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.
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!
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 Upto 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.
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
ESL Thursday with Keenan Orr & Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
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
Good times at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Saturday at Reflections with Jandro, Mark 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: Kochi, Ramirez, Meegs 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 theDC House Grooves Show, or course 🙂
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.
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 Kochi, Ramirez, Meegs 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.
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 SystemPodcast from the Good Buddiesteam 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
Regrets Only with Andy Grant and Taiga at Ten Tigers Parlour
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.
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.