DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 8 to March 11

Kicking off this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks with this week’s Top Picks links. Just tap the link for each day to see my list of picks over on the Facebooks. Click through and RSVP to everything you’re interested in.

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Top Picks Friday March 9

Top Picks Saturday March 10

Top Picks Sunday March 11

Right, let’s take a look at the highlights for this week. Thursday night, you’re best bet for quality deep grooves is Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge with Jubilee Ramirez. No cover, just top quality underground house music all night long.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793028230993335/

playlist with jubilee ramirez

Saturday night is a big night at Flash, with Nü Androids throwing a spectacular across three floors, featuring Ghostly International‘s Tycho joined by Sol Selectas‘ KMLN and locals  DJ MeegsMarko Peli on the club level, Uptown House Experience with local heavyweights DJ Nav and Chadwick in the Green Room, and down in the bar, there’s another edition of Vibe with DJ Kochi, yours truly Andy Grant and Katrina Mir. Advanced tickets have completely sold out for this one, but there’ll be a few tix on the door if you get there early. Of course, the bar is no cover all night long, so join us in the bar for serious grooves all night long. Oh, and it’s extended bar hours at 4am, too!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1630746143640388/

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Also recommended for Saturday night, The NeedleXchange returns with Jason Kendig (Honey Soundsystem), along with  TNX residents Bil ToddBaronhawk and Tommy Cornelis. Serious underground vibes in a warehouse space in North East DC, this one’s gonna be special! Advanced tickets recommended: $15 first release still available at time of writing.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1071959
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2024038174529246/

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On Sunday, close out your weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge with Sam Burns‘  weekly residency in the Gold Room, Keenan Orr working his magic in the Main Room  & Hold Tight with Martín Miguel open to close out on the patio. Straight fire across three dance floors. Always the best way to squeeze the very last drop of vibe out of the weekend!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/155571785158920/

ESL Sunday

Alternatively, for some local go-go flavor, join U Street Music Hall kicking off their eight birthday celebrations with Trouble Funk, ably supported by TNX‘s Baronhawk The Sol Power All Stars. Advanced tickets recommended:

Advanced Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2DDYaRY
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/144680286219990/

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One last thing before I let you go, episode #67 of the Meet the Locals Podcast, featuring  Baltimore’s Confetti the First. Deep tech with latin flavors and a touch of progressive, this one takes you on a journey.

 

You can catch Confetti the First this Saturday at Mischief presents: Cross-Pollination et tu Bootay edition at Zeba Bar, along with burner favorites The Barber Streisand, Paul GeddesRaptorstein & more. $5 on the door all night, or free admission to anyone in Roman attire, so grab that bed sheet and save yourself a few bucks!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/267182240486110/

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That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. I’ll be back next week with all the usual info on the best underground parties in and around DC. Big things happening next weekend…Lil Louis, anyone? See you on the dance floor.

 

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up: The Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC December 15 to December 18

Kinda still reeling from the awesomeness at Flash last Friday. Everything was on point across three floors, at least as far as I could tell. I was mostly busy dropping tunes down in the bar at our regular Body Werk session, where we had a small, but enthusiastic crowd all night long. Hot Coffee and Katrina Mir both delivered memorable sets, and the live vocals from Candice Mills was the icing on the cake. It’s nights like that that make it all worthwhile. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support us! I spent the rest of the weekend adulting after that, but I heard good things about  Spen & Karizma at Eighteenth Street Lounge, Prescription for the Holidays and, of course Deep Sugar at the Paradox.

Speaking of Prescription, they’ve just announced their New Year’s Day extravaganza, Prescription Disco Brunch featuring a seriously hot line up of local talent werkin’ that sweet, sweet Martin Audio sound system:  Sonny Cheeba,  vAnniety Kills, MarkInTheDarkJuan Zapata, Joe Liehr & Reemz live on keys. Advanced tickets are just $5, $10 on the door, the mimosas and Bloody Marys will be flowing, and to top it all off, there’ll be a homestyle brunch lovingly prepared by Evan. A true family affair: the perfect way to kick off the new year with some seriously bad decisions!

