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!
Remember how I mentioned Flash‘s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza in last week’s post? Still no line up details available, but DC House Grooves has partnered with Flash to offer not one, not two, but three pairs of tickets to Flash NYE 2018, each pair worth $120. Here’s how it’s going to work: each week as we approach New Year’s Eve, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a draw to win a pair of tickets, and each week we’ll announce the winner right here on DC House Grooves. So, this week, we’re kicking things off with the Round 1 Draw, for which we’ll announce the winner in next week’s post along with a chance to enter the round 2 draw, and so on. The Round 1 winner will be announced December 13, the Round 2 winner December 20 and the Round 3 winner December 27. So that’s three chances to win a FREE pair of tickets worth $120 to Flash NYE 2018! To enter Round 1, fill out this form with your real name and email address. We’ll select the winner at random at 7pm on December 13, and announce the winner in next week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks post along with the form to enter Round 2. Good luck!
So what about this week? Just because many of our friends have flown south for Art Basel doesn’t mean we can’t do it up proper without them. Luckily for us, we’ve got a ton of amazing events to keep us grooving Thursday through Sunday. Sadly not enough time to do it all justice, but my highlights for the weekend kick off with Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, with my main man Ramirez playing an extended open to close set. One of my favorite local DJs, Ramirez is going to take you on a journey you won’t forget. Highly recommended! Then on Friday night, Katrina Mir and I are back in the Flash bar for another edition of Body Werk, while Martín Miguel and Seb Wildblood hold things down in the Green Room, and Roman Flügel and Solomon Sanchez work their magic in the main room. There’s no cover for the Flash bar, so whatever your plans, stop by for a drink and throw a few shapes with us!
After Flash, it’s all aboard the Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express with Bil Todd, Hot Coffee and Benoit. All super secret squirrel, as always. If you’re meant to be there, you’ll find it. Drum and bass heads should look no further than U Street Music Hall on Friday, with DnB legend Roni Size performing live alongside Slant vs Ken Lazee, Kian Asamoah & Brothers Brau. Serious DnB vibes on that quality Martin Audio sound system.
Saturday night, we’ve got another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, with me, Katrina Mir and DJ Ramirez, so tune in from 10pm ET for deep vibes to get your night started off right.
Out on the town, it’s house legends night here in DC, with Baltimore heroes DJ Spen & Karizma destroying the Gold Room at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while over at FlashDJ Sneak rules the roost in the main room with support from Love & Logic while Ray Rose, Throe,Philco & Jandro bring the heat in the Green Room and Team Zapata hold court in the Flash Bar. Serious business all round. Sunday night, look no further than Eighteenth Street Lounge with Sam “The Man” Burns, Keenan Orr and Hold Tight with Martín Miguel & Heights. The perfect end to an incredible weekend on the dance floor.
One last thing before getting into the full list of Top Picks for the weekend. Episode 63 of the Meet the Locals Podcast features a second contribution from DJ Kochi, a one hour journey of deep and funky goodness. Enjoy!
Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Hope you can join us at Body Werk at Flash on Friday night. Free Top Picks stickers to anyone who stops by to say hello! See you on the dance floor.
Thursday December 7
Playlist with Ramirez (Extended Set) at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Welcome back! Here goes with another edition of your favorite weekly blog post influencing your inevitable poor choices that you’ll regret come Monday. The big news this week is Flash‘s announcement of their annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza. As always, there are no details at this early stage, but rest assured there’ll be big, big international names, the cream of the local crop, and the celebrations will continue for far longer than is really necessary. Start off the new year as you mean to go on, that’s what I always say! The smart dancers out there have already snapped up the $20 tickets of trust, and the $30 first release tickets are already gone, but act fast and you may be still be able to grab $40 tickets before the price goes up. I’ll bring you details right here on these very pages as soon as they are available.
Speaking of Flash, here’s a short video of me dropping some Secretsundaze heat in the main room back in October at Resident Nights with Charles Martin, Andy Grant, Alex Eljaiek & Oliver Caine. Huge thanks to Alex Prudovsky for capturing the moment. Always amazing playing that room. Can’t wait until the next time!
No gigs for me this weekend, but you can catch the amazing Katrina Mir guesting on DJ Kochi‘s WTF?! Radio Show on Friday. Always a great way to kick off the weekend!
Other highlights for the weekend include U Street Music Hall presents Objektivity boss Dennis Ferrer with the always amazing Heather Femia at Ten Tigers Parlour on Friday, and Steve Kirn‘s birthday bash Transplants the same night with DJ Nav, Associate, Doktor D and of course Steve himself at Studio Gaga. Both quality choices for Friday, depending on what you’re looking for.
Saturday night, Flash‘s got a stellar line up top to bottom, with Chris Carrer in the main room ably supported by Jubilee, veteran locals Joe L and Aaron Sparks in the Green Room, and in the bar you can help raise money for Puerto Rico recovery efforts at Voltage, featuring DJ Samuel Roukin, The Barber Streisand & Raptorstein. If Roukin seems like a familar face, you may just have seen him in his day job capacity playing the role of John Simcoe in AMC‘s Turn.
As always, Sunday at Eighteenth Street Lounge is the best way to close out your weekend, with the legendary Sam Burns working his magic in the gold room, with The Metaphysical in the Main Room, and the dynamic duo of Juan Zapata and Joe L joining Philco for Good Buddies out on the patio. Let’s just hope you haven’t got anything too pressing lined up for Monday morning!
Before I get into this week’s Top Picks, here’s episode #62 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast, featuring one hour of proper underground business from Weelhous Records boss DJ Eli Cash. Loving this mix! I’m sure you’ll be seeing plenty more mentions of Eli on these pages in the months to come.
Here’s my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. See you back here next week for full info on all the best underground events in and around Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday November 30
Preview with Jubilee Mo & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge