DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 22 to June 25

Good times at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Saturday at Reflections with JandroMark in the Dark, me and Mazi R! It’s the first time I’ve been back at . Jimmy’s since they upgraded the previously not all that sound system to an incredible Martin Audio sound system, expanding the dance floor in the process.  The new sound system is amazing! I really enjoyed putting it through it’s paces, and all the DJs on the line up really made it sing. The turnout to celebrate Mazi‘s birthday was amazing, making for a truly memorable Saturday night on the dance floor. Huge thanks to Jandro for putting it all together and inviting me to play. I can see myself being back at Jimmy Valentine’s in the very near future. As soon as this Saturday, in fact, as Kochi‘s new party Balance takes over, featuring another serious all local lineup: KochiRamirezMeegs and live vocals from the incredibly talented Candice Mills. As soon as we’re done with Saturday night’s DC House Grooves Show with Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio, we’ll be hitting the road and heading to Jimmy’s! I highly recommend you do the same…after listening to the DC House Grooves Show, or course 🙂

Balance details: https://www.facebook.com/events/461848680828391/

Balance with Kochi, Meegs, Ramirez & Candice Mills at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

So what else is going on this weekend? Quite a bit, as it happens!  As always, you’ll find full listings below of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC, including all the DC House Grooves Top Picks. When you see the Top Pick badge, you know it’s a good one! You can catch me behind the decks with Taiga at Regrets Only Vol. 28 at Ten Tigers Parlour Thursday night. I’m excited and honored to be invited to play  Regrets Only, and I can’t wait to give the Ten Tigers sound system a good work out. As always, I’m bursting with amazing underground sounds to share with you, so join me and Taiga at Ten Tigers on Thursday night, and let’s make some bad decisions together on a school night! I’ll also have plenty of DC House Grooves Top Pick stickers with me, so make sure you ask me for some.

Regrets Only Vol. 28 details: https/www.facebook.com/events/142892692939320

Regrets Only with Andy Grant and Taiga at Ten Tigers Parlour

As mentioned previously, on Saturday night I’ll be joining Ramirez and Katrina Mir at 10pm for episode #3 of the DC House Grooves Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio, then heading up to Balance with KochiRamirezMeegs and Candice Mills. Then on Sunday I’ll be heading up to Sunday Love at Flash for OG Tony Humphries, with support from an all-star local line up featuring Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G. I’ve been a huge fan on Tony Humphries since I first heard him at his residency at Ministry of Sound in London back in the early 90s, and his Ministry of Sound Sessions Volume One mix had a huge influence on me. Just the thought of hearing him in the Green Room on the Flash rooftop on a sunny Sunday afternoon surrounded by friends gives me goosebumps. My tickets are bought, and I’m ready to go! While it is no cover before 4pm, I strongly recommend picking up advanced tickets to guarantee entry if you plan on arriving later. Sunday Love parties have been proving really popular, and I’m confident with this line up it will sell out. Why risk it? First release tickets are only $8, available from Ticketfly.

Advanced Tickets to Sunday Love with Tony Humphries

More details: ://www.facebook.com/events/443905825970709/

Sunday Love: Tony Humphries, Sam 'The Man' Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G at Flash

A couple of mixes for you before I get into this week’s listings. First up is the latest DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast featuring the welcome return of Symmetrical. You can catch Symmetrical this Saturday in Baltimore at Sentient Lighting’s Summer Jam 2017 with DJ Dan, Nigel Richards, Wayne Davis, Tzeech, Malphunktion, Hogan & Obscure & Symmetrical.

 

Another great mix is the inaugural edition of The Buddy System Podcast from the Good Buddies team featuring DC stalwart Ozker. A solid hour of quality grooves from one of DC’s finest. Make sure you follow Good Buddies on SoundCloud to make sure you catch all the future The Buddy System mixes.

 

Time for this week’s listings! Here are all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC Thursday through Sunday. Look out for the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo. Your sign of a good time! I’ll be back same time, same place next week for the three year anniversary edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up! See you on the dance floor.

