DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 23 – April 26

Welcome back to another edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up. Lots to cover this week, and not much time to do it, so we’re gonna try to get through this quickly… like that’s ever going to happen with all the quality events happening in the District. Every week we decide to cover less events, or just stick to the listings, but we just can’t do it. Perhaps we need an intern to help us out? Not a bad idea, actually. If you’re interested in helping out with DC House Grooves, or if you’re interested in covering some aspect of the Washington DC underground house / electronic music scene, hit us up through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. This week, in particular, marks the start of Sunday Rooftop Party season in earnest, with not one, not two, but three rooftop parties taking place in the Dirty / Public / ESL triangle, so you’ll need to plan your Sunday evening carefully. Let’s hope those set times are coordinated!

Before we get into the picks, as is tradition, we’ve got a couple of mixes for you to nod your head to as you plan your weekend dance floor strategy. First up is the latest mix from ROAM‘s Chris Nitti. Some nice deep, techy vibes right there. You can catch Chris on Sunday at the season opener of Sunglass Sundays.

 

Next up, we’ve got the 10th episode of the FORWARD Festival 2015 Infinity Mix Series, from local [capsaicin]. Better known for his stunning visuals at various parties around town, he’s also quite handy behind the ones and twos, and with here he delivers a mix that takes you out of your comfort zone, from beatless soundscapes to pounding techno. Well worth a listen.

 

FORWARD Festival 2015 is less than one month away now, so make sure you grab your FORWARD Pass. The pass gets you into all FORWARD Preview and Festival events, so the earlier you buy, the better value you get.

So much for getting through this quickly! Right, let’s get on with the picks for the coming weekend. We’ve picked out events which we think are worth your time, but we can’t cover them all. Once you’ve read through the picks, make sure you check out the full listings below, and as always, if you plan on attending an event, Join the event page on Facebook.

Thursday Picks

LODA w/ RP BOO, Galang Galang & Posers at Zeba Bar
Official FORWARD Launch Party

Top pick for Thursday night is FORWARD presents LODA with RP BOO making his DC debut playing an exclusive all vinyl set, with support from Galang Galang Posers. Those of you who remember the LODA parties of old, or have been to any of the recent Bump’n’Grind parties know the drill. Intimate vibes, candles and baby powder on the dance floor, with quality music all night long. $5 advanced tickets are available from Eventbrite, otherwise its $5 on the door before 10pm, or $10 after. Of course, its free for Forward Pass holders.

https://www.facebook.com/events/828100563935113/

Tiger and Woods, Mr Bonkerz, Remote Ctrl at Flash

Our next pick for Thursday is Tiger & Woods at Flash, with local support from Mr Bonkerz and Remote Ctrl, while Caleb L’Etoile Chris Kennedy manage the selections in the Flash Bar. It’s going to be a disco inferno all round, so put on your finest disco dancing threads and get down there early. Advanced tickets are $7 from Ticketfly, and there’s unlimited champagne for the ladies before 11pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/529662153839573/

Stonebridge + Crystal Waters Live with Danny House at Toro Toro

Over at Toro Toro, classic house heavyweight Stonebridge is in town again, with local house legend Crystal Waters performing live. Between the two of them, they are responsible for many house classics, so if you grew up on house music through the 90s, or you want to hear how we used to do it, head over to Toro Toro on Thursday! Advanced tickets are $15 from Wantickets, more on the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/376698725861547/

Friday Picks

WTF?! with Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi and our guest Team Zapata on Sugar Shack Recordings

Team Zapata and Kochi on the WTF?! Show? Whaaaat? Talk about a dream team. Tune in at Sugar Shack Recordings from 5pm to 7pm to get your Friday night started off right.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1577963022481860/

North East Disco Communications with Trev-Ski, Alex Gardel & Boss Ross at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Top pick for Friday night is North East Disco Communications at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, which this time around features heavyweight selectors Alex Gardel and Boss Ross joining Trev-ski to throw down nothing but the finest house and techno. It’s going to be all vinyl, all night, and with these three at the controls, you are guaranteed quality. Even better, there’s no cover all night, so get yourself over to Jimmy’s on Friday night and get down with those that know. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/437925286386487/

ESL Fridays with DJ Smash, Gabe Flores, Juan Zapata, Chris Brooks & Bil Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Looks like a great lineup at ESL on Friday, with DJ Smash on the patio with local support from Gabe FloresJuan Zapata in the gold room, Chris Brooks in the main room, and Bil Todd upstairs in the jazz room. Plenty to choose from, but we suggest you camp our in the gold room for the juantastic sounds of Juan Z.

