DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House & Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Christmas Weekend December 21 to December 24

The results are in, and I’m happy to announce that Andrew Strain is the winner of Round 2 of the DC House Grooves Flash free ticket giveaway for New Year’s Eve at Flash with  Archie HamiltonChez DamierEddie CM.A.N.D.Y. [Philipp Jung & Patrick Bodmer],  Matthew Dearpunisher and many more. Please check your Facebook messages for details on how to collect your prize. If you’re reading this and you’ve missed out in Round 1 and Round 2, you’ve got one more chance to win a pair of free tickets worth $120. For round 3, I’m going back to the tried and tested prize draw approach from Round 1. Just click the link below, fill out your full name and email address, and we’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, December 27 at 7pm. Please make sure you use the name on your ID and a real email address, as the winner will be notified by email.

I want a chance to win a pair of tickets to FLASH NYE 2018

If you’re planning on going to Flash on New Year’s Eve and don’t have your tickets already, I recommend you grab yours now rather than leave it to chance. $50 tickets are still available which is a great deal for 26 hours of serious vibes from some of the best in the business.

Lots of great parties being announced as we approach New Year’s Eve. I’ll be posting everything up on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page as I hear about them, and I’ll be including them all in a very special New Year’s Eve edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks next week. Always a good move to get your tickets well in advance for New Year’s Eve, as many events will sell out.

Still waiting on a few Meet the Locals podcasts that have been promised to me, so you’ll just have to make do with the recording from last Friday’s all vinyl WTF?! Show with me,  Kochi Katrina Mir. Five hours of quality grooves served up fresh from the wax.

 

Fairly quiet out there this weekend, what with people leaving town for the holidays and all, but there’s still some good stuff going down. If you’re into music production, I recommend heading to Headroom at Flash on Thursday to hear what local producers have been up to, then head upstairs to catch the Transit crew taking over Preview Happy Hour up in the Green Room. Later on Thursday, the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge is the place to be for Playlist with Jubilee Ramirez.

Another amazing Friday night line up at Flash, with Halo Varga, Nu Zau & Sepp & Jubilee in the main room, Alan Nieves, Wade Hammes, Zamkov & O. Martinez in the Green Room and Hugo Zapata, Samantha Francesca & HOT COFFEE in the Flash Bar. Well worth your time. Before heading to Flash, make sure you stop by El Techo across the street for a drink and a bite to eat while Markinthedark and Sarah Myers keep things warm and toasty behind the decks.

Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on a very special festive edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, with me, RamirezKatrina Mir. Not exactly sure what’ll be so festive about it. Maybe I’ll wear a Santa hat or something. I can guarantee quality, deep, underground vibes to either get your Saturday night off to a great start or close out your Saturday night if you’re staying in.  Out on the town in DC, the  Beautiful Swimmers‘ holiday party at Ten Tigers Parlour looks like your best bet, with our hometown heroes at the musical controls open to close.

Beautiful Swimmers All Night Long at Ten Tigers Parlour

For those who know, word has it there’s some quality afters action to be found, but it’s all hush hush and off the record. The really big news on Saturday, however, is Deep Sugar‘s Dance for Peace Holiday Party at Baltimore Sound Stage with all your Deep Sugar favorites Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne Davis, The Elders & a very special guest appearance by Kenny Bobien. If you’ve been missing your Deep Sugar fix, this is your chance to get down with the crew at what promises to be a memorable Christmas shindig. Don’t plan on going late, DC style; the party starts at 6pm and goes until 2am. You’ve got to be fashionably early for this one!

Deep Sugar "Dance For Peace" Christmas Party with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Kenny Bobien at Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore

With Eighteenth Street Lounge taking Sunday off due to Christmas Eve, all roads lead to Public Bar for Christmas Eve shenanigans at Sintimate Rooftop Sessions with Joeski B2B Saeed Younan and opening sets from  Sabeel Chohan & Fred Mas.

