DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 16 to August 19

Major thanks to everyone who came out to Beats Maneuver with Rissa Garcia on Sunday night. After great sets from KochiKatrina Mir, and I guess a half decent effort from me, Rissa really delivered the goods, with a killer set of pure house music that had me throwing some major shapes on the dance floor. It won’t be the last time we see Rissa here in DC, you can be sure of that! DJ Nav and Jandro closed out the night back to back, providing the perfect sound track to a late surge on the dance floor. I can’t wait for the next one, which happens to be just around the corner! Mark August 26 in your calendar, when we’ve got Lyssa flying in from Canada to rock the Beats Maneuver dance floor. Full details coming soon!

Before I get into this week’s events, I’m pleased to announce DC House Grooves is taking part in this year’s Capital House Music Festival in Meridian Hill Park on Labor Day, September 3. This is a free, family friendly festival to raise awareness and funds for Inner City Youth Music Programs, and features a diverse line up including The E CussionistDeacon Izzy & the CongregationDJ Jay JayChosen, BenoitTee AlfordDJ Tantra, yours truly Andy Grant and of course the man, the legend, Sam The Man Burns. All permits are in place, and we’ll be lost in the music from 12pm to 9pm. We couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this house music celebration, and we hope you can join us in the park on Labor Day! Full info on the Capital House Music Festival Facebook Page and Capital House Music Festival Website.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/249356162367878/
Website: https://www.capitalhousemusicfestival.org/
GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/capital-house-music-festival

Capital house music fest 2018

So what’s going on this weekend? Well, Friday night, the DC House Grooves crew, myself, RamirezKatrina Mir,  is taking control of the Green Room at Flash for an evening of quality underground house music, open to close. If you’ve tuned in to the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, you know what to expect. It’s going to be another incredible night of music at Flash,  with Art DepartmentNitin and  Sarah Myers on the club level, and local favorites Philco Alex Eljaiek in the Flash Bar. Quality music all night long on all three floors. Advanced tickets are recommended, but we might just have a few list spots available. Hit me up through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and I’ll see what I can do 🙂

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KfvXPV
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/225745414751520/

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Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. For episode #31, we’ll be broadcasting live from DJ Kochi‘s pool side studio not to far from Washington DC, with a show featuring residents Katrina MirRamirez and myself, with added grooves from special guest DJ Kochi. Tune in from 10pm at the links below.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/415779505612104/

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OK, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. Sadly, I just don’t have time to do them all justice with a decent write up, so I share them on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and link to them from here. Just click the link to see the list of my Top Picks for each day, Thursday through Sunday.

Top Picks Thursday August 16

Top Picks Friday August 17

Top Picks Saturday August 18

Top Picks Sunday August 19

As for highlights this week, on Thursday, those with an interest in music production should head to Flash early doors for Headroom Listening Sessions, then drum and bass heads should stick around for Cadence with Doc Scott A-Sides. For the very best in deep, underground house music on Thursday,  Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge  is your best bet. This week, resident Jubilee is joined by Flash‘s Edo for what’s sure to be an amazing night on the patio.

playlist jubilee edo

Friday night, get your night started off right at El Techo with Oliver Caine, join us for DC House Grooves in the Green Room at Flash until close, then head to the warehouse for afters for LENG & Inn(er)net present Roska & DJ Lag. Another great opportunity to get bathed in the warm analog bass of the Grand Ancestor sound system. Advance tickets recommended! 

leng dj lag roska

Saturday afternoon, there’s a great line up for the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party at The Embassy Row Hotel, with BenoitVince ChristopherKayLaSoul and Tony Smooth bringing the vibes in the sunshine. We had a blast at the last Elevate; a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon! The food and drinks are top notch, too! Saturday night, Flash hosts the legendary Derrick Carter and DJ Aakmael ably supported by locals  NavboxHot Coffee and Jandro. For something more intimate, away from the U Street crowds, check out Plastic Dreams with Johnson Lee and Stereophonik. Rare house joints served up fresh from the wax all night long, no cover! For afters, all roads lead to the warehouse again for Late Night Mischief, Early Morning Love with OnionzChadwick and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be another amazing night at the warehouse!

late night mischief

Sunday, tech house heads should make their way to  Public Bar and join the tribe for  Rooftop Sessions with Saeed Younan special guest Mark Fanciulli and opening set from Sabeel Chohan. Advance tickets just $10 from Eventbrite, $15 on the door.

