DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 5 to May 8

Sincere thanks to my friends who came out to support me at my birthday celebrations at Body Werk Summer Sessions and Flash last weekend. I realize you have so many great choices here in DC, so it really meant a lot to me that you made the effort to come out. If you couldn’t make it to Flash on Saturday, you can stream or download my set here:

 

All in all, it was an amazing, but exhausting, birthday weekend, which took us from the Rock’n’Roll Hotel to Flash to The Paradox. I regret not making it to the Soundwaves Boat Party, Sunglass Sundays or Groovetop, but this old man could only handle so much fun in one weekend!

FORWARD Festival 2016 Preview

Right… lots to cover this weekend, and as usual I don’t have much time. Currently bashing this out while attending a conference in Las Vegas, so need to keep it quick. Before I get into the weekend’s activities, I wanted to give you all a heads up about FORWARD 2016, DC’s annual 5 day festival celebrating electronic creative culture. The ninth annual festival starts on Wednesday May 11, and runs until Sunday May 15, and this year the theme of the festival is duality. Check the flyer below for details of all the events, then check the day by day preview below. Some great events in this year’s festival, including FORWARD and DC House Grooves presents Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk on Saturday May 14, and of course the free FORWARD on the National Mall parties on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. For the best deal, pick up a FORWARD Pass for only $40, or you can buy tickets for individual events by visiting the individual event page, which I’ve listed in the preview below. A FORWARD Pass gets you entry to every event, plus a limited edition FORWARD 2016 t-shit and a FREE cup of coffee from Bump’n’Grind.

forward 2016 t shirt

FORWARD 2016 T-Shirt

Not a bad deal! If you are feeling generous and want to donate to the festival, you can do so by sending a PayPal payment to david@eightyeightdc.com. Please contribute whatever you can afford if you value this annual celebration of electronic music and culture.

Buy FORWARD 2016 Passes

FORWARD 2016Wednesday May 11

FORWARD presents Geng (Purple Tape Pedigree) at Bump’n’Grind

FORWARD presents Geng (Purple Tape Pedigree) at Bump’n’GrindMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1612978972277294/

Thursday May 12

FORWARD x Amalgamation x LENG present SULLY – UK & COPOUT – NYC at Zeba Bar

FORWARD x Amalgamation x LENG present SULLY - UK & COPOUT - NYC at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/226206594405113/

Friday May 13

FORWARD x Computa Age present Mungo’s Hi Fi at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

FORWARD x Computa Age present Mungo's Hi Fi at Songbyrd Music House and Record CaféMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/526481354221073/

Saturday May 14

FORWARD on the Mall with Anthony Mansfield and David Rosenberg

FORWARD on the Mall with Anthony Mansfield and David Rosenberg

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234096023619033/

FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba Bar

FORWARD x DC House Grooves Present: Disco Knights with Anthony Mansfield, Team Zapata and Body Werk at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679281688990320/

Sunday May 15

FORWARD on the Mall with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody

FORWARD on the Mall with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/234096023619033/

FORWARD Meltdown with Rosario & Benoit at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

FORWARD Meltdown with Rosario & Benoit at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/228131467555077/

Back to this weekend, which brings us all the usual amazing events, along with the annual Funk Parade on U Street, along with all the associated events and after parties.  I’ve included a special section for Funk Parade Picks below, and a special Funk Parade section in the listings featuring all the events on my radar. See below for all this week’s picks, then check the full listings below. Many many great events this weekend, but if you want my advice, check out the Pre-Prescription Funk Parade Day Party, then head over to the Prescription with Fred Everything. Saturday grooves sorted!

*** Thursday Picks ***

Preview with Paul Geddes at Flash

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Kochi at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Official Movement Pre-Party: Âme (DJ set) & Solar at U Street Music Hall

The Acid House at The Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg

*** Friday Picks ***

WTF?! radio show with Kochi, Corduroy Mavericks and Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings

Radio Slave, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Joe L at Flash, with Dance Party Chronicles featuring Martín Miguel, Remote Ctrl and Heights in the Flash Bar

Baltotroit with Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and Itzjack at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Strictly 4 the Dance Floor with Ernest Fountain at Zeba Bar

LENG Presents WOLF DEM, Alex Gardel, & Tsurugi at Backbar

Vague Output & 4 Hours of Funk present Teddy Douglas, Graham & Fleg and Ben Jenkins at Club 1722

*** Funk Parade Picks ***

Tapwagon Soundsystem Biergarden Rewind with Aaron Sparks, Brothers Brau, DJ LoveGrove, Jacob Jay, Kochi, Tim Jackson & Will Eastman 

Pre-PRESCRIPTION : Funk Parade Day Party with Jus Nowhere, DJ Nav, DJ Reets, Martín Miguel and HOT COFFEE

Funky For U: Volume Two (Funk Parade Day Party) at The Velvet Lounge

Funk Love Massive at Industrial Bank

Heavy Rotation: Funk Parade Afterparty Edition at Black Cat Backstage

Sao Funky Afterparty with Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

*** Saturday Picks ***

Prescription with Fred Everything, Team Zapata, Hot Coffee & Markinthedark at 300 Morse Street

Romanian UVAR Meets Muted Noise: Nu Zau, Sepp and Halo Varga at Flash, with Foot Therapy ft. M//R and Ben Jenkins in the Flash Bar

ESL Saturday with Greg Wilson, DJ Provoke, Philip Goyette and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

***Sunday Picks ***

ESL Sunday with Sam The Man Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Sunday’s Rooftop with Anthony Collins, Edo, Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Those are my picks for this weekend. Here’s the full listings. Make it count!

