DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 17 to May 20

Kicking things off this week with a free ticket giveaway! On Saturday night, the ROAM crew celebrate their 17th event with perhaps their biggest one yet, with headliners Objekt, the mighty Helena Hauff and friend of the family, TV Lounge resident and all round great DJ Loren, supported by residents DJ Lisa FrankJett Chandon and Rush Plus. Throw in proper sound and a serious warehouse location, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an amazing night on the dance floor.  DC House Grooves has partnered with the ROAM crew to give away a pair of tickets worth $50 to one lucky winner. Just click the link below, fill out the form, and we’ll pick a winner at random on Saturday afternoon. Please make sure you enter your real full name and email address, as we’ll be contacting the winner by email, and you will need to show your ID on entry to receive your prize.

I want to win 2 free tickets to ROAM XVII with Objekt, Helena Hauff & Loren!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1999247396991056/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1087673

ROAM XVII

Ok, before I get into news about everything else this weekend, something to look forward to on Memorial Day weekend. I know many of you will be heading to Detroit for Movement Festival and all the associated shenanigans, but for those of you sticking around here in DC, how does 13 hours dancing in the sunshine with a line up of top house DJs on one of the best rooftops in town sound? Our new summer rooftop party series in association with Roots & Spirits and VibeBeats Maneuver, kicks off on Sunday May 27 with headliner Gigi Testa and local support from KayLaSoulAndrew Hogans, plus Beats Maneuver  residents RamirezKochi, myself (Andy Grant) and Katrina Mir. Quality house music, open to close! Advanced tickets are on sale now over on Resident Advisor, with a limited number of $5 early birds if you move fast. Please support this inaugural event, and help us set the stage for a fun summer on the rooftop! We’ll be bringing  some serious international and local talent to the Public Bar rooftop in the coming months, so join us at the start of something special!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961
Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/

Beats Maneuver Gigi Testa

No Meet the Locals Podcast this week, so for this week’s mix I’ve got the recording of the one year anniversary of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio  with me, Katrina Mir Ramirez, recorded at DC House Grooves HQ this past Saturday. If you want to hear what Beats Maneuver is all about, then check out this show by three of it’s residents. Quality underground house music all the way!

OK here are my DC House Grooves Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link to see a list of all the good stuff for each day.

Top Picks Thursday May 17

Top Picks Friday May 18

Top Picks Saturday May 19

Top Picks Sunday May 20

So much good stuff in there, it’s going to be tough to choose! Thursday night kicks off with the latest edition of Chadwick‘s Headroom Listening Sessions at Flash, where you can hear the latest productions from DC’s many talented producers showcased on  Flash‘s  Funktion One sound system. If you’re an aspiring producer yourself, it’s a great way to network with other local producers, and if you’re not, it’s a great way to hear amazing new tracks, hot off the press. Four tracks premiered at HEADROOM recently have charted on Beatport, including one that reach #1 in the techno chart and #4 in the sales chart, so get yourself down there to hear what’s going to be putting DC on the map in the coming months!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989495364707517/

headroom listening sessions

In terms of other highlights this weekend, Playlist with  Jubilee Ramirez  at Eighteenth Street Lounge is always a great bet for Thursday nights, then on Friday there’s so much to choose from, I don’t know where to start. At Flash, the man, the legend Danny Tenaglia makes his Flash debut with support from Navbox. It’s gonna be a packed house, make no mistake, so be sure you pick up advanced tickets if you want to reserve your spot on the dance floor. If proper techno in a warehouse with a banging sound system is more your cup o’tea, then put Sequence.313_DJ Stingray on your itinerary. The Sequence crew have assembled another incredible line up, featuring DJ StingrayAurora Halal, local hero & Discwoman member JuanaTheta FluxAssociate. This one’s an official Movement Festival pre-party, and with sound by Grand Ancestor, you know you’re gonna feel it!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/611832415818822/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1072594

sequence 313

Saturday night, all roads lead to ROAM XVII, but before that, I recommend hitting up either DeWalta with Jubilee at FlashThe NeedleXchange: 5 Years Wrong with Clark Price at Zeba Bar or An Evening with DJs LoveGrove, J Mack, & Guillermo Giraldo at Jimmy Valentine’s. All fantastic options to get yourself warmed up for the warehouse.

