After a couple of weeks on the road, I’m happy to be back in Washington DC, with no plans for more travel… well, at least for a few more weeks. I’m still trying to process last weekend in Berlin, where I had the honor of playing the closing set at DJ Jus-Ed‘s monthly party Zuflucht, on a lineup including Jus-Ed, Jenifa Mayanja, the migthy Danilo Plessow aka Motor City Drum Ensemble, and my good friend Jim Little aka DJ Jimmy Bubbles. Seriously, one of the best parties I’ve been to in a long while; amazing crowd, incredible vibe, and exquisite musical selections all round. I only hope my set was half as good as what came before! The whole night was recorded, and I’ll post up the sets as they are published. As of now, DJ Jimmy Bubbles‘ beautiful tear-jerker of an opening set is now available on the edjrecords MixCloud page. Follow the page for notifications as the other mixes from the night get posted. My eternal thanks to brother Jus-Ed and his wife Jenifa Mayanja for their generous hospitality. A weekend I won’t be forgetting any time soon!
Back closer to home, I’ve got a new DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast for you. This edition is by our very own Katrina Mir, delivering a solid hour long mix of retro vocal grooves, a set originally delivered at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club‘s legendary annual Halloween party a couple of week’s ago. This one’s a right belter! Don’t sleep!
You can catch Katrina Mir Thursday night at Part 2 of Playlist‘s second anniversary celebrations at Eighteenth Street Lounge alongside Solomon Sanchez and residents Jubilee & Ramirez, then on Friday she’ll be throwing down at the Solar Beatz stage at Catharsis on the Mall at 10.30pm, and on Saturday, you can catch her alongside me and Ramirez on another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio.
For quality free grooves this weekend, I highly recommend checking out Catharsis on the Mall A Vigil for Healing on Friday or Saturday, where you’ll find a long list of talented local favorites spinning at the various stages: Sarah Myers, Tim Jackson, Lovegrove, DJ Meegs, Katrina Mir, Mina, Ayes Cold, Sami, Marko Peli, Vanniety Kills, Jacq Jill, Zem Su Yung, Symmetrical and many more. Check out the links below for the full schedule.
Here’s my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. As always, plenty of amazing events to keep you grooving through the weekend. Make sure you RSVP to let everyone know what you’re up to, and come back next week for info on all the best underground parties in and around Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday November 9
Playlist 2 Year Anniversary Part 2 with Katrina Mir, Solomon Sanchez, Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Prescription Late Night Mischief with DJ Lisa Frank, Juan Zapata & Joe L at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
Preview Happy Hour with Style at Flash
Skream (Open-to-Close) at Flash
House Music Happy Hour with DJ A Plane at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge
Friday November 10
Carl Craig with Charles Martin at Flash, with Jus Nowhere & Philco in the Green Room and Markinthedark in the Flash Bar
Future Sessions with Trevor Richards and Kenny M. At Studio Ga Ga
True with ChakaQuan, Wade Hammes, Zamkov at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
ESL Friday with DJ Amir, Thomas Blondet, John Jazz & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing
Green Velvet at Soundcheck
RussellRemix with Blinkhorn & Ayes Cold at Backbar
Saturday November 11
DC House Grooves Show #12 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio
Priku with Navbox at Flash, with Better Listen Sessions featuring Higgins, Martín Miguel & Heights in the Green Room and Vibe with Kochi & HOT COFFEE in the Flash Bar
ESL Saturday with 95 North 25 Year Anniversary featuring Doug Smith, Sam Burns, Geoffrey C, Richard Payton, Joe L & DJ Nav at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Blueprint with Toribio, Benoit, Steve Kirn & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
November Sky with Ray 7, Graham Hatke, Adam Ross, Bastet, Scott Edmonds, EZGrüüv, Marco Geatti, Kenny99, Brother Pinch, Mike Lambert, Gavin Stewart, Daed Digital, Adam Hyjek & DJ Omnibud at Graffitti Warehouse, Baltimore
Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing
MK with Jame Moorfield, Sumner at U Street Music Hall
SunDown: Julius Jetson [Open to Close] at Flash
Sunday November 12
Daytime Discothèque with DJ Seinfeld, Benoit, Philip Goyette, & Dj Eli Cash at Location TBA
Info & Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1028015
ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge and Hold Tight featuring Martín Miguel at Eighteenth Street Lounge