DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 18 to October 21

Here we go again with another DC House Grooves Top Picks. I guess it’s no secret that I haven’t really been into these weekly DC House Grooves posts lately. Been kinda phoning it in for a while, missing weeks here and there, and generally not enjoying it the way I used to. I’ve been seriously considering giving it up, but somehow can’t seem to stop. All this tells me that it’s time to switch things up a bit. Up to now, I’ve tried to be as complete as possible with non-EDM electronic music events in DC and Baltimore, including everything from house to disco to  techno to drum and bass to whatever in my Top Picks, but with so many events happening these days, it just takes too much time to compile everything, so from this point on, I’m going to be much more selective about what I include on DC House Grooves. Quality underground house music events are in, as are disco / soul / funk / boogie / reggae events that look like they’ll have a good groove going on. I’ll continue to cover techno events, and events that explore the techier and more soulful side of house music. With regard to tech house, it all depends on the event. If its something interesting, looks cool, or showcases primarily local DJs and artists, I’ll include it. If its dull, repetitive, unimaginative tech house, not so much. If an event does not support locals DJs, I’ll no longer be including it here. DC House Grooves has always been about supporting and promoting local DJs; if there are no locals on the line up, no dice. I’m sure your out of town DJs are amazing, but I can guarantee there’s another competing event giving a platform to our local talent. Sadly, I’ll no longer be including drum and bass events and bass music events in general. No disrespect to the drum and bass massive, I love what you guys do, I just don’t have the time to cover it all, nor do I have the knowledge to distinguish the quality events from the crappy ones. EDM will continue to be ignored, as will all those EDM-lite “house” or “techno” events. If the event page proudly touts the number of SoundCloud follows or Facebook / Instagram likes your headliner has, your flyer is full of DJ logos, the music has weird chipmunky vocals, or your party vibe is all about that drop, it probably doesn’t belong here on DC House Grooves. No disrespect to that scene, it’s just not what we’re about. Having said all that, if I think any events falling into the categories above is cool, I reserve the right to include it. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want. And if you’re throwing an event that’s super cool and you think it should be promoted here on DC House Grooves, send me a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and make your case. In general, expect to see fewer Top Picks each week, but those you do see will pretty much all be “must attend” events. Will save us all a lot of time. Please don’t get upset with me if I won’t be covering your thing anymore. If you’re passionate enough about it, start your own blog and give it the coverage you feel it deserves.

OK, now I’ve got that off my chest, let’s get on with breaking all the rules I’ve just defined 🙂 Here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the (much shorter than before) list:

Top Picks Thursday October 18

Top Picks Friday October 19

Top Picks Saturday October 20

Top Picks Sunday October 21

Our highlight for the weekend is DJ Meegs and Raha Wala‘s Souled Out! party at Zeba Bar this Saturday, featuring special guest, DC House Grooves Show Beats Maneuver resident Ramirez (Roots & Spirits) with Regan Carver on sax and Reemz on keys, with support from residents MeegsRaha Wala. If you’ve not been to a Souled Out! event before, this is a great time to start. Pairing quality soul, funk, jazz, and disco-influenced dance music with live instrumentation, vibes are guaranteed, and with our main man Ramirez at the controls, you’re in for an amazing journey from start to finish. The DC House Grooves crew will be out in support, and you should be there too. No cover, no excuses!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2067828456642855/

Souled out ramirez

Friday night, we’ll be warming up for Ramirez‘ appearance at Souled Out! with a special Friday edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Berlin’s Underground Quality Radio, with live video stream on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel. Tune in from 10pm ET on Friday for quality underground house music from me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the right vibe.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/107502256855397/

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Other highlights for the weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & Friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Love & Happiness with Mark FarinaKen Lazee at  U Street Music Hall and The Bunker 15 Year Anniversary with Bryan Kasenic and Eric Cloutier at Flash on Friday, Sunset and Chill at Olde City FarmOsunlade at Flash and Autumn Tactics with Dj Double 07AnishArthur J and V-Coch at Jimmy Valentine’s on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, I recommend Baronhawk & Jahsonic  at El Techo, then head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns and Good Buddies with DJ NavJoe L  & Philco. All quality events to keep you grooving through the weekend. See you on the dance floor!

