DC House Grooves Top Picks Halloween Edition October 25 to October 31

Ok, I’ve got some big news this week. For our next Beats Maneuver event, we’ve teamed up with the crew behind Late Night Mischief to bring you Late Night Maneuvers at an intimate warehouse space in northeast DC on Friday November 2. For this very special occasion, we’re bringing the one and only Turtle Bugg (Sublimate) down from Detroit to really show us who’s boss behind the decks.

Late Night Maneuvers with Turtle Bugg

We first came across Turtle Bugg a few years back when we went to Sublimate in Brooklyn to catch Amir Alexander, and we were immediately impressed. We’ve since caught him at subsequent Sublimate parties, and at the ill-fated Boiler Room Weekender up in the Poconos a couple of years back. Sadly, the weekender was closed down before the Sublimate after hours even started, so we were robbed of our chance to hear Turtle Bugg again. A couple of years later, and we’re making damn sure we get to hear him properly by throwing a party with him as the headliner! A true DJs DJ, you can be sure Turtle Bugg will be digging deep in the crates for this one, serving up the finest slabs of wax for the discerning DC after hours crowd. With the Beats Maneuver resident DJs on support, you can be sure of a musical evening to remember; Kochi will be warming things up, kicking off with the slow jams and slowing teasing you on to the dance floor. Next, me (Andy Grant), Ramirez and Katrina Mir will be dialing things up with one of our epic back to back to back sets. With the three of us feeding off each other’s energy, you can never be sure where we’ll be going, but it is always a fantastic, vibe filled journey. Three talented DJs challenging each other to do better, upping the ante with every track. We’ll be priming the floor perfectly for Turtle Bugg to take over and keep things jumping until the morning comes. And did I mention we’ll be working the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System? Not only that, we’ll be powered by the amazing Bozak AR6 Mixer for a fully analog signal path from the turntables to the speakers. Sound quality matters, and we’re going to be working hard to make sure the system sounds as good as can be, bathing you in warm analog goodness for an immersive experience that you won’t soon forget. There are a limited number of $10 early bird tickets available on Resident Advisor, after which standard advance tickets are $15. On the night, entry will be FREE before 12am, $20 from 12am to 2am, then $30 after 2am. However, if you RSVP at http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP, you can get in for $20 all night. If you’re not sure if you can make it, might as well RSVP now to lock in the $20 rate.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1176338
RSVP: http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252265672021830/

Oh, and did I mention our advance ticket prize draw? Beats Maneuver is giving away a FREE, Near Mint copy of Luxuru by Ronin from 2002 on the highly sought after Driftwood record label worth well over $60 to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, just buy an advance ticket to Late Night Maneuvers featuring Turtle Bugg (Sublimate). Each ticket purchased gets you one entry into the prize draw. One ticket, one entry. Two tickets, two entries, and so on. We’ll pick the winner at 6pm on Friday November 2 at 6pm, and the winner can collect their prize at the event. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your advance tickets now to an amazing party now, and you might just win a super rare and valuable record.

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So you’ve got your Halloween costume ready. Which parties are you going to? Check my Top Picks below for details of all the best house music events in Washington DC, Thursday through Halloween next week.

Top Picks Thursday October 25

Top Picks Friday October 26

Top Picks Saturday October 27

Top Picks Sunday October 28

Top Picks Halloween Wednesday October 31

Your best bet for super fun Halloween vibes this Saturday is Jimmy Valentine’s 12 Annual Halloween Bash featuring Sam BurnsJuan ZapataHot Coffee, Neko B2B Danny HousePhilco B2B Samantha Francesca Joe L. That’s one serious local DJ line up, but make sure you dress up, because costumes are mandatory at this legendary annual event. Also, you have the epic choice of an all you can drink open bar ticket for $70, so things could get messy! This party sells out every year, so if you want to go, don’t hesitate! Grab your tickets now.

Advance tickets to Jimmy V’s Halloween
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/751141658572540/

Jimmy vs halloween

For after hours Halloween nonsense this Saturday, don your best costume and head to Sleaze + TNX present Creep, featuring BaronhawkBil ToddKeenan Orr, LemzDJ Lisa FrankTommy CornelisPussy NoirDivoid Jane Saw at everyone’s favorite venue, Warehouse TBA. Tickets for this one are flying off the shelf, but you can still pick up $15 second release tickets if you move fast. With a an all local line up of this quality, you can’t go wrong!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1160233
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/713399909023782/

sleaze + TNX Creep

Sunday night, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Sundays Rooftop with Francis Harris and Benoit. Always the best way to wrap up your weekend on the dance floor!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/188018475413614

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For Halloween night, I recommend El Humpoween at El Techo featuring all the El Humpo residents: Team ZapataJoe LMark in the DarkVanniety Kills, Keenan Orr and Meegs. That’s quite a line up! I could think of a better crew to chill with to close out October, and best of all, it’s FREE.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1864813783602925/

