Lots to cover this week, so let’s dive right in. As always, you’ll find links to my Top Picks for each day, Thursday through Sunday, towards the end of the post, but before I get to them, I’ll give you my highlights for the weekend. Thursday night, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez. Always your best bet for deep underground grooves and family vibes on a Thursday night.
Flash is the place for techno on Thursday, where Focus features Ø [Phase] with support from Sequence residents Damon Bradley & Ron Jackson.
Friday evening, I’ll be joining Kochi, Katrina Mir & Ramirez for the WTF?! Show on Sugar Shack Recordings. We always have a blast on the WTF?! Show, and we’ve got some great tunes to share with you. Pre-game with us from 5pm ET at www.sugarshackrecordings.com.
Friday night brings the second edition of Ken Lazee and Nick Garcia‘s party Werk Ethic at U Street Music Hall, celebrating the very best of house and techno from the 80s and 90s. As a taster of what to expect, here’s Nick‘s recent contribution to the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast:
It’s free before 12pm, and just $5 after, so if you’re in the mood for some classic house and techno, look no further than U Street Music Hall!
Another great option for the heads on Friday is the second edition of Jett Chandon‘s Forecast party at Ten Tigers Parlour. Billed as “for the locals, by the locals”, this one is really talking our language. Forecast 002 features new ROAM resident Jett Chandon, TNX‘s Baronhawk and Arthur Kimskii, exploring “a range of sounds that stretch and break the foundation of music within our DC community”. Sounds tasty to me, and with no cover all night, the price is right.
On Saturday night, Flash is where the party’s at for fans of quality house music, with an epic line up on the club level featuring Osunlade, South Africa’s Culoe de Song and local support from Sticky Fingers Collective‘s Samantha Francesca. In the bar, DJ Soul and Chosen join forces for another edition of DUSK, and in the Green Room, it’s Navbox & Friends featuring special guests Mazi R and yours truly, Andy Grant. I’m honored to be part of this epic line up, and I can’t wait to throw down with my brother from another mother, Mazi R! Cancel all Sunday plans; it’s gonna get real! This one’s gonna be busy, so advanced tickets are highly recommended.
Those looking for the best techno beats either have to make a tough choice, or get ready to bounce a round a bit. One amazing option is Sequence.209 featuring Henning Baer, Faso, Theta Flux, Juana & Ron Jackson and the other star of the show, the Grand Ancestor sound system. Tickets have been flying off the shelf for this one, but if you move fast, $16 second release tickets are still up for grabs.
The other quality choice for serious techno this Saturday is the welcome return of ROAM, kicking off their 2018 season with ROAM XV featuring heavy hitters Anthony Parasole, Ariel Zetina, DJ Lisa Frank and new ROAM residents Rush Plus & Jett Chandon at an undisclosed warehouse location. Tickets have been flying off the shelf for this one, too, but you can still grab $20 second release tix over on Resident Advisor.
Oh, and did I mention that the next ROAM event of the season, ROX Sweet Sixteen, is right around the corner next weekend on March 3? ROAM Sweet Sixteen features Makam, DJ Lisa Frank, Sami, Taiga & Throe. As always, an advanced ticket is the cheapest & best way to guarantee your spot on the dance floor, and you can still snag first release tix for just $15.
Back to this weekend, and my recommendation for Sunday grooves is to head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam “The Man” Burns’ weekly residency, the man, the legend Smudge in the main room, and Good Buddies featuring The NeedleXchange & Philco on the patio. Three rooms of quality grooves to bring your weekend on the dance floor to a perfect close.
Those are my highlights for the week, but as always there’s plenty more to choose from. Here are the links to this week’s Top Picks. You know the drill; just click the link to see the list for each day.
That’s it for this week. See you back here, same time, same place, for all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!