https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Mikael Stavöstrand (LiVE), Argy and Jubilee at Flash, wth #BODYFEEL with Dansman & Throe in the Flash Bar

Sweden and Berlin converge on Flash Friday night for a night of quality minimal techno, with Mikael Stavöstrand (Highgrade Records) performing live, with support from Argy (BPitch / Cadenza) and Jubilee (Slope Traxx). Down in the Flash Bar, its #BODYFEEL with Dansman Throe open to close. Advanced tickets are $7 from Ticketfly, more on the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/650992525030505/

Saturday Picks

Bump ‘n Grind: Dive and Lie Wrecked Reunion w/ Robert Manos (Live), Tanc and Tiernan, David at Zeba Bar >> Official FORWARD Launch Party

We’re back at Zeba Bar on Saturday night for Bump’n’Grind: Dive and Lie Wrecked Reunion, with Robert Manos performing live, Tanc & Tiernan and David bringing an all night assault of heavy bass rhythms. Candles.. check.. baby powder.. check… good vibes all round… check. All the ingredients to get you warmed up for our top pick for Saturday night (See below). We’re not sure what the cover is, but we’re sure it won’t be too much. Of course, if you’ve picked up your FORWARD Pass, you’ve no need to worry, as you’re getting in free! 21+

https://www.facebook.com/events/443422652498725/

Resident Nights: Chadwick, Rosenberg and Ragab at Flash, with Dusk in the Flash Bar

Looks like a great night at Flash on Saturday, with locals ChadwickRosenberg and Ragab at the controls in the main room, while down in the bar DJ Soul is joined by DJ Mike Malapit for the monthly DUSK take over. Quality music from quality DJs on both floors, with this one you can’t go wrong. Advanced tickets are $8 from Ticketfly, more on the door. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1418492511792449/

DC Electronic Music Meetup Group presents Andy Grant, Matt Larsen, and Pumpkin King at the 9:30 Club Back Bar!

The DC Electronic Music Meetup Group has a meet up happening at Backbar on Saturday night, with DC House Grooves founder Andy Grant spinning an all vinyl house set, along with Matt Larsen and Pumpkin King opening the show with a live keytar performance. Past meetup group parties have been a lot of fun, and it’s a great chance to meet fellow electronic music enthusiasts who aren’t into the “scene”. It’s free with a suggested donation of $5, so if you’re in the U Street neighborhood on Saturday, stop by and hear some great tunes and meet some like minded individuals. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1603759489867272/

Chocolate Music presents Willyum, Juan Zapata, Ray Casil & Groovino at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

It’s a great line up at Jimmy’s on Saturday, as Chocolate Music presents Willyum (Worship Recordings), with support from the superb local line up of Juan ZapataRay CasilGroovino. With that line up, you just know you’re gonna be hearing great house music, *real* house music, all night long. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/631427837003249/

Deep Sugar with Timmy Regisford, Teddy Douglas, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, The Elders, Mookie Wizzo, Shawn Q, J Mack, Matt Short & Matt Perry at The Paradox, Baltimore

Remember that top pick we mentioned earlier? Well here it is! Everything above was just the warm up. All roads on Saturday night lead to The Paradox in Baltimore for Deep Sugar with the all star line up of Timmy RegisfordTeddy DouglasUltra Naté and Lisa Moody in the main room, while outside in the Courtyard, there’s a ridiculous all star local lineup including The EldersMookie WizzoShawn QJ Mack, Matt Short and Matt Perry. The party kicks off at 11pm and officially ends at 8am, but you know how these things go. We’ve missed out on the last few Deep Sugars, and we need our fix, so you can be sure DC House Grooves will be in effect on the dance floor!

https://www.facebook.com/events/333898776806321/

Sunday Picks

Sundays Rooftop Feat. Daniel Bell, Audio Werner, Voigtmann and R&B at ESL

First of our two picks for Sunday is Sundays Rooftop Feat. Daniel Bell (Accelerate | Detroit)Audio Werner (Perlon | Berlin)Voigtmann (Toi Toi Musik | London) and R&B at ESL. Detroit meets Berlin meets London meets DC, all on the ESL patio right here in the District. With such an incredible line up, this one is guaranteed to be a road block, so we recommend you get there early. Advanced tickets are $15 from Resident Advisor, $20 on the door. Of course, if you’ve taken our advice and picked up a FORWARD Pass, it’s free before 6.30pm. And you were thinking of waiting to get yours?

