DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC MLK Weekend January 14 to January 17

Here we go again… every week I tell myself I’m taking a week off, yet every week I feel strangely compelled to fire up my laptop and start documenting all the underground house, techno, drum and bass and other electronic events in Washington DC for the approaching weekend. I guess there are worse habits, so I shouldn’t complain. Had a great time out and about last weekend, kicking off with shuffling between Kochi‘s new night Frequency at Zeba Bar and DJ Harvey and Young Marco at U Street Music Hall. It was great to see what Kochi is doing with event live streaming at Frequency. Really hoping this catches on. I’ll be joining Kochi and Sam “The Man” Burns behind the decks at the next Frequency on February 13th at Zeba Bar. Look out for the event on Facebook soon! Also amazing was seeing so many heads at U Street Music Hall on Friday for DJ Harvey. It was like a who’s who of the DC and Baltimore underground scenes, and the atmosphere was electric.  One of the best nights I’ve had at U Hall in a while.

Huge thanks to Rush Plus aka Jus Nowhere and Jackson Ryland for playing open to close for us at Body Werk at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday. The boys did an amazing job, and it was great to see the Silence in Metropolis crew out in support, including a rare sighting of Funkdamentalist, who is so rarely out these days I barely recognized him! Check out his Facebook page for details of his 48 tracks in 48 weeks project, and for free downloads of said tracks. If they’re all as good as the first one we’re all in for a real treat!

 

Huge thanks also to DJ Ramirez for giving me a hand behind the decks on the rooftop at Body Werk on Sunday, otherwise I wouldn’t have caught any of Rush Plus downstairs, and of course to the wonderful Katrina for all her hard work making Body Werk happen…and for putting up with all my bullshit. Sad to say that after packing up at DC9, I just didn’t have the energy to make the trip to The Paradox for Deep Sugar, which I’m truly regretting now. Hopefully next time.

OK, so on to this week. First up, we’ve got another edition of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast for you. This time around it’s a nice, deep, moody techno mix from DC local Sabeel Chohan for you to listen to while perusing your dance floor options for the coming weekend. Enjoy!

 

Speaking of the Meet the Locals Podcast, we’re always looking for new submissions from local DC DJs. Our focus is on underground house and techno, but DJs are welcome to showcase their own style, whatever the genre. The key criteria are that you should be from the DC / Baltimore region covered by this blog, and an active DJ on the scene here. We get so many quality mixes submitted to us, it had better be good! To submit a mix, please get in touch through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. We need a 1 to 2 hour mix, 320kbps mp2, a paragraph or two describing the mix, a promo pic, links to Facebook / SoundCloud / bio etc., and details of any upcoming gigs. Looking forward to hearing your mix!

Almost ready to get started on what’s happening this weekend. Almost. Before I get to the good stuff, I wanted to again invite any of you who would like to get involved and contribute to DC House Grooves to get in touch. My vision for the site is to include more columns about other aspects of the DC underground scene to cover more than just what’s going on each weekend, but the truth of the matter is just compiling and writing up the listings each week takes between 6 to 8 hours a week, and between my day job, keeping up on music, DJ preparation and performance and raising two kids, and the occasional shuffle on a dance floor, I simply don’t have time. If you’re interested in getting involved, hit me up through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. The pay is non-existent, but you’ll get full credit for anything you contribute, and take it from me, doing something positive for the scene gives you the warm and fuzzies.

Ok, finally getting to what we’re all here for. Not only is this weekend the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, it is also the Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. I’ve included the main MAL Weekend events in this post, but for more detailed coverage, check out this post from our queer correspondent Tommy Cornelis.

https://dchousegrooves.com/mal-underground-2016/

I’m going to stick with last week’s format of listing out my top picks for the weekend, then getting into the full listings with event images. Let me know if that works for you. First, though, I wanted to call out a few events that deserve a mention this week.  On Thursday I’ll be joining producer extraordinaire, incredible DJ and good friend Jubilee behind the decks on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist. Always look forward to a music session with Jubilee! Santa was good to me this Christmas, so looking forward to giving a stack of new vinyl a workout.

ESL Thursday with Playlist with Jubilee and Andy Grant, DJ Provoke and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

On Friday night, From Dusk Til Dawn featuring Timmy Regisford, DJ SoulSarah Myers and R&B at a super special secret warehouse location is the hot ticket in town, bringing a taste of Shelter to the DC underground. I love what the Soul Theory team are going for with these parties, and they deserve our support. Timmy Regisford is a force of nature behind the decks, and with a super strong line up of local favorites in support, this one will be amazing. Don’t sleep on grabbing your $20 advanced tickets (a bargain for this line up), as price will be higher on the door.

Dusk Til Dawn with Timmy Regisford, DJ Soul, R&B & Sarah Myers at Secret Location

On Saturday, I’m loving the sound of That’s House: True School Jam Session with Sam BurnsDJ Leon and DJ Mate Masie at Urban Artistry. Check out the event page for full details, but the That’s House concept sounds awesome to me.

