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 Halloween 2017 Edition October 26 to October 29

Welcome to a very special Halloween edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks! Why so special, you ask? Well, it’s special because I’m filing this week’s edition from Cluj-Napoca, capital of Transylvania, which I’m visiting on day job biz. The fact that I’ve even found the time to do it when I’m not even going to be around for any of these events makes it kinda special! I’ve just got a few minutes for a quick post before I head out into the Transylvanian night (a lot less exciting than it sounds), so let’s make this count. If you read last week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks Halloween Preview 2017, then you already know about all the good stuff and have no doubt already bought your tickets, but this post right here also includes full details of all the other good stuff happening over Halloween weekend. Sadly, the planned Church of Freaks party on Friday night has been canceled due to events outside of the promoter’s control, but there’s still plenty more events to choose from to get your freak on this weekend. On Friday, I recommend checking out Foundation Fridays at Flash, then sticking around for Detroit Swindle with Martín Miguel, with The Ghost in the Green Room and Silicon Based Lifeform featuring Discwoman‘s Juana, Ron Jackson, Doctor D & Darius Twin in the Flash Bar. For afters, head to Nomads Only DC‘s warehouse event featuring Maxi Stores, Navbox, Edo & Taiga. Early bird tix are still available for just $10 if you move fast.

Nomads Only DC RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1878547965794447
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1029586

Nomads Only DC Halloween with Maxi Stores, Navbox, Edo & Taiga at Warehouse Location

Also on Friday, for all you heads needing your Deep Sugar fix after last week’s Haunted Beach House event, there’s a Deep Sugar pop up after hours at Factory 17 in Baltimore on Friday with the girl squad Ultra Naté Lisa Moody. You know it makes sense!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/130375854387122/

Deep Sugar Pop Up Luscious Decks After House with Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody at Factory 17, Baltimore

Saturday night, my Top Pick for a freaky fun time is to head to Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Halloween Bash with Kochi, DJ Ramirez, Lyssa, Katrina Mir, Tim Jackson & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. This annual costume mandatory party is always a crazy night… just make sure you’ve got your costume sorted! Advanced tickets are just $15, or if you’re up for a boozy do, it’s just $70 for top shelf open bar all night long! Best deal in town if you’re planning on really going for it!

Jimmy V’s Halloween RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121577798530892/
Advanced Tickets: https://jvlhcllc.ticketspice.com/halloween-2017-jimmy-valentines

jimmy valentines halloween

If you’re up for a full on warehouse experience Saturday night, DC has you covered!  Flash Loop are celebrating Halloween with two of Detroit’s finest, Delano Smith  Stacey Pullen, with some of DC’s finest in support: NavboxSolomon SanchezAlex Eljaiek Mina. Anyone who’s been to one of Flash Loop‘s Halloween extravangazas knows that they pull out all the stops for a fully themed experience. Proper sound, great vibes. If that sounds like your cup of tea, grab your tix using the link below.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1756369054664012/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1025651

Flesh off with Stacey Pullen, Delano Smith, Navbox, Solomon Sanchez, Mina & Alex Eljaiek at Warehouse Location

Sequence are also celebrating Halloween on Saturday with Sequence.666 featuring Phase Fatale, Arthur Kimskii, Lyceum & Juana at a warehouse location. You know you’re in for a spooky good time with the Sequence crew, with all the true heads assembled. Advanced tickets strongly recommended…check the link below.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/355026568271748/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1019690

SEQUENCE.666_Phase Fatale with Phase Fatale, Arthur Kimskii, Lyceum & Juana at Secret Location

Another great option for a freaky good time on Saturday is the TNX Occult Acid Freakout with Justin Cudmore (The Bunker, NY) & TNX Residents at DC9 Nightclub. Details and tix using the link below.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/118761505469516
Advanced Tickets: http://bit.do/TNXJCFRKOUT

TNX Occult Acid Freakout with Justin Cudmore (The Bunker, NY) & TNX Residents at DC9 Nightclub

My last highlight for Saturday night is for those of you who can’t face the warehouse party crowds and want to get away from it all with some proper house party vibes. If that sounds like you, then seek out off the record Halloween with Luv Jam, Dj Nav & Samantha Francesca. I’d like to tell you more, but it’s, ya know, off the record. Seriously, though, Luv Jam! Nippy vibes until the sun comes up.

