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.
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.
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!
UPDATE: Our friends at the Grand Ancestor warehouse are having a fundraiser in the early hours of Saturday morning, kicking off at 1am with music from Tommy Cornelis, Hot Coffee and Team Zapata. What better way to help keep the lights on and get the rent paid at the best late night spot in town than dancing until sunrise to an all star local line up working the majestic Grand Ancestor sound system. Advance tickets are $20 on eventbrite, and you can make extra donations if you so choose. Always a good time at the spot, and you’ll be helping keeping things going. To be clear, there are no . tickets at the door! You must have an eventbrite ticket to attend.
Just a quick post this week. First up, a quick reminder about the triumphant return of Late Night Mischief next weekend on Saturday February 23 with Berlin’s Session Victim and Martín Miguel putting the mighty Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System to work in a cool warehouse space. It’s a ticket only event, so make sure you grab your $20 tickets before the price goes up. I’ve got a feeling this one will be a bit special, so don’t sleep!
See below for my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in Washington DC this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Lots of good stuff to choose from this weekend, with a stellar line up Thursday through Saturday at Flash, culminating with an open to close set from house legend Kerri Chandler on Saturday, the return of Deep Sugar After Hours on Saturday at Factory 17 in Baltimore, serious business every night of the weekend at Selva by El Techo, with Navbox and Breiten the highlight on Saturday, and on Sunday, a new party Sunday Relapse at Jimmy Valentines with Team Zapata, Joe L and Harper looks like a good time. I’ve included all the flyers below, and all you Facebookers can click the headings for each day to see the list of event pages. Have a good one!
Last week’s holiday weekend antics were something else. Now you’ve had a few days to recover, you’ll be starting to think about the coming weekend, and yet again DC has you covered with some incredible events. Here are the DC House Grooves recommendations for doing your weekend right.
Thursday July 10
Flash kick off their weekend with a Masquerade Ball, with special guest Claptone, ably supported by locals Marko Pelo and Sunglass Sundays’ Leonardo Lee. Thursday nights at Flash are always quality, and this one promises to be interesting! Wear a mask, and you’ll receive a free cocktail on entry. First release tickets are all sold out, but you can get the second release for $10 from Ticketfly: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/597607
Further up U Street at Lost Society, you’ll find FLY IN JULY at Lost on Thursdays feat. Maksim Batyunin (MNMLKTCHN). At Lost on Thursdays, you are pretty much guaranteed quality music and a packed dance floor, and on a hot summer night, the roof terrace is where you want to be. I heard Maksim on the Dirty Bar rooftop last year and he absolutely killed it. A strong recommendation for Thursday night.
Free glass of champagne for the ladies all night. $3 Miller Lites $6 Vodka Mixes $5 Flavored Absolut Shots
Downstairs from Lost Society at Tropicalia is Foundation, featuring Dimitri Max, Juan Zapata, Joe L and Ray Casil. These cats are some of the best local producers and DJs in town, and if you’re looking for some dance floor mayhem powered by Tropicalia’s great sound system, this will be a great choice! $5 cover all night, 21+
Finally for Thursday, if you’re looking for something a little more intimate, check out Christauff’s monthly residency at the Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant. This month his special guest is James Maber. Not much of a dance floor, but a great bet if you’re looking to enjoy some drinks with some great music.
For something a little bit different for your pre-game on Friday, Forward and Urban Artistry present Electronic Movement at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Sprint. This is the first in a series of shows featuring Electronic Music paired with choreographed dance and visuals in a theater setting. The night will feature exclusive mixes focused on interpreting 3 specific genres of electronic music curated by Internationally recognized artists. The Forward team are always pushing the boundaries to celebrate electronic music culture and promote it to a wider audience, and this promises to be a very special event, providing a new perspective on the music we all love. A bit of culture before heading out to the club on Friday! Pre-sale tickets are $15, and are available here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/electronic-movement-tickets-12048961769.
If you can’t make the Friday show, Electronic Movement is on Saturday too.
After Electronic movement, get yourself down to U Street Music Hall for headliner Hector (Desolat), supported by Adam Collins (House on Mute) and Cry Baby (House on Mute). A regular visitor to Washington DC, Hector is always worth going out for. I was lucky enough to open for him at Lost on Thursdays last year, and he rocked the place. Hector + the U Street Music Hall sound system will be something special. Cover is $10, but if you get there before 12am, its free for 21+.
Finally for Friday, Flash has Taimur & Fahad from Blkmarket Membership playing an open to close set. I’ve heard Taimur rocking the Flash system before, and all I can say is… GO! As long as you can handle the Flash Friday night crowds, you’ll be dancing your ass off all night long. Free before 11pm, $10 after.
A strong recommendation for Saturday night is Navbox’s birthday celebration at Flash, with locals Juan Zapata, DJ Lisa Frank and Navbox himself. Juan and Lisa have both guested on the DC House Grooves radio show before, and they never disappoint, and Navbox always delivers. Definitely worth checking out if you’re planning on heading to U Street for your Saturday night. No cover before 11pm, $12 after.
Across town at Eighteenth Street Lounge, you’ll find disco and house legend John Morales in the Gold Room, supported by ESL regular Philip Goyette, with Mr. Bonkerz on the patio and Smudge in the Main Room. Something for everyone if you’re looking for variety under one roof.
If you’re up in Adams Morgan, my recommendation is that you head to Napoleon Bistro for locals Jubilee and Yaco, with support from Daniel Terrazas. Napoleon is an intimate venue with a great vibe, and Jubilee, who recently guested on the DC House Grooves radio show, has been killing it with his productions lately. Look out for releases coming soon on his Slope Traxx label. Definitely one for the heads. No cover, no dress code. 21+.
Next up for Saturday night is Joe L’s monthly night PUSH at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club up on Bladensburg Road in north east. If you want to escape the crazy Saturday night crowds and get down with the real heads, this is the place to be. I can guarantee the music will blow you away with this ridiculous local line up. DJ Nav, another recent guest on the DC House Grooves show, has some amazing productions under his belt recently, and I’m sure he’ll be breaking out his best tunes. Joe L and Rusty B always kill it. Not to be missed! No event page for this one, but it kicks off at 10pm up at Jimmy Valentine’s. No cover. 21+.
And last, but by no means least, finish your Saturday night off right with the Deep Sugar after hours at the legendary Paradox in Baltimore with Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards, Lil Ray, The Elders and Mookie Brock. Described as the best house night on the East Coast, it is well worth the trip up from DC for the best tunes and a real family vibe. When the club closes in DC, get yourself up to Baltimore and dance until sunrise at Deep Sugar. $12 members, $15 general admission.
So if you’ve made it to Sunday and you’re looking to dance on a rooftop in the sunshine, DC’s got you covered with two fantastic rooftop parties. Leonardo Lee’s regular party Sunglass Sundays is over on the Public Bar rooftop, and this Sunday they’s got a spectacular lineup including Kochi, DJ Meegs, Leonardo Lee, Darius Twin, Paul Geddes and special guest Scumfrog. This is going to be a road block, so get there early! Free until 5pm, then $10 after, although if you can show that you have liked the Sunglass Sundays Facebook page, they’ll give you a $5 discount. Check it out for a friends and family vibe.
Across the street from Sunglass Sundays on the Dirty Bar rooftop you’ll find the Sunday’s Rooftop World Cup Final Edition, with locals Gabucci vs. Hakob, Raffi vs. DJ Lisa Frank and Jubilee vs. Ramirez. If you’re looking for quality tunes on the rooftop, but don’t want to miss the World Cup Finals, this is your best best. They will be screening the match above the DJ booth, and they’ll have the TVs running inside. Make sure you get there for Jubilee vs. Ramirez for some of the best deep tunes you’ll hear all weekend.
And finally for Sunday, check out the regular ESL Sundays night over at Eighteenth Street Lounge. As always, local legend Sam Burns will be at the controls in the Gold Room, with Mr Bonkerz playing disco classics in the Main Room, and The Metaphysical holding things down on the patio. No event page for this, but check out the Eighteenth Street Lounge Facebook page for more info.
And that just about wraps it up for this edition of the DC House Grooves weekend roundup… just one more bonus recommendation:
Monday July 14
Looking to decompress after your weekend, but can’t quite bring yourself to stay in? Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves on H Street is rapidly becoming the place to be for the heads to catch up and compare notes on their weekend adventures, to a sound track of original Motown classics and remixes from DJs D-Mac, Jayclue, and Rusty B. No cover, 21+/
And that really does wrap it up for this week’s round up! For your pre- and post- game sound track, don’t forget to tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7: