DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 19 to July 22

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather and Team Zapata on Sunday! Another super fun time on the rooftop at Public Bar! We’re taking a few weeks off with Beats Maneuver, but we’ll be back on Sunday August 12 with an epic line up hosted by New York’s finest Rissa Garcia, making her Washington DC debut. Not to be missed! I also want to give a big shout out to DJ Soul for last Saturday’s Skate Fever! at  Anacostia Skate Pavilion. An amazing idea, and whole lot of fun! Great sets from Hot CoffeeKatrina MirDJ SoulBenoit, and it was nothing short of amazing seeing  Katrina Mir throw down a DJ set in roller skates! The next Skate Fever! is on September 3, so mark it in your calendar, dust off your roller skates, and get ready to groove at the roller disco. And if you don’t have skates, don’t worry! Skate rentals at the Anacostia Skate Pavilion are 100% free.

Ok, on to this weekend. Got a bunch of gigs to get ready for this weekend, so will have to make this quick. Friday night, Katrina Mir and I will be opening up the room at U Street Music Hall for Anthony Naples and local heroes Rush Plus at what promises to be an amazing night of music. Spinning at U Street Music Hall is always a joy, and we can’t wait to set the tone for the evening. Tickets are just $10, in advance or on the door. Hope to see you there!

Advance tickets Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2308574016036132/

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Then on Saturday, we’re at it again, bringing the sunny disco vibes to the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel at the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party alongside Zamkov and Tony Smooth. The perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon and evening, dancing, sipping cocktails by the pool on the rooftop as the sun sets, with the sound track provided by a solid line up of local talent. Needle drops at 2pm, so grab your bathing suit and your sunscreen, and we’ll see you on the rooftop by the pool.

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party Advance Tickets
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1982107195183829/

elevate rooftop pool party

Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with the always amazing DJ Ramirez (Roots & Spirits). The show kicks off at 10pm ET, and you know what to expect: quality, deep, underground tunes served up fresh from the wax.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/661669774177168

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One last thing before this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links, a new Meet the Locals podcast from Steve Kirn. A welcome change of pace from recent mixes on the podcast, this one is 80 minutes of hypnotic dark techno, not too fast, just the way we like it.

 

You can catch Steve Kirn next at Blueprint featuring Monix alongside Sequence‘s Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on July 28.

OK, on to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links. Just click the link for each day to see my list of events for each day. Wish I had time to compile them all here, but there’s just so many great events happening these days, I just don’t have enough hours in the day to list them all here.

Top Picks Thursday July 19

Top Picks Friday July 20

Top Picks Saturday July 21

Top Picks Sunday July 22

Highlights for Thursday include Playlist with Jubilee Hakob at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Headroom followed by Cadence with Total Science Bachelors of Science and West Coast legend Onionz at Flash. Serious business all round!

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Friday night we’ll be getting down with Rush Plus and Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall, but later on we’ll be heading over to wish Uncle Benny a very happy 35th birthday at Uncle Benny’s 35th Birthday Express with Detroit’s Daniel AndresBenoit at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. I mean, just look at the flyer… I mean, you’ve got to, right?

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For after hours action on Friday, head to the warehouse for Sequence.734 with   ErikaSophia SazeArthur Kimskii  Associate. Always an amazing crowd at Sequence, real techno for the heads. Advance tickets recommended.

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Saturday, there’s just too much to choose from: Eddie C at Darkroom in Baltimore, Deep Sugar Artscape Marathon Session with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne Davis and Mookie Brock at Factory 17BaltimoreSarah Myers all night long at El TechoThe NeedlExchange with In Training on the Grand Ancestor sound system everyone’s favorite warehouse location, DMV Deep‘s inaugural shindig at U Street Music Hall and Jake the Rapper at Flash, and that’s not even everything. You’re gonna need to make some tough decisions! Eddie C is always on point, but if you can’t deal with the trip to Baltimore, I’d say you can’t go wrong with The NeedlExchange with In Training on the Grand Ancestor sound system.

