Just about recovered from an epic weekend last week. Saturday night, in particular, was nuts, bouncing between Flash and U Street Music Hall, catching up with so many people I haven’t seen in forever, and getting to hear quality grooves from DJ Kochi, Throe, DJ Nav, Jus Nowhere, Jackson Ryland, Dimitri Max, Joe L and Markinthedark. Yeah, it was that kinda night. Sadly didn’t make it over to the warehouse for Horse Meat Disco & TNX, but by all accounts that was off the charts! It’s nights like that that remind me what an amazing underground electronic musc community we have here in Washington DC.
So about this weekend… like last week, I’ve gone down the lazy route and just posted everything to the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. Just click these links to see my full list of picks for each day, Thursday through Sunday.
A few things that deserve a special mention this week. First up, DC’s premiere drum and bass crew Cadence were kind enough to invite me and Katrina Mir to drop science in the Green Room at Flash on Thursday with local legends Simon & Sinestro, while Dub Phizix & Strategy bring the drums and the bass on the club level with support from Refugee & Encryption. Advanced tickets are just $12… grab yours now!
Friday night, Uncle Benny & The Sticky Fingers Collective are on board for another epic journey on the After Hours Express, this time with Scissor & Thread‘s Francis Harris, Hot Coffee & Benoit. Always a good time with Uncle Benny! Advanced tickets & info over on Resident Advisor.
Saturday night, we’re at it again with the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Tune in from 10pm ET for quality underground grooves from me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the right vibe for your Saturday night.
If you’re not sure what we’re about, here’s the video feed from our last show as it happened:
Later on Saturday night, early Sunday, the Sticky Fingers Collective, Better Listen Records, Good Buddies and Kowli Records are joining forces for an epic afters at a secret location in Baltimore. I’ve already said too much; let’s just say you’ll want to be there.
Happy 2018! Took a week off last week, but couldn’t stay away too long. Back again with a new format that will hopefully provide the same useful guide to what’s good on the dance floors of DC, but take far less time to compile. I’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut with DC House Grooves for a while now, spending up to 12 hours each week compiling the post, getting frustrated at not having any time for other creative pursuits, but at the same time getting positive feedback from readers who I don’t want to let down. So for 2018, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. I’ll be posting all the best events in DC’s thriving underground dance music community up on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page, so make sure you Like the page, Follow it, and subscribe to notifications so you don’t miss out on any updates. Then, every week at the usual time, I’ll post right here links to Facebook listing all the events for each day. Same useful listings, different format, far easier for me to compile! For example, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks:
See how easy that was? Just click the link for my full list of picks, then click through to the events you’re interested in for full info. Same useful guide, but takes me a quarter of the time. Hope you find it just as useful. Please let me know what you think!
The big news in DC this weekend is Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend, and as in previous years, our queer correspondent Tommy Cornelis of The NeedleXchange has done an amazing job compiling an unofficial guide to the MAL underground. You can check out Tommy‘s #MALLORY2018‘s guide right here on DC House Grooves. Huge thanks to Tommy for all his efforts putting this together.
Last, but by no means least, here’s Episode #64 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, a quality deep, funky house excursion from Heavy Rotation‘s Kenny M.
We’re always looking for submissions from local DJs for the Meet the Locals podcast, so if you’ve got time to put together a mix for DC House Grooves, send it over! The only thing we ask is that the mix be exclusive to DC House Grooves, and not published anywhere else.
That’s it for this week. I hope the new format works for you, and I’ll see you out there on the dancefloor!
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:
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.
The results are in, and I’m happy to announce that Andrew Strain is the winner of Round 2 of the DC House Grooves / Flash free ticket giveaway for New Year’s Eve at Flash with Archie Hamilton, Chez Damier, Eddie C, M.A.N.D.Y. [Philipp Jung & Patrick Bodmer], Matthew Dear, punisher and many more. Please check your Facebook messages for details on how to collect your prize. If you’re reading this and you’ve missed out in Round 1 and Round 2, you’ve got one more chance to win a pair of free tickets worth $120. For round 3, I’m going back to the tried and tested prize draw approach from Round 1. Just click the link below, fill out your full name and email address, and we’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, December 27 at 7pm. Please make sure you use the name on your ID and a real email address, as the winner will be notified by email.
If you’re planning on going to Flash on New Year’s Eve and don’t have your tickets already, I recommend you grab yours now rather than leave it to chance. $50 tickets are still available which is a great deal for 26 hours of serious vibes from some of the best in the business.
Lots of great parties being announced as we approach New Year’s Eve. I’ll be posting everything up on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page as I hear about them, and I’ll be including them all in a very special New Year’s Eve edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks next week. Always a good move to get your tickets well in advance for New Year’s Eve, as many events will sell out.
Still waiting on a few Meet the Locals podcasts that have been promised to me, so you’ll just have to make do with the recording from last Friday’s all vinyl WTF?! Show with me, Kochi & Katrina Mir. Five hours of quality grooves served up fresh from the wax.
Fairly quiet out there this weekend, what with people leaving town for the holidays and all, but there’s still some good stuff going down. If you’re into music production, I recommend heading to Headroom at Flash on Thursday to hear what local producers have been up to, then head upstairs to catch the Transit crew taking over Preview Happy Hour up in the Green Room. Later on Thursday, the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge is the place to be for Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez.
Another amazing Friday night line up at Flash, with Halo Varga, Nu Zau & Sepp & Jubilee in the main room, Alan Nieves, Wade Hammes, Zamkov & O. Martinez in the Green Room and Hugo Zapata, Samantha Francesca & HOT COFFEE in the Flash Bar. Well worth your time. Before heading to Flash, make sure you stop by El Techo across the street for a drink and a bite to eat while Markinthedark and Sarah Myers keep things warm and toasty behind the decks.
Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on a very special festive edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, with me, Ramirez & Katrina Mir. Not exactly sure what’ll be so festive about it. Maybe I’ll wear a Santa hat or something. I can guarantee quality, deep, underground vibes to either get your Saturday night off to a great start or close out your Saturday night if you’re staying in. Out on the town in DC, the Beautiful Swimmers‘ holiday party at Ten Tigers Parlour looks like your best bet, with our hometown heroes at the musical controls open to close.
For those who know, word has it there’s some quality afters action to be found, but it’s all hush hush and off the record. The really big news on Saturday, however, is Deep Sugar‘s Dance for Peace Holiday Party at Baltimore Sound Stage with all your Deep Sugar favorites Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders & a very special guest appearance by Kenny Bobien. If you’ve been missing your Deep Sugar fix, this is your chance to get down with the crew at what promises to be a memorable Christmas shindig. Don’t plan on going late, DC style; the party starts at 6pm and goes until 2am. You’ve got to be fashionably early for this one!
With Eighteenth Street Lounge taking Sunday off due to Christmas Eve, all roads lead to Public Bar for Christmas Eve shenanigans at Sintimate Rooftop Sessions with Joeski B2B Saeed Younan and opening sets from Sabeel Chohan & Fred Mas.
Wherever you end up this weekend, have a very Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you back here next week for our New Year’s Eve special. See you on the dance floor!