DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 13 to October 16

Wow… I’m still buzzing from Body Werk on Saturday, and the epic music session that took place down the DC House Grooves basement studio afterwards. DJ Lisa Frank slayed the dance floor open to close, playing to an enthusiastic crowd who kept things moving until the lights went on. Up on the rooftop, both Sarah Myers and Katrina Mir delivered amazing sets…so much so that I decided to stay out of it! After we wrapped up at DC9 Nightclub, we headed back to DC House Grooves HQ for an epic all vinyl session, with sets from Katrina Mir, myself, Ramirez and Taiga. The music was so good we just couldn’t stop! Taiga proved himself to be a worthy member of the Rave Basement Crew… definitely a local DJ to watch. You can catch him this Saturday at Flash, sharing the decks with Edo in the bar, and again at Flesh at Flash on Halloween, joining Jus Nowhere  and  Mazi R  n the bar. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate Body Werk’s second anniversary with us. We’ll be launching into our third year at DC 9 Nightclub on November 12, with Sarah Myers headlining for us in the main room, with Katrina Mir and myself on the rooftop. Flyer and event page coming soon. I hope you can join us!

Before I get into things for this week, I’ve published my annual Halloween Weekend Preview as a separate post, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events over Halloween weekend, with flyers, event page links and advanced ticket links. The popular Halloween parties regularly sell out each year, so plan ahead and grab your advanced tickets well in advance. I’ll be keeping the post updated as Halloween weekend approaches and further events are announced. Shaping up to be another spooky weekend on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: Halloween 2016 Preview

A couple of events I’m involved with this week: on Thursday I’m joining Christauff, Jandro & Sarah Myers behind the decks at Eden Nightclub for the first edition of Community Underground, the first in a series of parties celebrating DC’s local underground talent. One of my main objectives with DC House Grooves is to promote local DC talent, so I jumped at the chance to support Community Underground. Kudos to Fosho for putting this together, and I hope you can join us in making this a successful platform for local DJs to showcase their talents.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/172008059916343

Community Underground with Bortz, Tre Justice, Dom & Serg, Tripnotic, Don DC Campbell, Sarah Myers, Andy Grant, Jandro & Christauff at Eden Nightclub

On Friday night, Body Werk returns to the Flash Bar with myself and Katrina Mir serving up fresh slices of wax open to close. They say the couple that plays together, stays together, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather go back to back with all night long! Upstairs on the main floor it’s Focus Detroit with Luke Hess with local support from homies Ron Jackson & Jackson Ryland, and  on the rooftop, Flash residents Navbox and Edo bring the heat open to close. Looks like another amazing Friday night at Flash! Whatever your plans, please make an effort to stop by and throw a few shapes with us in the bar. Remember, there’s no cover to join us in the bar. Hope to see some Body Werk regulars on the floor enjoying the Flash Bar‘s newly upgraded Funktion One sound system!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/359625384425885/

Focus Detroit with Luke Hess, Ron Jackson & Jackson Ryland, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

Sadly I can’t make it out on Saturday night, but my turntables will be put to good use by Detroit legend Omar S at Kowli & Midnight Project present Omar S with Simon Ferdinand, Benoit Benoit, Leon Amos & Feroun at The DC Eagle. The parties at The DC Eagle have been on fire lately, and this one has all the hallmarks of a very special event. An after hours warehouse party with Omar S? As our dear friend Hamid would say, are you kidding me? Don’t sleep on this one, folks. Advanced tickets are strongly encouraged, and luckily DC House Grooves has a special 20% discount just for you:

20% discount off Kowli & Midnight Project Present Omar S

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1053381004759260/

Kowli & Midnight Project present: Omar S with Simon Ferdinand, Benoit Benoit, Leon Amos & Feroun at The DC Eagle

No Meet the Locals Podcast this week, but I wanted to share with you a short mix from homie Leon, who has recently made the switch to spinning vinyl. A short, but very sweet mix of quality house wax with a garagey vibe. Hoping to bring you an exclusive Meet the Locals Podcast from Leon soon.

 

Other highlights for me this weekend are Playlist featuring Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge and NightFlight with Trevor Keen & Adrian Collazo at Cafe Saint Ex on Thursday, Frequency with DJ Ramirez, Candice Mills, Dj Nav and Kochi at Zeba Bar for the deep heads, Pulse Fridays Presents DJ Spen’s Birthday Celebration with DJ Spen and DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore for the house heads, and 94 til Infinity: A 90’s Jungle Party with DJ Dara, Rob-One B2B Locks with MC Raff, Deinfamous B2B Ill Omen with MC Twisty, Seany Ranks B2B Vanniety Kills, Yolo B2B Bashee, Refugee B2B Blaze One at The DC Eagle for the drum and bass heads on Friday, Misfits Society: Dennis Ferrer, Nasser Baker & Alex Eljaiek at Flash, with Taiga and Edo in the Flash Bar and Dos Amigos with Grody & Jon Weller at Backbar on Saturday, then rounding off the weekend bouncing between Sunglass Sundays V featuring MURK  with Jandro, Jon MFD and Christauff at Public Bar and ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge and Hold Tight: BLR Launch Party featuring Mike W., Martín Miguel & Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Excited for the BLR Launch Party; congrats to Martín Miguel on the launch of the label, and I wish him great success with it in the future. Looking forward to securing a copy of the first release!

As always, I’ve got way more picks this weekend than I have time to write up. Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, followed by full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this coming weekend. What does it mean if an event is in my picks? It means it is worth checking out. If it’s in my picks, it means I really dig the event, the concept, the DJs, the venue, and I really want to go! Feel free to send me feedback if any of my picks exceed or don’t live up to expectations. Feedback is always welcome!

Thursday Picks

Community Underground with Bortz, Tre Justice, Dom & Serg, Tripnotic, Don DC Campbell, Sarah Myers, Andy Grant, Jandro & Christauff at Eden Nightclub

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee & Ramirez and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

NightFlight with Trevor Keen & Adrian Collazo at Cafe Saint Ex

Preview Late Night with DJ Plus One at Flash

Chus + Ceballos Open to Close at Flash

DJ Shadow with Noer The Boy at the 9:30 Club

One Love Massive 15 Year Anniversary at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Friday Picks

Focus Detroit with Luke Hess, Ron Jackson & Jackson Ryland at Flash, with Navbox and Edo on Rooftop and Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar 

Frequency with DJ Ramirez, Candice Mills, Dj Nav and Kochi at Zeba Bar

94 til Infinity: A 90’s Jungle Party with DJ Dara, Rob-One B2B Locks with MC Raff, Deinfamous B2B Ill Omen with MC Twisty, Seany Ranks B2B Vanniety Kills, Yolo B2B Bashee, Refugee B2B Blaze One at The DC Eagle