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 16 to August 19

Major thanks to everyone who came out to Beats Maneuver with Rissa Garcia on Sunday night. After great sets from KochiKatrina Mir, and I guess a half decent effort from me, Rissa really delivered the goods, with a killer set of pure house music that had me throwing some major shapes on the dance floor. It won’t be the last time we see Rissa here in DC, you can be sure of that! DJ Nav and Jandro closed out the night back to back, providing the perfect sound track to a late surge on the dance floor. I can’t wait for the next one, which happens to be just around the corner! Mark August 26 in your calendar, when we’ve got Lyssa flying in from Canada to rock the Beats Maneuver dance floor. Full details coming soon!

Before I get into this week’s events, I’m pleased to announce DC House Grooves is taking part in this year’s Capital House Music Festival in Meridian Hill Park on Labor Day, September 3. This is a free, family friendly festival to raise awareness and funds for Inner City Youth Music Programs, and features a diverse line up including The E CussionistDeacon Izzy & the CongregationDJ Jay JayChosen, BenoitTee AlfordDJ Tantra, yours truly Andy Grant and of course the man, the legend, Sam The Man Burns. All permits are in place, and we’ll be lost in the music from 12pm to 9pm. We couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this house music celebration, and we hope you can join us in the park on Labor Day! Full info on the Capital House Music Festival Facebook Page and Capital House Music Festival Website.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/249356162367878/
Website: https://www.capitalhousemusicfestival.org/
GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/capital-house-music-festival

Capital house music fest 2018

So what’s going on this weekend? Well, Friday night, the DC House Grooves crew, myself, RamirezKatrina Mir,  is taking control of the Green Room at Flash for an evening of quality underground house music, open to close. If you’ve tuned in to the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, you know what to expect. It’s going to be another incredible night of music at Flash,  with Art DepartmentNitin and  Sarah Myers on the club level, and local favorites Philco Alex Eljaiek in the Flash Bar. Quality music all night long on all three floors. Advanced tickets are recommended, but we might just have a few list spots available. Hit me up through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and I’ll see what I can do 🙂

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KfvXPV
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/225745414751520/

art department nitin flash

Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. For episode #31, we’ll be broadcasting live from DJ Kochi‘s pool side studio not to far from Washington DC, with a show featuring residents Katrina MirRamirez and myself, with added grooves from special guest DJ Kochi. Tune in from 10pm at the links below.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/415779505612104/

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OK, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC this weekend. Sadly, I just don’t have time to do them all justice with a decent write up, so I share them on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and link to them from here. Just click the link to see the list of my Top Picks for each day, Thursday through Sunday.

Top Picks Thursday August 16

Top Picks Friday August 17

Top Picks Saturday August 18

Top Picks Sunday August 19

As for highlights this week, on Thursday, those with an interest in music production should head to Flash early doors for Headroom Listening Sessions, then drum and bass heads should stick around for Cadence with Doc Scott A-Sides. For the very best in deep, underground house music on Thursday,  Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge  is your best bet. This week, resident Jubilee is joined by Flash‘s Edo for what’s sure to be an amazing night on the patio.

playlist jubilee edo

Friday night, get your night started off right at El Techo with Oliver Caine, join us for DC House Grooves in the Green Room at Flash until close, then head to the warehouse for afters for LENG & Inn(er)net present Roska & DJ Lag. Another great opportunity to get bathed in the warm analog bass of the Grand Ancestor sound system. Advance tickets recommended! 

