Major thanks to everyone who came out to Beats Maneuver with Rissa Garcia on Sunday night. After great sets from Kochi & Katrina Mir, and I guess a half decent effort from me, Rissa really delivered the goods, with a killer set of pure house music that had me throwing some major shapes on the dance floor. It won’t be the last time we see Rissa here in DC, you can be sure of that! DJ Nav and Jandro closed out the night back to back, providing the perfect sound track to a late surge on the dance floor. I can’t wait for the next one, which happens to be just around the corner! Mark August 26 in your calendar, when we’ve got Lyssa flying in from Canada to rock the Beats Maneuver dance floor. Full details coming soon!
Before I get into this week’s events, I’m pleased to announce DC House Grooves is taking part in this year’s Capital House Music Festival in Meridian Hill Park on Labor Day, September 3. This is a free, family friendly festival to raise awareness and funds for Inner City Youth Music Programs, and features a diverse line up including The E Cussionist, Deacon Izzy & the Congregation, DJ Jay Jay, Chosen, Benoit, Tee Alford, DJ Tantra, yours truly Andy Grant and of course the man, the legend, Sam The Man Burns. All permits are in place, and we’ll be lost in the music from 12pm to 9pm. We couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this house music celebration, and we hope you can join us in the park on Labor Day! Full info on the Capital House Music Festival Facebook Page and Capital House Music Festival Website.
So what’s going on this weekend? Well, Friday night, the DC House Grooves crew, myself, Ramirez & Katrina Mir, is taking control of the Green Room at Flash for an evening of quality underground house music, open to close. If you’ve tuned in to the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, you know what to expect. It’s going to be another incredible night of music at Flash, with Art Department, Nitin and Sarah Myers on the club level, and local favorites Philco & Alex Eljaiek in the Flash Bar. Quality music all night long on all three floors. Advanced tickets are recommended, but we might just have a few list spots available. Hit me up through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and I’ll see what I can do 🙂
Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. For episode #31, we’ll be broadcasting live from DJ Kochi‘s pool side studio not to far from Washington DC, with a show featuring residents Katrina Mir, Ramirez and myself, with added grooves from special guest DJ Kochi. Tune in from 10pm at the links below.
OK, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. Sadly, I just don’t have time to do them all justice with a decent write up, so I share them on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and link to them from here. Just click the link to see the list of my Top Picks for each day, Thursday through Sunday.
As for highlights this week, on Thursday, those with an interest in music production should head to Flash early doors for Headroom Listening Sessions, then drum and bass heads should stick around for Cadence with Doc Scott & A-Sides. For the very best in deep, underground house music on Thursday, Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge is your best bet. This week, resident Jubilee is joined by Flash‘s Edo for what’s sure to be an amazing night on the patio.
Friday night, get your night started off right at El Techo with Oliver Caine, join us for DC House Grooves in the Green Room at Flash until close, then head to the warehouse for afters for LENG & Inn(er)net present Roska & DJ Lag. Another great opportunity to get bathed in the warm analog bass of the Grand Ancestor sound system. Advance tickets recommended!
Saturday afternoon, there’s a great line up for the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party at The Embassy Row Hotel, with Benoit, Vince Christopher, KayLaSoul and Tony Smooth bringing the vibes in the sunshine. We had a blast at the last Elevate; a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon! The food and drinks are top notch, too! Saturday night, Flash hosts the legendary Derrick Carter and DJ Aakmael ably supported by locals Navbox, Hot Coffee and Jandro. For something more intimate, away from the U Street crowds, check out Plastic Dreams with Johnson Lee and Stereophonik. Rare house joints served up fresh from the wax all night long, no cover! For afters, all roads lead to the warehouse again for Late Night Mischief, Early Morning Love with Onionz, Chadwick and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be another amazing night at the warehouse!
Sunday, tech house heads should make their way to Public Bar and join the tribe for Rooftop Sessions with Saeed Younan special guest Mark Fanciulli and opening set from Sabeel Chohan. Advance tickets just $10 from Eventbrite, $15 on the door.
For quality deep house this Sunday, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, and another edition of Sunday’s Rooftop with Jovonn and resident Benoit. Always quality headliners at Sunday’s Rooftop, no cover all night long.
That’s all I’ve got time for this week. I hope you can join us on the rooftop at Flash this Friday for another DC House Grooves session. If not, I hope to see you out and about real soon. See you on the dance floor!