DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Techno Events in Washington DC May 16 to May 19

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As I sit down to write this week’s post, I’ve still got a huge grin on my face after last weekend. It was a dream come true to host my friend and mentor, Underground Quality label boss DJ Jus-ed in the DC House Grooves studio as our special guest on the DC House Grooves Show! Huge thanks to Jus-ed for fighting through the jet lag to guest on the show. Having rushed straight to the airport on hardly any sleep after playing Djoon in Paris on Friday, he stepped up to the decks on the DC House Grooves Show just a few hours after landing a Dulles, serving up a fantastic set featuring new and unreleased heat on Underground Quality and EDJ Records, including more than a few from the brand new Always Changing EP by Ed & Jen, available now from the Underground Quality website. If you missed the show, check it out below on YouTube or SoundCloud. Then on Sunday, after a good night’s rest, Jus-Ed schooled us at Sunday’s Rooftop on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge. An amazing end to a wonderful weekend!

The DC House Grooves Show is back with episode #49 on Saturday June 1 with our regular line up featuring me, Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. We’ll be freshly inspired from our trip to Detroit over Memorial Day weekend, and no doubt we’ll be armed with fresh new wax. We’ll also be giving away copies of Jus-ed‘s latest release on Underground Quality, the Jus Me EP. Click Going on the event page, and look out for further details closer to the time.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/245127783020817/

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On to this weekend, and I’ll be holding down the Flash Bar this Saturday with my brother from another mother DJ Kochi, bringing the Vibe open to close. It’s been a minute since I’ve thrown down with Kochi, so I’m really looking forward to this one. As always, the line up at Flash on Saturday is ridiculous, with king of samples Matthew Herbert and Solomon Sanchez on the club level and Ozelot Ltd, Throe and Taiga in the Green Room. Of course, if you don’t want to go upstairs, you can hang with us in the bar for free!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1229560
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2400953989915190/

matthew herbert at flash

So what else is happening this weekend? Well Thursday night, techno lovers are in for a treat at U Street Music Hall as Charlotte De Witte and local hero Juana team up to destroy the dance floor. House heads should head directly to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez. Always the best spot for quality house vibes on Thursdays.

Friday night, the right choice for the heads is SEQUENCE with Wata Igarashi, Rhyw, Ron Jackson & Furtive. Hosted in a brand new location with Grand Ancestor sound, you know this one’s going to take you to a new dimension, and hopefully back again safe and sound by sunrise. $20 tickets are still available if you move fast. Not one you want to miss!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1251377
RSVP for address: http://bit.ly/SQ654RSVP
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/393042551531623/

sequence wata igarashi

Saturday night, the much hyped Boiler Room rolls into town on their North American tour, and they’ve teamed up with ROAM to deliver an amazing line up featuring Discwoman‘s DJ Haram & Ariel Zetina alongside local rising stars Lisa Frank, Jacq Jill & Jett Chandon and hosted by Deep Sugar‘s Lisa Moody at a warehouse location powered by Grand Ancestor sound. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then I hope you’ve already secured a ticket, and this event is complete SOLD OUT. Your only chance of grabbing a ticket at this point is keeping an eye on the RA Resale queue. Of course, you can always watch the proceedings on the Interwebs, so all is not lost!

Boiler Room DC ticket resale queue: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1254230
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2227662544165960/

boiler room dc roam

Disco lovers, consider heading to Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday to catch my old college pal, Secret Squirrels & Disco Deviance maestro Dicky Trisco throwing down open to close on the patio. Dicky always gets things moving on the dance floor! And if Dicky Trisco isn’t enough for you, in the Gold Room you can catch Green Shirt Guy himself, Conscious Contact doing what he does best.

ESL Saturday Dicky Trisco

Sunday’s highlights include Sunday Love at Flash during the day time, then Sam BurnsUnderground Soul Solution and Good Buddies at Eighteenth Street Lounge in the evening. Everything you need to keep you dancing through to the early hours of Monday morning.

