Four years ago, as 4th July weekend approached, I decided to write a post on DC House Grooves summarizing all the best events happening over the holiday weekend. Since that first post, I’ve posted pretty much every week, documenting all the best underground house and electronic music events in our fair city. Fun to look back and see what was on that holiday weekend, with Lost on Thursdays, ROAM IV, Flash of July, Soundwaves Boat Party and so on. Amazing to see how things have progressed since then, too! I started writing things up every week not just to provide a useful guide to all the best events for people new to DC who may not know where to go, but also to provide a record of all the amazing events happening in DC, so they wouldn’t just become hazy, distant memories, lost in the fog of good times on the dance floor. It’s kinda fun to look back on the DC House Grooves archives and see what was happening on any given weekend. Just select a month and year using the Archives drop down in the side bar. Anyway, here we are, four years later, and I’m still going. Not exactly sure why, but I guess I’ll keep things going until I know it’s time to stop.
So what’s going on as we approach July 4 this year? Well, we plan on kicking off our 4 year anniversary celebrations this Sunday at the fourth edition of Beats Maneuver with NYC’s Yuko Jikido, Joe L and residents Katrina Mir and Ramirez. We’ve had some great times on the rooftop at Public Bar already this summer, and we’re just getting started! I’m really excited about this line up, to. Yuko Jikido is a headliner you’ve got to hear for yourself, bangin’ da box like there’s no tomorrow, Katrina Mir and Ramirez are two of the best DJs I know, each with their own individual style, but always delivering the goods, throwing down badass underground tracks all night long, with the icing on the cake being one of my favorite local talents, Joe L, a DJ who always, and I mean always, gets my attention and keeps me on the dance floor. The needle drops at 6pm, there’s no cover, and we’ll be housin’ it up until the lights come on, so join us on the rooftop for Beats Maneuver this Sunday to celebrate 4 years of DC House Grooves!
..and that’s just part one of our birthday celebrations! Katrina Mir and I will be continuing the celebrations on Saturday July 7 in the Flash Bar, while power duo Giles Smith & James Priestly aka Secretsundaze bring the heat on the club level. Always a good time when the Secretsundaze crew come to town. Gonna be another amazing night at Flash!
OK, I’ve got a couple more DC House Grooves Top Picks links for you than usual, what with the midweek holiday and the extra opportunities for throwing down that brings. Below you’ll find links for Thursday through Sunday, followed by links for Tuesday July 3 and Independence Day itself, July 4. Just click each link to see the full list of my Top Picks for each day.
Highlights this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday (can’t find the event page anywhere, but trust me, its happening!), then on Friday, I recommend heading to El Techo for Mazi and Friends, before heading up to Ten Tigers Parlour for Club Cuttlefish: At Ease, celebrating the release of Will DiMaggio‘s album At Ease on Future Times with a stellar line up including the man himself, Will DiMaggio, Max D and residents DJ Freez and Sleepy G. It’s going to be a great night of music at Ten Tigers this Friday!
Saturday night, it’s all going down at Baltimore Soundstage as the Deep Sugar crew celebrates Lisa Moody‘s birthday with a line up including Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders and Michael Joyner, along with a live performance by one of my favorite house vocalists, Michelle Weeks. An amazing line up, make no mistake. Happy birthday Lisa from DC House Grooves!
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744454295653635/
Closer to home, Dig Deeper with Benoit, Arthur J and Dromme at Jimmy Valentine‘s looks like a blast, and if you feel like warehouse vibes, The NeedleXchange crew are at it again with Detroit’s DJ Holographic. Always a good time with the TNX crew!
Also on Saturday, the legendary Stacey Pullen holds down the main room at Flash with local support from Alex Eljaiek, while down the street at U Street Music Hall, Dimitri from Paris brings the disco vibes with support with our very own legend, Sam The Man Burns.
On Sunday, obviously we’d love it if you could join us on the rooftop to celebrate our four year anniversary at Beats Maneuver with Yuko Jikido, Katrina Mir, Ramirez and Joe L, but there’s a couple of other great options to get your groove on if you feel like bouncing around. Sunday Love at Flash features one of my favorite artists Janeret making his debut appearance around these parts, and Sunday’s Rooftop at Eighteenth Street Lounge features none other than Prescription and Future Vision legend Ron Trent with Benoit on support. Another great booking for Sundays Rooftop! ESL and Public Bar are right next door to each other, so bouncing between dance floors is definitely an option, and just think of all that good exercise climbing up and down those stairs 🙂
On Independence Day Eve, District Drop Inn looks like fun, with Symmetrical making his return to DC after his recent tour of his home turf El Salvador.
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/160762104607200/
For warehouse vibes this Tuesday, check out Flash [OFF]. No word on the line up yet, but when it comes to Flash‘s warehouse joints, you know you’re in for a treat.
Your best bet for Independence Day is to hope someone can’t make the sold out ROAM on a Boat party. Alternatively, you could check out Sundown with Jasper James at Flash. I used to know his dad back in Glasgow way back when. I can’t speak to Jasper, but his old man Harri is one hell of a DJ!
That’s it for this week’s post. I hope to see you on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver this Sunday, and I’ll be back here, same time, same place next week, heading into my fifth year of writing up the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!