DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 17 to May 20

Kicking things off this week with a free ticket giveaway! On Saturday night, the ROAM crew celebrate their 17th event with perhaps their biggest one yet, with headliners Objekt, the mighty Helena Hauff and friend of the family, TV Lounge resident and all round great DJ Loren, supported by residents DJ Lisa FrankJett Chandon and Rush Plus. Throw in proper sound and a serious warehouse location, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an amazing night on the dance floor.  DC House Grooves has partnered with the ROAM crew to give away a pair of tickets worth $50 to one lucky winner. Just click the link below, fill out the form, and we’ll pick a winner at random on Saturday afternoon. Please make sure you enter your real full name and email address, as we’ll be contacting the winner by email, and you will need to show your ID on entry to receive your prize.

I want to win 2 free tickets to ROAM XVII with Objekt, Helena Hauff & Loren!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1999247396991056/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1087673


Ok, before I get into news about everything else this weekend, something to look forward to on Memorial Day weekend. I know many of you will be heading to Detroit for Movement Festival and all the associated shenanigans, but for those of you sticking around here in DC, how does 13 hours dancing in the sunshine with a line up of top house DJs on one of the best rooftops in town sound? Our new summer rooftop party series in association with Roots & Spirits and VibeBeats Maneuver, kicks off on Sunday May 27 with headliner Gigi Testa and local support from KayLaSoulAndrew Hogans, plus Beats Maneuver  residents RamirezKochi, myself (Andy Grant) and Katrina Mir. Quality house music, open to close! Advanced tickets are on sale now over on Resident Advisor, with a limited number of $5 early birds if you move fast. Please support this inaugural event, and help us set the stage for a fun summer on the rooftop! We’ll be bringing  some serious international and local talent to the Public Bar rooftop in the coming months, so join us at the start of something special!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961
Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/

Beats Maneuver Gigi Testa

No Meet the Locals Podcast this week, so for this week’s mix I’ve got the recording of the one year anniversary of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio  with me, Katrina Mir Ramirez, recorded at DC House Grooves HQ this past Saturday. If you want to hear what Beats Maneuver is all about, then check out this show by three of it’s residents. Quality underground house music all the way!

OK here are my DC House Grooves Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link to see a list of all the good stuff for each day.

Top Picks Thursday May 17

Top Picks Friday May 18

Top Picks Saturday May 19

Top Picks Sunday May 20

So much good stuff in there, it’s going to be tough to choose! Thursday night kicks off with the latest edition of Chadwick‘s Headroom Listening Sessions at Flash, where you can hear the latest productions from DC’s many talented producers showcased on  Flash‘s  Funktion One sound system. If you’re an aspiring producer yourself, it’s a great way to network with other local producers, and if you’re not, it’s a great way to hear amazing new tracks, hot off the press. Four tracks premiered at HEADROOM recently have charted on Beatport, including one that reach #1 in the techno chart and #4 in the sales chart, so get yourself down there to hear what’s going to be putting DC on the map in the coming months!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989495364707517/

headroom listening sessions

In terms of other highlights this weekend, Playlist with  Jubilee Ramirez  at Eighteenth Street Lounge is always a great bet for Thursday nights, then on Friday there’s so much to choose from, I don’t know where to start. At Flash, the man, the legend Danny Tenaglia makes his Flash debut with support from Navbox. It’s gonna be a packed house, make no mistake, so be sure you pick up advanced tickets if you want to reserve your spot on the dance floor. If proper techno in a warehouse with a banging sound system is more your cup o’tea, then put Sequence.313_DJ Stingray on your itinerary. The Sequence crew have assembled another incredible line up, featuring DJ StingrayAurora Halal, local hero & Discwoman member JuanaTheta FluxAssociate. This one’s an official Movement Festival pre-party, and with sound by Grand Ancestor, you know you’re gonna feel it!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/611832415818822/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1072594

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Saturday night, all roads lead to ROAM XVII, but before that, I recommend hitting up either DeWalta with Jubilee at FlashThe NeedleXchange: 5 Years Wrong with Clark Price at Zeba Bar or An Evening with DJs LoveGrove, J Mack, & Guillermo Giraldo at Jimmy Valentine’s. All fantastic options to get yourself warmed up for the warehouse.

dewalta jubilee

On Sunday, another edition of Sunday Love at Flash brings Martin Buttrich to the rooftop, with support from Sarah MyersJubileeConscious Contact, while over at El TechoSticky Fingers‘ Hot Coffee joins TNX‘s Bil Todd for an afternoon of sunny underground grooves. As always, Eighteenth Street Lounge should be your final destination to close out the weekend, with Sam BurnsKeenan Orr and another edition of Sundays Rooftop with Francis Harris and Benoit.