Wherever you end up this weekend, have a very Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you back here next week for our New Year’s Eve special. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday December 21

DC House Grooves Top PickHeadroom 02.03 at Flash

headroom

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/127165304627981/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Happy Hour Transit Takeover at Flash

Preview Happy Hour Transit Takeover at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142720759163695/

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

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse Music Happy Hour with Tim Eure at Bravo Bravo

House Music Happy Hour with Tim Eure at Bravo Bravo

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404366212943930/

Friday December 22

DC House Grooves Top PickHalo Varga, Nu Zau & Sepp, Jubilee at Flash, with Alan Nieves, Wade Hammes, Zamkov & O. Martinez in the Green Room and Hugo Zapata, Samantha Francesca & HOT COFFEE in the Flash Bar

Halo Varga, Nu Zau & Sepp, Jubilee at Flash, with Alan Nieves, Wade Hammes, Zamkov & O. Martinez in the Green Room and Hugo Zapata, Samantha Francesca & HOT COFFEE in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/133525507267691/

DC House Grooves Top PickTecho Tekno with Markinthedark & Sarah Myers at El Techo

J Swink, JP Jed, RODD & Tim Glusko at El Techo

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/4352185508252986/

DC House Grooves Top PickLongest & Darkest Friday with Mikhail Pruidze, Steve Kirn, Jandro & Ba Gha at Studio Ga Ga

Longest & Darkest Friday with Mikhail Pruidze, Steve Kirn, Jandro & Ba Gha at Studio Ga Ga

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1870869283223638/

DC House Grooves Top PickTim Cook and Will Johnston at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Tim Cook and Will Johnston at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/514830812233529/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with Empresarios Sound System, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Jerome Baker at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Empresarios Sound System, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Jerome Baker at Eighteenth Street LoungeInfo: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Saturday December 23

DC House Grooves Top PickDC House Grooves Show #15 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio

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RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/173945226534034/

DC House Grooves Top PickBeautiful Swimmers All Night Long at Ten Tigers Parlour

Beautiful Swimmers All Night Long at Ten Tigers Parlour

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/385219988602541/

DC House Grooves Top PickBehrouz with Ragab at Flash, with Brad Piff & Umarov in the Green Room and Dean Samars, Tim Cook & JP Jed in the Flash Bar

Behrouz with Ragab at Flash, with Brad Piff & Umarov in the Green Room and Dean Samars, Tim Cook & JP Jed in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1972005116413202/

DC House Grooves Top PickDeep Sugar “Dance For Peace” Christmas Party with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Kenny Bobien at Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore

Deep Sugar "Dance For Peace" Christmas Party with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & Kenny Bobien at Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1704621636223038/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Saturday with Thomas Blondet, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkers at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Thomas Blondet, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkers at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickArtLure at Mellow Mushroom (Winter Solstice Edition) with Derreuq, Joel Blumenthal, Blinkhorn, Symmetrical, Ydentiti Crisis at Mellow Mushroom

ArtLure at Mellow Mushroom (Winter Solstice Edition) with Derreuq, Joel Blumenthal, Blinkhorn, Symmetrical, Ydentiti Crisis at Mellow Mushroom

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/393223191107924/

DC House Grooves Top PickHeavy Rotation: Holiday Edition with Adrian Collazo, Steven Swann & Kenny M at The Black Cat

Heavy Rotation: Holiday Edition with Adrian Collazo, Steven Swann & Kenny M

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/969639656523544/

DC House Grooves Top PickObsidian presents: Housework at Factory 17, Baltimore

Obsidian presents: Housework at Factory 17, Baltimore

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1370811993028254/

Sunday December 24 Christmas Eve

DC House Grooves Top PickYounan Music Presents Sintimate Rooftop Sessions with Joeski B2B Saeed Younan, Sabeel Chohan & Fred Mas at Public Bar

Younan Music Presents Sintimate Rooftop Sessions with Joeski B2B Saeed Younan, Sabel Chohan & Fred Was at Public Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/135383290501077/

DC House Grooves Top PickJingles & Dreidels Holiday Dance Party at Sticky Rice DC

Jingles & Dreidels Holiday Dance Party at Sticky Rice DC

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423544267758173/

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks September 7 to September 10

Fun times over Labor Day Weekend! The DC House Grooves crew had a quality session on Underground Quality Radio on Saturday night, then on Sunday night we headed to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Reflections with  Baronhawk, Jandro, Steve KirnSamantha Francesca and our very own Katrina Mir. Sadly I arrived too late to catch Jandro and the mighty Baronhawk‘s sets, arriving when Steve Kirn took to the decks, but i heard mighty fine sets from SteveSamantha Francesca and Katrina Mir. As I’m always saying, locals do it better! Keep an eye out for the next Reflections event. Always a good time!

Before getting into this weekend’s shenanigans, a couple of things to put on your to do list. First up, on Sunday September 17, local drum and bass crew Cadence celebrate their 4th birthday (has it really been 4 years!) by bringing DnB don Goldie to headline the main room at Flash  with support from Buster, Dj amp, Deinfamous & MC Twisty. But that’s not all! The godfather of Baltimore house music, Paradox legend Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis will be bringing the heat up in the Green Room while Goldie works his magic downstairs. If that wasn’t enough for you, to show their appreciation, Cadence are offering anyone who purchases advanced tickets FREE entry to Sunday Love with Ian Pooley in the Green Room at Flash earlier that same day. If you move fast, that’s a whole bunch of legendary DJs for just $25!

Advanced tix to Cadence with Goldie + Sunday Love with Ian Pooley

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/121249051810046/

goldie tour

Next up, friends of the scene Rito Loco have the grand opening of their new rooftop bar El Techo this Friday, just across Florida Avenue from Flash. Almost three years in the making, the 1100 square foot rooftop will be serving hand crafted cocktails, latin driven tapas and entrees, all served to a soundtrack of quality local DJs. Check out Washington City Paper‘s write up for full details. Congrats to the Rito Loco team for persisting through all the red tape and getting it done! Looking forward to having good times and making good memories at El Techo!

El Techo Info: https://ritoloco.com/el-techo/

Some new Meet the Locals Podcast heat before getting into this weekend’s Top Picks. Episode #58 of the Meet the Locals Podcast features one half of enigmatic duo Pacific Fur Company delivering over two hours of quality sounds from across the electronic music spectrum. DJs take note: this is what we want to hear at DC House Grooves! Proper musical journeys lasting more than 60 minutes, taking us places we don’t expect while keeping that vibe strong. Get to it! Catch Pacific Fur Company this Saturday at Allyworld @ Airshow, Takoma Park for Lobby Floor, Protect-U, James CC & Pacific Fur Company.

 

Here’s this week’s picks of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. If you were thinking of checking out Richie Hawtin at Flash Thursday night, sadly the event is completely sold out. Rumor has it that there might be a few limited tickets available at the door, but don’t hold your breath. Don’t sleep next time! Too many other highlights to mention, but the standouts of the bunch, both on Saturday night, are Deep Sugar 14th Anniversary with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyDJ Byron and Mookie Wizzo at U Street Music Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/101386997218332/

Deep Sugar 14th Anniversary with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, DJ Byron & Mookie Wizzo at U Street Music Hall

….and Anthony Parasole in the main room at Flash open to close, while my old mate from the old country Marc Cotterell (Plastik People Recordings) joins brother DJ Nav in the Green Room for another edition of Uptown House Experience and the USB crew get down with SymmetricalSid WatersNick Flynn Keenan Orr in the bar.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1240632362713693/

FOCUS with Anthony Parasole [Open-to-Close] at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring Marc Cotterell & DJ Nav in the Green Room and USB featuring Sid Waters, Nick Flynn, Keenan Orr & Symmetrical in the Flash Bar

Both solid options for Saturday night! See below for the full list, and make sure you come back next week for full deets on all the good stuff!

Thursday September 7

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Rooftop Happy Hour with Dredbang at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Dredbang at Flash

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/137785943498290/

DC House Grooves Top Pick[SOLD OUT] Richie Hawtin with Oliver Caine and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash [SOLD OUT]

Richie Hawtin with Oliver Caine and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648121481925188

DC House Grooves Top PickTrev on Safari at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Trev on Safari at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/375896446183104/

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

Playlist with Jubilee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickSleaze with Outputmessage & BratWorst at Wonderland Ballroom

Sleaze with Outputmessage & BratWorst at Wonderland Ballroom

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/490119478008986/

DC House Grooves Top PickSpeakeasy Disco with Dee Clark & Chris Lewis at Cafe Saint Ex

Speakeasy Disco with Dee Clark & Chris Lewis at Cafe Saint Ex

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/202581733607695/

Friday September 8

DC House Grooves Top PickKenny Glasgow, Jade & Sarah Myers at Flash, with Barbara Preisinger & Navbox in the Green Room and Nocturnal Emissions with Markinthedark & Benoit in the Flash Bar

Kenny Glasgow, Jade & Sarah Myers at Flash, with Barbara Preisinger & Navbox in the Green Room and Nocturnal Emissions with Markinthedark & Benoit in the Flash Bar

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/164331997469286

DC House Grooves Top Pick