DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 5 to July 8

Just got back from a few hours at the 628 Boys x ROAM Daytime BBQ, chilling to sets from Grand Ancestor‘s Yola and Hot Coffee delivered on the impeccable Grand Ancestor system, with Juan Zapata working the grill like he werks a set of decks. A perfect way to spend the afternoon this fine July 4, but I had to leave before I got too comfortable! Would have been all too easy to stay there late into the night, but sadly had to tear myself away to go get stuff done. After all, these posts don’t write themselves! Thanks to everyone who braved the heat last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Yuko Jikido! It wasn’t the best turn out we’ve had, but that makes us appreciate those who did show up all the more! You guys rock. Yuko really delivered the goods, and those who were there really made the most of it on the dance floor! Huge props also to RamirezKatrina Mir and Joe L for their amazing sets. Katrina in particular deserves a medal for delivering an epic three hour all vinyl set in that heat! Can’t wait until our next Beats Maneuver event on July 15 with Chicago’s DJ Heather and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be the best one yet! Here’s hoping the temperature is just a few degrees lower.

RSVP & Info: Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather & Team Zapata

Look out for the flyer, coming soon! Speaking of Beats Maneuver, here’s my set opening for Miles Maeda at Public Bar on June 17. One of my signature all vinyl sets for getting those feet tappin’ on the dance floor, featuring tracks from the likes of Seafoam, Alton Miller, Inner City, Crakazat, DJ Romain, Mr Fingers, Telfort, Norm Talley, Adesse Versions, Ben Rau, Javontte, Mike Huckaby, Stacy Kidd, LoSoul, Slam and more. Headphones on and press play!

 

Busy weekend coming up for us here at DC House Grooves. Friday night, we’ll be jamming live on the Internets on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality. Myself,  Katrina Mir and Ramirez throwing down the very best in underground house music for a few hours, kicking off at 10pm ET.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/188184328701713/

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On Saturday night we’ll be hosting part 2 of our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations in the Flash Bar, throwing back a few drinks and spinning a few records to commemorate 4 years of weekly DC House Grooves Top Picks posts, just one part of an incredible Saturday lineup at Flash, including Giles Smith and James Priestly  from  Secretsundaze on the club level, and Benoit and a very special guest in the Green Room. If you read DC House Grooves on the regular, if you’ve ever connected with your dance floor through these posts, stop by for a drink and a dance with us as Flash on Saturday. There’s no cover for the bar, just walk right in and start grooving! Make sure you stop by the booth and say hi.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1121392
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207392003407892/

secretsundaze at flash

Then on Sunday, I’ll be joining local DJ heroes Vanniety Kills, Juana (Discwoman) and StrikeStone! for another edition of The House that U Built at DC’s go-to rooftop spot El Techo. Just looking at the image below brings back incredible memories of the . legendary The House that U Built parties at The Brixton and Dirty Bar in years gone by. Captures the vibe perfectly! Surprisingly, this will be my debut at El Techo, and I really can’t wait. The House that U Built is always a good time, and I’m honored to be on the line up. No cover and the food and drinks are top notch.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/720655994992531/

The House that U Built

Many amazing events to choose from this weekend. As usual, I’ve shared everything worth checking out on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. Just click the handy links below to see the list for each day over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday July 5

Top Picks Friday July 6

Top Picks Saturday July 7

Top Picks Sunday July 8

No time to do them all justice, but Pan-Pot with Oliver Caine at Flash  is a great choice for techno this Thursday, and the Sleaze crew are at it at Wonderland again this Thursday with Our Country ‘Tis of Sleaze. Friday night’s line up at Flash looks smoking, too, with Poker Flat‘s Steve Bug supported by Jandro on the club level, Zamkov and Hot Coffee in the Green Room, and Juana and Mike Harvey in the Flash Bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1710921
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/196990841126589/

Of course, if you don’t feel like going out on Friday, you can always tune into the DC House Grooves Show 🙂

Saturday afternoon, I recommend heading over the Anacostia Skate Park for the first  Skate Fever, featuring the finest soul, funk, house, disco and R&B on roller skates, with music from  ChosenDJ SoulDJ OjiH’dm and DJ Housecat. Family friendly, and best of all, it’s free! Our very own Katrina Mir is playing at the nest Skate Fever on July 15, and we can’t wait to check it out this Saturday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641720175926847/

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Saturday night, you’ll be joining us at Flash for our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations, right? For after hours moves this Saturday, head to everyone’s favorite sweat box for LENG x Club Cuttlefish present Tygapaw & DJ Technics with support from BaronhawkDjoser b2b Benbo and Sleepy G b2b Dj Freez. Quality through and through, all delivered on the epic Grand Ancestor sound system. Bring a fan!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1124044
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/307178853150144/

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Also on Saturday, if you’re visiting us at Flash, make sure you make time to pop into El Techo for Art Lure with SymmetricalCharles Martin and Meszenjah. Quality tunes all afternoon and into the night.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1574560559339572/

art lure

Sunday night after The House that U Built at El Techo, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns weekly residency, and Sundays’ Rooftop  with  Detroit’s Patrice Scott & resident Benoit. Quality vibes to deliver you into Monday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967289099957014/

sundays rooftop patrice scott

That’s it for this week. Hope to see you out and about over the weekend. If you run into me, make sure you say hi. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with all the best info on what’s what on the dance floor in Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 5 to April 8

Another week, another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. I didn’t make it out much last weekend, although I did make an appearance at Playlist on Thursday to catch my brothers JubileeRamirez and special guest Sarah Myers on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Amazing music and amazing vibe all night! If you’re looking for quality, deep, underground grooves on a Thursday night, you can’t go far wrong with Playlist.