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For quality deep house this Sunday, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, and another edition of Sunday’s Rooftop with Jovonn and resident  Benoit. Always quality headliners at Sunday’s Rooftop, no cover all night long.

sundays rooftop jovonn

That’s all I’ve got time for this week. I hope you can join us on the rooftop at Flash this Friday for another DC House Grooves session. If not, I hope to see you out and about real soon. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 9 to August 12

Another big weekend heading our way, and as always, your weekly guide DC House Grooves has news on all the best underground house, techno, drum and bass and other electronic music events in town, Thursday through Sunday. I’m super excited this weekend, as we’ve got NYC’s hardest working DJ Rissa Garcia (Dancing Room Only NYC Nightchild Records) heading down our way to make her Washington DC debut at Beats Maneuver at Public Bar on Sunday. Rissa has been blazing a trail in NYC since 2004, regularly working with the likes of Danny TenagliaDanny KrivitTodd TerryLouis Vega, the list goes on and on. While you can catch Rissa spinning on any given weekend in New York, she has never made the trip to Washington DC before, so we at Beats Maneuver figured it was about time we fixed that! This Sunday brings the next edition of  Beats Maneuver, featuring Rissa alongside local favorites DJ Nav and Jandro and residents Katrina Mir, Kochi and yours truly, and best of all, it is absolutely FREE. That’s right, no cover all night long. Join us on the rooftop at Public Bar from 6pm ET and dance to real house music into the early hours of Monday morning. Really looking forward to Rissa bringing some NYC flavor to the Public Bar rooftop!beats maneuver rissa garcia

For a little taste of what to expect at Beats Maneuver this Sunday, here’s a recent mix from Rissa in her Nightchild Excursions series:

 

Plenty more mixes from Rissa over on her SoundCloud page. Check it out!

If you can’t wait until Sunday to throw some shapes on the dance floor, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Just click the link for each day to see what’s good.

Top Picks Thursday August 9

Top Picks Friday August 10

Top Picks Saturday August 11

Top Picks Sunday August 12

Friday night, I recommend kicking things off at Sunset and Chill, then heading up to Ten Tigers Parlour for Anywho with Max D and Sami.

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If you don’t feel like making the trip all the way up to Petworth, then stop by Flash for   Jennifer Cardini with Mazi R on the warm up. Looks like another fantastic night at Flash! For afters on Friday, head to the warehouse for Somewhere Else with DJ HonestyFerounTeam Zapata and Hot Coffee. The Zapatas will be wheeling out their incredible  Martin Audio sound system for the occasion, so you know the sound will be on point! Advance tickets are highly recommended. Grab yours now!

Somewhere Else DJ Honesty

Saturday night, Flash looks like a great bet, with NYC‘s David Waxman and Chadwick on support, while upstairs Edo Henry Chow take the controls in the Green Room, and  Kochi brings the Vibe with Chris Depth Rogers in the bar.

david waxman chadwick

Another great bet on Saturday is U Sleaze at U Street Music Hall with  Trax OnlyKeenan OrrLemz & performance and hosting by Jane Saw. Only $5 before midnight, $10 after.

u sleaze trax only

L.E.N.G. Resident’s Night at Jimmy’s is always a good bet if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, both literally and figuratively speaking, and Saturday’s edition features New York’s DJ Kala alongside residents Jett ChandonDjoser and Kouhai. No cover all night long! Then for afters on Saturday, the Sequence crew has you covered with their Year Two celebrations featuring an amazing line up of serious techno from RRoseAdam XJuanaDamon BradleyAssociateTheta Flux and Furtive. The vibe at Sequence is always on point, and with the Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system in full effect, this one is going to be really special. Looking forward to catching up with my old Discogs forum buddy  Adam X. It’s been a while since I last saw Adam… I think the picture below was just before he moved to Berlin, when Andrew Weatherall was over spinning in NYC. Fun times!

Adam X and Andy

Advance tickets have been flying off the shelves for this one, but you can still pick up $25 3rd release tickets over on Resident Advisor. This one may well sell out, so I recommend you don’t wait!

rrose adam x sequence

Sunday, we’ll see you on the dance floor at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Rissa GarciaDJ NavJandroKatrina Mir, Kochi and myself. No tickets needed for this one… NO COVER all night long! See you on the dance floor.

 

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 26 to July 29

Super fun times at U Street Music Hall last Friday opening up for Rush Plus and Anthony Naples. Massive thanks to the U Street Music Hall crew for inviting us to play. Some great events going down at U Hall lately, and super grateful to play a small part. We also had a great time getting down at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club at Uncle Benny‘s 35th birthday celebrations with Detroit’s Daniel Andres. Always a fun time at Jimmy‘s, and Benoit and Daniel were bringing it big time! I’ve got to give a big shout to the  Sequence crew for another great event at the warehouse. Always a packed house at Sequence parties, and this one was no exception. Sadly I couldn’t stay as long as I wanted to due to a Saturday afternoon gig with the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party crew, but then that got postponed due to rain, so I should have stayed! Looking forward to the Sequence year two anniversary party with Adam X and R.Rose!