Thursday May 5

Preview with Paul Geddes at Flash

Preview with Paul Geddes at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/230972737280018/

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Kochi at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Kochi at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/606149252881543/

Buena Deep with Mr. Wright & DFMO at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Buena Deep with Mr. Wright & DFMO at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/103736260037384/

Official Movement Pre-Party: Âme (DJ set) & Solar at U Street Music Hall

Official Movement Pre-Party: Âme (DJ set) & Solar at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/950771901686349/

Transmission 4/4 with Philip Goyette at Velvet Lounge

Transmission 4/4 with Philip Goyette at Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/601980643301839/

Fun & Bass Revenge of the Fifth at Revolution Darts & Billiards, Centerville

Fun & Bass Revenge of the Fifth at Revolution Darts & Billiards, CentervilleMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051255434953201/

The Acid House at The Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg

The Acid House at The Bourbon Room, FredericksburgMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/527586710780679/

Markus Schulz Watch The World Tour at Soundcheck

Markus Schulz Watch The World Tour at SoundcheckMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1988420658049026/

Friday May 6

WTF?! radio show with Kochi, Corduroy Mavericks and Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! radio show with Kochi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack RecordingsMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/817007208405764/

Radio Slave, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Joe L at Flash, with Dance Party Chronicles featuring Martín Miguel, Remote Ctrl and Heights in the Flash Bar

Radio Slave, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Joe L at Flash, with Dance Party Chronicles featuring Martín Miguel, Remote Ctrl and Heights in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/543770419130906/

Baltotroit with Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and Itzjack at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Baltotroit with Boss Ross, Steve Kirn and Itzjack at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/256723324673826/

Strictly 4 the Dance Floor with Ernest Fountain at Zeba Bar

Strictly 4 the Dance Floor with Ernest Fountain at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/978963558866500/

ESL Fridays with DJ Big Will Rosario, Will Eastman and Qdup at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Fridays with DJ Big Will Rosario, Will Eastman and Qdup at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

LENG Presents WOLF DEM, Alex Gardel, & Tsurugi at Backbar

LENG Presents WOLF DEM, Alex Gardel, & Tsurugi at BackbarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1049422741795749/

Vague Output & 4 Hours of Funk present Teddy Douglas, Graham & Fleg and Ben Jenkins at Club 1722

Vague Output & 4 Hours of Funk present Teddy Douglas, Graham & Fleg and Ben Jenkins at Club 1722More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/474412609420182/

First Friday with Oso Fresh at Colony Club

First Friday with Oso Fresh at Colony ClubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/275132769495891/

Element presents: Grum with Christauff and Dave Cortex at U Street Music Hall

Element presents: Grum with Christauff and Dave Cortex at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1071348912886740/

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1036804023065462/

FUNK PARADE – Saturday May 7

Funk Parade 2016 on U Street

Funk Parade 2016 on U StreetMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/882479311870318/

Tapwagon Soundsystem Biergarden Rewind with Aaron Sparks, Brothers Brau, DJ LoveGrove, Jacob Jay, Kochi, Tim Jackson & Will Eastman 

Tapwagon Soundsystem Biergarden Rewind with Aaron Sparks, Brothers Brau, DJ LoveGrove, Jacob Jay, Kochi, Tim Jackson & Will Eastman

Pre-PRESCRIPTION : Funk Parade Day Party with Jus Nowhere, DJ Nav, DJ Reets, Martín Miguel and HOT COFFEE

PrescriptionMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/282597602072687/

Funky For U: Volume Two (Funk Parade Day Party) at The Velvet Lounge

Funky For U: Volume Two (Funk Parade Day Party) at The Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/514386895399683/

Funk Love Massive at Industrial Bank

Funk Love Massive at Industrial BankMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/836947726428506/

Aztec Sun, Sub-Urban Sol, DJ Jon Q at DC 9 Nightclub

Aztec Sun, Sub-Urban Sol, DJ Jon Q at DC 9 NightclubMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/222080514835891/

PitchBlak Brass Band, Nappy Riddem and Fort Knox Five ft. Qdup at U Street Music Hall

Funk parade at u hallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1113370448705683/

Tropicalia Funk Parade Soundstage: Johnny Popcorn, Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory, People’s Champs at Tropicalia

Tropicalia Funk Parade Soundstage: Johnny Popcorn, Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory, People’s Champs at TropicaliaMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1712468688991940/

Heavy Rotation: Funk Parade Afterparty Edition at Black Cat Backstage

Heavy Rotation: Funk Parade Afterparty Edition at Black Cat BackstageMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/102181130193032/

Sao Funky Afterparty with Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

Sao Funky Afterparty with Fort Knox Five & Qdup at TropicaliaMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/985208078195409/

Saturday May 7

Prescription with Fred Everything, Team Zapata, Hot Coffee & Markinthedark at 300 Morse Street

Prescription with Fred Everything, Team Zapata, Hot Coffee & Markinthedark at 300 Morse StreetMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595386367448343

Romanian UVAR Meets Muted Noise: Nu Zau, Sepp and Halo Varga at Flash, with Foot Therapy ft. M//R and Ben Jenkins in the Flash Bar

Romanian UVAR Meets Muted Noise: Nu Zau, Sepp and Halo Varga at Flash, with Foot Therapy ft. M//R and Ben Jenkins in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561225234177896/

ESL Saturday with Greg Wilson, DJ Provoke, Philip Goyette and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Greg Wilson, DJ Provoke, Philip Goyette and Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Shipfaced Launch Party with Tek Los and Jon Swink

Shipfaced Launch Party with Tek Los and Jon SwinkMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735576556654638/

HouseArrest with Zacheser and special guests AlexNOIZE & RawleNightLong at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

HouseArrest with Zacheser and special guests AlexNOIZE & RawleNightLong at Rock’n’Roll HotelMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1584619911856069/

Silent Disco Shaw at Cambria Suites Washington DC Convention Center

Silent Disco Shaw at Cambria Suites Washington DC Convention CenterMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739458489634575/

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Natural Resources with PFC at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/175512472843506/

REV909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute & Indie Dance Classics with Will Eastman, Ozker at U Street Music Hall

rev909More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1238830289477615/

 

Sunday May 8

ESL Sunday with Sam The Man Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Sunday’s Rooftop with Anthony Collins, Edo, Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam The Man Burns, Mr Bonkerz and Sunday's Rooftop with Anthony Collins, Edo, Benoit at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/937855292980085/

Aftermath Sundays with Playin’Fields at Masa 14

Aftermath Sundays with Playin’Fields at Masa 14More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1543393065962125/

Wally Lopez at Soundcheck

Wally Lopez at SoundcheckMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1155591864472485/

Spiritual Sundays at Savannah’s, Baltimore

Spiritual Sundays at Savannah’s, BaltimoreMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/568414063329434/

DC House Grooves Half Assed Round Up of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 9 to July 12

Andy Grant here… dropping the royal DC House Grooves “we” this week to check in with a half-assed round up of the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend . Between work, sickness and family stuff, I’ve just had too much going on to pull together the usual comprehensive listings, so this week you’ll all have to make do with an abbreviated edition. There’s a lot more going on in and around DC, but the selection below represents the best of the bunch, in my opinion at least. Check the events below, and keep your eyes and ears open for other stuff that might be going on.