Thats house

On Sunday, Daytime Discoteque featuring DJ AakmaelDJ NavGerald Norton and HOT COFFEE is the hot ticket. A daytime party in a secret location in NW with a capacity of up to 50 featuring DJ Aakmael sounds almost too good to be true to me, and with advanced tickets only $10, the price of admission is hardly a concern. Hurry, though. This one will sell out!

Daytime Discothèque feat. Dj Aakmael w/ Dj Nav, Gerald Norton, HOT COFFEE at Secret Location

Here’s the full list of picks for the coming weekend. You’ll find the flyer images and event links in the full listings section below.

Thursday Picks:

ESL Thursday: Playlist with Jubilee and Andy Grant, DJ Provoke and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

House Rituals Heather Femia & Jandro Rod at Masa 14

David Bowie Tribute with The Metaphysical at The Rock and Roll Hotel

Friday Picks:

Dusk Til Dawn with Timmy Regisford, DJ Soul, R&B & Sarah Myers at Secret Location

Matrixxman, Gardens of God, Edo at Flash, with Charles Martin and Hugo Da Recorder in the Flash Bar

ESL Friday with DJ Raw & Anoosh, Joe L and Juan Zapata, Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

WORK ft. Ypset, Jandro & Philco at Backbar

Vague Output and Lampoon Present at The Crown, Baltimore

4 Hours of Funk featuring GE-OLOGY, Graham & Fleg at The Windup Space

Saturday Picks:

“That’s House”: True School Jam Session with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Leon and DJ Mate Masie at Urban Artistry

Horse Meat Disco with DJ Lisa Frank & The NeedlExchange: MAL Weekend at U Street Music Hall

Juan Maclean [DJ Set] (DFA), Ozker at Flash with #BODYFEEL featuring Juan Zapata, Dansman & Throe in the Flash Bar

ESL Saturday with Victor Simonelli, DJ Nav, Chris Brooks & Meistro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Sundry Goods with Pacific Fur Company at Steel Plate

Sunday Picks:

Daytime Discothèque featuring Dj Aakmael with DJ Nav, Gerald Norton, HOT COFFEE at Secret Location

Prescription with Brutal Disco, Hot Coffee, Team Zapata at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

ESL Sunday MLK Edition with Sam “The Man” Burns, Farid & Chris Styles, The Metaphysical & Mr. Bonkerz + Sundays Workshop with Aphrosoul Lukumi & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Church MLK Weekend Edition featuring Meegs, Leonardo Lee & Philco at The Huxley

The Real Odell’s Reunion with Wayne Davis, Tony Fashaw & DJ Pope at The Paradox, Baltimore

That’s it for this week’s picks. Please see below for  the full listings for the weekend, including event links and flyer images. If you know about an event that isn’t in the list, please let me know through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Make sure you come back next week for all the best information on the underground house and electronic music scene here in Washington DC. Got a real nice podcast lined up for next week, too! See you on the dance floor.

Thursday January 14

ESL Thursday: Playlist with Jubilee and Andy Grant, DJ Provoke and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Playlist with Jubilee and Andy Grant, DJ Provoke and The Latin Jazz Ensemble at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532035587094284/

Soundwave Selection + at Songbird House & Record Cafe

Soundwave Selection + at Songbird House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/496810743833531/ 

Preview Hotdogs & House Music with Colin C and Johnny Flash at Flash

Preview Hotdogs & House Music with Colin C and Johnny Flash at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/950506801701505/

C.I.A. Records Tour at Flash

C.I.A. Records Tour at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1698527980368300/

David Bowie Tribute with The Metaphysical at the Rock and Roll Hotel

David Bowie Tribute with The Metaphysical at the Rock and Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1564545490502096/

House Rituals Heather Femia & Jandro Rod at Masa 14

House Rituals Heather Femia & Jandro Rod at Masa 14

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/899542660161630/

Treasure Fingers with Landis LaPace and Wave Age at U Street Music Hall

Treasure Fingers with Landis LaPace and Wave Age at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/952503171497416/

Fun & Bass with Patrick Currier, Rodd Sim, Harold Figueroa and more at Revolution Darts & Billiards, Centreville

Fun & Bass with Patrick Currier, Rodd Sim, Harold Figueroa and more at Revolution Darts & Billiards, Centreville

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/528010620712940/

Friday January 15

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

WTF?! radio show with Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/216883415317171/

Dusk Til Dawn with Timmy Regisford, DJ Soul, R&B & Sarah Myers at Secret Location

Dusk Til Dawn with Timmy Regisford, DJ Soul, R&B & Sarah Myers at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515963112065472/

Matrixxman, Gardens of God, Edo at Flash, with Charles Martin and Hugo Da Recorder in the Flash Bar

Matrixxman, Gardens of God, Edo at Flash, with Charles Martin and Hugo Da Recorder in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1518596105135429/

ESL Friday with DJ Raw & Anoosh, Joe L and Juan Zapata, Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Fridays