Here are the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Another serious line up of amazing events to keep you dancing all weekend:

Top Picks Thursday April 5

Top Picks Friday April 6

Top Picks Saturday April 7

Top Picks Sunday April 8

You can catch me and Katrina Mir this Friday back in the Green Room at Flash alongside  Sarah Myers and special guest George:ev as part of an epic Friday night line up that includes Francesca Lombardo and Jus Nowhere on the club level, and another edition of MoDERN CLASS bringing the boogie down in the in the bar with Sean RowlandsHazGraham Hatke Trev-ski. Gonna be a really special night! Advanced tickets are just $12. Grab yours now!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1089951
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2031395830437771/

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Another great option for quality locals action this Friday is Slammin’ All Night with Beautiful Swimmers’ Max DJackson Ryland and Joe L over at Jimmy Valentine’s. Proper underground grooves all night, no cover.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593615900707743/

slammin all night

Then for afters on Friday, it’s another edition of Late Night MischiefEarly Morning Love, featuring Fred Everything with Team Zapata and Aaron Sparks. Serious Grooves,  Grand Ancestor Sound. ‘Nuff said! Advanced tickets just $15.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1088896
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597866030331908/

late night mischief

Saturday night, DC House Grooves‘ Katrina Mir joins Vanniety Kills Sabeel Chohan for Ladies of the Underground at El Techo. Quality underground beats with fine Mexican eats; wherever you’re headed this Saturday, make sure you stop by El Techo for a drink and a groove with the ladies. You know they’ll be bringing the heat!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989810927939781/

ladies of the underground

Saturday night also brings the first edition of a new party concept from Select DC  and  SequenceAftermarket featuring Toronto’s Ciel, JuanaSleepy GBil Todd and  Tommy Cornelis. An incredible line up delivering the goods on the impeccably tuned  Grand Ancestor Sound System; all the ingredients for an epic undergrounder! Advanced tickets are recommended, only $17 over on Resident Advisor. Worth every penny!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1082552
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/501443736919408/

aftermarket ciel

Sunday brings another edition of Sunday Love at Flash, featuring CansonSarah Myers  Philco. Pro tip: there’s no cover if you RSVP here 

Also on Sunday, Eighteenth Street Lounge closes out the weekend with Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Keenan Orr, and Hold Tight with Tilman and Martín Miguel. Always a great way to close out your weekend!

ESL Sunday

That’s everything for this week. I’ll be back next week with another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. See you back here, same time, same place!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 29 to April 1

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us in the Green Room at Flash last Friday. You were an amazing crowd! It was great to see a bunch of students from Georgetown University coming out to support DC House Grooves. You guys were on the dance floor pretty much open to close, really helping inspire us, making for a very special night! Major thanks to Flash for hosting us, and an extra special thanks to everyone on the Flash team for looking after us and making sure the night ran smoothly. It really makes a difference. Here’s the full recording of the night, over 5.5 hours of underground goodness:

 

You can catch the DC House Grooves crew again this Saturday on the DC House Grooves show on Underground Quality Radio. Tune in from 10pm ET on the  Underground Quality Radio Facebook Page, or the Underground Quality website.

Tune in video: https://www.facebook.com/UQRADIOSHOW/
Tune in audio only: http://bit.ly/UQRadio

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Ok, here are the links to all my Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to view the list over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday March 29

Top Picks Friday March 30

Top Picks Saturday March 31

Top Picks Sunday April 1

Highlights for this weekend: Thursday night, head to Playlist with JubileeRamirez & special guest Sarah Myers at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Always the best place for proper deep grooves from talented local DJs on a Thursday night!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/786985264840715

playlist with jubilee ramirez sarah myers

On Friday, head to Flash for the legendary Dixon supported by Solomon Sanchez. Also at Flash on Friday, Mazi R Jus Nowhere bring the heat in the Green Room, while in the bar Jive 100 features Mike HarveyEli CashJames CC dropping the underground joints open to close. I won’t tell a lie, door tax is going to be steep with Dixon on the line up, but you can always groove for free in the bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1070315
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/160627141254490/

Flash friday dixon

Saturday night, there’s so much good stuff, I don’t even know where to start. I guess I’ll kick things back at Flash, where it’s another edition of our favorite of Flash‘s club nights,  Resident Nights. Why is it our favorite? Because Flash hands things over to an all local line up, giving our talented local DJs an opportunity to shine on that amazing Funktion One system. On the club level, Charles Martin and Samantha Francesca return alongside  Jacq Jill for what’s sure to be an amazing night of music, while in the Green Room, Tim GluskoDJ Meegs and Andrew Garcia keep things jumping all night long. In the bar, it’s another edition of Vortex featuring Taylor HawksLyceum and Daasnomem. All locals on all floors!