Thursday June 22

DC House Grooves Top PickRegrets Only with Andy Grant and Taiga at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only with Andy Grant and Taiga at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/142892692939320

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Thursday with the Caseo Collection, Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez & Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/728648633986440/

DC House Grooves Top PickChoice Sounds with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

Choice Sounds with Trev-ski at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/110247076255782/

DC House Grooves Top PickNightFlight with Smudge and Kenny at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight with Smudge and Kenny at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/178237292678618

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Alex Bulgs at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Alex Bulgs at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735455123413646/

The Nexus DJ Showcase at Eighteenth Street Lounge

The Nexus DJ Showcase at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/301483110274554/

Snakehips with Promnite, Basscamp at Flash

Snakehips with Promnite, Basscamp at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/464430537237171/

Fakear with Lightwaves at U Street Music Hall

Fakear with Lightwaves at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1298646273537161/

MaRLo with Janko and Andrew Lux at Soundcheck

MaRLo with Janko and Andrew Lux at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/179265672597140/

Friday June 23

DC House Grooves Top PickNu Zau & Sepp with Navbox & Jubilee at Flash, with Jimpster & Rosenberg in the Green Room and Acid People with DJ Sinestro, Steve Kirn & Sleepy G in the Flash Bar

Nu Zau & Sepp with Navbox & Jubilee at Flash, with Jimpster & Rosenberg in the Green Room and Acid People with DJ Sinestro, Steve Kirn & Sleepy G in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/448130778897505/

DC House Grooves Top PickMaya Jane Coles with Heather Femia at U Street Music Hall

Maya Jane Coles with Heather Femia at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1807235496261476/

DC House Grooves Top PickTechnoFist Presents: Nocturnal Elements 2 with Rodd & Damon Bradley at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

TechnoFist Presents: Nocturnal Elements 2 with Rodd & Damon Bradley at Safari DC Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/813449982157033

DC House Grooves Top PickBear Happy Hour with DJ Keenan Orr at Rock & Roll Hotel

Bear Happy Hour with DJ Keenan Orr at Rock & Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/436543946709016/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with The Funk Train featuring Michael the Lion & Cyclist, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Meistro & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with The Funk Train featuring Michael the Lion & Cyclist, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Meistro & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

DC House Grooves Top PickHometown Sounds presents Will Eastman at the Millennium Stage

Hometown Sounds presents Will Eastman at the Millennium Stage

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/826771307481332

Night Gruuvs with DJ John Johnson at The Crown, Baltimore

Night Gruuvs with DJ John Johnson at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/219594068555493/

Saturday June 24

DC House Grooves Top PickBalance with Kochi, Meegs, Ramirez & Candice Mills at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Balance with Kochi, Meegs, Ramirez & Candice Mills at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/461848680828391/

DC House Grooves Top PickChus & Ceballos [open-to-close] at Flash, with Michael Scott & Edo in the Green Room and Dusk with DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

Chus & Ceballos [open-to-close] at Flash, with Michael Scott & Edo in the Green Room and Dusk with DJ Soul in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/132540100635333/

DC House Grooves Top PickSentient Lighting’s Summer Jam 2017 with DJ Dan, Nigel Richards, Wayne Davis, Tzeech, Malphunktion, Hogan & Obscure & Symmetrical at GAME, Baltimore

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1465309713500985/

DC House Grooves Top PickMoCo Boogie with DJ Kenny M, Trev-ski & Adrian Collazo at Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring

MoCo Boogie with DJ Kenny M, Trev-ski & Adrian Collazo at Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1794796754170661/

DC House Grooves Top PickSubDistrick! June 2017 with Coastal, Deinfamous, Globb & Julez at Backbar

SubDistrick! June 2017 with Coastal, Deinfamous, Globb & Julez at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/426318961100273

The Abyss: A House Dance Experience with DJ Jose Marquez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

The Abyss: A House Dance Experience with DJ Jose Marquez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/996846063779274/

ESL Saturday with Chris Annibel, Mr Bonkerz, Jerome Baker & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Chris Annibel, Mr Bonkerz, Jerome Baker & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Cut Snake with Will Eastman & Chris Kennedy at U Street Music Hall

Cut Snake with Will Eastman & Chris Kennedy at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1328484273903111

The Cookout with Bodywork x Juice at The Embassy Row Hotel

The Cookout with Bodywork x Juice at The Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/306537953129913