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Sunday is an easy choice: house heads head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sundays Rooftop with Javonntte (live), Daniel AndresBenoitJavonntte‘s one of the most prolific producers of quality house music right now, and every one of his releases is an instant purchase for me. Always a Javonntte release in my bag! Can’t wait to see what he’s got lined up for us on the patio at ESL this Sunday.

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…and if you’re looking for a Sunday dose of techno, head to Public Bar for  Younan Music‘s Rooftop Sessions with BorisSaeed Younan and Oliver Caine. Always a good time on the rooftop at Public Bar!

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Right.. gotta sign off now. Need to pick out records for Friday night and get some tracks ripped for Saturday. There’s so many more great parties this weekend that I just don’t have time to give the attention they deserve, so make sure you check the Top Pick links above, and apologies if I haven’t covered your party here. I try and spread the love as best I can! I’ll be back with more DC House Grooves Top Picks next week, same time same place. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 5 to July 8

Just got back from a few hours at the 628 Boys x ROAM Daytime BBQ, chilling to sets from Grand Ancestor‘s Yola and Hot Coffee delivered on the impeccable Grand Ancestor system, with Juan Zapata working the grill like he werks a set of decks. A perfect way to spend the afternoon this fine July 4, but I had to leave before I got too comfortable! Would have been all too easy to stay there late into the night, but sadly had to tear myself away to go get stuff done. After all, these posts don’t write themselves! Thanks to everyone who braved the heat last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Yuko Jikido! It wasn’t the best turn out we’ve had, but that makes us appreciate those who did show up all the more! You guys rock. Yuko really delivered the goods, and those who were there really made the most of it on the dance floor! Huge props also to RamirezKatrina Mir and Joe L for their amazing sets. Katrina in particular deserves a medal for delivering an epic three hour all vinyl set in that heat! Can’t wait until our next Beats Maneuver event on July 15 with Chicago’s DJ Heather and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be the best one yet! Here’s hoping the temperature is just a few degrees lower.

RSVP & Info: Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather & Team Zapata

Look out for the flyer, coming soon! Speaking of Beats Maneuver, here’s my set opening for Miles Maeda at Public Bar on June 17. One of my signature all vinyl sets for getting those feet tappin’ on the dance floor, featuring tracks from the likes of Seafoam, Alton Miller, Inner City, Crakazat, DJ Romain, Mr Fingers, Telfort, Norm Talley, Adesse Versions, Ben Rau, Javontte, Mike Huckaby, Stacy Kidd, LoSoul, Slam and more. Headphones on and press play!

 

Busy weekend coming up for us here at DC House Grooves. Friday night, we’ll be jamming live on the Internets on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality. Myself,  Katrina Mir and Ramirez throwing down the very best in underground house music for a few hours, kicking off at 10pm ET.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/188184328701713/

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On Saturday night we’ll be hosting part 2 of our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations in the Flash Bar, throwing back a few drinks and spinning a few records to commemorate 4 years of weekly DC House Grooves Top Picks posts, just one part of an incredible Saturday lineup at Flash, including Giles Smith and James Priestly  from  Secretsundaze on the club level, and Benoit and a very special guest in the Green Room. If you read DC House Grooves on the regular, if you’ve ever connected with your dance floor through these posts, stop by for a drink and a dance with us as Flash on Saturday. There’s no cover for the bar, just walk right in and start grooving! Make sure you stop by the booth and say hi.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1121392
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207392003407892/

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Then on Sunday, I’ll be joining local DJ heroes Vanniety Kills, Juana (Discwoman) and StrikeStone! for another edition of The House that U Built at DC’s go-to rooftop spot El Techo. Just looking at the image below brings back incredible memories of the . legendary The House that U Built parties at The Brixton and Dirty Bar in years gone by. Captures the vibe perfectly! Surprisingly, this will be my debut at El Techo, and I really can’t wait. The House that U Built is always a good time, and I’m honored to be on the line up. No cover and the food and drinks are top notch.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/720655994992531/

