DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 16 to August 19

Major thanks to everyone who came out to Beats Maneuver with Rissa Garcia on Sunday night. After great sets from KochiKatrina Mir, and I guess a half decent effort from me, Rissa really delivered the goods, with a killer set of pure house music that had me throwing some major shapes on the dance floor. It won’t be the last time we see Rissa here in DC, you can be sure of that! DJ Nav and Jandro closed out the night back to back, providing the perfect sound track to a late surge on the dance floor. I can’t wait for the next one, which happens to be just around the corner! Mark August 26 in your calendar, when we’ve got Lyssa flying in from Canada to rock the Beats Maneuver dance floor. Full details coming soon!

Before I get into this week’s events, I’m pleased to announce DC House Grooves is taking part in this year’s Capital House Music Festival in Meridian Hill Park on Labor Day, September 3. This is a free, family friendly festival to raise awareness and funds for Inner City Youth Music Programs, and features a diverse line up including The E CussionistDeacon Izzy & the CongregationDJ Jay JayChosen, BenoitTee AlfordDJ Tantra, yours truly Andy Grant and of course the man, the legend, Sam The Man Burns. All permits are in place, and we’ll be lost in the music from 12pm to 9pm. We couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this house music celebration, and we hope you can join us in the park on Labor Day! Full info on the Capital House Music Festival Facebook Page and Capital House Music Festival Website.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/249356162367878/
Website: https://www.capitalhousemusicfestival.org/
GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/capital-house-music-festival

Capital house music fest 2018

So what’s going on this weekend? Well, Friday night, the DC House Grooves crew, myself, RamirezKatrina Mir,  is taking control of the Green Room at Flash for an evening of quality underground house music, open to close. If you’ve tuned in to the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, you know what to expect. It’s going to be another incredible night of music at Flash,  with Art DepartmentNitin and  Sarah Myers on the club level, and local favorites Philco Alex Eljaiek in the Flash Bar. Quality music all night long on all three floors. Advanced tickets are recommended, but we might just have a few list spots available. Hit me up through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and I’ll see what I can do 🙂

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KfvXPV
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/225745414751520/

art department nitin flash

Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. For episode #31, we’ll be broadcasting live from DJ Kochi‘s pool side studio not to far from Washington DC, with a show featuring residents Katrina MirRamirez and myself, with added grooves from special guest DJ Kochi. Tune in from 10pm at the links below.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/415779505612104/

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OK, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. Sadly, I just don’t have time to do them all justice with a decent write up, so I share them on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and link to them from here. Just click the link to see the list of my Top Picks for each day, Thursday through Sunday.

Top Picks Thursday August 16

Top Picks Friday August 17

Top Picks Saturday August 18

Top Picks Sunday August 19

As for highlights this week, on Thursday, those with an interest in music production should head to Flash early doors for Headroom Listening Sessions, then drum and bass heads should stick around for Cadence with Doc Scott A-Sides. For the very best in deep, underground house music on Thursday,  Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge  is your best bet. This week, resident Jubilee is joined by Flash‘s Edo for what’s sure to be an amazing night on the patio.

playlist jubilee edo

Friday night, get your night started off right at El Techo with Oliver Caine, join us for DC House Grooves in the Green Room at Flash until close, then head to the warehouse for afters for LENG & Inn(er)net present Roska & DJ Lag. Another great opportunity to get bathed in the warm analog bass of the Grand Ancestor sound system. Advance tickets recommended! 

leng dj lag roska

Saturday afternoon, there’s a great line up for the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party at The Embassy Row Hotel, with BenoitVince ChristopherKayLaSoul and Tony Smooth bringing the vibes in the sunshine. We had a blast at the last Elevate; a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon! The food and drinks are top notch, too! Saturday night, Flash hosts the legendary Derrick Carter and DJ Aakmael ably supported by locals  NavboxHot Coffee and Jandro. For something more intimate, away from the U Street crowds, check out Plastic Dreams with Johnson Lee and Stereophonik. Rare house joints served up fresh from the wax all night long, no cover! For afters, all roads lead to the warehouse again for Late Night Mischief, Early Morning Love with OnionzChadwick and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be another amazing night at the warehouse!