Sunday’s highlights include Sundays Rooftop with Detroit’s PunisherBenoit, on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while Sam Burns and Baltimore legend Teddy Douglas hold things down in the gold room, and the second edition of Saeed Younan‘s new party at Public BarSintimate Rooftop Sessions Halloween Edition with Cocodrills, Bell & J Tek Sami%Suyung at Public Bar. Both great options for closing out an incredible Halloween weekend!

Below you’ll find my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for Halloween weekend, along with event flyers, event links and ticket links where appropriate. Before getting into that, though, here’s the full recording from last Saturday’s Resident Nights at Flash with  Charles MartinAndy GrantAlex Eljaiek and Oliver Caine, which had to be one of the best nights I’ve ever had at Flash Huge thanks to everyone who came out, to Navid for inviting us to play, and to everyone on the team at Flash for making everything run smoothly on the night. You guys rock! Already looking forward to next time 🙂

OK, here’s all my Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Time to make some tough choices! Come back next week, same time, same place, for full info on all the best underground house and electronic music events Thursday through Sunday. DC House Grooves has all the good stuff!

Thursday October 26

ESL Thursday with John Jazz & Playlist with Lyssa, Ramirez & Kaylasoul at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with John Jazz & Playlist with Lyssa, Ramirez & Kaylasoul at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/360730171047913/

Preview Happy Hour with Just Sea & DJ Symmetrical at Flash

Preview Happy Hour with Just Sea & DJ Symmetrical at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/159425147985234/

Hot Since 82 with Enamour at U Street Music Hall

Hot Since 82 with Enamour at U Street Music Hall

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/278510145888403/

House Music Happy Hour with DJ Curtis Lee & Earnest Fountain Jr at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

House Music Happy Hour with DJ Curtis Lee & Earnest Fountain Jr at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404366212943930/

Friday October 27

Foundation Fridays feat. Yola (Grand Ancestor) at Flash

Foundation Fridays feat. Yola (Grand Ancestor) at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/283253245524912/

Detroit Swindle with Martín Miguel at Flash, with The Ghost in the Green Room and Silicon Based Lifeform with Juana, Ron Jackson, Doctor D & Darius Twin in the Flash Bar

Detroit Swindle with Martín Miguel at Flash, with The Ghost in the Green Room and Silicon Based Lifeform with Juana, Ron Jackson, Doctor D & Darius Twin in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/328130224300642/

Nomads Only DC Halloween with Maxi Stores, Navbox, Edo & Taiga at Warehouse Location

Nomads Only DC Halloween with Maxi Stores, Navbox, Edo & Taiga at Warehouse Location

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1878547965794447
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1029586

ESL Friday with Michael the Lion, Jarett Tebbets, Trev-ski, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Michael the Lion, Jarett Tebbets, Trev-ski, Stylus Chris & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

ArtLure Halloween Pop Up Art Show with Symmetrical & Jaime Amaya at Mellow Mushroom

ArtLure Halloween Pop Up Art Show with Symmetrical & Jaime Amaya at Mellow Mushroom

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/322512668213449

BZZT! With Mike Harvey, Arthur Loves Plastic & Ruby Superfuntime at Studio Ga Ga

BZZT! With Mike Harvey, Arthur Loves Plastic & Ruby Superfuntime at Studio Ga Ga

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/118846032144231

The Speakeasy Disco with Dee Clark & Sparse Cholesky at Backbar

The Speakeasy Disco with Dee Clark & Sparse Cholesky at Backbar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/150877455516064

Deep Tech XV Halloween Edition with Das Bruno, Alex Noize, Koty, Mr Wright & Pershan at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Deep Tech XV Halloween Edition with Das Bruno, Alex Noize, Koty, Mr Wright & Pershan at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765563520409557/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deep-tech-xv-das-bruno-halloween-edition-1027-tickets-38979810663

Synthesis presents: Stranger Synth Costume Party with Christopher Lawrence at U Street Music Hall

Synthesis presents: Stranger Synth Costume Party with Christopher Lawrence at U Street Music Hall

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/352485025181313
Advanced Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1557448

Deep Sugar Pop Up Luscious Decks After House with Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody at Factory 17, Baltimore

Deep Sugar Pop Up Luscious Decks After House with Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody at Factory 17, Baltimore

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/130375854387122/

4 Hours of Funk Halloween Costume Party with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours of Funk Halloween Costume Party with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/856278044525147

Saturday October 28

Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Halloween Bash with Kochi, DJ Ramirez, Lyssa, Katrina Mir, Tim Jackson & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

jimmy valentines halloween

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121577798530892/
Advanced Tickets: https://jvlhcllc.ticketspice.com/halloween-2017-jimmy-valentines

