Kicking off this week’s post with news of an amazing event coming up in September from Blisspop and U Street Music Hall, Blisspop Disco Fest, which features an incredible line up from across the wide disco spectrum, including Chromeo, The Black Madonna, Cerrone, Jellybean Benitez, RAC, DaM-Funk, Crazy P, Robotaki, Le Youth, DJ Boring, Session Victim, Honey Sound System, The Blackbyrds, Josey Rebelle, Eli Escobar, Deep Sugar (Wayne Davis & Lisa Moody), Sam The Man Burns and a whole host of locals, including yours truly, Andy Grant. I’m honored to be setting the mood for the event at U Street Music Hall with Cerrone, Jellybean Benitez, The Blackbyrds, DJ Boring, Honey Sound System and Eli Escobar. See below for the main Blisspop Disco Fest flyer, plus flyers for the Friday and Saturday events. More details over at Blisspop. Advance tickets go on sale Thursday July 25 at 10am ET. Don’t sleep if you want those early birds!
Rewinding back to this weekend, and I’m excited to be back at everyone’s favorite dive bar Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Limited Edition 005: The Truth. Looking forward to throwing down the underground wax with DJ Stereophonik open to close. No cover, so if you’re down for some great tunes delivered over a Martin Audio sound system, reasonably priced drinks and amazing company, join us at Jimmys and let’s get emotional.
Below you’ll find galleries for events at Flash and Eighteenth Street Lounge over the weekend, then flyers images for all the best underground house and techno events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. I’ll leave it up to you to make your own decisions on what’s worth your time. So many quality events, it’s hard to choose! Whatever you end up doing, though, if you’re up for a dance on Sunday, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and the closing event of 10 Years of Deep Secrets with Joaquin “Joe” Claussell. Unlike the usual Sunday events on the patio, advance tickets are required for this one, so if you plan on going, make sure you grab yours at https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1278992.
One last thing before this week’s Top Picks, the recording of DC House Grooves Show Episode #052 with me, Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Check it out, and if you like what you hear, tune into our next show live on Saturday August 3 at 10pm ET. Also, we did a full track list for this one, which you can find over on SoundCloud. Some Underground Quality promo action on this one. Not to be missed!
Ok here are the event listings for this week. Hope to see you at Jimmy’s on Friday! Have an amazing weekend, and check back next week with info on all the best underground house and techno events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday.
Flash Line Up July 25 to July 28
Eighteenth Street Lounge Line Up July 25 to July 28
Another big weekend right here in the District, but before we get started, have you picked up your tix to Uncle Benny’s with Detroit don Rick Wilhite yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Gonna be a big night this Friday at The Dew Drop Inn, with Rick Wilhite, Hot Coffee and Benoit, and you don’t want to miss it. DC House Grooves has partnered with Deep Secrets & Sticky Fingers to bring you a 20% discount off advanced tickets. There’s no time like the present to grab your tickets, so do it NOW! Believe me, Rick Wilhite working his magic in an intimate spot is the stuff dreams are made of. Just check out this vid of him banging the box at legendary London club Thunder a couple of years back.
Still no Meet the Locals podcast this week. Waiting on a striking sonic extravaganza for episode #69, but I guess there’s no rushing genius! Hopefully I’ll have it in time for next week’s post 🙂 In the mean time, here’s the video of last Saturday’s DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radiowith me, Katrina Mir and special guests Jubilee & Kochi. Sadly Ramirez couldn’t be with us for this episode. He was up in Baltimore getting down to Joaquin“Joe” Claussell, so I can’t blame him for not being with us. From what I hear Joe delivered straight up fire all night, but I digress. Despite the lack of Ramirez, we had a fun show. Always a good time throwing down with Katrina, Jubilee and Kochi! The next DC House Grooves Show is on Saturday April 28. Mark it in your calendar, and tune in from 10pm ET at Underground Quality Radio or the Underground Quality Radio Facebook Page.
OK, here’s the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Just click the link for the day you’re interested in, and through the magic of the Internet, you’ll be transported to a list of my Top Picks for that day over on Facebook.
Highlights for this week include Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Headroom Listening Sessions followed by Eats Everything at Flash on Thursday.
On Friday, kick things off with the aforementioned Uncle Benny’s with Rick Wilhite on Friday, then for afters, all roads lead to the Grand Ancestor spot for 4/20 Party with PLO Man, hometown heroes Beautiful Swimmers and Grand Ancestor. No advanced tix for this one; $10 on the door before 2am, $20 after. RSVP here for info. Also worth checking out on Friday night is Super Solar with Mike Guimond and Super Tuff Records’ M. Vaughan at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Quality tunes for the heads all night long at Jimmy’s!
Saturday night’s highlight is the latest edition of Sequence at the usual spot, with The Gods Planet, local heroes Oracles Live, A.M.D.,Damon Bradley & Ron Jackson bringing you a serious techno work out until sunrise. Early release tickets are sold out, but you can still get $20 third release tickets if you move fast. Don’t sleep on this one! Gonna be special.
Sunday afternoon, I recommend all you vinyl heads make your way to Silver Spring for the Silver Spring Record Fair at Denizens Brewing Company. Over 20 vendors and a solid DJ line up, making for a wonderful Sunday afternoon! Sunday evening, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Good Buddies with Keenan Orr and Philco. I couldn’t think of a better way to close out your weekend!
That’s it for this week. Make sure you explore my Top Picks links for all the events going on this weekend. I just don’t have time to do them all justice with a proper write up. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with 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!
Wow! That was my reaction last Thursday night seeing the crowd on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist. What an amazing vibe! Huge thanks to everyone who came out to groove with us on the patio, to the team at ESL for helping everything run smoothly, and, of course, to my brothers Jubilee & Ramirez for inviting me to throw down with them. It was awesome running into a few DC House Grooves readers in the crowd, too! Great to meet you all, and hope to see you again soon. I don’t think I’m exaggerating saying Playlist is currently the best weekly event in DC featuring local talent. Congratulations to the Slope Traxx boys for what they’ve built over the last couple of years. Here’s to many more amazing nights on the patio! They will, of course, be at it again Thursday night, and for this week’s edition, Flash‘s Navbox joins Jubilee & Ramirez for another excursion through all things deep. Not to be missed!
Andy Grant at Playlist Photo credit: Ramirez
Ramirez at Playlist Photo credit: Andy Grant
Saturday night we were at it again on another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Fun times in the Rave Basement with two of the best DJs I know, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. See below for the video recording of last week’s show, and we’ll be back at it again on October 14 with Plastik People‘s Marc Cotterell joining us as our special guest. Check out next week’s post for details.
OK OK OK what’s up with this weekend? You’re spoiled for choice on Thursday, with Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while across town at Flash the Preview crew are going late night with an all start local line up including Christauff, Dreadbang, Jon_MFD, Meegs, Rich Thomas, Rosenberg & Thursday People, and it’s all for a very worthy cause as all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Looks like another great night on the rooftop at Flash!
Also on Thursday, U Street Music Hall kicks off their new series of events at Ten Tigers Parlour with the mighty Ben UFO headlining with local support from the 1432R crew. Advanced tickets are just $15, which is a bargain for such high caliber talent. U Street Music Hall has already announced Denis Ferrer at Ten Tigers Parlour on December 1, and I can’t wait to see who else they’ve got lined up for this exciting event series.
Friday night is all about Church of Secrets with Detroit legend Alton Miller supported by Andy Grant (that’s me if you didn’t realize), Benoit & HOT COFFEE at a super secret location. Hours of worship are Midnight until the early hours of Saturday, and I can guarantee we’ll be raising our hands to the heavens and singing Hallelujah many times before the night is out. Early bird tickets are just $10, so grab yours now before the price goes up! Gonna be a really special night at the Church of Secrets.