late night mischief

Sunday, tech house heads should make their way to  Public Bar and join the tribe for  Rooftop Sessions with Saeed Younan special guest Mark Fanciulli and opening set from Sabeel Chohan. Advance tickets just $10 from Eventbrite, $15 on the door.

rooftop sessions saeed younan mark fanciulli

For quality deep house this Sunday, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, and another edition of Sunday’s Rooftop with Jovonn and resident  Benoit. Always quality headliners at Sunday’s Rooftop, no cover all night long.

sundays rooftop jovonn

That’s all I’ve got time for this week. I hope you can join us on the rooftop at Flash this Friday for another DC House Grooves session. If not, I hope to see you out and about real soon. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 2 to August 5

Kicking off this week’s post announcing the lucky winner of the recent DC House Grooves Eargasmic Recordings free record give away. We had entries from all over the world, but the winner, selected completely at random, is from right here in Washington DC! Congratulations to Michael Anthony Thomas aka DJ T3k! Check your PMs. We’ll get the record over to you as soon as possible. Look out for more free record give aways on DC House Grooves!

A big shout out to the Grand Ancestor crew for taking things right up to the wire last weekend with the build of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 system! It sounded incredible, and I can’t wait to hear it again soon, and hopefully get a chance to play on it in the not too distant future! Other than the Grand Ancestor 2.0 launch, we took it easy last weekend. No gigs, no kids, so the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time at home getting to know our records. Gotta jump at the chance to take it easy when the opportunity arises! Some busy weekends coming up.

This Sunday sees the welcome return of ROAM on a BOAT, and this time around residents  DJ Lisa Frank and Sami are joined by special guest Rez Ekbatan for another musical cruise down the Potomac with the ROAM family. ROAM‘s boat parties always sell out, so if you want to book your spot on the boat, I recommend you grab your advance tickets right now. However, if you’d rather roll the dice, DC House Grooves has a pair of FREE tickets to give away to one lucky winner. Just click through to the entry form, fill it out and click Submit. We’ll pick the lucky winner winner on Saturday evening. Please make sure you enter your correct email address and name, as we’ll need to email you to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need your ID to claim your prize on the dock.

I want to win a pair of tickets to ROAM on a BOAT!!!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1133356
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/922687837938720/

Good luck!

roam on a boat

Friday night, the DC House Grooves crew descends on Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Jandro‘s Reflections for what promises to be a crazy night at  Jimmy’sDC House Grooves Show residents Andy Grant (yeah I’m talking about myself in the third person again), Katrina Mir Ramirez are joined by fellow Beats Maneuver resident Kochi and Jandro for a night of quality underground jams, open to close. We’ll be taking turns all night going back to back to back to back until they kick us out! Please join us on Friday at Jimmy’s for what promises to be quality family time to a soundtrack of the finest, deep, underground heaters you’ll hear in DC this weekend. Oh, and best of all, it’s completely FREE! No cover all night long. See you there!

RSVP & info: https://www.facebook.com/events/261138797800304/

reflections dc house grooves

Saturday afternoon, you can catch me and Katrina Mir throwing down quality tunes by the pool side on the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel alongside DJ Meegs and Tony Smooth at the rescheduled Elevate Rooftop Pool party, which was rained off last time around. Hopefully the weather will hold up this time, and I can’t wait to play some poolside jams in between dips in the pool. Always a good time on the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel! Advance tickets are just $20, which ain’t bad for an afternoon of quality music at one of the best rooftop pools in the city!

Advanced tickets to Elevate Rooftop Pool Party
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/968800816629274/

elevate rooftop pool party

Saturday night, we’ll be throwing down with the crew again on episode #30 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Join me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir from 10pm ET for quality underground house music served up fresh from the wax, live from DC House Grooves HQ in Washington DC.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674880065968214/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Right, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links. Just click the link for each day to see the full list of events over on Facebook. Some great events happening this weekend, so make sure you take the time to explore!

Top Picks Thursday August 2

Top Picks Friday August 3

Top Picks Saturday August 4

Top Picks Sunday August 5

Highlights for this weekend include Sleaze Disco Heat at Wonderland and DJ W!ld with Markinthedark at Flash on Thursday, then on Friday, if you don’t feel like joining the DC House Grooves crew at Jimmy’s, I recommend checking out A Night at the U Street Disco with Sam BurnsMartín MiguelKeenan OrrBaronhawkOzker at U Street Music Hall.

a night a the u street disco

Saturday night, the residents take over at Flash for another Resident Nights, with an all local line up across all three floors.  For afters, head to the warehouse for V.Sions with Rhys SamsonRamaRasho and Enzo delivering the goods on the mighty Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system.

vsions warehouse party

Sunday brings another edition of The House that U Built at El Techo with the mighty Sam Burns, Kochi and Vanniety Kills. Always an amazing vibe at THTUB! Then head to Eighteenth Street Lounge to close out your weekend at Sundays Rooftop with  Aesthetic Audio‘s Keith Worthy and BenoitKeith always delivers!

sundays rooftop

Ok that’s all I’ve got for this week. I really hope you can join us at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Friday for Reflections DC House Grooves Take Over! You know its going to be a fun time! Oh, and did I mention Beats Maneuver is back next Sunday on August 12? That’s right! We’re bringing NYC’s finest Rissa Garcia to Washington DC to rock the rooftop at Public Bar. Check back next week for full details. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 5 to July 8

Just got back from a few hours at the 628 Boys x ROAM Daytime BBQ, chilling to sets from Grand Ancestor‘s Yola and Hot Coffee delivered on the impeccable Grand Ancestor system, with Juan Zapata working the grill like he werks a set of decks. A perfect way to spend the afternoon this fine July 4, but I had to leave before I got too comfortable! Would have been all too easy to stay there late into the night, but sadly had to tear myself away to go get stuff done. After all, these posts don’t write themselves! Thanks to everyone who braved the heat last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Yuko Jikido! It wasn’t the best turn out we’ve had, but that makes us appreciate those who did show up all the more! You guys rock. Yuko really delivered the goods, and those who were there really made the most of it on the dance floor! Huge props also to RamirezKatrina Mir and Joe L for their amazing sets. Katrina in particular deserves a medal for delivering an epic three hour all vinyl set in that heat! Can’t wait until our next Beats Maneuver event on July 15 with Chicago’s DJ Heather and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be the best one yet! Here’s hoping the temperature is just a few degrees lower.

RSVP & Info: Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather & Team Zapata

Look out for the flyer, coming soon! Speaking of Beats Maneuver, here’s my set opening for Miles Maeda at Public Bar on June 17. One of my signature all vinyl sets for getting those feet tappin’ on the dance floor, featuring tracks from the likes of Seafoam, Alton Miller, Inner City, Crakazat, DJ Romain, Mr Fingers, Telfort, Norm Talley, Adesse Versions, Ben Rau, Javontte, Mike Huckaby, Stacy Kidd, LoSoul, Slam and more. Headphones on and press play!

 

Busy weekend coming up for us here at DC House Grooves. Friday night, we’ll be jamming live on the Internets on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality. Myself,  Katrina Mir and Ramirez throwing down the very best in underground house music for a few hours, kicking off at 10pm ET.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/188184328701713/

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On Saturday night we’ll be hosting part 2 of our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations in the Flash Bar, throwing back a few drinks and spinning a few records to commemorate 4 years of weekly DC House Grooves Top Picks posts, just one part of an incredible Saturday lineup at Flash, including Giles Smith and James Priestly  from  Secretsundaze on the club level, and Benoit and a very special guest in the Green Room. If you read DC House Grooves on the regular, if you’ve ever connected with your dance floor through these posts, stop by for a drink and a dance with us as Flash on Saturday. There’s no cover for the bar, just walk right in and start grooving! Make sure you stop by the booth and say hi.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1121392
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207392003407892/

secretsundaze at flash

Then on Sunday, I’ll be joining local DJ heroes Vanniety Kills, Juana (Discwoman) and StrikeStone! for another edition of The House that U Built at DC’s go-to rooftop spot El Techo. Just looking at the image below brings back incredible memories of the . legendary The House that U Built parties at The Brixton and Dirty Bar in years gone by. Captures the vibe perfectly! Surprisingly, this will be my debut at El Techo, and I really can’t wait. The House that U Built is always a good time, and I’m honored to be on the line up. No cover and the food and drinks are top notch.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/720655994992531/

The House that U Built

Many amazing events to choose from this weekend. As usual, I’ve shared everything worth checking out on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. Just click the handy links below to see the list for each day over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday July 5

Top Picks Friday July 6

Top Picks Saturday July 7

Top Picks Sunday July 8

No time to do them all justice, but Pan-Pot with Oliver Caine at Flash  is a great choice for techno this Thursday, and the Sleaze crew are at it at Wonderland again this Thursday with Our Country ‘Tis of Sleaze. Friday night’s line up at Flash looks smoking, too, with Poker Flat‘s Steve Bug supported by Jandro on the club level, Zamkov and Hot Coffee in the Green Room, and Juana and Mike Harvey in the Flash Bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1710921
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/196990841126589/

Of course, if you don’t feel like going out on Friday, you can always tune into the DC House Grooves Show 🙂

Saturday afternoon, I recommend heading over the Anacostia Skate Park for the first  Skate Fever, featuring the finest soul, funk, house, disco and R&B on roller skates, with music from  ChosenDJ SoulDJ OjiH’dm and DJ Housecat. Family friendly, and best of all, it’s free! Our very own Katrina Mir is playing at the nest Skate Fever on July 15, and we can’t wait to check it out this Saturday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641720175926847/

skate fever

Saturday night, you’ll be joining us at Flash for our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations, right? For after hours moves this Saturday, head to everyone’s favorite sweat box for LENG x Club Cuttlefish present Tygapaw & DJ Technics with support from BaronhawkDjoser b2b Benbo and Sleepy G b2b Dj Freez. Quality through and through, all delivered on the epic Grand Ancestor sound system. Bring a fan!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1124044
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/307178853150144/

tygapaw dj technics

Also on Saturday, if you’re visiting us at Flash, make sure you make time to pop into El Techo for Art Lure with SymmetricalCharles Martin and Meszenjah. Quality tunes all afternoon and into the night.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1574560559339572/

art lure

Sunday night after The House that U Built at El Techo, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns weekly residency, and Sundays’ Rooftop  with  Detroit’s Patrice Scott & resident Benoit. Quality vibes to deliver you into Monday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967289099957014/

sundays rooftop patrice scott

That’s it for this week. Hope to see you out and about over the weekend. If you run into me, make sure you say hi. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with all the best info on what’s what on the dance floor in Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Pride Weekend June 7 to June 10

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the torrential rain last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep. Sadly, the weather was not in our favor, but we appreciate all you hardy souls who came out despite the rain and threw a few shapes with us on the dance floor. Here’s hoping the sun will shine on the next Beats Maneuver rooftop charity event at Public Bar with Miles MaedaKochi, Andy Grant  and Aaron Sparks on Sunday June 17.  Hope you can join us!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/

beats maneuver miles maeda

On to this weekend, and it’s that time of year when DC celebrates Pride, and by the looks of things it’s going to be a busy weekend! As is tradition, our queer correspondent, The NeedleXchange‘s Tommy Cornelis  has put together an amazing guide to DC Pride 2018, so if you’re in town for Pride, I recommend you check out Tommy‘s guide:

DC House Grooves’ Guide to DC Pride 2018

Below you’ll find my regular DC House Grooves Top Picks post, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC Thursday through Sunday, both regular and Pride events. Before i get into the good stuff happening this weekend, I want to give a special mention to an event Katrina Mir and I are spinning at this weekend, Deep Sugar DC Pride 2018 “La Cage aux Folles” at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, featuring a very special live performance by Dawn Tallman, plus DJ sets from Ultra Naté Lisa MoodyWayne DavisKatrina Mir and I will be kicking off the evening with a B2B DC House Grooves opening set, setting the scene for the evening with some disco numbers to get your feet tapping and put a smile on your face. I hope you can join us! Advanced tickets are just $10, so grab yours now, and we’ll see you on the dance floor. Deep Sugar parties always have an incredible vibe, and this one promises to be one for the books!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1685043
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121458198646993/

deep sugar pride 2018

Just one more thing before the links to this week’s pics: a bit of music for you! Here’s the latest edition of Lars Behrenroth‘s Deeper Shades of House show, featuring a guest mix from yours truly. The first hour is Lars’ show, followed by my mix in the second hour. It’s an all vinyl mix featuring tracks from Fred PLoSoulNorm TalleyIron CurtisSon of SoundDJ Jus EdWaajeedDJ Aakmael, Inner SenseFranck Roger and more. I hope you like it!

OK, here’s the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Click the link for each day to see the list of events.

Top Picks Thursday June 7

Top Picks Friday June 8

Top Picks Saturday June 9

Top Picks Sunday June 10

As for this weekend’s highlights, I recommend you head over to Jimmy Valentine‘s on Thurday for Uptown House Experience with DJ NavJoe LAssociateTrev-ski, which promises a night of fantastic music from a serious bunch of heads!

Uptown house experience

Friday night, we’ll be kicking things off with a rare Friday night edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Tune in from 10pm ET using the links below.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/225170218287141/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Out on the town, I recommend heading to U Street Music Hall for Honey Sound System, Octo Octa & Outputmessage. Line ups don’t get much better than that!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1668953
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1985310398451371/

Or if something more eclectic is more your thing, head to Ten Tigers Parlour for Galaxy with DJ Fleg and Graham Hatke playing the very best funk, disco, boogie, classic hop hop, r&b, afrobeat, house and more on Ten Tigers‘ amazing Martin Audio sound system. This looks like the start of something special!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/373450539834239/

galaxy graham and fleg

On Saturday night, we obviously hope to see you at Deep Sugar at U Street Music Hall, but if you want to get down away from the craziness of U Street on Pride weekend, I recommend Deeper with District Soul at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, which sees the legendary Johnson Lee dust off his headphones and get back into the DJ game, with the capable assistance of DJ Stereophonik, reminiscing to the halcyon days of the District Soul forums, once a thriving online hub of the Washington DC house music scene, where like minded individuals hung out, harmoniously discussing their shared love of house music. Those who were there know what I’m talking about 😉 There won’t be a microwave DJ in sight this Saturday at Jimmy’s, and with no cover, the price is right!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/138931613635664/

deeper jimmys

For proper queer Pride afters action on Saturday, all roads lead to TNX Presents Local Motion, featuring an all star line up of local LGBTQ DJs: The NeedleXchange residents Bil ToddTommy CornelisBaronhawk DJ Lisa Frank, an epic pairing of two of our favorites StrikeStone! B2B Vanniety KillsAlex DB B2B Wolfblister, plus live performances from Salvadora DaliMajic Dyke, all delivered over a banging sound system courtesy of the Zapata Brothers. Advanced tickets highly recommended, only $15 over on Resident Advisor.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109849
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/377783022740954/

TNX Pride local motion

On Sunday, I recommend you close out the weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge for  Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Smudge in the main room, and Sunday Rooftop out on the patio with BenoitMiss I, coming in all the way from Romania.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/461945304236084/

sundays rooftop miss i benoit

Whew! That’s all I’ve got time for this weekend. Too many amazing events, and not enough time to do them all justice. I hope between Tommy‘s DC Pride 2018 post and my post right here, we’ve given you enough ideas to keep you grooving through the weekend. I’ll be back next week with another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!