leng dj lag roska

Saturday afternoon, there’s a great line up for the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party at The Embassy Row Hotel, with BenoitVince ChristopherKayLaSoul and Tony Smooth bringing the vibes in the sunshine. We had a blast at the last Elevate; a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon! The food and drinks are top notch, too! Saturday night, Flash hosts the legendary Derrick Carter and DJ Aakmael ably supported by locals  NavboxHot Coffee and Jandro. For something more intimate, away from the U Street crowds, check out Plastic Dreams with Johnson Lee and Stereophonik. Rare house joints served up fresh from the wax all night long, no cover! For afters, all roads lead to the warehouse again for Late Night Mischief, Early Morning Love with OnionzChadwick and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be another amazing night at the warehouse!

late night mischief

Sunday, tech house heads should make their way to  Public Bar and join the tribe for  Rooftop Sessions with Saeed Younan special guest Mark Fanciulli and opening set from Sabeel Chohan. Advance tickets just $10 from Eventbrite, $15 on the door.

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For quality deep house this Sunday, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, and another edition of Sunday’s Rooftop with Jovonn and resident  Benoit. Always quality headliners at Sunday’s Rooftop, no cover all night long.

sundays rooftop jovonn

That’s all I’ve got time for this week. I hope you can join us on the rooftop at Flash this Friday for another DC House Grooves session. If not, I hope to see you out and about real soon. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 2 to August 5

Kicking off this week’s post announcing the lucky winner of the recent DC House Grooves Eargasmic Recordings free record give away. We had entries from all over the world, but the winner, selected completely at random, is from right here in Washington DC! Congratulations to Michael Anthony Thomas aka DJ T3k! Check your PMs. We’ll get the record over to you as soon as possible. Look out for more free record give aways on DC House Grooves!

A big shout out to the Grand Ancestor crew for taking things right up to the wire last weekend with the build of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 system! It sounded incredible, and I can’t wait to hear it again soon, and hopefully get a chance to play on it in the not too distant future! Other than the Grand Ancestor 2.0 launch, we took it easy last weekend. No gigs, no kids, so the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time at home getting to know our records. Gotta jump at the chance to take it easy when the opportunity arises! Some busy weekends coming up.

This Sunday sees the welcome return of ROAM on a BOAT, and this time around residents  DJ Lisa Frank and Sami are joined by special guest Rez Ekbatan for another musical cruise down the Potomac with the ROAM family. ROAM‘s boat parties always sell out, so if you want to book your spot on the boat, I recommend you grab your advance tickets right now. However, if you’d rather roll the dice, DC House Grooves has a pair of FREE tickets to give away to one lucky winner. Just click through to the entry form, fill it out and click Submit. We’ll pick the lucky winner winner on Saturday evening. Please make sure you enter your correct email address and name, as we’ll need to email you to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need your ID to claim your prize on the dock.

I want to win a pair of tickets to ROAM on a BOAT!!!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1133356
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/922687837938720/

Good luck!

roam on a boat

Friday night, the DC House Grooves crew descends on Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Jandro‘s Reflections for what promises to be a crazy night at  Jimmy’sDC House Grooves Show residents Andy Grant (yeah I’m talking about myself in the third person again), Katrina Mir Ramirez are joined by fellow Beats Maneuver resident Kochi and Jandro for a night of quality underground jams, open to close. We’ll be taking turns all night going back to back to back to back until they kick us out! Please join us on Friday at Jimmy’s for what promises to be quality family time to a soundtrack of the finest, deep, underground heaters you’ll hear in DC this weekend. Oh, and best of all, it’s completely FREE! No cover all night long. See you there!

RSVP & info: https://www.facebook.com/events/261138797800304/

reflections dc house grooves

Saturday afternoon, you can catch me and Katrina Mir throwing down quality tunes by the pool side on the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel alongside DJ Meegs and Tony Smooth at the rescheduled Elevate Rooftop Pool party, which was rained off last time around. Hopefully the weather will hold up this time, and I can’t wait to play some poolside jams in between dips in the pool. Always a good time on the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel! Advance tickets are just $20, which ain’t bad for an afternoon of quality music at one of the best rooftop pools in the city!

Advanced tickets to Elevate Rooftop Pool Party
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/968800816629274/

elevate rooftop pool party

Saturday night, we’ll be throwing down with the crew again on episode #30 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Join me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir from 10pm ET for quality underground house music served up fresh from the wax, live from DC House Grooves HQ in Washington DC.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674880065968214/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Right, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links. Just click the link for each day to see the full list of events over on Facebook. Some great events happening this weekend, so make sure you take the time to explore!

Top Picks Thursday August 2

Top Picks Friday August 3

Top Picks Saturday August 4

Top Picks Sunday August 5

Highlights for this weekend include Sleaze Disco Heat at Wonderland and DJ W!ld with Markinthedark at Flash on Thursday, then on Friday, if you don’t feel like joining the DC House Grooves crew at Jimmy’s, I recommend checking out A Night at the U Street Disco with Sam BurnsMartín MiguelKeenan OrrBaronhawkOzker at U Street Music Hall.

a night a the u street disco

Saturday night, the residents take over at Flash for another Resident Nights, with an all local line up across all three floors.  For afters, head to the warehouse for V.Sions with Rhys SamsonRamaRasho and Enzo delivering the goods on the mighty Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system.

vsions warehouse party

Sunday brings another edition of The House that U Built at El Techo with the mighty Sam Burns, Kochi and Vanniety Kills. Always an amazing vibe at THTUB! Then head to Eighteenth Street Lounge to close out your weekend at Sundays Rooftop with  Aesthetic Audio‘s Keith Worthy and BenoitKeith always delivers!

sundays rooftop

Ok that’s all I’ve got for this week. I really hope you can join us at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Friday for Reflections DC House Grooves Take Over! You know its going to be a fun time! Oh, and did I mention Beats Maneuver is back next Sunday on August 12? That’s right! We’re bringing NYC’s finest Rissa Garcia to Washington DC to rock the rooftop at Public Bar. Check back next week for full details. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 12 to July 15

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us in the Flash Bar on Saturday for the second part of our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebration. It’s always kinda slow in the bar, but as always the last hour or two was crazy! Let’s face it, with Patrice Scott and Benoit in the Green Room and Giles Smith & James Priestly  of  Secretsundaze on the club level, there was tough competition for dancers, so I don’t think we did too badly. A testament to the world class quality talent Flash is booking, week in, week out. Big thanks to the team at Flash for inviting us to play. Katrina and I truly appreciate it. Massive thanks also to  Vanniety Kills for inviting me to play at The House That U Built at El Techo on Sunday, to the whole team at El Techo, and to all the dancers who joined us on the rooftop. After an amazing set from Juana, I had a really special time breaking out the soulful house and disco as the sun set on a beautiful day! Thank you so much to everyone involved. Hoping to post the recording soon! Look out for the next The House That U Built with Vanniety KillsSam Burns and Kochi coming up in August.

The big news announced this week is the Blispop Disco Fest coming up on August 31 and September 1 at 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall, featuring a line up to die for, with Giorgio Moroder, ClaptoneHoly Ghost, Horsemeat DiscoUltra Naté, Nancy Whang, François KJuan MacleanJacques Renault and locals Eau ClaireCharles Feelgood, the Sleaze DJsOzker Will Eastman. How many legit legends on that line up?  A serious weekend of music right there! The only problem now is deciding whether to attend the 9:30 Club line up or the U Street Music Hall line up. Now, with line ups of that calibre, it ain’t going to be cheap, but if you move fast, you can grab discounted 2 day passes for both the 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall.

Blisspop Disco Fest 9:30 Club 2 Day Pass:  http://bit.ly/BDF930
Blisspop Disco Fest U Street Music Hall 2 Day pass: http://bit.ly/BDFUHALL

Better move fast, though! Discounted passes go off sale Thursday July 12 at 9am!

blisspop disco fest

Back to this weekend, and we here at DC House Grooves have some big news of our own. This Sunday we’re partnering with Roots & SpiritsVibe and Public Bar for another edition of Beats Maneuver, and this Sunday we’ve got an epic line up featuring Chicago’s DJ Heather with support from Team Zapata and residents Kochi Katrina Mir. This one’s shaping up to be the best one yet, and we couldn’t be more excited! Proper house music, rooftop vibes, and best of all, it’s completely FREE! That’s right, no cover all night long for a line up of top class talent. Doesn’t get much better! The needle drops at 6pm…see you there, bright and early, and let’s see in the new week on the dance floor!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/407928499720460/

Beats Maneuver dj heather

For a taste of what to expect on Sunday, tune in to the a DC House Grooves special edition of the WTF?! Radio Show on Friday from 5pm at www.sugarshackrecordings.com. Quality tunes from myself, Katrina MirRamirez and Kochi to get your Friday night started off right!

WTF?! Radio Show with DC House Grooves at 5pm on Friday

New Meet the Locals Podcast alert! Episode #71 features none other than DC’s favorite sound guy, Jackson Pro Audio‘s Tim Jackson aka Hightower with a quality hour long house groover. Perfect material to get you warmed up for the weekend.

 

Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks, as we’ve got some great podcasts lined up. Solid techno from Steve Kirn for episode #72, then something super special for #73. Can’t wait!

Right, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links. You know the drill, just click each link to see my Top Picks for that day over on Facebook. Worth taking the time, as there are some great events this weekend!

Top Picks Thursday July 12

Top Picks Friday July 13

Top Picks Saturday July 14

Top Picks Sunday July 15

Highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee Discuji at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, I recommend kicking things off with Sunset Chill 3: Return of the Chill at the Olde City Farm & Garden, then either checking out Todd Terry with Kundalini at U Street Music Hall, or heading up Ten Tigers Parlour to celebrate the release of Analog Tara‘s Fundamentals EP on 1432R Records. Expect a quality DJ set from label bosses Sami%SuYung, and a live set from Analog Tara. One for the heads!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802538633171591/

analog tara 1432r

Saturday afternoon, all the cool kids will be heading to the Anacostia Park Roller Skate Pavilion for the second edition of Skate Fever with music from and all-star local line up featuring BenoitHot CoffeeDJ Soul and DC House Grooves’ very own Katrina Mir. There’s no cover, skate rental is free with ID, and it is family friendly. The perfect way to spend a summer Saturday afternoon! See you there.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253687668511750/

skate fever

Saturday night’s highlight is an epic double header from FlashNomad featuring a serious line up of musical talent. Kicking things off at Flash, the V.sions Pre-Party features Berlin’s  Thomas MelchiorTaimur Agha headline the club level with support from Navbox, while Mazi RJubilee hold things down open to close in the Green Room and Steve Kirn & Juana keep the vibe locked in the bar.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1129101
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1829817800647243/

thomas melchior at flash

Then for afters, all roads lead to the warehouse for NomanDNT present V.sions with  MollyDJ MasdaNavboxTaiga & special guests delivering the goods on the banging Grand Ancestor Sound System until sunrise and possibly beyond. Always a good time at the warehouse! Serious business all round.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1131703
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2038373323080977

visions molly masda

For something a bit more intimate on Saturday night, check out DJ LoveGrove‘s birthday throwdown at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, featuring LoveGrove himself with support from Lexus King and Guillermo Giraldo. The perfect choice for quality tunes away from the crowds.

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Another great option for Saturday night is Summer Solstice Part 2 with Shelter‘s Mark Francis bringing the heat alongside Andrew Hogans  and Chosen at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Lounge. The party kicks off at 7pm and runs until 3am. Real house music for the heads.

Advance tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-solstice-part-2-tickets-47388970687
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2091461871101582/

summer solstice Part 2

Sunday, you know where to go. Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather Team Zapata is where its at! That’s it for this week’s post. I’ll be back next week with all the usual info on the best underground events in town. You know it makes sense! See you on the dance floor.