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!

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 4 to May 7

OK, people. Big weekend coming up! This Friday and Saturday I’ll be out celebrating my birthday, and I couldn’t have picked a better weekend for it. On Friday night, I’ll be opening up the main room at Flash for Navbox and Sonja Moonear, and I heartily encourage you to join us. Sonja’s set at Resolute in Detroit last year really inspired me, and I can’t wait to hear what she’s got in store for us this Friday. I’m looking forward to setting the vibe just right; all I need is a few early dance floor soldiers to help me get things going. To make it easy for you, Flash are offering free entry before midnight with RSVP. Just head over to the Flash Life group and click the link, fill out the form, then arrive at Flash before midnight on Friday. I recommend getting there even earlier to catch me getting weird warming up the Funktion Ones. Friday night at Flash also features local favorites Jackson Ryland and Jus Nowhere housing it up open to close in the Green Room, while down in the bar, Select DC features Soren RoiDylan Cameron and Video Blue. Serious quality across all three floors. Make sure you RSVP over at Flash Life for free entry before midnight!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/622322141296803

Sonja Moonear with Navbox and Andy Grant at Flash with Jackson Ryland and Jus Nowhere in the Green Room and Select DC featuring Soren Roi, Dylan Cameron & Video Blue in the Flash Bar

On Saturday night, my birthday celebrations continue at Be What You Feel with YouandewanFred Everything, Reggie Dokes, Team Zapata & Hot Coffee, and word has it a few more scene regulars will also be celebrating their birthdays. A dark warehouse, the Prescription sound system, and not one, not two, but three headliners with support from scene stalwarts  Team Zapata and Hot Coffee, this one is not to be missed! DC House Grooves is running a free ticket giveaway, so for a chance to win a pair of FREE tickets, just fill out this form for a chance to win. Please make sure you enter your real name and a valid email address. We’ll need your email to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need to show your ID to claim your prize. We’ll pick the lucky winner at 5pm on the day of the event.

I want to win a pair of tickets to Be What You Feel with Youandewan, Fred Everything & Reggie Dokes

Advanced tickets are highly recommended. As of writing, first release tickets are still available for $20. Tickets on the door will be $30.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?956382

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/662388430625635/

be what you feel

I plan on winding down my birthday celebrations on Sunday back at Flash for Sunday Love: with Alex & Digby, Navbox, Mazi R & Throe. I couldn’t think of a better place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than on the rooftop. Looking at the weather, we might need a light jacket, but I get the feeling there’s going to be some serious heat on that rooftop!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1105687186244800/

Sunday Love: Alex & Digby (Hello?Repeat), Navbox & Throe at Flash

Before I get into this week’s full listings, news about a few upcoming parties right here in the District. Next weekend, on Friday May 12, Flash debut’s their new warehouse experience Flash Off, featuring MagdaMike Servito and Onur Özer. That much you already know. Well this week Flash announced the local support, and it’s a smoking hot list of local techno talent featuring Flash‘s very own NavboxJubileeOliver CaineRush Plus and Juana. Throw in an immersive four point Funktion One sound system and visuals by Oktaform, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an amazing sensory experience! First release advanced tickets are still available for $25. Move fast before the price goes up! Sadly, I won’t be able to make it next weekend, but would love it if someone could review it for DC House Grooves. If you’re interested, please let me know!

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?955900

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/692180584287240/

flash off

Also coming up in a couple of weeks on Sunday May 21 is the next edition of everyone’s favorite Sunday afternoon jam Daytime Discotèque featuring none other than the godfather of wonky house himself, Fritz Wentink, with Jus NowhereZamkov and Hot Coffee on supporting duties. Early birds for this one sold out in under four hours, and I’ve got a feeling this one will sell out in record time, so if you know what’s good for you, grab your $15 advanced tickets before the price goes up.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?963531

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/364169987317713

Daytime Discothèque featuring Frits Wentink, Jus Nowhere, Zamkov & Hot Coffee

One last thing before we get back into the rest of the good stuff for this weekend: it’s Meet the Locals Podcast time! Episode 49 of the Meet the Locals Podcast is a quality mix of deep groovers from a regular on the underground party circuit here in Washington DC, Sticky Fingers Collective’s Samantha Francesca. In her own words: “This mix features some of my favorite tracks, new and old, from artists including Alex Seidel, DJ Rasoul, Folamour, Nacey, Archie Hamilton, Liam Geddes, Jus Nowhere and more”. You can catch Samantha Francesca next at Sunday Love with Omar S at Flash on May 14, then at Good Buddies featuring the Sticky Fingers Collective at Halcyon NYC on May 30.

 

So, what about this weekend? Worthy of a big mention on Saturday is The Funk Parade 2017, which takes over the U Street corridor Saturday afternoon with live bands and DJs across a whole bunch of stages. I’m the first to admit that I don’t know enough about the Funk Parade or the many acts performing to do it justice, so I encourage you to take a look at the full line up below, and head over to the Funk Parade Facebook Page to learn more.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1839320213022954/

As I mentioned last week, this weekend brings the first Soundwaves Boat Party of the season, with Jubilee & Taiga at the controls as you cruise down the Potomac with a likeminded crowd of heads. If you’re thinking of going, grab your tickets ASAP. Some $25 second release tickets still remain, but these will be gone soon, and it will be a sell out long before the boat sets sail on Sunday afternoon.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?963449

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/645215019003864/

soundwaves

Here are the full listings for this weekend, including my top picks for the best underground house and electronic music Thursday through Sunday, plus everything else on my radar. Come back next week for your weekly guide to what’s good on the dance floors of Washington DC and beyond.

