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

DC House Grooves Show #16 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir

DC House Grooves show residents Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir are back for their first show of 2018 at 10pm ET / 4am CET. You know what to expect: quality underground dance music, live from DC House Grooves HQ in Washington DC.

For audio only, tune in at http://bit.ly/UQRadio

Tune in to the DC House Grooves Show every other Saturday on Underground Quality Radio.

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

 

 

Ladies of the Underground @ Ten Tigers

A hot summer night. A great lineup of local DC ladies. The lovely, comfortable Ten Tigers. Say no more.

Ladies of the Underground with Jett Chandon, Katrina Mir, Meegs & Vanniety Kills at Ten Tigers Parlour

I’ve mostly gone to Ten Tigers for their Thursday night Regrets Only party, but the last few have been lightly attended. Which had me a bit concerned because I like the place and I often end up staying later than I intended to — the hallmark of a great location, IMO. This Friday night started out slow but picked up well around midnight and turned into a good dance floor as the music developed from easy grooves to bangers.

Vanniety Kills started the night out smooth and mellow. Katrina Mir followed that up and built slowly as the audience began to trickle in.

Seemed like everyone I talked to that night had had a bad week, myself included. We all needed to get some dancing in, and we were in the right place for that.

Meegs brought some soul into the mix, as she’d promised me before her set. That got the floor moving and the energy kept climbing. Jett Chandon hit the ground running and got a bit techno — though she did ease up now and then.

It made for an excellent night and I won’t be limiting myself to Thursdays at Ten Tigers anymore!

I know y’all don’t usually listen to the playlists, but this one is especially good:

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC December 17 to December 20

All right, hand’s up who’s ready for the weekend? I’m back in the saddle after my day job trip to Romania, and ready to get back into things. First let me extend a huge thanks to the wonderful Katrina for holding the fort while I was away. She did an amazing job, and I’m encouraged to know I can leave this thing in her capable hands if I’m too busy (or too lazy) to do it in future. I don’t really have anything to cover from last weekend. I headed out to U Street Music Hall fresh off the plane from Europe to catch Ramirez opening for Dennis Ferrer, but didn’t last beyond his excellent opening set, and that was it for me for the weekend. Sometimes you’ve just got to take it easy. There are a few other things I’d like to bring to your attention, however, before I get into the picks, listings and all that jazz. First up, I wanted to let you know about our next edition of Body Werk at DC9 NightclubHouse for the Holidays on Saturday December 26, the day after Christmas Day (or Boxing Day as it’s known to us Brits). We’ve pulled together a line up of our favorite local heavy hitters to help you shake off that holiday food and drink coma with a proper werk out, while at the same time raising money for The Coalition for the Homeless. The line up includes R&BDJ NavMeegsSarah MyersRaffiRamirezJubilee, Andy Grant Katrina, along with live visuals from [capsaicin]. You don’t see an amazing all local line up like that very often, so make sure you stop by for a boogie and help make a difference. All DJ’s are donating their services, and all door proceeds will be donated to the charity. Hope to see you all there!

Body Werk: Home for the Holidays

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/749086585197399/

With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to start figuring out where to celebrate and grab your tickets before they sell out. If a proper all night undergrounder featuring three rooms of music from an incredible line up of international and local talent sounds go to you, then look no further than Dance LoftVine Midnight Project Present No Resolutions at The Dance Loft, featuring AybeeKevin YostJubileeRamirezR&BRaffiAndy GrantSarah MyersTeam Zapatav:shal KanwarRaha WalaRush Plus and more from 10pm to 10am on New Years Day. That’s 12 hours of solid dancing!

no resolutions

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/325846007539749/

Early Bird tickets for No Resolutions are already gone, but you can still grab second release if you move fast:

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?784487

Don’t sleep on grabbing your tix… this one will sell out, and it’s the one everyone will be talking about. Don’t miss out!

With those public service announcements out of the way, how about some tunes to listen to while you peruse the veritable smorgasbord of quality dance floor options available right here in DC this weekend? Here’s a podcast I recorded for the good people over at www.deephouselounge.com recently, an 2+ hour all vinyl mix of tunes that have been regulars in my record bag over the last couple of months. This one goes lots of different places, all the while keeping those feet tapping. If you like what you hear, then make sure you stop by the Flash Bar on Saturday December 19 for Body Werk with myself and Edo.

So how about this weekend, then? Well, truth of the matter is I’ve spent so much time rambling on about stuff that I don’t have much time to write it up. Thursday night I’m off to see some little sci-fi movie that’s just come out, so I’ll not be making an appearance on any dance floors, but Playlist at ESL with Jubilee aka Maurice playing an extended set is my top pick, with House Rituals at Masa 14 with Heather Femia and The Business End with Wave Age and Philco at Velvet Lounge being solid alternative options. There’s some serious options for the techno fans on Friday night, with FOCUS featuring Anthony Parasole, Silent Servant and DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with #BODYFEEL ft. Girl Unit (Night Slugs), Throe & Dansman in the Flash Bar, while over at U Street Music Hall the As You Like It crew take over, with a solid line up featuring Matthew DearSassmouth and Matt Gushansky. My top pick for the deep heads and afters crowd is Midnight Project with regular DC visitors Frank & TonyJubilee and R&B at a secret location. Always a good time to be had at Midnight Project, just make sure you grab your advanced tickets, as there won’t be any available at the door. On Saturday night, I sure hope you’ll stop by Flash for D-Formation and Chadwick in the main room, and Body Werk with myself and Edo in the Flash Bar. I’ve been away from the decks for a while, so I’m bursting at the seams to play all the new records I’ve picked up recently. Always a great party at Body Werk in the Flash Bar! My other strong recommendation for Saturday night is Frank Booker‘s exclusive appearance at Eighteenth Street Lounge, closing out his world tour. My good friends at Autodisco in Dundee, Scotland hosted Frank Booker a couple of weeks back, and by all accounts it was an amazing night on the dance floor. This is your one chance to catch his unique blend of funky disco flavors before he heads back to New Zealand. For the best in soulful and classic house this Saturday night, Zeba Bar is the place to be for the final House-N-U event of the year, with resident Derrick Coleman and special guest Ian Friday. Expect Zeba to be packed and the dance floor jumping. And if all those aren’t enough this Saturday night, City Sound features Ralph Falcon of MURK fame spinning at Amsterdam Lounge with support from Tony SmoothCesar SanchezDromme. Plenty to choose from on Sunday too. While not within the usual remit of a blog covering underground house and electronic music, the DC Funk / Punk Revival at U Street Music Hall looks interesting. Definitely worth checking out if you either want to reminisce or learn what all the fuss was about. Sunday evening, take your pick between Guy J with RNS at FlashStacy Pullen at Soundcheck, or ESL Sunday with Solo MartinezSolomon SanchezBenoit BenoitSam The Man Burns and The Metaphysical. All great choices for quality dance floor action.

That’s all I’ve got time for this week. You know the drill; all my picks and full listings below. Really looking forward to breaking out the wax for the first time in weeks this Saturday in the Flash Bar. If you stop by, I’ll be that guy grinning ear to ear behind the decks, so make sure you say hello and introduce yourself. I’ll be back next week a day early with a very special Christmas edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. Check back Wednesday for the low down on all the good shit over the holiday week.

Thursday Picks

Flutterby: Stories About Sound at Bump’n’Grind

Flutterby: Stories About Sound at Bump'n'Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/926520374062919/

Playlist with Jubilee aka Maurice at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee aka Maurice at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/565262496962471/

Thievery Corporation at The 9:30 Club

Thievery Corporation at The 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068896309789175/

House Rituals with Heather Femia at Masa 14

House Rituals with Heather Femia at Masa 14Preview with Leonardo Lee and La Tingeria at Flash

Preview with Leonardo Lee and La Tingeria at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1172781156082673/

Hernan Cattaneo, Christauff at Flash, with Thursday People in the Flash Bar

Hernan Cattaneo, Christauff at Flash, with Thursday People in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/457062694481867/

The Business End w. Wave Age & Philco at Velvet Lounge

The Business End w. Wave Age & Philco at Velvet Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/788909324567846/

Hot Since 82 with Omid S at Soundcheck 

Hot Since 82 with Omid S at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/454427424750303/

Friday Picks

FOCUS: Anthony Parasole, Silent Servant, DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with #BODYFEEL ft. Girl Unit (Night Slugs), Throe & Dansman in the Flash Bar

FOCUS: Anthony Parasole, Silent Servant, DJ Lisa Frank at Flash, with #BODYFEEL ft. Girl Unit (Night Slugs), Throe & Dansman at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1642122142723227/

As You Like It with Matthew Dear with Sassmouth and Matt Gushansky at U Street Music Hall 

As You Like It with Matthew Dear with Sassmouth and Matt Gushansky at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1065648176803305/

Midnight Project with Frank & Tony, Jubilee and R&B at Secret Location

Midnight Project with Frank & Tony, Jubilee and R&B at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648171342129572/

ESL Friday with Michael the Lion, Elvin Tibideaux, Caleb L’Etoile, Philco & Harry Hotter at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/