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

WORK featuring Ypset, Jandro, & Philco at Backbar

WORK ft. Ypset, Jandro, & Philco at Backbar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/432195556971472/

Chrome Sparks with Moon Diagrams, Lance Neptune at U Street Music Hall

Chrome Sparks with Moon Diagrams, Lance Neptune at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1690895641196882/

A Night Out with DJ V_COCH at Dunya

A Night Out with DJ V_COCH at Dunya

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1162956797065324/

Vague Output and Lampoon Present at The Crown, Baltimore

Vague Output and Lampoon Present at The Crown, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/574349516051448/

4 Hours of Funk featuring GE-OLOGY, Graham & Fleg at The Windup Space

4 Hours of Funk featuring GE-OLOGY, Graham & Fleg at The Windup Space

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548225145500860/

Pulse Fridays Present The MLK Weekend Kick-Off with Special Guest DJ Michael Joyner and DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

Pulse Fridays Present The MLK Weekend Kick-Off with Special Guest DJ Michael Joyner and DJ Biskit at Pulse Nightclub, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/792374054224510/

We Love House presents The Boys from Illinios with Terry Thompson, DJ Pope and Jerry Haley at The Red Maple, Baltimore

We Love House presents The Boys from Illinios with Terry Thompson, DJ Pope and Jerry Haley at The Red Maple, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/526454034176464/

Saturday January 16

The Milk Chocolate City Collectiv Radio Show on www.cyberjamz.com

The Milk Chocolate City Collectiv on (www.cyberjamz.com)

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1312139628812126/

“That’s House”: True School Jam Session with Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Leon and DJ Mate Masie at Urban Artistry

Thats house

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/587458531401816/

Juan Maclean [DJ Set] (DFA), Ozker at Flash, with #BODYFEEL ft. Juan Zapata, Dansman & Throe in the Flash Bar

Juan Maclean at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/196761077333208/

Horse Meat Disco w/ DJ Lisa Frank & The NeedlExchange: MAL Weekend at U Street Music Hall

Horse Meat Disco at U Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/613947798747700/

ESL Saturday with Victor Simonelli, DJ Nav, Chris Brooks & Meistro at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday

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

Sundry Goods with Pacific Fur Company at Steel Plate

Sundry Goods at Steel Plate

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068038806549932/

Rich Medina with Jahsonic and Sharkey at Sticky Rice

Rich Medina with Jahsonic and Sharkey at Sticky Rice

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/999765740061819/

Groove Control Saturday: Featuring Computa Games at Songbird Music House & Record Cafe

Groove Control Saturday: Featuring Computa Games at Songbird Music House & Record Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/530329083802734/

ElectroFringe at the 9:30 Club Back Bar

ElectroFringe at the 9:30 Club Back Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1083811825041861/

Sunday January 17

Daytime Discothèque feat. Dj Aakmael w/ Dj Nav, Gerald Norton, HOT COFFEE at Secret Location

Daytime Discothèque feat. Dj Aakmael w/ Dj Nav, Gerald Norton, HOT COFFEE at Secret Location

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1183294138365467/

Prescription w/ Brutal Disco, Hot Coffee, Team Zapata at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Prescription

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/422403011298353/

ESL Sunday MLK Edition with Sam “The Man” Burns, Farid & Chris Styles, The Metaphysical & Mr. Bonkerz + Sundays Workshop with Aphrosoul Lukumi & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday MLK Edition with Sam "The Man" Burns, Farid & Chris Styles, The Metaphysical & Mr. Bonkerz + Sundays Workshop with Aphrosoul Lukumi & Benoit Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1670585683220092/

Church MLK Weekend Edition featuring Meegs, Leonardo Lee & Philco at The Huxley

Church MLK Weekend Edition featuring Meegs, Leonardo Lee & Philco at The Huxley

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678334212443268/

The Real Odell’s Reunion with Wayne Davis, Tony Fashaw & DJ Pope at The Paradox, Baltimore

The Real Odell's Reunion with Wayne Davis, Tony Fashaw & DJ Pope at The Paradox, Baltimore

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/918444481603780/

Dark and Twisted Official Closing Party of MAL Weekend featuring Ultra Naté at 9:30 Club

Dark and Twisted Official Closing Party of MAL Weekend featuring Ultra Naté at 9:30 Club

More details: http://www.leatherweekend.com/dark-twisted-dance/

Daylight DJ Divine Birthday MLK Weekend at at The Tavern Fire Station One

Daylight

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1055580501130864/

Matador (Live) at Soundcheck

Matador live at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039222406097891/

Last Chance Tea Dance MAL Weekend feat. DJs Scooter McCreight and Kevin O’Connor at Town Danceboutique

Last chance tea dance at Town

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679194725682555/

Flashy Sundays MLK Weekend with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at Flash

Flashy Sundays MLK Weekend with DJ TWiN and Sean Morris at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660170484270591/

Keenan & Smudge present Satellite Sundays at The Satellite Room

Keenan & Smudge present Satellite Sundays at The Satellite RoomMore details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720354444862125/

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