ Kochi, spinning the finest underground house, tech house and minimal grooves on the covered rooftop at Public Bar, and best of all, there’s no cover! Please come support us at our first event at Public Bar. If we can make this a success, there’ll be more events showcasing the great local DJ talent DC has to offer.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/154440348702215/

local dj showcase

Almost out of time here, but a quick shout out to a couple of  other essential events this weekend. On Friday night, all roads lead to Flash for Back 2 Basics with house legend Lil’ Louis with support form Benoit, with OGs Joe L and LoveGrove in the Green Room  and  Jacq JillPhilco in the bar. One serious line up, top to bottom. Lil’ Louis has a real special place in house music history for me; I remember as if it were yesterday hearing Lil’ Louis‘ classic French Kiss for the first time in a club in St Tropez, France in the summer of 1989. It was like nothing I’d ever heard before, and it completely blew me away. Fast forward many years to Detroit in 2013, and DJ Tennis dropped it in his set at TV Lounge, and it had the very same effect. Simply incredible. DC is in for a treat this Friday when Lil Louis graces the decks at Flash, and no mistake. Dress to sweat! Kudos to Flash for the ridiculous quality of the house bookings lately. Keep them coming! Advanced tickets highly recommended.

Advanced tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2Eu5qk
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/204262293649335/

back 2 basics lil louis

Saturday night, head to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club to get down for a great cause, as JandroSteve KirnDJ Ramirez bring the heat at Reflections to raise money for  the Puerto Rico Disaster Fund. It’s gonna be an incredible night at Jimmy’s with these guys at the controls! You never know, there may even be an afters, too, so you can really make a night of it.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593178287463473/

reflections

Also on Saturday night, if you are in Baltimore or are prepared to make the trip, Deep Sugar is back at Baltimore Soundstage celebrating Ultra Naté‘s birthday at Return to the Emerald City, featuring Black Stereo Faith live and sets from Ultra NatéLisa MoodyQuentin HarrisDJ Spen and Mookie Brock. It’s a costume ball, so get decked out in your finest emerald green outfit and get ready to dance! Deep Sugar crowds are always the best, and everyone is welcome. Good vibes guaranteed!

Advanced Tickets: https://www.baltimoresoundstage.com/event/1623776
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/332856273860476/

deep sugar emerald city

That’s all I’ve got time for this week. Have another amazing weekend on the dance floor, and come back next week for info on all the best parties in and around Washington DC.