Prescription Disco Brunch Tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?912882
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/178083469327542/

Prescription Disco Brunch

I’m hoping to throw together a full New Years Eve preview over the next few days, time permitting. Watch this space! So how about this weekend? I’m excited to be involved with a few things this weekend… first up, on Friday at 5pm, I’ll be featured on the District Spotlight Show on WLVS Radio. I’ll be discussing DC House Grooves, the underground scene here in DC, DJing in general, plus performing a short vinyl set. Tune in from 5pm and watch me get all awkward on the live video feed. After the show, I’ll be dashing straight from the studio to the movie theater to catch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (gotta catch it before I hear any spoilers!), then it’s back home to pack my record bag for a very special afters: Poison Oasis, One Love Massive & Deep Secrets present Uncle Benny’s Afterhour Express with Andy GrantTaiga and Benoit at a secret location in NW DC. A Brand new, fully legit after hours spot, quality tunes, family vibe. You know that’s what’s up! Keeping this one on the downlow… if you’ve not received your invite, hit me up and make your case! Proceeds from this event will be donated to benefit the victims of the Oakland tragedy and their families.

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Then on Saturday night, after getting my beauty sleep, of course, I’ll be joining my brothers Raffi and Mazi R for Resident Nights for Oakland at FlashRaffiMazi and I will be bringing the heat in the main room open to close, with proceeds going to benefit the victims of the Ghost Ship disaster and their families. On the rooftop, it’s George K‘s birthday celebration with Berlin’s Denis Kaznacheev joining him behind the decks, and in the bar it’s another edition of DJ Soul‘s DUSK with special guest Pierre Reynolds. Another serious night at FlashDC House Grooves has two pairs of tickets to this event to give away. To enter the draw to win, just fill out this form with your name and email address. The two lucky winners will be selected at 12pm on Friday.

I want to win two free tickets to Resident Nights at Flash!

Advanced tickets are $10 from Ticketfly, although I hear that if you head over and join the Flash Life group on Facebook, you might just find a tasty discount for this, and other events at Flash. Not bad, huh? However you get your tickets, this will be a fun event for a great cause, and I hope you can join us to hug it out on the dancefloor.

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1398034
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/336372976742311/

Resident Nights at Flash

Related to Saturday night’s fundraiser at Flash, here’s a great mix from DC House Grooves‘ very own Katrina Mir, dedicated to the memory of Cherushii aka Chelsea Dolan, who tragically passed away in the fire. Exclusively featuring tracks by Cherushii, this mix showcases a true talent, taken from us far too soon.

 

If you enjoy the mix, please consider contributing directly to a support fund for Chelsea’s family here: https://www.youcaring.com/colleendolan-710275. Most of the tracks featured in this mix are now available from Cherushii‘s Bandcamp page.

So what else is on deck for this weekend in the District? The big news on Thursday is the debut of DJ Lisa Frank and Chris Nitti‘s new weekly party at Ten Tigers Parlour, Regrets Only. No doubt inspired by the legendary Lost on Thursdays, the reason behind many unplanned Friday work absences, Regrets Only promises to get the weekend off to seriously good start for heads who really should know better.

Regrets Only Vol. 1 with DJ Lisa Frank and Chris Nitti at Ten Tigers Parlour

Also on Thursday, another edition of Chadwick‘s producers gathering at FlashHeadroom. After Headroom, stick around at Flash for Preview with Heather Femia. Other great choices to ruin your workday on Friday are Playlist with JubileeRamirez and Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge, and Nightflight with Wade Hammes and Omar at Cafe Saint Ex.

Aside from Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express, Friday night also delivers another solid night at Flash,  Focus: Pearson Sound, Lenny Posso & Tsurugi, with Beautiful Swimmers in the Green Room and Tape Hiss, Rush Plus & Philco in the Flash Bar. Just take a look at that line up again: Pearson Sound on the club level, local heroes Beautiful Swimmers on the rooftop, and Tape Hiss in the bar, ably supported by another duo of local heros, Rush Plus and Good Buddies‘ Philco. It’s like a mini electronic music festival with three stages.Not bad for Friday night in DC! I strongly recommend you pack your swimwear and be prepared to dive in with the Swimmers on the rooftop.

Focus: Pearson Sound, Lenny Posso & Tsurugi at Flash, with Beautiful Swimmers in the Green Room and Tape Hiss, Rush Plus & Philco in the Flash Bar

Another great choice for the heads on Friday is Faithless Selectors: the Return of Joel Chandler with Adam Ross and Doktor D at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Off the beaten path, but that’s often where you’ll find the good shit!

