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.
A hot summer night. A great lineup of local DC ladies. The lovely, comfortable Ten Tigers. Say no more.
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:
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 Nightclub, House for the Holidayson 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&B, DJ Nav, Meegs, Sarah Myers, Raffi, Ramirez, Jubilee, 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!
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 Loft, Vine & Midnight Project PresentNo Resolutions at The Dance Loft, featuring Aybee, Kevin Yost, Jubilee, Ramirez, R&B, Raffi, Andy Grant, Sarah Myers, Team Zapata, v:shal Kanwar, Raha Wala, Rush Plus and more from 10pm to 10am on New Years Day. That’s 12 hours of solid dancing!
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 Dear, Sassmouth and Matt Gushansky. My top pick for the deep heads and afters crowd is Midnight Project with regular DC visitors Frank & Tony, Jubilee 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 Smooth, Cesar Sanchez & Dromme. 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 Flash, Stacy Pullen at Soundcheck, or ESL Sunday with Solo Martinez, Solomon Sanchez, Benoit Benoit, Sam 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.
Hello to all my wonderful DC House Groovers! Katrina here, taking the controls for the Weekend Round Up this week, giving Andy a well deserved, stress-free Wednesday night off 🙂 Hope I don’t fuck it up hehe. Regarding last weekend: Shouts to DJ Nav, Jett Chandon, Andy Grant and the UKG Social crew who threw down tune after tune at DC9 for our last Body Werk party. UK Garage on THAT Void system was an experience to say the least. Luckily for you it was recorded!
Now, speaking of Body Werk, I’ve got to get into emotional, proud Mama mode. My baby is going to turn one year old in October! To celebrate, Body Werk has accumulated a wealth of local talent to be on showcase for our September, October and November parties. So mark your calendars and click join on the event pages listed below so you can celebrate with us! I’ve even convinced myself that I can DJ at one of these parties so if anything you should come see my rise or fall, lol.
September 11: Body Werk with Andy Grant and Aaron Sparks in the Flash Bar
Now on to the picks! I think I’m just going to tell you all where I’m going to be hanging out each night. So Thursday night I’m not actually going out. I’ve got one more night of Mommy duty, but IF I were to partake in school night shenanigans and risk going to work with little to no sleep Friday it would be because I was dancing my ass off at Velvet Lounge for TRANSMISSION 4|4 w/ Solomon Sanchez and Philip Goyette and at Dunya for Happy Hour House Vibez with DJ OJI. Just a short walk between the two on U ST!
On Friday I have strategically planned a low key night because I know Saturday and Sunday are going to waste me. I’ll start my night at Love Camp with DJ Meegs and DJ Soul for a chill rooftop happy hour. Then I’m going to pop in to Flash to hang in the bar with Trev-ski for his Audio Zen thingy and would like to go upstairs if there’s a “free before” deal so I can check out Oliver Caine‘s opening set for the Sian “Anthracite” Album Tour.
Hopefully I was able to sleep Friday, but I have persuasive friends, hehe. And that brings me to Saturday. I will be starting my night at U Hall for Huxley with DJ Nav, Julius Jetson. I have magical memories of Huxley at U Hall and can’t wait to relive them. Then at some point DJ Nav and I (he doesn’t know this yet) are going to drive up to the Paradox in B’more to catch THE ACID HOUSE featuring DJ Pierre. Holy shit what a night! I’m gonna make sure I’m in the building by 3:03 am 😉
After a brief respite in a hammock on P ST I will be heading back to the Embassy Row Hotel for DIVE with d.painter, Adrian Loving and Lock Danan. Adrian came over to hang in the Rave Basement last week and we bonded over vinyl so I’m going to make sure I’m there to support my new bud 🙂 Then I’m off to Public Bar for Sunglass Sundays with JUBILEE 4hr BDay SunSet. Happy Birthday Mo!! <3 <3 And I’ll probably walk next door to check out ESL Labor Day Edition with Ron Carroll, Sam “The Man” Burns, Farid, Stylus Chris, The Metaphysical and Mr. Bonkerz. No work Monday means no excuses!!
Remember we can’t pick everything and as much as we’d love to be in multiple places at the same time, it’s just not doable. Remember to look through ALL your options for each night in the FULL listings below and if you attend a party that you think we missed out on, by all means, send us your personal review. We might just post it on our Facebook page!
Thursday September 3
SkyliteDC presents House Rituals feat. STONE BRIDGE at Toro Toro