DC House Grooves Top Picks 4th of July Weekend Five Year Anniversary Edition July 3 to July 7

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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!

DC House Grooves 5 Year Anniversary Logo

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.

DC House Grooves Weekend Event Round Up July 4 Holiday Weekend Edition

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

10 Years of Deep Secrets

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.

werk ethic ken lazee nick garcia

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.

Wednesday July 3

Jimmy valentines july 3
subdistrick freedom rinse out

Independence Day Thursday July 4

playlist jubilee ramirez
flashworks 4th july
daylight dc 4th July
sleaze a grand old gag
district drop inn and out
Associate Radio Hour
preview happy hour

Friday July 5

focus at flash
carlos mena wild days

Saturday July 6

werk ethic ken lazee nick garcia
david waxman sandra collins
deep sugar rooftop jam 2
LENG lush percush sesh
deep tech xl zeba
dastan neko berg rainier sarasbrodir el techo
phunked up
one house one nation

Sunday July 7

hold tight dino soccio
ESL sunday with Sam Burns
holmar jack the rapper dastan

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Techno Events in Washington DC June 20 to June 23

First up, huge thanks to everyone who tuned into episode #050 of the DC House Grooves Show with special guest Sam The Man Burns and Candice Mills on Underground Quality Radio last Saturday. It really was one for the books, and I couldn’t be happier at how it turned out. Major thanks to Sam and Candice for bringing their amazing talents to the DC House Grooves studio. I look forward to hosting you guys again soon! Congratulations also to Elliott Sloan and Denise Henderson, the winners of our free record giveaway. Look out for a copy of UQ-073 DJ Jus Ed Jus Me EP in the post! If you missed the show, you can catch the re-run below, video on YouTube minus a few tracks silenced due to rights issues, audio on SoundCloud.

We’ll be back with DC House Grooves Show Episode #051 on Saturday June 29 at 10pm ET at https://www.facebook.com/events/1397695390413518/.

The big news this weekend is Late Night Mischief is back this Saturday with as fantastic line up featuring DJ Aakmael, DJ Nav and a closing set from our very own Katrina Mir. Late Night Mischief parties always deliver a thick vibe, and with DJ Nav setting the tone, DJ Aakmael taking things to the next level, and Katrina Mir keeping you grooving until sunrise, I can guarantee this one’s gonna be just a little bit special. Advance tickets are just $20, which is steal for a line up of this caliber. Remember, no tickets on the door, so you might as well buy yours now. You know you’ll find me front and center getting my groove on for this one!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1274711
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039820992869115/

late night mischief

Other highlights for the weekend include Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez on Thursday night, Kai Alcé and Feroun in the Green Room at Flash and Reflections with Juan Zapata, Joe L and Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Friday, then on Saturday The Abyss with Sam Burns, Underdog and Oji at U Street Music Hall and Mystical Disco with Ben Jenkins and Jackson Lee at Jimmy Valentine’s look like a good time. Sunday, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Hold Tight with Rollover DJs and Martín Miguel. See below for my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Check back next week for the next edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and techno events in Washington DC over the weekend. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday June 20

ESL Thursday
Nexus DJ Showcase
Headroom June
preview happy hour
Associate Radio Hour

Friday June 21

desert hearts kai alce at flash
Reflections at Jimmy Valentines

Saturday June 22

late night mischief
Tin Man Mystic bill Mazi R Navbox at Flash
the abyss a house dance experience
mystical disco at jimmy valentines
oasis at lapop
world music dance party
shorts and sundresses summer jam
the OMG Experience
The OMG Experience with Dem OMG Boys

Sunday June 23

hold tight rollover djs
ESL Sunday
Sunday Love christian loffler

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC February 7 to February 10

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.

Will Eastman - 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.

FREE with RSVP at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1822535
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/245947119658888/

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!

uncle-bennys-after-hours-express-ari-goldman

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.

ROAM-XXVI

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!

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday February 7

playlist jubilee ramirez
ESL Thursday
Archie Hamilton and Nick flynn at Flash
Sleaze
Profundo Jahsonic
Preview Happy Hour

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday February 8

Reflections Hugo Jandro
Desert Hearts at Flash
ESL Friday
Juan MacLean at U Street Music Hall
WTF?! with Kochi
Decibel Collective at Backbar
District Drop Inn
Sabeel Chohan and Matt Sosa at El Techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday February 9

ROAM XXVI
Robag Wruhme at Flash
ESL Saturday
The Speakeasy Disco at El Techo
Jubilee at Allegory
Vives Unlimited Ben Jenkins Trevor Keen
Revolution 909 at U Street Music Hall
Confetti & Friends at Jimmy Valentines
Eklektik Elektik
Deep Tech Alice Clark

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday February 10

ESL Sunday
Bruce Bailey at El Techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC January 31 to February 3

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!

Chez Damier at Flash
Chez Damier bringing the heat at 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!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1205476
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1946807465628628/

Dana Ruh Katrina Mir at Flash

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.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/529562490898923/

DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio

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.

a family affair

Saturday night, I recommend kicking things off at Flash, which hosts an epic line up featuring Detroit’s Delano Smith, Mosaic RecordsSteve 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.

Metro Xpression

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  07Anish 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

ESL Sunday

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.

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday January 31

Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez
ESL Thursday
Article Faso Juana
Otter Happy Hour Baronhawk
Bon Voyage Keenan
Profundo Jahsonic & Friends
Preview Happy Hour

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday February 1

Dana Ruh Katrina Mir at Flash
Modern Class with Trev-ski
A Family Affair
Envision Special Edition
Schubert at El Techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday February 2

DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio
Delano Smith Steve O'Sullivan at Flash
Metro Xpression
ESL Saturday with Tommy D Funk
Winter Warmers at Jimmys
Luttrell U Street Music Hall
Brolapse with Meegs
Deep Tech Impulse Collective

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday February 3

Good Buddies with Jus Nowhere and Philco
ESL Sunday with Sam the Man Burns
Adrian Loving and friends