UPDATE: Our friends at the Grand Ancestor warehouse are having a fundraiser in the early hours of Saturday morning, kicking off at 1am with music from Tommy Cornelis, Hot Coffee and Team Zapata. What better way to help keep the lights on and get the rent paid at the best late night spot in town than dancing until sunrise to an all star local line up working the majestic Grand Ancestor sound system. Advance tickets are $20 on eventbrite, and you can make extra donations if you so choose. Always a good time at the spot, and you’ll be helping keeping things going. To be clear, there are no . tickets at the door! You must have an eventbrite ticket to attend.
Just a quick post this week. First up, a quick reminder about the triumphant return of Late Night Mischief next weekend on Saturday February 23 with Berlin’s Session Victim and Martín Miguel putting the mighty Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System to work in a cool warehouse space. It’s a ticket only event, so make sure you grab your $20 tickets before the price goes up. I’ve got a feeling this one will be a bit special, so don’t sleep!
See below for my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in Washington DC this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Lots of good stuff to choose from this weekend, with a stellar line up Thursday through Saturday at Flash, culminating with an open to close set from house legend Kerri Chandler on Saturday, the return of Deep Sugar After Hours on Saturday at Factory 17 in Baltimore, serious business every night of the weekend at Selva by El Techo, with Navbox and Breiten the highlight on Saturday, and on Sunday, a new party Sunday Relapse at Jimmy Valentines with Team Zapata, Joe L and Harper looks like a good time. I’ve included all the flyers below, and all you Facebookers can click the headings for each day to see the list of event pages. Have a good one!
All right, all right… first of all, thanks to everyone who came out last Friday for Katrina Mir‘s debut on the club level at Flash supporting Dana Ruh, and thanks to the team at Flash for their wonderful hospitality. It was great to finally hear Katrina giving the Funktion Ones a good work out! Definitely one for the books.
Before I get to this week’s top picks, I’ve got a couple of exclusives for you. To celebrate the launch of Will Eastman‘s second album, Breathe, this Friday February 8, DC House Grooves is premiering the second track off the album, The Museum of Sleeping Pills, and we’ve also got a very special Meet the Locals podcast from the man himself, exploring the multitude of influences that contributed to his creative process while producing Breathe.
One of the hardest working and longest serving members of Washington DC’s electronic music community, DJ, producer and U Street Music Hall owner Will Eastman has been working on his second album for the past 18 months, and it features eight tracks drawing from a huge range of influences, from Classic House, to Trip Hop, to Disco and 90s Shoegaze, and has a worthy place in the collection of anyone who appreciates dance music and electronica. In Will’s own words, “While I was working on this album, my mother died and I faced a huge wall of family health issues. It hit me like a brick at the same time the United States started experiencing a political and cultural tsunami. Things are not ok in my homeland and it would be foolish to pretend they are. This album reflects that tension in its 8 tracks, from opioid addiction to our collective inability to tackle huge issues like mental health treatment and climate change. I put everything I have musically within me into this album,” says Eastman, “and the experience inspired me to share a deeper musical connection with my fans from Hilo, and to reconnect with people from all aspects of my life and tell these stories through music. Personally, I’ve been on a transformative journey this past year and a half during the making of this album, overcoming struggles and putting the new life experience I documented in Hilo to good use. I’m in overdrive.”
Without further ado, here’s the premiere of the second track on the album, The Museum of Sleeping Pills, a beautifully produced, tripped out, laid-back groover with trip-hop, jazz, disco & funk influences. Crank the volume and check it out!
Breathe will be available on Friday, February 8 from Will Eastman‘s Bandcamp page and all the usual outlets. If you’re looking for something new to listen to from a highly regarded local artist, grab yourself a copy on Friday. Support local artists! And if you’re curious about what to expect from Breathe, and want a taste of its myriad influences, check out Breath Inspirations, episode #75 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast by Will Eastman.
Will and the crew will be celebrating the launch of Breathe at the Breathe Album Release Party at U Street Music Hall on Saturday March 16, with sets from Will, Ken Lazee and Ozker. FREE entry with RSVP. You can also catch Will & Ozker this Saturday at U Street Music Hall at their celebration of all things Daft Punk, French house and indie dance, Rev909.
Before getting into this weekend’s shenanigans, a quick shout to a party coming up next weekend. Late Night Mischief is back with another quality session on the amazing Grand Ancestor sound system on Saturday February 23 featuring German duo Session Victim with support from Martín Miguel. Things have been quiet on the Late Night Mischief front lately, so its great to see them back in action again. Advance tickets are required for this one, and $20 early birds are still available if you move fast. not to be missed!
No time this week to list all this weekend’s highlights, but I have included all the event flyers below, along with links to all the event pages on Facebook. Just click the link at the top of each section. The big news this Friday is the return of Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express at a new location this Friday, with a smoking line up including Ari Goldman, Samantha Francesca, Benoit & Luke. Advance tickets have been selling like hot cakes, but there are still a few $20 tix left. Don’t sleep!
And the big news on Saturday is the triumphant return of ROAM at a new secret location. ROAM XXVI features Joy Orbison and residents Lisa Frank, Sami & Jett Chandon, with Team Zapata‘s Martin Audio sound system. The warehouse move this weekend! $20 advance tickets available now, price will go up on the door.
Here’s my full list of Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Seriously quality all round, everything you need to keep you grooving through the early hours of Monday morning. See you on the dance floor!
Good times at Flash last Saturday! Chez Damier delivered an amazing set, keeping me dancing until 4.30am. Not bad considering I played a three+ hour set just before. Always a pleasure spinning on the club level at Flash, with that last hour or so before Chez took over being absolutely everything. Huge thanks to the whole team at Flash for making sure everything went smoothly, to Johnny Flash for his outstanding work on the lights, and to everyone who contributed their energy to the dance floor. Those first couple of hours when the dance floor is starting to fill are the hardest work for a DJ, but once the floor fills up, it becomes so much easier, the energy from the dancers feeding your performance. Playing to a packed dance floor in that room really is a magical experience, and it was an honor to be given the opportunity to do my thing in such an incredible space. Thank you Flash!
Speaking of which, DC House Grooves is back at Flash this coming Friday, with Katrina Mir making her club level debut warming up the room for Berlin’s Dana Ruh, at what promises to be another quality night of underground sounds. Kinda fitting to have Underground Quality record label alumnus Dana Ruh supported by Underground Quality Radio resident Katrina Mir. Almost like it was meant to be! Also from Berlin, and also this Friday at Flash, Madmotormiquel headlines the Green Room with support from KayLaSoul & Markinthedark, while in the bar the MoDERN CLASS crew take over with Pittsburgh’s Buscrates, Graham Hatke, Trev-ski & Haz. Another seriously epic night of music across three dance floors, all under one roof. I strongly encourage you to get there early for Katrina Mir‘s set. While I’m writing this post, I’m listening to her digging out records, and she’s gonna be packing some serious heat on Friday. Not to be missed! $8 early bird tickets are still available. Grab yours now!
Saturday night, we’ll be taking it easy after a long night on the dance floor with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Berlin’s Underground Quality Radio, with me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez serving up the underground wax from 10pm ET. Lots of new records coming in this week, so plenty of freshness on the show this Saturday. Tune in via the links below.
Other highlights for this week include Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Article with Sublimate resident Faso and Juana at U Street Music Hall on Thursday then on Friday, A Family Affair with Cool Hand Luke, DJ Nav and Markinthedark at Studio GaGa looks like a great bet, as does Envision at Jimmy Valentine’s with Deepak Sharma, Steve Kirn and Juana.
Saturday night, I recommend kicking things off at Flash, which hosts an epic line up featuring Detroit’s Delano Smith, Mosaic Records‘ Steve O’Sullivan and Navbox, with Philip Goyette and Kundalini in the Green Room and Charles Martin & Edo in the Flash Bar. Then, with a few drinks inside you, make your way up to a secret warehouse location in north east for Metro Xpression featuring Paraguay’s LPZ, Arthur Kimskii, Ron Jackson & Rush Plus delivering the techno goods on the Grand Ancestor sound system. Advance tickets are required for this event, $20 tickets available on Resident Advisor. Check the RA page for full party info.
Other events worth checking out on Saturday include Manchester, UK, native Tommy D Funk on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Winter Warmers with Double 07, Anish and DJ Stylus at Jimmy’s. Both great choices for quality tunes!
As always, on Sunday all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for quality house music to close out your weekend, with Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, The Metaphysicaland Good Buddies on the patio with Jus Nowhere and Philco.
See below for the full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Click the title links for the event pages over on Facebook. I hope to see you on the dance floor at Flash from 10pm on Friday for Katrina Mir‘s main room debut opening up for Dana Ruh, otherwise I’ll see you back here, same time next week for another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks.
Just about recovered from last weekend, and it’s time to do it all again! Another big weekend ahead, and DC House Grooves has everything you need to know to plan your dance floor itinerary, Thursday through Sunday. There’s some good shit going down this weekend, so pay attention! Now you may or may not have noticed, but I haven’t been playing out much lately. It has been great to step back from things for a bit, take some time out from DJing, spend some quality time digging through my record collection and actually listening to music, but now I’m ready to get out and spin some discs again. I’m pleased to announce I’ll be opening up the main room at Flash this coming Saturday, warming up the floor for one of my all time house music heroes Chez Damier as part of an epic multi dance floor line up that includes Better Listen Sessions with Martín Miguel & Heights in the Green Room and USB‘s second anniversary with Wade Hammes, Elliott Sloan, Nick Flynn and J Swink in the bar. Seriously quality on all three floors! If you haven’t heard Chez Damier spin before, I strongly encourage you to make your way to Flash on Saturday. He brings a dance floor magic that’s rarely experienced these days, a performance filled with pure joy and true emotion. Trust me on this one, there will be tears of joy on the dance floor this Saturday night! Advance tickets are highly recommended, available on Resident Advisor. Huge thanks to the team at Flash for inviting me to be part of this amazing line up!
Looking ahead to next weekend, and DC House Grooves returns to the main room at Flash, with Katrina Mir making her main room debut supporting the amazing Dana Ruh for what promises to be a very special night of music from two super talented underground DJs. Dana Ruh has been on our radar since her debut album on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality label, so it is only fitting that Underground Quality Radio resident Katrina Mir warms up the Funktion Ones for her next week. First release tickets are still only $8!
Before I get into the highlights for this weekend, a little bit of music for you. Here’s the playback of last Saturday’s DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Seriously good underground tunes, with just a lil bit of emergency loop mode 😉 Seriously, though, watch Ramirez handle that shit like a boss.
OK, hightlights for this weekend. Thursday night, Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge is always the right choice for quality underground house music. For techno, head to Flash for Focus with Lucy and support from Technofist‘s Damon Bradley. Quality line up right there!
Lots of quality local events happening on Friday, highlights being Club Cuttlefish at Ten Tigers Parlour with Hank Jackson, DJ Freez and Sleepy G and Souled Out! at Zeba Bar with the Jones Boys. Allways a solid crowd at Souled Out!.
Saturday night, you’ll be at Flash to catch me and Chez Damier, right? Well, if you feel like something a bit more intimate, I highly recommend Roots & Spirits at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club with DC House Grooves Show resident Ramirez alongside Solomon Sanchez and Jandro working the Martin Audio sound system on our favorite off-the-beaten-path dive bar.
Sunday, I recommend heading to El Techo to celebrate Jandro‘s birthday at Jandro & Friends, featuring the man himself alongside Cousin Luke, KaylaSoul, Mike Harvey, Steve Kirn and Markinthedark. Fun times at El Techo! Then, when you’re ready, head up to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Sundays Rooftop with Benoit aka Uncle Benny at the controls open to close. The perfect way to wrap your weekend on the dance floor!
OK, here’s my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the long weekend. Check out the event flyers below, and click on each section heading to see the list of event pages over on Facebook. Hope to see you on the dance floor this coming Saturday, and make sure you come back next week for everything you need to know to plan your weekend on the dance floor in Washington DC.