Flesh off with Stacey Pullen, Delano Smith, Navbox, Solomon Sanchez, Mina & Alex Eljaiek at Warehouse Location

Flesh off with Stacey Pullen, Delano Smith, Navbox, Solomon Sanchez, Mina & Alex Eljaiek at Warehouse Location

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1756369054664012/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1025651

off the record. Halloween with Luv Jam, Dj Nav &Samantha Francesca at Secret Location

off the record. Halloween with Luv Jam, Dj Nav & Samantha F at Secret Location

Advanced Tickets: TBD

SEQUENCE.666_Phase Fatale with Phase Fatale, Arthur Kimskii, Lyceum & Juana at Secret Location

SEQUENCE.666_Phase Fatale with Phase Fatale, Arthur Kimskii, Lyceum & Juana at Secret Location

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/355026568271748/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1019690

TNX Occult Acid Freakout with Justin Cudmore (The Bunker, NY) & TNX Residents at DC9 Nightclub

TNX Occult Acid Freakout with Justin Cudmore (The Bunker, NY) & TNX Residents at DC9 Nightclub

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/118761505469516
Advanced Tickets: http://bit.do/TNXJCFRKOUT

A Meso Creso Halloween: Carnaval of Curiosities with Soohan, Illexxandra, Anandroid, Beatrix, Mettabbana, Raha Wala & v:shal Kanwar at Warehouse Location

A Meso Creso Halloween: Carnaval of Curiosities with Soohan, Illexxandra, Anandroid, Beatrix, Mettabbana, Raha Wala & v:shal Kanwar at Warehouse Location

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1796819063946136/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-meso-creso-halloween-carnaval-of-curiosities-tickets-37981276019

U Hell with Amtrac & Will Eastman at U Street Music Hall

U Hell with Amtrac & Will Eastman at U Street Music Hall

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/123805838269291
Advanced Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1553101

ESL Saturday with Aaron DRM, Bastard Jazz, DJ Budman, John Bowen & Thomas Blondet at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Aaron DRM, Bastard Jazz, DJ Budman, John Bowen & Thomas Blondet at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Androids-o-Ween: Gryffin & Autograf at Flash with Hearts Collective featuring Fort Fairmont, District & Circle, Tezrah, Sarasbrodir & Zacheser in the Green Room at Dusk with DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

Androids-o-Ween: Gryffin & Autograf at Flash with Hearts Collective featuring Fort Fairmont, District & Circle, Tezrah, Sarasbrodir & Zacheser in the Green Room at Dusk with DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469924683096644/

SubDistrick with J.A.N., Paturn, Rogue State & Julez at Backbar

SubDistrick with J.A.N., Paturn, Rogue State & Julez at Backbar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/433088683753754/

Sunday October 29

Younan Music presents Sintimate Rooftop Sessions Halloween Edition with Cocodrills, Bell & J Tek & Sami%Suyung at Public Bar

Younan Music presents Sintimate Rooftop Sessions Halloween Edition with Cocodrills, Bell & J Tek & Sami%Suyung at Public Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/124780421518485/

ESL Mujeres Para Puerto Rico Fundraiser with DJ Kool Flash, Cyd, DJ M Dot & Fancy at Eigheenth Street Lounge

ESL Mujeres Para Puerto Rico Fundraiser with DJ Kool Flash, Cyd, DJ M Dot & Fancy at Eigheenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Teddy Douglas, DJ M Dot and Sundays Rooftop with Punisher & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

sundays rooftop punisher

ESL Sunday with Sam "The Man" Burns, Teddy Douglas, DJ M Dot and Sundays Rooftop with Punisher & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/147827785831267/

Pride Underground 2017

I honestly didn’t know if I was going to do Pride Underground this year. Not because of a lack of quality DIY, music-forward, independent-of-Capital Pride events this year (actuality, this is, by far, the largest collection of pride events I have ever found that fit that bill). I was mostly hesitant because a) it is a very large undertaking, and b) this is a confusing time to be gay in America, with lots of heated and needed discussions about what is and what should be the point of Pride in the Trump era. I thought maybe this was a year to just take a seat, and focus more on listening to the people who have largely felt silenced during Pride celebrations, rather than try to insert into the narrative my take on what a good party agenda is for the weekend.