Advanced tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2I6kySF
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/823932151140481/

flash resident nights

Down the street at U Street Music Hall, local super stars Ultra Naté Lisa Moody once again bring that  Deep Sugar magic to DC, fresh off their recent trip to Miami. You can be sure they’ll be packing that Miami heat for what’s sure to be another amazing night on the U Hall dance floor!

Advanced tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2DPyPVm
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/424062034680235/

deep sugar dc saturday

For those looking for something minimal, underground after hours action, seek out  Traces with Herodot (Unanim / Sunrise / Toi Toi) and locals JubileeJus Nowhere at a secret location in DC. This one’s going to be really special, so grab your tickets now!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1073544
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1642137719165263/

traces herodot

For quality house music this Sunday, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, and a very special Sundays Rooftop bringing together the Sunday residents BenoitPhilcoMartín Miguel for night of serious deep grooves on the patio.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2160259730875130/

sundays residents

For the very best in tech house and techno this Sunday, head next door to the rooftop at   Public Bar for Younan Music presents Rooftop Sessions with Stefano Noferini, local hero Saeed Younan and an opening set from Mina. Advanced tickets at just $10, so grab yours now!

Advanced tickets: http://bit.ly/PublicbarApril
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1094895070653538/

younan rooftop sessions public

That’s everything for this week. Make sure you check all the Top Pick links above. As always, so much going on this week, I don’t have time to do it justice. Wherever you end up, have an amazing time, and you never know, I may well see you on the dance floor.

 

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 15 to March 18

Kicking off this week’s post with a new Meet the Locals Podcast from yours truly, Andy Grant, recorded live at a recent event in Washington DC:

 

So what about this weekend? Well, first of all, here are the links to this week’s Top Picks. You know the drill, clicking the link takes you to a Facebook search results page listing all my Top Picks for each day. Make sure you come back though! All my highlights listed below.

Top Picks Thursday March 15

DC House Grooves Top Pick

Top Picks Friday March 16

Top Picks Saturday March 17

Top Picks Sunday March 18

For DC House Grooves action this weekend, tune in to the DC House Grooves show on  Underground Quality Radio this Saturday from 10pm ET for quality underground grooves from me, Andy GrantKatrina Mir and DJ Ramirez. Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the right vibe for your Saturday night.

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Then on Sunday night, in partnership with the good people at Public Bar, we’re kicking off a new event series, the DC House Grooves Local DJ Showcase. The inaugural event features three top local DJs, Katrina MirJubilee and DJ Kochi, spinning the finest underground house, tech house and minimal grooves on the covered rooftop at Public Bar, and best of all, there’s no cover! Please come support us at our first event at Public Bar. If we can make this a success, there’ll be more events showcasing the great local DJ talent DC has to offer.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/154440348702215/

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Almost out of time here, but a quick shout out to a couple of  other essential events this weekend. On Friday night, all roads lead to Flash for Back 2 Basics with house legend Lil’ Louis with support form Benoit, with OGs Joe L and LoveGrove in the Green Room  and  Jacq JillPhilco in the bar. One serious line up, top to bottom. Lil’ Louis has a real special place in house music history for me; I remember as if it were yesterday hearing Lil’ Louis‘ classic French Kiss for the first time in a club in St Tropez, France in the summer of 1989. It was like nothing I’d ever heard before, and it completely blew me away. Fast forward many years to Detroit in 2013, and DJ Tennis dropped it in his set at TV Lounge, and it had the very same effect. Simply incredible. DC is in for a treat this Friday when Lil Louis graces the decks at Flash, and no mistake. Dress to sweat! Kudos to Flash for the ridiculous quality of the house bookings lately. Keep them coming! Advanced tickets highly recommended.

Advanced tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2Eu5qk
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/204262293649335/

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Saturday night, head to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club to get down for a great cause, as JandroSteve KirnDJ Ramirez bring the heat at Reflections to raise money for  the Puerto Rico Disaster Fund. It’s gonna be an incredible night at Jimmy’s with these guys at the controls! You never know, there may even be an afters, too, so you can really make a night of it.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593178287463473/

reflections

Also on Saturday night, if you are in Baltimore or are prepared to make the trip, Deep Sugar is back at Baltimore Soundstage celebrating Ultra Naté‘s birthday at Return to the Emerald City, featuring Black Stereo Faith live and sets from Ultra NatéLisa MoodyQuentin HarrisDJ Spen and Mookie Brock. It’s a costume ball, so get decked out in your finest emerald green outfit and get ready to dance! Deep Sugar crowds are always the best, and everyone is welcome. Good vibes guaranteed!

Advanced Tickets: https://www.baltimoresoundstage.com/event/1623776
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/332856273860476/

deep sugar emerald city

That’s all I’ve got time for this week. Have another amazing weekend on the dance floor, and come back next week for info on all the best parties in and around Washington DC.