Here’s my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. You know the drill by now; Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to see a list of event pages. For the rest of you, Google is your friend if you need more info. Hope to see some of you in the Flash Bar on Saturday night!

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday May 16

playlist with jubilee and ramirez
ESL Thursday
Headroom may
charlotte de witte at u hall
deep tech residents at zeba
Deep Tech Residents Night at Zeba Bar
preview happy hour

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday May 17

sequence wata igarashi
sit navbox jus nowhere at flash
socoba happy hour fundraiser
sleaze hannah holland
nkc djoser at studio ga ga
adrian loving and friends at el techo
4 hours of funk dj diaspora
caspian raha wala

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday May 18

matthew herbert at flash
boiler room dc roam
ESL Saturday Dicky Trisco
reflections jandro trevski
egoless live
district inferno

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday May 19

sunday love
good buddies
ESL Sunday Good Buddies

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 7 to March 10

Another week, another quality line up of underground events to keep you dancing, Thursday through Sunday. You’ll find the full list below, but before you get stuck in, check out episode #77 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast from DC local Dee Jay Clutch:



As I do each and every week, I’veincluded flyers for all my picks below (or a screenshot if I can’t find a flyer), and Facebook users can click the section titles to see the list of events over on Facebook, although curiously I can’t seem to get the link for Friday to work this week. Oh well, you’ll figure it out.

The DC House Grooves crew will be back at it again this Saturday with another DC House Grooves Show on Berlin’s Underground Quality Radio, featuring myself, Katrina Mir & Ramirez throwing down the qualiity underground jams. First show since we got back from London with a huge stack of new vinyl, and I hear Ramirez dropped some serious coin on new wax in NYC last weekend. Tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday for the real underground shit.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1002319403312585/

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Too much great stuff to highlight this weekend, but if you only do one thing, I recommend checking out AfterMarket with Tokyo’s Powder & 5ive with local support from Sleepy G, Keenan Orr and Mike Harvey at a secret warehouse location this Friday. With sound by Grand Ancestor, this one is sure to be just a little bit special. Advance tickets are required for this event, so grab yours now. Proper vibes, serious sound.

Advance Tickets: https://bit.ly/2sQlkwZ
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/297431797796328/

Other than that, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge on Sunday for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, and another edition of Sundays Rooftop out on the patio with Sergio Santos and Benoit. Always the best way to wrap up your weekend on the dance floor!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/316095195578941/

Sundays-rooftop

Full list below. Check back next week, same time, same place, for all the best info on what’s good on the dance floor in Washington DC.

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday March 7

Matthew Dear at U Street Music Hall

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday March 8

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday March 9

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DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday March 10

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 9 to August 12

Another big weekend heading our way, and as always, your weekly guide DC House Grooves has news on all the best underground house, techno, drum and bass and other electronic music events in town, Thursday through Sunday. I’m super excited this weekend, as we’ve got NYC’s hardest working DJ Rissa Garcia (Dancing Room Only NYC Nightchild Records) heading down our way to make her Washington DC debut at Beats Maneuver at Public Bar on Sunday. Rissa has been blazing a trail in NYC since 2004, regularly working with the likes of Danny TenagliaDanny KrivitTodd TerryLouis Vega, the list goes on and on. While you can catch Rissa spinning on any given weekend in New York, she has never made the trip to Washington DC before, so we at Beats Maneuver figured it was about time we fixed that! This Sunday brings the next edition of  Beats Maneuver, featuring Rissa alongside local favorites DJ Nav and Jandro and residents Katrina Mir, Kochi and yours truly, and best of all, it is absolutely FREE. That’s right, no cover all night long. Join us on the rooftop at Public Bar from 6pm ET and dance to real house music into the early hours of Monday morning. Really looking forward to Rissa bringing some NYC flavor to the Public Bar rooftop!beats maneuver rissa garcia

For a little taste of what to expect at Beats Maneuver this Sunday, here’s a recent mix from Rissa in her Nightchild Excursions series:

 

Plenty more mixes from Rissa over on her SoundCloud page. Check it out!