Concerns about the commercialization of Pride and the lack of representation of POC, women and the trans community are certainly not new, but they’ve been more formally organized this year under a coalition of queer organizations and individuals called No Justice No Pride. Their efforts have solicited a wide-range of responses from Capital Pride and the community at large. Some see it as a much-needed activist element that has been missing from Pride for too long. Some choose to ignore. Others are dismissive of a “pesky bunch” they like to label as “the intolerant left.” To be honest, some of the in-fighting on both sides is getting a bit out of control, and I think most people in the gay community feel somewhere in the middle. I’m hearing a lot of calls for “can’t we all just get along?” However, while that sentiment might be cute, it only stifles the meaningful and needed dialogue we need to have in order move our community forward. You don’t have to support of all of NJNP’s viewpoints or agree with their tactics, but now is now the time to be dismissive of people who for too long have not had a seat at the table.

These are trying times, and dance culture has an important role to play in organizing and providing relief for those who are resisting and fighting back. DC’s dance community is strong, and LGBTQ+ people are vital to its current health- providing quality, welcoming events all over the DMV. It was these people who reached out to me asking if Pride Underground was happening again this year who ultimately convinced me that these listings need to happen, now more than ever.

So with that, I present to you the Pride Underground 2017 listings. As I mentioned before, there are so many good events this year, and I wish I could have provided detailed write-ups for all of them. So I kindly ask that you click on all the links provided and learn about these events and add the people throwing them to your radar, even if they don’t ultimately make your dance card during this very busy Pride weekend. I’ve also included information for marches, panel discussions, and activist demonstrations under an “Act Up” column, so make sure you do more than just drink and dance this weekend! And if there’s anything I missed (and I’m sure I did), please reach out to me. I am happy to add them (you can reach me here)! Category is queer, non-official, and welcoming to all.

And if you dig what this is all about, please share on social media and use #PrideUnderground, if you’re so inclined. Happy pride!

Wednesday – June 7th

Market Crash – Come Bash Crash Pride Edition

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/131161074106189/136978853524411
DJ: The Barber Streisand
Drag Queens: Donna Slash, Salvadora Dali, Cis Jenner
Location: The Big Board
Time: 9PM-1:30AM
411: Market Crash is celebrating 3 years of throwing Wednesday night, bi-monthly gay parties on H Street, with a rotating cast of DJs and drag queens. The burgers at Big Board are really good too, FYI!

The IVy Project presents – A Pride Rooftop Party at Flash

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/396525610733929
DJs: Eletrox , DJ Salamander Silk and Milko
Location: Flash Rooftop
Time: 10PM-2:30AM

Thursday – June 8th

Sleaze: Pride Edition – Taste Our Rainbow

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929883547232631
DJs: Tommy Cornelis, The Barber Streisand, Lemz, Keenan Orr
Drag Queen: Moon Baby (Pittsburgh)
Location: Wonderland Ballroom
Time: 9PM-1:30AM
411: Lemz is back in DC and already busy, and he’s teamed up with Keenan for a new monthly at Wonderland. I’m on the bill along w/ Barber Streisand (Bryan Smith), and performing is Moon Baby- a seriously fierce queen from PGH, who is a favorite of the Honcho crew. Make sure you don’t miss her performances throughout the night.

Schadenfreude Neubauten // Ripping Headaches


FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/309540479489471
DJs: Ripping Headaches (Special Guest) + Wolfblister & Dianamatic (Schadenfreude Neubauten)
Location: Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar
Time: 9PM-2AM
411: Schadenfreude Neubauten takes place on 2nd Thursday’s at Dr Clocks- a place I like to call the DJ incubator space. It’s always free and weird: minimal synth // post-punk // wave // ebm // industrial // and whatever else.

Regrets Only: S&M Pride Kickoff

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DJs: DJ Lisa Frank & Sarah Myers
Location: Ten Tigers
Time: 10PM-2AM
411: Ten Tigers has been a much welcome addition for DC’s dance community- providing an intimate, uptown space with great sound, good food, and a nice slate of parties eager to take advantage. Regrets Only (Nitti, Morgan, Taiga and guests) got in early, pushing a weekly Thursday shame fest! For pride, Morgan and Sarah Myers take over and are encouraging fetish gear.

La Fiesta: “La Resistencia”

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DJ: El Especialista (El Zol)
Location: Town
Time: 9PM-2AM

More Dancing:
NightFlight PreFlight at Preview at Flash
NightFlight 0608 Residents Night at St. Ex

Act Up:
Women & Queer Folk in Leather: A Panel Discussion at The DC Center

Friday – June 9th

Booty Rex Pride Party

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DJ: DJ Alex DB (BODYWORK D.C.), DJ Kristy la Rat (Anthology of Booty, Maracuyeah), MOTHERSHIESTER (Anthology of Booty), Natty Boom (Anthology of Booty), DJ INDANILE (Anthology of Booty), DJ bent (Anthology of Booty), JUNEBULLET (She Rex), DJ C.RUSH (She Rex), DJ COACH (She Rex)
Location: Black Cat
Time: 9PM-3AM
411: I’m not even sure how many years this has been going on, but it’s safe to say this party has achieved legendary pride status for DC! 2 floors of fun at Black Cat featuring the full cast of DJs from the Anthology of Booty and She Rex crews.

