DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 30 – May 3

Well Sunday Funday was amazing, wasn’t it? A great way to kick off rooftop party season, with three great parties just a few shorts steps away from each other. Sunglass Sundays at Public Bar kicked off the season with a bang, with a great lineup and an enthusiastic crowd! It was great to catch up with people we haven’t seen since last summer, and we can’t wait to see what this season brings. Over at ESLSundays Rooftop got their season off to an incredible start, with a superstar lineup the likes of which we don’t often see. Over the street on the Dirty Bar rooftop, Coconut Milk Sundays kicked off the first in their season of parties, and based on what we saw its worth checking out. They’re putting together solid lineups including all our favorite locals this season, so definitely worth a look. With all three parties spitting distance from each other, you can easily bounce between around and enjoy the best of them all.

Before we get on with this week’s picks, huge news! The lineup for FORWARD Festival 2015 has been announced, and its incredible. We have included the full festival flyer below. There’s so much on there that you’ll need to enlarge it to read it all, and even then, you’ll need a magnifying glass! We’re happy to see a couple of our favorite house DJ’s, Aybee and the legendary Gene Hunt playing a big role in this year’s festival, and we’re excited to be partnering with FORWARD for the Saturday night party Forever Endless. Go check out the official FORWARD Festival 2015: Infinity event page for full festival details, and if you haven’t done so already, pick up your FORWARD Pass, which gets you access to all FORWARD Preview and Festival events. When you see the full lineup, you’ll realize what a great deal the FORWARD pass is!

FORWARD Festival 2015: InfinityThere’s a lot to cover this week, so you’ll need a sound track. This week, we’ve got a slow jams / nu disco / laid back house mix from Andy Grant, the opening hour or so of Andy’s 6+ hour set at Body Werk in the Flash Bar on April 10. Nice, easy, sometime cheesy grooves to help you plan your weekend attack on the dance floors of DC. Unfortunately SoundCloud’s copyright filters bumped this one due to a track from a major label, so we’ve had to make do with MixCloud.

Right, I think we’re ready to dive into this week’s picks. As always, we’ve had to make some tough choices, so don’t be mad if your event isn’t included. We try and spread the love around as much as possible, but if you feel we’ve not been giving something the attention it deserves, why not reach out to us and let us know? As always, if you plan on attending an event, please click through to the event page and click Join.

Thursday Picks

Culoe De Song, Sam “the Man” Burns & Vanniety Kills at Flash, with DJ Soul & DJ Oso Fresh in the Flash Bar

Our top pick for Thursday is South Africa’s Culoe De Song at Flash. It’ll be quality house music with african flavor all night, with local support from Cadence‘s Vanniety Kills and local legend Sam “The Man” Burns. Down in the Flash BarDJ Soul is joined by another of DC’s longest serving DJs Oso Fresh for an evening of fresh and classic beats. Advanced tickets are $10 from Ticketfly, more on the door. 21+

https://www.facebook.com/events/1564565097119370/

Madya: Murlo & EshOne at Tropicalia ***Official Forward Preview Party***

Our pick for fans of dance floor ready bass music on Thursday is Madya: Murlo & EshOne with local support from Tsurigi and Panch B2B Ey3witness at Tropicalia. When the Forward crew get busy with the bass, you know the heads will be out in force, and you can be sure of a good time. Pre-sale tickets are $7 from Brown Paper Tickets, $10 on the door. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1374756389519772/

Friday Picks

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

Start your Friday evening off right with the WTF?! show with Corduroy MavericksKochi and Ramirez on Sugar Shack Recordings. We suggest this every week, but have you tuned in yet? Maybe its time you started. Quality house music from Kochi and local guests each and every week from 5pm to 7pm on Friday.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1580291555593486/

The Juan Maclean (Live) with The Black Madonna and Tommy Cornelis at U Street Music Hall

Wow! Now there’s a lineup. Our top pick for Friday night is The Juan Maclean (Live) with The Black Madonna and local support from Tommy Cornelis. An amazing lineup of great artists for a Friday night, and you’ll want to be on that dance floor when New York, Chicago and DC meet to deliver a fine blend of house, nu disco, techno and everything in between. Advanced tickets are $10 from Ticketfly, and it’ll be $10 on the door. 18+, 18 to 20 by advanced ticket only. Get there early to catch local Tommy Cornelis‘ opening set. This is one you’ll want to be at from beginning to end.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1374311906226147/