Partial Magic with Jwan Allen and Ben Jenkins at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Classical Trax x Guestlist Present: The Dance Pit, Jett Chandon, Benbo & Panch at Backbar

Petworth Funk with Trev-ski at The Looking Glass Lounge, Petworth

Lee Curtiss with Sarah Myers at Soundcheck

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company, Juana and Throe at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Pulse Fridays Presents DJ Spen’s Birthday Celebration with DJ Spen and DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Saturday Picks

Kowli & Midnight Project present: Omar S with Simon Ferdinand, Benoit Benoit, Leon Amos & Feroun at The DC Eagle

Misfits Society: Dennis Ferrer, Nasser Baker & Alex Eljaiek at Flash, with Taiga and Edo in the Flash Bar

Feed Me Disco: Eau Claire & Cassian with Kids Want Techno at U Street Music Hall

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Mr Bonkerz, Stylus Chris and Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Dos Amigos with Grody & Jon Weller at Backbar

Mass Transit 35: We Are Superheroes [Mental Health Benefit] with LJ Mix, Jon Deke, DJ Nysus, Christauff, Dainbramage, Ramz & Steve Bugbee at The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax

Sunday Picks

Sunglass Sundays V ft MURK [Oscar G & Ralph Falcon] with Jandro, Jon MFD and Christauff at Public Bar

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge and Hold Tight: BLR Launch Party featuring Mike W., Martín Miguel & Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Those are my picks for this weekend, and here are my full listings of all the best underground and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday October 13

Community Underground with Bortz, Tre Justice, Dom & Serg, Tripnotic, Don DC Campbell, Sarah Myers, Andy Grant, Jandro & Christauff at Eden Nightclub

Community Underground with Bortz, Tre Justice, Dom & Serg, Tripnotic, Don DC Campbell, Sarah Myers, Andy Grant, Jandro & Christauff at Eden Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/172008059916343

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee & Ramirez and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/317276745313639/

NightFlight with Trevor Keen & Adrian Collazo at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/296175757406544/

DJ Shadow with Noer The Boy at the 9:30 Club

DJ Shadow with Noer The Boy at the 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/884889711644469/

One Love Massive 15 Year Anniversary at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

One Love Massive 15 Year Anniversary at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/311569595887995/

Preview Late Night with DJ Plus One at Flash

Preview Late Night with DJ Plus One at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/199985950424624/

Chus + Ceballos Open to Close at Flash

Chus + Ceballos Open to Close at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1102807116432965/

Hauswarming Thursdays with Jazzy Jazz and Jon Weller at Bonfire

Hauswarming Thursdays with Jazzy Jazz and Jon Weller at Bonfire

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/785386521604439/

Andrew Bayer at Soundcheck

Andrew Bayer at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/119886565136594/

Friday October 14

Focus Detroit with Luke Hess, Ron Jackson & Jackson Ryland at Flash, with Navbox and Edo on Rooftop and Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar 

Focus Detroit with Luke Hess, Ron Jackson & Jackson Ryland, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant and Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/359625384425885/

Frequency with DJ Ramirez, Candice Mills, Dj Nav and Kochi at Zeba Bar

Frequency with DJ Ramirez, Candice Mills, Dj Nav and Kochi at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/969772736478798/

94 til Infinity: A 90’s Jungle Party with DJ Dara, Rob-One B2B Locks with MC Raff, Deinfamous B2B Ill Omen with MC Twisty, Seany Ranks B2B Vanniety Kills, Yolo B2B Bashee, Refugee B2B Blaze One at The DC Eagle

Deinfamous B2B Ill Omen with MC Twisty, Seany Ranks B2B Vanniety Kills, Yolo B2B Bashee, Refugee B2B Blaze One at The DC Eagle

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/836135043190666

Partial Magic with Jwan Allen and Ben Jenkins at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Partial Magic with Jwan Allen and Ben Jenkins at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1778925962392481/

Petworth Funk with Trev-ski at The Looking Glass Lounge, Petworth

Petworth Funk with Trev-ski at The Looking Glass Lounge, Petworth

Classical Trax x Guestlist Present: The Dance Pit, Jett Chandon, Benbo & Panch at Backbar

Classical Trax x Guestlist Present: The Dance Pit, Jett Chandon, Benbo & Panch at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/220213128395982/

ESL Friday with Mr Sonny James, Jahsonic, Chris Brooks and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Mr Sonny James, Jahsonic, Chris Brooks and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Brodinski with Cos BV at U Street Music Hall

Brodinski with Cos BV at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/204252436643887/

Lee Curtiss with Sarah Myers at Soundcheck

Lee Curtiss with Sarah Myers at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/312549319104144/

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company, Juana and Throe at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Natural Resources with Pacific Fur Company, Juana and Throe at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/544043585785626/

Pulse Fridays Presents DJ Spen’s Birthday Celebration with DJ Spen and DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays Presents DJ Spen's Birthday Celebration with DJ Open and DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1584412865200056/

Saturday October 15

Kowli & Midnight Project present: Omar S with Simon Ferdinand, Benoit Benoit, Leon Amos & Feroun at The DC Eagle

Kowli & Midnight Project present: Omar S with Simon Ferdinand, Benoit Benoit, Leon Amos & Feroun at The DC Eagle

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1053381004759260/

 

Misfits Society: Dennis Ferrer, Nasser Baker & Alex Eljaiek at Flash, with Taiga and Edo in the Flash Bar

Misfits Society: Dennis Ferrer, Nasser Baker & Alex Eljaiek at Flash, with Taiga and Edo in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/330332347320953/

Feed Me Disco: Eau Claire & Cassian with Kids Want Techno at U Street Music Hall

Feed Me Disco: Eau Claire & Cassian with Kids Want Techno at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1798620617049127/

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Mr Bonkerz, Stylus Chris and Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Meistro, Mr Bonkerz, Stylus Chris and Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Dos Amigos with Grody & Jon Weller at Backbar

Dos Amigos with Grody & Jon Weller at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/556613981192194/

Mass Transit 35: We Are Superheroes [Mental Health Benefit] with LJ Mix, Jon Deke, DJ Nysus, Christauff, Dainbramage, Ramz & Steve Bugbee at The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax

Mass Transit 35: We Are Superheroes [Mental Health Benefit] with LJ Mix, Jon Deke, DJ Nysus, Christauff, Dainbramage, Ramz & Steve Bugbee at The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/358070407914352/

Glas Mix 3rd Anniversary with Confetti and DJ Spacepimp, Data Drop & Phaydn Rick Next Door, Bruno Nunes & Daryl Northrop at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Glas Mix 3rd Anniversary with Confetti and DJ Spacepimp, Data Drop & Phaydn Rick Next Door, Bruno Nunes & Daryl Northrop at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/156841894744952/

Pat Premier, Bobby Hash & Mr. Wright at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Pat Premier, Bobby Hash & Mr. Wright at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/968211206657813/

Sao Funky Saturdays with Fort Knox Five at Tropicalia DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/156841894744952/ Sao Funky Saturdays with Fort Knox Five at Tropicalia DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/350129115326456/

Sunday October 16

Sunglass Sundays V ft MURK [Oscar G & Ralph Falcon] with Jandro, Jon MFD and Christauff at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays V ft MURK [Oscar G & Raplh Falcon] with Jandro, Jon MFD and Christauff at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/834315480038186/

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge and Hold Tight: BLR Launch Party featuring Mike W., Martín Miguel & Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge and Hold Tight: BLR Launch Party featuring Mike W., Martín Miguel & Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/724873574330761/

Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded at Blues Alley

Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded at Blues Alley

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/271259843250214/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC September 29 to October 2

I’m filing this week’s post from a hotel room in Transylvania… it’s 2.30am, I’ve had a few drinks, and I have a plane to catch in a couple of hours, heading back to the US after a productive week of “day job” biz. Apologies in advance for any errors or omissions. While it was tough to be away from DC with so many incredible parties last weekend (missing out on Goldie at Flash and Keith Worthy at ESL last Sunday was particularly painful, especially when all the photos and comments starting hitting Facebook showing me exactly what I was missing!), I succeeded in getting a taste of the local Romanian club culture, attending Club-Midi‘s season opener with Raresh and K!d Chriss, so I can’t complain. I gotta say, Romanians know how to do things right! Club-Midi was on point on all counts… state of the art Funktion One sound, amazing visuals, friendly crowd, and relentlessly minimal grooves all night long. If you ever find yourself in Cluj-Napoca, make the effort to go to Club-Midi. Proper underground vibes for the discerning dancer. And did I mention Mioritmic 2016? Just look at that lineup! I’m tempted to jump on a plane and come back here next weekend. If only…

Before getting into things for this weekend, a quick heads up re: next weekend. Our monthly Body Werk party is celebrating it’s two year anniversary, and to mark the occasion, we’ve got a very special treat for you: in the main room, DC’s rising star DJ Lisa Frank (ROAM) holds things down with a rare open to close set on DC9 Nightclub‘s amazing Void Acoustics sound system accompanied by [capsaicin]‘s spectacular live visuals, while on the rooftop bar Sarah Myers (Flash) brings the heat with support from Body Werk residents Andy Grant and Katrina Mir. Rumor has it there’ll be cupcakes to mark the occasion, so join us at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday October 8 and throw some shapes with us on the dance floor to celebrate 2 years of Body Werk. Click through to the event page below and click Going so we know to expect you. Need to make sure there are enough cupcakes to go round 🙂 As always, cover is just $2 before midnight and $5 after. Small cover, proper vibes!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1685824778404445/

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While I’m on the subject of next weekend, did you grab your tickets to the Soundwaves Closing Party next Sunday with local legends Kevin Yost and Navbox? If you don’t want to miss out, you’d better grab your tickets NOW! Over a week away, only final release tickets are left, and they won’t last long. This one’s going to be emotional… don’t be left on the dock.

Advanced Tix for Soundwaves Closing Party with Kevin Yost and Navbox

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Enough of the hype for next weekend: gotta get through this weekend first! This weekend’s highlight is the latest edition of DC’s finest undergrounder Midnight Project, this time featuring the always amazing Francis Harris (Scissor & Thread) with direct support from TNX‘s Baronhawk PoitierHot Coffee, resident Benoit Benoit and visuals by Oldneon at a secret location in northeast DC. Use the link below for a very special 20% discount off advanced tickets. You can always rely on Midnight Project for proper underground afters vibes, so grab your ticket now using the link below, and get ready to groove until sunrise on Sunday.

20% discount off Midnight Project with Francis Harris

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New Meet the Locals Podcast alert! Episode #42 features a quality tech houser from DC local Enamour, who you can catch spinning this Saturday at Starry Nights with Bête Noire & Enamour at Mellow Mushroom Rooftop.

 

I’ve run out of time… only an hour until I have to leave and catch this flight, and I still need to pack. Highlights for Thursday are ESL Thurdsay with Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox, Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Nightflight Residents Reunion with MarkFunk, Grody, Omar, Heather Femia, Zamkov and DFMO at Cafe Saint Ex. I’m hoping to make it out to one or both of these if I manage to grab some sleep on the plane. On Friday, kick things off with quality happy hour vibes at DC House Grooves presents Body Werk Rooftop Sessions with Katrina Mir, cLinC, Jonathan Lim on the Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop, then head to Flash for Focus: Scuba with Schubert and Feroun at Flash with The Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Aakmael, DJ Nav and Charles Martin in the Flash BarScuba upstairs and DJ Aakmael in the bar, supported by an all-star local A-team? Serious business. For a more intimate vibe with some amazing local talent, head to Dr. Clock’s in Adams Morgan for Name Day: A Celebration of Samantha Francesca with Samantha Francesca, Philip Goyette, Pacific Fur Company, Juan Zapata and Philco. Saturday night, I’m all about Midnight Project, but don’t sleep on Flash, with Romanians Mihai Popoviciu & Pornbugs in the main room supported by resident Sarah Myers and Charles Martin, and DJ Provoke down in the bar open to close. ESL Saturday with Eric Duncan, Joe L, The Metaphysical, Double A & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge is also highly recommended, along with House of Wax with Symmetrical and Innovadar at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar. Sunday is all about ESL Sunday featuring Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Smudge and Good Buddies with Feroun, Jus Nowhere and Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Quality vibes across three dance floors. Something for everyone!

Right.. gotta dash. Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, followed by full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC. If you found this post useful, please hit that share button and help spread the word. DC House Grooves relies on organic distribution: tell your friends and share the love. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday Picks

ESL Thurdsay with Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox, Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Nightflight Resident’s Reunion with MarkFunk, Grody, Omar, Heather Femia, Zamkov and DFMO at Cafe Saint Ex

Friday Picks

DC House Grooves presents Body Werk Rooftop Sessions with Katrina Mir, cLinC, Jonathan Lim at Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop

Focus: Scuba with Schubert and Feroun at Flash with The Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Aakmael, DJ Nav and Charles Martin in the Flash Bar

Name Day: A Celebration of Samantha Francesca with Samantha Francesca, Philip Goyette, Pacific Fur Company, Juan Zapata and Philco at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

ESL Friday with Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Stylus Chris at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Saturday Picks

Midnight Project with Francis Harris (Scissor&Thread, BK), Baronhawk, Hot Coffee & Benoit at Secret Location

Mihai Popoviciu & Pornbugs with Sarah Myers and Charles Martin at Flash, with DJ Provoke in the Flash Bar

ESL Saturday with Eric Duncan, Joe L, The Metaphysical, Double A & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

House of Wax with Symmetrical and Innovadar at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Rev909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute & Indie Dance Classics with Will Eastman and Ozker at U Street Music Hall

Strictly 4 the Dance Floor with DJ Ernest Fountain at Zeba Bar

Starry Nights with Bête Noire & Enamour at Mellow Mushroom Rooftop

Sunday Picks

ESL Sunday featuring Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Smudge and Good Buddies with Feroun, Jus Nowhere and Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Not a bad list of top picks there! Here’s my full listings of everything on my radar for this weekend. Choose wisely, and don’t forget to tell your friends about DC House Grooves.