Brookline Hifi with Trev-ski, Trevor Richards and Adrian Collazzo at Steel Plate

Brookline Hifi with Trev-ski, Trevor Richards and Adrian Collazzo at Steel Plate

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/450071975177990/

Saturday Picks

The Milk Chocolate City Collectiv on www.cyberjamz.com

The Milk Chocolate City Collectiv on (www.cyberjamz.com)

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/842746875824293/ 

D-Formation and Chadwick at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant & Edo in the Flash Bar

D-Formation and Chadwick at Flash, with Body Werk featuring Andy Grant & Edo in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/967322376666162/

HOUSE -N- U with Ian Friday and Derrick Coleman at Zeba Bar

HOUSE -N- U with Ian Friday and Derrick Coleman at Zeba Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039815696069367/ 

ESL Saturday with  Frank Booker, Stylus Chris & Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with Frank Booker, Stylus Chris & Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/452494594934548/

Ralph Falcon (MURK), Tony Smooth, Cesar Sanchez & Dromme at Amsterdam Lounge

Ralph Falcon (MURK), Tony Smooth, Cesar Sanchez & Dromme at Amsterdam Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1496754550626616/

Chris Lake with Will Eastman at U Street  Music Hall

Chris Lake with Will Eastman at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/661752587295112/

Sunday Picks

DC Funk/Punk Revival at U Street Music Hall

DC Funk/Punk Revival at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675464126009869/

Guy J with RNS at Flash, with Sandro & Philco in the Flash Bar

Guy J with RNS at Flash, with Sandro & Philco in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/514991438659580/

ESL Sunday with Solo Martinez, Solomon Sanchez, Benoit Benoit, Sam the Man Burns and The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Solo Martinez Extended Set Holiday Fiesta at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Solo Martinez Extended Set Holiday Fiesta at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/823225297786370/

Stacey Pullen with Hot Tub Eddie at Soundcheck

Stacey Pullen with Hot Tub Eddie at Soundcheck

More details:https://www.facebook.com/events/1680888095489482/

Sunday Night Grooves w/ Boogie Boyz at Jimmy Valentines

Sunday Night Grooves w/ Boogie Boyz at Jimmy Valentines

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680330305518786/

That’s it for this week’s picks. Full listings of everything else on my radar below.

Thursday December 17

Colin Jeske at Embassy Row Hotel

colin jeske at embassy row

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1643375239260134/

FKJ with Life on Planets at U Street Music Hall

FKJ with Life on Planets at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/520802724736530/

Elm Imprint Takeover with End User at Revolution Bar and Billiards, Centreville

Elm Imprint Takeover with End User at Revolution Bar and Billiards, Centreville

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/448187308721487/

Spirit & PRISM Present: Alchemy at the Crown, Baltimore

Spirit & PRISM Present: Alchemy at the Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/952689371444448/

Friday December 18

Sugar Shack Radio Holiday Showcase

Sugar Shack Radio Holiday Showcase

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/428211074050971/

Juana at Embassy Row Hotel

Juana at Embassy Row Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/573466302800837/

Guilty Pressure with Panch Da Poser at Bump’n’Grind

Guilty Pressure with Panch Da Poser at Bump’n’Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718760765025418/

Due North Holiday Mixer with Sinister Sound Set and Melanie Bell at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Due North Holiday Mixer with Sinister Sound Set and Melanie Bell at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625161857749152/

4 Hours of Funk with Breakbeat Lou, Graham Hatke & Fleg at The The Windup Space

4 Hours of Funk with Breakbeat Lou, Graham Hatke & Fleg at The The Windup Space

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/635391269931913/

Saturday December 19

Raw Silk: a disco dance party with DJ Soulvester, Giorgio Morose & DJ Sissyfit at Safari Restaurant & Lounge, Petworth

Raw Silk: a disco dance party with DJ Soulvester, Giorgio Morose & DJ Sissyfit at Safari Restaurant & Lounge, Petworth

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/429840100556957/

GLAS Mix Project’s – The Party Before Christmas II at Amsterdam Lounge

GLAS Mix Project's - The Party Before Christmas II at Amsterdam Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/575980122549400/

The freaks come out in lights with DJ Rodd Sim, Looseleaf & Micfreak at Sudhouse DC

the freaks come out in lights

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/864751696974217/

Holiday Silent Disco with DJ Sabeel Chohan, DJ JeNeSaisKwa and DJ BEATrix at The Hard Rock Cafe

Holiday Silent Disco with DJ Sabeel Chohan, DJJeNeSaisKwa and DJ BEATrix at The Hard Rock CafeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683532411925471/

Sunday December 20

Keenan & Smudge present Satellite Sundays at The Satellite Room

Keenan & Smudge present Satellite Sundays at The Satellite Room

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720354444862125/