OK, before I get into this weekend in Washington DC, if any of our readers are in Boston this Friday, make sure you check out Roots & Spirits presents El Yunque Puerto Rico fund raiser with Ramirez & DashRok at Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge. That’s right! Our good friend, DC House Grooves Show resident Ramirez is taking things on the road to Boston this Friday, raising funds for Puerto Rico. For real house music in Boston from one of my favorite DJs this Friday, look no further than El Yunque.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2093982277547101/

el yunque roots and spirits

Right, back to DC, and this weekend is all about the launch of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System. It’s Yola‘s 29th birthday, and to celebrate, the Grand Ancestor crew are launching their brand new sound system (more about that later) with not one, but two massive celebrations of the finest reggae and dub the nation’s capital has ever seen. DC House Grooves is getting in on the celebrations by giving away a pair of tickets to both the Friday night event AND the Saturday night event. For a chance to win, just click through to the entry form, enter your email address and full name and submit the form. We’ll pick one winner on Friday afternoon then another on Saturday afternoon, so there’s two chances to win! Please make sure you enter your correct email address and name, as we’ll need to email you to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need your ID to claim your prize on the door.

I want to win tickets to the Grand Ancestor 2.0 celebrations!!!

So what’s on the menu for the Grand Ancestor 2.0 launch? Friday brings and Innamind Recordings Takeover with KarmaAgoHeadlandKurks and Grand Ancestor featuring MC Husky, all delivered over the brand new Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system. This one’s gonna go until sunrise (and perhaps beyond), and it’s just $10 before 2am, $20 after.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/730471570456694/

grand ancestor 2.0 Innamind Recordings takeover

Then on Saturday night, it’s back to the same spot for part 2 of the celebrations, with  . Downbeat the RulerTony Screw the Gold Finger, Johnny Go Figure and of course  Grand Ancestor with MC Husky. Another fine line up to get the stacks singing just right! I know I tend to focus on underground house and techno on DC House Grooves, but this is the music the Grand Ancestor sound system was built for, and you really need to experience it to understand! Whether you go Friday or Saturday, make sure you make time for Grand Ancestor this weekend.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/628973354145417/

grand ancestor 2.0 Downbeat the rules

So what’s the big deal with the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System? If you’ve experienced the original Grand Ancestor stacks, then you know it ain’t no joke. Well, the new system is a one of a kind, custom designed 5 way system with 18 cabinets and 4 foot tall scoops. If you thought GA v1.0 was good, GA 2.0 is going to blow you away. Here are some exclusive pics to whet your appetite; if you want to see and hear the real thing on it’s debut outing, make sure you join the celebrations on Friday or Saturday!

Not sure what to expect from Grand Ancestor? Then check out the promo videos for their latest release, GA 013, plus the promos for GA 012 and GA 011. Each one a quality release! GA 013 is currently available from the Grand Ancestor Record Shop, and while  GA 012 is sold out pretty much everyone, there are a few copies left at the Grand Ancestor Record Shop if you move fast. Don’t sleep! Proper reggae business from a home grown Washington DC record label!

OK, so you’re going to one (or both) of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 events on Friday or Saturday, but what else is happening this weekend? As usual, I’ve compiled all the best underground events over on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page, and you can see the list for each day by clicking the links below. All my Top Picks for each day, just a click away!

Top Picks Thursday July 26

Top Picks Friday July 27

Top Picks Saturday July 28

Top Picks Sunday July 29

Sadly I’m out of time, but I’ll quickly mention a few more highlights for the weekend: Playlist with Karina and Jubilee at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday and Summer Heat with Sam BurnsDJ Double 07 and Anish at Jimmy Valentine’s on Friday are solid picks, and come highly recommended!

summer heat dj double 07 sam burns

Then on Saturday, kick things off at Sunset & Chill at the Olde City Farm, and then head up at Flash for the Distrikt of Columbia  fundraiser, or for some proper techno head to  Jimmy’s for Blueprint featuring Monix, Steve Kirn and Ron Jackson.

sunset & chill

Sunday, I recommend Sunday Love with Quantic for quality rooftop vibes. That’s it for this weekend, hope to see you all a the Grand Ancestor 2.0 celebrations, and of course I’ll be back here, same time, same place, next weekend with info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Oh, and did I mention next week we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the next soon to be sold out ROAM on a Boat on August 5? Come back next week for a chance to win!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 19 to July 22

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather and Team Zapata on Sunday! Another super fun time on the rooftop at Public Bar! We’re taking a few weeks off with Beats Maneuver, but we’ll be back on Sunday August 12 with an epic line up hosted by New York’s finest Rissa Garcia, making her Washington DC debut. Not to be missed! I also want to give a big shout out to DJ Soul for last Saturday’s Skate Fever! at  Anacostia Skate Pavilion. An amazing idea, and whole lot of fun! Great sets from Hot CoffeeKatrina MirDJ SoulBenoit, and it was nothing short of amazing seeing  Katrina Mir throw down a DJ set in roller skates! The next Skate Fever! is on September 3, so mark it in your calendar, dust off your roller skates, and get ready to groove at the roller disco. And if you don’t have skates, don’t worry! Skate rentals at the Anacostia Skate Pavilion are 100% free.

Ok, on to this weekend. Got a bunch of gigs to get ready for this weekend, so will have to make this quick. Friday night, Katrina Mir and I will be opening up the room at U Street Music Hall for Anthony Naples and local heroes Rush Plus at what promises to be an amazing night of music. Spinning at U Street Music Hall is always a joy, and we can’t wait to set the tone for the evening. Tickets are just $10, in advance or on the door. Hope to see you there!

Advance tickets Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2308574016036132/

anthony naples u street music hall

Then on Saturday, we’re at it again, bringing the sunny disco vibes to the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel at the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party alongside Zamkov and Tony Smooth. The perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon and evening, dancing, sipping cocktails by the pool on the rooftop as the sun sets, with the sound track provided by a solid line up of local talent. Needle drops at 2pm, so grab your bathing suit and your sunscreen, and we’ll see you on the rooftop by the pool.

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party Advance Tickets
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1982107195183829/

elevate rooftop pool party

Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with the always amazing DJ Ramirez (Roots & Spirits). The show kicks off at 10pm ET, and you know what to expect: quality, deep, underground tunes served up fresh from the wax.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/661669774177168

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One last thing before this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links, a new Meet the Locals podcast from Steve Kirn. A welcome change of pace from recent mixes on the podcast, this one is 80 minutes of hypnotic dark techno, not too fast, just the way we like it.

 

You can catch Steve Kirn next at Blueprint featuring Monix alongside Sequence‘s Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on July 28.

OK, on to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links. Just click the link for each day to see my list of events for each day. Wish I had time to compile them all here, but there’s just so many great events happening these days, I just don’t have enough hours in the day to list them all here.

Top Picks Thursday July 19

Top Picks Friday July 20

Top Picks Saturday July 21

Top Picks Sunday July 22

Highlights for Thursday include Playlist with Jubilee Hakob at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Headroom followed by Cadence with Total Science Bachelors of Science and West Coast legend Onionz at Flash. Serious business all round!

cadence total science

Friday night we’ll be getting down with Rush Plus and Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall, but later on we’ll be heading over to wish Uncle Benny a very happy 35th birthday at Uncle Benny’s 35th Birthday Express with Detroit’s Daniel AndresBenoit at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. I mean, just look at the flyer… I mean, you’ve got to, right?

uncle bennys daniel andres

For after hours action on Friday, head to the warehouse for Sequence.734 with   ErikaSophia SazeArthur Kimskii  Associate. Always an amazing crowd at Sequence, real techno for the heads. Advance tickets recommended.

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Saturday, there’s just too much to choose from: Eddie C at Darkroom in Baltimore, Deep Sugar Artscape Marathon Session with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne Davis and Mookie Brock at Factory 17BaltimoreSarah Myers all night long at El TechoThe NeedlExchange with In Training on the Grand Ancestor sound system everyone’s favorite warehouse location, DMV Deep‘s inaugural shindig at U Street Music Hall and Jake the Rapper at Flash, and that’s not even everything. You’re gonna need to make some tough decisions! Eddie C is always on point, but if you can’t deal with the trip to Baltimore, I’d say you can’t go wrong with The NeedlExchange with In Training on the Grand Ancestor sound system.

tnx in training

Sunday is an easy choice: house heads head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sundays Rooftop with Javonntte (live), Daniel AndresBenoitJavonntte‘s one of the most prolific producers of quality house music right now, and every one of his releases is an instant purchase for me. Always a Javonntte release in my bag! Can’t wait to see what he’s got lined up for us on the patio at ESL this Sunday.

sundays rooftop javonntte

…and if you’re looking for a Sunday dose of techno, head to Public Bar for  Younan Music‘s Rooftop Sessions with BorisSaeed Younan and Oliver Caine. Always a good time on the rooftop at Public Bar!

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Right.. gotta sign off now. Need to pick out records for Friday night and get some tracks ripped for Saturday. There’s so many more great parties this weekend that I just don’t have time to give the attention they deserve, so make sure you check the Top Pick links above, and apologies if I haven’t covered your party here. I try and spread the love as best I can! I’ll be back with more DC House Grooves Top Picks next week, same time same place. See you on the dance floor!