Thursday September 29

ESL Thurdsay with Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox, Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/248127562249235/

Nightflight Resident’s Reunion with MarkFunk, Grody, Omar, Heather Femia, Zamkov and DFMO at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/171545759947990/

Le Youth Homework Tour at U Street Music Hall

Le Youth Homework Tour at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1628715484124950/

The Further & DC Creators at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

The Further & DC Creators at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/321233864885089/

 

Bob Moses with No Regular Play, Weval at 9:30 Club

Bob Moses with No Regular Play, Weval at 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679974812317225/

Vices DC with Mista Selecta, Ayes Cold & DJ Bremen at Flash

Vices DC with Mista Selecta, Ayes Cold & DJ Bremen at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/893697530761844/

Feel The Love, Live feat Box Era and Dope Music Village at Flash (Bar)

Feel The Love, Live feat Box Era and Dope Music Village at Flash (Bar)

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1084577191660380/

Friday September 30

DC House Grooves presents Body Werk Rooftop Sessions with Katrina Mir, cLinC & Jonathan Lim at Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop

Body Werk Rooftop Sessions w/ Katrina Mir, cLinC, Jonathan Lim at Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1782384395308211

Focus: Scuba with Schubert and Feroun at Flash with The Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Aakmael, DJ Nav and Charles Martin in the Flash Bar

Focus: Scuba with Schubert and Feroun at Flash with The Uptown House Experience featuring DJ Aakmael, DJ Nav and Charles Martin in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/729635733842527/

ESL Friday with Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Stylus Chris at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Martín Miguel, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Stylus Chris at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Name Day: A Celebration of Samantha Francesca with Samantha Francesca, Philip Goyette, Pacific Fur Company, Juan Zapata and Philco at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Name Day: A Celebration of Samantha Francesca with Samantha Francesca, Philip Goyette, Pacific Fur Company, Juan Zapata and Philco at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/154130391691506/

Phunk the System with A.Skillz, Qdup, DJ Proxxy & Lantern vs. DJ Throdown & Ciconte at U Street Music Hall

Phunk the System with A.Skillz, Qdup, DJ Proxxy & Lantern vs. DJ Throdown & Ciconte at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1841589539397829/

U Street Music Hall presents Bakermat & Sam Feldt at 9:30 Club

U Street Music Hall presents Bakermat & Sam Feldt at 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/742454979190988/

AfterGlow Presents Thomas Jack at SoundCheck

AfterGlow Presents Thomas Jack at SoundCheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1310584635618286/

Bounce Presents: Sinden (Night Bass) with Janko B2B Eddie Watson & Retro Future at Torrent Nightclub, Towson

Bounce Presents: Sinden (Night Bass) with Janko B2B Eddie Watson & Retro Future at Torrent Nightclub, Towson

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1129076763827224/

Saturday October 1

Midnight Project with Francis Harris (Scissor & Thread, BK), Baronhawk, Hot Coffee & Benoit at Secret Location

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655945161387730/

Mihai Popoviciu & Pornbugs with Sarah Myers and Charles Martin at Flash, with DJ Provoke in the Flash Bar

Mihai Popoviciu & Pornbugs with Sarah Myers and Charles Martin at Flash, with DJ Provoke in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/303943956630657/

ESL Saturday with Eric Duncan, Joe L, The Metaphysical, Double A & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Eric Duncan, Joe L, The Metaphysical, Double A & Adrian Collazo at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Rev909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute & Indie Dance Classics with Will Eastman and Ozker at U Street Music Hall

Rev909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute & Indie Dance Classics with Will Eastman and Ozker at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1770844313205102/

Strictly 4 the Dance Floor with DJ Ernest Fountain at Zeba Bar

Strictly 4 the Dance Floor with DJ Ernest Fountain at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/573334476186048/

House of Wax with Symmetrical and Innovadar at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

House of Wax with Symmetrical and Innovadar at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1090295601054129/

HouseArrest with Zacheser & Friends at Rock and Roll Hotel

HouseArrest with Zacheser & Friends at Rock and Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1195311323822375/

Retro Future & Aurean at Backbar

Retro Future & Aurean at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/572162949638202/

Starry Nights with Bête Noire & Enamour at Mellow Mushroom Rooftop

Starry Nights with Bête Noire & Enamour at Mellow Mushroom Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802241996657865/

Clubhouse Series with Kasper Bernstein at Elite Lounge, Baltimore

Clubhouse Series with Kasper Bernstein at Elite Lounge, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666075690374481/

Soulful Saturdays with DJ Pope at Club 347, Baltimore

Soulful Saturdays with DJ Pope at Club 347, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1801749843390134/

Sunday October 2

ESL Sunday featuring Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Smudge and Good Buddies with Feroun, Jus Nowhere and Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

 Good Buddies with Feroun, Jus Nowhere and Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday featuring Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Smudge and Good Buddies with Feroun, Jus Nowhere and Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1594027264227515/

One House One Nation Music Box with DJ KMixx at Savannah’s, Baltimore

 One House One Nation Music Box with DJ KMixx at Savannah’s, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/677238132451260/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 28 to July 31

Back in the saddle after a glorious week off. After two years of weekly posts, it was refreshing not to have to think about this for a week! I’m guessing you all figured things out 🙂 We had an amazing time at the Farr Festival in England, catching many amazing acts, the highlights being Dorisburg, Move D, Paranoid LondonHeller & FarleyA Love from Outer SpaceJeremy UndergroundJasper James back to back with his dad HarriFunkinevenOptimo… I could go on. Before I dive into things this weekend, I want to let you know about a super generous 25% discount for DC House Grooves readers off advanced tickets to Midnight Project 2 Year Anniversary this weekend with Norm Talley (Sushitech, Detroit), Andy Grant (yep yours truly), Hot Coffee and R&B in a secret warehouse location in NE DC. Over the past 2 years, Midnight Project has been a consistently amazing party, delivering quality after hours action in proper underground locations with the finest underground DJs, both local and from out of town. I’ve been particularly impressed by their support for local underground DJs, providing an outlet for some great local talent, along with seriously well curated headliners. Congratulations to the Deep Secrets and Nomad teams for building such a great party and helping provide a great alternative to clubs for the dancers of DC looking for something a bit different. Here’s to many more years!