Sunday June 25

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love: Tony Humphries, Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G at Flash

Sunday Love: Tony Humphries, Sam 'The Man' Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/443905825970709/

DC House Grooves Top PickOvereasy Tea Dance with Jacq Jill, Tommy Cornelis & Vanniety Kills at Dodge City

Overeasy Tea Dance with Jacq Jill, Tommy Cornelis & Vanniety Kills at Dodge City

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/431098963941568/

DC House Grooves Top PickRooftop Party: Sunnyside with Wade Hammes at Mellow Mushroom 

Rooftop Party: Sunnyside with Wade Hammes at Mellow Mushroom & Will Miles at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/140032646565949/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Mdot and Sundays Rooftop Featuring Haz-Mat, Edo & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam "The Man" Burns, DJ Mdot and Sundays Rooftop Featuring Haz-Mat, Edo & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050921275042284/

Rinse (Sunday Sessions) with A-Sides, Mutt, Robert Manos & Will Miles at Public Bar

Rinse (Sunday Sessions) with A-Sides, Mutt, Robert Manos & Will Miles at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1702245529802563/

Plica & Friends with RNS, Bella & J Tek & Dromme at Toro Toro

Plica & Friends with RNS, Bella & J Tek & Dromme at Toro Toro

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/387931674935314

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DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Pride 2017 Edition June 8 to June 11

Busy weekend ahead! It’s that time of year again when we celebrate Pride in the nation’s capital, and again there’s an amazing selection of quality underground events celebrating Pride here in DC. I’ve included all the events on my radar in this week’s post, but if you want the best insight on underground Pride events from someone who really knows what’s what, check out Pride Underground 2017 by our queer correspondent, TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis. Everything you need to know about the best underground events at this year’s Pride celebrations.

Pride Underground 2017

As usual, you’ll find all my Top Picks for the weekend from Thursday through Sunday below, along with full listings of all the best events. I feel like I’m handing out the Top Picks like candy this weekend, but they’re all well deserved! Some really good shit going down in our city! You can catch me at Flash on Friday night along with my DC House Grooves partner in crime Katrina Mir, holding things down in the bar all night long. We’ve been holed up at DC House Grooves HQ for the last few weeks honing our craft, and we’re really looking forward to playing out again. Friday night at Flash is going to be one for the true house heads, with Sistrum Recordings label boss Patrice Scott headlining the main room with support from Aakmael and HOT COFFEE, and  another edition of Arts & Sciences in the Green Room with SnadTaiga. Serious business across all three floors!

Advanced Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1497875
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/218955058613319/

Patrice Scott with DJ Aakmael and HOT COFFEE at Flash with Arts & Sciences featuring Taiga & Snad in the Green Room and Body Werk with Andy Grant & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

On Saturday night, Katrina and I will be joined by Ramirez for episode #002 of the DC House Grooves Radio Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio from 10pm ET. Episode #001 two weeks ago was quite a journey, and we’re looking forward to taking it to new heights this week. Tune in from 10pm ET over at Underground Quality Radio, or Like the Underground Quality Facebook Page and look out for our multi camera Facebook Live feed. The perfect pre-game for your Saturday night!

Tune in: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/675030982690095

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

After the show Katrina Mir and I will be heading into town to Dupont Circle to represent DC House Grooves spinning a 2am set at Cannabis Pride All Nighter. Starting at 9am Saturday and running for 24 hours straight until 9am Sunday morning, the Cannabis Pride All Nighter will feature sets from a huge list of local DC favorites including DJ NavJett ChandonC-Dubz, StrikeStone, PanchDjoserGrand AncestorTeam Zapata, Samantha Francesca, HOT COFFEEVanniety Kills and DJ Meegs. Catch me and  Katrina Mir from 2am, right after Samantha Francesca and HOT COFFEE of the Sticky Fingers Collective.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/762727483885272

Cannabis Pride All-Nighter in Dupont Circle

For the vinyl heads out there, make sure you make time on Saturday afternoon to head over to Future Times‘ new popup record store in Mount Pleasant. A new record store popping up is always good news, but the Future Times crew opening a record store is the stuff that dreams are made of. Expect an eclectic selection of records, old and new, from the best international, domestic and local labels. If you know what’s good for you, head over to Mount Pleasant between 12pm and 7pm on Saturday. Full details in the flyer below.