Saturday night brings another edition of ROAM vs TNX, with a stellar line up featuring Dekmantel‘s Palms Trax & Honey Sound System with local support from ROAM and TNX residents Sami, Lisa Frank, Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd & Baronhawk, making the magic happen through Team Zapata‘s most excellent Martin Audio sound system in another amazing warehouse location.
For a taste of what to expect, check out Palms Trax‘s recently announced release on Giles Smith and James Priestley‘s Secretsundaze imprint, which premiered on Mixmag‘s SoundCloud page just yesterday:
If you’re up for something a bit more intimate without a cover charge on Saturday, then head over to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Alive & Well with Sarah Myers, Philip Goyette, C Felinski & Philco. A fantastic local lineup at everyone’s favorite dive bar with a Martin Audio sound system. If this crew doesn’t get you grooving, I don’t know what will.
For Sunday afternoon grooves, look no further than the Sunday Love closing party at Flash with Bedouin, Edo, Marko Peli, Meegs, Narko & Navbox. Sad to see Sunday Love wrap its first season, especially as I didn’t get a chance to play there this year, but already looking forward to next season. Make sure you head to Flash on Sunday afternoon to catch the season closer. Advanced tickets are all sold out, but there should be some available on the door as capacity allows.
Also happening early evening on Sunday is the inaugural Headroom Sunday Party at Ten Tigers Parlour, featuring a line up of talented artists who have showcased their sounds at Chadwicks‘s monthlyHeadroom event at Flash. The event kicks off at 5pm with a line up including Analog Tara, Darius Twin, District & Circle, DJ Winterman, JP Jed, Nebo, Sid Waters & Symmetrical. There’s no cover, but donations at the door are strongly encouraged. Starving artists gotta eat! Please make the effort to come out and support DC’s thriving community of electronic music artists. These cats are gonna go far!
Sunday night wraps up with perhaps the highlight of the weekend, with Deep Secrets & The Stars in association with Lil Soso Productions presents Let Me Show You Love, a fundraiser for the Hurricane Maria relief effort featuring New York disco legend Danny Krivit, with local support from Adrian Loving and TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis. A long list of local crews are partnering to bring you this event: DC House Grooves, Good Buddies, Prescription, Nomads Only, Chosen, Mont.age, Loop, Sticky Fingers Collective, Deep Sugar & Kowli. With such an amazing list of party crews involved, you know this one’s going to be really special! Early bird tickets are still available for $10, so move fast before the price goes up. I couldn’t think of a better way to close out the weekend while raising funds for a great cause. Proceeds will be donated to Unicef‘s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, with 90% of every dollar raised going directly to children.
UPDATE : Let me Show You Love has been cancelled
Enough chat for this week. I’m exhausted writing about it, and now I gotta go out and do it! When I look out at the dance floor from the booth at Church of Secrets on Friday, I hope to see your smiling faces present and correct on the dance floor. Make sure you come and say hi! Here’s my full list of picks for the weekend, along with flyers and info links. Come back next week for the lowdown on all the good shit going down in DC. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday October 5
Preview Late Night: Jon_MFD’s Birthday Party & LLS Fundraiser with Christauff, Dreadbang, Jon_Mfd, Meegs, Rich Thomas, Rosenberg & Thursday People at Flash
Another weekend gone by in DC, and as always it surpassed expectations. A big thanks to everyone who came out to Lost on Thursdays and created such an amazing atmosphere. I had a blast jamming with Jubilee and Ramirez, and I look forward to doing it again soon. We didn’t make it out on Friday night, but we hear that Red Fridays at U Street Music Hall with Charles Feelgood, Lovegrove and Tim Jackson was a great night. On Saturday, fun times were to be had at the new What Had Happened Was… night at Jimmy Valentine’s, and we’re looking forward to the next one. We also hit up Flash on Saturday, and threw a few shapes on the dance floor with Saeed Younan at the controls. While we always have a great time at Flash, the place was jam packed on Saturday, and the air conditioning was somewhat lacking. Indeed, at times it felt like the dance floor was being blasted with hot air. Hopefully they will get that looked at, because it wasn’t exactly comfortable. Despite our best intentions, we never made it to Elektrik Events’ Elev8 night at Lima Lounge, but we hear it was a huge success with a full house, dancing till 4am, voguing, happiness and a beautiful mixed crowd. You can check out recordings and videos over on the Facebook event page and judge for yourself. The next one is this coming Saturday, so if you missed last week, make sure you check it out. As for Sunday, word has it that The House That U Built on the Dirty Bar rooftop with Kevin Yost, InkHouse, Double 07 and Juan Zapata was a great party. We couldn’t make it for this one, but looking forward to future parties on the Dirty Bar rooftop.