Saturday’s party is in a secure location in NE with a 24 hour license, and the tickets include very special refreshments for after hours heads. Throw in quality sound from SQ Audio and visuals by .oldneon, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a very special party. Tickets will sell out, so make sure you grab your advanced tickets now. Use the link below for a 25% discount! I play at 1am, so make sure you get there early and be ready for a proper dance floor workout.

Discount tickets for Midnight Project 2 Year Anniversary with Norm Talley

2 Years Of Midnight Project with Norm Talley(Mixmode, Detroit), Andy Grant, Hot Coffee, R&B at Secret Location

So I’ve got to say a few words about last weekend. Saturday night was one of those unscripted nights where I headed out the door without a plan, and ended up catching some events with an unexpectedly amazing vibe. First up, I stopped in to The NeedleXchange with Jeffrey Sfire and the TNX residents. Wow is all I can say. From the minute I walked up the stairs at Zeba Bar, the vibes were thick, the dance floor packed, and Tommy, Bil and Baronhawk were throwing down! Soon after, Jeffrey Sfire took over and took things to the next level. With the right crowd and the right vibe, Zeba Bar can be one of the best intimate dance spaces in town, and Saturday night, TNX delivered the goods. Unfortunately I had to tear myself away to go check out the Grand Ancestor Sound System launch party across town in northeast, and found myself in the thick of more amazing vibes, this time of the dub / reggae variety, with their newly built custom Jamaican-style stack shaking my soul to its very core.

Yola + Grand Ancestor Sound System

Yola & The Grand Ancestor Sound System

Great to see sound system culture happening right here in Babylon. I’d encourage all house heads to make the effort to check out Grand Ancestor‘s stack at their next event on August 5, Grand Ancestor Sound System In Session At Blind Whino. Anyway, after stopping in at a couple more events in the early hours of Sunday morning, I ended up back in my basement spinning records until sunrise and beyond. Not the best move, as it turned out, as my plan for Sunday was Flash and Prescription presents The Sidewalk Ends, an outdoor electronic music festival in NE DC. After a short sleep, I dragged myself out in the 100 degree heat to DC Pavilion, and caught the first few hours of The Sidewalk Ends, hearing fantastic sets from locals Hot CoffeeBenoit and Detroit’s Keith Worthy.

Keith Worthy and Benoit at The Sidewalk Ends

Keith Worthy and Benoit

Unfortunately, a combination of heat, hangover and having shit to do conspired against me, so I had to bail. Not without serious regret though. I watched the rest of the event play out on Facebook, and knew I should have figured out a way to stay! I will say this, though: everyone involved gave 110% to throw a seriously well managed event, from the unbelievable Funktion One sound, to the security, the EMS staff, the bar staff, and of course the amazing lineup of top shelf local and out of town talent.

Feel my bass

Feel my bass

Huge respect to the Flash and Prescription teams for throwing such a great event right here in our city and helping put DC on the map, particularly given the unbelievable heat on Sunday. It’s a testament to your hard work, passion and professionalism that so many people came out and partied through the afternoon and into the night in the highest July temperatures the DC area has seen in some years. Please reach out to DC House Grooves if we can help in any way on future events. Can’t wait for the next one!

Check out this amazing gallery from The Sidewalk Ends. If you missed it, make sure you don’t make the same mistake for the next one. I’ll give you as much advanced notice as I can here on DC House Grooves, but make sure you like the Flash and Prescription Facebook pages for all the latest news hot off the press.

 

Time for another DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast to give you something to groove to as you plan your dance floor strategy for the weekend. For our 37th episode, we’ve got a really nice deep, moody tech house groover from a man you’ll see playing frequently around town, Jandro. This one sucks you in and doesn’t let go.

 

Right… on to this week’s business. How do we top last weekend here in DC? Looks like we’re going to try! Highlights for me this weekend are Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez at ESL and Jackmaster and Juan Zapata at Flash on Thursday then The Bunker with Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic, Rush Plus at Flash, with Justin Bright and Edo in the Flash Bar and Reflections with Sarah Myers and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Friday. Saturday is just ridiculous… Midnight Project with Norm Talley, Andy Grant, Hot Coffee and Benoit is my top pick for the night. I recommend grabbing a discounted advanced ticket, getting there early and dancing until the sun comes up. However, I have to give a shout to Flash for Saturday’s amazing booking of my all time favorites The Idjut Boys for Love & Disco: Idjut Boys, Solomon Sanchez, Sensei’s Enforcer at Flash, with BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross and Steve Kirn in the Flash Bar. Seriously bummed I won’t be able to make if for this one. If it were on any other day! I’d also recommend Lovegrove at ESL… always a musical treat when LG gets behind the decks, and of course all drum and bass heads must report to U Street Music Hall for Roni Size, Krust & Dynamite MC at U Street Music Hall. DC is really killing it for drum and bass lately. Roni Size this Saturday, and LTJ Bukem and Goldie coming soon. Serious DnB heat coming this way! Last, and by no means least, the Deep Sugar demolition series at The Paradox rolls on, with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyMookie WizzoThe Elders and Wayne Davis bringing the heat all night long. On Sunday, I’d recommend winding down with Reggae pon di Waterfront in Georgetown, then winding back up again at Sunday’s Rooftop with Martinez, Sarah Myers & Benoit at ESL, with Sam Burns and the Metaphysical rounding out the ESL lineup.

And if those weren’t enough, here’s my full list of picks… each and every one of these events offers quality underground sounds from seriously passionate selectors.

 Thursday Picks

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at 18th street Lounge

Jackmaster and Juan Zapata at Flash

DEEP: Featuring Philco, Sparks & Jandro at The Liaison Capitol Hill

Lindstrøm with Will Eastman and Mr. Bonkerz at U Street Music Hall

NightFlight w/ Heather Femia at Cafe Saint-Ex

Friday Picks

The Bunker with Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic, Rush Plus at Flash, with Justin Bright and Edo in the Flash Bar

Reflections with Sarah Myers and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Snared: Rishi K. with Philco, Ypset, Plus More at Zeba Bar

Meistro + Martín Miguel at Looking Glass Lounge, Petworth

WTF?! Radio Show with Kochi, Tim Jackson and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

Pulse Fridays Presents Jamie 3:26 at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

City Sound with Layton Giordani (Drumcode | NYC), Tony Smooth, Oliver Caine and Steve Kirn at DC9 Nightclub

Saturday Picks

2 Years Of Midnight Project with Norm Talley(Mixmode, Detroit), Andy Grant, Hot Coffee, R&B at Secret Location

Love & Disco: Idjut Boys, Solomon Sanchez, Sensei’s Enforcer at Flash, with BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross and Steve Kirn in the Flash Bar

ESL Saturday with Lovegrove, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Roni Size, Krust & Dynamite MC at U Street Music Hall

Deep Sugar Demolition 3 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Mookie Wizzo, The Elders & Wayne Davis at The Paradox, Baltimore

Sunday Picks

Reggae pon di Waterfront at Nick’s Riverside Grill

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop with Martinez, Sarah Myers & Benoit, Sam The Man Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

A quality list of picks for the weekend, but that’s not all! Here’s the full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. I’ll be back next week with everything you need to know for quality dance floor action in Washington DC.

