Just got back from the UK and scrambling to catch up with everything, so just a drive by post this week. See below for the line ups for Flash and Eighteenth Street Lounge this weekend, then my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Highlights include Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday Flash has an absolutely epic line up with Zip, Thomas MelchiorNavbox and Kaufman in the main room, Jenifa Mayanja and our very own Katrina Mir in the Green Roomand Cadence with Seany Ranks and Rubble in the Flash Bar. Serious quality across all three dance floors! I’ll be front and center on the dance floor grooving to Katrina and Jenifa open to close. Hope to see you there.
Saturday night, we’re at it again with episode #52 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. A whole bunch of new wax has landed at DC House Grooves HQ lately; looking forward to taking it for a spin on Saturday! Tune in from 10pm ET on the Underground Quality LiveYouTube channel, or at www.undergroundquality.com.
Some great events to choose from on Saturday night, but the hottest ticket in town has to be Jeff Mills at the Apollo 50 Festival after party at the W Washington DC. RSVP for a chance to grab a ticket. Not exactly sure how they are allocated, but give it a shot!
Sunday night, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and 10 Years of Deep Secrets with Sistrum label boss Patrice Scott.
Whatever you end up this weekend, it’s gonna be a super hot one in more ways than one, so drink lots of water and stay hydrated! It’s going to be another amazing weekend on the dance floor here in Washington DC! See you on the dance floor.
Flash Line Up July 18 to July 21
Eighteenth Street Lounge Line Up July 18 to July 21
Just a quick post this week due to an unplanned trip to London. No time to compile a full list of events, so just a few quick recommendations. Before all that, did you catch Katrina Mir‘s recent podcast for Daisychain? Check it out below: a solid hour of techno served up fresh from the vinyl.
Thursday night, head to Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge for quality house music from two of our finest locals. Then on Friday, head straight back to Eighteenth Street Lounge for the first of three events celebrating 10 Years of Deep Secrets with Detroit legend Rick Wilhite delivering a proper dance floor spanking in theGold Room. Rick Wilhite performed our favorite set of the weekend atthe People of Earth / Deep Crates event at Motor City Wine on our recent trip to Detroit, so miss this one at your peril. Serious disco house techno funk, and whatever the fuck else Rick wants to play, for serious heads. Leave any prejudices at the door and be ready to dance! And if that’s not enough, 4 Hours of Funk with Graham and Fleg take over the patio. Serious business at ESL this Friday night.
For late night warehouse kink-techno action on Friday, Sprüdel is back with a line up featuring Young Male, Motive-A and Tommy Cornelis. Advance tickets required.
Saturday night, Navbox and Friends at Flash with Navbox, Jay Prouty and special guests promises to be another great night across three floors, then on Sunday head to Sunday Love at Flash early, then head over the Eighteenth Street Lounge later for Sam Burns, Keenan Orr and Good Buddies with Seth Magoon and Philco. Wherever you end up, if you’re there on the recommendation of DC House Grooves, make sure you let people know! Word of mouth goes a long way 🙂
I’ve included a couple of galleries below with the weekend line ups for Flash and Eighteenth Street Lounge. Plenty of solid underground house and techno between the two to keep you dancing all weekend. I’m sure next week’s post will be another quick one, but some seriously good stuff to look forward to, with Jenifa Mayanja and Katrina Mir in the Green Room at Flash on Friday, and Patrice Scott with me, Andy Grant B2B Ramirez and Benoit on support. It’s gonna be a big weekend!
Happy 4th of July! This week we’re not only celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the good old US of A, we’re also celebrating the 5 year anniversary of DC House Grooves Top Picks. It has been five years since my first post listing all the good stuff happening on the dance floor here in Washington DC, and I have published a post pretty much each and every week since that first post. While technically DC House Grooves is 15 years old (I registered dchousegrooves.com and launched the website when I first arrived on these shores from the UK in 2004),the first DC House Grooves Top Picks post was published on July 3rd, 2014. I started publishing these posts because I wanted to give something back to the Washington DC electronic music community, and I figured it would be a good way to support cool events when I couldn’t always be there in person. I also wanted to document all the cool stuff happening here in DC, and hopefully help steer people towards events showcasing our incredible local talent. Help put Washington DC on the international electronic music community map, as it were. I’ve had my ups and downs over the years, sometimes loving what I do, other times questioning why I do it, sometimes feeling the love, other times feeling taken for granted. I’ve changed up the format multiple times to try and cover as much as I can in as little time as possible as the underground scene has continued to grow, but ultimately it has just become something I do, and I guess I’ll keep doing it until the time comes to stop. Thank you for reading and supporting!
