Ready for the long weekend ahead? I hope you’re ready for a weekend on the dance floor, as DC’s got another super hot line up of quality underground events to keep you dancing right through to Monday. If you’re in town for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend, be sure to check out MALLORY2019, an exclusive guide to the best unofficial, underground events over MAL Weekend from our queer correspondent, The NeedleXchange‘s Tommy Cornelis. Tommy has done an incredible job of pulling together everything you need to know to find the best underground events over the weekend, so if you’re in town for MAL, make sure you check out MALLORY2019!
You’ll find many of the MALLORY2019 events in my DC House GroovesTop Picks below. I’ve included flyers for all the best underground events, Thursday through Sunday, and if you click the section headings, you’ll head over to Facebook for a full list of Facebook event pages for each day. On Thursday, I recommend heading to Headroom Listening Sessions at Flash early to hear the latest from DC’s finest local producers, then later on head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez or Sleaze XXXL featuring Mark O’Brien at The Dew Drop Inn.
Lots to choose from Friday night, but we’ll be heading to Wild Days at Eaton to catch one of our Beats Maneuver headliners from last summer Rissa Garcia making her return to the capital. Rissa always delivers!
Also worth a look on Friday are Anywho at Ten Tigers Parlour with the Max D, Sami, Geo Rip and former Beats Maneuver guest Sleepy G. Quality music all night long, and no cover.
Out on the town, TNX with Octo Octa B2B Eris Drew is the move for Saturday. Make sure you pick up advance tickets, as that one’s probably going to sell out!
Other solid choices for Saturday at Onur Özer at Flash, DJ Spen at Eighteenth Street Lounge, of if you’re in Baltimore or feel like a short road trip, the Deep Sugar crew are at it again at Club 1722.
Sunday, catch Sam Burns at his weekly residency at Eighteenth Street Lounge, or maybe head next door to the Public Bar rooftop for the last ever party there before it closes. We had some good times on that rooftop with our Beats Maneuver parties last summer. Sad to hear it is closing down. Another great choice for Sunday is The Cluck Off at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club with Carlos Souffrant, Juana and Jacq Jill. Always a good time at Jimmy’s!
OK, here’s my full list of DC House GroovesTop Picks for the long weekend. Check out the full list, and don’t forget to check out MALLORY2019! See you on the dance floor.
Since 2016, a rag-tag collection of party people have banded together to showcase unofficial and atypical events that happen during DC’s Leather Weekend through a handy guide and schedule known as MALLORY. Now in her 4th installment, #MALLORY2019 features its largest, most diverse, and most ambitious offerings yet.
There’s no right way or wrong way to do MALlory, but my advice is alwaysthesame: venture out from the official hotel/circuit offerings, buy advanced tickets for the events with big names coming to town, treat TRADE like your go-to neighborhood bar all weekend long, and be kind to others and yourself. It’s a long and draining weekend.
So without further ado, here’s a non-exhaustive rundown of events that hopefully puts a spotlight on DC’s impressive queer community and what they’re up to this weekend. Hit me up if you notice any oversights.
Market Crash at The Big Board Since it is Awards Season, let me allow myself to both nominate and announce that the winner of DC’s Best New DJ is Diyanna Monet! Make sure you catch one of her sets this MALLORY, beginning with Market Crash, a rare weekday, non-NW party that happens at The Big Board on H Street NE. Market Crash also features drag performances, and for MALLORY they’ve got Cobalt’s DC Drag Wars Season 3 winner, Vagenesis and Christi Ana Tea (Tea Party).
Schadenfreude Neubauten at Studio Ga Ga DC’s signature night for “minimal synth // post-punk // wave // ebm // industrial // and whatever else”, Schadenfreude Neubauten is hosted monthly by DJs Wolfblister and Dianamatic at Studio Ga Ga, often featuring angsty guests.
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Honcho w/ Josey Rebelle @ U Street Music Hall Co-conspirators in MALLORY’s upbringing, Honcho escapes Pittsburgh and returns to U Street Music Hall to showcase the DC debut of Josey Rebelle (London) this year. Josey’s set at Sustain Release was a thing of legends. DO NOT MISS THIS. I heard there’s already a low-ticket warning for this.
Women’s March 2019 @ Freedom Plaza DC’s dance community banded together for the Women’s March directly after the mind-boggling election of Donald Fucking Trump in 2016. In a legendary moment, DC’s favorite DJ Juana threw down a ridiculous closing set at the Sequence after-party with Discwoman, which saw her added to the DJ roster soon after. Three years later, the Women’s March aligns with MAL weekend for the perfect opportunity to have a DC moment and raise some hell while breaking up all that toxic masculinity gay party weekends far too often produce. The event and march gets going at 11AM, and then the Rally is at 1PM at Freedom Plaza.
TNX ft. the T4T LUV NRG Tour: Octo Octa b2b Eris Drew @ Location TBA TNX is mixing things up this year with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hosting Eris Drew & Octo Octa on their inaugural T4T LUV NRG B2B Tour! If you’re new to a TNX event, we keep the location TBA until the day of the event in order to protect DC’s currently vulnerable DIY spaces. Follow the instructions on the event page and respect one another and the space. Tickets are moving fast on this one too and can be purchased on RA.
G ∆ Y / B ∆ S H : G O T H N I G H T at TRADE Alt to no one, DC’s premier drag night G ∆ Y / B ∆ S H is giving you an extra dose of G O T H in honor of MALLORY this Saturday at TRADE. Jane Saw, Jaxknife Complex, Ana Latour, Donna Slash, & Santx Domingx are serving you not 1, but 2 shows at 11:30pm & 1:00am. And DJ Barber Streisand will be playing tunes between the mic-werk.
MAL Closing Night Party: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles at 9:30 Club While the point of MALLORY is to highlight the unofficial offerings from DC’s queer underground this weekend, I HAVE to give major props to the the Centaurs MC (MAL’s Founders) & The Saint-At-Large for coming together to push their programming forward this year for this official closing night party. None of this dance shit is possible without Frankie, so this tribute event featuring DJs Tedd Patterson and Manny Ward and a special performance by Ultra Naté is a breath of fresh air. 10% of proceeds will support the Frankie Knuckles Foundation too!
MALLORY is always looking, never hosting, so this weekend couldn’t be possible without all of the venues, and especially TRADE. All year long, they provide space and support growth for so many of DC’s queer functions like GAY/BASH, Church, Otter Den, Sissy That Tuesday, Güashington, FAM NIGHT, and its resident DJs. THANK YOU!
And thank you to all the promoters, DJs, performers, crews, dancers, artists and party people for continuing to elevate nightlife here in DC. Our collective work and collaborative nature makes things like MALLORY possible. Cluck the fuck off this weekend, you’ve earned it!
Ok here we go with my first proper post of 2019, not counting last week’s phoned in edition. Another solid weekend of dance floor vibes here in the District, with quality events to keep you grooving, from Thursday night right through to the early hours of Monday morning.
Highlights this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday night, then on Friday night, I’d recommend checking out Lovers and Justin Miller at Wild Days at the Eaton Hotel, and while you’re there, heading downstairs to catch Joe L at Allegory. They’ve got a nice looking line up taking shape in the coming months between Wild Days and Allegory, with plenty of local DJs representing, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it. Also looking good on Friday is DJ Technics with Djoser at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Always a good vibes at Jimmy’s!
Saturday night, all you house heads should look no further that U Street Music Hall, where the Deep Sugar crew take over once again, with Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody working their magic with support from Keenan Orr. Always good vibes with the Deep Sugar crew!
For those of you of a techno persuasion, SEQUENCE.446 hosts I Hate Models with Katie Rex and local support from Jett Chandon and Juana working the Grand Ancestor Sound System at a DC warehouse location. Always a great crowd at Sequence events, and their zero tolerance policy to any bullshit guarantees a hassle free night on the dance floor. Entry is by advanced ticket only, so make sure you grab yours before they sell out.
As you’ve no doubt predicted already, Sunday’s highlight is Eighteenth Street Lounge, with Sam Burns weekly residency in the Gold Room, The Metaphysical in the Main Room, and Hold Tight with Martín Miguel and Super Tuff records head honcho M. Vaughan on the patio. Quality deep vibes across three dance floors to ease you into next week!
Before I get to my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, here is episode #74 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast from Nocturnal Wax, featuring 2+ hours of quality house grooves. Check it out, and catch Nocturnal Wax spinning on Studio 96 every Friday night at 8PM Eastern on WERA 96.7FM in the DC area. We’re always looking for new mixes for the podcast, so please reach out to me through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page if you’re interested in submitting a mix.
OK, here’s my full list of Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Click / tap the link at the top of each section to see the full list of even pages over on Facebook, or check the flyers and Google the details. See you on the dance floor!
Sorry for the late post this week. Just got back from the UK late last night, and didn’t get the chance to even think about a post until just now. Sadly not enough time to compile all the flyers this week, so you’ll just have to make do with links over to Facebook.
We’ve got our first DC House Grooves Show of 2019 on Underground Quality Radio this Saturday from 10pm, so whether you’re going out or staying in, tune in from 10pm for quality underground house music from me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir.
..and if by any chance you’re reading this Thursday night, you can catch DC House Grooves Show resident Ramirez tonight at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge alongside Jubilee. The best choice for quality underground sounds this Thurday night in Washington DC!
Here are the Top Picks links for this weekend, tonight through Sunday. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time next week to do things justice.