Petworth Funk with DJ Nav, Joe L & Boss Ross at Zeba BAr

Meanwhile, up in Columbia Heights at Zeba Bar, its Trev-ski‘s Petworth Funk party with a killer lineup of local selectors including DJ NavJoe L and Boss Ross. Take it from us, these guys know their shit. Real music form real heads. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/665090460291620/

Uneasy Hiding Places with Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

For quality house and techno in Adams Morgan, check out Uneasy Hiding Spaces at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar, where Ron Jackson will be at the controls of the ones and twos for an open to close set. Always nice to hear a DJ take you on a long journey, so well worth checking out if you’re in the neighborhood. No cover, 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1429651087345671/

Saturday Picks

The Funk Parade 2015

Not only does Saturday bring our founder Andy Grant‘s 34th birthday, it’s also The Funk Parade 2015! From 12pm through into the night there’s a day fair, a parade, and all manner of musical events around the U Street corridor. We simply don’t have time to cover them all here, so check out the Facebook event page, then check our listings for all the individual events (at least the ones we know about!). The Tapwagon Sound System and TNX are a couple on our list to check out, but just show up on U Street on Saturday and you’ll figure things out.

https://www.facebook.com/events/527604504045287/

Ovum: Josh Wink, Pete Moss, Chadwick at Flash, with Feel the Funk Parade with Champion Sound & Philco in the Flash Bar

Our top pick for Saturday is the Ovum Records takeover of Flash, with Josh Wink and Pete Moss from Ovum headlining the main room with local support from Flash resident Chadwick. We’ve been buying Ovum records since the 90s, and we’re excited to see such a great lineup at Flash, and local support from Chadwick is just the icing on the cake. Down in the Flash Bar its Feel the Funk Parade, DC as Funk Edition with Champion Sound Philco. Advanced tickets are $15 from Ticketfly, more on the door. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1064271120254435/

ESL Saturdays with Kenny Summit, Kochi, Thomas Blondet, DJ Remote Ctrl, James Dellastatious & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Looks like a great night at Eighteenth Street Lounge, with Kenny Summit in the Gold Room with support from Kochi, DJ Remote Ctrl James Dellastatious in the Main Room, Thomas Blondet open to close on the patio and Trev-ski upstairs.  We suggest catching Kochi‘s set, maybe head upstairs for a bit of Trev-ski, then see out the night on the patio with Thomas Blondet. 21+.

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

A Musical Obsession pt 5: Fight to Dance with DJ Earnest Fountain & Unifyingvibes at Zeba Bar

For quality soulful and classic house vibes on Saturday, head up to Zeba Bar for A Musical Obsession pt 5: Fight to Dance with DJ Earnest Fountain & special guest Unifyingvibes. Real house music delivered with feeling from DJs that know. 21+

https://www.facebook.com/events/471826949633956/

VINE: Dance Loft Grand Opening Party at The Dance Loft

Last but not least for Saturday night is VINE: Dance Loft Grand Opening Party at The Dance Loft, which offers a huge line up of local DJs across four rooms of music and arts. The lineup includes All Good Funk AllianceSam “The Man” BurnsJuan ZapataMeegsSynzPhilco and a whole lot more. We’d list them all, but we’d be here all night. This one will go until dawn, so wherever you start your night, plan on ending up here for afters. Advanced tickets are still available for $15, more on the door. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1135276856499311/

Sunday Picks

Sunglass Sundays Official Soft Opening with Team Zapata, Steve Kirn, Leonardo Lee, Rosenberg & DJ Lisa Frank at Public Bar

Top pick for Sunday is part 2 of Sunglass Sundays season opening ceremonies on the Public Bar rooftop, with a killer local lineup of all our favorites, centered around a 4 hour set from Body Werk alumni and Team Zapata. Joining Juan and Hugo behind the decks are Steve KirnLeonardo LeeRosenberg and DJ Lisa Frank, for what’s sure to be an epic Sunday on the dance floor. After bearing witness to last week’s mayhem, we’re sure this one will make for one crazy Sunday! Free before 4pm, $10 after. No dress code, no drama. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/445141018993199/

