Fun times on the rooftop at Public Bar on Sunday! Great sets from Kochi, Miles Maeda, Aaron Sparks, and an OK one, I guess, from me 😉 Huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported our third event bringing proper underground house music from headliners you don’t often see in Washington DC, and the very best local talent. Already looking forward to our next one, featuring NYC’s Yuko Jikido bangin’ da box with support from Beats Maneuver residents Katrina Mir & Ramirez and special guest closing out the night, one of my favorite locals, Joe L. Event page coming soon. In the meantime, here’s the flyer. Mark July 1 in your calendar and join us on the rooftop at Public Bar on July 1! And to all you regular readers, DJs and promoters out there, if you find DC House Grooves a useful resource, if you value our ongoing support for local events right here in the District, why not show your appreciation by joining us at Public on July 1 to throw a few shapes / sink a few shots? Looking forward to seeing you there!
So, big weekend on the dance floor heading your way! The big news this weekend is Flash‘s 5 year anniversary celebrations. Hard to believe it has been five years! I know Flash has a few haters out there amongst the cool kids, but we here at DC House Grooves truly appreciate the hard work the team at Flash puts in relentlessly booking the very best underground international talent, while also giving DC’s up and coming local talent a platform to do their thing. We also truly appreciate how well the whole team at Flash, from the door crew to security to the bar staff, look after us every time we play there, making sure we have everything we need and that everything goes smoothly. You guys rock! Sure, the crowd at the club can leave a lot to be desired some nights, but if that’s the price we have to pay to see a constant stream of quality talent, week in, week out, on a world class Funktion One sound system, then, in my opinion, that’s a price worth paying. Flash has become and integral part of what makes Washington DC’s underground dance music community special, and we here at DC House Grooves look forward to many more years of quality events at the club. Congratulations on 5 years, and here’s to many more!
So what’s on deck for the 5 year anniversary celebrations? Here’s the uber-flyer listing everything happening, Wednesday through Sunday, and I’ve included the relevant links and flyer images below. A serious line up of international and local talent to keep you dancing through the weekend.
One last thing before the links to this week’s Top Picks. Saturday night, we’re at it again with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, featuring myself, Katrina Mir and Ramirez serving up underground freshness live from DC House Grooves HQ here in Washington DC. Tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday using the links below:
That’s all I’ve got time for this week. I feel like I’m letting so many people down by not giving their events the coverage they deserve, but I just don’t have the time to cover everything. If you want to see all the good stuff happening this weekend, click the links below to see a list of the best events, Thursday through Sunday, and, of course, look out for the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo on event pages across Facebook. The DC House GroovesTop Pick logo indicates a quality event that is worth your time.
One last thing before I sign off for this week. On Sunday night, close out your weekend at homie Saeed Younan‘s Rooftop Sessions with Detlef, Saeed Younan and Rez Ekbatan. Always a good time on the rooftop at our Beats Maneuver home from home, Public Bar.
Big news to kick off this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks: I’m proud to announce that DC House Grooves, in partnership with Roots & Spirits, Vibe & Public Bar is launching a new Sunday rooftop event series this summer, Beats Maneuver Summer Sessions. Kicking off on Memorial Day Weekend with headliner Gigi Testa (World Peace Music), the series features a line up of top talent from around the world, supported by residents Ramirez, Kochi, Andy Grant & Katrina Mir, along with some of Washington DC’s finest house selectors. Join us on Public Bar’s amazing rooftop deck every other Sunday from 3pm to 2am starting Memorial Day Weekend for Beats Maneuver, the finest in deep, soulful and underground house music. Remember to RSVP on the Facebook event page, and grab your tickets now! We’ve got a limited number of $5 early birds available, so if you want to reserve your spot on the dance floor, there’s no time like the present 🙂
Beyond Memorial Day, we’ve secured a line up of quality international house music talent, many of whom will be making their debut in the nation’s capital. Just look at who we’ve got lined up May through July! Check DC House Grooves on the regular for more info on Beats Maneuver, including info on advanced tickets and local support.
OK, here are this week’s Top Picks links, listing all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the list. Pro-tip: the good people at El Techo have super talented local DJs every afternoon and evening through the weekend, so that’s always a good bet for quality tunes out in the sunshine.
Friday night, Flash is the place to be for titans Brawther and Evan Baggs, ably supported on the club level by yours truly, Andy Grant. Get there early for the full experience; I’m gonna be packing some seriously interesting and eclectic records sourced from deep in my extensive record collection, expertly curated to get the best from the Funktion Ones in those early hours, teasing you on to the dance floor so you’re primed and ready when the headline talent takes over. With Marko Peli and John John in the Green Room and Jacq Jill & Outputmessage in the bar, you’ve got three levels of serious quality, all under one roof. I hope you can join us!
