The thing about Thanksgiving every year is I have to publish my Top Picks a day early, which completely messes with my routine. Despite a mad scramble, I’ve just about managed to pull something together in time for the earlier deadline, and in this fine post right here you’ll find my Top Picks for Thanksgiving Weekend, including all the pre-Thanksgiving parties Wednesday night. Katrina Mir and I are taking things easy over the holidays, but you can catch us on another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio this Saturday night alongside the might Ramirez. As always, we’ll be streaming video a multi-camera feed live from the Rave Basement here in Washington DC on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel. If you’ve not checked out our show before, here’s the video of our last show to whet your appetite. Deep vibes guaranteed.
Here are the links for Saturday’s show, which kicks off at 10pm ET:
Out and about, I’d recommend kicking off the weekend tomorrow night at Give Thanks with Juan Zapata, Samantha Francesca and Itzjack at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Lots of great events to choose from on Wednesday, but Jimmy‘s is your best bet for quality underground vibes to get Thanksgiving started off right.
Usually on Thanksgiving itself there aren’t any decent events to give you an excuse to get out of the house and avoid those post-Turkey blues, but this year you can head to Public Bar for Saeed Younan‘s Sintimate Rooftop Sessions with Technasia, Saeed Younan and Alex Eljaiek. Rumor has it, they’ve got a sexy new disco ball lighting up the rooftop, so get dressed up in your best disco threads and get ready to throw some shapes. Advanced tickets are just $10.
Firiday night, head to Flash for the amazing Jan Krueger with support from N/UM & Solomon Sanchez, with Philip Goyette in the Green Room and Samantha Francesca and DSD in the Flash Bar. One of my favorite DC clubbing memories was hearing a mental set from Jan Krueger at Jimmy Valentine’s, as paint chips rained down from the ceiling onto the turntables. Good times. I can only imagine what Jan is going to do with Flash‘s amazing Funktion One system.
Saturday night, after listening to the DC House Grooves Show, head back to Jimmy Valentine’s for the first edition of Super Tuff! with Martín Miguel, Hot Coffee b2b DSD & M. Vaughan. If you haven’t checked out the first release on M. Vaughan‘s Super Tuff! label, I can highly recommend it, with great tracks from Jesse Bru, DJ Aakmael, M. Vaughan and Moony Me, and with the super solid Super Tuff 002 just released, things are looking bright! Definitely an exciting label to keep an eye on, and I expect Super Tuff at Jimmy’s to deliver the goods. Do it!
As always, on Sunday all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge, with Sam “The Man” Burns holding court in the Gold room, Smudge working his magic in the main room, and Flash‘s Edo joining Benoit for Sundays Rooftop out on the patio. Always a good time at Sunday’s Rooftop!
Here’s my full list of Top Picks of the best underground house and electronic music for the weekend. Plenty to choose from to keep you grooving throughout the holiday weekend. Whether you’re going out or staying in on Saturday, remember to tune in to the DC House Grooves Show, and I’ll see you back here next week for another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. See you on the dance floor!
Wednesday November 22
Give Thanks with Juan Zapata, Samantha Francesca & Itzjack at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
ESL Wednesday with See-I, Trev-ski, I & I Vibration, DJ M Dot, Stylus Chris, Mr Bonkerz & Dark Paradise featuring Yacine A, Narko & Alex Eljaiek at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Feroun & Novac At El Techo
House Music Happy Hour with DJ Darrel Lewis at Bravo Bravo
Give Thanks for Funk with Kenny M at Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring
Transit – Duchess’ Danksgiving Birthday Dance at The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax
3D Presents: Drumstix Legends at The DC Eagle
Thanksgiving Eve: Golf Clap, Gina Turner at Flash
Pre-Thanksgiving Day Party at Wonderland feat PUSH musik & Dromme at Wonderland Ballroom
Anjunadeep DC: David Hohme, Jody Wisternoff, Luttrell at U Street Music Hall
Thanksgiving Thursday November 23
Younan Music Pres: Technasia & Saeed Younan with Alex Eljaiek at Public Bar
Friday November 24
Jan Krueger with N/UM & Solomon Sanchez at Flash, with Philip Goyette in the Green Room and Samantha Francesca and DSD in the Flash Bar
Black Friday Vibe Out with Juana, Throe and Mike Harvey at Studio Ga Ga
ESL Friday with Thomas Blondet, DJ Raw & Anoosh & Jerome Baker at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Saturday November 25
DC House Grooves Show #13 with Andy Grant, Ramirez & Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio
Super Tuff! Martín Miguel, Hot Coffee b2b DSD, M. Vaughan at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
U Street Music Hall Presents: Werk Ethic with Nick Garcia & Ken Lazee at Ten Tigers Parlour
Soul Clap [Open-To-Close] at Flash, with Cleveland & Mazi R in the Green Room and Deep Tech XVI featuring Bulgs, Dial8, Fatkat, Micfreak, Mr Wright, Pershan & Rodd in the Flash Bar
ESL Saturday with Empresarios Sound System, Double A & Mr Bonkerz at Eighteenth Street Lounge
SubDistrick! – November 2017 at Backbar
Red This Ever, 11 Grams, DJ Kangal, Ron Jackson and The Angel at Safari Restaurant & Lounge
Sunday November 26
ESL Sunday with Sam “The Man” Burns, Smudge, and Sundays Rooftop with Benoit & Edo at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Nightmare Festival presents: Caspa with Choppy Oppy b2b Skankuh at U Street Music Hall