So how about last weekend then? Too many good times to mention over the holiday weekend, but the high points for me were opening the main room at Flash for Kai Alce and Chez Damier on Friday night (huge thanks to the Flash crew for booking me for that slot. Love you guys!), getting down on the Flash Rooftop celebrating Lisa Frank‘s birthday on July 4, then going back to back with DJ Nav at Tropicalia on Sunday night at Milk Chocolate City presents The Return of Mr V on Sunday. An epic weekend all round… the only question is, can we top it this weekend? Well here are my suggestions for you best bets from Thursday to Sunday:

On Thursday, I suggest checking out the Milk Chocolate City happy hour at Dunya, then head over to catch special guest Meegs at The Business End at Velvet.

On Friday, I’d say your best bet is my old mate from back in Scotland Funk D’Void, who will be headlining the main room at Flash with support from Lake People and Feroun, while I’ll be on duty down in the bar with Charles Martin. Trev-ski and Chemical Ali will be at the controls up on the rooftop. Also worth a look is Don’t Call it a Come Back at Napoleon, with a great lineup including Sergio SantosNavboxJubilee, and Benoit Benoit. Getting the band back together, just like old times! Last, but not least, Back in the Day at U Street Music Hall promises a quality night of old school vibes for the heads. If you were there back in the day, this is the one for you.

On Saturday, take your pick between Body Werk at DC9, showcasing the Milk Chocolate City DJs, or Lee BurridgeNavbox and Brian Monaco at U Street Music Hall, before heading up to Baltimore for Arapu at the Dark Room, or Deep Sugar at the Paradox for afters. Make sure you grab your advanced tix for U Hall if you plan on going… it will sell out!

Finally, on Sunday, grab one of the last few tix for the Soundwaves Boat Party with Hector, then head up to the ESL / Public / Dirty Bar triangle for Navbox & Friends Navbox & Philip Goyette‘s birthday parties at ESL, Sunglass Sundays with Super Flu at Public and Groovetop with The Scumfrog at Dirty Bar. Plenty there to keep you grooving into Monday Morning.

OK then… before we get to this week’s picks, here’s this week’s mix. It’s one of mine from the amazing Midnight Project party with Fred P back in January, which has recently seen a surge in interest. Very pleased with how this came out.. definitely worth a listen if you like the deep shit and haven’t take it for a spin yet.

 

Right… that’s it for this week. I’ll be heading off on vacation the next couple of weeks, so likely to be sticking to this half-assed format through July. Hopefully you’ll still find it useful. See you on the dance floor!

Picks for Thurday July 9

Rooftop Happy Hour House Vibez Pt. 3 at Dunya

Rooftop Happy Hour House Vibez Pt. 3 at Dunya

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/991945167483841/

The Business End w. Philco & Wave Age ft. Meegs at Velvet Lounge

The Business End w. Philco & Wave Age ft. Meegs at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/725096297637028/

Picks for Friday July 10

LoveCamp: Ft Meegs & DJ Nav at The Embassy Row Hotel

LoveCamp: Ft Meegs & DJ Nav at The Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/785341298252662/

Funk D’Void (Barcelona) and Lake People (Germany) with Feroun at Flash, with Andy Grant & Charles Martin in the Flash Bar, and Chemical Ali & Trev-ski on the Flash Rooftop

Funk D'Void (Barcelona) and Lake People (Germany) with Feroun at Flash, with Andy Grant & Charles Martin in the Flash Bar, and Chemical Ali & Trev-ski on the Flash Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/867731649965265/

Don’t Call it a Come Back with Sergio Santos, Jubilee, Navbox & Benoit Benoit at Napoleon

Don't Call it a Come Back with Sergio Santos, Jubilee, Navbox & Benoit Benoit at Napoleon

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/786306611467679/

Back in the Day featuring Terry Mullan, Freefall, Sketti, Buster & Ray Casil at U Street Music Hall

Back in the Day featuring Terry Mullan, Freefall, Sketti, Buster & Ray Casil at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/492607030895235/

ESL Fridays with John “Roc” Mateo, Joe L, All Good Funk Alliance, J Mack & DJ Provoke at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday

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

BaltoTroit at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

BaltoTroit at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/462032437280685/

Picks for Saturday July 11

Deep: feat Funky People at Embassy Row Hotel

Deep: ft Funky People at Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/472286946268585/472514416245838/

Good Buddies w. Wave Age & Philco ft. Navbox at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

Good Buddies w. Wave Age & Philco ft. Navbox at Rock'n'Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/409503079235500/

BODY WERK Milk Chocolate City Showcase at DC9 Nightclub

BODY WERK Milk Chocolate City Showcase at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/445137555665453/

Lee Burridge with Navbox, Brian Monaco at U Street Music Hall

Lee Burridge with Navbox, Brian Monaco at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/369243979931335/

ESL Saturday with Will Eastman, Mr Bonkerz, Thomas Blondet, DJ Soul, Juan Zapata, James Dellastatious & Tommy Cornelis at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday

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

ARAPU (ROMANIA) / Jonathan (NY) / Jubilee (DC) at The Dark Room, Baltimore

ARAPU (ROMANIA) / Jonathan (NY) / Jubilee (DC) at The Dark Room, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/372473722962482/

Deep Sugar Backyard BBQ with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards & the Deep Sugar Residents at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar Backyard BBQ with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards & the Deep Sugar Residents at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1616232831953214/

Picks for Sunday July 12

Soundwaves Boat Party w/ Hector

Soundwaves Boat Party

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1130307646995785/

Navbox & Friends Navbox & Philip Goyette’s Birthday Bash at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Navbox & Friends Navbox & Philip Goyette's Birthday Bash at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/449788505194468/

Sunglass Sundays with Super Flu, Schubert, David Martin & Harold Figueroa at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays with Super Flu, Schubert, David Martin & Harold Figueroa at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614415722149670/

Groovetop with The Scumfrog on Dirty Bar Rooftop

Groovetop with The Scumfrog on Dirty Bar Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595000364120954/

 

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 2 – April 5

Woohoo! We’re over the hump, and it’s time to start thinking about the weekend again. Yet again, there’s a huge range of choices for dance floor action this weekend, so whatever you’re in the mood for, we’re sure there’s something there for you. We’re super excited for another edition of our monthly Body Werk party at DC 9 Nightclub, which this time around features the world exclusive debut of DJ duo Gamble & Puff. More on that later! Let’s just say you won’t want to miss this one 🙂

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Now where were we? Oh yeah… as is tradition (well at least as of the last few weeks), we’ve got a couple of mixes for you before we dive into the picks. First up, we’ve got the latest edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, our semi-regular showcase of exclusive mixes from local underground DJs. We’d like to say our weekly showcase, but it ain’t easy persuading these cats to press the record button! We just post ’em up when we get ’em, and with so many great DJs in this town, we’re hoping to keep it as regular thing. Episode #12 is from relative DC newcomer to the DC scene Brian Monaco, who was recently to be found gracing the decks with Chris Nitti at our favorite Thursday night party Lost on Thursdays. He may be new to our local scene, but Brian has been throwing parties while over in London for many years, and he’s a great addition to our local roster of DJs. There’s a great vibe to his mix, with tracks from Missing Linkx, Red Rack’em, Greenville Massive, Acid Pauli and DJ Koze, to name but a few. Unfortunately we had to post this one up on Mixcloud, since SoundCloud were being dicks about it with their Copyright filters, but don’t let that put you off.  It’s a good one!

DC House Grooves Meet The Locals Podcast #12: Brian Monaco by Dc House Grooves on Mixcloud

Our other mix this week is the latest edition of the FORWARD Festival 2015 Infinity Mix Series from Meistro of the Sol Power All Stars, which provides a delightful blend of old and new tunes to get you grooving. Every mix in this series has defied expectations, each one showcasing different style of electronic music. We strongly recommend you give this one a listen, as it will take you places you don’t expect, all the while maintaining a great vibe.

 

Don’t forget to pick up your pass for FORWARD Festival 2015 while the tier one pricing is still available. May is fast approaching, and the prices will go up soon! Your Forward Pass gets you access to all preview and festival events, and you also get the much sought after FORWARD Swag Bag. Don’t miss out!

Right… s’pose we better get on with our picks for the coming weekend. Not much time to get through everything this week, so forgive any brevity. We try and pick out three or four events each night of the weekend, as we just don’t have time to cover everything we want to. If your awesome underground event isn’t covered this week, we’ll get round to it next time. And don’t forget, we include everything in the listings below. As you’re picking out what you plan to do this weekend, don’t forget to click through to the event pages of anything you plan on attending and clicking Join. This helps spread the word about the event (you want a crowd there, right?) and also helps let promoters know who’s coming. Damn.. went off on one again. Forgot to take the ADD meds again. Where were we? Oh yeah, this week’s picks. Squirrel!

Thursday Picks

Lost on Thursdays Superlost feat. Pirupa (Snatch!/Napoli) / Sophia Saze (Dusk & Haze/Brooklyn) at Lost Society

Top pick for Thursday night is Superlost at Lost Society featuring Pirupa (Snatch! / Napoli), making his DC debit along with Sophia Saze (Dusk & Haze / Brooklyn). While we’re all about supporting local DJs, this is a great chance to catch two great DJs with no cover. That’s right! As always, there’s no over for Lost on Thursdays. We’re listening to a Pirupa mix right now, and it’s quality stuff. Nice, deep, chugging, heady tunes without a hint of cheese in sight. We’re not familiar with Sophia Saze, but by the looks of her RA Chart, you’re in good hands. We predict a great vibe on the Lost rooftop tomorrow night, and if the weather holds up, you’re in for a treat. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1572104433052505/

Transmission 4|4 w/ RNS (DC) and Philip Goyette (DC) at Velvet Lounge

Further along U Street at Velvet Lounge, our next pick is Philip Goyette‘s monthly Transmission 4|4 party. This month, Philip’s guests are local DJ / producer duo RNS, so you can expect quality deep house vibes all night in the downstairs bar at Velvet. No cover, 21+, and there’s a $7 Nattybo / Jameson combo 11pm-close. Sounds like fun to us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1571905966387956/

Gryphon After Dark: Crystal Youth at The Gryphon

If tomorrow’s date night and you’re wanting something classy, check out Gryphon After Dark. Jazz singer meets piano bar meets cabaret, meets DC 2014 from the team at One Love Massive. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1559774384263519/

The UKG Social  @ Spirit with Isaac G, DJ TE & Jett Chandon at The Get Down, Baltimore

Our Thursday pick if you’re in Baltimore or you’re a UK garage head is The UKG Social at The Get Down, with DJs Isaac G, TEOmnibud and Jett Chandon. Thursday night sees their 3rd annual Shuffling Contest, so get there early to show off your moves. $5 for 18+, no cover 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1547215715538929/

Friday Picks

WTF?! Radio Show w/ Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi and Andy Grant on sugarshackrecordings.com

Friday kicks off with DJ Kochi‘s WTF?! Radio Show on Sugarshackrecordings.com. Kochi’s guest this week is none other than our own Andy Grant, who will be bringing the heat to the WTF?! studio. We’ve got it on good authority that Andy and Kochi are packing some smokin’ hot new tunes, so tune in at 5pm on Friday for some serious fire.

https://www.facebook.com/events/430415220452334/

Spring To Life – Lisa Frank, Marko Peli, Twin Kllls & meegs – Cherry Snatch Edition at Zeba Bar

Our top pick for Friday night is a real treat: a solid (almost) all-local line up on our favorite neighborhood dance floor. Spring to Life at Zeba Bar features the killer line up of local superstar Lisa FrankMarko Peli, Meegs and Twin KIlls (PA, NYC, Bubbles & Bass), with awesome visuals by [capsaicin]. This has all the ingredients for a fantastic party, and we reckon its where all the heads will be on Friday night. So, come out of hibernation, skip the crowded U Street dance floors, and get down with friends and family at Zeba Bar! No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/826820044034065/

Trus’me, Wbeeza (LiVE), DJ Nav at Flash, with Foot Therapy in the Flash Bar

Down at Flash, there’s a solid lineup with Trus’meWbeeza (performing Live) and DJ Nav on the main floor, with the Foot Therapy crew down in the Flash Bar, with a line up including DJ Zach FMax BerryBen Jenkins Rosemary Arp. We’re really digging the latest release from Wbeeza, so we’re planning on stopping by to check it out, and the Foot Therapy crew always bring the underground heat. Recommended plan of attack: get there early, get some Foot Therapy in the Flash Bar, then head upstairs for DJ Nav and Wbeeza. Advanced tickets are $8 from Ticketfly, more on the door. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1549819898618160/

BaltoTroit v4 with Boss Ross & Steve Kirn at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

