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

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC January 24 to January 27

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!

Advance tickets for Chez Damier with Andy Grant at Flash
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/235703650673851/

Chez Damier with andy grant at flash

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!

Advance tickets for Dana Ruh withKatrina Mir at Flash
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1946807465628628/

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!

lucy damon bradley

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!.

club cuttlefish at ten tigers

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.

Roots and Spirits with Ramirez, Solomon Sanchez and Jandro

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!

jandro and friends at el techo

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.

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday January 24

Playlist Jubilee & Ramirez
Thursday at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Focus with Lucy and Damon Bradley at Flash

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday January 25

Club Cuttlefish Hank Jackson
&Me with Solomon Sanchez at Flash
Souled Out with The Jones Boys
Breaking Boundaries at Jimmys
House of Boom at Backbar
Silicon Based Lifeform at Studio Ga Ga
Brothers Brau at El Techo
Primetime with Trev-ski and Nitekrawler

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday January 26

Chez Damier with Andy Grant at Flash
 Roots and Spirits at Jimmys
The Dance at Zeba Bar
Nuff Respect Trevi-ski Grand Duchess
Dastan and Friends at El Techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday January 27

ESL Sunday Sundays Rooftop
Jandro and Friends at El Techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC MLK Holiday Weekend January 17 to January 20

Ready for the long weekend ahead? I hope you’re ready for a weekend on the dance floor, as DC’s got another super hot line up of quality underground events to keep you dancing right through to Monday. If you’re in town for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend, be sure to check out MALLORY2019, an exclusive guide to the best unofficial, underground events over MAL Weekend from our queer correspondent, The NeedleXchange‘s Tommy Cornelis. Tommy has done an incredible job of pulling together everything you need to know to find the best underground events over the weekend, so if you’re in town for MAL, make sure you check out MALLORY2019!

MALLORY2019

Mallory2019

You’ll find many of the MALLORY2019 events in my DC House Grooves Top Picks  below. I’ve included flyers for all the best underground events, Thursday through Sunday, and if you click the section headings, you’ll head over to Facebook for a full list of Facebook event pages for each day. On Thursday, I recommend heading to Headroom  Listening  Sessions at Flash early to hear the latest from DC’s finest local producers, then later on head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez or Sleaze XXXL featuring Mark O’Brien at The Dew Drop Inn.

Lots to choose from Friday night, but we’ll be heading to Wild Days at Eaton to catch one of our Beats Maneuver headliners from last summer Rissa Garcia making her return to the capital. Rissa always delivers!

Also worth a look on Friday are Anywho at Ten Tigers Parlour with the Max D, Sami, Geo Rip and former Beats Maneuver guest Sleepy G. Quality music all night long, and no cover.

Saturday night, Katrina Mir, Ramirez and myself will be kicking off the evening with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Berlin’s Underground Quality Radio from 10pm ET. Tune in at www.undergroundquality.com on on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel.

DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio

Out on the town, TNX with Octo Octa B2B Eris Drew is the move for Saturday. Make sure you pick up advance tickets, as that one’s probably going to sell out!

TNX Octo Octa Eris Drew

Other solid choices for Saturday at Onur  Özer at Flash, DJ Spen at Eighteenth Street Lounge, of if you’re in Baltimore or feel like a short road trip, the Deep Sugar crew are at it again at Club 1722.

Sunday, catch Sam Burns at his weekly residency at Eighteenth Street Lounge, or maybe head next door to the Public Bar rooftop for the last ever party there before it closes. We had some good times on that rooftop with our Beats Maneuver parties last summer. Sad to hear it is closing down. Another great choice for Sunday is The Cluck Off at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club with Carlos Souffrant, Juana and Jacq Jill. Always a good time at Jimmy’s!

OK, here’s my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the long weekend. Check out the full list, and don’t forget to check out MALLORY2019! See you on the dance floor.

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday January 17

Headroom Listening Sessions
ESL Thursday Playlist Jubilee & Ramirez
Sleaze XXXL
Otter Happy Hour & Fam Night
Preview Happy Hour

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday January 18

Rissa Garcia Wild Days
Honcho Josey Rebelle
Anywho Geo Rip Sleepy G
WTF?! with Kochi
MLK Weekend Kick Off
Adrian Loving and Friends
4 hours of funk james brown and prince

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday January 19

tnx octo octa eris drew
Octo Octa b2B Eris Drew

DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio
DJ Spen at ESL
Deep Sugar MLK Weekend
Heavy Rotation
Yola at Allegory

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday January 20

The Cluck Off Carlos Souffront
ESL Sunday Sam Burns
Decibel Collective & Friends
MAL Weekend Closing Dance
The Speakeasy Disco
Wunderdisco Life on Planets