Really wish I had time to do this week’s events justice, but I’m out on the west coast, it’s late, and I won’t be back in time for the weekend, so this will just have to be a quick heads up. Serious business in DC this weekend, so pay attention. The term “legend” gets thrown around far too much these days, often to describe less than legendary talents. This Friday, however, some bona fide legends land in DC, and you need to catch at least one of them. Flash on Friday hosts the Chairman of The Rotter’s Gold Club himself, Andrew Weatherall for an open to close set in the main room, and if you consider yourself an electronic music enthusiast, regardless of genre, you owe it to yourself to be there. Forget everything you think you know, leave your preconceptions at the door, and let arguably one of the best DJs on the planet deliver a masterclass in electronic musical bliss. I strongly recommend you get there at the beginning for this one, and don’t leave until the bitter end. The Chairman doesn’t come this side of the Atlantic Ocean very often, so this is a rare chance to catch him on our home turf. Advanced tickets are recommended, and right now they are a steal at only $8. Sarah Myers, Jubilee, Mazi R, Philco and Chris Felinski round out the line up for Friday night at Flash, so plenty to keep you grooving open to close.
The other legend hitting U Street on Friday is none other than disco pioneer Jellybean Benitez, who’ll be sharing the decks with our own local legend Sam “The Man” Burns at A Night at the U Street Disco at U Street Music Hall. With around 70+ years of DJing experience between them, you can be sure of an amazing musical journey to keep you dancing all night. Advanced tickets are $12 from Ticketfly.
Also landing in DC on Friday night are the ReSolute crew, who are teaming up with Nomads Only, Flash and Loop for Rhadoo with Maksim, Navbox, Jubilee, Taiga & Tom at a warehouse location in northeast DC. Serious minimal magic over a serious sound system all night long.
Saturday night, get your night started off right by tuning in to the DC House Grooves Show #07 on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio. Katrina Mir and I are out of town for this one, but resident Ramirez will be joining by special guest Jubilee, and they’re gonna be getting deep! Look out for the live video on the Underground Quality Facebook Page, or tune in to the audio at http://bit.ly/UQRadio.
Out on the town, highlights for Saturday night include SEQUENCE.010 with Mike Parker, Antenes, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson for those of you looking for some proper techno in a warehouse location, or for something a bit more intimate, Balance with the homies Kochi, Tim Jackson & Dj Double 07 at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Advanced tickets for Sequence are $15 and are highly recommended. No cover for Balance at Jimmy’s!
Wherever you end up on Saturday, make sure you find your way to Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express with Detroit’s Loren, Benoit & Hot Coffee in an incredible new super secret lcoation. You’ll have to figure out the rest for yourselves; I’ve already said too much!
OK out of time. Here’s my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. The highlights above barely scratch the surface! You kids be good while I’m away, now. Hope to see you all on the dance floor when I return!
Thursday August 17
Headroom #011 at Flash
Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Jandro at Flash
Matthias Tanzmann with DJ Lisa Frank in the Green Room at Flash
House Music Happy Hour with Special Guest TMF at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge
Left To Right with Chris Felinksi & Philco at Velvet Lounge
Bassline Business with Kahn, Neek & Goth-Trad at U Street Music Hall
Friday August 18
Andrew Weatherall [Open-to-Close] at Flash with Sarah Myers, Jubilee & Mazi R in the Green Room and Philco & Chris Felinski in the Flash Bar
ReSolute & D.C. Friends Present Rhadoo with Maksim, Navbox, Jubilee, Taiga & Tom at Warehouse Location
A Night At The U Street Disco with Jellybean Benitez & Sam Burns at U Street Music Hall
Sweat Equity in DC with JX Cannon, Plebeian, Alien D, Sleepy G and DJ Freez at Safari Restaurant & Lounge
4 Hours of Funk with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space
Saturday August 19
DC House Grooves Show #07 with Ramirez & Special Guest Jubilee on Underground Quality Radio
SEQUENCE.010_Mike Parker, Antenes, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson at Warehouse Location
Balance with Kochi, Tim Jackson & Dj Double 07 at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
Sebastian Mullaert [LiVE] with Maher Daniel and Jubilee at Flash with Navbox & Friends in the Green Room
Juan Maclean (DJ Set) with Philip Goyette and Trev-ski at U Street Music Hall
LENG Presents Lyeform with College Hill, Duolo & Lush at Backbar
Deep Tech XIII: Pool House 5th Year Anniversary Tour with support from DJ Improvize, Mr Wright & Pershan at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge
Obsidian presents: Housework with The Elders, FAQ, Nathan Gorey, Ciara B, Mediumboy & Temporal Mental at Factory 17, Baltimore
Sunday August 20
Sunday Love: Jonas Rathsman with Anden & Enamour at Flash
The Sam Burns Boat Party & friends feat. DJ Double 07
ESL Sunday with Sam Burns, DJ M Dot & Good Buddies featuring Chris Felinski and Philco at Eighteenth Street Lounge