sundays rooftop

That’s it for this week. I’ll be back, same time, same place next week with news on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

Carlo Lio Q&A and Free Ticket Giveaway

Carlo_lioToronto’s Carlo Lio (Rawthentic Music, Toronto & SCI + TEC, USA) is coming to DC next Friday, December 12 for a gig at U Street Music Hall, supported by locals Ron Schubert and Oliver Caine. DC House Grooves is giving away two free tickets to this event. Read on to learn how to enter the draw for a chance to win.  In anticipation of Carlo’s visit to DC, we took the opportunity to catch up with him for a quick Q & A:

Carlo Lio – a well-known name in your hometown of Toronto – how did your career start as a DJ and develop into the sound you produce today?

The Toronto rave scene is where I really learned about this new underground world. We had great local talent in Toronto and it was partially because of these guys that I wanted to become a DJ I would go listen to the local DJ’s just as much as I would go see a headliner from another country. The foundation of my sound was developed a lot from the homegrown talent. I managed to start getting a few bookings here and there, and if you know Toronto, you will know that we have the best loyal fans ever. I quickly became one of the main DJs in the city and continued to grow from there. Toronto has always had my back!

Who/what are your biggest influences?

I find it almost impossible to name just one. But guys like Dubfire and Carl Cox have always been at the top of my list, and I think they are for many others out there. Musically and personally they are people I look up to, and want to be like, in the hope that I ever get the opportunity to get to their position.

So can you define your sound for us in just 3 words?


What do you think is the recipe for the best club night or set?

Great sound system for sure – that includes the sound and monitors in the booth too. It’s so much better when you can hear what the crowd can to a certain extent. You can really get into what you’re playing. The crowds and fans of course, are the main draw, and without them there is no atmosphere. I am lucky enough to get to play regularly with my friends too, a night playing B2B with your hometown friends is so much fun.

What have been some defining moments of your career?

The one main moment that sticks out for me and really gave me the boost to the next level was after I released a track called “Breakfast in Bag” on Paul Ritch’s label QUARTZ. This was the defining track in my career that turned a lot of heads in my direction and took notice to who I was. It was played by literally every DJ I can think of. It was the stepping-stone to getting signed to an agency, and to start touring.

What’s next on your schedule in terms of gigs as well as musically? Anything in particular we should be looking out for?

Gigs, I have a lot of stuff going on now in North and South America, as well as Canada and back in my hometown of Toronto for UNION on New Years Eve which is always fun. Next year we start to head back to Europe, so looking forward to that as there is always some great festivals. Musically – I have  a EP coming out early next year on Nicole Moudaber’s label MOOD called ‘’DeeBUG’’. Coming out before the end of this year I also have a remix of an Audion track called ‘’Motormouth’’ on Spectral Sound and my next EP will be out on Carl Cox’s label – INTEC, called ‘’Escobar Season’’.

Check out the following links for more Carlo Lio info:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carloliodj
Website: www.djcarlolio.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/carlolio
Twitter: www.twitter.com/carlolio

You can catch Carlo at U Street Music Hall on December 11, supported by locals Ron Schubert and Oliver Caine. For full details, please check the event page here:


And if you can’t wait until Friday, you can check out a great mix from Carlo here:


We’re giving away two tickets to the event to one lucky winner. To enter the draw please click the link below and provide your name and email address.


We’ll be picking the winner at 12pm on Friday December 12.  Good luck, and we’ll see you on the dance floor.

Author: Andy Grant

Apollonia (Shonky, Dan Ghenacia & Dyed Soundorom) at U Street Music Hall Free Ticket & Tour à Tour Album Giveaway

Apollonia (Shonky, Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia) -- Open to Close Set!It’s free ticket giveaway time! DC House Grooves has two free tickets to give away to one lucky winner for Apollonia (Shonky, Dan Ghenacia & Dyed Soundorom) on Friday October 17 at U Street Music Hall.


Not only that, we will also throw in a free copy of Apollonia’s debut album Tour à Tour, which will be released on October 20. To enter the draw, first make sure you have Liked the DC House Grooves Facebook Page:


Once you have liked the DC House Grooves page, please click through to the form below and provide your name and email address:

Apollonia at U Street Music Hall Free Ticket Giveaway Form

You will need to show your ID to claim your free tickets, so please provide your name as it appears on your drivers license. The draw will take place at 12pm on Friday October 17, after which we will email the winner at the email address provided with details of how to collect the tickets.

Good luck!