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Many amazing events to choose from this weekend. As usual, I’ve shared everything worth checking out on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. Just click the handy links below to see the list for each day over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday July 5

Top Picks Friday July 6

Top Picks Saturday July 7

Top Picks Sunday July 8

No time to do them all justice, but Pan-Pot with Oliver Caine at Flash  is a great choice for techno this Thursday, and the Sleaze crew are at it at Wonderland again this Thursday with Our Country ‘Tis of Sleaze. Friday night’s line up at Flash looks smoking, too, with Poker Flat‘s Steve Bug supported by Jandro on the club level, Zamkov and Hot Coffee in the Green Room, and Juana and Mike Harvey in the Flash Bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1710921
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/196990841126589/

Of course, if you don’t feel like going out on Friday, you can always tune into the DC House Grooves Show 🙂

Saturday afternoon, I recommend heading over the Anacostia Skate Park for the first  Skate Fever, featuring the finest soul, funk, house, disco and R&B on roller skates, with music from  ChosenDJ SoulDJ OjiH’dm and DJ Housecat. Family friendly, and best of all, it’s free! Our very own Katrina Mir is playing at the nest Skate Fever on July 15, and we can’t wait to check it out this Saturday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641720175926847/

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Saturday night, you’ll be joining us at Flash for our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations, right? For after hours moves this Saturday, head to everyone’s favorite sweat box for LENG x Club Cuttlefish present Tygapaw & DJ Technics with support from BaronhawkDjoser b2b Benbo and Sleepy G b2b Dj Freez. Quality through and through, all delivered on the epic Grand Ancestor sound system. Bring a fan!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1124044
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/307178853150144/

tygapaw dj technics

Also on Saturday, if you’re visiting us at Flash, make sure you make time to pop into El Techo for Art Lure with SymmetricalCharles Martin and Meszenjah. Quality tunes all afternoon and into the night.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1574560559339572/

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Sunday night after The House that U Built at El Techo, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns weekly residency, and Sundays’ Rooftop  with  Detroit’s Patrice Scott & resident Benoit. Quality vibes to deliver you into Monday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967289099957014/

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That’s it for this week. Hope to see you out and about over the weekend. If you run into me, make sure you say hi. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with all the best info on what’s what on the dance floor in Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 28 to July 4

Four years ago, as 4th July weekend approached, I decided to write a post on DC House Grooves summarizing all the best events happening over the holiday weekend. Since that first post, I’ve posted pretty much every week, documenting all the best underground house and electronic music events in our fair city. Fun to look back and see what was on that holiday weekend, with Lost on ThursdaysROAM IVFlash of JulySoundwaves Boat Party and so on. Amazing to see how things have progressed since then, too!  I started writing things up every week not just to provide a useful guide to all the best events for people new to DC who may not know where to go, but also to provide a record of all the amazing events happening in DC, so they wouldn’t just become hazy, distant memories, lost in the fog of good times on the dance floor. It’s kinda fun to look back on the DC House Grooves archives and see what was happening on any given weekend. Just select a month and year using the Archives drop down in the side bar.  Anyway, here we are, four years later, and I’m still going. Not exactly sure why, but I guess I’ll keep things going until I know it’s time to stop.

So what’s going on as we approach July 4 this year? Well, we plan on kicking off our 4 year anniversary celebrations this Sunday at the fourth edition of Beats Maneuver with NYC’s Yuko JikidoJoe L and residents Katrina Mir and Ramirez. We’ve had some great times on the rooftop at Public Bar already this summer, and we’re just getting started! I’m really excited about this line up, to. Yuko Jikido is a headliner you’ve got to hear for yourself, bangin’ da box like there’s no tomorrow, Katrina Mir and Ramirez are two of the best DJs I know, each with their own individual style, but always delivering the goods, throwing down badass underground tracks all night long, with the icing on the cake being one of my favorite local talents, Joe L, a DJ who always, and I mean always, gets my attention and keeps me on the dance floor. The needle drops at 6pm, there’s no cover, and we’ll be housin’ it up until the lights come on, so join us on the rooftop for Beats Maneuver this Sunday to celebrate 4 years of DC House Grooves!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/236866293568551/