The sounds of Baltimore and Detroit collide, as two great local DJs, Boss Ross Steve Kirn, bring you the best techno, minimal, deep, house, tech and everything in between in the wonderful surroundings of Doctor Clock’s Nowhere Bar. Proper music for the heads. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/803034176455455/

Saturday Picks

BODY WERK with Gamble & Puff (Chadwick & Meegs) and Vanniety Kills & Seany Ranks at DC9 Nightclub

Our top pick for Saturday night is Body Werk at DC9 Nightclub, featuring the exclusive worldwide debut of DJ duo Gamble & Puff (Chadwick and meegs) on the main floor, with DJ Vanniety Kills Seany Ranks bringing it on the rooftop.  Yeah, ok, this is our event and we’re obviously going to recommend it, but with this line up, it’s going to be more than a little bit special. The sound system at DC9 Nightclub is great, and with two great DJ duos across two rooms, you’re guaranteed quality grooves all night long. We can’t wait to hear what Chadwick & Meegs have got lined up for us. Individually, they do some amazing things pushing DJ technology to the limit, and we’re bringing them together for the first time at Body Werk. And if that isn’t special enough, we’ve Cadence supremos Vanniety Kills and Seany Ranks spinning a rare house set up on the rooftop. Doors open at 9pm, so if you’re heading elsewhere, stop by and pre-game with us. $2 before midnight, $5 after. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1601514023425718/

Till Von Sein, Philip Goyette, Throe at Flash with Wizdom Entertainment in the Flash Bar

Over at Flash, Saturday night brings Till Von Sein, with support from Philip Goyette Throe, while down in the bar Wizdom Entertainment presents Marko Geatti, Daryl Northrop Alonzo Wainwright. We’re huge fans of Till Von Sein‘s sets, which always take you on a journey, from quality vocal house, to proper messed up wonky shit. We’ve got fond memories of last summer’s Sundays Rooftop party with Till Von Sein, and you can expect the man to deliver the goods again on the amazing Flash sound system. Advanced tickets are $10 from Ticketfly, more on the door. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1538835766405540/

ESL Saturdays with Meistro, Joe L, Farid, DJ Nav, Juan Zapata, Mr Bonkerz & DJ Remote Ctrl at Eighteenth Street Lounge

For another great all local line up that just drips quality house music, check out Eighteenth Street Lounge , with Meistro and Joe L on the patio, Farid and DJ Nav in the gold room, Juan Zapata and Mr Bonkerz in the main room, and DJ Remote Ctrl up in the jazz room. That’s like DC house royalty right there, all under one roof. 21+.

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

4U: Odyssey of House with DJ Mate Masie (4U) and DJ Ramirez at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Odyssey of House at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club with locals DJ Mate Masie (4U) and DJ Ramirez is a great option for deep and soulful house away from the big room crowds on Saturday night. We love Jimmy V’s, as its location almost guarantees that everyone there is meant to be there, so you there’ll be no walk ins from the street requesting Beyoncé all night long; just solid, soulful, underground grooves. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1425073304462201/

All Around Soundclash-Deinfamous / Malleus / LUSH & more at Zeba Bar

Eclectic soundclash business for the heads at Zeba Bar. A quality lineup of seasoned selectors and up and coming talent delivering something a little different. Expect the unexpected! No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/459567954194511/

Sunday Picks

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Top pick for Sunday is Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution at Eighteenth Street Lounge, where Sam takes the regular crowd of devoted house heads on a spiritual journey of quality house and classics in the gold room, while The Metaphysical throws down in main room. A quality musical experience all round, and a great way to wrap up your weekend.

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

That wraps it up for this week’s picks. See below for full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events this coming weekend. Don’t forget to click through to any events you plan on attending and click Join. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this week’s edition. Don’t forget to check back next week for everything you need to plan your weekend on the dance floor.

Thursday April 2

Lost on Thursdays Superlost feat. Pirupa (Snatch!/Napoli) / Sophia Saze (Dusk & Haze/Brooklyn) at Lost Society

Lost on Thursdays Superlost feat. Pirupa (Snatch!/Napoli) / Sophia Saze (Dusk & Haze/Brooklyn) at Lost Society

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572104433052505/

Transmission 4|4 w/ RNS (DC) and Philip Goyette (DC) at Velvet Lounge

Transmission 4|4 w/ RNS (DC) and Philip Goyette (DC) at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571905966387956/

Clark & Nosaj Thing with Rival Consoles at U Street Music Hall

Clark & Nosaj Thing with Rival Consoles at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/807496149310464/

The UKG Social  @ Spirit with Isaac G, DJ TE & Jett Chandon at The Get Down, Baltimore

The UKG Social  @ Spirit with Isaac G, DJ TE & Jett Chandon at The Get Down, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1547215715538929/

Gryphon After Dark: Crystal Youth at The Gryphon

Gryphon After Dark: Live Music, No Cover: Neo Soul, Trip Hop, Soul & Jazz at The Gryphon

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1559774384263519/

Friday April 3

WTF?! Radio Show w/ Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi and Andy Grant on sugarshackrecordings.com

WTF?! Radio Show w/ Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi and Andy Grant on sugarshackrecordings.com

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/430415220452334/

Spring To Life – Lisa Frank, Marko Peli, Twin Kllls & meegs – Cherry Snatch Edition at Zeba Bar

Spring To Life - Lisa Frank, Marko Peli, Twin Kllls & meegs - Cherry Snatch Edition at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/826820044034065/

Trus’me, Wbeeza (LiVE), DJ Nav at Flash, with Foot Therapy in the Flash Bar

Trus'me, Wbeeza (LiVE), DJ Nav at Flash, with Foot Therapy in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1549819898618160/

BaltoTroit v4 with Boss Ross & Steve Kirn at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

BaltoTroit v4 with Boss Ross & Steve Kirn at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/803034176455455/

H Street Boogie Connection with DJ’s Provoke, Fulano & Trev-ski at Rock’n’Roll Hotel

H Street Boogie Connection

 

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1607375572832816/

Charles Feelgood with Freddy Be, Crimson Raiders at U Street Music Hall

Charles Feelgood with Freddy Be, Crimson Raiders at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1407634262878082/

ESL Fridays with Stylus Chris, Mr Bonkerz, Trev-ski, Gabe Flores & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Fridays

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

Saturday April 4

BODY WERK with Gamble & Puff (Chadwick & Meegs) and Vanniety Kills & Seany Ranks at DC9 Nightclub