So what’s DC got lined up for us next weekend? Here’s your weekly roundup of underground house and electronic music events for the coming weekend. Please share with your friends and get the word out!
Thursday July 24
Lost on Thursdays
Our top pick for your deep house fix Thursday night is Lost on Thursdays on the Lost Society rooftop. You’ll always find a great crowd at Lost on Thursdays, and it is always so nice on the rooftop in the summer. This week the special guests are locals Taiga & Hakob, bringing a Nomad showcase to the Lost rooftop. As always, there is no cover, and there’s a free glass of champagne for the ladies before midnight. The best time to get there is around 11pm, after the good music has cleared out the suits.
Cadence presents Bachelors of Science & The Insiders
Top pick for those wanting a break from deep house on Thursday night is the monthly Cadence drum and bass gathering at Flash. This month’s edition brings The Insiders and Bachelors of Science to the main floor at Flash, with support from Jungle Jessi and the hardest working, multi-genre DJ in town, Vanniety Kills. Keeping things jumping in the Flash Bar are the Deep Sessions crew, with Encryption, Instagib, Refugee and MC Twisty. All the drum and bass heads will be out for this one, and you won’t find a better venue to hear some quality drum and bass on a sound system this good. Advanced tickets are available from $10 from Eventbrite, more on the door. The proceedings kick off at 8pm. 21+.
Red Fridays with LEE BURRIDGE, DJ Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti
Our #1 recommendation for Friday night is long running house night Red Fridays at U Street Music Hall. This week’s headliner is the man behind the huge All Day I Dream parties, Lee Burridge, with support from recent guests on the DC House Grooves radio show, ROAM DJs DJ Lisa Frank and Chris Nitti. The last time Lee played at U Hall, the line went all the way back to 11th St and beyond, so get there early to book your spot on the dance floor and hear Chris and Lisa’s sets. What’s more, it is free before 11pm for 21+, so getting there early really is a no brainer! $12 cover after 11pm. You can check out Chris and DJ Lisa Frank’s sessions on the DC House Grooves show below.
Next up for Friday, just a few blocks away Flash have Spanish producers Chus & Ceballos supported by local duo RNS. We’ve been fans of Chus & Ceballos for years, buying their records since the late 90’s, and we predict that they’ll be delivering something a little bit special to the Flash main room. Unfortunately all the advanced tickets are now sold out, but there’ll likely be some on the door. Chus & Ceballos are kind of a big deal, and the cover charge reflects that.
Over at Eighteenth Street Lounge, ESL Fridays has Fort Knox Five vs. Thunderball and Chris Brooks in the main room, Enea in the Gold Room and Ed Metaphysical out on the patio. With three dance floors, and Jazz upstairs in the Jazz Room, this is your one stop shop if you want an eclectic mix under one roof. No cover, 21+.
A/jus/ted, Man & Woman, Yomimbi & friends @ Little Miss Whiskey’s
For those of you looking for something a little bit off the beaten path, both musically and geographically, head over to Little Miss Whiskey‘s on H Street for A/jus/ted, Man & Woman, Yomimbi & friends. We haven’t checked this night out yet, but it promises quality synth inspired dance music and nu-disco flavors, so if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate and eclectic, this is our pick for your Friday night.