Thursday July 28

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at 18th street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at 18th street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/220388515025256/

Preview with Gustav Adolf at Flash

Preview with Gustav Adolf at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1693899034203756/

Jackmaster and Juan Zapata at Flash

Jackmaster and Juan Zapata at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/226156781097939/

DEEP: Featuring Philco, Sparks & Jandro at The Liaison Capitol Hill

DEEP: Featuring Philco, Sparks & Jandro at The Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1750519831858189/

Lindstrøm with Will Eastman and Mr. Bonkerz at U Street Music Hall

Lindstrøm with Will Eastman and Mr. Bonkerz at U Street Music HallLindstrøm with Will Eastman and Mr. Bonkerz at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/914051965374182/

NightFlight w/ Heather Femia at Cafe Saint-Ex

NightFlight w/ Heather Femia at Cafe Saint-Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/902750739847759/

Kyau & Albert at Soundcheck

Kyau & Albert at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1736559403232406/

Friday July 29

WTF?! Radio Show with Kochi, Tim Jackson and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?!? Radio Show with Corduroy Mavericks & Kochi on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1650594975257289/

The Bunker with Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic, Rush Plus at Flash, with Justin Bright and Edo in the Flash Bar

The Bunker with Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic, Rush Plus at Flash, with Justin Bright and Edo in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742215389355938/

Reflections with Sarah Myers and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Reflections with Sarah Myers and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/148609735545142/

Meistro + Martín Miguel at Looking Glass Lounge, Petworth

Meistro + Martín Miguel at Looking Glass Lounge, Petworth

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/313851912336892/

ESL Friday with Geko Jones, DJ M Dot, Stylus Chris and Jahsonic at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Geko Jones, DJ M Dot, Stylus Chris and Jahsonic at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

City Sound with Layton Giordani (Drumcode | NYC), Tony Smooth, Oliver Caine and Steve Kirn at DC9 Nightclub

City Sound with Layton Giordani (Drumcode | NYC), Tony Smooth, Oliver Caine and Steve Kirn at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/239198276466629/

Snared: Rishi K. with Philco, Ypset, Plus More at Zeba Bar

Snared: Rishi K. with Philco, Ypset, Plus More at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1719263531677491/

SG Lewis with Lance Neptune, Flash Frequency at U Street Music Hall

SG Lewis with Lance Neptune, Flash Frequency at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1318605714820501/

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

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1719459044974855/

Party on the Potomac 14: Return of the Old School with Adrian Loving and DJ Wisdom

Party on the Potomac 14: Return of the Old School with Adrian Loving and DJ Wisdom

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/139313946476844/

Pulse Fridays Presents Jamie 3:26 at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays Presents Jamie 3:26 at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1609860056010841/

Saturday July 30

2 Years Of Midnight Project with Norm Talley(Mixmode, Detroit), Andy Grant, Hot Coffee, R&B at Secret Location

2 Years Of Midnight Project with Norm Talley(Mixmode, Detroit), Andy Grant, Hot Coffee, R&B at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1111296155611993/

Love & Disco: Idjut Boys, Solomon Sanchez, Sensei’s Enforcer at Flash, with BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross and Steve Kirn in the Flash Bar

Love & Disco: Idjut Boys, Solomon Sanchez, Sensei's Enforcer at Flash, with BaltoTroit featuring Boss Ross and Steve Kirn in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/171996519840446/

ESL Saturday with Lovegrove, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Lovegrove, Mr Bonkerz, Double A and Honest Lee at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Roni Size, Krust & Dynamite MC at U Street Music Hall

Roni Size, Krust & Dynamite MC at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705826676345885/

Deep Sugar Demolition 3 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Mookie Wizzo, The Elders & Wayne Davis at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar Demolition 3 with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Mookie Wizzo, The Elders & Wayne Davis at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752850171637539/

Rock & Roll Hotel Happy Hour with Caleb L’Etoile, Philco, & Yomimbi at Rock & Roll Hotel

Rock & Roll Hotel Happy Hour with Caleb L'Etoile, Philco, & Yomimbi at Rock & Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/280428712314425/

Left of Center with Adrian Collazo, Neil and Tiffany at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Left of Center with Adrian Collazo, Neil and Tiffany at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/312887709049942/

Drinks, Beats and Eats w/ DJ Octane & DJ TEC at Sky Bar Rooftop

Drinks, Beats and Eats w/ DJ Octane & DJ TEC at Sky Bar Rooftop

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/116074025499953/

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour featuring ArthurJ at DC9 Nightclub

DC9s rooftop presents Sunset Sessions Saturday Happy Hour featuring ArthurJ at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735454430030156/

Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bête Noire b2b Citizen Select at Mellow Mushroom

Midsummer Night's Dream with Bête Noire b2b Citizen Select at Mellow Mushroom

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/209618109436149/

4U Social with Mate Masie and Sly Wonder at Black Cat DC

4U Social with Mate Masie and Sly Wonder at Black Cat DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1630689377250917/

Sophie, Danny L Harle, ABSRDST at A.i.

Sophie, Danny L Harle, ABSRDST at A.i.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/607434482755599/

Sunday July 31

Reggae pon di Waterfront at Nick’s Riverside Grill

 Reggae pon di Waterfront at Nick’s Riverside Grill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/256691748049216/

ESL Sunday with Sunday’s Rooftop with Martinez, Sarah Myers & Benoit, Sam The Man Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sunday's Rooftop with Martinez, Sarah Myers & Benoit, Sam The Man Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1634038276910824/

FoSho Presents: Genix and Sunny Lax Black Water Tour at Eden Lounge DC

FoSho Presents: Genix and Sunny Lax Black Water Tour at Eden Lounge DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1604035843227827/

SiP and DiP at The Liaison Capitol Hill

SiP and DiP at The Liaison Capitol Hill

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1146028058788168/

Boris at Soundcheck

Boris at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/309806496019272/

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 31 to April 3

Well I’m still recovering from last Friday night out at Flash, which was possibly the best night I’ve had there ever! I wasn’t really planning on going out, until old friend Guillaume of Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts hit me up and asked me if I was planning on coming out to see him at Flash on Friday. When you get an invite like that, how can you pass it up? Not sure what they were putting in the drinks on Friday, but the vibe was great all round, with superb sets from EdoKevin Yost and Guillaume himself, along with amazing music all night down in the bar from Philip Goyette and Ben Jenkins. The best thing of all, though, was that there was no crush on the dance floor at peak time. I’ve heard that the management at Flash have been taking steps to address the dance floor overcrowding issues, and from what I saw on Friday, it seems to be working. Of course, it could be that lots of people were out of town at Final Fever in Baltimore; whatever the reason, we all had a super fun night at Flash, and I can’t wait for another night like that on the dance floor! The night ended taking Guillaume to see sunrise at the Jefferson Memorial with the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Freezing cold, but magical all the same. There’s some great shows at Flash coming up this weekend; if you’ve been put off by the weekend crush recently, based on Friday’s experience, I recommend checking them out again. It was a huge improvement.