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That wraps things up for our Halloween edition. See you back here, same time, same place, for another round up of all the best underground house music events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

 

 

 

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 11 to October 14

Huge thanks to everyone who came out and danced with us on Sunday at Beats Maneuver at 12|30. We hope you had an amazing time! Major thanks to Jephté Guillaume for delivering an amazing set on the upper level, to Ramirez for pulling this one together, to Drew Hogans and UDP Music for all the hard work and help give the sound an extra boost, to our local support KayLaSoul and Baronhawk Poitier for bringing the heat on the lower level, to Kochi & Katrina Mir for keeping it real on the door all night long, and to all the bar and security staff at 12|30 for helping everything go smoothly. I especially enjoyed going back to back with Baronhawk Poitier on the lower level. Always great to vibe off super talented DJ! I hope we can do it again soon. With another great celebration of house music at Beats Maneuver behind us, we’re heads down planning our next moves, so watch this space for more Beats Maneuver news coming soon!

In case you missed it, here’s last Saturday’s DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. 2.5 hours of quality underground tunes. Really feeling the vibe of this one, going some really interesting places. We’ve got things sounding real nice down the studio now, which helps keep things on point!

 

Another amazing line up of events this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Check the Top Picks links below for the full list for each day. Just click the link to see the event list over on Facebook. For those of you interested in production and sampling, take a look at Sonia Maria‘s Sampling Workshop at Rhizome on Saturday afternoon. Looks like a super interesting exploration of sampling culture from hip-hop through electronic dance music. If you’ve got some free time on Saturday afternoon and want to learn more, the workshop is free with RSVP, although a donation of $10 is recommended.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sound-sampling-workshop-tickets-50574881833
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1920247284946657/

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Highlights for the weekend include Uncle Benny’s with GrantJoe L Benoit and Late Night Mischief with Fred EverythingTeam Zapata and Philco on Friday.

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On Saturday  LoSoul with Navbox at Flash will be quality, as will Deep Sugar with Wayne Davis open to close at Club 1722 in Baltimore.

On Sunday, I recommend The House that U Built  with Vanniety Kills, The Elders and Raptorstein at El Techo followed by Sam Burns  and Hold Tight: Better Listen 12 Release Party at Eighteenth Street Lounge. All quality options!

Here’s are the Top Pick links for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Plenty to keep you busy!

Top Picks Thursday October 11

Top Picks Friday October 12

Top Picks Saturday October 13

Top Picks Sunday October 14

That’s all for this weekend. We’re taking a weekend off this week, but I’m sure we’ll be out and about. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 4 to October 7

It’s Columbus Day holiday weekend, and if you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to work on Monday, we’ve got a treat for you on Sunday night! DC House Grooves in partnership with Roots & SpiritsUDP Music and Vibe bring you another edition of Beats Maneuver featuring real house music from none other than the mighty Jephté Guillaume (Spiritual Life Music) with support from Ramirez on the upper level, and on the lower level,  KayLaSoulBaronhawk Poitier (TNX) & yours truly, Andy Grant. After our summer rooftop party series celebrating the very best of house music at Public Bar, we’re looking forward to taking things indoors at our new spot, 12|30 on 9th Street. With a holiday on Monday, we’ll be going late for this one, so join us at 10pm on Sunday, and be ready to shake it on the dance floor. Early bird tickets at just $10, more on the door. A serious bargain for a line up of this caliber!

Advance tickets to Beats Manuever with Jephté Guillaume
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/293199721408134/

Beats Maneuver Jephté Guillaume

We’ll be warming up for Beats Maneuver on Saturday night with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, RamirezKatrina Mir, kicking off at 10pm ET. As always, we’ll be broadcasting audio from the Underground Quality website, but for video we’re taking the show back to the Underground Quality Live Youtube page. Lots of great new music to share, so tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday and let us get you ready for a night out on the dance floor!

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/319393682179365/

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If you’re not familiar with the DC House Grooves Show vibe, then check out 5.5 hour after hours session featuring me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Quality house music from beginning to end.

 

So what else is happening in Washington DC this weekend? Nothing short of a metric fuckton of incredible events, that’s what. Thursday night is some kind of stupid, what with and early show featuring George Fitzgerald live followed by a late show with Catz’n’ Dogz at U Street Music Hall, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at FlashPlaylist with JubileeSarah Myers at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Sleaze: You Go Ghoul at Wonderland. Take your pick, they’ll all be top notch!  Too many to list on Friday, but I recommend getting down to some minimal vibes with Petre InspirescuGhostTaigaThroe at Flash, then heading to the warehouse for LNM: Jesse Bru, Bokeh, Samantha Francesca & Team Zapata delivering the underground goodies on the incredible Grand Ancestor sound system for afters. Advance tickets are recommended, and there are still some $10 early birds available. However, if you’re planning on just rolling up, I recommend you add yourself to the RSVP list for $20 entry on the door. If you’re not on the RSVP list, door tax will be a steep $30. Seems like a great policy for reserving the dance floor for the heads.