So on to Saturday afternoon, and if you’re looking for quality techno on a pirate ship, then the TechnOceans boat party is the way to spend your afternoon. The party features Schubert supported by Oliver Caine and Deepcutta going back to back. The parties on the Boomerang pirate ship are always a lot of fun, but make sure you get your advanced tickets, and get to the dock on time! The boat leaves the dock at 2.30pm, so get there early. You don’t want to (literally) miss the boat. Advanced tickets are $25, and are available at https://bitly.com/TechnoTime. Use the coupon code “DeepCutta” and you might even get a discount . 21+.
And so on the first leg of the main event for this weekend. Over the past few years, Deep Secrets have thrown some of the best underground parties in town, bringing the best underground DJ talent from around the world to DC, to some of the most exciting and innovative venues. Well this weekend Deep Secrets, in association with two of our other favorite crews, 88 and Nomad, are celebrating their fifth birthday with a series of parties under the banner Five Years of Deep Secrets. First up is Five Years of Deep Secrets (Part 1) with Detroit legend Norm Talley, supported by local favorites Mazi (Stranger than Paradise) and Jubilee (Deep Secrets), at newly opened venue Hierarchy in Adams Morgan. We’ve seen the venue, and it’s a great basement space in a great location. This is THE party to go to this weekend for the best underground sounds with a friends and family vibe. Advanced tickets are $10 from Resident Advisor, more on the door. Make sure you get your tickets in advance… this one WILL sell out.
Also, make sure you check out Norm Talley’s contribution to Sarah Myers’ Hooked Podcast:
Bump ‘n Grind w/ Chris Burns, Anish, Joe L & David
Over at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights, 88 and the Forward crew have the next installment of Bump’n’Grind, with local DJ and producer ChrisBurns, with support from Anish and Bump’n’Grind residents Joe L and David, all playing nothing but vinyl, which makes this a 100% DC House Grooves approved party! There is even word of a very special out of town surprise guest. The Bump’n’Grind parties have all been amazing, and there is something about that dance floor at Zeba that makes for a special night. To celebrate a month of construction on the forthcoming Bump’n’Grind coffee shop / record store, they will be giving away two bags of Bump’n’Grind coffee and a hat. Yeah, you heard that right. A free hat! All you need to do for a chance to win is show up. What’s more, the event is free! Our recommendation is that you plan on going to both Bump’n’Grind and 5 Years of Deep Secrets (Part one). The venues aren’t too far apart, and you don’t want to miss either one. Whatever you decide, keep your ears to the ground. Something tells me there will be something pretty special lined up for afters.
Down on the U Street corridor, Trus’me (Prime Numbers) makes his Flash debut, alongside Mass Prod (Circo Loco / DC10), supported by Solomon Sanchez. You are guaranteed a packed dance floor, and you know you’re going to have a good time. Get there early to avoid the inevitable Saturday night line, and to catch Solomon’s set. Advanced tickets are $8 on Ticketfly, more on the door.
Over at Lima Lounge on Saturday night is the second installment of Elev8, with DJ Earic Patten, supported by two-time DC House Grooves show guest LeonFelipe and DariusTwin. LeonFelipe was booked off the back of his amazing set on the DC House Grooves show last week, and we are really happy to see him reach a wider audience. Get there early for his set, even if you’re planning on heading to one of Saturday’s other parties. This time they will be taking over the underground main level of Lima. Last week’s Elev8 was a huge success, and this promises to be even better. Definitely one to check out! The party starts at 10pm, and goes until the dancing stops. No cover before midnight if you join the event or show your Elev8 membership card. 21+.