Thursday April 5

DC House Grooves Top PickRegrets Only with TNX at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only with TNX at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/295647507539042

DC House Grooves Top PickPlaylist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/630868050440120/

DC House Grooves Top PickNightFlight with Heather Femia & Meegs at Gate 54 at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Heather Femia & Meegs at Gate 54 at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1921804971384013

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Rooftop Happy Hour featuring Alex Eljaiek at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour featuring Alex Eljaiek at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/232288880588957

DC House Grooves Top Pick3D Presents: Friction & Metric at Flash

3D Presents: Friction & Metric at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1359540077440421

DC House Grooves Top PickSleaze with Michael Magnan, Keenan & Lemz at Wonderland

Sleaze with Michael Magnan, Keenan & Lemz at Wonderland Ballrooom

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/693919680808499/

Rave of Thrones with Kristian Nairn and The Golden Pony at A.i.

Rave of Thrones with Kristian Nairn and The Golden Pony at A.i.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/763899980433454/

A Cuurious Night with DJ Cuurious at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

A Cuurious Night with DJ Cuurious at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/201434690336639

Paul Oakenfold at Soundcheck

Paul Oakenfold at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1520049581338378

Friday May 5

DC House Grooves Top PickSonja Moonear with Navbox and Andy Grant at Flash with Jackson Ryland and Jus Nowhere in the Green Room and Select DC featuring Soren Roi, Dylan Cameron & Video Blue in the Flash Bar

Sonja Moonear with Navbox and Andy Grant at Flash with Jackson Ryland and Jus Nowhere in the Green Room and Select DC featuring Soren Roi, Dylan Cameron & Video Blue in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/622322141296803/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with Jesse Saunders, Meistro, Chris Brooks & DJ Dust Cover at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Jesse Saunders, Meistro, Chris Brooks & DJ Dust Cover at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

 

DC House Grooves Top PickHideout: Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee (all night) at Ten Tigers Parlour

Hideout: Martín Miguel & Hot Coffee (all night) at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1909228109357415

DC House Grooves Top PickEli & Fur with Shawn Q, Blinkhorn at U Street Music Hall

Eli & Fur with Shawn Q, Blinkhorn at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/432090187131954

DC House Grooves Top PickOtter Crossing: Adrian Collazo & DJ Say What? with StrikeStone! at The Green Lantern

Otter Crossing: Adrian Collazo & DJ Say What? with StrikeStone! at The Green Lantern

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/208522389650663/

DC House Grooves Top PickSao Funky Friday Edition Funk Parade Pre Party Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

Sao Funky Friday Edition Funk Parade Pre Party Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/429539347406490/

Cinco de Rooftop with Caseo Nofm at Flash

Cinco de Rooftop with Caseo Nofm at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1492499007427668/

In The Deep 002 with Blinkhorn & Once at Rock and Roll Hotel

In The Deep 002 with Blinkhorn & Once at Rock and Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1896918513856963/

Cinco de Mania featuring Pat Premier & Dave Russell at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Cinco de Mania featuring Pat Premier & Dave Russell at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1898819103732540

 

Vibrance – Dva Prijatelja at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Vibrance - Dva Prijatelja at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/167704220393121/

La Riots at Soundcheck

la riots at soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/784815908345688

Elevation The House Music Series with DJ Biskit at The Cellar at Maiden Choice, Baltimore

Elevation The House Music Series with DJ Biskit at The Cellar at Maiden Choice, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266725216698771

Saturday May 6

DC House Grooves Top PickFunk Parade 2017

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1839320213022954/

DC House Grooves Top PickBe What You Feel with Youandewan, Fred Everything, Reggie Dokes, Team Zapata & Hot Coffee at Warehouse Location

be what you feel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/662388430625635/

DC House Grooves Top PickFunky For U: Volume 3 with Keenan Orr, Trevski, Meistro, Ozker, Martín Miguel, Kenny M, DJ Nitekrawler, Steven Swann & DJ Inkognito, Avervge DJ & Adrian Collazo at Velvet Lounge

Funky For U: Volume 3 with Keenan Orr, Trevski, Meistro, Ozker, Martín Miguel, Kenny M, DJ Nitekrawler, Steven Swann & DJ Inkognito, Avervge DJ & Adrian Collazo at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1516959961656031

DC House Grooves Top PickHeavy Rotation Funk Parade Edition with DJ Flag, Graham Hatke, Martin Miguel & Kenny M at Black Car Backstage

Heavy Rotation Funk Parade Edition with DJ Flag, Graham Hatke, Martin Miguel & Kenny M at Black Car Backstage

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1318369711611141/

DC House Grooves Top PickGeorge FitzGerald with Philip Goyette & Alex Eljaiek at Flash, with USB featuring Nick Flynn and DJ Swink in the Flash Bar

George FitzGerald with Philip Goyette & Alex Eljaiek at Flash, with USB featuring Nick Flynn and DJ Swink in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/387382551649116

 

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