Aside from Resident Nights at Flash, Saturday night brings serious business in Baltimore, with Kowli presents Kai Alce, Rick Wade, Feroun, DJ Nav & Juana at a secret location. Not one, but two quality headliners, supported by three top local selectors, in a well curated environment, Kowli parties are always on point. I bought my tickets for this one long ago, and I’m planning on hitting the road to Baltimore as soon as I can once I wrap up at Flash.

Kowli presents: Kai Alce, Rick Wade, Feroun, DJ Nav & Juana at Secret Location, Baltimore

If that wasn’t enough awesomeness for Saturday, then check out what’s up at U Street Music HallWarp Records legends Nightmares on Wax performing a DJ set with support from Grand Ancestor‘s  Yola and Christine Moritz. Already predicting an extremely high head count for this one!

Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set) with Yola, Christine Mortiz at U Street Music Hall

If you’re a regular reader of my weekly blog post, then you’ve probably figured out my highlight for Sunday. Yet again, Eighteenth Street Lounge is the place to be, with Sam “The Man” Burns working his magic at his weekly residency, literally saving lives on the dancefloor, while Jeyone holds things down in the main room. Out on the covered and heated patio, there’s another edition of Hold Tight featuring Better Listen Records Martín Miguel ESL‘s very own Mr Bonkerz delivering their unique blend of disco Christmas cheer for all mankind.

That’s about all I’ve got time to write up for this week, but I’ve barely scratched the surface. Here are all my picks of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend Thursday through Sunday, and make sure you keep reading for full listings of everything worth knowing about this weekend near Washington DC. See you on the dancefloor!

Thursday Picks

Regrets Only Vol. 1 with DJ Lisa Frank and Chris Nitti at Ten Tigers Parlour

ESL Thursday with Ayes Cold & Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Headroom at Flash

Preview Happy Hour with Heather Femia at Flash

NightFlight with Wade Hammes & Omar at Cafe Saint Ex

Thievery Corporation at 9:30 Club

Friday Picks

Uncle Benny’s Afterhour Express with Andy Grant, Taiga & Benoit Benoit at Secret Location

Focus: Pearson Sound, Lenny Posso & Tsurugi at Flash, with Beautiful Swimmers in the Green Room and Tape Hiss, Rush Plus & Philco in the Flash Bar

Faithless Selectors: the Return of Joel Chandler with Adam Ross and Doktor D at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

ESL Friday with Nappy G, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Harry Hotter & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Thievery Corporation at 9:30 Club

Official Thievery Corporation After Party: Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

4 Hours of Funk with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space

Saturday Picks

Resident Nights for Oakland with Mazi R, Raffi & Andy Grant at Flash, with George K’s Birthday featuring Denis Kaznacheev & George K in the Green Room and Dusk with DJ Soul and Pierre Reynolds in the Flash Bar

Kowli presents: Kai Alce, Rick Wade, Feroun, DJ Nav & Juana at Secret Location, Baltimore

Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set) with Yola, Christine Moritz at U Street Music Hall

ESL Saturday with DJ Amir, Mr Bonkerz & Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Voyager with Philip Goyette at Ten Tigers Parlour

Thievery Corporation with Thomas Blondet at 9:30 Club

Official Thievery Corporation After Party: Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

Sunday Picks

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Jeyone and Hold Tight featuring Martín Miguel & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Daylight The His and Hers Edition with DJ Miss H.E.R, DJ TMF and DJ Divine at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Lounge

Them’s my picks… and here are the full listings Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday December 15

Regrets Only Vol. 1 with DJ Lisa Frank and Chris Nitti at Ten Tigers Parlour

Regrets Only Vol. 1 with DJ Lisa Frank and Chris Nitti at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/566815206844731/

ESL Thursday with Ayes Cold & Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Thursday with Ayes Cold & Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422918041061521/

Headroom at Flash

Headroom at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/230666597369237/

Preview Happy Hour with Heather Femia at Flash

Preview Happy Hour with Heather Femia at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1822289731358437/

NightFlight with Wade Hammes & Omar at Cafe Saint Ex

NightFlight

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143898755699446/

Choice Sounds Vinyl with DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd

Choice Sounds Vinyl with DJ Trev-Ski at Songbyrd

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/229086907515819/

The Business End ft. Dean Douglas Sullivan with Philco at Velvet Lounge

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More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/341393986243126/

Thievery Corporation with Thomas Blondet at 9:30 Club

Thievery Corporation at 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1726985460887660/

NoSoftBeats Thursday with Deepcutta, J TEK & Bella at Bonfire

NoSoftBeats Thursday with Deepcutta, J TEK & Bella at Bonfire

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1856709654563741/

Mark Pieman at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

Mark Pieman at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804476643101178/

Friday December 16

Focus: Pearson Sound, Lenny Posso & Tsurugi at Flash, with Beautiful Swimmers in the Green Room and Tape Hiss, Rush Plus & Philco in the Flash Bar

Focus: Pearson Sound, Lenny Posso & Tsurugi at Flash, with Beautiful Swimmers in the Green Room and Tape Hiss, Rush Plus & Philco in the Flash Bar

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1187940941272879/

Uncle Benny’s Afterhour Express with Andy Grant, Taiga & Benoit Benoit at Secret Location

Uncle Benny's Afterhour Express with Andy Grant, Taiga & Benoit Benoit at Secret Location

Faithless Selectors: the Return of Joel Chandler with Adam Ross and Doktor D at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Faithless Selectors: the Return of Joel Chandler with Adam Ross and Doktor D at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/372349169775248/

ESL Friday with Nappy G, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Harry Hotter & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with Nappy G, DJ Raw & Anoosh, Harry Hotter & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Heather Femia at Lore Lounge

ESL Thursday with Ayes Cold & Playlist featuring Jubilee, Ramirez & Navbox at Eighteenth Street Lounge

More details:

WTF?! Radio Show with Kachi and Corduroy Mavericks on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! with Kochi, Symmetrical and CMAVS on Sugar Shack Recordings

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/347947425582327/

Thievery Corporation with Thomas Blondet at 9:30 Club

Thievery Corporation at 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/892064850924802/

Synthesis presents: Menno Solo (Menno de Jong open to close) at U Street Music Hall

Synthesis presents: Menno Solo (Menno de Jong open to close) at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/311446982572082/

Chris Lake with CID at Soundcheck

Chris Lake with CID at Soundcheck

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/277197716015190/

Official Thievery Corporation After Party: Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

Official Thievery Corporation After Party: Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/291114717950647/

Naughty & Nice with DJ Icey, Taxman, DJ Short, DJ Thrown, DJ Don Vega, DJ Lantern & Ciconte at 300 Morse Street

Naughty & Nice with DJ Icey, Taxman, DJ Short, DJ Thrown, DJ Don Vega, DJ Lantern & Ciconte at 300 Morse Street

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/195761494216027/

Role Modelz (D.C. Rave) with Shockey, DÆD DÏGITAÍ, Nolweez, Architect & Toymaka at 3701 Benning Rd

Role Modelz (D.C. Rave) with Shockey, DÆD DÏGITAÍ, Nolweez, Architect & Toymaka at 3701 Benning Rd

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/242479046169392/

4 Hours of Funk with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space

4 Hours of Funk with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/192128957915940/

Saturday December 17

Resident Nights for Oakland with Mazi R, Raffi & Andy Grant at Flash, with George K’s Birthday featuring Denis Kaznacheev & George K in the Green Room and Dusk with DJ Soul and Pierre Reynolds in the Flash Bar

Resident Nights at Flash

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/336372976742311/

Kowli presents: Kai Alce, Rick Wade, Feroun, DJ Nav & Juana at Secret Location, Baltimore

Kowli presents: Kai Alce, Rick Wade, Feroun, DJ Nav & Juana at Secret Location, Baltimore

More details: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?898660

Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set) with Yola, Christine Moritz at U Street Music Hall

Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set) with Yola, Christine Mortiz at U Street Music Hall

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/692250770921977/

Thievery Corporation with Thomas Blondet at 9:30 Club

Thievery Corporation at 9:30 Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1150970941607050/

ESL Saturday with DJ Amir, Mr Bonkerz & Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Saturday with DJ Amir, Mr Bonkerz & Chris Brooks at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