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Before we get to this week’s listings, here’s episode #51 of the Meet the Locals Podcast features a quality slower BPM techno mix from Steve Kirn, making his triumphant return to the podcast.

 

You can catch Steve Kirn on Thursday night  at Spirit featuring Steve Kirn at Game in Baltimore.

Here’s the full listings for this weekend, including all my Top Picks from Thursday through Sunday. As mentioned previously, you’ll find a number of Pride Underground events below, but for more in depth insight, make sure you check out DC House Grooves‘ Pride Underground 2017 post by TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis. Wherever you end up this weekend, I hope you have an amazing time! Hope to see you out there on the dance floor!

Thursday June 8

DC House Grooves Top PickPlaylist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/827914147366909/

DC House Grooves Top PickRegrets Only: S&M Pride Kickoff with Sarah Myers B2B DJ Lisa Frank at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only: S&M Pride Kickoff with Sarah Myers B2B DJ Lisa Frank at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/178927462637633/

DC House Grooves Top PickNightFlight PreFlight at Preview with DJ Heather Femia, Wade Hammes Omar and Zamkov at Flash

NightFlight PreFlight at Preview with DJ Heather Femia, Wade Hammes Omar and Zamkov at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1060327560738199/

DC House Grooves Top PickNightflight Residents Night with Oamr, Zamkov, Heather Femia and Wade Hammes at Cafe Saint Ex

Nightflight Residents Night with Oamr, Zamkov, Heather Femia and Wade Hammes at Cafe Saint Ex

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/391262911241768/

DC House Grooves Top PickSpirit Featuring Steve Kirn at Game, Baltimore

Spirit Featuring Steve Kirn at Game, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1686059045034595/

DC House Grooves Top PickSleaze: Pride Edition – Taste Our Rainbow with Tommy Cornelis, The Barber Streisand, Keenan, Lemz and The Moon Baby at Wonderland Ballroom

Sleaze: Pride Edition - Taste Our Rainbow with Tommy Cornelis, The Barber Streisand, Keenan, Lemz and The Moon Baby at Wonderland Ballroom

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929883547232631/

DC House Grooves Top Pick2nd Thursday Drum and Bass with Brian Roguestate at Bump’n’Grind

2nd Thursday Drum and Bass with Brian Roguestate at Bump'n'Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1907440142832622/

DC House Grooves Top PickRoute 94 with Jame Moorfield at U Street Music Hall

 Route 94 with Jame Moorfield at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1313106225432285

Schadenfreude Neubauten with Ripping Headaches at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Schadenfreude Neubauten with Ripping Headaches at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/309540479489471

Flashy Pride Thursday: Rooftop Edition with DJ TWiN at Flash

Flashy Pride Thursday: Rooftop Edition with DJ TWiN at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705318843102421/

Friday June 9

DC House Grooves Top PickPatrice Scott with DJ Aakmael and HOT COFFEE at Flash with Arts & Sciences featuring Taiga & Snad in the Green Room and Body Werk with Andy Grant & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

Patrice Scott with DJ Aakmael and HOT COFFEE at Flash with Arts & Sciences featuring Taiga & Snad in the Green Room and Body Werk with Andy Grant & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/218955058613319/

DC House Grooves Top PickSEQUENCE.749_SHXCXCHCXSH with SHXCXCHCXSH Live, Tsurugi, Ron Jackson, Juana & Daasnomem at Location TBA

SEQUENCE.749_SHXCXCHCXSH with SHXCXCHCXSH Live, Tsurugi, Ron Jackson, Juana & Daasnomem at Location TBA

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/270184940053768/

DC House Grooves Top PickThe Uptown House Experience Summer Session Part One with DJ Nav, Feroun, Heights & Joe L at Ten Tigers Parlour

The Uptown House Experience Summer Session Part One with DJ Nav, Feroun, Heights & Joe L at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/384578608604718/

DC House Grooves Top PickClassical Trax X Guestlist: HI$TO with The Borrowers & Panch at Backbar