Also on Friday night, perhaps my favorite DJ Eddie C is ruling the roost on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Always on point, and always an educational experience, Eddie C is always worth your time.
If quality tunes and a friendly vibe away from all the crowds is more your thing on Friday, head over to Jimmy Valentine’s for the Jones Boys No cover, no fuss, just great tunes.
Saturday brings this year’s Funk Parade . It almost didn’t happen for 2018, but we’re glad they managed to work it out! As with the past 4 years, the highlight this year is Funky 4 U at Velvet Lounge, brought to you by the same people behind the expertly curated local label Better Listen Records.This year’s edition features the finest funk, soul and whatever else they fancy from heavy hitters such as Tim Zawada, Sol Power All Stars, Martín Miguel, Trev-ski, Graham Hatke, Fleg, Kenny M, Adrian Collazo and so on. See the flyer below for the full line up!
Saturday night from 10pm we’ll be celebrating the one year anniversary of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio at DC House Grooves HQ. Hard to believe we’ve been at it for a full year! Tune in from 10pm using one of the links below for the finest in deep, underground and soulful house from me, Andy Grant, Katrina Mir & Ramirez.
Out on the town on Saturday, I recommend heading back to Flash for the amazing Move D, supported by former DC DJ, now MSP, Solomon Sanchez. In the Green Room, there’s another edition of DJ Nav‘s Uptown House Experience, with the man himself joined by Plastik People Records’ Marc Cotterell, flying all the way from Alberquerque, while Jandro & Keenan Orr keep things jumping in the bar.
This Sunday is all about Sunday Love LLS Fundraiser at Flash, featuring an amazing line up of local talent: J Swink, Heather Femia, Meegs, Rosenberg & Vanniety Kills. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so you’ll be partying for a great cause. You can also make a donation directly at www.SilvieLining.com. Sunday Love for LLS: you know it makes sense.
Last week’s holiday weekend antics were something else. Now you’ve had a few days to recover, you’ll be starting to think about the coming weekend, and yet again DC has you covered with some incredible events. Here are the DC House Grooves recommendations for doing your weekend right.
Thursday July 10
Flash kick off their weekend with a Masquerade Ball, with special guest Claptone, ably supported by locals Marko Pelo and Sunglass Sundays’ Leonardo Lee. Thursday nights at Flash are always quality, and this one promises to be interesting! Wear a mask, and you’ll receive a free cocktail on entry. First release tickets are all sold out, but you can get the second release for $10 from Ticketfly: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/597607
Further up U Street at Lost Society, you’ll find FLY IN JULY at Lost on Thursdays feat. Maksim Batyunin (MNMLKTCHN). At Lost on Thursdays, you are pretty much guaranteed quality music and a packed dance floor, and on a hot summer night, the roof terrace is where you want to be. I heard Maksim on the Dirty Bar rooftop last year and he absolutely killed it. A strong recommendation for Thursday night.
Free glass of champagne for the ladies all night.
$3 Miller Lites
$6 Vodka Mixes
$5 Flavored Absolut Shots
Downstairs from Lost Society at Tropicalia is Foundation, featuring Dimitri Max, Juan Zapata, Joe L and Ray Casil. These cats are some of the best local producers and DJs in town, and if you’re looking for some dance floor mayhem powered by Tropicalia’s great sound system, this will be a great choice! $5 cover all night, 21+
Finally for Thursday, if you’re looking for something a little more intimate, check out Christauff’s monthly residency at the Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant. This month his special guest is James Maber. Not much of a dance floor, but a great bet if you’re looking to enjoy some drinks with some great music.
For something a little bit different for your pre-game on Friday, Forward and Urban Artistry present Electronic Movement at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Sprint. This is the first in a series of shows featuring Electronic Music paired with choreographed dance and visuals in a theater setting. The night will feature exclusive mixes focused on interpreting 3 specific genres of electronic music curated by Internationally recognized artists. The Forward team are always pushing the boundaries to celebrate electronic music culture and promote it to a wider audience, and this promises to be a very special event, providing a new perspective on the music we all love. A bit of culture before heading out to the club on Friday! Pre-sale tickets are $15, and are available here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/electronic-movement-tickets-12048961769.
If you can’t make the Friday show, Electronic Movement is on Saturday too.
