Seems like forever since our last DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio! We’re going every so slightly crazy cooped up at home, so time for some much needed music therapy! Tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday April 4th for quality underground house, techno, disco and everything in between served up fresh from the wax by Andy Grant & Katrina Mir.
Last weekend saw another amazing line up of events in DC. High points for us were Beautiful Swimmers at U Street Music Hall, particularly the 1432R DJs who were dropping tracks from the likes of Balihu and Fritz Wentink, and Sundays Rooftop with Birdsmakingmachine. The boys from Argentina braved the rain to deliver an on point live set, following it up with a superb DJ set, and the supporting sets from our own Andy Grant, Chris Nitti, Yaco, Collins and R&B were just what the doctor ordered. Probably a good job it rained, as there was serious fire on the dance floor!
This coming weekend, DC has another incredible line up of underground house and electronic music events to choose from. Many of the DC Burner crew will be back from their shennanigans in the desert, and it will be great to see their happy, smiling faces on the dance floor again and to get the inside scoop about their antics on the Playa! Here are our picks for each night, and you’ll find the full listings below. If you plan on attending an event, click through the the event page and click Join to let the promoters know you’re in.
Top pick for Thursday has to be Ice Cream Jubilee at Lost on Thusdays, with Jubilee and Ramirez at the controls. The Lost crew will be celebrating Jubilee‘s birthday, and you can expect the usual friends and family vibe on one of the best rooftops in the city. As always, there is no cover, and they’ll have all the usual drinks specials. You can check out Jubilee and Ramirez on the DC House Grooves radio show here:
Our other top pick for some quality local DJ action on Thursday is Philip Goyette‘s Transmission 4/4 at The Velvet Lounge. This week’s guest is local favorite Chris Nitti. Expect Philip and Chris to bring you the finest in deep house, techno and garage. You can get a taste of Chris Nitti’s sound on the DC House Grooves radio show here:
On Friday, we recommend kicking of the formal start to your weekend by tuning in to the Internet radio show WTF?!? with Corduroy Mavericks & Kochi, which starts at 5pm ET and runs until 7pm. Perfect for your commute home. You can tune in at http://www.sugarshackrecordings.com/.
Our top pick for Friday night is Residents’ Night at Flash with Chadwick, Chris Nitti, Leo Lee at Flash. We love it when local talent gets a chance to work the main floor at Flash all night long, and with Chadwick, Chris and Leo behind the decks you know you’re in for a treat. Plus, Chadwick looks so dashing in the promo pic, how could you not go?
Our other main pick for Friday is Lee Foss w/ Charles Martin, Mr. Bonkerz. While we’re not the biggest Lee Foss fans here at DC House Grooves, we’re recommending this one for the local openers Charles Martin and Mr Bonkerz. It’s free before 11pm for 21+, so you’ve got a good incentive to get there early and catch their sets. You can check out Mr. Bonkerz bringing the disco funk vibes at ESL last weekend here:
Finally for Friday, if soulful house, classics, and baby powder on the dance floor is what you’re looking for, then we suggest getting yourself over to Zeba Bar for Klubnut.com’s A Musical Obsession Pt. 1 – Virgo Bash with Klubnut resident DJs Les Cole and Ernest Fountain. These guys have been broadcasting quality house music from http://www.klubnut.com and throwing great parties for over 10 years, and Zeba is one of our favorite, more intimate venues in town, so we expect this to be a good one!
If you’re up in Baltimore on Friday, we suggest you head over to the Red Maple, where local DC house music hero Sam Burns will be headlining, with support form Mz Behavin’ and Calvin Garner.
Top pick for Saturday is Garth & Jenö Back 2 Back with support from Solomon Sanchez at Flash. The prospect of hearing Garth & Jenö go back to back on Flash’s state of the art sound system is enough for us to give a strong recommendation, but for us the the main attraction is Solomon Sanchez’ opening set. Expect deep, grinding grooves to tease you on the dance floor and get you grooving. If the main floor isn’t enough, Dino, Wainright and Jon Swink from the Wizdom crew will be taking over the Flash Bar. No cover before 11pm, so get there early and let Solomon get you into the groove.