Classical Trax X Guestlist: HI$TO with The Borrowers & Panch at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1356234807803286

DC House Grooves Top PickMilk Chocolate City Arthur J, DJ Paul Howard, DJ V-Coch, Dromme and CHOSEN at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Milk Chocolate City Arthur J, DJ Paul Howard, DJ V-Coch, Dromme and CHOSEN at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/741609136017379/

DC House Grooves Top PickPetworth FUNK with DJ Freez and Adrian Collazo at The Looking Glass Lounge

Petworth FUNK with DJ Freez and Adrian Collazo at The Looking Glass Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/483540131985115/

DC House Grooves Top PickGuy Gerber with Jandro at Soundcheck

Guy Gerber with Jandro at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/295260677595696

Otter Crossing with Bright Light Bright Light, Shea Van Horn & StrikeStone at The Green Lantern

Otter Crossing with Bright Light Bright Light, Shea Van Horn & StrikeStone at The Green Lantern

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/432578393766591/

ESL Friday with Nappy G, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Double A & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Nappy G, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Double A & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Analog Soul Club with Crown Vic & Mettabbana at Safari Lounge

Analog Soul Club with Crown Vic & Mettabbana at Safari Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1320069348114148/

Pride 2017: The Coven with DJ MIM and DJ Cyd at U Street Music Hall

Pride 2017: The Coven ft. DJ MIM at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/417074138652979/

Houseology Fridays with John Johnson & DJ Cornflake at 229 Park Avenue, Baltimore

Houseology Fridays with John Johnson & DJ Cornflake at 229 Park Avenue, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/824043044428739

Saturday June 10

DC House Grooves Top PickDC House Grooves Show #02 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/675030982690095

DC House Grooves Top PickTNX Pride with DJ Minx, Jacq Jill & The NeedlExchange at Location TBA

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1866973313564291

DC House Grooves Top PickFlash Presents 2nd Annual Pride in our HIPS Party with Devon Trotter, The Barber Streisand, Dean Sullivan and DJ Tom Peters at Flash

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/610155315853497/

DC House Grooves Top PickSteve Bug with Jandro at Flash with HIPS Fundraiser featuring Tom Peters & Juan Zapata in the Green Room and Wade Hammes & Mazi R in the Flash Bar

Steve Bug with Jandro at Flash with HIPS Fundraiser featuring Tom Peters & Juan Zapata in the Green Room and Wade Hammes & Mazi R in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/277423325994610/

DC House Grooves Top PickCatharsis Fundraiser in the Dupont Underground with e.yore, Meegs, Mr Jennings & v:shal Kanwar at Dupont Underground

Catharsis Fundraiser in the Dupont Underground with e.yore, Meegs, Mr Jennings & v:shal Kanwar at Dupont Underground

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/218881151921933

DC House Grooves Top PickCannabis Pride All-Nighter in Dupont Circle

Cannabis Pride All-Nighter in Dupont Circle

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/762727483885272

DC House Grooves Top PickPride 2017: Boys Noize with Outputmessage, Keenan Orr & Lemz at U Street Music Hall

Pride 2017: Boys Noize with Outputmessage, Keenan Orr & Lemz at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/191153954619052/

DC House Grooves Top PickLive House with Dubathonic at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Live House with Dubathonic at Dr Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/181947109001662/

DC House Grooves Top PickVague Output presents Lost Soul Enterprises with R Gamble, L Sangre & Scott Murakami at Factory 17, Baltimore

Vague Output presents Lost Soul Enterprises with R Gamble, L Sangre & Scott Murakami at Factory 17, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/280641385672658

DC House Grooves Top PickMeso Creso 1,001 Beats Presents: SHINE with Vanniety Kills & Alex DB at Zeba Bar

Meso Creso 1,001 Beats Presents: SHINE with Vanniety Kills & Alex DB at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1758375620856168/

ESL Saturday with Serge Gamesbourg, Farid, DJ Jerry and DJ M Dot at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Serge Gamesbourg, Farid, DJ Jerry and DJ M Dot at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

AxelF: School’s Out Edition with Adrian Loving, DJ Stylus & Jahsonic at Ten Tigers Parlour

AxelF: School's Out Edition with Adrian Loving, DJ Stylus & Jahsonic at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/293814694400306

Graves and Josh Pan Down the Rabbit Hole with Indignis & Seba Yuri at A.i.