https://www.facebook.com/events/1557810431110466/

Sunglass Sundays Resident Reunion Showcase feat Breiten [Germany], Jubilee, Chris Nitti, RNS, Leonardo Lee & Darius Twin at Public Bar

Our other pick for Sunday is the season opener of Sunglass Sundays at Public Bar, with Breiten (Rheinrhythmik | Germany) is joined by an all star local lineup including Chris NittiRNSLeonardo LeeDarius Twin Jubilee. There’s always a great time to be had at Sunglass Sundays, so whatever your plans for Sunday, make sure you swing by the Public Bar rooftop to throw some shapes with the SGS crew. The party kicks off at 2pm and runs to 2am. Free before 4pm, $10 after, but if you’ve RSVP’d or Liked the Sunglass Sundays Facebook page there’s a $5 discount before 6pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/793708420713431/

That’s it for our picks this weekend, so it’s time for the listings. Lots more going on that we haven’t covered above, so please take the time to browse through all the events. There’s sure to be something there of interest that we haven’t covered. Click through to the event pages for details, and don’t forget to click Join if you plan on attending. We’ll be back next Wednesday with the Midweek Round Up, and next Thursday for another edition of the Weekend Round Up. If you want them delivered directly to your inbox, just enter your email address in the Subscribe By Email box on this here website, and you’ll magically receive each post every time we publish.

See you on the dance floor!

Thursday April 23

DeepTechFM 107 featuring Rodd Sim on www.deradio.ca

THU 4/23 DeepTechFM 107 featuring Rodd Sim on www.deradio.caTHU 4/23 DeepTechFM 107 featuring Rodd Sim on www.deradio.ca

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1591713204433018/

LODA w/ RP BOO, Galang Galang & Posers at Zeba Bar Official FORWARD Launch Party

LODA w/ RP BOO, Galang Galang & Posers at Zeba Bar Official FORWARD Launch Party

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/828100563935113/

Tiger and Woods, Mr Bonkerz, Remote Ctrl at Flash

Tiger and Woods, Mr Bonkerz, Remote Ctrl at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/529662153839573/

Stonebridge + Crystal Waters Live with Danny House at Toro Toro

Stonebridge + Crystal Waters Live with Danny House at Toro Toro

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/376698725861547/

Spirit with Jett Chandon, Daeddigital vs Beast, Radasfuxxx vs Powerline & Isle Royalle at The Get Down, Baltimore

Spirit at The Get Down, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/889695184407657/

Friday April 24

WTF?! with Corduroy Mavericks, Kochi and our guest Team Zapata on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! with Corduroy Mavericks and Kochi on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577963022481860/

TNX Rooftop Happy Hour at the RnR Hotel

TNX Rooftop Happy Hour at the RnR Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/956529971047443/

2015 DMC Washington DC Regional DJ BattleFeat. DJ I-DEE! at U Street Music Hall 

2015 DMC Washington DC Regional DJ BattleFeat. DJ I-DEE! at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/752677064845826/

North East Disco Communications with Trev-Ski, Alex Gardel & Boss Ross at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

N.E.D.C. with Trev-Ski, Alex Gardel & Boss Ross at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/437925286386487/

ESL Fridays with DJ Smash, Gabe Flores, Juan Zapata, Chris Brooks & Bil Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Fridays with DJ Smash, Gabe Flores, Juan Zapata, Chris Brooks & Bil Todd at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Mikael Stavöstrand (LiVE), Argy and Jubilee at Flash, wth #BODYFEEL with Dansman & Throe in the Flash Bar

Mikael Stavöstrand (LiVE), Argy and Jubilee at Flash, wth #BODYFEEL with Dansman & Throe in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/650992525030505/

What So Not with Nadus & I.V. at U Street Music Hall ***SOLD OUT***

What So Not with Nadus & I.V. at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/764155520346360/

Heavy K (The Drum-Boss) with DJ Spax-Vybz at Vita Lounge

Heavy K (The Drum-Boss) with DJ Spax-Vybz at Vita Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/441396032703391/

Phonic presents Lange at 1716 Eye Street

Phonic presents Lange at 1716 Eye Street

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1575834652693010/

Saturday April 25

Resident Nights: Chadwick, Rosenberg and Ragab at Flash, with Dusk in the Flash Bar