If you can’t wait until Sunday to throw some shapes on the dance floor, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Just click the link for each day to see what’s good.

Top Picks Thursday August 9

Top Picks Friday August 10

Top Picks Saturday August 11

Top Picks Sunday August 12

Friday night, I recommend kicking things off at Sunset and Chill, then heading up to Ten Tigers Parlour for Anywho with Max D and Sami.

anywho max d sami

If you don’t feel like making the trip all the way up to Petworth, then stop by Flash for   Jennifer Cardini with Mazi R on the warm up. Looks like another fantastic night at Flash! For afters on Friday, head to the warehouse for Somewhere Else with DJ HonestyFerounTeam Zapata and Hot Coffee. The Zapatas will be wheeling out their incredible  Martin Audio sound system for the occasion, so you know the sound will be on point! Advance tickets are highly recommended. Grab yours now!

Somewhere Else DJ Honesty

Saturday night, Flash looks like a great bet, with NYC‘s David Waxman and Chadwick on support, while upstairs Edo Henry Chow take the controls in the Green Room, and  Kochi brings the Vibe with Chris Depth Rogers in the bar.

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Another great bet on Saturday is U Sleaze at U Street Music Hall with  Trax OnlyKeenan OrrLemz & performance and hosting by Jane Saw. Only $5 before midnight, $10 after.

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L.E.N.G. Resident’s Night at Jimmy’s is always a good bet if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, both literally and figuratively speaking, and Saturday’s edition features New York’s DJ Kala alongside residents Jett ChandonDjoser and Kouhai. No cover all night long! Then for afters on Saturday, the Sequence crew has you covered with their Year Two celebrations featuring an amazing line up of serious techno from RRoseAdam XJuanaDamon BradleyAssociateTheta Flux and Furtive. The vibe at Sequence is always on point, and with the Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system in full effect, this one is going to be really special. Looking forward to catching up with my old Discogs forum buddy  Adam X. It’s been a while since I last saw Adam… I think the picture below was just before he moved to Berlin, when Andrew Weatherall was over spinning in NYC. Fun times!

Adam X and Andy

Advance tickets have been flying off the shelves for this one, but you can still pick up $25 3rd release tickets over on Resident Advisor. This one may well sell out, so I recommend you don’t wait!

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Sunday, we’ll see you on the dance floor at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Rissa GarciaDJ NavJandroKatrina Mir, Kochi and myself. No tickets needed for this one… NO COVER all night long! See you on the dance floor.

 

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 26 to July 29

Super fun times at U Street Music Hall last Friday opening up for Rush Plus and Anthony Naples. Massive thanks to the U Street Music Hall crew for inviting us to play. Some great events going down at U Hall lately, and super grateful to play a small part. We also had a great time getting down at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club at Uncle Benny‘s 35th birthday celebrations with Detroit’s Daniel Andres. Always a fun time at Jimmy‘s, and Benoit and Daniel were bringing it big time! I’ve got to give a big shout to the  Sequence crew for another great event at the warehouse. Always a packed house at Sequence parties, and this one was no exception. Sadly I couldn’t stay as long as I wanted to due to a Saturday afternoon gig with the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party crew, but then that got postponed due to rain, so I should have stayed! Looking forward to the Sequence year two anniversary party with Adam X and R.Rose!