dewalta jubilee

On Sunday, another edition of Sunday Love at Flash brings Martin Buttrich to the rooftop, with support from Sarah MyersJubileeConscious Contact, while over at El TechoSticky Fingers‘ Hot Coffee joins TNX‘s Bil Todd for an afternoon of sunny underground grooves. As always, Eighteenth Street Lounge should be your final destination to close out the weekend, with Sam BurnsKeenan Orr and another edition of Sundays Rooftop with Francis Harris and Benoit.

sundays rooftop

That’s it for this week. I’ll be back, same time, same place next week with news on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC February 22 to February 25

Lots to cover this week, so let’s dive right in. As always, you’ll find links to my Top Picks for each day, Thursday through Sunday, towards the end of the post, but before I get to them, I’ll give you my highlights for the weekend. Thursday night, head to Eighteenth Street Loungfor Playlist with Jubilee Ramirez. Always your best bet for deep underground grooves and family vibes on a Thursday night.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/156474181644888/

playlist

Flash is the place for techno on Thursday, where Focus features Ø [Phase] with support from Sequence residents Damon Bradley Ron Jackson.

Advanced Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2nuBbhg
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/147903965917471/

focus flash

Friday evening, I’ll be joining KochiKatrina MirRamirez for the WTF?! Show on Sugar Shack Recordings. We always have a blast on the WTF?! Show, and we’ve got some great tunes to share with you. Pre-game with us from 5pm ET at www.sugarshackrecordings.com.

Tune in to the WTF?! Show on Sugar Shack Recordings
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989307754619700/

WTF?! with Kochi

Friday night brings the second edition of Ken Lazee and Nick Garcia‘s party Werk Ethic at U Street Music Hall, celebrating the very best of house and techno from the 80s and 90s. As a taster of what to expect, here’s Nick‘s recent contribution to the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast:

 

It’s free before 12pm, and just $5 after, so if you’re in the mood for some classic house and techno, look no further than U Street Music Hall!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2017428288495532/

werk ethic

Another great option for the heads on Friday is the second edition of Jett Chandon‘s  Forecast party at Ten Tigers Parlour. Billed as “for the locals, by the locals”, this one is really talking our language. Forecast 002 features new ROAM resident Jett ChandonTNX‘s Baronhawk and Arthur Kimskii, exploring “a range of sounds that stretch and break the foundation of music within our DC community”. Sounds tasty to me, and with no cover all night, the price is right.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/159863134653521/

forecast

On Saturday night, Flash is where the party’s at for fans of quality house music, with an epic line up on the club level featuring Osunlade, South Africa’s Culoe de Song and local support from Sticky Fingers Collective‘s Samantha Francesca. In the bar, DJ Soul and Chosen join forces for another edition of DUSK, and in the Green Room, it’s Navbox & Friends featuring special guests Mazi R and yours truly, Andy Grant. I’m honored to be part of this epic line up, and I can’t wait to throw down with my brother from another mother, Mazi R! Cancel all Sunday plans; it’s gonna get real! This one’s gonna be busy, so advanced tickets are highly recommended.

Advanced Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2B62nI6
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1235267443271371/

osunlade culoe de song flash

Those looking for the best techno beats either have to make a tough choice, or get ready to bounce a round a bit.  One amazing option is Sequence.209 featuring Henning BaerFaso, Theta FluxJuana  Ron Jackson and the other star of the show, the Grand Ancestor sound system. Tickets have been flying off the shelf for this one, but if you move fast, $16 second release tickets are still up for grabs.

Sequence.209 Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1061693
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2082669058633254/

sequence 209

The other quality choice for serious techno this Saturday is the welcome return of ROAM, kicking off their 2018 season with ROAM XV featuring heavy hitters Anthony Parasole, Ariel ZetinaDJ Lisa Frank and new ROAM residents Rush PlusJett Chandon at an undisclosed warehouse location. Tickets have been flying off the shelf for this one, too, but you can still grab $20 second release tix over on Resident Advisor.

ROAM XV Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1064386
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1530634853687216/

roam xv

Oh, and did I mention that the next ROAM event of the season, ROX Sweet Sixteen, is right around the corner next weekend on March 3? ROAM Sweet Sixteen features  MakamDJ Lisa FrankSamiTaigaThroe. As always, an advanced ticket is the cheapest & best way to guarantee your spot on the dance floor, and you can still snag first release tix for just $15.

ROAM Sweet Sixteen Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1068348
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1771499943155649/

roam sweet sixteen

Back to this weekend, and my recommendation for Sunday grooves is to head to  Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam “The Man” Burns’ weekly residency, the man, the legend Smudge in the main room, and Good Buddies featuring The NeedleXchangePhilco on the patio. Three rooms of quality grooves to bring your weekend on the dance floor to a perfect close.

ESL Sunday

Those are my highlights for the week, but as always there’s plenty more to choose from. Here are the links to this week’s Top Picks. You know the drill; just click the link to see the list for each day.

Top Picks Thursday February 22DC House Grooves Top Pick

Top Picks Friday February 23

Top Picks Saturday February 24

Top Picks Sunday February 25

That’s it for this week. See you back here, same time, same place, for all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC February 15 to February 18

Before getting into it this week, I want to give a big shout out to the students in Professor Molk’s The Art of DJing course at Georgetown University, who I had the privilege of delivering a lecture to this past Monday. While I had hoped to give a demonstration of the art of DJing with vinyl, equipment issues got in the way, so, despite my lost voice, I ended up talking for the full allotted time, hopefully imparting some of the wisdom I’ve gained on the art of DJing along the way. I had some well thought out questions thrown my way during the Q & A, and on the whole it was a very rewarding experience. I hope to see you guys out and about soon! Huge thanks to Professor Molk for inviting me.

OK, heads up: next Saturday, February 24, a couple of DC’s finest warehouse party crews are back, so make sure you choose wisely and grab your advanced tickets now.  First up, Sequence returns with Sequence.209 featuring Henning BaerFaso, Theta FluxJuana Ron Jackson and the other star of the show, the Grand Ancestor sound system. Tickets have been flying off the shelf for this one, but if you move fast, $16 second release tickets are still up for grabs.

Sequence.209 Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1061693
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2082669058633254/

sequence 209

Next Saturday also sees the welcome return of ROAM, kicking off their 2018 season with ROAM XV featuring heavy hitters Anthony Parasole, Ariel ZetinaDJ Lisa Frank and new ROAM residents Rush PlusJett Chandon at an undisclosed warehouse location. Tickets have been flying off the shelf for this one, too, but you can still grab $20 second release tix over on Resident Advisor.

ROAM XV Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1064386
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1530634853687216/

roam xv

Don’t even ask me to make a recommendation as to which one to go to. Both offer spectacular line ups, both are legit party crews with track records of throwing quality events, sound and crowd will be on point, you really can’t go wrong. It’s a testament to the healthy scene we’ve got going on here in this city that we have two events of this caliber happening the same night. Long may it continue!

Enough about next weekend… DC’s got some great events lined up for us today through Sunday. Highlights this weekend include Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express on Friday, featuring none other than Sistrum Recordings‘ Patrice Scott and support from  Samantha FrancescaBenoit, and using the link below, you can get 20% off your advanced tickets. Make sure you grab ’em quick… the only way to guarantee entry. Info and tix using the link below.

20% off advanced tickets to Uncle Benny’s with Patrice Scott

uncle bennys afterhours express

Saturday night, we’ll be kicking off the night with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Tune in to start your night off with the right vibe! Then, out on the town, I highly recommend The NeedlExchange with Sticky Fingers Collective at Zeba Bar, followed by another edition of Late Night Mischief, Early Morning Love with local legend DJ Nav, birthday girl DJ Meegs and Team Zapata all werkin’ that amazing Grand Ancestor sound system from the best booth in town. $10 door tax until 2am, $20 after.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/144825036210512/

late night mischief early morning love

Sunday evening, Katrina Mir and I will be opening up proceedings at Public Bar for  Sounds of the UK featuring Denney B2B Second City. We’ll be kicking off the night from 8pm, followed by a set from Oliver Caine, then Denney and Second City will close out the night. No work on Monday, so you can have a guilt free Sunday night on the dance floor! Hope to see some familiar faces on the dance floor as we kick things off for the night. It’s free before 9pm, so no excuses! After that it’s $10, then $15 later on in the night.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/172913863328053/

sounds of the UK

One last thing before the full list of Top Picks for this week, episode #66 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast from a fixture on the Washington DC scene for many years, Rhythm & Culture label boss Thomas Blondet. This one’s a beautiful soulful house joint, so get ready for the feels.

 

You can catch Thomas Blondet next at his residency on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday February 24.

Without further ado, here’s the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. You know the drill by now: each link takes you to a search results page over on Facebook listing my Top Picks for each day. Then just click through and mark yourself Going to any events you’re interested in. Nice and easy.

Top Picks Thursday February 15DC House Grooves Top Pick

Top Picks Friday February 16

Top Picks Saturday February 17

Top Picks Sunday February 18

Right.. that’s it for this week. I need to get busy ripping tracks from the vinyl for Sunday’s gig. See you back here next week, same time, same place. If I don’t see you out there on the dance floor first, that is!

Sequence: Year One

On August 19, Sequence celebrated its first anniversary. The dark basement room dressed up a bit for the occasion with black balloons — this is a techno party, after all. Since I was fortunate enough to follow Sequence’s story, here is a brief version for the record.

Before

I first saw Ron Jackson spin at Dr. Clock’s in 2014. I don’t know exactly when it was, but I was meeting a lot of new DJs at the time and Dr Clock’s was one of the few places that I heard techno at the time — mostly mixed with tech house or a more deep/ambient groove, but there were a scattering of pure techno shows. Namely Doktor D’s Silicon Based Lifeform, Steve Kirn’s BaltoTroit… and Ron Jackson’s Void Archive.

I was at most of these parties. They were starting to gather some momentum throughout 2014, into 2015, and then I was fortunate enough to see a team-up that turned out to be historic: Ron Jackson and Damon Bradley playing back to back at Jimmy Valentine’s. I believe it was on August 1st. From what I’ve heard, they had barely even met at the time. It was Damon’s first set in DC.

The set was amazing. You can hear it for yourself as the first installment of the Grown Man Business podcast.

Soon after that, I met a slew of new-to-me techno DJs: Boss Ross, Tsurugi, Ben Jenkins, and of course Juana. New parties sprang up over the next year, both techno and ambient. And then came August of 2016.

The short-lived chillout room at Sequence. Photo by Tophatty.

First shows

The very first Sequence was unique in a number of ways. First, its location, which was new to the electronic scene. Second, it included a chillout room featuring ambient and live electronic performances — which were not something you saw often, at the time. Third, it was pure, unapologetic, eight-hour slab of techno.

The chillout room, sadly, fell off the roster after a few parties. But Sequence caught on quickly, and suddenly techno had a solid presence in DC. One of the early markers of Sequence’s influence was Headless Horseman’s appearance on October. It also regularly tapped the pool of local DJ talent to open the shows.

Discwoman

In my opinion, the turning point came in January of 2017, the night after the Women’s March. Sequence put together a slate of techno ladies, spearheaded by NYC’s Discwoman team — and prominently featuring Juana, who went on to join the Discwoman team a few months later.

The show earned a mention on Resident Advisor and Mixmag. That was also the first Sequence to pull a significant audience from New York. Actually, people were there from all over thanks to the March. The venue, that night, was one of the more traditional secret party sites (now gone) and there was plenty of room for everybody.

Onward & Upward

After Discwoman, the headlining names at Sequence kept getting bigger. Tommy Four Seven. Perc. SHXCXCHCXSH descended from Sweden to light up Sequence’s newly partnered-with sound system — the Grand Ancestor, a custom-built, Jamaican-style speaker stack with brutal bass capabilities.

And now we’ve reached the first anniversary. It’s been a hell of a trip so far, and while this fan is thrilled to see Juana touring with Discwoman, Damon Bradley landing his first international gig, and local techno showcases happening at DC staples like Flash and U Street Music Hall… there is a touch of melancholy. Organizing Sequence is a lot of work, naturally, and the DJs involved aren’t seen behind the decks so much anymore. I’d love to see friends strike out for fame and fortune, but I’d miss them.

The week before Sequence’s anniversary party, there was a last-minute get together of everyone at, yes, Dr. Clock’s. And that was a wonderful taste of the “good old days” of all of two years ago. Here’s hoping we don’t lose sight of that.

My top hat’s off to the Sequence crew.