The Brown Elvis Presents’s Blond:ish with Yaco, DJ Kryogen & Heather Femia on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Next up for Sunday is The Brown Elvis Presents Blond:ish playing a four hour set on the Eighteenth Street Lounge Patio, with local support from YacoDJ Kryogen and Heather Femia. Looks like a great line up for sun drenched rooftop vibes, and the covered ESL patio offers the perfect venue to dance as the sun goes down. Advanced tickets are $10 from Wantickets, $15 on the door. 21+.

https://www.facebook.com/events/664203027041387/

Coconut Milk Sundays with Sarah Myers, Playin’Fields & Brad Piff at Dirty Bar

Another pick for Sunday is Coconut Milk Sundays at Dirty Bar with and all local line up featuring Sarah MyersPlayin’Fields & Brad Piff. We love the Dirty Bar rooftop, with good memories of last year’s Sunday’s Rooftop and The House that U Built parties last year, and we’re happy to see another regular party there this year. We stopped by Coconut Milk Sundays last Sunday, and we think it has potential, offering a great alternative to the parties across the street. This Sunday, we recommend getting there early to catch Sarah Myers‘ set. You might just find yourself sticking around. Best of all, there’s no cover, and a whole list of drinks specials all night. Check it out.. with no cover, you’ve got nothing to lose!

https://www.facebook.com/events/639359009499456/

DAY TRIPPIN’ — Love in the House at The Red Maple, Baltimore

If you’re up in Baltimore during the day on Sunday, our top pick for Sunday is Day Trippin’ at The Red Maple. The curfew in effect right for the past week has been hurting the owners and staff of the Red Maple, and this day party is a chance for the underground community to help the owners and staff recoup their financial losses. LoveGrove has assembled a stellar lineup of Baltimore based DJs, including Shawn QLoveGrove himself, Lisa MoodyChris BrooksLexus King Guillermo Giraldo for a curfew-proof day party. With no cover and a whole range of food and drinks specials, this is a great chance to party and do your bit to help out a venue that has supported the underground so well for over 10 years. The event is family friendly, so bring the kids!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1599519236958915/

That’s it for this week’s picks; our work here is done for another week . We’re taking a break from the dance floor this weekend, so you won’t see us out and about, but I’m sure we’ll catch up with you all the following weekend. Don’t forget to check out the full listings below, and get a dance in for us this weekend. As always, we’ll be back next week with full coverage of all the best underground house and electronic music events in our fine city.

Thursday April 30

Culoe De Song, Sam “the Man” Burns & Vanniety Kills at Flash, with DJ Soul & DJ Oso Fresh in the Flash Bar

Culoe De Song, Sam "the Man" Burns & Vanniety Kills at Flash, with DJ Soul & DJ Oso Fresh in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1564565097119370/

Madya: Murlo & EshOne at Tropicalia ***Official Forward Preview Party***

Madya: Murlo & EshOne at Tropicalia ***Official Forward Preview Party***More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1374756389519772/

Bag Raiders (DJ Set) with BCKWTR at U Street Music Hall

Bag Raiders (DJ Set) with BCKWTR at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1374756389519772/

Friday May 1

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

WTF?! with Corduroy Mavericks and Kochi on Sugar Shack RecordingsMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1580291555593486/

The Juan Maclean (Live) with The Black Madonna and Tommy Cornelis at U Street Music Hall

The Juan Maclean (Live) with The Black Madonna and Tommy Cornelis at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1374311906226147/

Petworth Funk with DJ Nav, Joe L & Boss Ross at Zeba Bar

Petworth Funk with DJ Nav, Joe L & Boss Ross at The Looking Glass LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/665090460291620/

ESL Fridays with Nappy G., John Jaxx, JMack, Stylus Chris & Graham Hatke at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL FridayMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Desert Hearts Presents… City Hearts DC at Flash w/ Special Guest: Butane at Flash

Desert Hearts DCMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1558497057745951/

Uneasy Hiding Places with Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Uneasy Hiding Places with Ron Jackson at Dr. Clock's Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1429651087345671/

Phonic presents Tech Yes w/ Damon Bradley and Robert Fairbairn at Phonic

Phonic presents Tech Yes w/ Damon Bradley and Robert Fairbairn at PhonicMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/403458769837809/

The Movement ****** Round 2 at Mahalo Cove, Sterling

The Movement ****** Round 2 at Mahalo Cove, SterlingMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/934775593220254/