The big news last weekend, was, of course, Final Fever at The Paradox in Baltimore. Unfortunately I had to see what I missed on Facebook, and I have no doubt that I missed out on an amazing party, particularly on Saturday night.  Hoping I can at least make it to The Dox one last time before it closes. The final Deep Sugar is coming up next weekend, then the epic closing weekend at the end of April. I’ll be bringing you full details in future editions of the Weekend Round Up.

Before I get down to business, one last appeal to everyone who attended Berning Down the House at Flash on March 20. While the event raised a good amount of funds for the Bernie Sanders campaign, organizer Sarah Myers was left covering the costs of hosting the event out of her own pocket. There’s a GoFundMe fundraiser to recoup the costs, but it is still just shy of $200 short of its target. If you attended the event, if you volunteered at the event, if you DJed at the event, please consider chipping in a few bucks towards the cause. It wouldn’t be right to leave Sarah out of pocket.

https://www.gofundme.com/berningdowndc

No Meet the Locals Podcast this week. Come on DJ’s of DC, send me your exclusive mixes! A few have been promised, but are yet to surface. Time to get busy!

As usual, lots of great events to choose from this weekend, so no rest for the wicked! Thursday night, I recommend kicking off the evening at Preview with Tony Smooth at Flash, then for the finest in deep and soulful house, head to the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez. Alternatively, for more classic house vibes, head to Heather Femia‘s House Rituals party at Masa 14 with TNX‘s Bil Todd with support from Heather herself. House Rituals is really starting to gain traction, with an enthusiastic crowd of house music lovers filling the dance floor each week. For the best techno this Thursday, head to Focus at Flash with Sonic Groove co-founder Adam X aka Traversable Wormhole with support from Oliver Caine, with live jams from One Love Massive‘s Feel The Love Live in the Flash Bar.

For quality Detroit happy hour vibes on Friday night, head to Bump’n’Grind in Silver Spring for Boss Ross. Always great tunes from the Boss! If you can’t make it out that early, tune in to Kochi‘s WTF?! Radio Show on Sugar Shack Recordings from 5pm to 7pm. Quality house vibes on the Internets to get you ready for the dance floor. Top pick Friday night for the best underground jams is Midnight Project and Kowli goes Perlon with Binh(Berlin), Feroun, Ben Jenkins and R&B at a secret location in Baltimore. The cops may have shut the last Midnight Project party down, but it’ll take more than that to stop the party. Great to see them back so soon for another amazing event. Grab your advanced tickets now from Resident Advisor. This is the hot ticket for Friday night, so don’t sleep! Closer to home, top pick for house & disco heads is Chicago legend Derrick Carter with support from Juan and Hugo Zapata at U Street Music Hall, and for those of a more techno / tech house persuasion, Detroit legend Carl Craig with support from Dansman is the one, and with Audio Zen featuring three of the region’s most experienced vinyl DJs, Alex GardelGraham Hatke and Trevor Keen in the Flash Bar, there’ll be quality music across both floors. To be honest, I’d have a hard time picking between Flash and U Street Music Hall this Friday. If ever there was a night to plan on the U Street Shuffle from U Hall to Flash to U Hall to Flash, it would be this Friday night. Other great choices this Friday featuring local talent are Souled Out feat. Jahsonic, DJ Raha Wala, Meegs, Reemz & Sticky Bear at Zeba Bar and BLUEPRINT with Steve Kirn, Doktor D and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Both great choices with no cover, and passionate, talented local selectors.

My totally biased top pick for Saturday night is DC House Grooves‘ Body Werk party at DC9 Nightclub featuring Navbox (Flash) and yours truly, Andy Grant (DC House Grooves) in the main room, while Tommy Cornelis (TNX) holds things down open to close in the rooftop bar. I’ve even heard a rumor that 「capsaicin」 / 「カプサイシン」might show up with all his boxes of visual tricks. Wherever you plan on ROAMing this Saturday night, stop by DC9 Nightclub for a beer and a boogie with us to get your night started off right. And did I mention the food at DC9 Nightclub is amazing?

Body Werk with Navbox, Andy Grant and Tommy Cornelis at DC9 Nightclub

For the best in soulful and classic house this Saturday, hit up Ernest Fountain‘s Strictly 4 The Dancefloor party at Zeba Bar. Real house music, real vibes. For great underground vibes for the headz,  BaltoTroit Opening Day Edition with Boss Ross, Itzjack & Steve Kirn at Steel Plate shows great promise, otherwise back at Flash Daniel Bortz headlines the main room with support from Istanbul’s Mrloverlee & local favorite Philip Goyette, while Heather Femia & DJ Theresa go back to back open to close in the Flash Bar. Wherever you plan on ending up, please stop by Body Werk and throw a few shapes! We really appreciate your support.

Top picks for Sunday is Eighteenth Street Lounge with our recent Body Werk guest Sam “The Man” Burns and The Metaphysical, while out on the patio it’s another edition of Groovetop, featuring sets from locals Mark in the DarkJandroDFMO and Sixto.  Your one stop shop for the best house music this Sunday!

You’ll find all these picks listed out below, followed by full listings of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC this weekend. See you on the dance floor!

*** Thursday Picks ***

Preview with DJ Tony Smooth at Flash

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

House Rituals with Bill Tod and Heather Femia at Masa 14

FOCUS: Adam X aka Traversable Wormhole and Oliver Caine at Flash, with Feel the Love Live featuring Alison Carney aka Ace Ono & The Lucky So and Sos in the Flash Bar

Deep Medi 10 Year Anniversary with Mala, Kahn & Neek, Gorgon Sound and Malleus at U Street Music Hall

*** Friday Picks ***

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

Boss Ross at Bump’n’Grind

Midnight Project and Kowli goes Perlon: Binh(Berlin), Feroun, Ben Jenkins and R&B at Secret Location, Baltimore

Derrick Carter with Juan & Hugo (Team Zapata) at U Street Music Hall

Official Movement Pre-Party: Carl Craig and Dansman at Flash, with Audio Zen featuring Alex Gardel, Graham Hatke and Trevor Keen in the Flash Bar

Souled Out feat. Jahsonic, DJ Raha Wala, Meegs, Reemz & Sticky Bear at Zeba Bar

BLUEPRINT w/ Steve Kirn, Doktor D and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