Graves and Josh Pan Down the Rabbit Hole with Indignis & Seba Yuri at A.i.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/115899392292855

Distrkt C PRIDE at The DC Eagle

Distrkt C PRIDE at The DC Eagle

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/614267582096575/

The BPM Experience, The Baltimore Edition with Sadaat Hamin, DJ LoveGoddess & DJ Beloved at The Windup Space

The BPM Experience, The Baltimore Edition with Sadaat Hamin, DJ LoveGoddess & DJ Beloved at The Windup Space

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/114723885772182/

Sunday June 11

DC House Grooves Top PickHold Tight with Recloose, Joe L. & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Hold Tight with Recloose, Joe L. & Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/311009975988118/

DC House Grooves Top PickSunday Love: Adriatique with Sarah Myers and Edo at Flash

Sunday Love: Adriatique with Sarah Myers and Edo at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/304266513312178/

DC House Grooves Top PickDeep Tech XI Pride Edition with Cindel, Mr Wright, Persian, DJ Soul, Tezrah, Heather Femia, Oamr, Wade Hammes & Zamkov at Old Engine 12

Deep Tech XI Pride Edition with Cindel, Mr Wright, Persian, DJ Soul, Tezrah, Heather Femia, Omar, Wade Hammes & Zamkov at Old Engine 12

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/210581089429991

Distrkt C PRIDE at The DC Eagle

Distrkt C PRIDE at The DC Eagle

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/614267582096575/

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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

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/178927462637633
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”

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/648926531977085/
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

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/286947428398903/
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)

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/432578393766591/
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

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1866973313564291
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

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/610155315853497
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!

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 1 to June 4

Another Wednesday night, and I’ve left things far too late to do the weekend justice. For many of you, I’m sure last weekend was all about Detroit. I had to skip it this year, but I watched things play out on Facebook with a certain amount of envy. Looked like another crazy, exhausting, but ultimately rewarding weekend in Motor City. Hoping to make it for Movement 2018! It was mostly quiet for me over Memorial Day Weekend, other than kicking  off our new DC House Grooves radio show with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio on Saturday night. Our first show was a great success, and we’re looking forward to doing it again every two weeks on Saturday nights. If you missed the show, you can watch the video recording below, and we’ll have the archived audio up on the Underground Quality website soon. Episode #002 of the DC House Grooves Radio Show on Underground Quality Radio is on June 10 at 10pm ET. Whether you’re staying in or getting ready to go out, tune in for quality underground sounds live from the Rave Basement in Washington DC. Doing Saturdays right!

This weekend sees Flash celebrating it’s 4 year anniversary. Hard to believe that 4 years have gone by since Flash burst onto the scene here in DC, with it’s amazing Funktion One sound system, incredible lighting, and bookings to die for, bringing the best International and domestic talent here to DC, while also strongly supporting local talent, giving locals a platform to show us what they can do. Huge thanks to everyone at Flash for bringing us quality grooves from the best international, domestic and local talent, week in, week out. Here’s to many more years of quality events at Flash! The flyer below shows the full line up for their anniversary week, and you’ll find full details for each night in the listings below. Every one a  DC House Grooves Top Pick!

flash 4 year anniversary

This week is also local legend Sam Burns‘ 60th birthday, and on Saturday Sam will be celebrating by doing what he does best on a cruise down the Potomac with support fromCadence‘s Vanniety KillsDC House Grooves has an exclusive discount off advanced tickets. Just click the link below to buy your discounted tickets, and get ready for house music bliss as you cruise down the Potomac on Saturday afternoon.

I want the discount for The Sam Burns Boat Party with Vanniety Kills!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/160002894529726/

Sam burns boat party

Here are this week’s full listings from Thursday to Sunday. As always, look out for the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo; a sure sign of a good time. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday June 1

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview with KayLaSoul & Markinthedark at Flash

Preview with KayLaSoul & Markinthedark at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/458334387837279/

DC House Grooves Top Pick