Just about recovered from another amazing weekend on the dance floor right here in the District, excited for the next one! Katrina Mir and I had an amazing time at U Street Music Hall on Saturday with the Deep Sugar crew, throwing down a set of pure disco bliss to get the party started. Wayne Davis, Lisa Moody and our very own local super star Ultra Naté, fresh off the plane from Ibiza, all brought their A games; the energy in that room was incredible! We may not have The Paradox anymore, but the legendary Deep Sugar magic is still intact. The high point of the evening was a live PA from house diva Dawn Tallman, and wow, did she deliver! Don’t take my word for it, check out the video below.
Huge thanks to Ultra for inviting me and Katrina to open the night, and to the whole Deep Sugar crew for their warmth, energy and professionalism, contributing to an amazing night for everyone! The next Deep Sugar is Lisa Moody‘s birthday celebration at Baltimore Sound Stage on June 30, with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis, The Elders (miss you guys!), Michael Joyner and a live performance from Michelle Weeks. Mark it in your calendar and get your ass to Baltimore on June 30!
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744454295653635/
So what am I so excited about for this weekend? Well apart from all the amazing events happening Thursday through Saturday (more on those soon), we’ve got the third edition of our Sunday rooftop charity event Beats Maneuver this Sunday, featuring none other that former Smartbar resident Miles Maeda with support from Beats Maneuver residents yours truly Andy Grant, Kochi and local special guest Aaron Sparks. The weather was not our friend for the last Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep at Public Bar, but the forecast for Sunday is looking like sunshine all day long, so join us on the rooftop at Public for a pure house music workout in the sunshine to close out your weekend. If you find DC House Grooves a useful resource, if I’ve supported your events on these here pages, why not return the favor and come out and support Beats Maneuver? As always, we’ll donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, so it’s a great time for a great cause. We’re only charging $5 cover for this one, a great deal for a line up of this caliber. Please RSVP on the event page, and we’ll see you on the rooftop this Sunday!
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/
Right, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the full list over on Facebook.
Highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee and special guest Sarah Myers at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, I recommend heading up to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Reflections with the homies DJ Nav, Joe L, Steve Kirn and Jandro. With a line up like that, you can’t go far wrong.
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2083749088319908/
If what you’ve got in mind for Friday is the opposite of an intimate music session at Jimmys, then I’ve got just the thing for you. While I don’t usually include event at Echostage on these page, because let’s face it, they hardly quality as underground, I’ll make an exception for this Friday, as none other that the man, the legend, Carl Cox will be gracing the stage for an extended set with support from local hero Saeed Younan. Carl Cox was resident at the first club I attended regularly back in the late eighties, the Zap Club in Brighton, England, and it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. $40 advanced tickets are still available, grab yours now.
Advanced tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carl-cox-ages-18-tickets-46667906966
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/205826446676528/
Up in Baltimore this Friday, the 4 Hours of Funk crew will be celebrating their 9 year (!) anniversary at The Windup Space. Congrats to Graham Hatke and Fleg for keeping it going so long! If you’re in the neighborhood, put this one down on your list.
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/173259580029466/
Saturday night, I recommend you kick off your evening at Flash, which hosts Traumer with support form Jus Nowhere and KayLaSoul. Up in the Green Room, it’s the debut of We Dig Vinyl, a celebration of music in my favorite medium. The debut event features We Dig Vinyl founders Elliott Sloan and Wade Hammes, alongside Joss. Please show your support! Down in the bar, it’s another edition of Juice with Jacq Jill and StrikeStone!
For afters on Saturday, head to the warehouse for ROAM Triple Threat Lisa x Jett x Juana, featuring ROAM residents DJ Lisa Frank and Jett Chandon with Discwoman‘s Juana going back to back to back all night long. Advanced tickets are only $5 for what promises to be a quality late night / early morning at the spot.
Now I know you’re all coming out to support us at Beats Maneuver with Miles Maeda at Public Bar on Sunday, but if you just want to kick back and listen to tunes in a social media free setting, I recommend checking out U Street Music Hall‘s new regular Sunday listening event The Universal Listening Room. Tunes from all genres from Will Eastman and guest selectors, played in their entirety, all night long. A great concept, which I hope will be a great success.
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/228826481037884/
That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. See you on the Public Bar rooftop this Sunday! Failing that, you know where to find us, same time, same place next week, for all the best info on what’s going down on the dance floor in Washington DC.