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/

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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

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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

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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/

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

Another big weekend right here in the District, but before we get started, have you picked up your tix to Uncle Benny’s with Detroit don Rick Wilhite yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Gonna be a big night this Friday at The Dew Drop Inn, with Rick WilhiteHot Coffee and Benoit, and you don’t want to miss it. DC House Grooves has partnered with Deep SecretsSticky Fingers to bring you a 20% discount off advanced tickets. There’s no time like the present to grab your tickets, so do it NOW! Believe me, Rick Wilhite working his magic in an intimate spot is the stuff dreams are made of. Just check out this vid of him banging the box at legendary London club Thunder a couple of years back.

Here’s the link to that sweet, sweet discount. No time like the present!

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1094124?p=family
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/163974857652808/

uncle bennys rick wilhite

Still no Meet the Locals podcast this week. Waiting on a striking sonic extravaganza for episode #69, but I guess there’s no rushing genius! Hopefully I’ll have it in time for next week’s post 🙂 In the mean time, here’s the video of last Saturday’s DC House Grooves  Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Katrina Mir and special guests  Jubilee Kochi. Sadly Ramirez couldn’t be with us for this episode. He was up in Baltimore getting down to Joaquin “Joe” Claussell, so I can’t  blame him for not being with us. From what I hear Joe delivered straight up fire all night, but I digress. Despite the lack of Ramirez, we had a fun show. Always a good time throwing down with KatrinaJubilee and Kochi! The next DC House Grooves Show is on Saturday April 28. Mark it in your calendar, and tune in from 10pm ET at Underground Quality Radio or the Underground Quality Radio Facebook Page.

OK, here’s the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Just click the link for the day you’re interested in, and through the magic of the Internet, you’ll be transported to a list of my Top Picks for that day over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday April 19

Top Picks Friday April 20

Top Picks Saturday April 21

Top Picks Sunday April 22

Highlights for this week include Playlist with Jubilee Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Headroom Listening Sessions  followed by Eats Everything at Flash on Thursday.

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On Friday, kick things off with the aforementioned Uncle Benny’s with Rick Wilhite on Friday, then for afters, all roads lead to the Grand Ancestor spot for 4/20 Party with PLO Man, hometown heroes Beautiful Swimmers and Grand Ancestor. No advanced tix for this one; $10 on the door before 2am, $20 after. RSVP here for info.  Also worth checking out on Friday night is Super Solar with Mike Guimond and Super Tuff Records’ M. Vaughan at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Quality tunes for the heads all night long at Jimmy’s!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1886820194722258/

super solar

Saturday night’s highlight is the latest edition of Sequence at the usual spot, with The Gods Planet, local heroes Oracles LiveA.M.D., Damon Bradley Ron Jackson bringing you a serious techno work out until sunrise. Early release tickets are sold out, but you can still get $20 third release tickets if you move fast.  Don’t sleep on this one! Gonna be special.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1061694
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/194840054613747/

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Sunday afternoon, I recommend all you vinyl heads make your way to Silver Spring for the Silver Spring Record Fair at Denizens Brewing Company. Over 20 vendors and a solid DJ line up, making for a wonderful Sunday afternoon! Sunday evening, head to  Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Good Buddies with Keenan Orr and Philco. I couldn’t think of a better way to close out your weekend!

That’s it for this week. Make sure you explore my Top Picks links for all the events going on this weekend. I just don’t have time to do them all justice with a proper write up. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with 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 12 to April 15

Just about back up to speed after another incredible weekend in the District. Katrina Mir and I had a great time throwing down with Sarah Myers and Georg:ev in the Green Room at Flash on Friday. Sounding so good up there after the recent sound upgrades! Thanks for inviting us to plan, Sarah, and thanks as always to the team at Flash for helping everything run smoothly. Always a great time spinning in the Green Room! Saturday night, we headed to El Techo for Ladies of the Underground with Vanniety KillsSabeel Chohan and  Katrina Mir, and the ladies sure delivered! Great sets all round, and despite being completely exhausted from Friday night, my feet were tapping all night long! El Techo has got some great DJs line up in the coming weeks, and it’s an amazing intimate rooftop space with a Balearic friends and family vibe… and did I mention the food? So damn good. Pro-tip: leave some room for dessert. The flan is incredible!  This Friday evening, catch Omar Strikestone!  at El Techo. Then on Saturday afternoon, be sure to check out the  Preview boys  Jon_MFD and Christauff, then stick around for The Jones Boys (Aaron SparksRich Thomas), then on Sunday afternoon, head back to the for the wonderful Heather Femia. Every one a winner! Keep an eye out for more events at El Techno in the coming weeks and months, showcasing the best local DJ talent DC has to offer.

Before I get into this week’s Top Picks, a quick heads up re: the return of Uncle Benny’s next week. Next Friday 4/20, Uncle Benny’s brings Detroit don Rick Wilhite to their new spot at The Dew Drop Inn in Northeast. With support from Hot Coffee and Benoit, this one’s gonna be another one for the books! There’s no time like the present to grab your tickets, even more so, as DC House Grooves has a super special 20% discount.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1094124?p=family
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/163974857652808/

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One last thing before this week’s Top Picks. I’m still waiting on episode #69 of the Meet the Locals Podcast… got something really special lined up for that one! In the mean time, here’s a quality mix from our good friend Tyler Schmith on the Beasts of Play podcast. Watch this space for a Meet the Locals Podcast from Tyler soon!

 

OK, here are the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Just click the link for each day to see the list of events for each day. Make sure you keep reading below for this week’s highlights!

Top Picks Thursday April 12

Top Picks Friday April 13

Top Picks Saturday April 14

Top Picks Sunday April 15

Standing highlight for Thursday night is Playlist with Jubilee Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Always a good vibe on the patio on Thursday nights! Also worth checking out is Daniel Avery with Rush Plus at Flash. Get there early and support your locals!

Friday night, Ten Tigers Parlour looks like the early move for UK native Josey Rebelle with support from local duo Control Freq. Advanced tickets are just $15, so grab yours now and get ready to get freaky! For late night moves on Friday, look know further than Flash‘s warehouse experience Flash [Off] with Afterlife‘s Tale of UsRuede Hagelstein and local heavy hitters Alex EljaiekChris NittiNavbox and Sarah Myers, all delivering the goods over a world class Funktion One sound system. $30 advanced tickets still available, more on the door.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/108994
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/161365901237053/

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The huge news on Saturday is the return of Joaquin “Joe”Claussell to Baltimore for another magical musical extravaganza. Anyone who has experienced one of Joe‘s extended sets knows the score; get ready for a spiritual experience, as Joe takes you on a journey you won’t soon forget. With support from FerounBenoitDJ PopeZik Jabar, you’re in for a real treat. To make things even better, DC House Grooves has a 20% discount just for you 🙂 Don’t leave it until the last minute, though. These will sell out! Please note: this event kicks off early at 6pm and runs until 2am. Show up fashionably late to this one and you’ll miss it.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1087462?p=family
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/349132435583391/

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If you can’t make it out to Joe Claussell on Saturday, we’ll be at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio from 10pm. Always the right vibe for your Saturday night!

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

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Also on Saturday night, New Jersey house legend Tony Humphries returns to Flash, supported by my main man Trev-ski and Aphrosoul. You can be sure they’ll be giving the recently upgraded Funktion One system a proper workout! With homies Wade HammesElliott Sloan werkin’ the Green Room, and the legendary Team Zapata holding things down in the bar open to close, you’ve got all the ingredients for an incredible night on the dance floor!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1655998
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/308426239681298/

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Sunday afternoon, make sure you check out Heather Femia at El Techo, then head across the street for Sunday Love at Flash. As always, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge on Sunday night for Sam Burns’ weekly residency, and this Sunday a very special Sundays Rooftop with Frits WentinkHot Coffee and Benoit. Closing out your weekend done right at ESL!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/370362573462871/

sundays rooftop

That’s all I’ve got time for this week. Have an amazing weekend out there on the dance floor, and if you can’t be good, be careful 🙂 I’ll see you back here, same time, same place, for info on all the best underground house, techno, disco and other electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!