*** Saturday Picks ***

Sweet ‘n Lo Brunch w/ DJ Martín Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Body Werk with Navbox, Andy Grant and Tommy Cornelis at DC9 Nightclub

Daniel Bortz, Mrloverlee, Philip Goyette at Flash, with Heather Femia & DJ Theresa in the Flash Bar

Strictly 4 The Dance Floor with DJ Ernest Fountain at Zeba Bar

BaltoTroit Opening Day Edition with Boss Ross, Itzjack & Steve Kirn at Steel Plate

*** Sunday Picks ***

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop with Mark in the Dark, Jandro, DFMO and Sixto at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Those are my picks, and here are the full listings for this weekend:

Thursday March 31

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599909106999025/

House Rituals with Bill Tod and Heather Femia at Masa 14

House Rituals with Bill Tod and Heather Femia at Masa 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1767546773474970/

Preview with DJ Tony Smooth at Flash

Preview with DJ Tony Smooth at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1676455479262376/

One Love Massive presents: A Songbyrd Happy Hour w/ Juana at Songbyrd Music House & Cafe

One Love Massive presents: A Songbyrd Happy Hour w/ Juana at Songbyrd Music House & Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1686040624983746/

FOCUS: Adam X aka Traversable Wormhole and Oliver Caine at Flash, with Feel the Love Live featuring Alison Carney aka Ace Ono & The Lucky So and Sos in the Flash Bar

Focus with adam x at flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675890816031975/

 

Buena Deep with MK Skillz and DFMO at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Buena Deep with MK Skillz and DFMO at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/978547752194727/

Deep Medi 10 Year Anniversary with Mala, Kahn & Neek, Gorgon Sound and Malleus at U Street Music Hall

Deep Medi 10 Year Anniversary with Mala, Kahn & Neek, Gorgon Sound and Malleus at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/158154784562888/

Fun & Bass at Revolution Bar & Billiards, Centerville

Fun & Bass at Revolution Bar & Billiards, Centerville

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/517207648482020/

Friday April 1

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

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/604731789676753/

Boss Ross at Bump’n’Grind

Boss Ross at Bump’n’Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001299576604024/

Midnight Project and Kowli goes Perlon: Binh(Berlin), Feroun, Ben Jenkins and R&B at Secret Location, Baltimore

Midnight Project and Kowli goes Perlon: Binh(Berlin), Feroun, Ben Jenkins and R&B at Secret Location, Baltimore

More details: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?807264

Derrick Carter with Juan & Hugo (Team Zapata) at U Street Music Hall

 Derrick Carter with Juan & Hugo (Team Zapata) at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659042117683843/

Official Movement Pre-Party: Carl Craig and Dansman at Flash, with Audio Zen featuring Alex Gardel, Graham Hatke and Trevor Keen in the Flash Bar

Official Movement Pre-Party: Carl Craig and Dansman at Flash, with Audio Zen featuring Alex Gardel, Graham Hatke and Trevor Keen in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1518727045123593/

Souled Out feat. Jahsonic, DJ Raha Wala, Meegs, Reemz & Sticky Bear at Zeba Bar

Souled Out feat. Jahsonic, DJ Raha Wala, Meegs, Reemz & Sticky Bear at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562425537406743/

BLUEPRINT w/ Steve Kirn, Doktor D and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

BLUEPRINT w/ Steve Kirn, Doktor D and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/733232213478851/

ESL Friday with DJ Bruce, Philip Goyette, Sonny Cheeba and James Dellastatious at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with DJ Bruce, Philip Goyette, Sonny Cheeba and James Dellastatious at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

A Night Out with V-Coch at Dunya

A Night Out With V_COCH at Dunya

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061971303860053/

Sao Funky Friday Edition with Fort Knox Five and Qdup at Tropicalia

Sao Funky Friday Edition with Fort Knox Five and Qdup at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699842103588421/

DJ Aquarian and Geena Marie at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

DJ Aquarian and Geena Marie at Songbyrd Musis House and Re

Pulse Fridays with DJ Technics at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays with DJ Technics at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/461427007385439/

Saturday April 2

Sweet ‘n Lo Brunch w/ DJ Martín Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

Sweet 'n Lo Brunch w/ DJ Martín Miguel at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694854560772489/

Body Werk with Navbox, Andy Grant and Tommy Cornelis at DC9 Nightclub

Body Werk with Navbox, Andy Grant and Tommy Cornelis at DC9 Nightclub

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1062787367118206/

Daniel Bortz, Mrloverlee, Philip Goyette at Flash, with Heather Femia & DJ Theresa in the Flash Bar

Daniel Bortz, Mrloverlee, Philip Goyette at Flash, with Heather Femia & DJ Theresa in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1760563244174208/

Strictly 4 The Dance Floor with DJ Ernest Fountain at Zeba Bar

Strictly 4 The Dance Floor with DJ Earnest Fountain at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/572639126235014/

ESL Saturday with Wiseacre, Martín Miguel, Qdup, Mr Bonkerz and Deeznotes at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Wiseacre, Martín Miguel, Qdup, Mr Bonkerz and Deeznotes at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

BaltoTroit Opening Day Edition with Boss Ross, Itzjack & Steve Kirn at Steel Plate

BaltoTroit Opening Day Edition with Boss Ross, Itzjack & Steve Kirn at Steel Plate

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/979920478757001/

SOLD OUT: Rüfüs Du Sol with Cassian at U Street Music Hall

SOLD OUT: Rüfüs Du Sol with Cassian at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/581905375307493/

Boustrophedon, a Danceyparty with Synz, V:Shal Kanwar & Sequoia at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Boustrophedon, a Danceyparty with Synz, V:Shal Kanwar & Sequoia at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1768467616705580/

HouseArrest w. special guest Grody at the Rock & Roll Hotel

HouseArrest w. special guest Grody at the Rock & Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/607415389413690/

Light City with Deltanine, DJ Who and Dan Deacon at West Shore Park, Inner Harbor, Baltimore

Light City with Deltanine, DJ Who and Dan Deacon at West Shore Park, Inner Harbor, Baltimore

More detail: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515311818777748/

What Weekly’s Light City After Party w/ DJ’s James Nasty, Janko & Retro Future at Mosaic Nightclub & Lounge

What Weekly’s Light City After Party w/ DJ's James Nasty, Janko & Retro Future at Mosaic Nightclub & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/262415194089811/

Sunday April 3

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop with Mark in the Dark, Jandro, DFMO and Sixto at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, The Metaphysical and Groovetop with Mark in the Dark, Jandro and Sixto at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/249533968719610/

Select DC Presents High-Functioning Flesh, Body Of Light, Olivia Neutron-John at Union Arts DC

Select DC Presents High-Functioning Flesh, Body Of Light, Olivia Neutron-John at Union Arts DC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1555604038084039/

Tiga with Leonardo Lee at Soundcheck

Tiga with Leonardo Lee at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1700466416895697/