OK, before I get into this weekend in Washington DC, if any of our readers are in Boston this Friday, make sure you check out Roots & Spirits presents El Yunque Puerto Rico fund raiser with Ramirez & DashRok at Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge. That’s right! Our good friend, DC House Grooves Show resident Ramirez is taking things on the road to Boston this Friday, raising funds for Puerto Rico. For real house music in Boston from one of my favorite DJs this Friday, look no further than El Yunque.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2093982277547101/

el yunque roots and spirits

Right, back to DC, and this weekend is all about the launch of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System. It’s Yola‘s 29th birthday, and to celebrate, the Grand Ancestor crew are launching their brand new sound system (more about that later) with not one, but two massive celebrations of the finest reggae and dub the nation’s capital has ever seen. DC House Grooves is getting in on the celebrations by giving away a pair of tickets to both the Friday night event AND the Saturday night event. For a chance to win, just click through to the entry form, enter your email address and full name and submit the form. We’ll pick one winner on Friday afternoon then another on Saturday afternoon, so there’s two chances to win! 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 door.

I want to win tickets to the Grand Ancestor 2.0 celebrations!!!

So what’s on the menu for the Grand Ancestor 2.0 launch? Friday brings and Innamind Recordings Takeover with KarmaAgoHeadlandKurks and Grand Ancestor featuring MC Husky, all delivered over the brand new Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system. This one’s gonna go until sunrise (and perhaps beyond), and it’s just $10 before 2am, $20 after.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/730471570456694/

grand ancestor 2.0 Innamind Recordings takeover

Then on Saturday night, it’s back to the same spot for part 2 of the celebrations, with  . Downbeat the RulerTony Screw the Gold Finger, Johnny Go Figure and of course  Grand Ancestor with MC Husky. Another fine line up to get the stacks singing just right! I know I tend to focus on underground house and techno on DC House Grooves, but this is the music the Grand Ancestor sound system was built for, and you really need to experience it to understand! Whether you go Friday or Saturday, make sure you make time for Grand Ancestor this weekend.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/628973354145417/

grand ancestor 2.0 Downbeat the rules

So what’s the big deal with the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System? If you’ve experienced the original Grand Ancestor stacks, then you know it ain’t no joke. Well, the new system is a one of a kind, custom designed 5 way system with 18 cabinets and 4 foot tall scoops. If you thought GA v1.0 was good, GA 2.0 is going to blow you away. Here are some exclusive pics to whet your appetite; if you want to see and hear the real thing on it’s debut outing, make sure you join the celebrations on Friday or Saturday!

Not sure what to expect from Grand Ancestor? Then check out the promo videos for their latest release, GA 013, plus the promos for GA 012 and GA 011. Each one a quality release! GA 013 is currently available from the Grand Ancestor Record Shop, and while  GA 012 is sold out pretty much everyone, there are a few copies left at the Grand Ancestor Record Shop if you move fast. Don’t sleep! Proper reggae business from a home grown Washington DC record label!

OK, so you’re going to one (or both) of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 events on Friday or Saturday, but what else is happening this weekend? As usual, I’ve compiled all the best underground events over on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page, and you can see the list for each day by clicking the links below. All my Top Picks for each day, just a click away!

Top Picks Thursday July 26

Top Picks Friday July 27

Top Picks Saturday July 28

Top Picks Sunday July 29

Sadly I’m out of time, but I’ll quickly mention a few more highlights for the weekend: Playlist with Karina and Jubilee at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday and Summer Heat with Sam BurnsDJ Double 07 and Anish at Jimmy Valentine’s on Friday are solid picks, and come highly recommended!

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Then on Saturday, kick things off at Sunset & Chill at the Olde City Farm, and then head up at Flash for the Distrikt of Columbia  fundraiser, or for some proper techno head to  Jimmy’s for Blueprint featuring Monix, Steve Kirn and Ron Jackson.

sunset & chill

Sunday, I recommend Sunday Love with Quantic for quality rooftop vibes. That’s it for this weekend, hope to see you all a the Grand Ancestor 2.0 celebrations, and of course I’ll be back here, same time, same place, next weekend with info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Oh, and did I mention next week we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the next soon to be sold out ROAM on a Boat on August 5? Come back next week for a chance to win!