Natural Resources @ Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Natural Resources used to be a monthly party at Dr. Clock’s: a combination of deep, ambient, and eccentric tracks that started about a year before the current resurgence in deep house. I’ve missed Natural Resources so I wanted to highlight one.

It was a quiet night. The first weekend of the month is often a busy one, and this August started out on par with others. A small audience found its way out to Dr. Clock’s as the night went on and it made for a good hangout.

Pacific Fur Company, together again (but for how long?), were joined on the decks by Mike Harvey and kept things smooth throughout with touches of retro keyboards and a little discord. They ramped up the beats slowly over the course of their set and reached a surprisingly heavy level by the time I was leaving. Those tracks stumped Shazam, but I’ve put together a nice playlist here if you’re looking for something easy to listen to.

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: Three Year Anniversary Edition June 29 to July 4

Never thought I’d be typing this, but welcome to the three year anniversary edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up, or post number 156! I can’t believe it has been three years since I started this weekly post listing out all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC, and it has been an honor and a privilege to have a ringside seat documenting the evolution of underground dance music culture here in the nation’s capital. To celebrate three years of the Weekend Round Up, we’re throwing a party in the Green Room at Flash on Saturday night, featuring the three residents of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio: Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. We’re just part of another fantastic Saturday night line up at Flash, featuring house music legend Chez Damier and local hero Solomon Sanchez in the main room and the USB crew in the bar. Check out the flyer below for the full line up! We’re looking forward to seeing you on the rooftop at Flash on Saturday night!

Advanced tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1491649

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542278972472366/

Back 2 Basics with Chez Damier & Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with DC House Grooves 3 Year Anniversary featuring Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir in the Green Room and USB featuring Noah Curtis, Nick Flynn, Tim Glusko B2B DJ Swink & Todd b2b JP Jed in the Flash Bar

When I started the Weekend Round Up, I told myself that, if I was going to do it, I had to commit to doing it every week, never missing a post, and for the past three years, I haven’t missed one. I’ve been late a couple of times, and there have been a few that have been a little light on content, but every Wednesday night or Thursday morning, I’ve been hitting that publish button! The format has evolved over time, but the core theme has remained the same: highlighting the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC each week, The thing is, compiling and writing up these events each week takes a lot of time, and I have to fit it in somewhere between my day job, family commitments and DJing. For the past three years, Monday through Wednesday nights after I get back form my day job have basically been dedicated to the Weekend Round Up, barely leaving me time to think about why I’m doing it and where I want to take it in future. With that in mind, I’m planning on taking some time off from publishing the Weekend Round Up to give me some time to think and plan for the future of DC House Grooves. I’m sure you’ll still see the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo cropping up in event pages here and there, and I plan on keeping the Meet the Locals Podcast going; I’m just going to take a break from this weekly post for a bit. The thing is, this has become such a routine by now, it’s going to be a hard habit to break! Curious to see how long I last.

Ok with that all out of the way, time to get into things for this weekend. With July 4 landing on Tuesday this year, this week’s post covers all the best events Thursday through Tuesday, including some tasty looking options for getting your groove on on Independence Day. What’s really interesting is seeing many of the same events and same names from the first ever Weekend Round Up, only bigger and better! That first edition featured ROAM IV, with an amazing all local line up, but on a much smaller scale than this Saturday’s ROAM XII: Randomer. There was also a July 4 Soundwaves Boat Party, and next Tuesday you can board the Soundwaves boat again for another Independence Day cruise down the Potomac. July 4 weekend in 2014 also featured a strong line up of events at Flash, but nothing compared to what they’ve got lined up for us this year! 6 days of quality underground events Thursday through Tuesday.

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Here’s the full listings Thursday June 29 through Independence Day, including all my Top Picks, plus everything else on my radar. If you’ve found DC House Grooves a useful resource over the past three years, I hope you can join me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir in the Green Room at Flash on Saturday to celebrate 3 years! Please keep DC House Grooves bookmarked,  and make sure you like the DC House Grooves Facebook Page to stay up to date with future developments. Not sure how long it will be until the next edition. Hope to see you all out and about this weekend!

Thursday June 29

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Thursday with Keenan Orr & Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Keenan Orr & Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Keenan Orr & Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/847820248700500/

DC House Grooves Top PickRegrets Only Vol 29 with Sami%SuYung at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only Vol 29 with Sami%SuYung at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/242864162878345/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Rooftop Happy Hour with Darius Twin at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour with Darius Twin at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1809060426076179/

DC House Grooves Top PickSaeed Younan in the Green Room at Flash

Saeed Younan in the Green Room at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1908054972816825

DC House Grooves Top PickNightFlight with Kundalini at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Kundalini at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/272745539814289

Dzeko at Soundcheck

Dzeko at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1280346205412569/

House Music Happy Hour at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

House Music Happy Hour at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380054182082213/

Friday June 30

DC House Grooves Top PickNick Höppner with Shanti Celeste and Samantha Francesca at Flash, with DJ Free & Sleepy G in the Green Room and River Bennett & Pacific Fur Company in the Flash Bar

Nick Höppner with Shanti Celeste and Samantha Francesca at Flash, with DJ Free & Sleepy G in the Green Room and River Bennett & Pacific Fur Company in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/293521477760249/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe NeedlExchange Residents Night with Bil Todd, Baronhawk, Tommy Cornelis & Dj Lisa Frank at Ten Tigers Parlour

The NeedlExchange Residents Night with Bil Todd, Baronhawk, Tommy Cornelis & Dj Lisa Frank at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846591598935460/

Sao Funky Friday with Fort Knox Five at Tropicalia

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/711516895722882

DC House Grooves Top PickSilicon Based Lifeform with Doktor Boss & Darius Twin at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doktor Boss & Darius Twin at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469218323099963/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with 4 Hours of Funk featuring Graham & Fleg, Philip Goyette and Stylus Chris at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with 4 Hours of Funk featuring Graham & Fleg, Philip Goyette and Stylus Chris at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickKamalata Live at Tropicalia

Kamalata Live at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/440411263009667/

Erick Morillo at Soundcheck

Erick Morillo at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/196369510886775/

Electronic Music  with The Aux Send, Joel Blumenthal & TVNNR & DJ at Back Bar

Electronic Music  with The Aux Send, Joel Blumenthal & TVNNR & DJ at Back Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562507270467797/

DJ Ex Ex Ex & Discuji at Diskobar, Baltimore

DJ Ex Ex Ex & Discuji at Diskobar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755286284487459/

Brohug with Bortz, Rucca at A.i.

Brohug with Bortz, Rucca at A.i.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1687060248257641

Saturday July 1

DC House Grooves Top PickBack 2 Basics with Chez Damier & Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with DC House Grooves 3 Year Anniversary featuring Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir in the Green Room and USB featuring Noah Curtis, Nick Flynn, Tim Glusko B2B DJ Swink & Todd b2b JP Jed in the Flash Bar

Back 2 Basics with Chez Damier & Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with DC House Grooves 3 Year Anniversary featuring Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir in the Green Room and USB featuring Noah Curtis, Nick Flynn, Tim Glusko B2B DJ Swink & Todd b2b JP Jed in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542278972472366/

DC House Grooves Top PickROAM XII: Randomer, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Sami & Jett Chandon B2B Djoser at Warehouse Location

ROAM XII: Randomer, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti, Sami & Jett Chandon B2B Djoser at Warehouse Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/287950328324864

DC House Grooves Top PickElevate Rooftop Pool Party (Independence Day Edition) with Megs, Andrey Bazza, Tony Smooth & Vince Christopher at Embassy Row Hotel

 Elevate Rooftop Pool Party (Independence Day Edition) with Megs, Andrey Bazza, Tony Smooth & Vince Christopher at Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/478441949164738/

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse-N- U with Tyrone Francis & DJ A.Plane at Ten Tigers Parlour

House-N- U with Tyrone Francis & DJ A.Plane at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/302259676885709/

DC House Grooves Top PickBlack Lotus Party with Booda Monk & Graham Hatke at The Crown, Baltimore

Black Lotus Party with Booda Monk & Graham Hatke at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/427096081008836/

DC House Grooves Top PickFeed Me Disco with Eau Claire, Bête Noire b2b Fady D at U Street Music Hall

Feed Me Disco with Eau Claire, Bête Noire b2b Fady D at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1184417235020317/

ESL Saturday with Mr Bonkerz, Conscious Contact & John Jazz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Mr Bonkerz, Conscious Contact & John Jazz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

SunDown: Riza, MLEM, Makz at Flash

SunDown: Riza, MLEM, Makz at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/116003315665940/

Tunnel Vision DC with Sophie Meiers & Vide, Zotti & Samsin, Lean Quatifah and James P at Dupont Underground

Tunnel Vision DC with Sophie Meiers & Vide, Zotti & Samsin, Lean Quatifah and James P at Dupont UndergroundTunnel Vision DC with Sophie Meiers & Vide, Zotti & Samsin, Lean Quatifah and James P at Dupont Underground

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/392902851105655

Lucky Cloud with guest Calvin Garner & Resident Zik Jabar at Diskobar, Baltimore

Lucky Cloud with guest Calvin Garner & Resident Zik Jabar at Diskobar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1353880651360661/

Sunday July 2

DC House Grooves Top PickSuper Love: Atish, Mandar, Navbox, Edo & Throe B2B Jus Nowhere at Flash

Super Love: Atish, Mandar, Navbox, Edo & Throe B2B Jus Nowhere at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/388574104871974/

DC House Grooves Top PickChasing Sundays with Mind Control, Fred Mas & Alex Haje at Public Bar

Chasing Sundays with Mind Control, Fred Das & Alex Have at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/875661795915517/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Sam Burns Boat Party & friends feat. Dj Oji

The Sam Burns Boat Party & friends feat. Dj Oji

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1367730706607777

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Team Zapata, Conscious Contact, Harry Hotter and Sundays Workshop with Benoit & Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Team Zapata, Conscious Contact, Harry Hotter and Sundays Workshop with Benoit & Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1932500643686766/

Independence Day Weekend Boat Party with The Eskimo Brothers, Dromme & Remme Labeaux

Independence Day Weekend Boat Party with The Eskimo Brothers, Dromme & Remme Labeaux

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1866889006658289/

Monday July 3

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Big Boom with SkiiTour & Fort Knox Five at U Street Music Hall

The Big Boom with SkiiTour & FK5 at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1059492474150552

HouseArrest: zacheser, Riza, Saad Ashraf at Rock & Roll Hotel

HouseArrest: zacheser, Riza, Saad Ashraf at Rock & Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/245189299311774/

Flashy Monday for 4th of July with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at Flash

Flashy Monday for 4th of July with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/843542375803211/

Independence Day July 4

DC House Grooves Top PickSoundwaves Boat Party with Canson & Lisa Frank

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799957776982658

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Flashworks with Sarah Myers, Philip Goyette, Juan Zapata, Benoit & Meegs at Flash

flashworks

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/147315005828842

DC House Grooves Top PickKowli Records 4th July BBQ with Feroun, Graham Hatke, Jmack, Nerftoss, Novac & Strikestone at Location TBA

Kowli Records 4th July BBQ with Feroun, Graham Hatke, Jmack, Nerftoss, Novac & Strikestone at Location TBA

DC House Grooves Top PickThe UKG Social Block Party with Tommy Davis at The Ynot Lot

The UKG Social Block Party with Tommy Davis at The Ynot Lot

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/103379756903097/

 

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DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 22 to June 25

Good times at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Saturday at Reflections with JandroMark in the Dark, me and Mazi R! It’s the first time I’ve been back at . Jimmy’s since they upgraded the previously not all that sound system to an incredible Martin Audio sound system, expanding the dance floor in the process.  The new sound system is amazing! I really enjoyed putting it through it’s paces, and all the DJs on the line up really made it sing. The turnout to celebrate Mazi‘s birthday was amazing, making for a truly memorable Saturday night on the dance floor. Huge thanks to Jandro for putting it all together and inviting me to play. I can see myself being back at Jimmy Valentine’s in the very near future. As soon as this Saturday, in fact, as Kochi‘s new party Balance takes over, featuring another serious all local lineup: KochiRamirezMeegs and live vocals from the incredibly talented Candice Mills. As soon as we’re done with Saturday night’s DC House Grooves Show with Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio, we’ll be hitting the road and heading to Jimmy’s! I highly recommend you do the same…after listening to the DC House Grooves Show, or course 🙂

Balance details: https://www.facebook.com/events/461848680828391/

Balance with Kochi, Meegs, Ramirez & Candice Mills at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

So what else is going on this weekend? Quite a bit, as it happens!  As always, you’ll find full listings below of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC, including all the DC House Grooves Top Picks. When you see the Top Pick badge, you know it’s a good one! You can catch me behind the decks with Taiga at Regrets Only Vol. 28 at Ten Tigers Parlour Thursday night. I’m excited and honored to be invited to play  Regrets Only, and I can’t wait to give the Ten Tigers sound system a good work out. As always, I’m bursting with amazing underground sounds to share with you, so join me and Taiga at Ten Tigers on Thursday night, and let’s make some bad decisions together on a school night! I’ll also have plenty of DC House Grooves Top Pick stickers with me, so make sure you ask me for some.

Regrets Only Vol. 28 details: https/www.facebook.com/events/142892692939320

Regrets Only with Andy Grant and Taiga at Ten Tigers Parlour

As mentioned previously, on Saturday night I’ll be joining Ramirez and Katrina Mir at 10pm for episode #3 of the DC House Grooves Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio, then heading up to Balance with KochiRamirezMeegs and Candice Mills. Then on Sunday I’ll be heading up to Sunday Love at Flash for OG Tony Humphries, with support from an all-star local line up featuring Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G. I’ve been a huge fan on Tony Humphries since I first heard him at his residency at Ministry of Sound in London back in the early 90s, and his Ministry of Sound Sessions Volume One mix had a huge influence on me. Just the thought of hearing him in the Green Room on the Flash rooftop on a sunny Sunday afternoon surrounded by friends gives me goosebumps. My tickets are bought, and I’m ready to go! While it is no cover before 4pm, I strongly recommend picking up advanced tickets to guarantee entry if you plan on arriving later. Sunday Love parties have been proving really popular, and I’m confident with this line up it will sell out. Why risk it? First release tickets are only $8, available from Ticketfly.

Advanced Tickets to Sunday Love with Tony Humphries

More details: ://www.facebook.com/events/443905825970709/

Sunday Love: Tony Humphries, Sam 'The Man' Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G at Flash

A couple of mixes for you before I get into this week’s listings. First up is the latest DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast featuring the welcome return of Symmetrical. You can catch Symmetrical this Saturday in Baltimore at Sentient Lighting’s Summer Jam 2017 with DJ Dan, Nigel Richards, Wayne Davis, Tzeech, Malphunktion, Hogan & Obscure & Symmetrical.

 

Another great mix is the inaugural edition of The Buddy System Podcast from the Good Buddies team featuring DC stalwart Ozker. A solid hour of quality grooves from one of DC’s finest. Make sure you follow Good Buddies on SoundCloud to make sure you catch all the future The Buddy System mixes.

 

Time for this week’s listings! Here are all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC Thursday through Sunday. Look out for the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo. Your sign of a good time! I’ll be back same time, same place next week for the three year anniversary edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up! See you on the dance floor.

Thursday June 22

DC House Grooves Top PickRegrets Only with Andy Grant and Taiga at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only with Andy Grant and Taiga at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/142892692939320

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Thursday with the Caseo Collection, Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez & Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/728648633986440/

DC House Grooves Top PickChoice Sounds with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

Choice Sounds with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/110247076255782/

DC House Grooves Top PickNightFlight with Smudge and Kenny at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Smudge and Kenny at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/178237292678618

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Alex Bulgs at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Alex Bulgs at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735455123413646/

The Nexus DJ Showcase at Eighteenth Street Lounge

The Nexus DJ Showcase at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/301483110274554/

Snakehips with Promnite, Basscamp at Flash

Snakehips with Promnite, Basscamp at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/464430537237171/

Fakear with Lightwaves at U Street Music Hall

Fakear with Lightwaves at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1298646273537161/

MaRLo with Janko and Andrew Lux at Soundcheck

MaRLo with Janko and Andrew Lux at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/179265672597140/

Friday June 23

DC House Grooves Top PickNu Zau & Sepp with Navbox & Jubilee at Flash, with Jimpster & Rosenberg in the Green Room and Acid People with DJ Sinestro, Steve Kirn & Sleepy G in the Flash Bar

Nu Zau & Sepp with Navbox & Jubilee at Flash, with Jimpster & Rosenberg in the Green Room and Acid People with DJ Sinestro, Steve Kirn & Sleepy G in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/448130778897505/

DC House Grooves Top PickMaya Jane Coles with Heather Femia at U Street Music Hall

Maya Jane Coles with Heather Femia at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1807235496261476/

DC House Grooves Top PickTechnoFist Presents: Nocturnal Elements 2 with Rodd & Damon Bradley at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

TechnoFist Presents: Nocturnal Elements 2 with Rodd & Damon Bradley at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/813449982157033

DC House Grooves Top PickBear Happy Hour with DJ Keenan Orr at Rock & Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with DJ Keenan Orr at Rock & Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/436543946709016/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with The Funk Train featuring Michael the Lion & Cyclist, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Meistro & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with The Funk Train featuring Michael the Lion & Cyclist, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Meistro & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickHometown Sounds presents Will Eastman at the Millennium Stage

Hometown Sounds presents Will Eastman at the Millennium Stage

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/826771307481332

Night Gruuvs with DJ John Johnson at The Crown, Baltimore

Night Gruuvs with DJ John Johnson at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/219594068555493/

Saturday June 24

DC House Grooves Top PickBalance with Kochi, Meegs, Ramirez & Candice Mills at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Balance with Kochi, Meegs, Ramirez & Candice Mills at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/461848680828391/

DC House Grooves Top PickChus & Ceballos [open-to-close] at Flash, with Michael Scott & Edo in the Green Room and Dusk with DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

Chus & Ceballos [open-to-close] at Flash, with Michael Scott & Edo in the Green Room and Dusk with DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/132540100635333/

DC House Grooves Top PickSentient Lighting’s Summer Jam 2017 with DJ Dan, Nigel Richards, Wayne Davis, Tzeech, Malphunktion, Hogan & Obscure & Symmetrical at GAME, Baltimore

sentient lighting summer jam

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1465309713500985/

DC House Grooves Top PickMoCo Boogie with DJ Kenny M, Trev-ski & Adrian Collazo at Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring

MoCo Boogie with DJ Kenny M, Trev-ski & Adrian Collazo at Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1794796754170661/

DC House Grooves Top PickSubDistrick! June 2017 with Coastal, Deinfamous, Globb & Julez at Backbar

SubDistrick! June 2017 with Coastal, Deinfamous, Globb & Julez at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/426318961100273

The Abyss: A House Dance Experience with DJ Jose Marquez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

The Abyss: A House Dance Experience with DJ Jose Marquez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/996846063779274/

ESL Saturday with Chris Annibel, Mr Bonkerz, Jerome Baker & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Chris Annibel, Mr Bonkerz, Jerome Baker & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Cut Snake with Will Eastman & Chris Kennedy at U Street Music Hall

Cut Snake with Will Eastman & Chris Kennedy at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1328484273903111

The Cookout with Bodywork x Juice at The Embassy Row Hotel

The Cookout with Bodywork x Juice at The Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/306537953129913

Sunday June 25

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love: Tony Humphries, Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G at Flash

Sunday Love: Tony Humphries, Sam 'The Man' Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/443905825970709/

DC House Grooves Top PickOvereasy Tea Dance with Jacq Jill, Tommy Cornelis & Vanniety Kills at Dodge City

Overeasy Tea Dance with Jacq Jill, Tommy Cornelis & Vanniety Kills at Dodge City

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/431098963941568/

DC House Grooves Top PickRooftop Party: Sunnyside with Wade Hammes at Mellow Mushroom 

Rooftop Party: Sunnyside with Wade Hammes at Mellow Mushroom & Will Miles at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/140032646565949/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Mdot and Sundays Rooftop Featuring Haz-Mat, Edo & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam "The Man" Burns, DJ Mdot and Sundays Rooftop Featuring Haz-Mat, Edo & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050921275042284/

Rinse (Sunday Sessions) with A-Sides, Mutt, Robert Manos & Will Miles at Public Bar

Rinse (Sunday Sessions) with A-Sides, Mutt, Robert Manos & Will Miles at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1702245529802563/

Plica & Friends with RNS, Bella & J Tek & Dromme at Toro Toro

Plica & Friends with RNS, Bella & J Tek & Dromme at Toro Toro

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/387931674935314

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It’s A House Thing (Vol. 3)

This was my first visit to the new Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar location in the upstairs of Safari DC on Georgia Avenue, a few blocks north of Ten Tigers. “It’s A House Thing” brought together a group of DJs that I’ve known for… gee, it’s been years now — and who always deliver a good time.

It's A House Thing (Vol 3) with Bill Basehead, DJ Los, Rick Next Door, Lena Kovac & DJ Daryl Northrop at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Safari DC is a little off the beaten path but it’s not hard to find. Upstairs, there’s much more room than we were used to at Dr. Clock’s. On the street side, plenty of lounge seating to get comfortable in. Then a spacious dance floor and the bar. Out back, a patio for smoking. DJs have a bigger sound system to work with. In fact, I’m reduced to having to complain about the TP dispenser in the ladies’ room…which is a small price to pay!

But on to the night’s music. DJ Daryl Northrup opened and while I know him primarily as a breaks DJ, he stayed in the neighborhood of house music this time. Rick Next Door and DJ Los (not DC Los anymore) followed that up with more upbeat tracks, a dash of Latin, and a few heavier pieces like “Ape Machine” toward the end to gear up for Billy Basehead — who usually plays much heavier, IME, but tonight he was throwing down melodic interludes in between the beats. Lena Kovac was the newest-to-me DJ of the night and she finished the night with a solid party mix.

So here’s to future good times at Dr. Clock’s!