Our other pick for Saturday is ESL Saturdays, where our favorite local DJ, Bump’n’Grind‘s Joe L, will be holding things down in the Gold Room, with support from Philip Goyette, Trev-ski will be handling the Main Room, and Mr. Bonkerz will be out on the patio, supported by Remote Ctrl. Possibly the best lineup of local talent on offer this weekend, and an excellent choice if you want three dance floors to choose from, all under one roof.
Our super top secret underground pick for Saturday is….shhhhhh. I’ve said too much. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. Keep your ears to the ground, folks.
Last but not least for Saturday, for something a bit more intimate, head down to Backbar for Chain Reaction with local producer super star DJ Nav, with support from DJ Christopher and DJ Daryl Northrop. A great opportunity to hear DJ Nav playing on a banging sound system in a tiny venue. You can check out Nav’s DC House Grooves session from earlier this year here:
Top pick for Sunday is Sunglass Sundays on the Public Bar rooftop with Phonique playing a 4 hour set, supported by DJ Alkimist, Chris Nitti, Heather Femia, Leonardo Lee and DC House Grooves favorites Jubilee & Ramirez. It’s almost the end of the Sunglass Sundays season, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, this is definitely worth a look. Free before 4pm, $10 after, so there’s a good incentive to get there early.
Across the street on the Dirty Bar rooftop is our standing Sunday pick The House that U Built. This week’s DJs are Buster, The Elders, Charles Martin, Jeffrey Taylor and Vanniety Kills. There’s always a great vibe at Dirty Bar on a Sunday, and the fantastic Dynacord sound system always draws you onto the dance floor.
Finally, if you’re looking for some quality music from local DJs in a more intimate setting on Sunday, why not checkout the Needlexchange at The Velvet Lounge with the TNX DJs Bil Todd, Baronhawk and Tommy Cornelis. Alternatively, if you’re up in Columbia Heights, Zeba Sunday Sessions at Zeba Bar with Christauff and Stylo is always a good bet for Sunday evening.
To wrap up your weekend, our regular Monday night pick is Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves. This week’s guest is DJ KC, supported by the regular DJs Dmac, Jayclue, and Rusty B. Always a good bet for decompressing and comparing notes after dancing all weekend.
That wraps it up for this week’s picks, so let’s take a look a the listings. Remember to click through to the Facebook event pages for more details, and don’t forget to click Join if you plan on attending.
Thursday September 4
Lost on Thursdays: Jubilee’s Ice Cream Party feat. Ramirez
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1551971248359567/
Transmission 4/4 w/ Chris Nitti (ROAM | DC) & Philip Goyette (ESL | DC)
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/276142072582645/
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1392450587660762/
Friday September 5
WTF?!? with Corduroy Mavericks & Kochi
Tune in: http://www.sugarshackrecordings.com/
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475266836079639/
Resident Nights: Chadwick, Chris Nitti, Leo Lee at Flash
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/346582308831249/
Lee Foss w/ Charles Martin, Mr. Bonkerz
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/721909817868944/
4 Hours of Funk DC @ ESL w/ Graham and Fleg
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1547099275519348
Klubnut.com’s A Musical Obsession Pt. 1 – Virgo Bash
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1516699935208431
North East Disco Communications with Trev-ski and DJ Provoke
More details: https://www.facebook.com/JVLHC
Love & Logic x Zenbi x DJ Jackie O x Brothers Brau @ Huxley
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/545006522265910/
Sam ‘The Man’ Burns @ Red Maple Friday
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/431059483701358/
Saturday September 6
Garth & Jenö Back 2 Back, Solomon Sanchez at Flash
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454001291530005
More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge
Chain Reaction at Backbar with Chris / Daryl / Nav
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522672734617857/
Sunday September 7
Sunglass Sundays Closing Parties w/ Phonique
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1461849747435224
The House That U Built Virgo Birthday Extravaganza!
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/923475061013075
More details: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge
Zeba Sunday Sessions Episode 32
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/540959502717027/
The Needlexchange at The Velvet Lounge
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/351068911718789/
Monday September 8
Motown on Mondays DC
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/650040735089751/
That’s it for the listings this week. 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:
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.
See you on the dance floor!
Author: Andy Grant