So what did I cover in that first post? Quite a bit, as it happens! Lost on Thursdays with the ROAM crew, Philip Goyette’s Beats on Repeat, Soundwaves Boat Party with Juan Zapata, Jubilee & Raffi, a Back in the Day bash with Ray Casil, Distrikt, Matthew Dekay, Bedouin and an all-local Flash of July celebration at Flash, ROAM IV, The House that U Built with TNX and Keenan, and of course ESL Sunday with Sam Burns, Farid and Juan. Some serious good times right there! A lot has changed over the past five years, but a whole lot has stayed the same 🙂 Check out the gallery below with all the flyers for July 4th weekend, 2014.
Before I get into all the amazing events happening over July 4th weekend 2019, a quick heads up about our homies Deep Secrets‘ upcoming 10 year anniversary, for which they’ve assembled an incredible line up featuring Rick Wilhite, Patrice Scott and Joaquin “Joe” Claussell across three nights at Eighteenth Street Lounge. You can catch me, Andy Grant, playing a very special B2B set with my brother from another mother Ramirez warming up the floor for Patrice Scott on Sunday July 21st. I hope to see you all there on the dance floor! Ticket links below; see flyer for the full line up.
One more thing before this week’s list: a new Meet the Locals Podcast from recent arrival in Washington DC all the way from Australia, Stu Kelly. Some great tunes to listen to while you’re figuring out your dance floor strategy for the holiday weekend:
OK, see below for the full list of Top Picks for the holiday weekend, Wednesday through Sunday. It’s a family affair at Jimmy Valentine’s on Wednesday night, with Team Zapata, Samantha Francesca, Hot Coffee and Joe L at the controls until the early morning, then on the 4th, escape your family and head to Flash for Flashworks, featuring quality beats all day and all night, kicking off a long weekend line up that featuring Ryan Elliott, Julia Govor David Waxman, Sandra Collins, Holmar, Jake the Rapper and a whole list of local talent including our very own Katrina Mir and brothers DJ Kochi and DJ Mate Masie at Vibe in the Flash Bar on Friday night.
Other highlights include Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thurdsday, Werk Ethic with Ken Lazee & Nick Garcia at U Street Music Hall and Deep Sugar Rooftop Jam (if you can find a ticket!), then Late Night Mischief for the late night grooves on Saturday, and of course Eighteenth Street Lounge on Sunday with Sam Burns and Hold Tight with Dino Soccio and Martín Miguel.
Well that wraps it up for our five year anniversary special 4th of July holiday edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. I can’t commit to another five years, but you never know. There’s a good change I’ll be back with another post next week, so check back same time next week for info on all the best underground house and techno events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday.
Fun times at Late Night Mischief on Saturday! I haven’t dance that much since Rick Wilhite kicked my ass in Detroit a few weeks back. DJ Nav set the vibe just right with a quality early set, then Aakmael delivered the goods with a solid 4 hour set of proper house music, with our very own Katrina Mir taking things up a notch keeping us grooving until sunrise with a seriously banging set. Always a good time with at Late Night Mischief! Huge thanks to the Sticky Fingers Collective & Team Zapata for inviting Katrina Mir to play, and for being such amazing hosts. Can’t wait until the next one.
You can catch Katrina Mir alongside me, Andy Grant and Ramirez on Episode #51 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio this Friday June 28 at 10pm ET. Tune in for another quality show featuring quality underground house music served up fresh from the wax. We’ll be putting the brand new Technics 1200 Mk7 turntables through their paces for the first time on Saturdays show. Can’t wait to take them for a spin!
Another quality line up of events this weekend in and around the District. Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez is the best way to kick off your weekend with quality house music on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, after listening to the DC House Grooves Show to get you in the mood, I recommend Sequence.820_Headless Horseman, where the Sequence crew will be rocking a new two room spot with an amazing line up including Headless Horseman live, Jacq Jill, Juana and Damon Bradley in the main room, and Theta Flux live, Ben Jenkins and Associate in the Isolated Paradise ambient room. Advance tickets are recommended, but tickets are available on the door with RSVP.
Plenty of great choices for Saturday night. If you’re in the U Street area, I recommend checking out Symmetrical‘s Fractal Love 3 party at El Techo, which runs from 12pm to 1.30am with an amazing line up of locals to keep you grooving all afternoon and into the night. Looks like a lot of fun!
Sunday brings another edition of Sunday Love at Flash with Acid Pauli and a long list of locals, then on Sunday night all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Smudge and Good Buddies with Feroun and Philco.
See below for my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Make sure you tune into the DC House Grooves Show Episode #051 on Saturday at 10pm, and check back here next week for a very special July 4 holiday edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks, celebrating 5 years of weekly posts featuring all the best underground house music and techno events in and around Washington DC.
As I sit down to write this week’s post, I’ve still got a huge grin on my face after last weekend. It was a dream come true to host my friend and mentor, Underground Quality label boss DJ Jus-ed in the DC House Grooves studio as our special guest on the DC House GroovesShow! Huge thanks to Jus-ed for fighting through the jet lag to guest on the show. Having rushed straight to the airport on hardly any sleep after playing Djoon in Paris on Friday, he stepped up to the decks on the DC House Grooves Show just a few hours after landing a Dulles, serving up a fantastic set featuring new and unreleased heat on Underground Quality and EDJ Records, including more than a few from the brand new Always Changing EP by Ed & Jen, available now from the Underground Qualitywebsite. If you missed the show, check it out below on YouTube or SoundCloud. Then on Sunday, after a good night’s rest, Jus-Ed schooled us at Sunday’s Rooftop on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge. An amazing end to a wonderful weekend!
The DC House Grooves Show is back with episode #49 on Saturday June 1 with our regular line up featuring me, Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. We’ll be freshly inspired from our trip to Detroit over Memorial Day weekend, and no doubt we’ll be armed with fresh new wax. We’ll also be giving away copies of Jus-ed‘s latest release on Underground Quality, the Jus Me EP. Click Going on the event page, and look out for further details closer to the time.
On to this weekend, and I’ll be holding down the Flash Bar this Saturday with my brother from another mother DJ Kochi, bringing the Vibe open to close. It’s been a minute since I’ve thrown down with Kochi, so I’m really looking forward to this one. As always, the line up at Flash on Saturday is ridiculous, with king of samples Matthew Herbert and Solomon Sanchez on the club leveland Ozelot Ltd, Throe and Taiga in the Green Room. Of course, if you don’t want to go upstairs, you can hang with us in the bar for free!
So what else is happening this weekend? Well Thursday night, techno lovers are in for a treat at U Street Music Hall as Charlotte De Witte and local hero Juana team up to destroy the dance floor. House heads should head directly to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez. Always the best spot for quality house vibes on Thursdays.
Friday night, the right choice for the heads is SEQUENCE with Wata Igarashi, Rhyw, Ron Jackson & Furtive. Hosted in a brand new location with Grand Ancestor sound, you know this one’s going to take you to a new dimension, and hopefully back again safe and sound by sunrise. $20 tickets are still available if you move fast. Not one you want to miss!
Saturday night, the much hyped Boiler Room rolls into town on their North American tour, and they’ve teamed up with ROAM to deliver an amazing line up featuring Discwoman‘s DJ Haram & Ariel Zetina alongside local rising stars Lisa Frank, Jacq Jill & Jett Chandon and hosted by Deep Sugar‘s Lisa Moody at a warehouse location powered by Grand Ancestor sound. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then I hope you’ve already secured a ticket, and this event is complete SOLD OUT. Your only chance of grabbing a ticket at this point is keeping an eye on the RA Resale queue. Of course, you can always watch the proceedings on the Interwebs, so all is not lost!
Disco lovers, consider heading to Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday to catch my old college pal, Secret Squirrels & Disco Deviance maestro Dicky Trisco throwing down open to close on the patio. Dicky always gets things moving on the dance floor! And if Dicky Trisco isn’t enough for you, in the Gold Room you can catch Green Shirt Guy himself, Conscious Contact doing what he does best.
Sunday’s highlights include Sunday Love at Flash during the day time, then Sam Burns‘ Underground Soul Solution and Good Buddies at Eighteenth Street Lounge in the evening. Everything you need to keep you dancing through to the early hours of Monday morning.
Here’s my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. You know the drill by now; Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to see a list of event pages. For the rest of you, Google is your friend if you need more info. Hope to see some of you in the Flash Bar on Saturday night!
Big respect to everyone who joined us at Eighteenth Street Lounge last Thursday to celebrate my birthday at Playlist. Now that was a fun time! Big thanks to Jubilee & Ramirez for inviting me to play and to all the staff at Eighteenth Street Lounge for their hospitality. Always a pleasure playing at ESL.
On to this weekend, and we here at DC House Grooves are super excited, because the founder of the Underground Quality record label and Underground Quality Radio where we broadcast our regular show, DJ Jus-Ed, is coming to town! In anticipation of his performance at Sundays Rooftop at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Sunday, Jus-Ed will be joining us in the DC House Grooves studio on Saturday night for a very special edition of the DC House Grooves Show with residents Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir, and special guest Jus-Ed. Tune in from 10pm ET at www.undergroundquality.com or at Underground Quality Live.
Then on Sunday night, head to the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge to catch the man himself throwing down with Benoit at another edition of Sundays Rooftop. No cover, so no excuses! I can’t think of a better way to close out the weekend.
Other highlights this weekend include Black Motion with Jandro at U Street Music Hall, and, of course, Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday Sprüdel with Vincent Neumann, Juana b2b Arthur Kimskii and Rush Plus is the move for top quality techno with friends and family in an intimate warehouse space. Just remember, advance tickets are required, and it’s BYOB.
Also on Friday, Flash: OFF features Damien Lazarus & Adriatique with locals Sarah Myers, Markinthedark and Mazi R. Flash warehouse parties always deliver the goods, with high production values and four point sound system in a brand new warehouse space. Advance tickets recommended.
Saturday’s highlight is this year’s Funk Parade. If you’re in the U Street area Saturday afternoon, make sure you head to the annual Funky 4 U at Velvet Lounge. Always an amazing line up of locals bringing the funk out in the back yard. Saturday night, I recommend heading to Baltimore for Underground Resistance‘s John Jammin Collins at Darkroom, or Deep Sugar with Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody at Factory 17. Spoiled for choice!
Sunday afternoon, Sunday Love at Flash is always a good time, then we’ll see you on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sundays Rooftop with DJ Jus-Ed and Benoit.
Plenty more to choose from this weekend! See below for my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!
Huge thanks to everyone who came out last Friday to kick off my birthday celebrations with me and Katrina Mir at Jimmy Valentine’s. I really appreciate you all making the effort! I, for one, had an amazing time playing records and shuffling around the dance floor 🙂 We’ll be celebrating my birthday in earnest this Thursday night May 2, when I’ll be joining Jubilee and Ramirez behind the decks at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Packing some amazing tunes, it’s going to be a beautiful evening, so let’s have some fun on the patio! Hoping to see some DC House Grooves readers on the dance floor.
Just a quick post this week, as I need to get all my music organized for tomorrow. Lots of great stuff happening this week at all the usual spots, Eddie C at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday being the highlight, plus a whole load of cool happenings around Catharsis on the Mall. If you’re up for something different, head over to the National Mall and check it out. I’m not particularly in the know about Catharsis, but between Hearts Collective at the Asgard Dome and Sunset and Chill at Catharsis on the Mall amongst other things, looks like there’s plenty to keep you grooving.
Before I get to this week’s listings, here’s a great little slice of after hours acid, techno, house & breaks from our very own Katrina Mir. Something to listen to as you plan your weekend dance floor strategy.
Here’s this week’s listings, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events on my radar in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to view the list of event pages for each day. Hope to see you at Eighteenth Street Lounge Thursday night, and make sure you check back next week for info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in DC over the weekend.