BODY WERK with Gamble & Puff (Chadwick & Meegs) and Vanniety Kills & Seany Ranks at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1601514023425718/

Till Von Sein, Philip Goyette, Throe at Flash with Wizdom Entertainment in the Flash Bar

Till Von Sein, Philip Goyette, Throe at Flash with Wizdom Entertainment in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1538835766405540/

ESL Saturdays with Meistro, Joe L, Farid, DJ Nav, Juan Zapata, Mr Bonkerz & DJ Remote Ctrl at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturdays

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

Odyssey of House with DJ Mate Masie (4U) and DJ Ramirez at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Odyssey of House with DJ Mate Masie (4U) and DJ Ramirez at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

 

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1425073304462201/

All Around Soundclash-Deinfamous / Malleus / LUSH & more at Zeba Bar

All Around Soundclash-Deinfamous / Malleus / LUSH & more at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/459567954194511/

I Ching with 1st Responders of House at I Ching

I Ching with 1st Responders of House at I Ching

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/844869045584935/

Soul in the Hole with Chris McClenney, Gudo, DJ Wit at Backbar

Soul in the Hole with Chris McClenney, Gudo, DJ Wit at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/969751433038042/

Gent & Jawns with Andromulus, Spinser Tracy at U Street Music Hall

Gent & Jawns with Andromulus, Spinser Tracy at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1401938140120526/

Houseology: Rebirth with Ernest Fountain & Mark Moultrie at St. Marys Restaurant & Bar, Baltimore

Houseology: Rebirth with Ernest Fountain & Mark Moultrie at St. Marys Restaurant & Bar, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/677965365648646/

Enlighten XVIII “The Tenth Dimension” at The Paradox, Baltimore

Enlighten XVIII "The Tenth Dimension" at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/804107819663649/

Sunday April 5

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sundays with Sam Burns' Underground Soul Solution and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Nu Sessions Presents: Moving Castle Showcase at U Street Music Hall 

Nu Sessions Presents: Moving Castle Showcase at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1628746020687475/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 12 – March 15

We’re over the hump for the week, so time to start thinking about what to do this weekend, and what better way to plan your dance floor strategy than reading another edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. Spring has finally (almost) sprung here in the District, and despite the dying winter’s desperate efforts to spoil last weekend, DC’s hardened party goers still managed to have a great time. With nearly a foot of snow last Thursday, and Joseph Capriati failing to show up, we still managed to pull off a great party at Flash, joining forces with the Lost on Thursdays crew for an all locals lineup, including Chris NittiSarah Myers, Andy GrantJubilee and Oliver Caine, all bringing their A games to the main floor at Flash. It was the perfect antidote to the snow day blues. Kudos to Flash management for opening the club when everything else in town was canceled, and respect to all the DJs and party goers who braved the snow! It made for a really fun night; one of our favorites at Flash in a while.

Before we dive into the picks this week, we just wanted to bring your attention to the FORWARD Festival Infinity Mix Series. An annual highlight of the Washington DC electronic scene, the FORWARD festival is fast approaching, and this year the theme is Infinity. In anticipation, the FORWARD team have asked DJs from all genres and backgrounds to contribute a mix capturing the festival theme, and they’re well worth your time. We’ve included the first three mixes in the series below.

The first is from top DC local Lisa Frank:

 

The second is by Panch:

 

And the third is a deliciously eclectic selection from Nobody Stranger:

 

Look out for more mixes in the series as we approach this years FORWARD Festival, and make sure you like the FORWARD DC Facebook Page and follow the FORWARD DC Soundcloud page so you don’t miss future updates. Also, you can now pick up Tier One passes for FORWARD 2015 for the low price of $100. With a FORWARD pass, you get access to all FORWARD 2015 preview and festival events, and the much sought after FORWARD swag bag. Seriously, why are you still here… go grab your FORWARD 2015 Tier 1 pass while they’re still available.

OK, so let’s take at look at our picks for this weekend. If you plan on attending an event, please click through to the event page and click Join, and don’t forget to let your friends know! After you’ve read through our picks, make sure you scroll down and check out the full listings. While we try to pick out what we think are the best bets, we’re sure to have missed some 🙂

Thursday Picks

Superlost feat. Izhevski (All Day I Dream / Propaganda / Moscow) at Lost Society

Strangely, not a whole lot to choose from on Thursday, but our top pick, as is often the case on Thursdays, is Superlost at Lost Society with Izhevski (All Day I Dream / Propaganda) taking control of the decks open to close. Great to see another guest of international caliber on the Lost Society rooftop, and you can expect the usual friendly crowd and a packed dance floor, and if the weather behaves it may even be nice out on the rooftop. Best of all, there’s no cover, and there’ll be all the usual drinks specials. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/655889524536798/

The Business End with Philco & Caleb L’Etoile at Velvet Lounge

Another great choice on U Street for Thursday is the monthly party The Business End at Velvet Lounge, with locals Philco and Caleb L’Etoile throwing down the deep house and nu disco jams open to close. Expect beer, whiskey, dance moves and debauchery to a soundtrack of quality tunes in the intimate surroundings of Velvet Lounge. Sounds like fun! No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/409445005881053/

Friday Picks

WTF?! with Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi and D.J. Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings

We kick off Friday with the WTF?! Radio Show, which this week features Kochi and DJ Ramirez (Slope Traxx). Anyone who has tuned in to the WTF?! show before knows that this is a great way to start off your Friday night right, and when Kochi and Ramirez get together, you just know if will be pure fire. A great way to spend your Friday commute, and a great warm up for Body Werk in the Flash Bar on Friday, where Ramirez will be joining Andy Grant and Jubilee to throw down quality deep jams all night long.

https://www.facebook.com/events/739048889548077/

Focus: Marcel Fengler, Navbox & Dansman at Flash, Body Werk with Andy Grant, Jubilee & Ramirez in the Flash Bar 

Our top pick for Friday night is Focus at Flash with Berghain / Panoramabar resident Marcel Fengler (Ostgut Ton | Berlin) headlining the main floor, with local support from Navbox (Stranger than Paradise, Flash) and Dansman (Flash, #Bodyfeel). It’s going to be quality techno all night up on the main floor, while down in the Flash BarAndy Grant (DC House Grooves)Jubilee (Slope Traxx) Ramirez (Slope Traxx) will be serving up the freshest, deepest cuts open to close.. With techno upstairs and house downstairs, it’ll be like a mini-Berghain in reverse, with something for everyone. Of course, it will be a lot easier to get in. Speaking of which, advanced tickets are available for $7 from Ticketfly, more on the door. 21+. Get there early for a drink in the bar with the Body Werk crew, then head upstairs and enjoy the opening sets before the crowds get too crazy.

https://www.facebook.com/events/436237123200167/

Tensnake with Juan Zapata, Charles Martin and special guest Flight Facilities (DJ Set) at U Street Music Hall

UPDATE: U Hall have announced that Flight Facilities will be joining this event to play a special DJ set after their gig at 9:30 Club. All the more reason to grab your advanced tickets ASAP!