Otter Crossing PRIDE feat. Bright Light Bright Light (DJ Set)

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DJs: Bright Light Bright Light, Shea Van Horn, Strike Stone
Location: Green Lantern
Time: 9PM-close
411: The indie-synth pop singer Bright Light Bright Light, who has toured with the likes of Scissor Sisters and Elton John, is back again for Otter Crossing’s pride party! This year, Shea Van Horn and OX resident Strike Stone join the lineup!

More Dancing:
Friday: Furball DC Pride! at DC Eagle
Petworth FUNK with DJ Freez and Adrian Collazo at Looking Glass Lounge
The Coven & MimSol Entertainment present Pride at U Street Music Hall
SEQUENCE.749_SHXCXCHCXSH at Warehouse Location TBA

Act Up:
No Justice No Pride – Night March at Logan Circle

Saturday – June 10th

TNX Pride w/ DJ Minx, Jacq Jill & The NeedlExchange

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DJs: DJ Minx (Women on Wax, Detroit), The NeedlExchange (Bil Todd, Baronhawk, DJ Lisa Frank, Tommy Cornelis) and Jacq Jill (JUICE, DC)
Location: Warehouse Location in NE DC, TBA
Time: 9PM-6AM
411: TNX, hot off officially adding Morgan as a full-time member, are back at it for their fourth pride party- this time moving into the ROAM warehouse location for their first all-night affair for pride! Joining them is DJ Minx, the legendary Detroit recently named one of the five best performers at Movement by Resident Adviser, for her DC debut plus local favorite Jacq Jill. I’m obviously super biased, but this is THE party of the weekend. Pro-tip: do not get wasted at the parade or other day-drinking festivities! Save your energy for this. And if you’re worried about this affecting your marching ability on Sunday, we promise Minx is gonna leave you more uplifted coming out of it than you came in!

Flash Presents 2nd Annual Pride in our HIPS Party

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DJs: Devon Trotter, The Barber Streisand, Dean Sullivan
Location: Flash Rooftop
Time: 6PM-10PM
411: I’m so glad Flash is bringing back this fundraiser for one of my favorite organizations: HIPS. This is gonna be the perfect post-parade, pre-turnup event on Saturday! Here’s their mission statement: HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency.

More Dancing:
Pride 2017: Boys Noize w/ Outputmessage, Keenan Orr, Lemz at U Street Music Hall
Meso Creso 1,001 Beats Presents: SHINE at Zeba Bar
Mixtape Pride Party with DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer at 9:30 Club
PRIDE at the Byrd at Songbyrd
CHRISTEENE, Nastie Band (feat. Roddy Bottum of Faith No More and Imperial Teen), DJ Donna Slash at Black Cat

Act Up:
Join GAG (Gays Against Guns) in DC Pride Parade
No Justice No Pride – DC Day Of Action at McPherson Square
QT Night of Healing and Resistance at The Festival Center

Sunday – June 11th

⛱⛱ BODYWORK ⛱⛱

DJs: DJ Precolumbian (Philly) and DJ Olive T (NY)
Location: The Airedale
Time: 7PM-11PM
411: The correctly spelled Bodywork DJs, Alex DB and Abby, are throwing a special Sunday evening Bodywork just for pride and have booked a really dope headliner to boot in DJ Precolumbian (check out this great mix and Q&A she did w/ DISCWOMAN). Those still standing from a long weekend of dancing and marching are in for a treat!

More Dancing:
Deep Tech XI: Cindel (6.11) at Old Engine 12
ROAR: Rooftop Beer Bust (w/ DJ Mike Babbitt) at Uproar
Flesh World (Mem Limp Wrist), Kombat, Koev Halev, Broken Grids at Slash Run

Act Up:
The Equality March for Unity and Pride

Trade has been such a welcome addition gay bar to DC. It wasn’t that long ago that underground queer artists couldn’t get booked at most gay bars, but Trade has totally changed the landscape. Check ’em out all weekend!

 Also check out the Pride Underground listings from 2016 and 2015– it’s fun to see the evolution!