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..and that’s just part one of our birthday celebrations! Katrina Mir and I will be continuing the celebrations on Saturday July 7 in the Flash Bar, while power duo Giles Smith James Priestly aka  Secretsundaze bring the heat on the club level. Always a good time when the Secretsundaze crew come to town. Gonna be another amazing night at Flash!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207392003407892/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1121392

secretsundaze

OK, I’ve got a couple more DC House Grooves Top Picks links for you than usual, what with the midweek holiday and the extra opportunities for throwing down that brings. Below you’ll find links for Thursday through Sunday, followed by links for Tuesday July 3 and Independence Day itself, July 4. Just click each link to see the full list of my Top Picks for each day.

Top Picks Thursday June 28

Top Picks Friday June 29

Top Picks Saturday June 30

Top Picks Sunday July 1

Top Picks Tuesday July 3

Top Picks Wednesday July 4 Independence Day

Highlights this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday (can’t find the event page anywhere, but trust me, its happening!), then on Friday, I recommend heading to El Techo for Mazi and Friends, before heading up to Ten Tigers Parlour for Club Cuttlefish: At Ease, celebrating the release of Will DiMaggio‘s album At Ease on Future Times with a stellar line up including the man himself, Will DiMaggioMax D and residents DJ Freez and Sleepy G. It’s going to be a great night of music at Ten Tigers this Friday!

club cuttlefish

Saturday night, it’s all going down at Baltimore Soundstage as the Deep Sugar crew celebrates Lisa Moody‘s birthday with a line up including Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne DavisThe Elders and Michael Joyner, along with a live performance by one of my favorite house vocalists, Michelle Weeks. An amazing line up, make no mistake. Happy birthday Lisa from DC House Grooves!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744454295653635/

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Closer to home, Dig Deeper with BenoitArthur J and Dromme at Jimmy Valentine‘s looks like a blast, and if you feel like warehouse vibes, The NeedleXchange crew are at it again with Detroit’s DJ Holographic. Always a good time with the TNX crew!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967477700233804/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1118757

TNX Holographic

Also on Saturday, the legendary Stacey Pullen holds down the main room at Flash with local support from Alex Eljaiek, while down the street at U Street Music HallDimitri from Paris brings the disco vibes with support with our very own legend, Sam The Man Burns.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/199755523968121/
Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2G4IpzP

Dimitri from Paris

On Sunday, obviously we’d love it if you could join us on the rooftop to celebrate our four year anniversary at Beats Maneuver with Yuko JikidoKatrina MirRamirez and Joe L, but there’s a couple of other great options to get your groove on if you feel like bouncing around. Sunday Love at Flash features one of my favorite artists Janeret making his debut appearance around these parts, and Sunday’s Rooftop at Eighteenth Street Lounge  features none other than Prescription and Future Vision legend Ron Trent with  Benoit on support. Another great booking for Sundays RooftopESL and Public Bar are right next door to each other, so bouncing between dance floors is definitely an option, and just think of all that good exercise climbing up and down those stairs 🙂

On Independence Day Eve, District Drop Inn looks like fun, with Symmetrical making his  return to DC after his recent tour of his home turf El Salvador.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/160762104607200/

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For warehouse vibes this Tuesday, check out Flash [OFF]. No word on the line up yet, but when it comes to Flash‘s warehouse joints, you know you’re in for a treat.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/463707817412657/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1120820

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Your best bet for Independence Day is to hope someone can’t make the sold out ROAM on a Boat party. Alternatively, you could check out Sundown with Jasper James at Flash. I used to know his dad back in Glasgow way back when. I can’t speak to Jasper, but his old man Harri is one hell of a DJ!

