Remember how I mentioned Flash‘s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza in last week’s post? Still no line up details available, but DC House Grooves has partnered with Flash to offer not one, not two, but three pairs of tickets to Flash NYE 2018, each pair worth $120. Here’s how it’s going to work: each week as we approach New Year’s Eve, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a draw to win a pair of tickets, and each week we’ll announce the winner right here on DC House Grooves. So, this week, we’re kicking things off with the Round 1 Draw, for which we’ll announce the winner in next week’s post along with a chance to enter the round 2 draw, and so on. The Round 1 winner will be announced December 13, the Round 2 winner December 20 and the Round 3 winner December 27. So that’s three chances to win a FREE pair of tickets worth $120 to Flash NYE 2018! To enter Round 1, fill out this form with your real name and email address. We’ll select the winner at random at 7pm on December 13, and announce the winner in next week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks post along with the form to enter Round 2. Good luck!
If you’re already committed to going to Flash NYE 2018 and don’t feel like rolling the dice on a pair of free tickets, third release tickets are now available for $50 from Ticketfly. I’ll add line up details here at DC House Grooves as soon as they are available.
Speaking of New Year’s Eve, details are starting to emerge on all the NYE parties around town. I’m hoping to do a NYE Preview post, but in case I don’t get round to it, I’ll be sharing the event pages of all the best parties over on the DC House Grooves Facebook page, so make sure you’ve got page notifications switched on to learn about all the NYE parties as they get posted. So far, Jimmy Valentine’s NYE 2018, U Street Music Hall New Year’s Eve: Nadastrom with Sami%SuYung, Ken Lazee & more, ESL NYE 2018 & New Year’s Day’s Disco Brunch are all looking seriously hot! A lot of these parties will sell out, so make sure you grab your tickets well in advance.
So what about this week? Just because many of our friends have flown south for Art Basel doesn’t mean we can’t do it up proper without them. Luckily for us, we’ve got a ton of amazing events to keep us grooving Thursday through Sunday. Sadly not enough time to do it all justice, but my highlights for the weekend kick off with Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, with my main man Ramirez playing an extended open to close set. One of my favorite local DJs, Ramirez is going to take you on a journey you won’t forget. Highly recommended! Then on Friday night, Katrina Mir and I are back in the Flash bar for another edition of Body Werk, while Martín Miguel and Seb Wildblood hold things down in the Green Room, and Roman Flügel and Solomon Sanchez work their magic in the main room. There’s no cover for the Flash bar, so whatever your plans, stop by for a drink and throw a few shapes with us!
After Flash, it’s all aboard the Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express with Bil Todd, Hot Coffee and Benoit. All super secret squirrel, as always. If you’re meant to be there, you’ll find it. Drum and bass heads should look no further than U Street Music Hall on Friday, with DnB legend Roni Size performing live alongside Slant vs Ken Lazee, Kian Asamoah & Brothers Brau. Serious DnB vibes on that quality Martin Audio sound system.
Saturday night, we’ve got another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, with me, Katrina Mir and DJ Ramirez, so tune in from 10pm ET for deep vibes to get your night started off right.
Out on the town, it’s house legends night here in DC, with Baltimore heroes DJ Spen & Karizma destroying the Gold Room at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while over at Flash DJ Sneak rules the roost in the main room with support from Love & Logic while Ray Rose, Throe, Philco & Jandro bring the heat in the Green Room and Team Zapata hold court in the Flash Bar. Serious business all round. Sunday night, look no further than Eighteenth Street Lounge with Sam “The Man” Burns, Keenan Orr and Hold Tight with Martín Miguel & Heights. The perfect end to an incredible weekend on the dance floor.
One last thing before getting into the full list of Top Picks for the weekend. Episode 63 of the Meet the Locals Podcast features a second contribution from DJ Kochi, a one hour journey of deep and funky goodness. Enjoy!
Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Hope you can join us at Body Werk at Flash on Friday night. Free Top Picks stickers to anyone who stops by to say hello! See you on the dance floor.
Thursday December 7
Playlist with Ramirez (Extended Set) at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Late Night Mischief with Juan Zapata & Markinthedark at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
Preview Happy Hour featuring Tony Smooth at Flash
James Zabiela with Nick Flynn & DJ Swink at Flash
House Music Happy Hour with DJ Soul at Bravo Bravo
Sleaze Toy for Thots with Mike ETC, Keenan Orr, Lemz & Adrian Collazo at Wonderland
Friday December 8
Roman Flügel with Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with Seb Wildblood & Martín Miguel in the Green Room and Body Work with Andy Grant & Katrina Mir in the Flash Bar
Uncle Benny’s Afterhours Express with Bil Todd, Hot Coffee & Benoit at Secret Location
Info: If you’re meant to be there, you’ll know where to go
The NeedleXchange with Vanniety Kills, Bil Todd, Baronhawk & Tommy Cornelis at DC9 Nightclub
Roni Size (LIVE) with Slant vs Ken Lazee, Kian Asamoah & Brothers Brau at U Street Music Hall
In The Deep 012 with Blinkhorn, Joel Blumenthal, Jaime Amaya & Articil at Backbar
Catharsis HeART Unwind at The Uptown Arthouse
Saturday December 9
DC House Grooves Show #14 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio
ESL Saturday with DJ Spen & Karizma, Chris Brooks, Mr Bonkerz, Dj Oso Fresh & Conscious Contact at Eighteenth Street Lounge
DJ Sneak with Love & Logic at Flash, with Ray Rose, Throe, Philco & Jandro in the Green Room and Team Zapata in the Flash Bar
Future Times Record Shop Benefit for Casa Ruby
Phunked UP! With Keenan Orr, Adrian Collazo, DJ Say What? And StrikeStone! At Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
Meso Creso presents 1,001 Beats: The Urban Jungle Edition with DJ Shango at Zeba Bar
HBD Jacq Jill A Family Affair with Jacq Jill, Alex DB, Barber Streisand, Jane Saw, Keenan Orr, Kryptik & Pussy Noir at Velvet Lounge
Sunday December 10
ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Keenan Orr & Hold Tight with Martín Miguel & Heights at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Winter Tea Dance with Jay Jay, Dee Clark & Sparse Cholesky at Cafe Saint Ex