VPR Episode 007: Moody Moore & DJ Seven with Kinetiks MC

VPR Episode 007: Moody Moore & DJ Seven with Kinetiks MC

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/347727685595359/

Voyager with Philip Goyette at Ten Tigers Parlour

Voyager with Philip Goyette at Ten Tigers Parlour

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/343546969344658/

Mischief presents: Naughty Snowball H8 – Reindeer Royale at Rock’n’Roll Hotel SOLD OUT

Mischief presents: Naughty Snowball H8 - Reindeer Royale at Rock'n'Roll Hotel

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/328270177541110/

Frostpiercer: a the naughty snowball after party at 300 Morse Street

Frostpiercer: a the naughty snowball after party at 300 Morse Street

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699334890382876/

Saint.Mark, DJ Native Sun, DJ Most & Ayes Cold at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Saint.Mark, DJ Native Sun, DJ Most & Ayes Cold at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880530352179620/

Mojùgbá: Giving Homage to The Ancestral Spirits of Music & Dance with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

Mojùgbá: Giving Homage to The Ancestral Spirits of Music & Dance with Aphrosoul Lukumi at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/907503939350700/

Official Thievery Corporation After Party: Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

Official Thievery Corporation After Party: Fort Knox Five & Qdup at Tropicalia

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/291114717950647/

10th Day Born I Music Video Shoot at One Love Massive

10th Day Born I Music Video Shoot at One Love Massive

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/211097882674611/

Sunday December 18

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Jeyone and Hold Tight featuring Martín Miguel & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Jeyone and Hold Tight featuring Martín Miguel & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge

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

Daylight The His and Hers Edition with DJ Miss H.E.R, DJ TMF and DJ Divine at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Lounge

Daylight The His and Hers Edition with DJ Miss H.E.R, DJ TMF and DJ Divine at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Lounge

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1290394001002036/

Deep Tech Brunch III with Colin Jeske, Mr Wright, Pershan, Riza & Nick Flynn at Old Engine 12

Deep Tech Brunch III with Colin Jeske, Mr Wright, Pershan, Riza & Nick Flynn at Old Engine 12

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/608302186021269/

Event Preview: Soul Theory Presents Dusk Til Dawn – A Blackout Party

Author: James Constant

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Get your dancing shoes ready, DC, because it’s almost time for the second iteration of Dusk Til Dawn, DJ Soul’s new party focused on bringing together different corners of the city. DJ Soul (Phil Hackley) been DJing in DC for 20 years, and this party is his effort to pull together groups that he’s seen drift apart since the late 1990s.

“These parties have become segregated,” he said. “If it’s a black party with black DJs, the crowd is probably black. If it’s tech house, hard house, or deep house, the crowd is predominantly white… what I’m trying to do is get everyone together so that everyone is enjoying the same party and music.”

But this Saturday’s show is more than a way to bring DC crowds into one space – it’s also about bringing the city’s DJ crews together for an all-local throwdown, something Hackley’s been meaning to do for a while.

“Everyone here thinks that DC is too focused on bringing in headliners,” he said. “I’ve seen the locals outplay the headliners so many times here, though.”

So Hackley put together a stacked lineup of seven locals for Saturday, coming from all sides of the city’s underground dance music community – including DC House Groove’s own Andy Grant. It’s a diverse group, with Baronhawk’s soulful vibes sharing the bill with the eclectic taste of ROAM’s Chris Nitti, among others.

“I didn’t want to have it too cliquey, so I got people from all over,” said Hackley.

Dusk to Dawn represents a continuation of the Dusk parties that Hackley’s been putting on at Flash for the past two and a half years, but now he has the ability to expand outside normal club hours.

Saturday’s party theme is blackout, with a compliment of neon lights, so make sure to throw on your best glow-in-the-dark gear before heading out. Music starts at 10 p.m., but don’t worry – things aren’t going to slow down until 7 a.m., so plan to sleep in late Sunday. Location details are TBA, of course, but it’s in an accessible part of Northeast with free parking out front.

Tickets are going quick, but there’s a special discount for DC House Grooves readers, so make sure to head over to the Eventbrite link and grab one for yourself and a couple of friends. Be sure to check back this Wednesday for DC House Groove’s take on everything else happening in the underground this weekend.

Dusk Til Dawn A Blackout Party Event Page

Discounted Advanced Tickets for Dusk Till Dawn

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/