Resident Nights: Chadwick, Rosenberg and Ragab at Flash, with Dusk in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418492511792449/

Bump ‘n Grind: Dive and Lie Wrecked Reunion w/ Robert Manos (Live), Tanc and Tiernan, David at Zeba Bar >> Official FORWARD Launch Party

Bump 'n Grind: Dive and Lie Wrecked Reunion w/ Robert Manos (Live), Tanc and Tiernan, David at Zeba Bar >> Official FORWARD Launch Party

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/443422652498725/

DC Electronic Music Meetup Group presents Andy Grant, Matt Larsen, and Pumpkin King at the 9:30 Club Back Bar!

DC Electronic Music Meetup Group presents Andy Grant, Matt Larsen, and Pumpkin King at the 9:30 Club Back Bar!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1603759489867272/

Deep Sugar with Timmy Regisford, Teddy Douglas, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, The Elders, Mookie Wizzo, Shawn Q, J Mack Matt Short & Matt Perry at The Paradox, Baltimore

Deep Sugar with Timmy Regisford, Teddy Douglas, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, The Elders, Mookie Wizzo, Shawn Q, J Mack Matt Short & Matt Perry at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/333898776806321/

Chocolate Music presents Willyum, Juan Zapata, Ray Casil & Groovino at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Chocolate Music presents Willyum, Juan Zapata, Ray Casil & Groovino at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/631427837003249/

ESL Saturdays with P-Sol, Martín Miguel, Joe L, Philip Goyette, Graham Hatke, Honest Lee & Mr. Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturdays with P-Sol, Martín Miguel, Joe L, Philip Goyette, Graham Hatke, Honest Lee & Mr. Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Duke Dumont with Will Eastman at 9:30 Club ***SOLD OUT***

Duke Dumont with Will Eastman at 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/807158919365480/

Wego concerts presents Duke Dumont after party: BLISS Will Eastman, Outputmessage, Caleb L’Etoile at U Street Music Hall

Wego concerts presents Duke Dumont after party: BLISS Will Eastman, Outputmessage, Caleb L'Etoile at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/766846836769830/

Eden #Techno Reunion Feat. DeepCutta, Oliver Caine, Darius Twin, JTh3ory at Eden

Eden #Techno Reunion Feat. DeepCutta, Oliver Caine, Darius Twin, JTh3ory at Eden

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/960026660698327/

John Creamer (Creamer & Stephane K) & Special Guests at The Red Maple

John Creamer (Creamer & Stephane K) & Special Guests at The Red Maple

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1566863320260643/

Sunday April 26

Sundays Rooftop Feat. Daniel Bell, Audio Werner, Voigtmann and R&B at ESL

Sundays Rooftop Feat. Daniel Bell, Audio Werner, Voigtmann and R&B at ESL

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557810431110466/

Sunglass Sundays Resident Reunion Showcase feat Breiten [Germany], Jubilee, Chris Nitti, RNS, Leonardo Lee & Darius Twin at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays Resident Reunion Showcase feat Breiten [Germany], Jubilee, Chris Nitti, RNS, Leonardo Lee & Darius Twin at Public Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/793708420713431/

Coconut Milk Sundays with Kennedy, Rex Riot & Playin’Fields at Dirty Bar

Coconut Milk Sundays with Kennedy, Rex Riot & Playin'Fields at Dirty Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/coconutmilksundays

ESL Sundays with Sam “The Man” Burns, N’Dinga Gaba & The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sundays with Sam "The Man" Burns, N'Dinga Gaba & The Metaphysical at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

SoulGrooves Bump ‘N Grind Sunday with DJ Soul and MitchJr at Bump’n’Grind

SoulGrooves Bump 'N Grind Sunday with DJ Soul and MitchJr at Bump'n'Grind

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/477907892363431/

OverEasy – Ladies Tea Dance at Dodge City

OverEasy - Ladies Tea Dance at Dodge City

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1386571074999426/

TNX Laments…Til Next Time, Tammi! at Velvet Lounge

TNX Laments...Til Next Time, Tammi!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470379423203492/

Out on the Deck with Keenan & Smudge at Marvin

Out on the Deck with Keenan & Smudge at Marvin

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/565539103589276/

Spanked (The Birthday) and Higher House with Ebiz Kowli, Kevin Anthony, John Johnson and Kasper Burnstein at The Bambou Venue

Spanked

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/869591786437054/

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