Saturday May 2 – THE FUNK PARADE 2015

The Funk Parade 2015

The Funk ParadeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/527604504045287/

Tapwagon Sound System Biergaden presented by Solly’s, DC Brau and Atlas Brew Works

Tapwagon Sound System Biergaden presented by Solly's, DC Brau and Atlas Brew WorksMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625649100986729/

TNX at The U Street Funk Parade at Velvet Lounge

TNX at The U Street Funk Parade at Velvet LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/457429461082860/

“Funk Yeah, we’re having a block party…” at 15&U

"Funk Yeah, we're having a block party..." at 15&UMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1588292591410925/

Funky For U: A Funk Parade Day Party at The Brixton

Funky For U: A Funk Parade Day Party at The BrixtonMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562760697319866/

All Vinyl DJ Set For the  2nd Annual Funk Parade at Den of Thieves

All Vinyl DJ Set For the 2nd Annual Funk Parade at Den of ThievesMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631934973686229/

Feel the Funk : DC AS FUNK Parade Edition at Flash

Feel the Funk : DC AS FUNK Parade Edition at FlashMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/356151164595211/

Funk Parade w/ See-I and Black Alley at U Street Music Hall

Funk Parade w/ See-I and Black Alley at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1629437603959933/

Saturday May 2 – Everything Else

Party on the Potomac: ShipFam Takeover! – ***SOLD OUT***

party on the potomacMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406454779669604/

Ovum: Josh Wink, Pete Moss, Chadwick at Flash, with Feel the Funk Parade with Champion Sound & Philco in the Flash Bar

Ovum: Josh Wink, Pete Moss, Chadwick at Flash, with Feel the Funk Parade with Champion Sound & Philco in the Flash BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1064271120254435/

ESL Saturdays with Kenny Summit, Kochi, Thomas Blondet, DJ Remote Ctrl, James Dellastatious & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL SaturdayMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

A Musical Obsession pt 5: Fight to Dance with DJ Earnest Fountain & Unifyingvibes at Zeba Bar

A Musical Obsession pt 5: Fight to Dance with DJ Earnest Fountain & Unifyingvibes at Zeba BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/471826949633956/

Bit Funk with jackLNDN, Citizen Select at U Street Music Hall

Bit Funk with jackLNDN, Citizen Select at U Street Music HallMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/610216395745726/

VINE: Dance Loft Grand Opening Party at The Dance Loft

VINE: Dance Loft Grand Opening Party at The Dance LoftMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1135276856499311/

“Peeps Fluff” party with DJ Daryl Climat Northrop, Chris Lewis & Wizdom at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

"Peeps Fluff" party with DJ Daryl Climat Northrop, Chris Lewis & Wizdom at Dr. Clock's Nowhere BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1621498318087195/

Sunday May 3

DAY TRIPPIN’ — Love in the House at The Red Maple, Baltimore

DAY TRIPPIN' -- Love in the House at The Red Maple, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599519236958915/

Sunglass Sundays Official Soft Opening with Team Zapata, Steve Kirn, Leonardo Lee, Rosenberg & DJ Lisa Frank at Public Bar

Sunglass Sundays Official Soft Opening with Team Zapata, Steve Kirn, Leonardo Lee, Rosenberg & DJ Lisa Frank at Public BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/445141018993199/

The Brown Elvis Presents’s post in Blond:ish with Yaco, DJ Kryogen & Heather Femia on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge

The Brown Elvis Presents's post in Blond:ish with Yaco, DJ Kryogen & Heather Femia on the patio at Eighteenth Street LoungeMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/664203027041387/

Coconut Milk Sundays with Sarah Myers, Playin’Fields & Brad Piff at Dirty Bar

Coconut Milk Sundays with Sarah Myers, Playin'Fields & Brad Piff at Dirty BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/639359009499456/

ESL Sundays with Sam “The Man” Burns, Sabine Blaizin’ & Mr. Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL SundayMore details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge

Out on the Deck with Keenan & Smudge at Marvin

Out on the Deck with Keenan & Smudge at MarvinMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/565539103589276/

MOdERN CLASS w/ guest Dj Graham Hatke (4 Hours of Funk, Baltimore) at Showtime Bar

MOdERN CLASS w/ guest Dj Graham Hatke (4 Hours of Funk, Baltimore) at Showtime BarMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/963050273734585/

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