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/

beats maneuver Yuko Jikido

..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/

deep sugar

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/

district drop inn

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

flash off

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 14 to June 17

Just about recovered from another amazing weekend on the dance floor right here in the District, excited for the next one! Katrina Mir and I had an amazing time at U Street Music Hall on Saturday with the Deep Sugar crew, throwing down a set of pure disco bliss to get the party started. Wayne DavisLisa Moody and our very own local super star Ultra Naté, fresh off the plane from Ibiza, all brought their A games; the energy in that room was incredible! We may not have The Paradox anymore, but the legendary Deep Sugar magic is still intact. The high point of the evening was a live PA from house diva Dawn Tallman, and wow, did she deliver! Don’t take my word for it, check out the video below.

Huge thanks to Ultra for inviting me and Katrina to open the night, and to the whole Deep Sugar crew for their warmth, energy and professionalism, contributing to an amazing night for everyone! The next Deep Sugar is Lisa Moody‘s birthday celebration at Baltimore Sound Stage on June 30, with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne DavisThe Elders (miss you guys!), Michael Joyner and a live performance from Michelle Weeks. Mark it in your calendar and get your ass to Baltimore on June 30!

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

So what am I so excited about for this weekend? Well apart from all the amazing events happening Thursday through Saturday (more on those soon), we’ve got the third edition of our Sunday rooftop charity event Beats Maneuver this Sunday, featuring none other that former  Smartbar resident Miles Maeda with support from Beats Maneuver residents yours truly Andy GrantKochi and local special guest Aaron Sparks. The weather was not our friend for the last Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep at Public Bar, but the forecast for Sunday is looking like sunshine all day long, so join us on the rooftop at Public for a pure house music workout in the sunshine to close out your weekend. If you find DC House Grooves a useful resource, if I’ve supported your events on these here pages, why not return the favor and come out and support Beats Maneuver? As always, we’ll donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, so it’s a great time for a great cause. We’re only charging $5 cover for this one, a great deal for a line up of this caliber. Please RSVP on the event page, and we’ll see you on the rooftop this Sunday!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/

beats maneuver miles maeda

Right, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the full list over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday June 14

Top Picks Friday June 15

Top Picks Saturday June 16

Top Picks Sunday June 17

Highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee and special guest Sarah Myers at  Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, I recommend heading up to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Reflections with the homies DJ Nav, Joe LSteve Kirn and Jandro. With a line up like that, you can’t go far wrong.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2083749088319908/

reflections

If what you’ve got in mind for Friday is the opposite of an intimate music session at Jimmys, then I’ve got just the thing for you. While I don’t usually include event at Echostage on these page, because let’s face it, they hardly quality as underground, I’ll make an exception for this Friday, as none other that the man, the legend, Carl Cox will be gracing the stage for an extended set with support from local hero Saeed YounanCarl Cox was resident at the first club I attended regularly back in the late eighties, the Zap Club in Brighton, England, and it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. $40 advanced tickets are still available, grab yours now.

Advanced tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carl-cox-ages-18-tickets-46667906966
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/205826446676528/

carl cox echostage

Up in Baltimore this Friday, the 4 Hours of Funk crew will be celebrating their 9 year (!) anniversary at The Windup Space.  Congrats to Graham Hatke and Fleg for keeping it going so long! If you’re in the neighborhood, put this one down on your list.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/173259580029466/

4 hours of funk 9 years

Saturday night, I recommend you kick off your evening at Flash, which hosts Traumer with support form Jus Nowhere and KayLaSoul. Up in the Green Room, it’s the debut of We Dig Vinyl, a celebration of music in my favorite medium. The debut event features We Dig Vinyl founders Elliott Sloan and Wade Hammes, alongside Joss. Please show your support! Down in the bar, it’s another edition of Juice with Jacq Jill and StrikeStone!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1113555
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/227158394718024/

traumer at flash

For afters on Saturday, head to the warehouse for ROAM Triple Threat Lisa x Jett x Juana, featuring  ROAM residents  DJ Lisa Frank and Jett Chandon  with Discwoman‘s Juana going back to back to back all night long. Advanced tickets are only $5 for what promises to be a quality late night / early morning at the spot.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1122410
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/198348277476612/

roam triple threat

Now I know you’re all coming out to support us at Beats Maneuver with Miles Maeda at  Public Bar on Sunday, but if you just want to kick back and listen to tunes in a social media free setting, I recommend checking out U Street Music Hall‘s new regular Sunday listening event The Universal Listening Room. Tunes from all genres from Will Eastman and guest selectors, played in their entirety, all night long. A great concept, which I hope will be a great success.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/228826481037884/

the universal listening room

That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. See you on the Public Bar rooftop this Sunday! Failing that, you know where to find us, same time, same place next week, for all the best info on what’s going down on the dance floor in Washington DC.

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 3 to May 6

Super fun time going B2B with my better half Katrina Mir in the Green Room at Flash on Friday. As usual, the rooftop was pretty much empty early on, but on the stroke of midnight the dance floor filled up and stayed that way until the music stopped. Huge thanks to the team at Flash for looking after us. We had a blast! You can check out the recording of the night over on the DC House Grooves SoundCloud Page. We stuck to the minimal grooves to start, but then things got interesting!

 

No gigs for me this weekend; I’ll be too busy on the dance floor celebrating my birthday! However, you can catch Katrina Mir spinning an all vinyl set at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, alongside resident Ramirez, performing a rare extended set.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/380873415760237/

playlist ramirez katrina mir

New Meet the Locals podcast this weekend, from relative newcomer to the DC electronic music community, Uzef. This one delivers 90 minutes of dreamy tech house groovers, taking some interesting turns along the way.

 

You can catch Uzef next at District Drop Inn on Friday May 11.

Ok, here’s my Top Picks for this weekend. Just click or tap the link for each day to see the full list of Top Picks for that day:

Top Picks Thursday May 3

Top Picks Friday May 4

Top Picks Saturday May 5

Top Picks Sunday May 6

Right… need to wrap this up quick so I can get on with the business of celebrating my birthday! Yeah, Happy Birthday to me. Way older that I care to admit, and struggling to rationalize my actual age with how old I feel. Definitely old enough to know better, but not prepared to grow up just yet. But I digress. Some big things happening this weekend, and I figured I’d give a shout out to the events where you might just catch me throwing a few shapes in defiance of middle age.

First up, DC’s current go-to rooftop El Techo will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo weekend and the opening up of their rooftop deck with DJs all weekend, Friday through Sunday. Reading like a who’s who of the local electronic music community, you can be sure of great music at El Techo all weekend long. Check the event page below for full details, and be prepared to wait in line for your spot on the rooftop.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1935600569806210

opening parties cinco de mayo el techo

Friday night, I’ll be kicking off the night at Flash supporting my brothers  Kochi  and  markinthedark at Vibe in the Flash Bar, and will be sure to make some moves on the club level with Rush Plus and the Green Room with Steve Kirn and Mike Harvey.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/574968519534682/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1097336

focus flash marcel dettman rush plus

Later on, I’ll be heading to everyone’s favorite secret location for Love Notes with Love Notes from Brooklyn label boss Nathaniel Jay celebrating the release of LVNO-14, Sidewinder by Derek Carr, with support from DJ Nav and Joe L, all delivering the goods on the mighty Grand Ancestor Sound System. With something like 50 years of DJ experience between them, these cats are guaranteed to make you move. I’m designating this my official birthday celebration, so if you want to celebrate with me, or maybe give me that super special birthday gift, you know where to find me!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067630300052644/

love notes

Saturday night, I’ll be scooping myself up off the couch to head back to the warehouse to support my brother from another mother RamirezTeam Zapata at Late Night MischiefEarly Morning Love. With these OGs at the controls, you know you’re gonna get a proper dance floor workout. Two nights of musical bliss with the Grand Ancestor Sound System! Can’t wait.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1229292427201964

late night mischief early morning love ramirez team zapata

Saturday night also brings another edition of Resident Nights at Flash, where the club is turned over, top to bottom, to our talented local DJs. On the club level, Sarah MyersMazi R and markinthedark will be at the controls, while Edo and Charles Martin work the Green Room, and down in the bar, Roukin and Friends features   RoukinDonnerstagThe Barber Streisand and Raptorstein. Quality on all three floors. Locals do it better!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/245129726227282/
Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1106491

resident nights sarah myers mazi r

Sadly I don’t think I’ll make it to Baltimore on Saturday, but I gotta give a shout to my Deep Sugar family, who are back at it with the after hours action at Factory 17, with a line up featuring Ultra NatéLisa Moody, and an opening set from Jordan Pope. If you’re in Baltimore, look no further for real house music and vibes for days!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675770772510367/

deep sugar after hours

Sunday, I’ll no doubt be taking it easy, but between The House that U Built at El TechoSunday Love with MonolinkDJ Meegs and Tim Glusko at Flash and ESL Sunday with Sam The Man BurnsThe Metaphysical and Hold Tight with Martín Miguel Heights, I’m sure you’ll find somewhere to lose yourself in the music.

That’s everything for this week. Don’t forget to check the Top Picks links… plenty of other great events that I just don’t have time to write about. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with news and info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 26 to April 29

Kicking off this week’s post with news of an exciting new event at Flash this Sunday,  Fathom presents Abstract x Sunday Love. Combining the very best of art and music, this promises to be a unique experience that you won’t want to miss. Featuring artists SJ Ewing and Robin Bell, and music from Sébastien LégerJon SwinkPhilip GoyetteJandroM_KMr. Daywalker and Rafael SmithAbstract Number One takes Movement as its theme, aiming to blur the boundaries between the performances and reality. Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! DC House Grooves has partnered with Fathom to bring you a 15% discount off advanced tickets. No time like the present… grab yours now!

15% discount off Abstract x Sunday Love
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393028327470025/

abstract x sunday love

Last week I mentioned that I was hoping to bring you episode #69 of the Meet the Locals Podcast this week, and the good news is, here it is! Episode #69 features a fixture on the queer underground music scene here in DC, StrikeStone! This one takes you on quite a journey, kicking things off with sleazy slow jams, teasing you on to the dance floor, then really letting loose with the high energy groovers. You can catch StrikeStone! this Friday at the  Bear Happy Hour at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

 

Here’s the link’s to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Click the link for each day to see my full list of all the best underground house and electronic music events for that day.

Top Picks Thursday April 26

Top Picks Friday April 27

Top Picks Saturday April 28

Top Picks Sunday April 29

For some quality DC House Grooves action this weekend, join me and Katrina Mir this Friday night in the Green Room at Flash. We’re both expecting deliveries of new vinyl over the next couple of days, so we’ll be serving up fresh new cuts open to close on the rooftop.  . On the club level, Perlon‘s Fumiya Tanaka headlines, with support from Navbox and  Throe & Taiga, while in the bar, it’s another edition of Cider House Mules with Sparse Cholesky, Mike Harvey and DJ Meegs. Serious grooves on all three dance floors.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1081841
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/622144334791965/

fumiya tanaka

Then on Saturday night, we’re at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on  Underground Quality Radio. Tune in from 10pm for the finest underground grooves coming at you live from the DC House Grooves studio in Washington DC.

Tune in audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in video: https://www.facebook.com/UQRADIOSHOW/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577254282401716/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Other highlights for the weekend include Artlure at El TechoReflections with  Jandro  Kaylasoul at Jimmy Valentine’s and The Late Shift after hours with UruluJus NowhereSamantha Francesca and Zamkov on Friday, then on Saturday Back 2 Basics with Glenn UndergroundBoo WilliamsBenoitHot CoffeeSamantha FrancescaPhilcoDJ SoulArthur J and Pierre Reynolds looks like a recipe for an amazing time on the dance floor for true house musics lovers, as does Spring Thaw with  DJ Double 07Dave RussellAnish at Jimmy Valentine’s.

back 2 basics glenn underground boo williams

spring thaw

If you’re in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, head to the Federal Hill Block Party for an outdoor dose of Deep Sugar with all your favorites Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne DavisDJ Byron and Shawn Q. Serious vibes in the sunshine for all the family!

deep sugar block party

Closer to home in DC, it’s all about Abstract x Sunday Love at Flash, then head over to  ESL to close out the weekend with Sam Burns and the season opener of Sunday’s Rooftop  with Voigtmann and Benoit. Looks like another super fun weekend to me! See you on the dance floor.

sundays rooftop