DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 18 to October 21

Here we go again with another DC House Grooves Top Picks. I guess it’s no secret that I haven’t really been into these weekly DC House Grooves posts lately. Been kinda phoning it in for a while, missing weeks here and there, and generally not enjoying it the way I used to. I’ve been seriously considering giving it up, but somehow can’t seem to stop. All this tells me that it’s time to switch things up a bit. Up to now, I’ve tried to be as complete as possible with non-EDM electronic music events in DC and Baltimore, including everything from house to disco to  techno to drum and bass to whatever in my Top Picks, but with so many events happening these days, it just takes too much time to compile everything, so from this point on, I’m going to be much more selective about what I include on DC House Grooves. Quality underground house music events are in, as are disco / soul / funk / boogie / reggae events that look like they’ll have a good groove going on. I’ll continue to cover techno events, and events that explore the techier and more soulful side of house music. With regard to tech house, it all depends on the event. If its something interesting, looks cool, or showcases primarily local DJs and artists, I’ll include it. If its dull, repetitive, unimaginative tech house, not so much. If an event does not support locals DJs, I’ll no longer be including it here. DC House Grooves has always been about supporting and promoting local DJs; if there are no locals on the line up, no dice. I’m sure your out of town DJs are amazing, but I can guarantee there’s another competing event giving a platform to our local talent. Sadly, I’ll no longer be including drum and bass events and bass music events in general. No disrespect to the drum and bass massive, I love what you guys do, I just don’t have the time to cover it all, nor do I have the knowledge to distinguish the quality events from the crappy ones. EDM will continue to be ignored, as will all those EDM-lite “house” or “techno” events. If the event page proudly touts the number of SoundCloud follows or Facebook / Instagram likes your headliner has, your flyer is full of DJ logos, the music has weird chipmunky vocals, or your party vibe is all about that drop, it probably doesn’t belong here on DC House Grooves. No disrespect to that scene, it’s just not what we’re about. Having said all that, if I think any events falling into the categories above is cool, I reserve the right to include it. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want. And if you’re throwing an event that’s super cool and you think it should be promoted here on DC House Grooves, send me a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and make your case. In general, expect to see fewer Top Picks each week, but those you do see will pretty much all be “must attend” events. Will save us all a lot of time. Please don’t get upset with me if I won’t be covering your thing anymore. If you’re passionate enough about it, start your own blog and give it the coverage you feel it deserves.

OK, now I’ve got that off my chest, let’s get on with breaking all the rules I’ve just defined 🙂 Here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the (much shorter than before) list:

Top Picks Thursday October 18

Top Picks Friday October 19

Top Picks Saturday October 20

Top Picks Sunday October 21

Our highlight for the weekend is DJ Meegs and Raha Wala‘s Souled Out! party at Zeba Bar this Saturday, featuring special guest, DC House Grooves Show Beats Maneuver resident Ramirez (Roots & Spirits) with Regan Carver on sax and Reemz on keys, with support from residents MeegsRaha Wala. If you’ve not been to a Souled Out! event before, this is a great time to start. Pairing quality soul, funk, jazz, and disco-influenced dance music with live instrumentation, vibes are guaranteed, and with our main man Ramirez at the controls, you’re in for an amazing journey from start to finish. The DC House Grooves crew will be out in support, and you should be there too. No cover, no excuses!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2067828456642855/

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Friday night, we’ll be warming up for Ramirez‘ appearance at Souled Out! with a special Friday edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Berlin’s Underground Quality Radio, with live video stream on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel. Tune in from 10pm ET on Friday for quality underground house music from me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the right vibe.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/107502256855397/

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Other highlights for the weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & Friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Love & Happiness with Mark FarinaKen Lazee at  U Street Music Hall and The Bunker 15 Year Anniversary with Bryan Kasenic and Eric Cloutier at Flash on Friday, Sunset and Chill at Olde City FarmOsunlade at Flash and Autumn Tactics with Dj Double 07AnishArthur J and V-Coch at Jimmy Valentine’s on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, I recommend Baronhawk & Jahsonic  at El Techo, then head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns and Good Buddies with DJ NavJoe L  & Philco. All quality events to keep you grooving through the weekend. See you on the dance floor!

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 11 to October 14

Huge thanks to everyone who came out and danced with us on Sunday at Beats Maneuver at 12|30. We hope you had an amazing time! Major thanks to Jephté Guillaume for delivering an amazing set on the upper level, to Ramirez for pulling this one together, to Drew Hogans and UDP Music for all the hard work and help give the sound an extra boost, to our local support KayLaSoul and Baronhawk Poitier for bringing the heat on the lower level, to Kochi & Katrina Mir for keeping it real on the door all night long, and to all the bar and security staff at 12|30 for helping everything go smoothly. I especially enjoyed going back to back with Baronhawk Poitier on the lower level. Always great to vibe off super talented DJ! I hope we can do it again soon. With another great celebration of house music at Beats Maneuver behind us, we’re heads down planning our next moves, so watch this space for more Beats Maneuver news coming soon!

In case you missed it, here’s last Saturday’s DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. 2.5 hours of quality underground tunes. Really feeling the vibe of this one, going some really interesting places. We’ve got things sounding real nice down the studio now, which helps keep things on point!

 

Another amazing line up of events this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Check the Top Picks links below for the full list for each day. Just click the link to see the event list over on Facebook. For those of you interested in production and sampling, take a look at Sonia Maria‘s Sampling Workshop at Rhizome on Saturday afternoon. Looks like a super interesting exploration of sampling culture from hip-hop through electronic dance music. If you’ve got some free time on Saturday afternoon and want to learn more, the workshop is free with RSVP, although a donation of $10 is recommended.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sound-sampling-workshop-tickets-50574881833
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1920247284946657/

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Highlights for the weekend include Uncle Benny’s with GrantJoe L Benoit and Late Night Mischief with Fred EverythingTeam Zapata and Philco on Friday.

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On Saturday  LoSoul with Navbox at Flash will be quality, as will Deep Sugar with Wayne Davis open to close at Club 1722 in Baltimore.

On Sunday, I recommend The House that U Built  with Vanniety Kills, The Elders and Raptorstein at El Techo followed by Sam Burns  and Hold Tight: Better Listen 12 Release Party at Eighteenth Street Lounge. All quality options!

Here’s are the Top Pick links for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Plenty to keep you busy!

Top Picks Thursday October 11

Top Picks Friday October 12

Top Picks Saturday October 13

Top Picks Sunday October 14

That’s all for this weekend. We’re taking a weekend off this week, but I’m sure we’ll be out and about. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 4 to October 7

It’s Columbus Day holiday weekend, and if you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to work on Monday, we’ve got a treat for you on Sunday night! DC House Grooves in partnership with Roots & SpiritsUDP Music and Vibe bring you another edition of Beats Maneuver featuring real house music from none other than the mighty Jephté Guillaume (Spiritual Life Music) with support from Ramirez on the upper level, and on the lower level,  KayLaSoulBaronhawk Poitier (TNX) & yours truly, Andy Grant. After our summer rooftop party series celebrating the very best of house music at Public Bar, we’re looking forward to taking things indoors at our new spot, 12|30 on 9th Street. With a holiday on Monday, we’ll be going late for this one, so join us at 10pm on Sunday, and be ready to shake it on the dance floor. Early bird tickets at just $10, more on the door. A serious bargain for a line up of this caliber!

Advance tickets to Beats Manuever with Jephté Guillaume
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/293199721408134/

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We’ll be warming up for Beats Maneuver on Saturday night with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, RamirezKatrina Mir, kicking off at 10pm ET. As always, we’ll be broadcasting audio from the Underground Quality website, but for video we’re taking the show back to the Underground Quality Live Youtube page. Lots of great new music to share, so tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday and let us get you ready for a night out on the dance floor!

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/319393682179365/

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If you’re not familiar with the DC House Grooves Show vibe, then check out 5.5 hour after hours session featuring me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Quality house music from beginning to end.

 

So what else is happening in Washington DC this weekend? Nothing short of a metric fuckton of incredible events, that’s what. Thursday night is some kind of stupid, what with and early show featuring George Fitzgerald live followed by a late show with Catz’n’ Dogz at U Street Music Hall, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at FlashPlaylist with JubileeSarah Myers at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Sleaze: You Go Ghoul at Wonderland. Take your pick, they’ll all be top notch!  Too many to list on Friday, but I recommend getting down to some minimal vibes with Petre InspirescuGhostTaigaThroe at Flash, then heading to the warehouse for LNM: Jesse Bru, Bokeh, Samantha Francesca & Team Zapata delivering the underground goodies on the incredible Grand Ancestor sound system for afters. Advance tickets are recommended, and there are still some $10 early birds available. However, if you’re planning on just rolling up, I recommend you add yourself to the RSVP list for $20 entry on the door. If you’re not on the RSVP list, door tax will be a steep $30. Seems like a great policy for reserving the dance floor for the heads.

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Saturday night, once you’ve warmed up listing to the DC House Groooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, out on the town EdwardOskar OffermanJubilee at Flash promises a good time, but if you’re looking for the full warehouse experience, ROAM, UNTER and The NeedlExchange are joining forces for Capitol Punishment with Volvox, Jasmine Infiniti, Olga, DJ Lisa Frank, Tommy Cornelis, Jett Chandon, Bil Todd, Chris Nitti & Baronhawk. It’s like a Justice League of techno, with the crews joining forces for a full 12 hours to fight for truth, justice and the American way, through the medium of untz, or something. As always, advance tickets are highly recommended. Needle drops at 10pm, and the sweet music continues until 10am Sunday. They aren’t taking any prisoners with this one. Be ready for punishment!

Capitol Punishment

Sunday night, well, you know. Beats Maneuver with Jephté Guillaume LiveRamirezKayLaSoulBaronhawk and Andy Grant at 12|30 on 9th street NW. ‘Nuff said! Advance tickets just $10. Grab yours now!  The perfect way to decompress with something a little more organic after a night of pounding techno at the warehouse. And, of course, there’s no work on Monday! Hope to see you there.

The highlights above barely scratch the surface of what’s going on this weekend. For the full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for each day, click the links below for each day. You can’t really go wrong with any of them.

Top Picks Thursday October 4

Top Picks Friday October 5

Top Picks Saturday October 6

Top Picks Sunday October 7

That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. Please consider joining us at Beats Manuever on Sunday, and whatever you end up doing, I hope you have an amazing time. 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 September 27 to September 30

Sorry about not posting anything last week; just had too much on, and couldn’t find the time. Gonna be keeping things short and sweet this week. Before I get into this week’s Top Picks of the best underground house and electronic music events and around Washington DC this weekend, I’ve got news of our next Beats Maneuver event. Hot on the heels of our season of summer rooftop parties at Public Bar, this Columbus Day weekend we’ve teamed up with Roots & SpiritsUDP Music and Vibe to bring you an epic celebration of real house music across two dance floors, featuring Jephté Guillaume (Tèt Kale Recordings, Shelter Recordings, Ibadan), Baronhawk Poiter (TNX), KayLaSoul and residents  Ramirez Andy Grant (yep, that’s me!). Continuing our tradition of booking quality, organic house music artists who you don’t often see booked in Washington DC, we’re super excited to hear Jephté Guillaume performing live!  If you’re not familiar with Jephté, get familiar! It’s going to be a really special night, and because it’s a holiday weekend, we’ll be going late, until 4am. So when and where is all this magic going to happen? Sunday October 7 at 12|30 on 9th Street NW. It’s a great new spot with a quality sound system and a great vibe, so head over to Eventbrite now to grab your tickets, and we’ll see you on the dance floor on October 7. No work that Monday, so no excuses!

Advance tickets to Beats Manuever with Jephté Guillaume

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/293199721408134/

Beats Maneuver Jephté Guillaume

Sounds like fun, right? Well, before we get there, we’ve got to get through this weekend, and there’s a whole host of quality events to keep those feet tappin’ on the dance floor. Thursday night, celebrate Solomon Sanchez‘ birthday as he opens from Henrik Schwarz (Live) at Flash, then on Friday, kick off your evening at Sunset & Chill VIII before heading to the warehouse for SEQUENCE.887_Developer & Mary Yuzovskaya. Saturday night, celebrate 3 years of LENG with Martyn Djrum, or for the very best in quality house music, head to Baltimore to celebrate 15 years of Deep Sugar with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyDonna EdwardsThe Elders and all the usual Deep Sugar suspects. Miss you guys! Sunday, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam the Man Burns’ weekly residency and Sundays Rooftop with Detroit’s finest Norm Talley and Benoit. Can’t wait to hear Norm throw down!

Here’s my full list of Top Picks for this weekend. Click the link for each day to see the full event list over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday September 27

Top Picks Friday September 28

Top Picks Saturday September 29

Top Picks Sunday September 30

That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Beats Maneuver with Jephté Guillaume on October 7, a party you really don’t want to miss. See you on the dance floor!