Our next pick for Friday night is Tensake at U Street Music Hall, with support from two of our Meet the Locals Podcast alumni, Juan Zapata and Charles Martin. It’s going to be a packed house at U Hall for this lineup, so make sure you get there early to catch Juan and Charles, two locals who really know how to move a dance floor. Advanced tickets are available for $15 from Ticketfly, but it’s free before 11pm for 21+. 18 to 20 by advanced ticket only .

https://www.facebook.com/events/324285224438569/

Okayafrica Presents Quantic and Sinkane at Tropicalia

If something a bit more eclectic is more your thing, then we recommend you head to Tropicalia on Friday night for Okayafrica presents Quantic and Sinkane. It’s going to be all vinyl, all night long as Quantic brings his extensive collection of original productions and classic 45’s to DC, supported by Sinkane and the DC based Analog Soul Club. Expect tropical soul and sub-bass laden polyrhythm, all through Tropicalia’s great sound system. Advanced tickets are $15 from Brown Paper Tickets, and if you plan on attending, we recommend you grab them fast, as we’ve got a feeling this one will sell out.

https://www.facebook.com/events/969338723080900/

Kowli Presents: Roger Gerressen & Kamran Sadeghi (Live) at The Dark Room, Baltimore

Our final pick for Friday is Kowli Presents: Roger Gerressen & Kamran Sadeghi (Live) at The Dark Room in Baltimore, with support from residents Feroun and Novac. We’re not familiar with the headliners, but this is Roger Gerressen‘s US debut, and if Kowli Records are booking them, then that’s all we need to know. For a proper after hours vibe in a warehouse environment, this is the place to be in Baltimore on Friday night. Advanced tickets are $10. Head over to the Facebook event page for details on how to purchase.

https://www.facebook.com/events/622337857900058/

Saturday Picks

BODY WERK with Solomon Sanchez, Andy Grant and Tommy Cornelis at DC9 Nightclub

Top pick for Pi Day is BODY WERK at DC9 Nightclub with Andy Grant and Solomon Sanchez at the controls on the main floor, and Tommy Cornelis (The NeedleXchange) bringing the rooftop vibes upstairs open to close. We started the Body Werk party back at DC9 Nightclub in October, and they’ve been going from strength to strength, giving local underground DJs the opportunity to play long, peak time underground house sets on DC9’s fantastic Void Acoustics sound system. This is our sixth party at DC9, and we’re lucky enough to have the hugely talented Solomon Sanchez joining Andy Grant on the main floor. A regular at Flash and U Street Music Hall, Solomon’s sets are always something special, so make sure you stop by on Saturday to catch him and Andy werking the main room. With TNX resident Tommy Cornelis throwing down the smooth vibes on the rooftop, you’ve got the full recipe for a great night of grooving. As always, the cover is low: $2 before midnight, $5 after. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/620175144750108/

Derrick May & Rosenberg at Flash, with Synesthesia in the Flash Bar

Our techno pick for Saturday night is Derrick May at Flash, with Rosenberg in support with a special extended birthday set, and Synesthesia in the Flash Bar. If you don’t know the name Derrick May, then you really need to do your research. As one of the Belleville Three, he pretty much invented techno, along with Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Last time he played Flash, it was a night to remember, and you can expect another memorable night this Saturday. We recommend you get there early to catch Rosenberg‘s extended set. The perfect way to warm up for quality techno from a true legend. First release advanced tickets are still available for $10 from Ticketfly, more on the door. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/410979409062371/

Deep Sugar with DJ Spen, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Sheila Ford (Live), The Elders & Mookie Wizzo at The Paradox, Baltimore

Our after hours pick for Saturday night is Deep Sugar at The Paradox in Baltimore, who’ll be celebrating Ultra Naté‘s birthday with an all black birthday bash! Joining Ultra and Lisa Moody in the main room will be Baltimore’s finest DJ Spen, along with a live PA by Sheila Ford debuting her new single, while in The Chamber, The Elders and Mookie Wizzo will be bringing the heat all night long. So hit 95 north after the club on Saturday night and make your way to the Paradox for the best after hours on the east coast… and make sure you wear black! $15, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1616796285202148/

ESL Saturdays with Brian Tappert, DJ Nav, Will Eastman, Philco, Mr Bonkerz, Honest Lee & Bill Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Another great choice for Saturday night is ESL Saturdays at Eighteenth Street Lounge, with Traxsource co-founder and long time house producer Brian Tappert in the Gold Room, with support from local producer DJ Nav, while out on the patio U Street Music Hall‘s Will Eastman headlines with support from Philco. In the Main Room Mr Bonkerz and Honest Lee will be throwing down the disco flavas, with TNX‘s Bil Todd up in the Jazz Room. Anyone buying house music in the 90’s will be familiar with the name Brian Tappert. A prolific producer, with many releases under his belt under pseudonyms such as Jazz-n-GrooveMother of PearlCleptomaniacsUrban Blues Project, the list goes on. We’re curious to hear what he’s playing these days, so if you get a chance to stop by ESL on Saturday to hear his set, let us know! 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/446124982212879/

SubDistrick!! with Julez, Lyceum, Plus Good & Brian Rogue State at Backbar

Our final pick for Saturday night is a drum and bass pick for those of you who are looking for a something other than the usual 4/4 house beats, as the SubDistrick!! crew take over Backbar with JulezLyceumPlus Good Brian Rogue State at the controls, unleashing a full spectrum audio assault in the bass bunker that is Backbar. Make sure you bring your earplugs, as that sound system will really pummel your ear drums, and these guys will be working it to the max! $5, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1565519563707817/

Sunday Picks

Dubfire (Open-to-Close Set) at U Street Music Hall

And so we move on to Sunday, where our top pick is DC native Dubfire playing an open to close set at U Street Music Hall to kick off their fifth anniversary week. That’s right, U Hall is five this week! More accustomed to playing mega clubs and festivals, this is a great opportunity to catch Dubfire playing a smaller club, and you can expect a packed dance floor at U Hall for this one. Advanced tickets are $12 from Ticketfly. Better grab yours quickly, as this will likely sell out.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1589744364595532/

RISE – Rhythm In Soul Elevated at Liv Nightclub

For quality soulful house, true deep house, classics and a touch of rhythm and blues and old school hip hop on Sunday night, our next pick is a new weekly party from Dem OMG Boyz and The First Responders of House called RISE – Rhythm in Soul Elevated at Liv Nightclub. We’ve not been to this one yet, but looks like a great new choice for great vibes with a crowd of true house heads on a Sunday night. Oh, and did we mention the kitchen will be open with a full menu? No cover, but mandatory $5 bar ticket. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/464904176993773/

Well those are our picks for the coming weekend, so let’s move on to the full listings. We’ve picked out the events we think are worth your time, but there are lots more to choose from. If you plan on attending an event, make sure you click through the Facebook event page and click Join.

Thursday March 12

Superlost feat. Izhevski (All Day I Dream / Propaganda / Moscow) at Lost Society

Superlost feat. Izhevski (All Day I Dream / Propaganda / Moscow) at Lost Society

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/655889524536798/

The Business End with Philco & Caleb L’Etoile at Velvet Lounge

The Business End with Philco & Caleb L'Etoile at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/409445005881053/

RAM Tour feat. Delta Heavy, Loadstar, Optical, TC + more at Café Asia

RAM Tour feat. Delta Heavy, Loadstar, Optical, TC + more at Café Asia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/839785816060337/

Funk Parade Kickoff Party! at The Howard Theater

Funk Parade Kickoff Party! at The Howard Theater

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1574653872774353/

Friday March 13

WTF?! with Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi and D.J. Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! with Kochi on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/739048889548077/

Focus: Marcel Fengler, Navbox & Dansman at Flash, Body Werk with Andy Grant, Jubilee & Ramirez in the Flash Bar 

Focus: Marcel Fengler, Navbox & Dansman at Flash, Body Werk with Andy Grant, Jubilee & Ramirez in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/436237123200167/

Tensnake with Juan Zapata, Charles Martin and special guest Flight Facilities (DJ Set) at U Street Music Hall

Tensnake with Juan Zapata at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/324285224438569/

Okayafrica Presents Quantic and Sinkane at Tropicalia

Okayafrica Presents Quantic and Sinkane at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/969338723080900/

ESL Friday with Cousin Cole, Stylus Chris, JMack, The Metaphysical & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday March 13

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/946601122019041/

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doktor D at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Silicon Based Lifeform with Doktor D at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679323092295232/

RWD vs. EXBC: Battle of the Broadcasters

RWD vs. EXBC: Battle of the Broadcasters

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1609085105972770/

Kowli Presents: Roger Gerressen & Kamran Sadeghi (Live) at The Dark Room, Baltimore

Kowli Presents: Roger Gerressen & Kamran Sadeghi (Live) at The Dark Room, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/622337857900058/

The Soul of Baltimore (TSOB) – The Movement Continues at The Clubhouse, Baltimore

The Soul of Baltimore (TSOB) - The Movement Continues at The Clubhouse, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1547218205563093/

Saturday March 14

BODY WERK with Solomon Sanchez, Andy Grant and Tommy Cornelis at DC9 Nightclub

BODY WERK with Solomon Sanchez, Andy Grant and Tommy Cornelis at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/620175144750108/

Derrick May & Rosenberg at Flash, with Synesthesia in the Flash Bar

Derrick May & Rosenberg at Flash, with Synesthesia in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/410979409062371/

Deep Sugar with DJ Spen, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Sheila Ford (Live), The Elders & Mookie Wizzo at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar with DP Spen, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Sheila Ford (Live), The Elders & Mookie Wizzo at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1616796285202148/

ESL Saturday with Brian Tappert, DJ Nav, Will Eastman, Philco, Mr Bonkerz, Honest Lee & Bill Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday March 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/446124982212879/

Heavy Rotation with DJ Provoke, Trevski & Joe L at The Black Cat

Heavy Rotation with DJ Provoke, Trevski & Joe L at The Black Cat

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/363610727162159/

Mischief presents: Cross-Pollination Irrational Dance Party Edition featuring Mr. Jennings at Zeba Bar

Mischief presents: Cross-Pollination Irrational Dance Party Edition featuring Mr. Jennings at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/989508417743616/

Lido with Alex Young, Louie Lastic & DJ Kidd Marvel at U Street Music Hall

Lido with Alex Young, Louie Lastic & DJ Kidd Marvel at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/362894713892192/

SubDistrick!! with Julez, Lyceum, Plus Good & Brian Rogue State at Backbar

SubDistrick!!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1565519563707817/

Fast Forward with Ayes Cold, Matthias, Caleb L’Etoile & Flash Frequency at The Looking Glass Lounge

Fast Forward with Ayes Cold, Matthias, Caleb L'Etoile & Flash Frequency at The Looking Glass Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/904095172968915/

DJ Dan at The Red Maple, Baltimore

DJ Dan at The Red Maple, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/608585005942639/

Spctrl Ntrst #6 with Butch Dawson, Nah (Philly), C10, Jeff Carey, Slendermen, Trish Device, Quna & Killjoy at Unimart, Baltimore

Spctrl Ntrst #6 with Butch Dawson, Nah (Philly), C10, Jeff Carey, Slendermen, Trish Device, Quna & Killjoy at Unimart, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/896537340386017/

Sunday March 15

Dubfire (Open-to-Close Set) at U Street Music Hall

Dubfire (Open-to-Close Set) at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1589744364595532/

The NeedleXchange with Philco at Velvet Lounge

The NeedleXchange with Philco at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1621059724789543/

RISE – Rhythm In Soul Elevated at Liv Nightclub

RISE - Rhythm In Soul Elevated at Liv Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/464904176993773/

ESL Sunday with Sam Burns’ Underground Soul Solution and Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday March 15

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

That’s everything we’ve got for this week. Looks like another fine weekend in the District! Check back next week for our picks and listings of all the best underground house, techno, drum and bass and electronic music events in and around Washington DC and Baltimore. If you want your event considered for inclusion, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page and tell us about it. Also, we’d welcome your constructive feedback on the DC House Grooves Round Up. If you’ve got an comments or suggestions, please send us a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page.

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant