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.
10 Years of Deep Secrets w/ Rick Wilhite: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1278984
10 Years of Deep Secrets w/ Patrice Scott: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1278989
10 Years of Deep Secrets w/ Joe Claussell: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1278992
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.