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!

DC PRIDE 2018

When I started doing these write-ups as DC House Groove’s Queer Correspondent, there was a real need for highlighting non-official, locally-sourced, music-forward events during MAL and Pride in our community. I’m not saying that’s no longer needed, but I don’t think I need to hold as many hands anymore. That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement, but so many scenes seem to be really thriving right now in DC and people just seem to GET IT! And there really is something for everyone. If you wanna live your circuit fantasy, grab a fan and clack off at the eagle all weekend. Go see your favorite drag queen perform (she’s probably in town). Brunch and day drink at the parade. Catch amazing queer musicians at a live show. Lose yourself on the dance-floor to some incredible DJs- both local and traveling in. We’re all Options Queens this pride!

One thing that I’ve been seeing happen organically this year that makes me very, very happy is that so many great events are reclaiming the name DC Pride. Because of this and because so many of you reached out about it, I’m back with the listings this year. But I’m ditching the long-winded rant and cutting right to the chase. I’m also ditching the “underground pride” name. Oh, and I’ve never been about that capital, hen. This is all about DC Pride, baby*


WEDNESDAY JUNE 6

¡Miércoles Gigante! con Alex DB @ Trade

Market Crash w/ StrikeStone! @ Big Board

Homosuperior, Fire Heads and Bottled Up at Slash Run


THURSDAY JUNE 7

Extended FAM Night w/ Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd & Barber Streisand @ Trade

Sleaze w/ Vicky Powell (Deep South, ATL) @ Wonderland Ballroom

Petworth Social Club w/ Outputmessage & Jacq Jill @ Homestead

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party w/ Salvadora Dali & Wess the DJ @ Trade


FRIDAY JUNE 8

Booty Rex Pride Party @ Rock N Roll Hotel

Honey Soundsystem, Octo Octa, Outputmessage @ U Street Music Hall

Rough House w/ Mouthfeel (Austin), Lemz, Barber Streisand @ Green Lantern

Mykki Blanco with Sissy Elliott at Rock & Roll Hotel

Trade Pride Friday w/ Diyanna Monet



SATURDAY JUNE 9 (6.9 hehehe)

Local Motion: TNX Pride w/ StrikeStone! B2B Vanniety Kills, Alex DB B2B Wolfblister, Performances by Majic Dyke & Salvadora Dali

Trade Pride Saturday w/ Devon Trotter, Jacq Jill & Kris Sutton

Mixtape Pride Party w/ Keenan Orr, Tezrah & Matt Bailer @ 9:30 Club

LE1F / Fabrizio / DJ Trillnatured at Songbyrd

Pride[uncovered] w/ The Barber Streisand, Lemz, JoAnn Fabrixx & Paris Trillton @ DC9


SUNDAY JUNE 10

Millennial Pink @ Dew Drop Inn

Church & Glam Box Present Sunday Best @ Trade

DistriktC w/ Devon Trotter, StrikeStone!, Nightflight DJs, Matt Bailer @ UltraBar

*Every year I forget some really good events that deserve inclusion here. Please reach out to me, and I will gladly update this!

Also here are some pro-tips: remember to pace yourself, drink lots of water, look out for one another, buy advanced tickets when possible, and don’t overdo it Saturday during the day and parade- there’s lots of important dancing to do, creatures of the night!

Oh, and straight people go out and celebrate pride too. Prove you respect DC’s incredible queer dance community with your dancing shoes. We’ve heard enough lip service on the internet.

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!

#MALLORY2018: An Unofficial Guide to MAL

Artwork by Michael Moraine. Glenn O’Brien’s Schott Perfecto jacket personalized by Jean-Michel Basquiat #KnowYourHerstory

The past 2 years, I’ve done these huge, lengthy write-ups here on DC House Grooves previewing cool alternative events happening during Mid-Atlantic Leather (MAL) weekend and other suggestions for how to navigate DC’s signature leather and fetish event. But, thankfully, I think the time for hand holding is over. DC and so many other cities across North America are featuring thriving queer underground communities now, and the growth of good shit to do during MAL is a reflection of that. #MALLORY2018 is the best schedule of underground events to date for MAL, and I’m pretty sure everyone gets what we’re doing and why by now.

So it’s really quite simple this year. These are the main moves to achieve maximum MAL impact (but I’ll list even more good shit to do down below):

There’s really no right or wrong way to do MAL. This weekend is really all about letting your inner kink demon out. So these listings and the following advice are just my 2 cents:

  • Buy advanced tickets and thank the party planners. Tickets are selling out and will be more expensive at the door, so plan ahead and save coins. And also please be polite to the party planners about guest lists and information seeking. These events are expensive AF with the talent we’re bringing in and are a lot of hard work to produce. We’re investing in you to make this community better, but we’re also understanding of procrastination and differing income levels. Offer to pay reduced price or whatever you’re comfortable with. Look at event pages for the information you’re seeking before texting the DJ and be patient with response times.
  • Don’t get stuck in the hotel for too long. Have all the fun at the hotel and exhibition hall and be safe in whatever way that means to you. But definitely get out and enjoy DC too. I’m obviously focusing on nightlife in this post but the museums, restaurants, and sights-to-see here are all top notch.
  • Pace yourself and be safe. Even with having Monday off for the MLK holiday, this weekend is still very draining. Sleep when you can. Eat well. Drink water. Look out for one another. Take uber/lyft/via with friends.
  • Avoid circuit music. Music is obviously subjective, but seriously.. circuit music is really, really bad, you guys. I could get into the toxic, masc, homogeneous culture of it all or the bad drugs in the circuit scene, but, at the end of the day, MAL has something for everyone, and we’re just offering something different with #MALLORY2018. Do what you want. There’s plenty of fun to be had by all in whatever scene floats your boat.
  • Grab a drink at TRADE. Having Trade as a quality, everyday gay bar the past 2 years has been so crucial to the growth of our community. The drag queens and DJs there have complete freedom to be themselves, and it is so refreshing. Their lineup this weekend is super good: (Alex DB on Friday, Mark O’Brien (our buddy from Polyglamorous in SF!!) on Saturday, and Church on Sunday with Outputmessage, Wess the DJ, Rev. Jesse Jackson and drag performances by Jaxknife, Jane Saw and Pussy Noir!
  • Check out The DC Eagle. People complain about how far it is, but DC is a pretty small city, and the Eagle is definitely worth a visit. The place is huge! 3 floors with something for everybody. They’ve also provided a crucial 24-hour space for many different music scenes, including good house and techno parties we frequent like Sequence.

I already listed the main moves for the weekend but here are my full listings of good queer parties to check out this weekend:

THURSDAY JAN 11th

Sleaze (Keenan Orr, DJ Lemz) w/ The Carry Nation (NYC) at Wonderland Ballroom

Petworth Social Club – January Happy Hour (MAL Kickoff Edition) w/ Outputmessage at Homestead

Schadenfreude Neubauten w/ DJ Spookster at Safari DC

FRIDAY JAN 12th

Honcho MAL: Mike Servito & Justin Cudmore

DJ Alex DB at Trade

Furball DC MAL Weekend

SATURDAY JAN 13th

TNX Leather Weekend: Horse Meat Disco

Mark O’Brien (Polyglamorous, SF) at Trade

SUNDAY JAN 14th

Last Chance Tea Dance feat. Sfire + StrikeStone: MAL Sunday

Church presents Holy Glory!

Oh.. and there are also rumors of a word-of-mouth, no social-media-posting after party Sunday night featuring DJ Still Standing (any of the many queer DJs both locally and in town who are still on their feet). Inquire within.

And Happy #MALLORY2018!