U Street Music Hall hosts the monthly Bliss party on Saturday, with local’s Will Eastman and Keenan Orr at the controls. The Bliss parties are always a lot of fun, and this promises to be no exception. Cover is $10, although if you get there early it is free before 11pm for 21+. A portion of the proceeds goes to the U Street Music Foundation, so you’ll be partying for a good cause.
Over at the Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday, you’ll find Rob Paine and Willyum bringing a taste of their Philly based party The Shakedown to the Gold Room at ESL, where they have a bimonthly residency. We’ve heard great reports about The Shakedown, and word has it they were amazing at Forquarters Collective’s Yours Truly party last week in Baltimore. Out on the patio, Baltimore’s Graham Hatke will be holding things down, with Smudge at the controls in the Main Room. As always, there will be live jazz and DJs in the Jazz Room. No cover, 21+.
You’ve made it to Sunday. As you spill out of whatever afters you ended up at in the early hours of Sunday morning, your first stop has to be the Sundays Rooftop installment of the Five Years of Deep Secrets weekend at Dirty Bar, with Vincenzo (Poker Flat, Mobilee) supported by R & B (Deep Secrets) and House That You Built and Cadence supremo Vanniety Kills. This year’s season on the Dirty Bar rooftop has been incredible so far, and with quality sounds pumping from that Dynacord sound system, you can’t help but dance. Advanced tickets are $10 from Resident Advisor, more on the door. The party kicks off at 2pm.
Across the street on the Public rooftop, there is another edition of Sunglass Sundays, with headliner Breiten (rheinrhythmik), supported by Lynod, Leonardo Lee, Will Johnston, Navbox and Chris Nitti. Sunday’s edition is also the Rito Loco co-founder Louis Loco’s birthday celebration, so expect a festive atmosphere! As usual, they’ll have the bottomless mimosas from 2pm to 5pm, along with all the usual drinks specials, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the One Sight charity. Free before 5pm, $10 after, although if you show you have liked / followed Sunglass Sundays on social media, they will give you a $5 discount. We recommend you spend at least part of your Sunday at Sunglass Sundays, and if you can, check out Navbox and Chris Nitti’s sets. The party kicks off at 2pm and runs to 2am.
Staying at the top of Eighteenth Street, ESL Sundays has Sam Burns’ legendary Underground Soul Solution in the Gold Room, Mr Bonkerz in the Main Room, and The Metaphysical out on the patio, with special guest Baronhawk Poitier. For a sophisticated crowd of true house heads, the Gold Room at ESL is the place to be on Sunday. $5 drink specials from 9pm to 11pm. No cover, 21+.
* 7.27 Are You Still Down? (Afters for the rooftop) *
If you’re planning to go the distance with the Deep Secrets crew celebrating their five year anniversary, then you won’t want to miss the after party for Sundays Rooftop, Are You Still Down? at Tropicalia.with Ramirez (Roots & Spirits) and Chris Burns (Deep Secrets). These are two of our favorite local DJs, and the event is free, so we’re giving this a strong recommendation. If you’ve been partying with the Deep Secrets crew all weekend, then you’ll want to wrap things up right with some quality tunes on Tropicalia’s great sound system. Besides, there’s a cute kitten on the flyer, so that means you HAVE to go. The party kicks off at 11pm and runs to 2am.
Finally, if the rooftop scene isn’t your thing, and you’re looking for a more laid back neighborhood affair, head over to Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights for Stylo and Christauff‘s regular Sunday Sessions event. This Sunday is their 26th edition, with special guest DJ Genna from Baltimore. As always, there’s no cover, and the music plays from 6pm to 10pm.
And that wraps things up for another edition of the DC House Grooves weekend round up. Don’t forget, for your pre- and post- game sound track, tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:
We’re off on our summer vacation next week, so we will be taking a break from the weekend roundup. However, normal service will resume the following week. If you want your event considered for inclusion in the weekend round up, please message us through the DC House Grooves Facebook page. Only underground house or electronic music events will be considered.