That’s it for this week’s post. I hope to see you on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver this Sunday, and I’ll be back here, same time, same place next week, heading into my fifth year of writing up the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 21 to June 24

Fun times on the rooftop at Public Bar on Sunday! Great sets from KochiMiles MaedaAaron Sparks, and an OK one, I guess, from me 😉 Huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported our third event bringing proper underground house music from headliners you don’t often see in Washington DC, and the very best local talent. Already looking forward to our next one, featuring NYC’s Yuko Jikido bangin’ da box with support from Beats Maneuver residents Katrina Mir Ramirez and special guest closing out the night, one of my favorite locals, Joe L. Event page coming soon. In the meantime, here’s the flyer. Mark July 1 in your calendar and join us on the rooftop at Public Bar on July 1! And to all you regular readers, DJs and promoters out there, if you find DC House Grooves a useful resource, if you value our ongoing support for local events right here in the District, why not show your appreciation by joining us at Public on July 1 to throw a few shapes / sink a few shots? Looking forward to seeing you there!

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So, big weekend on the dance floor heading your way! The big news this weekend is Flash‘s 5 year anniversary celebrations. Hard to believe it has been five years! I know Flash has a few haters out there amongst the cool kids, but we here at DC House Grooves truly appreciate the hard work the team at Flash puts in relentlessly booking the very best underground international talent, while also giving DC’s up and coming local talent a platform to do their thing. We also truly appreciate how well the whole team at Flash, from the door crew to security to the bar staff, look after us every time we play there, making sure we have everything we need and that everything goes smoothly. You guys rock! Sure, the crowd at the club can leave a lot to be desired some nights, but if that’s the price we have to pay to see a constant stream of quality talent, week in, week out, on a world class Funktion One sound system, then, in my opinion, that’s a price worth paying.  Flash has become and integral part of what makes Washington DC’s underground dance music community special, and we here at DC House Grooves  look forward to many more years of quality events at the club. Congratulations on 5 years, and here’s to many more!

So what’s on deck for the 5 year anniversary celebrations? Here’s the uber-flyer listing everything happening, Wednesday through Sunday, and I’ve included the relevant links and flyer images below. A serious line up of international and local talent to keep you dancing through the weekend.

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5 Years of Flash with Eli & Fur, Mina & Rosenberg

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2GNduZb
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/462793990820572/

5 years of flash eli and fur

5 Years of Flash with Cinthie, Doubtingthomas, Samanatha Francesca, Mazi R, Martinez, Meegs & Miks

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KQgMNN
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/959733117529971/

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5 Years of Flash with Carl Craig, Navbox, Snad, Throe, Taiga, Lucho, Jandro & Philco

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KQE3iF
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/170578696950698/

5 years of Flash carl craig

5 Years of Flash: Sunday Love with Tiefschwarz & Nima Gorji

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1116434
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1832295673457296/

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One last thing before the links to this week’s Top Picks. Saturday night, we’re at it again with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, featuring myself, Katrina Mir and Ramirez serving up underground freshness live from DC House Grooves HQ here in Washington DC. Tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday using the links below:

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: https://www.facebook.com/UQRADIOSHOW/
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/184196165754168/

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That’s all I’ve got time for this week. I feel like I’m letting so many people down by not giving their events the coverage they deserve, but I just don’t have the time to cover everything. If you want to see all the good stuff happening this weekend, click the links below to see a list of the best events, Thursday through Sunday, and, of course, look out for the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo on event pages across Facebook. The DC House Grooves Top Pick logo indicates a quality event that is worth your time.

DC House Grooves Top Pick

Top Picks Thursday June 21

Top Picks Friday June 22

Top Picks Saturday June 23

Top Picks Sunday June 24

One last thing before I sign off for this week. On Sunday night, close out your weekend at homie Saeed Younan‘s Rooftop Sessions with DetlefSaeed Younan and Rez Ekbatan. Always a good time on the rooftop at our Beats Maneuver home from home, Public Bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/younan-music-pres-detlef-tickets-47033433265
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/171284523714330

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See you on the dance floor!