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Saturday night, once you’ve warmed up listing to the DC House Groooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, out on the town EdwardOskar OffermanJubilee at Flash promises a good time, but if you’re looking for the full warehouse experience, ROAM, UNTER and The NeedlExchange are joining forces for Capitol Punishment with Volvox, Jasmine Infiniti, Olga, DJ Lisa Frank, Tommy Cornelis, Jett Chandon, Bil Todd, Chris Nitti & Baronhawk. It’s like a Justice League of techno, with the crews joining forces for a full 12 hours to fight for truth, justice and the American way, through the medium of untz, or something. As always, advance tickets are highly recommended. Needle drops at 10pm, and the sweet music continues until 10am Sunday. They aren’t taking any prisoners with this one. Be ready for punishment!

Capitol Punishment

Sunday night, well, you know. Beats Maneuver with Jephté Guillaume LiveRamirezKayLaSoulBaronhawk and Andy Grant at 12|30 on 9th street NW. ‘Nuff said! Advance tickets just $10. Grab yours now!  The perfect way to decompress with something a little more organic after a night of pounding techno at the warehouse. And, of course, there’s no work on Monday! Hope to see you there.

The highlights above barely scratch the surface of what’s going on this weekend. For the full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for each day, click the links below for each day. You can’t really go wrong with any of them.

Top Picks Thursday October 4

Top Picks Friday October 5

Top Picks Saturday October 6

Top Picks Sunday October 7

That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. Please consider joining us at Beats Manuever on Sunday, and whatever you end up doing, I hope you have an amazing time. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with news and info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 23 to August 26

Fun times in the Green Room at Flash last Friday! The DC House Grooves crew took over the Green Room for the evening, with residents RamirezKatrina Mir and myself (Andy Grant) going back to back to back all night long. We had an amazing crowd on the dance floor, and the music was on point from start to finish, sounding sweet as on the Funktion Ones. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us, and to the team at Flash for booking us and making sure everything went smoothly on the night. Can’t wait to do it again! The good news is, we recorded the whole night, which you can listen to over on the DC House Grooves SoundCloud page:

 

Speaking of doing it again, Katrina Mir and I will be back in the Green Room this Friday night, August 24, for We Dig Vinyl alongside Elliott Sloan and Symmetrical for an evening of wax gems from deep in the crates. We’re all going to be diving deep into our collections for rare and interesting jams to serve up direct from the wax, and I can’t wait to hear what everyone brings! I certainly can’t wait to bust out the crown jewels that don’t often see the light of day. In the main room, Fjaak and Antenes bring the technos with local support from Steve Kirn, while in the Flash BarDJ Meegs and Marko Peli join forces for another edition of Cider House Mules. Advanced tickets are just $8, but I’m sure I have a few guest spots available. Reach out to me through the DC House Grooves Facebook page if you want one!

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2zNWLa1
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1840298582944155/

Focus Fjaak at Flash

Sunday night, we’re back on the rooftop at Public Bar for our last Beats Maneuver event of the season, and we’re going out with another quality lineup featuring Canada’s Lyssa with local support from Sleepy GKayLaSoul and Katrina Mir. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us over the season; we’ve had some amazing times with a line up of fantastic DJs who don’t often make it in to Washington DC, including Gigi TestaTrinidadian DeepMiles Maeda, DJ Heather and Rissa Garcia, plus great sets from the Beats Maneuver residents and local favorites including Team ZapataDJ NavJandro KayLaSoul. Can’t wait to close the season out this Sunday with another killer line up! As always, there’s NO COVER all night long, so the price is definitely right! See you on the dance floor of the Public Bar rooftop this Sunday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/496675400797935/

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To get a taste of what to expect this Sunday, tune in to the WTF?! Radio Show with Lyssa this Friday from 5pm to 9pm. Always great tunes on WTF?!

Tune in to WTF?! Show with Lyssa: www.sugarshackrecordings.com
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2111096802488184/

OK, one last thing before this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links. This week, we’ve got a new Meet the Locals Podcast from local favorite Jandro, featuring an hour of quality after hours groovers. You can catch Jandro next on August 31 at Blueprint at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club spinning an all-vinyl minimal set alongside Arthur Kimskii.

 

Here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the list for that day.

Top Picks Thursday August 23

Top Picks Friday August 24

Top Picks Saturday August 25

Top Picks Sunday August 26

This is the bit where I usually write up my highlights for the weekend, but sadly I’m out of time. So much good stuff to choose from, but I just can’t give it all the write up it deserves this week. Playlist with Jubilee & friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday is always on point, and if I wasn’t at Flash on Friday, I’d be sure to be heading down to U Street Music Hall for Werk Ethic with Ken LazeeNick Garcia throwing down the very best house and techno from the 90s. Anyway, gotta wrap this up now. Hope to see you all out and about, and I look forward to closing out the weekend with you on the dance floor at Beats Maneuver with Lyssa at Public Bar on Sunday.