After Electronic movement, get yourself down to U Street Music Hall for headliner Hector (Desolat), supported by Adam Collins (House on Mute) and Cry Baby (House on Mute). A regular visitor to Washington DC, Hector is always worth going out for. I was lucky enough to open for him at Lost on Thursdays last year, and he rocked the place. Hector + the U Street Music Hall sound system will be something special. Cover is $10, but if you get there before 12am, its free for 21+.
Finally for Friday, Flash has Taimur & Fahad from Blkmarket Membership playing an open to close set. I’ve heard Taimur rocking the Flash system before, and all I can say is… GO! As long as you can handle the Flash Friday night crowds, you’ll be dancing your ass off all night long. Free before 11pm, $10 after.
A strong recommendation for Saturday night is Navbox’s birthday celebration at Flash, with locals Juan Zapata, DJ Lisa Frank and Navbox himself. Juan and Lisa have both guested on the DC House Grooves radio show before, and they never disappoint, and Navbox always delivers. Definitely worth checking out if you’re planning on heading to U Street for your Saturday night. No cover before 11pm, $12 after.
Across town at Eighteenth Street Lounge, you’ll find disco and house legend John Morales in the Gold Room, supported by ESL regular Philip Goyette, with Mr. Bonkerz on the patio and Smudge in the Main Room. Something for everyone if you’re looking for variety under one roof.
If you’re up in Adams Morgan, my recommendation is that you head to Napoleon Bistro for locals Jubilee and Yaco, with support from Daniel Terrazas. Napoleon is an intimate venue with a great vibe, and Jubilee, who recently guested on the DC House Grooves radio show, has been killing it with his productions lately. Look out for releases coming soon on his Slope Traxx label. Definitely one for the heads. No cover, no dress code. 21+.
Next up for Saturday night is Joe L’s monthly night PUSH at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club up on Bladensburg Road in north east. If you want to escape the crazy Saturday night crowds and get down with the real heads, this is the place to be. I can guarantee the music will blow you away with this ridiculous local line up. DJ Nav, another recent guest on the DC House Grooves show, has some amazing productions under his belt recently, and I’m sure he’ll be breaking out his best tunes. Joe L and Rusty B always kill it. Not to be missed! No event page for this one, but it kicks off at 10pm up at Jimmy Valentine’s. No cover. 21+.
And last, but by no means least, finish your Saturday night off right with the Deep Sugar after hours at the legendary Paradox in Baltimore with Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards, Lil Ray, The Elders and Mookie Brock. Described as the best house night on the East Coast, it is well worth the trip up from DC for the best tunes and a real family vibe. When the club closes in DC, get yourself up to Baltimore and dance until sunrise at Deep Sugar. $12 members, $15 general admission.
So if you’ve made it to Sunday and you’re looking to dance on a rooftop in the sunshine, DC’s got you covered with two fantastic rooftop parties. Leonardo Lee’s regular party Sunglass Sundays is over on the Public Bar rooftop, and this Sunday they’s got a spectacular lineup including Kochi, DJ Meegs, Leonardo Lee, Darius Twin, Paul Geddes and special guest Scumfrog. This is going to be a road block, so get there early! Free until 5pm, then $10 after, although if you can show that you have liked the Sunglass Sundays Facebook page, they’ll give you a $5 discount. Check it out for a friends and family vibe.
Across the street from Sunglass Sundays on the Dirty Bar rooftop you’ll find the Sunday’s Rooftop World Cup Final Edition, with locals Gabucci vs. Hakob, Raffi vs. DJ Lisa Frank and Jubilee vs. Ramirez. If you’re looking for quality tunes on the rooftop, but don’t want to miss the World Cup Finals, this is your best best. They will be screening the match above the DJ booth, and they’ll have the TVs running inside. Make sure you get there for Jubilee vs. Ramirez for some of the best deep tunes you’ll hear all weekend.
And finally for Sunday, check out the regular ESL Sundays night over at Eighteenth Street Lounge. As always, local legend Sam Burns will be at the controls in the Gold Room, with Mr Bonkerz playing disco classics in the Main Room, and The Metaphysical holding things down on the patio. No event page for this, but check out the Eighteenth Street Lounge Facebook page for more info.
And that just about wraps it up for this edition of the DC House Grooves weekend roundup… just one more bonus recommendation:
Monday July 14
Looking to decompress after your weekend, but can’t quite bring yourself to stay in? Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves on H Street is rapidly becoming the place to be for the heads to catch up and compare notes on their weekend adventures, to a sound track of original Motown classics and remixes from DJs D-Mac, Jayclue, and Rusty B. No cover, 21+/
And that really does wrap it up for this week’s round up! For your pre- and post- game sound track, don’t forget to tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7: